Matthews Paint: Eco-Friendly Paint for Signage

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What is low VOC paint?

Low VOC paint has lower than normal levels of VOCs (volatile organic compounds). VOCs are found in many building materials, including paint.

When the paint dries, these chemicals get released into the air. Unfortunately, they can cause dizziness, headaches, and other symptoms in people who are in the area. And, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, some VOCs are suspected to cause cancer in humans.

Due to the risks associated with VOCs, many manufacturers have started to produce low VOC paint. This includes companies that specialize in paint for commercial and/or industrial applications.

Low VOC paint is considered to be a more eco-friendly paint option, which is why it continues to grow in popularity.

What are the benefits of using eco-friendly paint for signage?

Though low VOC paint can be used for many purposes, it’s an especially good choice for those in the market for eco-friendly paint for signage.

People like to know they’re visiting or buying from an organization that’s environmentally responsible. As efforts to minimize environmental impact increase, businesses continue to look for ways they can reduce waste and cut down on the use of harmful materials.

By getting eco-friendly paint for signage, businesses can show customers they care about the environment, as well as the safety of their staff and visitors.

This is a particularly wise move for hospitals, schools, assisted living centers, and other facilities that consider the health and safety of those inside a top priority.

Plus, sign shops that are able to market their use of eco-friendly paint for signage can garner goodwill from potential clients such as those mentioned above.

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the most widely used green building system in the world. Businesses that are constructing a new facility or remodeling an existing one often try to earn more LEED points by using environmentally friendly materials.

Though the LEED grading system focuses more on the actual structure, the use of low VOC paint for signage could help increase a building’s score.

Since some areas offer tax credits for businesses that achieve certain “green” building goals, this may be something worth researching for potential sign shop clients.

For more than 80 years, Matthews Paint has been a leading manufacturer of paint for the architectural signage industry. Sign shops appreciate the many benefits Matthews Paint offers:

Further, Matthews Paint offers a line of low VOC paint that exceeds even stringent environmental regulations. These products have much lower VOC levels than other acrylic polyurethanes on the market. Matthews Paint’s new primer even lacks heavy metals and meets EPA regulations regarding use of primers.

ADA Signage

For ADA signage in particular, Matthews Paint has proven to be an excellent choice.

Due to the durability of Matthews Paint, ADA signs made with it don’t need to be repaired or replaced as often. This is notable for businesses that don’t have the budget to continually replace their ADA signage.

Matthews Paint works well with signs made using the Raster Braille method. Raster Braille signs contain plastic spheres that can potentially fall out over time, ruining the Braille lettering. However, Matthews Paint seals the entire surface so the plastic spheres are less likely to fall out.

Many businesses worry about ADA signage having a negative effect on the overall look and feel of their buildings. Since Matthews Paint has a large color library available, there’s little to no risk of this issue. Plus, with a suitable paint-mixing station, shades can be created that match those from other popular brands.

Finally, Matthews Paint being an eco-friendly choice for signage means that businesses can still remain “green” while achieving ADA compliancy. Sign shops can give their clients peace of mind by highlighting the environmentally friendly nature of Matthews Paint. And they can note how this line has less impact on the health and safety of patrons.

Why partner with a sign manufacturer that works with Matthews Paint?

Matthews Paint is widely regarded as one of the best brands on the market for architectural signage. By partnering with a business that manufactures signs using Matthews Paint, sign shops can assure their own clients that they’ll receive the highest quality signage possible…

Since Matthews Paint has a line of low VOC paint products available, sign shops can also stress the fact that they can offer eco-friendly paint for signage. As previously mentioned, this can be very appealing for hospitals, schools, assisted living centers, and other facilities that strive to use “green” materials for the health and safety of those inside.

With such a partnership, sign shops can outsource orders that they’re unable to fill themselves while still providing clients with the signs they need and presenting themselves as a “green” business.

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