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3 Essential House Painting Rules All Homeowners Should Follow

Adding a coat of high-quality paint to the interior or exterior of your home is one of the easiest and most effective ways to spruce up your house, and increase its value. However, there are a number of important rules all homeowners should keep in mind to ensure the effort they’ve put into house painting doesn’t go to waste. Here are just a few rules for painting that all homeowners should follow.

Proper Tools Are Essential

If your flooring is more than a year old, many of the VOCs will have likely dissipated already. But if you’re installing new flooring or painting your existing floor, go for an organic option and use VOC-free materials. While choosing the right paint is obviously the most important step of any paint job, making sure you have the proper tools on hand to get the job done isn’t far behind. For smaller or more detailed projects you should use a high-quality brush or paint roller. Many environmentally friendly paints can also be applied using with an airless sprayer, so consider renting a good quality one to maximize paint uniformity and make the job much easier. Just head to your local home improvement center or tool rental outlet. Finally, you’ll also need painter’s tape and some sheets or tarps to protect surfaces from paint drops.

Don’t Rush!

It’s understandable to be excited about the new look your home will have once the paint job is complete. That being said, you shouldn’t rush, especially if you’re doing exterior painting. This means waiting for conditions that won’t compromise the quality of the paint job. Experts say you shouldn’t paint outdoors on hot days, in rainy weather, or in dusty conditions. Ideally, any day between 50 and 90 degrees should be suitable. Hot weather and direct sunlight can cause the paint to dry too quickly and lead to surface imperfections that can ruin all your hard work.

Protect The Surrounding Areas

Finally, whether you’re painting your home’s interior or exterior, make sure to properly protect the surrounding areas. Take the time to put down some sort of covering on the floors, as well as nearby items. Indoors, that might mean furniture, appliances, and doors, and outside that means bushes, shrubs, and other landscaping features. This is particularly essential when using any type of paint sprayer to apply your environmentally friendly spray paint, since over-spraying is quite common, and too much could even cover your neighbor’s cars!
Ultimately, knowing these simple rules can help you complete any home paint job as quickly and efficiently as possible. For more information about porch and floor paints, or paint for almost any other project, contact Ecos Paints.

9 Ways Paint Shopping is Easier with ECOS Paints

Shopping for paint online should be just as easy, if not easier, than shopping for paint in a brick-and-mortar store. Through our simplified and informative shopping experience and concierge service, we’ve eradicated the following difficulties often encountered in big box stores:

• The nearest store doesn’t have the color you’re looking for.
• You’ve found the perfect color, but you have chemical sensitivities and need a low VOC paint that’s not available in stores.
• You’re an expecting mother, and hauling heavy cans of nursery paint is just too much for you to handle.

We know that these challenges are frustrating. That’s why we’ve taken each of these situations and others into account to create the world’s easiest way to shop for paint.

9 Ways ECOS Paints Makes Paint Shopping Easy

1. Transparency
2. Superior customer service
3. Extensive color library
4. Free paint chips
5. Small color samples
6. Color matching
7. Professional advice
8. Variety
9. Doorstep delivery

Transparency

Unlike most conventional stores and paint brands, ECOS Paints considers transparency to be a very important part of our shopping and product experience. While you browse our carefully crafted paints, you’ll notice a Data Sheets tab for each product. Each Data Sheets tab contains a complete list of ingredients, a safety data sheet, test results, and more. You’ll also discover application notes that help you decide on the perfect paint for your project. These Data Sheets are especially useful for expecting parents who are concerned about the chemicals that are going to be in their child’s nursery paint.

If you have any general questions or would like to learn more about our beyond zero VOC paints, our experts are here to help. They can even advise you about proper application methods to ensure superior paint coverage and discuss any health concerns. Shop for paint online at ECOS Paints for the best, new way to purchase exceptional, eco-friendly paints.

