How to Choose Low VOC Window Treatments
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VOCs and Window Treatments: How They Can Impact Your Loved Ones

That new car smell is exciting when you buy a new set of wheels. But it could also be hazardous for your health, because it’s an indication your car is emitting toxic fumes.

VOCs, or volatile organic compounds, are let off by man-made materials including paints and finishes. They may cause headaches, respiratory problems and joint pain. In more severe situations, they can even result in cancer.

Flooring, furniture and even window treatments in your house can expend VOCs, tainting your indoor air and making you feel ill. That’s why it’s vital to select products that are good for your loved ones and their environment.

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

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

Look into Where the Window Treatments Are Created

Examine the regulations where your window treatments are made. In the United States, the EPA controls VOCs in consumer products. If your window treatments are developed overseas, regulations can be more loose or nonexistent.

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

As the name points to, water-based paints and stains use water in tandem with their pigments. As a result, they release little to no VOCs. The finishes we use at Louver Shop of Gulf Coast go above rules enforced by the Air Quality Management District and the Ozone Transport Commission.

Window Treatment Material is Essential

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

Wood and Other Natural Materials

We provide multiple real-wood solutions for window treatments: plantation shutters, horizontal blinds and shades. Our plantation shutters are developed from the highest-quality wood you can find, furniture-grade basswood or poplar. And, as we talked about before, they’re finished with nontoxic, low VOC paints or stains.

If you’re seeking the appearance of plantation shutters at a more affordable price point, there’s horizontal wood blinds from Hunter Douglas. This basswood is harvested 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 give your residence a custom look. Pick 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 Gulf Coast, we have plenty of beautiful choices that won’t adversely affect your household’s 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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