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

That new car smell is invigorating when you have a new set of wheels. But it can also be bad for your health, because it’s an indication your car is expending harmful odors.

VOCs, or volatile organic compounds, are given off by man-made materials including paints and finishes. They sometimes cause headaches, respiratory problems and joint discomfort. In a few examples, they may even lead to cancer.

Flooring, furniture and even window treatments in your residence can release VOCs, tainting your indoor air and making you feel ill. That’s why it’s important to find products that are healthy for your household and the environment.

When it’s time for new window treatments, Louver Shop of San Antonio 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 get seasoned design advice, also at no cost.

Here are a number of 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 Made

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

Louver Shop of San Antonio produces our plantation shutters in Georgia and finishes them with our own paints or stains. These nontoxic finishes are safe for the environment and water based.

As the name points to, water-based paints and stains use water in tandem with their pigments. Due to this, they emit little to no VOCs. The finishes we use at Louver Shop of San Antonio go above regulations enforced by the Air Quality Management District and the Ozone Transport Commission.

Window Treatment Material is Critical

If you’re susceptible to VOCs, selecting the ideal window treatment material makes a large 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 made from the best wood you can get, furniture-grade basswood or poplar. And, as we mentioned before, they’re finished with nontoxic, low VOC paints or stains.

If you want the look of plantation shutters at a less expensive price point, there’s horizontal wood blinds from Hunter Douglas. This basswood is harvested responsibly managed forests, and each purchase supports 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 home a special look. Pick from styles like Roman, waterfall Roman and vertical drapery. And then make them complement your home by selecting valances, edge banding or a light-filtering liner.

At Louver Shop of San Antonio, we have plenty of gorgeous options that won’t negatively alter 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 benefit you. Contact us at 888-428-1415 today to set up your free consultation.

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