Are You Jalousie… Nah I’m a Louver

In the Pacific Northwest, it gets too cold to have the type of windows that many places here in Hawaii have. I remember actually putting plastic sheeting over our glass windows to create a thermal barrier during the really cold months… and It would still be cold inside of our houses w/out the heat on!

I’ve seen many places with only screens as their windows. The one common thing you do see here in Hawaii, is Jalousies.

Vinyl Jalousies both open and closed

Vinyl Jalousies both open and closed

There are all kinds of Jalousies the ones above are a vinyl material made to look like wood.

Wood Jalousies

Wood Jalousies

There are wood Jalousies that are susceptible to termites and wood rot.

Glass Jalousie

Glass Jalousie

Of course there are also the very prevalent glass jalousies.  It’s always good to have an extra supply of these on hand.

The weird thing about Jalousies… is I always thought they were the same thing as Louver. Aren’t they the same?

Why do we call them Louvers or Jalousies? I really don’t know. I even tried to look up the real differences between them. It just seems like Louvers is just kind of a romantic word for Jalousies.

Jalousie windows:

…Jalousie windows are best-suited for porches that are not climate-controlled and are in mild-winter climates, and thus were very common on mid-20th-century homes in Florida and the deep South. They have the advantage that they can remain open during heavy rains and yet (because the glass louvers protrude outward) keep most of the rain from entering in through the windows (another reason for their popularity in these warm, wet climates). They are also still in use and extremely common in Hawaii


A louver (American English) or louvre (British English), from the French l’ouvert; “the open one”) is a window, blind or shutter with horizontal or, less often, vertical slats, that are angled to admit light and air, but to keep out rain, direct sunshine, and noise…

Are you a Jalousie or a Louver person?

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