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Volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from paint and other finish products are the second largest source of VOC emissions after automobiles. Consider paints and coatings based on durability, upkeep, and their effect on indoor air quality during and after installation.



Natural Paints and Finishes

  • Made from natural raw ingredients such as water, plant oils and resins, plant dyes and essential oils; natural minerals such as clay, chalk, and talcum; milk casein, natural latex, bees wax, earth, and mineral dyes
  • Give off almost no smell
  • Allergies or sensitivities to these paints are uncommon



Low and Zero VOC Paint

  • Lower level of harmful emissions are lower than solvent-borne surface coatings
  • These certified coatings also contain no, or very low levels of, heavy metals and formaldehyde



Water-Based Polyurethane

  • Clear finish and low odor
  • Can recoat them in two hours and clean your tools with water
  • Often costs twice as much as oil-based polyurethane

Oil-Based Polyurethane

  • Requires fewer coats
  • Five-hour wait between coats and 12-hour wait after the last coat
  • Has a strong odor





Powder Coating

  • Made without solvents
  • Emit zero volatile organic compounds (VOCs) when they are manufactured or factory-applied to a metal substrate
  • Excellent option for high-touch products such as handrails and entrances because of its hardness and scratch resistance






  • Anodized aluminum is 100% recyclable
  • 90% less landfill waste is produced with “Eco option” anodize compared to traditional anodize
  • Process by-products are recyclable
  • Reduction in energy use with eco-option anodize