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

That new car smell is invigorating when you have a new set of wheels. But it could also be bad for your health, because it’s a sign your car is releasing harmful odors.

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

Flooring, furniture and even window treatments in your house 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 install 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 see samples for yourself during a free consultation, where you’ll get veteran design advice, also at no cost.

Here are some 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 regulates VOCs in consumer products. If your window treatments are produced overseas, legislation may be more loose 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 hints at, 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 Columbia go above 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 provide 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 talked about 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 made from natural fibers like wood, bamboo, grasses and reeds to provide your home a special look. Select from styles like Roman, waterfall Roman and vertical drapery. And then make them your own by selecting valances, edge banding or a light-filtering liner.

At Louver Shop of Columbia, we have a wealth of gorgeous options 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 assist you. Contact us at 888-428-1415 today to set up your free consultation.

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