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 buy a new set of wheels. But it could also be risky for your health, because it’s a symptom your car is releasing harmful gases.

VOCs, or volatile organic compounds, are given off by synthetic materials including paints and finishes. They could cause headaches, respiratory troubles and joint aches. In a couple instances, they could 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 important to find products that are good for your loved ones and the environment.

When it’s time for new window treatments, Louver Shop of Columbus is here to help. All our custom shutters, blinds and shades are developed here in the USA 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 some things to know when you’re looking for new window treatments, as well as some of the best nontoxic styles.

Consider Where the Window Treatments Are Manufactured

Examine the regulations where your window treatments are developed. In the United States, the EPA regulates VOCs in consumer products. If your window treatments are developed overseas, regulations may be more slack or nonexistent.

Louver Shop of Columbus creates our plantation shutters in Georgia and finishes them with our own paints or stains. These nontoxic paints 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. As a result, they release little to no VOCs. The finishes we use at Louver Shop of Columbus go above rules set down by the Air Quality Management District and the Ozone Transport Commission.

Window Treatment Material is Essential

If you’re vulnerable to VOCs, picking the best 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 developed from the best wood you can get, furniture-grade basswood or poplar. And, as we discussed earlier, they’re finished with nontoxic, low VOC paints or stains.

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

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

At Louver Shop of Columbus, we have a wealth of beautiful choices that won’t adversely influence your household’s health. From a free consultation where you can evaluate all your options to expert design assistance at no cost, we are here to benefit you. Contact us at 888-428-1415 today to schedule your free consultation.

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