How to Choose Low VOC Window Treatments
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VOCs and Window Treatments: How to Keep Your Loved Ones Healthy

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

VOCs, or volatile organic compounds, are released by inorganic materials like paints and finishes. They could result in headaches, respiratory problems and joint aches. In a couple instances, they may even cause cancer.

Flooring, furniture and even window treatments in your house can release VOCs, polluting your indoor air and making you feel ill. That’s why it’s crucial to identify products that are beneficial for your family and your environment.

When you need to install new window treatments, Louver Shop of Charleston is here to help. All our custom shutters, blinds and shades are developed here in the U.S. from the best quality materials and fabrics. You can examine 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 know when you’re searching for new window treatments, as well as some of the best nontoxic styles.

Consider Where the Window Treatments Are Produced

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

Louver Shop of Charleston makes our plantation shutters in Georgia and finishes them with proprietary 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. Because of this, they release little to no VOCs. The finishes we use at Louver Shop of Charleston go beyond regulations set down by the Air Quality Management District and the Ozone Transport Commission.

Window Treatment Material is Crucial

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

Wood and Other Natural Materials

We have 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 mentioned earlier, they’re finished with nontoxic, low VOC paints or stains.

If you’re seeking the style of plantation shutters at a more affordable price point, there’s horizontal wood blinds from Hunter Douglas. This basswood is gathered sustainably managed forests, and every purchase supports the Arbor Day Foundation®.

Seeking shades instead? Provenance® Woven Wood Shades are developed from natural fibers like wood, bamboo, grasses and reeds to provide your house a special 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 Charleston, we have plenty of exceptional models that won’t negatively alter your family’s health. From a free consultation where you can examine all your options to expert design assistance at no cost, we are here to benefit you. Contact us at 888-428-1415 now to set up your free consultation.

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