How to Choose Low VOC Window Treatments
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VOCs and Window Treatments: Healthier Alternatives for Your Family

That new car smell is invigorating when you have a new set of wheels. But it might also be bad for your health, because it’s a symptom your car is expending dangerous gases.

VOCs, or volatile organic compounds, are let off by inorganic materials like paints and finishes. They could lead to headaches, respiratory issues and joint pain. In more severe situations, they might even result in cancer.

Flooring, furniture and even window treatments in your residence can emit VOCs, polluting your indoor air and making you feel worse. That’s why it’s vital to select products that are healthy for your household and the environment.

When you need to install new window treatments, Louver Shop of Louisville is here to help. All our custom shutters, blinds and shades are developed here in the United States from the highest quality materials and fabrics. You can see samples for yourself during a free consultation, where you’ll enjoy expert design advice, also at no cost.

Here are a few things to know when you’re looking for new window treatments, as well as some of the best nontoxic styles.

Check Where the Window Treatments Are Manufactured

Review the regulations where your window treatments are developed. In the United States, the EPA administers VOCs in consumer products. If your window treatments are developed overseas, oversight may be more relaxed or nonexistent.

Louver Shop of Louisville manufactures our plantation shutters in Georgia and finishes them with exclusive paints or stains. These nontoxic paints are safe for the environment and water based.

As the name points to, water-based paints and stains use water in combination with their pigments. Due to this, they create little to no VOCs. The finishes we use at Louver Shop of Louisville exceed standards established by the Air Quality Management District and the Ozone Transport Commission.

Window Treatment Material is Essential

If you’re susceptible to VOCs, picking the right window treatment material makes a large difference.

Wood and Other Natural Materials

We have lots of real-wood solutions for window treatments: plantation shutters, horizontal blinds and shades. Our plantation shutters are developed from the best wood you can find, furniture-grade basswood or poplar. And, as we mentioned previously, they’re finished with nontoxic, low VOC paints or stains.

If you’re searching for the look of plantation shutters at a more affordable price point, there’s horizontal wood blinds from Hunter Douglas. This basswood is harvested responsibly managed forests, and every purchase supports the Arbor Day Foundation®.

Want shades instead? Provenance® Woven Wood Shades are produced from natural fibers like wood, bamboo, grasses and reeds to give your house a unique look. Choose from styles like Roman, waterfall Roman and vertical drapery. And then make them complement your home by adding valances, edge banding or a light-filtering liner.

At Louver Shop of Louisville, we have plenty of gorgeous choices that won’t adversely influence your loved ones’ health. From a free consultation where you can see all your options to expert design assistance at no cost, we are here to benefit you. Contact us at 888-428-1415 today to set up your free consultation.

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