Superior Customer Service

Are you tired of waiting around for assistance in brick-and-mortar stores? Are you fed up with asking important questions about color choices, health hazards, and ingredients only to receive vague answers, or even worse, no answer at all? At ECOS Paints we pride ourselves on our paint as well as our customer service. We offer numerous ways for you to contact our friendly and knowledgeable customer service agents–and you can expect to receive a fast, relevant, and thorough response. From the comfort of your own home, you can:

• Call us toll-free at 866-587-3586
• Fill out our form for an email or telephone response
• Ask Harold about virtually any paint-related topic
• Browse our FAQ

With the guidance of trained professionals, ECOS Paints makes it easy for you to shop for paint online. The days of being left in the dark regarding the real ingredients in your bedroom, living room, and “baby safe” paint are over.

Extensive Color Library

Standing in front of a product display with hundreds of paint chips can be daunting, especially when you’re expecting. At ECOS Paints, you can browse our color library at your leisure without worrying about taking too long, getting interrupted by other shoppers, or becoming fatigued. Choose from nature inspired palettes or classic palettes in a color category of your choice. You can even search for a color by name. Whether you’re looking to brighten up your space with a soft neutral or add some pizazz with a bold hue, you’re sure to find the perfect color at ECOS Paints.

Free Paint Chips

At ECOS Paints, we will send you FREE paint chips to help you visualize what our product will look like on your walls, floor, and furniture. Just select your favorite hues and we will mail the chips straight to your door.

Small Color Samples

While many stores supply inexpensive paint samples, not all of them can offer samples for eco-friendly paints or products that help purify the atmosphere. When you shop for paint online, we believe that it’s crucial for you to be able to test a product before you buy it. To give you the best possible idea of how our paints look, we make our samples in color controlled batches, rather than small containers which are individually tinted in stores and come with the disclaimer that “the color might not match the actual paint”.

Color Matching

Did you stumble upon a stunning paint color at a box store that’s just perfect for your project, only to find that the color isn’t in our collection? Don’t panic! Unlike most stores and other paint websites, we can match any color with precision and incorporate it into our environmentally-engineered paint. You’ll get the best of both worlds when you shop for paint online at ECOS.

Professional Advice

Box store paint departments aren’t always staffed with paint experts. Inexperienced crewmembers may lead you down rocky roads by steering you toward the wrong paint, suggesting a less than desirable color, or giving improper application advice. ECOS Paints is comprised of experienced and qualified paint professionals who can help you navigate through all of your paint dilemmas. Our experts can recommend the perfect product for your project, and they’ll even tell you why. They can also teach you how to properly apply your paint of choice for the best results.

Variety

Physical and online stores may have a large section of paint colors, but a disappointingly small selection of products for you to choose from. At ECOS Paints, you’ll discover a variety of expertly crafted, environmentally-engineered paints for your home and office. We offer the following paints for you to purchase:

  • Atmosphere purifying paint
    • Our atmosphere purifying paints are uniquely formulated for those who suffer from chemical sensitivities, allergies, and asthma. These paints turn your walls into massive filters as they trap volatile organic compounds which are circulating in the indoor air.
  • Chalkboard paint
  • Nursery paint
    • Our baby safe paints are excellent for use in your little one’s nursery. Specially formulated with health in mind, these products are nonetheless extremely durable to withstand repeated touching and washing.
  • Porch and floor paint
  • MCS (Multiple Chemical Sensitivities) friendly paint
  • Pet-friendly paint
    • Our pet-friendly paints are designed for you to use around your pets. Each container of Pet Dwellings Paint can be applied to bird cages, dog houses, kennels, reptile enclosures, and more.
  • Self-priming paint
  • Organic paint
  • Latex-free paint
  • And more!

Doorstep Delivery

Perhaps the most remarkable way that ECOS Paints has transformed online paint shopping is through our exclusive Concierge Service. Hauling heavy paint cans around can be frustrating, if not exhausting, and it’s even potentially dangerous. Why risk injury lugging cumbersome buckets from the store to your car and from your car to your home? At ECOS, our Concierge Service brings your order straight to your door, so you can put your feet up and relax until your paint arrives.

ECOS Paints – the Easiest Way to Shop for Paint

The next time you need paint and are dreading the thought of going to the store, shop for paint online at ECOS instead. Through our easy selection process, professional color matching, and doorstep delivery, we truly provide the world’s easiest way to shop for paint.

