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:
|Nevada||New Mexico||North Carolina||North Dakota||Oklahoma||Oregon|
|South Carolina||South Dakota||Tennessee||Texas||Utah||Vermont|
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|