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Getting new windows installed and replacing old windows can be very exciting. The challenge is deciding what type of windows to go with. If you’ve lived in Hawaii for any amount of time you’ve probably experienced having jalousie windows. This is because jalousie-style windows have been the most popular style in Hawaii for decades. Let’s take a closer look at what jalousie windows are and why they can make a great addition to your home.

What are Jalousie Windows?

Jalousie windows are louvered windows made of parallel glass, wood, or acrylic louvers that are set in a frame. The reason jalousie windows have been used in Hawaii for so long is because of the superior ventilation they offer, as they allow air to flow through the entire window area.

With modern jalousie window slats, wood is hardly used. Instead, glass and vinyl are used more frequently. Because of this, jalousie windows have become much more durable and low-maintenance, with the louvers needing to be replaced much less often.  Compared to glass-hung windows and sliding glass windows, jalousie windows are easy to maintain, affordable to replace, and offer better airflow.

What’s the Difference Between Louver & Jalousie Windows?

In Hawaii, louver windows are often used in conversation in exchange for jalousie. However, jalousie windows and louvers are actually not the same thing. The big difference between these two types of windows is that louvers are fixed slats whereas jalousie windows have blades that are adjustable in parallel with each other.

How Do Jalousie Windows Work?

As mentioned, jalousie windows feature horizontal slats that are layered one on top of the next. These louvers open when manually cranked to the outside winds. One benefit to these windows is when opened during a light rain, the slats can prevent the rain from entering into your home while still letting in the cool air.

Jalousie manufacturers have continued to innovate using glass and aluminum as opposed to the original wood slats. This has helped enhance the durability of jalousie windows, though they are still vulnerable to heavy storms and are less secure than single- and double-pane windows. To combat leaks and fight rain from entering through the gaps on the sides of jalousie windows, weather stripping is often added at each of the blades and individual grooves.

If you’re not sure whether jalousie windows are the right choice for your home, a knowledgeable window on our team will be glad to speak with you more about your needs and the features of jalousie windows so that you can confidently make the right choice for your home.

We Can Replace Jalousie Windows

If you live on the island of Oahu the Honolulu or the surrounding area and want to replace your jalousie windows with high-quality new ones, the team at Diamond Head Windows & Doors wants to help you! With over 10 years of experience replacing and installing jalousie windows, we know what it takes to provide a quality product and customer service.

You can contact our office at (808) 380-1516 or fill out our contact form to request a consultation. One of our knowledgeable experts will then meet with you to discuss your wants and needs for your jalousie window installation or replacement.

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