That new car smell is exciting when you buy a new set of wheels. But it might also be risky for your health, because it’s a sign your car is emitting dangerous gases.
VOCs, or volatile organic compounds, are released by synthetic materials including paints and finishes. They could result in headaches, respiratory troubles and joint aches. In a few examples, they can even lead to cancer.
Flooring, furniture and even window treatments in your home can expend VOCs, contaminating your indoor air and making you feel sick. That’s why it’s vital to choose products that are beneficial for your loved ones and their environment.
When you need to install new window treatments, Louver Shop of Atlanta is here to help. All our custom shutters, blinds and shades are developed here in the USA from top quality materials and fabrics. You can see samples for yourself during a free consultation, where you’ll receive veteran design advice, also at no cost.
Here are some things to keep in mind when you’re looking for new window treatments, as well as a few of the best nontoxic styles.
Consider Where the Window Treatments Are Produced
Review the regulations where your window treatments are developed. In the United States, the EPA regulates VOCs in consumer products. If your window treatments are produced overseas, oversight might be more loose or nonexistent.
Louver Shop of Atlanta produces 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 suggests, water-based paints and stains use water in combination with their pigments. Because of this, they create little to no VOCs. The finishes we use at Louver Shop of Atlanta exceed rules established by the Air Quality Management District and the Ozone Transport Commission.
Window Treatment Material is Essential
If you’re sensitive to VOCs, picking the ideal window treatment material makes a big difference.
Wood and Other Natural Materials
We provide many real-wood solutions for window treatments: plantation shutters, horizontal blinds and shades. Our plantation shutters are developed from the finest wood you can get, furniture-grade basswood or poplar. And, as we mentioned previously, they’re finished with nontoxic, low VOC paints or stains.
If you’re searching for the look of plantation shutters at a lower 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®.
Seeking shades instead? Provenance® Woven Wood Shades are developed from natural fibers like wood, bamboo, grasses and reeds to grant your home a custom look. Choose from styles like Roman, waterfall Roman and vertical drapery. And then make them complement your home by choosing valances, edge banding or a light-filtering liner.
At Louver Shop of Atlanta, we have a wealth of outstanding options that won’t adversely alter your family’s health. From a free consultation where you can see all your options to expert design assistance at no cost, we are here to assist you. Contact us at 888-428-1415 today to set up your free consultation.