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 might also be hazardous for your health, because it’s a sign your car is releasing dangerous fumes.

VOCs, or volatile organic compounds, are let off by inorganic materials such as paints and finishes. They sometimes lead to headaches, respiratory issues and joint aches. In more severe situations, they can even cause cancer.

Flooring, furniture and even window treatments in your house can release VOCs, tainting your indoor air and making you feel ill. That’s why it’s crucial to find products that are good for your loved ones and their environment.

When you need to get new window treatments, Louver Shop of Savannah is here to help. All our custom shutters, blinds and shades are fashioned here in the U.S. from the best quality materials and fabrics. You can see samples for yourself during a free consultation, where you’ll receive 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 some of the best nontoxic styles.

Look into Where the Window Treatments Are Manufactured

Examine the regulations where your window treatments are made. In the United States, the EPA administers VOCs in consumer products. If your window treatments are produced overseas, regulations could be more loose or nonexistent.

Louver Shop of Savannah makes 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 points to, 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 Savannah exceed regulations enforced by the Air Quality Management District and the Ozone Transport Commission.

Window Treatment Material is Critical

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

Wood and Other Natural Materials

We have multiple real-wood solutions for window treatments: plantation shutters, horizontal blinds and shades. Our plantation shutters are produced from the finest wood you can find, furniture-grade basswood or poplar. And, as we talked about earlier, they’re finished with nontoxic, low VOC paints or stains.

If you’re seeking the look of plantation shutters at a more affordable price point, there’s horizontal wood blinds from Hunter Douglas. This basswood is gathered 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 provide your residence a special look. Pick from styles like Roman, waterfall Roman and vertical drapery. And then make them complement your home by choosing valances, edge banding or a light-filtering liner.

At Louver Shop of Savannah, we have plenty of attractive options that won’t badly affect 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 assist you. Contact us at 888-428-1415 today to set up your free consultation.

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