How to Choose Low VOC Window Treatments
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VOCs and Window Treatments: Better Alternatives for Your Loved Ones

That new car smell is invigorating when you get a new set of wheels. But it can 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 man-made materials such as paints and finishes. They can cause headaches, respiratory problems and joint pain. In a couple instances, they can even cause cancer.

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

When you need to install new window treatments, Louver Shop of South Georgia is here to help. All our custom shutters, blinds and shades are made here in the United States from the highest quality materials and fabrics. You can see 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 understand when you’re looking for new window treatments, as well as some of the best nontoxic styles.

Consider Where the Window Treatments Are Made

Review the regulations where your window treatments are developed. In the United States, the EPA regulates VOCs in consumer products. If your window treatments are made overseas, regulations can be more slack or nonexistent.

Louver Shop of South Georgia 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 points to, water-based paints and stains use water alongside their pigments. Due to this, they emit little to no VOCs. The finishes we use at Louver Shop of South Georgia go beyond rules enforced by the Air Quality Management District and the Ozone Transport Commission.

Window Treatment Material is Essential

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

Wood and Other Natural Materials

We have many 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 appearance of plantation shutters at a more affordable price point, there’s horizontal wood blinds from Hunter Douglas. This basswood is gathered efficiently managed forests, and each purchase supports the Arbor Day Foundation®.

Looking for shades instead? Provenance® Woven Wood Shades are made from natural fibers like wood, bamboo, grasses and reeds to give your home a special look. Select from styles like Roman, waterfall Roman and vertical drapery. And then make them complement your home by adding valances, edge banding or a light-filtering liner.

At Louver Shop of South Georgia, we have a wealth of outstanding options that won’t adversely influence your family’s health. From a free consultation where you can review all your options to expert design assistance at no cost, we are here to help you. Contact us at 888-428-1415 right away to schedule your free consultation.

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