Louvres are an aesthetically
appealing choice when it comes to windows, but before making a decision about
whether to install them in your home, it's important to look at the current
generation and how they perform.
Louvre windows can be bought ready
made or be custom made. The advantage of custom-made louvres is that you can
determine the exact blade width and size, and the number of blades required.
Many louvre systems are fitted to aluminium frames, which is a plus when it
comes to temperature control. "With the aluminium frame you won't have any
heat transfer from the outside to inside or vice versa," says Manfred from
Fieger Louvre windows.
Fieger double glazes all its
custom-made louvres, making it more difficult for them to be penetrated by an
intruder. It's also possible to buy 'security' louvre windows that have slim
bars protruding from the frame, inside which the blades can still be operated.
Glass blades also come in safety or
toughened glass varieties. Timber blades look great and the better brands will
be fitted with a weather seal. Extruded aluminium blades are designed to keep
water out and can be coloured to match or contrast with the frame.