Making the right choice in louver width: there is more to it than first meets the eye.
Although louver width is a matter of personal
preference, there are some not-so-obvious factors you should be aware of before making
Generally, your choice will be made among
2-1/2", 3-1/2" and 4-1/2" louver widths, although some manufacturers still
offer a 1-7/8" width as well.
Perhaps the biggest surprise in store for you is
that what you see when you look through your louvers depends on the width of
the louvers you choose.
through 2-1/2" wide louvers, your eye will be drawn to the louvers themselves
because of the small space between them.
Although it tends to obstruct the view, this narrow width is most often
chosen when the majority of your windows are small, 2 feet high or less. A
2-1/2" wide louver allows roughly twice as many louvers in the panel as the widest
width, and presents a more shuttered look. However, less light enters when
your louvers are fully opened.
through 3-1/2" louvers provides a dramatic difference in what you
see. Your eye is drawn through the space between the louvers to the view outside.
When open, this width allows more light to enter than the
narrow width, and is ideal if the majority of your windows are 30" high or
through 4-1/2" louvers, your eye is once again drawn through the
louvers to the view beyond.
open, this width allows you to let in the most light, and provides the fewest
number of louvers for any given window or door height. It is particularly
popular for exceptionally tall windows and rooms with oversized ceiling
heights, although it can be used anywhere.
Now that you know how different louver widths affect
both the light in the room and what you see beyond, it is wise to visit the manufacturer
and look through different louver widths before making your choice.
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