Though they are often forgotten, louvers are essential in steel building construction. Louvers are not just simple windows; they are an important part of building architecture. They are used for ventilation, privacy, and temperature control. Louvers have become an integral part of modern buildings, and that includes steel buildings. But what exactly are louvers? In this blog post, wall louver supplier Design Components, Inc. defines louvers and explains the different types available on the market.
What is a Louver?
First and foremost, let us define louvers. Louvers are slatted panels or angled slats that are mounted in a frame. They work with a fan to keep air continuously flowing through the building and allow proper air intake. Here at DCI, we offer a choice between steel and aluminum louvers. They can be fixed or adjustable, as well as storm rated. For installation, we offer self-framing options, or they can be installed into a framed opening. Finish options include:
- Mill finish
- Anodized finish
- Electrostatically applied polyester paint to match most building colors
Our louvers are designed specifically for metal building wall panels to have a self-framing recessed head and tapered sill along with self-flashing jambs for standard “R” and “A” type panels. With this design, you can install the louvers alone, above one another, or side by side with no need for mullions or frames. We offer an insect screen made of 18/16 aluminum mesh. Frame options include “C” channel or flange frame, available for masonry or framed openings. We offer hardware cloths or ¾” bird screens. We also offer 115/1/60 motor actuators with linkage for single or multiple sections. DCI offers several types of louvers, including fixed louvers, adjustable louvers, and storm louvers.
There are many different types of louvers available on the market. One of the most common types is the fixed louver. Fixed louvers are permanent and cannot be adjusted. They are usually made of aluminum and are commonly used for privacy screens, sunshades, and ventilation.
Another type of louver is the operable louver. Unlike fixed louvers, operable louvers can be adjusted as per convenience. They can be used to control the amount of light and air entering the room. Operable louvers are usually used in window designs.
Storm louvers are designed to protect the building from harsh weather conditions such as hurricanes and heavy storms. They are usually installed on the exterior wall of buildings. DCI offers Florida Hurricane rated or vertical storm proof designs. Our storm louvers will help keep your building up to code.
DCI: Your Top Wall Louver Supplier for All Your Building Needs
Understanding the different types of louvers ensures that you choose the best options for your building’s requirements. DCI will keep your building’s air flowing with louvers that function according to your building’s needs. Call us at (800) 868-9910 or request a quote to get your building properly vented today!