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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 your choice.

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.

[2-1/2" louvers] Looking 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.

[3-1/2" louvers] Looking 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 more.

[4-1/2" louvers] Looking through 4-1/2" louvers, your eye is once again drawn through the louvers to the view beyond.

When 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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