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

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

VOCs, or volatile organic compounds, are released by man-made materials such as paints and finishes. They could cause headaches, respiratory problems and joint discomfort. In more severe instances, they might even lead to cancer.

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

When it’s time for new window treatments, Louver Shop of Colorado is here to help. All our custom shutters, blinds and shades are developed here in the USA from the highest 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 few things to keep in mind when you’re searching for new window treatments, as well as a few of the best nontoxic styles.

Look into Where the Window Treatments Are Made

Review the regulations where your window treatments are made. In the United States, the EPA controls VOCs in consumer products. If your window treatments are developed overseas, legislation may be more relaxed or nonexistent.

Louver Shop of Colorado makes our plantation shutters in Georgia and finishes them with our own paints or stains. These nontoxic stains 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 emit little to no VOCs. The finishes we use at Louver Shop of Colorado go above rules established by the Air Quality Management District and the Ozone Transport Commission.

Window Treatment Material is Critical

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

Wood and Other Natural Materials

We offer many real-wood solutions for window treatments: plantation shutters, horizontal blinds and shades. Our plantation shutters are produced from the best wood available, furniture-grade basswood or poplar. And, as we talked about previously, they’re finished with nontoxic, low VOC paints or stains.

If you want the look of plantation shutters at a more affordable price point, there’s horizontal wood blinds from Hunter Douglas. This basswood comes from efficiently managed forests, and all purchases support the Arbor Day Foundation®.

Looking for shades instead? Provenance® Woven Wood Shades are made from natural fibers like wood, bamboo, grasses and reeds to provide your residence a special look. Choose 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 Colorado, we have plenty of gorgeous models that won’t adversely influence your loved ones’ health. From a free consultation where you can see all your options to expert design assistance at no cost, we are here to assist you. Contact us at 888-428-1415 now to schedule your free consultation.

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