What’s better about that?

By far the best new technologies in architectural coatings (for wood, stone, drywall, etc.) are coming out of the green building world.  As a leading provider for some of these latest technologies, we are consistently asked by building professionals about the durability of non-toxic finishes as compared with traditional finishes.  The answer is: Measured by several different industry standards, non-toxic finishes score equal or better in all categories.

Laboratory Testing:

  • using finely calibrated scientific instruments
  • testing several equivalent measures of durability

Test Comparisons:

  • general durability, abrasions resistance, yellowing in time, finish flexibility, moisture resistance, solvent resistance, stain resistance, heat resistance, household chemical resistance
  • published results show superior performance across the board for modern non-toxic coatings

To the larger question of which finish is better, this blog is dedicated to an increasingly obvious answer:  Concerns over the quality of non-toxic finishes no longer form a rationale for exposing ourselves to serious health risks.  Looking beyond the question of durability, the health risks from toxic finishing materials (fire dangers, hazardous exposure, toxic waste and toxic off-gassing) affect a broad range of people, and present a very broad range of environmental impacts.

Dave Dussell, Manager of the Columbia Paint & Coatings store in Ketchum, ID has a bright yellow sign behind his counter which reads:  Identification REQUIRED for CASH SALE purchases of solvents.  ALL large purchases will be reported to the Police.  In fact, the company requires Dave to inform them of any unusual sales of these solvents, because they are being used more and more in the manufacturing of methamphetamine.

Another set of problems presented by the use of these dangerous chemicals stem from the fact that the biggest percentage of solvents used in the construction industry wind up as toxic waste, which must either be dumped on the ground or transported out of state − where it is ultimately incinerated! All of these problems lead to the simple question:  What’s better about that?

Upcoming blogs will explore the latest technology in architectural coatings, as well as the continuing developments in earth-based materials for the ultimate in health-conscious design.  Increasing emphasis on healthier materials is changing the way we build our buildings, and we are proud to be a part of that change.  But as greater numbers of people, especially the people who will use the new homes and businesses being built, discover the superior qualities of non-toxic coatings, we will all benefit from the increasing potential in this important and developing area of green building science.

We look forward to your comments, and we’ll see you at the job site!

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2 Responses to “What’s better about that?”


  1. 1 RedGlobe1 March 27, 2010 at 8:13 am

    Thank goodness someone is finally working on a healthier way to paint and stain. I have been worried for years about the harmful effects of these chemicals, lots of which get left on the ground and washed into streams and groundwater. I hope everybody in the area will start using your services now that there is a way to truly be greener.

  2. 2 Wood Finishing August 11, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    Thank goodness someone is finally working on a healthier way to paint and stain. I have been worried for years about the harmful effects of these chemicals, lots of which get left on the ground and washed into streams and groundwater. I hope everybody in the area will start using your services now that there is a way to truly be greener.


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