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What are the main types of louvre systems?

Louvre systems are architectural elements commonly used for ventilation, screening, and protection.

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In a nutshell:

  • Louvre systems are made up of a series of blades that are designed to promote airflow and provide protection.
  • Acoustic louvres are designed to reduce noise transmission.
  • Ventilation louvres allow airflow to regulate indoor air quality.
  • Weather louvres protect from water ingress such as rain, snow and precipitation.
  • Screening louvres hide unsightly building elements such as HVAC machinery from view.

Louvre systems consist of a series of parallel, horizontal blades that are typically designed to allow air to pass through while blocking rain or noise. The purpose of these louvre systems can differ depending on the orientation of the blades, their placement, and what they’re made from. Below we have listed the main types of louvre systems and their benefits.

Acoustic Louvre

Acoustic louvres are specialised louvre systems designed to provide ventilation while simultaneously reducing noise transmission. These systems are particularly useful in environments where noise control is crucial such as in industrial settings or near busy roads. Acoustic louvres are constructed with materials that absorb sound, reducing the transmission of noise from one side to the other. They also incorporate barriers that block the passage of sound waves, providing effective noise insulation.

Ventilation Louvre

Ventilation louvres are designed to allow airflow while protecting from rain, debris, and other environmental elements. They ensure proper ventilation and screening, helping to regulate indoor air quality by allowing fresh air to enter and stale air to exit the building. 

Weather Louvre

Weather louvre systems are designed to protect buildings from various external elements such as rain, wind, snow, and debris. The system features specially designed blades that can direct airflow and prevent water ingress. Also, these blades are constructed from robust materials such as aluminium, or other weather-resistant materials and are often treated with coatings or finishes to enhance corrosion resistance and longevity.

Screening Louvre

Screening louvres are a type of louvre system specifically designed to provide aesthetic screening, ventilation, and protection from the elements while maintaining airflow and light transmission. They are commonly used to conceal unsightly building elements, such as air conditioning units, generators, and ventilation systems whilst allow facilitating adequate airflow.  Screening blades are available in various designs, colours and finishes therefore can also be customised to match or complement the building's architecture.