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 buy a new set of wheels. But it could also be bad for your health, because it’s a sign your car is emitting harmful fumes.

VOCs, or volatile organic compounds, are released by inorganic materials like paints and finishes. They could lead to headaches, respiratory problems and joint discomfort. In a couple instances, they could 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 choose products that are good 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 top quality materials and fabrics. You can examine samples for yourself during a free consultation, where you’ll enjoy veteran design advice, also at no cost.

Here are some things to understand when you’re hunting 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 regulates VOCs in consumer products. If your window treatments are produced overseas, oversight can 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 stains 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 above 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, selecting 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 best wood you can find, furniture-grade basswood or poplar. And, as we mentioned previously, they’re finished with nontoxic, low VOC paints or stains.

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

Seeking shades instead? Provenance® Woven Wood Shades are made from natural fibers like wood, bamboo, grasses and reeds to give your house a unique look. Select 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 assist you. Contact us at 888-428-1415 right away to schedule your free consultation.

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