Unlike our competitors, all CRETO Sealants our VOC free. Here at CRETO, we are committed in making the best product on the market as well as the safest. As an independent family owned USA based company, we stand by the highest standard for our family and ours. With our patented VOC free sealer technology defeats our competitors “low” to “mid” VOC rating.

As more states enact stricter air quality regulations, the term “VOC” is becoming a greater part of our everyday vocabulary. But what exactly is a “VOC”?

VOC is an acronym for Volatile Organic Compound. VOC’s are carbon based (organic) solvents that evaporate (volatilize) under normal atmospheric conditions and have the ability to photo-react when exposed to sunlight. This reaction creates low-level ozone, a major component of smog.

Smog is associated with causing asthma, bronchitis, and emphysema. Smog poses a health threat to the young, elderly, and those suffering from cardiovascular disease. As a result, many states have enacted strict VOC regulations, limiting the level of photo-reactive solvents manufacturers can use in coatings.

VOC’s are measured in grams per liter (g/L), and the Federal limit for cure & seals is 700 g/L. Various states have enacted more restrictive VOC limits of 350 g/L for cure & seals (400 g/L for sealers). These limitations impact all paints and coatings, not just cures & sealers.

Examples of both Federal and “low” VOC limits for some common products include:

VOC Limit Cure & Seal Film Forming Sealer Penetrating Waterproofer Form Release
Federal 700 g/L 700 g/L 600 g/L 450 g/L
“Low-VOC” 350 g/L 400 g/L 250 g/L 250 g/L

The listing of states which adhere to the higher Federal allowances includes:

Alabama Alaska Arkansas Colorado Florida Georgia
Hawaii Idaho Iowa Kansas Kentucky Louisiana
Michigan Minnesota Mississippi Missouri Montana Nebraska
Nevada New Mexico North Carolina North Dakota Oklahoma Oregon
South Carolina South Dakota Tennessee Texas Utah Vermont
Washington West Virginia Wisconsin Wyoming

And states with the more restrictive VOC limitations are:

Maricopa County (AZ) California (various air districts) Connecticut Delaware
District of Columbia Illinois Indiana Maine
Maryland Massachusetts New Hampshire New Jersey
New York Ohio Pennsylvania Rhode Island
Virginia (specific counties) Canada

 

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