How to Choose Low VOC Window Treatments
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VOCs and Window Treatments: Healthy Alternatives for Your Family

That new car smell is invigorating when you have a new set of wheels. But it can also be hazardous for your health, because it’s an indication your car is releasing toxic gases.

VOCs, or volatile organic compounds, are given off by synthetic materials like paints and finishes. They can result in headaches, respiratory troubles and joint discomfort. In a couple examples, they may even result in 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 beneficial to select products that are good for your loved ones and their environment.

When you need to get new window treatments, Louver Shop of Maryland is here to help. All our custom shutters, blinds and shades are fashioned here in the United States from the highest quality materials and fabrics. You can examine samples for yourself during a free consultation, where you’ll enjoy veteran design advice, also at no cost.

Here are some things to keep in mind when you’re looking for new window treatments, as well as some of the best nontoxic styles.

Consider Where the Window Treatments Are Produced

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 made overseas, legislation might be more loose or nonexistent.

Louver Shop of Maryland creates 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 hints at, water-based paints and stains use water in combination with their pigments. Due to this, they emit little to no VOCs. The finishes we use at Louver Shop of Maryland exceed regulations 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 best window treatment material makes a big difference.

Wood and Other Natural Materials

We provide several real-wood solutions for window treatments: plantation shutters, horizontal blinds and shades. Our plantation shutters are developed from the best wood available, furniture-grade basswood or poplar. And, as we mentioned earlier, they’re finished with nontoxic, low VOC paints or stains.

If you’re seeking the style of plantation shutters at a less expensive price point, there’s horizontal wood blinds from Hunter Douglas. This basswood is harvested sustainably managed forests, and all purchases support the Arbor Day Foundation®.

Seeking shades instead? Provenance® Woven Wood Shades are developed from natural fibers like wood, bamboo, grasses and reeds to provide your residence a special look. Select from styles like Roman, waterfall Roman and vertical drapery. And then make them complement your home by adding valances, edge banding or a light-filtering liner.

At Louver Shop of Maryland, we have a wealth of beautiful choices that won’t adversely alter your family’s health. From a free consultation where you can browse all your options to expert design assistance at no cost, we are here to benefit you. Contact us at 888-428-1415 now to organize your free consultation.

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