How to Choose Low VOC Window Treatments
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VOCs and Window Treatments: How They Can Harm Your Family

That new car smell is exciting when you get a new set of wheels. But it could also be bad for your health, because it’s a symptom your car is emitting dangerous fumes.

VOCs, or volatile organic compounds, are given off by synthetic materials such as paints and finishes. They may result in headaches, respiratory problems and joint discomfort. In a few examples, they can even result in cancer.

Flooring, furniture and even window treatments in your residence can expend VOCs, contaminating your indoor air and making you feel sick. That’s why it’s important to select products that are beneficial for your family and your environment.

When it’s time for new window treatments, Louver Shop of Louisiana is here to help. All our custom shutters, blinds and shades are made here in the USA from the best quality materials and fabrics. You can see samples for yourself during a free consultation, where you’ll get expert design advice, also at no cost.

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

Consider Where the Window Treatments Are Manufactured

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

Louver Shop of Louisiana creates 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 suggests, water-based paints and stains use water in tandem with their pigments. Due to this, they release little to no VOCs. The finishes we use at Louver Shop of Louisiana go beyond rules established by the Air Quality Management District and the Ozone Transport Commission.

Window Treatment Material is Important

If you’re sensitive to VOCs, choosing the ideal window treatment material makes a huge 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 made from the best wood you can find, furniture-grade basswood or poplar. And, as we mentioned earlier, they’re finished with nontoxic, low VOC paints or stains.

If you’re seeking the style of plantation shutters at a less expensive price point, there’s horizontal wood blinds from Hunter Douglas. This basswood comes from efficiently managed forests, and all purchases support the Arbor Day Foundation®.

Looking for shades instead? Provenance® Woven Wood Shades are created from natural fibers like wood, bamboo, grasses and reeds to grant your home a special look. Choose 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 Louisiana, we have plenty of beautiful choices that won’t adversely affect 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 help you. Contact us at 888-428-1415 now to schedule your free consultation.

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