How to Choose Low VOC Window Treatments
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VOCs and Window Treatments: How They Can Affect Your Household

That new car smell is exciting when you have a new set of wheels. But it could also be bad for your health, because it’s an indication your car is emitting dangerous gases.

VOCs, or volatile organic compounds, are let off by synthetic materials including paints and finishes. They may result in headaches, respiratory issues and joint discomfort. In more severe situations, they may even cause cancer.

Flooring, furniture and even window treatments in your home can emit VOCs, tainting your indoor air and making you feel worse. That’s why it’s vital to choose products that are good for your household and your environment.

When you need to get new window treatments, Louver Shop of Charlotte is here to help. All our custom shutters, blinds and shades are fashioned 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 enjoy veteran 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

Examine 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 in combination with their pigments. Because of this, they create little to no VOCs. The finishes we use at Louver Shop of Charlotte exceed regulations established 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 have several real-wood solutions for window treatments: plantation shutters, horizontal blinds and shades. Our plantation shutters are produced 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 searching for the appearance of plantation shutters at a more affordable price point, there’s horizontal wood blinds from Hunter Douglas. This basswood is harvested responsibly managed forests, and every purchase supports the Arbor Day Foundation®.

Seeking shades instead? Provenance® Woven Wood Shades are made from natural fibers like wood, bamboo, grasses and reeds to provide your residence a one-of-a-kind look. Choose from styles like Roman, waterfall Roman and vertical drapery. And then customize by adding valances, edge banding or a light-filtering liner.

At Louver Shop of Charlotte, we have a great deal of of outstanding models 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 organize your free consultation.