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 have a new set of wheels. But it might also be bad for your health, because it’s an indication your car is emitting harmful gases.

VOCs, or volatile organic compounds, are given off by synthetic materials including paints and finishes. They sometimes lead to headaches, respiratory issues and joint aches. In more severe situations, they could even cause cancer.

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

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

Here are some 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 governs VOCs in consumer products. If your window treatments are produced overseas, oversight might be more relaxed or nonexistent.

Louver Shop of Charlotte creates 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 hints at, water-based paints and stains use water alongside their pigments. Because of this, they expend little to no VOCs. The finishes we use at Louver Shop of Charlotte exceed regulations set down by the Air Quality Management District and the Ozone Transport Commission.

Window Treatment Material is Crucial

If you’re sensitive to VOCs, picking the right window treatment material makes a big 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 produced 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’re searching for the style 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®.

Looking for shades instead? Provenance® Woven Wood Shades are developed from natural fibers like wood, bamboo, grasses and reeds to give your house a one-of-a-kind look. Choose 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 Charlotte, we have a great deal of of beautiful models that won’t adversely influence 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 organize your free consultation.

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