How to Choose Low VOC Window Treatments
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VOCs and Window Treatments: Healthier Alternatives for Your Household

That new car smell is invigorating when you have a new set of wheels. But it might also be hazardous for your health, because it’s a sign your car is expending toxic fumes.

VOCs, or volatile organic compounds, are let off by synthetic materials such as paints and finishes. They may lead to headaches, respiratory problems and joint discomfort. In a few instances, they could even result in cancer.

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

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

Here are a few things to understand when you’re looking for new window treatments, as well as a couple of the best nontoxic styles.

Consider Where the Window Treatments Are Manufactured

Review the regulations where your window treatments are developed. In the United States, the EPA administers VOCs in consumer products. If your window treatments are developed overseas, oversight may be more loose or nonexistent.

Louver Shop of Nashville makes our plantation shutters in Georgia and finishes them with proprietary 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 in tandem with their pigments. Due to this, they release little to no VOCs. The finishes we use at Louver Shop of Nashville exceed regulations enforced by the Air Quality Management District and the Ozone Transport Commission.

Window Treatment Material is Important

If you’re vulnerable to VOCs, choosing the best window treatment material makes a big 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 best wood you can get, furniture-grade basswood or poplar. And, as we talked about before, they’re finished with nontoxic, low VOC paints or stains.

If you’re searching for the look of plantation shutters at a less expensive price point, there’s horizontal wood blinds from Hunter Douglas. This basswood is gathered responsibly managed forests, and each purchase supports the Arbor Day Foundation®.

Want shades instead? Provenance® Woven Wood Shades are created from natural fibers like wood, bamboo, grasses and reeds to provide your home a one-of-a-kind look. Choose from styles like Roman, waterfall Roman and vertical drapery. And then make them your own by choosing valances, edge banding or a light-filtering liner.

At Louver Shop of Nashville, we have a wealth of outstanding choices that won’t negatively influence your household’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 now to schedule your free consultation.

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