Louvers and Their Role in Architecture

What Is a Louver? A louver is a type of blind, window or shutter that has horizontal slots to prevent rain, direct sunlight and noise. The slats are tilted just right so that fresh air and light can sneak through. Practical and attractive to a home, louvers feature adjustable slats so that you can angle them as you wish. In today’s modern homes, louvers are generally seen on walls and roofs. They serve the same purpose of letting fresh air in and keeping water out. They can be triangular or domed depending on your own architectural preferences. Louvers are available in a variety of shapes and can be installed so that they are flush with the wall or connected to an air duct to allow hot air to escape.

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History of Louvers: Louvers were used in kitchens during the Middle Ages in order to let the hot air exit, while keeping out the rain and snow. Instead of being the attractive window-like units they are today, the louvers were positioned on top of roof holes and were made out of wood. After some time, they were redesigned using pottery and had an art-deco influence. For example, some louvers were constructed in the shape of a face and the smoke would escape through the mouth. Today, louvers primarily have a functional use and are not a design element in modern-day architecture. There are however, some notable architects that use louvers to enhance their homes and buildings. Made from wood and carefully constructed, the louvers add an old-world character to these structures, while serving as a usable device.

Advantages to Copper Louvers:
There are a variety of materials that louvers are made from, including wood, metal, glass and copper. The materials differ on functionality and aesthetic appeal, but many people agree that copper brings the best of both worlds. First, copper is environmentally friendly and stands as one of the most recyclable metals. Copper is also long-lasting and ages much better than other types of metals. If you choose to have copper louvers installed in your home, you can expect them to last a lifetime. And, if the louvers need to be replaced for any reason, the copper can be recycled and reused again. Second, copper has a beautiful, natural look to it that allows it to complement any ordinary home. The patina that forms into copper has a timeless appeal that gives it a traditional and authentic appearance. No matter how much water, rain and snow the copper is exposed to, you can expect the patina to exude its originality. If you prefer the shiny look however, the copper can be polished, retaining its “newness”. Finally, copper louvers require very little maintenance. You can expect them to be installed permanently, without needing routine work to keep them looking their best. Even more valuable is that your home will have a unique appeal that many modernized homes lack. Copper louvers from manufacturers such as Crescent City Copper come in many different varieties. You can expect to find A-Frame, Octagonal, Round, Angle, Rectangle & other options to allow you to select a shape that complements your home perfectly.

Check out some examples of copper louvers.

References: Wikipedia
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