Breezway recommends Altair louvre windows featuring obscure glass blades in bathrooms for both privacy and ventilation.

There are two practical reasons why Altair louvre windows with aluminium and timber blades are popular in bathrooms: The louvre windows not only allow the steam to be removed from the space but also provide the required protection from prying eyes. A third blade option is that of obscure glass, which additionally allows the entry of abundant natural light into the bathroom. Obscure glass has been available for decades but traditionally in the form of glass with patterning on one of the surfaces.

Obscure glass available in the market today features a flatter appearance, which is achieved by processing one face of the glass, or using a white laminating interlayer. Laminated glass is not advised for louvre windows as the edges of the glass are exposed to weathering, which can cause de-lamination within a few years.

Breezway offers two types of obscure glass: Satinlite glass and Satina glass.

Satinlite glass features small, closely spaced grooves in a cross hatched pattern on one surface, which can appear slightly rough when viewed up close, but offers good resistance to fingerprints.

Satina glass has one surface acid etched to give it a very smooth, attractive finish. While Satina glass is not resistant to fingerprints, they can be cleaned off easily using a suitable cleaner.

The visual obscuring effect of surface treatments on obscure glass increases with the distance between the glass and the object. Objects touching the Satina or Satinlite glass may appear clearly visible, but objects more than 15cm from the glass are well obscured.