Homeowner’s Guide To Choosing Eco-Friendly Paints (Part 2)

In the last post, we started to discuss the serious health risks associated with the use of chemicals and paints that contain VOCs, or volatile organic compounds. Fortunately, there are viable alternatives that can limit or completely alleviate these risks, and picking out non toxic paints that don’t contain harmful chemicals is the key to protecting your family’s long-term health.

But where can you find non toxic paints? Here’s part two of our homeowner’s guide to choosing low VOC and eco-friendly paints.

What constitutes ‘low’ and ‘zero’ VOC?
‘Zero VOC’ is a term used to describe non-toxic paints made with natural ingredients as well as other substances with a VOC concentration of fewer than five grams per liter.

Keep in mind that most ‘zero VOC’ paints still use trace amounts of certain biocides, fungicides, and colorants. This means that even though they’re considered non toxic, they’re typically better to avoid for infants and small children.

Low VOC paints are those that use water as a base as opposed to any petroleum products. This decreases toxicity compared to traditional solvent-based paints. Low VOC describes non toxic paints and other paints with less than 50 grams per liter of VOCs.

Alternative Ingredients
When looking for ‘eco-friendly’ paints, focus on the ingredients. If the intense odor of traditional paints is overwhelming, choose a water based-option that is almost entirely odorless. Oil based natural paints often give off a slightly sweet smell as well. Both of these options — water-based and oil-based — are ideal for preventing allergy attacks and VOC health effects. Some ingredients more commonly found in natural paints include bees’ wax, casein from milk, natural latex, plant oils and resins, talcum, clay, chalk, and other mineral-based dyes.

Painting with non toxic paints and low VOC substances can make a noticeable difference in health. Those who suffer from allergies may notice a reduced severity of associated symptoms. But more importantly, studies show these components can have a major effect on cognitive functioning as well. In fact, in a recent study, participants spent six full work days in an environmentally-controlled office space at the TIEQ lab at the Syracuse Center of Excellence. In this space, VOC levels were reduced to approximately 50 micrograms per cubic meter and 40 cubic feet per minute of outdoor air per person. They found that, on average, cognitive scores were 101% higher than in conventional workspaces.

When all is said and done, it’s up to you to make the right eco-friendly decision for your home and your family. Understanding the facts about traditional vs. environmentally friendly paints can make all the difference in keeping your family safe. For more information about health effects from VOCs, or to order non toxic spray paints, low odor paints, and safe coatings, contact Ecos Paints.

Homeowner’s Guide To Choosing Eco-Friendly Paints (Part 1)

As a homeowner, it’s often empowering to feel the freedom that comes with being able to customize your home in any way you choose. For example, in a 2017 interior design trends survey, more than a third of respondents said they would choose a neutral color palette if redecorating their home, and you should have the freedom to choose whatever makes you feel most at home. But while most homeowners are primarily concerned with picking out paints and color schemes when considering painting a room, it’s also critical to be aware of the toxins present in many commercial spray paints and traditional paints.

If you’re concerned about your family’s health and your impact on the environment, it’s important to consider the benefits of non toxic spray paints, coatings, and more. Here’s part one of our quick guide to help homeowners like you choose the right eco-friendly paints for their home.

Understanding VOCs
First, it’s important to understand the role of VOCs (volatile organic compounds) in many paints. Spray paints often contain VOCs, which are then emitted as gases that impact air quality, and therefore, human health. It’s also surprising that studies have shown that levels of several volatile organic compounds average two to five times higher concentration indoors than outdoors, and when inhaled they can contribute to several health problems.

But the presence of VOCs extends far beyond paint applications. Gloss varnishes, waxes, and other household products typically contain them as well. This includes cleaning products, degreasers, some fuels, cosmetic products, hobby products, and more.

Health Effects Of VOCs
VOCs have numerous short- and long-term health effects that range from minor to severe. Those who are sensitive to allergens and chemicals may start to experience irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat. Headaches and nausea are also common side effects of VOC exposure/inhalation. But most severely, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency states that some organic compounds “can cause cancer in animals,” and “some are suspected or known to cause cancer in humans.”

