How is it possible that houses built decades ago maintain their plaster and walls in an excellent condition, when more recent construction and builds in the same city are in poor condition after just a few years? This is because that buildings need to breathe.
Everyone knows that when an old wall is painted it has the ability to change the mood of the occupants. But the colour of the paint is not the only thing that matters. Its compounds can protect or harm our health and our house. In the past, people used to cover their stone walls with lime and plaster, using a minimum amount of cement, so they had achieved good breathability of their houses. As time went by, the use of various chemical insulation, abundant cement and finally coating with plastic petrochemical paint on top creating a very thin -but without pores – membrane led to perfect insulation.
However, humidity, unhealthy volatile components contained in the various paints used for furniture, radiators and walls and other harmful everyday materials such as toxic cleaning supplies, etc. are trapped inside the house. The use of breathable natural paints which are friendlier not only to our health and the environment, but to our homes, as well are the logical solution. The point is: Keep old walls breathing and save them from building up damp by allowing the moisture to escape through breathable materials.
So if you are planning to paint your new house or renovate your old historic building, use breathable natural paints. However, before buying them, remember to read the technical advice/ ingredients sheet. All environmentally friendly paint manufacturers are obliged to specify their ingredients.
Are breathable paints easy to use and to apply? Yes, they apply in pretty much the same way as standard petrochemical paint, no extra skill needed!
What kind of applications can I use breathable paint for? There are a great deal of applications for breathable paint, such as using breathable paint for lime plaster, or using them as a breathable emulsion paint for porous renders. We offer Auro paints for the best microporous masonry paint, both exterior breathable paint or breathable paint for interiors.
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