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Striving to Live Green? Choose a Green Deck!

Saturday, July 4th, 2009

Not literally, but instead of traditional deck stains that have very high concentrations of  Volatile Organic Compounds, known as VOCs, which are essentially carbon-based molecules that evaporate into the atmosphere as a source of ozone depletion, choose new Zero-VOC and Low-VOC sealants, stains, and coatings for your deck.  Did you know that according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), paints, stains and other architectural coatings produce about 9 percent of the volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from consumer and commercial products, making them the second-largest source of VOC emissions after automobiles?  Source: Green Home Guide 

 

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In the realm of going green with eco-living sustainable homes, one should not overlook the popular backyard deck.  Traditional deck sealants and stains from the big box store, most of which are oil-based solvents, have very high concentrations of VOCs.  So if you are striving to truly live green and would like to avoid a huge carbon footprint in your backyard, you should choose water-based sealants, stains, and coatings for your deck that are either No-VOC (less than 5 grams of VOCs per liter) or Low-VOC (less than 50 grams per liter).  Sealwize of Kansas City has a full line of state-of-the-art water-based sealers with 0 VOCs plus stains and coatings with under 50 grams per liter VOC.  All Sealwize products meet the projected EPA VOC limits through 2012.  However, know that there are no compromises when choosing a green deck, as the Sealwize deck treatments last much longer and easily outperform traditional treatments.  There is a price premium but if homeowners can get better products that last longer and minimize their carbon footprint at the same time, it’s difficult not to choose Sealwize.  So if you are looking for ideas and ways to make your life a little greener, consider a Zero-VOC deck sealing service from Sealwize.