Louvre window systems are an increasingly popular choice for many Australian homeowners. Louvres provide all the benefits of traditional glazing but give you much more flexibility when it comes to optimal airflow and climate control in your home. Louvre systems, such as the Altair louvre windows, allow you to open and close small sections or entire windows as required, giving you complete control of how much air flows into your home.

If you're considering a louvre window system for your home, then here are three important choices you'll need to make.

1. Frame material

Louvre windows systems generally allow you to choose between aluminium or timber frames. Both options are excellent and work beautifully with louvre window systems, and the choice you make is largely based on your preferred aesthetics and the climate you live in.

In regions that endure cold winters, timber frames are considered a better option. Timber naturally provides excellent insulation and will help to prevent heat escaping via your windows. If you live in a coastal region, aluminium frames generally make a better option. Aluminium frames are powder-coated, which prevents rust and corrosion due to moist and salty air.

2. Glazing style

Like traditional windows, louvre window systems offer a variety of different glazing styles to choose from. When choosing the best glazing for your home, you'll need to consider how it looks, whether you require privacy, and how important energy efficiency is in your home.

Clear standard glass is a great option if you want to create a truly open aesthetic, but if you're concerned about energy consumption, a low-e (low-emmisivity) glass will give you the same look. Green tinted glass also looks stylish and contemporary while providing you with better insulation and protection from UV rays.

If privacy is a concern, tinted glazing is a great choice. Tinting ranges from very light grey through to very dark grey, depending on how much privacy is required. Tinted glazing lets you enjoy the benefits of diffused light through your louvres but won't allow passers-by to see into your homes.

3. Operating system

Your louvre window system can be installed with either a manual or automated system. If you're only installing a few louvred windows at standard heights, a manual operating system is normally sufficient. However, if you're installing a lot of windows with many above head height, an automated system is worth considering.

The automated louvre windows are connected to a power supply and have small motors that open and close the louvres. They're controlled via a remote control device, and you can also set timers so that your louvres open automatically at set times of the day or night.