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
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.