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

That new car smell is exhilarating when you get a new set of wheels. But it can also be risky for your health, because it’s an indication your car is expending harmful odors.

VOCs, or volatile organic compounds, are given off by synthetic materials such as paints and finishes. They can cause headaches, respiratory troubles and joint pain. In more severe situations, they may even cause 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 their environment.

When you need to install new window treatments, Louver Shop of Greensboro is here to help. All our custom shutters, blinds and shades are developed here in the U.S. from the highest quality materials and fabrics. You can browse samples for yourself during a free consultation, where you’ll receive seasoned design advice, also at no cost.

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

Check Where the Window Treatments Are Produced

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 made overseas, oversight can be more relaxed or nonexistent.

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

As the name hints at, water-based paints and stains use water alongside their pigments. As a result, they produce little to no VOCs. The finishes we use at Louver Shop of Greensboro go above standards set down by the Air Quality Management District and the Ozone Transport Commission.

Window Treatment Material is Essential

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

Wood and Other Natural Materials

We provide lots of real-wood solutions for window treatments: plantation shutters, horizontal blinds and shades. Our plantation shutters are constructed from the best wood you can get, 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 look of plantation shutters at a lower price point, there’s horizontal wood blinds from Hunter Douglas. This basswood comes from sustainably managed forests, and all purchases support the Arbor Day Foundation®.

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

At Louver Shop of Greensboro, we have plenty of outstanding choices that won’t adversely alter your family’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 set up your free consultation.

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