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 buy a new set of wheels. But it can also be risky for your health, because it’s a sign your car is expending harmful gases.

VOCs, or volatile organic compounds, are let off by man-made materials including paints and finishes. They sometimes result in headaches, respiratory troubles and joint aches. In more severe instances, they can even cause cancer.

Flooring, furniture and even window treatments in your home can expend VOCs, contaminating your indoor air and making you feel ill. That’s why it’s beneficial to choose products that are good for your loved ones and their environment.

When you need to get new window treatments, Louver Shop of Cincinnati is here to help. All our custom shutters, blinds and shades are made 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 some things to understand when you’re looking for new window treatments, as well as a couple of the best nontoxic styles.

Check Where the Window Treatments Are Made

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

Louver Shop of Cincinnati creates 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 alongside their pigments. As a result, they expend little to no VOCs. The finishes we use at Louver Shop of Cincinnati go above standards enforced by the Air Quality Management District and the Ozone Transport Commission.

Window Treatment Material is Essential

If you’re susceptible to VOCs, finding the best window treatment material makes a large difference.

Wood and Other Natural Materials

We offer lots of real-wood solutions for window treatments: plantation shutters, horizontal blinds and shades. Our plantation shutters are made from the best wood you can find, furniture-grade basswood or poplar. And, as we mentioned earlier, they’re finished with nontoxic, low VOC paints or stains.

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

Looking for shades instead? Provenance® Woven Wood Shades are created from natural fibers like wood, bamboo, grasses and reeds to give your residence a special look. Choose from styles like Roman, waterfall Roman and vertical drapery. And then customize by choosing valances, edge banding or a light-filtering liner.

At Louver Shop of Cincinnati, we have a wealth of beautiful options that won’t badly alter your loved ones’ health. From a free consultation where you can examine all your options to expert design assistance at no cost, we are here to benefit you. Contact us at 888-428-1415 right away to organize your free consultation.

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