Concrete is a material or construction layer that does not have any beauty in its raw form. When it is laid or poured and dried, it is simply a dreary stretch of grey. Hence, the need to beautify the concrete by painting it is felt by most construction project owners. However painting concrete surfaces is dependent on how a concrete surface is created. In case of old concrete surfaces, these are porous and pitted while new concrete surfaces are rigid and smooth.
Traditional paint is not ideal for covering concrete. Stains on concrete are a new way of having a textured design on concrete surfaces as this help to fill niches and penetrate surfaces. Concrete stains are effective as they stay on, unlike paints. In certain cases, the stains on concrete are formed by a chemical reaction with concrete. Often color stains made of concrete are long-lasting choices.
Often, when an ordinary paint is used on concrete surfaces, the paint often separates from the concrete surface after some time, especially if the footfall on such surface is high. Experts recommend that color not is used on concrete for about a month till it has dried and cured. Often curing compounds are used which helps to speed up the drying and setting process. However, often the paint does not adhere to curved surfaces. For such reasons, acid etching is another solution. A surface needs to be cleaned of grease and dust with a cleaning solution, after which a diluted solution of sulfuric acid, muriatic and phosphoric acid are applied. This solution makes the surface more receptive to staining or painting. It is also important to apply a sealer as moisture often leads to blistering of the paint.
There are certain stains and paints available for applying to concrete. These can be earthly tones to bright colors which provide a natural look to the concrete surface. Epoxy paint is another solution. When the paint is applied, it is best that it is applied in thin layers and to make sure that irregular areas are covered well.
Indoor paints used to contain volatile organic compounds for which they often lead to respiratory problems, some of the long-term as well. Today, consumers are aware of the toxicity of VOCs for which paint companies are pushed to offer non-VOC based paint products. However, it is important that consumers read the paint labels with care in order to differentiate between VOC and non-VOC paint.
Paints that are labeled low in volatile compounds are natural paint, no VOC, zero VOC and in similar ways. It is best to opt for natural paint which might be expensive, but it is a healthy choice. Natural paints are made from natural extracts and ingredients like essential oils, plant resins, plant oils, plant dye, water and minerals like talcum, chalk, and clay are mixed in them. Natural paints are without detectable odor and are water based while some are natural oil based that have a citrus smell. These paints are used as one would use traditional paint products.
Zero VOC paints are those that have less than 4.81 grams of VOCs. There are no harmful levels of organic compounds included in such paint products; zero VOC paints are made of chemical compounds but these will not release harmful odors. Low VOC paints, on the other hand, are water based and not petroleum based as traditional products are. However, these paints do contain formaldehyde and certain metal traces that would not be eco-friendly.
When consumers choose a no-VOC paint, there are certain other compounds that need to be avoided such as ethylene glycol. This is considered a toxic substance and its cause lead to irritation in the throat, ear, eye or nose. The ingredient is common in most latex paints. In case one wishes to avoid such chemicals it is necessary to read the product label before using. Non-VOC paints have the same effects as traditional paints. Additionally, non-VOC paints are easy to clean when spills occur. They also help improve air quality in homes as many come with antibacterial or anti-mold chemical bases. Hence, all such factors need to be considered when one is choosing a paint for their home. Not only should VOC be a consideration, but also other chemical substances that might affect the health of people who live within the freshly painted walls. Again, ensuring antibacterial and anti-mold solutions as home wall paints would help to keep off such issues from home walls for a long time.
As any painting project involves considerable expenditure, it is necessary that one choose the paint products wisely. Once the right brand is chosen based on a VOC and eco-friendly considerations, you can then proceed to look at other choices like the finish a paint will yield as well as long-lasting effects and maintenance requirements. Many paint companies offer a package deal that includes the cost and service of getting the painting job done at your home by professional painters. One can take comparative quotes from two or more paint companies before one decides on a certain service or company.