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

That new car smell is exhilarating when you get a new set of wheels. But it could also be hazardous for your health, because it’s a sign your car is releasing toxic odors.

VOCs, or volatile organic compounds, are released by inorganic materials including paints and finishes. They could cause headaches, respiratory issues and joint pain. In some situations, they could even cause cancer.

Flooring, furniture and even window treatments in your home can emit VOCs, polluting your indoor air and making you feel ill. That’s why it’s beneficial to identify products that are healthy for your family and your environment.

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

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

Consider Where the Window Treatments Are Produced

Consider the regulations where your window treatments are made. In the United States, the EPA controls VOCs in consumer products. If your window treatments are developed overseas, regulations might be more loose or nonexistent.

Louver Shop of Dallas/Fort Worth 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 alongside their pigments. As a result, they produce little to no VOCs. The finishes we use at Louver Shop of Dallas/Fort Worth go above rules established by the Air Quality Management District and the Ozone Transport Commission.

Window Treatment Material is Critical

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

Wood and Other Natural Materials

We provide lots of 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 discussed earlier, they’re finished with nontoxic, low VOC paints or stains.

If you’re searching for the look of plantation shutters at a more affordable price point, there’s horizontal wood blinds from Hunter Douglas. This basswood is gathered sustainably 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 house a one-of-a-kind look. Choose from styles like Roman, waterfall Roman and vertical drapery. And then customize by adding valances, edge banding or a light-filtering liner.

At Louver Shop of Dallas/Fort Worth, we have plenty of beautiful choices that won’t badly affect your household’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 today to organize your free consultation.

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