How to Choose Low VOC Window Treatments
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VOCs and Window Treatments: Better Alternatives for Your Loved Ones

That new car smell is invigorating when you buy a new set of wheels. But it might also be bad for your health, because it’s a symptom your car is releasing harmful fumes.

VOCs, or volatile organic compounds, are let off by synthetic materials such as paints and finishes. They may cause headaches, respiratory issues and joint pain. In some situations, they might even result in cancer.

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

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

Here are a number of things to keep in mind when you’re searching for new window treatments, as well as some of the best nontoxic styles.

Check Where the Window Treatments Are Created

Consider 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, regulations can be more slack or nonexistent.

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

As the name points to, water-based paints and stains use water alongside their pigments. Due to this, they create little to no VOCs. The finishes we use at Louver Shop of Columbia go beyond rules set down by the Air Quality Management District and the Ozone Transport Commission.

Window Treatment Material is Important

If you’re vulnerable to VOCs, picking the ideal window treatment material makes a big difference.

Wood and Other Natural Materials

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

If you’re seeking the look of plantation shutters at a lower price point, there’s horizontal wood blinds from Hunter Douglas. This basswood comes from efficiently managed forests, and every purchase supports the Arbor Day Foundation®.

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

At Louver Shop of Columbia, we have a great deal of of gorgeous choices that won’t adversely alter 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 assist you. Contact us at 888-428-1415 today to set up your free consultation.