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

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

VOCs, or volatile organic compounds, are released by inorganic materials such as paints and finishes. They may result in headaches, respiratory issues and joint discomfort. In more severe situations, they may even result in cancer.

Flooring, furniture and even window treatments in your residence can release VOCs, polluting your indoor air and making you feel sick. That’s why it’s important to find products that are good for your loved ones and their environment.

When you need to install new window treatments, Louver Shop of Memphis is here to help. All our custom shutters, blinds and shades are fashioned here in the U.S. from the highest quality materials and fabrics. You can browse samples for yourself during a free consultation, where you’ll receive seasoned design advice, also at no cost.

Here are a few things to know when you’re hunting 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 made. In the United States, the EPA governs VOCs in consumer products. If your window treatments are produced overseas, oversight could be more relaxed or nonexistent.

Louver Shop of Memphis makes our plantation shutters in Georgia and finishes them with proprietary 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 expend little to no VOCs. The finishes we use at Louver Shop of Memphis go beyond standards set down by the Air Quality Management District and the Ozone Transport Commission.

Window Treatment Material is Essential

If you’re susceptible to VOCs, selecting the best 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 developed from the highest-quality wood available, furniture-grade basswood or poplar. And, as we mentioned previously, 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 efficiently managed forests, and every purchase supports the Arbor Day Foundation®.

Seeking shades instead? Provenance® Woven Wood Shades are created 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 adding valances, edge banding or a light-filtering liner.

At Louver Shop of Memphis, we have a great deal of of exceptional models that won’t adversely alter your family’s health. From a free consultation where you can review all your options to expert design assistance at no cost, we are here to benefit you. Contact us at 888-428-1415 now to set up your free consultation.

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