Jalousie windows were common in the late 1940s up to the late 1960s. Nowadays, they’ve largely fallen out of favor due to a number of disadvantages they bring.
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Read on as Renewal by Andersen® of Cape Cod, a trusted window replacement company, discusses the rise and fall of jalousies. We also offer some alternatives that will suit mid-century homes.
Pros and Cons of Jalousie Windows
Jalousies were extremely popular in regions with warmer climates. Their main advantage is the amazing ventilation and airflow they provide, while preventing rain from entering homes even when the slats are open. This type of window effectively blocks direct sunlight and is often used to complement verandas, porches or bathrooms.
However, jalousies also have disadvantages that are too hard to ignore. One is security — it’s fairly easy to break into these windows. The glass slats can be removed by simply prying a metal tab up, so you won’t hear any sound of breaking glass. Another problem with jalousies is their poor energy efficiency. When the air conditioning is on, they tend to be so leaky that not even weatherstripping could be an effective workaround.
Alternatives to Jalousie Windows
Casement windows and gliding windows are just two alternatives to jalousies that will look great on mid-century homes. They can offer sweeping views and seamless transitions from indoors to outdoors, which is a hallmark of the mid-century style, while ensuring exceptional energy efficiency.
Renewal by Andersen of Cape Cod is a trusted expert in windows replacement ensuring you of quality services. Call us at (508) 205 1200 or fill out our contact form to request a free quote. We provide our expertise to customers in Cape Cod, MA, and nearby areas.