That new car smell is exciting when you buy a new set of wheels. But it could also be bad for your health, because it’s a sign your car is emitting toxic gases.
VOCs, or volatile organic compounds, are let off by synthetic materials such as paints and finishes. They may lead to headaches, respiratory troubles and joint discomfort. In some examples, they might even lead to cancer.
Flooring, furniture and even window treatments in your house can release VOCs, tainting your indoor air and making you feel worse. That’s why it’s vital to select products that are healthy for your loved ones and their environment.
When you need to get new window treatments, Louver Shop of Tampa is here to help. All our custom shutters, blinds and shades are developed here in the United States from top quality materials and fabrics. You can browse samples for yourself during a free consultation, where you’ll get seasoned design advice, also at no cost.
Here are a few things to understand when you’re hunting for new window treatments, as well as a couple of the best nontoxic styles.
Consider Where the Window Treatments Are Created
Examine the regulations where your window treatments are produced. In the United States, the EPA administers VOCs in consumer products. If your window treatments are developed overseas, oversight can be more slack or nonexistent.
Louver Shop of Tampa manufactures 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 hints at, water-based paints and stains use water in combination with their pigments. Because of this, they expend little to no VOCs. The finishes we use at Louver Shop of Tampa go beyond rules established by the Air Quality Management District and the Ozone Transport Commission.
Window Treatment Material is Critical
If you’re vulnerable to VOCs, selecting the best window treatment material makes a huge difference.
Wood and Other Natural Materials
We offer many real-wood solutions for window treatments: plantation shutters, horizontal blinds and shades. Our plantation shutters are made from the highest-quality wood available, furniture-grade basswood or poplar. And, as we discussed previously, they’re finished with nontoxic, low VOC paints or stains.
If you want the look of plantation shutters at a more affordable price point, there’s horizontal wood blinds from Hunter Douglas. This basswood is gathered responsibly 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 give your house a one-of-a-kind look. Select from styles like Roman, waterfall Roman and vertical drapery. And then make them your own by choosing valances, edge banding or a light-filtering liner.
At Louver Shop of Tampa, we have plenty of attractive choices that won’t negatively influence your loved ones’ health. From a free consultation where you can evaluate all your options to expert design assistance at no cost, we are here to help you. Contact us at 888-428-1415 today to schedule your free consultation.