How To Reduce Exposure
Fortunately, there are several steps homeowners can take to limit VOC exposure in their homes. Increasing ventilation helps to disperse the concentration. You should also pay close attention to labels explaining precautions on any products used inside your home. You should always buy in small quantities so that you’ll never have to store opened containers of unused paints in your home. But most of all, you can skip the hassle and health risks altogether and opt for eco-friendly paints and coatings instead.

Ultimately, choosing an eco-friendly paint without high levels of VOCs is the best way to protect yourself and your family from these potential health risks. Keep an eye out for the next post, where we’ll discuss how to find and select the right environmentally-friendly and low VOC paints for your home.

Seven Things You Should Know before Painting Baby’s Room

Seven Things You Should Know before Painting Baby’s Room

If you’re expecting a new baby, you might be going into nesting mode. One of the things you are probably eager to do is make over your new baby’s room with a fresh, coat of paint. Before you begin, however, there are a few questions that will need to be addressed.

 

What Is in the Paint?

 

While there are many different paint options available, you want to be sure that you choose a brand that is free of VOCs and other harmful chemicals. Some paints — like ours — are also latex-free and specially formulated for people with respiratory issues or chemical sensitivities.

 

How Does the Color Affect the Space?

 

Darker colors can make a room look cramped, while other colors — like white — can make the room feel more open. In addition, the different colors you use can affect your child’s mood. For example, it’s been claimed that red can make a person feel more aggressive, while yellow has been suggested to produce a cheerier mood in a person. There are even colors that may help your baby sleep better.

 

The most important thing you should do when choosing a color is to view them first. At Lullaby Paints, we provide our clients with free color samples so that they can see how the color will look in their home before they purchase.

 

How Much Paint Do You Need?

 

The amount of paint that you need will depending on the following:

 

  • The square footage of the area to be painted
  • The quality of the paint used

To apply two coats of paint to an average sized room might need five gallons of cheap paint, but only three gallons of premium-quality paint. Lullaby Paints prides itself on offering 1.5 times more paint coverage than the average traditional paint.

 

How Durable Does It Need to Be?

 

The paint finish that you choose can affect its durability. For example, if you need a washable, moisture resistant paint, we recommend selecting our eggshell finish. If you’re selecting paint for a high-traffic area, you may also want to consider eggshell or another pale to mid color, as they are less susceptible to marks from rubbing and scraping. Matte paint, on the other hand, tends to hide imperfections in the wall surface because it has less sheen.

 

When Should You Paint?

 

Timing is critical for painting a newborn’s room. You will want to make sure that any fumes have enough time to disperse after you’ve finished painting. Some traditional low VOC paints can take months, or even years to fully off gas.

 

Have You Done All the Necessary Prep Work?

 

Before you get started, you’ll need to make sure you have all of the right supplies. Not only that, but you’ll need to make sure that your tools have been prepped. Remember to remove any loose fibers or other debris from the rollers and brushes.

 

You should also make sure to:

 

  • Remove all furniture from the room
  • Cover the floor with drop cloths
  • Tape off the corners, floorboards, and any outlet covers or switch plates that have not been removed
  • Have a rag on hand in case of spills

If necessary, the first application step would be sand and prime your walls.

How Old Is Your Home?

 

In older homes, there may be the danger that lead paint has been used. If your home was built after 1978, you should not have to worry about that, but check. However, if lead is a possibility, you will want to take certain precautions, such as avoiding sanding or removing paint before you apply a new layer.

 

If you do need to have the paint sanded, you should contact a certified professional, who will be able to complete the job safely.

 

Once you’ve figured out the answers to the questions above, you’ll be ready to select your paint color and start painting! Need some help with the color selection process? Contact Lullaby Paints! We make it easy to choose the color you love most for your nursery.

4 Things to Consider before Choosing Your Next Paint Color

4 Things to consider...

Considering repainting a room in your house? Or are you looking to give a few of your rooms a makeover? No matter how many rooms are in need of an update, there are several things you should consider before settling on a color choice. Find out what you should keep in mind before coming to a decision.

