Louvre windows have been an important component of homes in Australia for a long time. Having evolved in design and function, modern louvre windows such as the Signature line from Bradnam's Windows & Doors are more weather proof, easier to operate, and manufactured from better materials than traditional designs, making them suitable for both contemporary and classic homes.

Bradnam's lists out seven reasons why louvre windows continue to be popular in the home building and renovation segment.

1. Energy Efficiency

Louvre windows are not mere pretty accessories on windows; they also help to reduce the home’s energy consumption. Louvre windows are a great alternative to exhaust fans in bathrooms and laundry rooms, as they allow steamy air to escape, which reduces moisture build-up. Louvre windows can also be used in various rooms across the home for ventilation and cooling, minimising the need for fans and air conditioning.

Bradnam’s offers customisation options for their louvre windows, which can be manufactured using toned or low-E glass. These energy efficient glass options help minimise heat entry during summer and prevent escape of heat in winter, reducing the need for artificial cooling and heating, and saving money on energy costs.

2. Air Flow

Efficient air flow is a rather obvious benefit of louvre windows. Through effective ventilation, more so than regular windows, louvre windows facilitate consistent air flow into the home, keeping the interior cool, comfortable and healthy. Unlike casement or awning windows, they’re not affected by the direction of the wind. Louvre windows can be installed at any height, even high up for ventilation in rooms with taller ceilings; these louvres can still be operated easily using a handy map-rod.

3. Privacy

Louvre windows combine great ventilation with a high level of privacy. Bradnam’s, for instance, offers louvres in a variety of frosted and coloured glass options for enhanced privacy. They can also be tilted at angles that maintain the privacy of occupants without affecting the flow of fresh air into the home. This makes them particularly suitable for private spaces in the home such as bathrooms and bedrooms.

4. Natural Light

Louvre windows are ideal for controlling the entry of light into a room. When made with clear glass, or left completely open, louvre windows can flood your home with natural light. Conversely, there are energy efficient, frosted or coloured glass louvre windows to minimise and control the entry of light and heat into your home.

5. Easy Cleaning

Louvre windows are easy to clean, in fact easier than regular windows. Louvres can be cleaned on both sides from inside the home – this is particularly useful for windows located on higher floors that may be difficult to access from outside.

6. Security

Traditional louvre windows were designed for ventilation and aesthetics, and not meant to prevent intruders. Bradnam’s louvre windows come with optional keyed levers so that you can lock them in place for added security. For maximum peace of mind, you can also choose to install security or insect screens with your louvre windows. Security screens are especially recommended for lower level louvre windows as they provide superior protection against uninvited guests, but without compromising your views.

7. Aesthetics

Modern louvre windows are sleek, stylish, and contemporary. Bradnam’s offers louvre windows in a choice of glass options or with timber or aluminium blades. A range of frame colours ensures the louvre windows can be made to fit into any decor or ambience.