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

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 sign your car is emitting dangerous odors.

VOCs, or volatile organic compounds, are let off by man-made materials such as paints and finishes. They can cause headaches, respiratory issues and joint aches. In more severe instances, they might even cause cancer.

Flooring, furniture and even window treatments in your residence can emit VOCs, tainting your indoor air and making you feel sick. That’s why it’s beneficial to find products that are beneficial for your loved ones and the environment.

When you need to install new window treatments, Louver Shop of Austin is here to help. All our custom shutters, blinds and shades are made 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 get expert design advice, also at no cost.

Here are some things to know when you’re searching for new window treatments, as well as some 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 administers VOCs in consumer products. If your window treatments are developed overseas, regulations can be more loose or nonexistent.

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

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

Window Treatment Material is Critical

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

Wood and Other Natural Materials

We have multiple 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 mentioned before, they’re finished with nontoxic, low VOC paints or stains.

If you’re seeking the look of plantation shutters at a more affordable price point, there’s horizontal wood blinds from Hunter Douglas. This basswood comes from sustainably managed forests, and every purchase supports the Arbor Day Foundation®.

Seeking shades instead? Provenance® Woven Wood Shades are developed from natural fibers like wood, bamboo, grasses and reeds to grant your residence a unique look. Choose 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 Austin, we have a great deal of of beautiful models that won’t badly 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 assist you. Contact us at 888-428-1415 right away to organize your free consultation.