 

What Your Preferences Are

It might be obvious to some that color preferences would be a priority, but you’d be surprised how often people jump on the trendy bandwagon and get stuck with a paint color that’s too loud for them to live with, or so boring that no one notices the color change at all. While it’s always fun to try something new, make sure you take into account how you really feel about a color. Make sure it’s a good fit for you before making any impulsive decisions.

 

How Light Factors In

Have you ever had a color that looks one way at one time of day and completely different throughout the day? Maybe you like the idea of chameleon-like paint. Maybe not. No matter which side of the fence you’re one, make sure you get an accurate idea of how a certain color may appear when different types of light touch it. Even if you like the idea of a color change, you might not like the tone of your color choice under certain lighting conditions.

 

How It Coordinates with the Rest of the Room

It’s very important to consider how the color you choose will look with lighting fixtures, cabinets, fireplaces, your flooring, and furniture in the room. If you don’t take this aspect into consideration, you might realize after the fact that the color you can’t live without clashes terribly with your couch, or makes your cabinets stand out too much. Once you’ve painted the room, you’re left with the decision to start the paint search all over again. Alternatively, you could also rip out your cabinets or replace your furniture to match that new paint color. If you’d rather avoid that hassle, make sure you choose a color that plays well with the rest of your room.

 

How It Makes You Feel

Have you ever noticed that different colors can make you feel different ways? You’re not the only one who’s noticed the effect a color can have on your mood. In fact, there are many studies that have been conducted to determine exactly how color can affect an individual. No matter what the experts say, you should consider the way colors tend to make you feel and take that into account before making your selection. A color that gets you pumped up would be a great option for a workout room, while a color that helps you relax is great for a bedroom—or a bathroom if you like to relax in the tub.

 

Feel ready to find the perfect color for your space? ECOS Paints, we’re eager to help you find the best paints and finishes for your project. Contact us today!

Secret Pro Painting Tip: Don’t Try to Rush the Job

When you’ve wanted to paint a room (or rooms) for a very long time; have finally picked out the right color(s); and, are ready to tackle the project, the last thing you want to do is all the tedious prep work. You want a coat of paint on the wall NOW. You want to cruise through this job like you’re an unstoppable pro, but we’re here to tell you, that’s not how the pros do it. All those little things that are a part of prep work have to be done, and they need to be done right for your paint job to look good. If your paint job looks like you did it as fast as humanly possible, you’re not going to be happy looking at it for years. So, here’s a secret pro painting tip: don’t rush the job. Follow these easy steps to ensure you get pro results from your next DIY paint project.

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How To Paint A Floor In 7 Simple Steps

Most people are pretty skeptical when it comes to painted floors. Can it really look nice? Will it really hold up to the wear and tear? With ECOS Paints Floor Paints, the answers are a resounding yes and yes! Our floor paints are so durable we use them on our factory floors. And our color pigments and paint formula are premium quality for gorgeous results. Painting the floor can really transform a space without breaking the bank, so we highly recommend trying it. And today we’re sharing all the basics you need to know – how to paint a floor in 7 simple steps.

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5 Easy Steps for Painting an Interior Brick Wall

steps for painting an interior brick wall - ecos paints

With its unique texture and classic look, brick can be a beautiful addition to a room. It can also look dated in some spaces – and if you don’t like the color of the brick, it’s a big project to remove it from the room. The solution – paint it! If you want to give your house a more updated, contemporary feel, the simplest and least expensive way to achieve this is painting. It’s also not very difficult. This is definitely a DIY project anyone can tackle. Are you ready? Here are 5 easy steps for painting an interior brick wall.

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5 Easy Eco Upgrades for Your Home

You might dream of having a roof covered in solar panels, a solar water heater, and a gray water system that irrigates all of your landscaping with your waste water, but if that’s not in your budget right now there are still simpler things you can do to save you money and make your home more eco-friendly. What can you do right now? Here are 5 easy eco upgrades for your home. Let us know which one of these tips you want to try in your home or share another tip, and you’ll be entered in this month’s giveaway for $200 in ECOS Paints!

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