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Understanding Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)

Consumers are looking for alternatives to epoxy floor coatings in large part due to a need for low VOC solutions. This article will help you to understand what VOC emissions are and how you can avoid them. By the end of this article, you will understand VOCs, and we think you will see why polyurea is the better solution for your coating needs.

What Are VOCs

Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are natural, organic gases emitted from certain solids or liquids in an unstable state when exposed to room temperature conditions. These gases are comprised of a variety of chemicals, some of which may cause health risks. Thus, when you're considering flooring for an indoor space, you'll want to choose an option that provides low emissions.

VOCs, which are carbon-based molecules, create ground-level ozone when they are exposed to sunlight.

VOCs are a common ingredient in coatings. They allow coatings that have been applied quickly to dry quickly.

VOC's are not present in the majority of our coatings


Volatile organic compounds, also known as VOCs, are organic gases emitted by liquids and solids when exposed to high temperatures. These gases can contain a range of chemicals that may pose health risks. You should choose a flooring option that emits low VOC levels when considering flooring for indoor spaces.


There have been numerous conditions linked to the exposure of high-level VOCs for prolonged periods.  According to the EPA

Examples of these include:

  • Eye, nose, and throat irritation
  • Headaches
  • Loss of coordination
  • Damage to the liver, kidneys, or nervous systems
  • Cancer


You will be choosing a flooring option that has low VOCs when you invest in polyurea. Low VOCs are a term that refers to a level close to zero. Polyurea does not emit toxic fumes during application, and it is safer than any other coating product.

ArmorThane has decades of experience in the industry and can provide superior service for residential and commercial customers. Contact ArmorThane today and have peace of mind that you're investing with a company that cares! Contact our team at 800.227.2905 for more information about which floor coating will work best for you.