How to Choose Low VOC Window Treatments
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VOCs and Window Treatments: How They Can Harm Your Family

That new car smell is exciting when you have a new set of wheels. But it can also be bad for your health, because it’s a symptom your car is emitting harmful fumes.

VOCs, or volatile organic compounds, are let off by synthetic materials such as paints and finishes. They can lead to headaches, respiratory problems and joint aches. In more severe examples, they might even result in cancer.

Flooring, furniture and even window treatments in your residence can emit VOCs, contaminating your indoor air and making you feel worse. That’s why it’s crucial to choose products that are healthy for your family and your environment.

When you need to get new window treatments, Louver Shop of Birmingham 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 examine samples for yourself during a free consultation, where you’ll get veteran design advice, also at no cost.

Here are some things to understand when you’re hunting for new window treatments, as well as some of the best nontoxic styles.

Check Where the Window Treatments Are Made

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

Louver Shop of Birmingham produces our plantation shutters in Georgia and finishes them with exclusive paints or stains. These nontoxic stains 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. As a result, they produce little to no VOCs. The finishes we use at Louver Shop of Birmingham go above regulations set down by the Air Quality Management District and the Ozone Transport Commission.

Window Treatment Material is Important

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

Wood and Other Natural Materials

We provide many real-wood solutions for window treatments: plantation shutters, horizontal blinds and shades. Our plantation shutters are constructed from the best wood you can find, furniture-grade basswood or poplar. And, as we mentioned previously, 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 comes from sustainably managed forests, and all purchases support the Arbor Day Foundation®.

Want shades instead? Provenance® Woven Wood Shades are developed from natural fibers like wood, bamboo, grasses and reeds to grant your residence a custom look. Pick from styles like Roman, waterfall Roman and vertical drapery. And then make them your own by selecting valances, edge banding or a light-filtering liner.

At Louver Shop of Birmingham, we have a great deal of of beautiful choices that won’t negatively influence your loved ones’ health. From a free consultation where you can evaluate all your options to expert design assistance at no cost, we are here to benefit you. Contact us at 888-428-1415 now to set up your free consultation.

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