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 could also be risky for your health, because it’s a symptom your car is releasing toxic odors.

VOCs, or volatile organic compounds, are let off by inorganic materials like paints and finishes. They may result in headaches, respiratory issues and joint aches. In some situations, they can even result in cancer.

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

When you need to install new window treatments, Louver Shop of Richmond 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 receive expert design advice, also at no cost.

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

Check Where the Window Treatments Are Produced

Consider 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 may be more slack or nonexistent.

Louver Shop of Richmond 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 suggests, water-based paints and stains use water alongside their pigments. Due to this, they create little to no VOCs. The finishes we use at Louver Shop of Richmond go beyond rules set down by the Air Quality Management District and the Ozone Transport Commission.

Window Treatment Material is Essential

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

Wood and Other Natural Materials

We offer lots of real-wood solutions for window treatments: plantation shutters, horizontal blinds and shades. Our plantation shutters are developed from the best 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 appearance 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 all purchases support the Arbor Day Foundation®.

Want shades instead? Provenance® Woven Wood Shades are produced from natural fibers like wood, bamboo, grasses and reeds to provide your home a custom look. Pick 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 Richmond, we have a wealth of attractive models that won’t badly affect your household’s health. From a free consultation where you can evaluate all your options to expert design assistance at no cost, we are here to assist you. Contact us at 888-428-1415 today to organize your free consultation.