The Jalousie Window: A Short History

The Jalousie Window

The word “jalousie” originated from the French word for jealousy. It refers to the notion of spying through the slats of the jalousie window. “Louvre window” is a common British English term used for the jalousie window, and is also commonly used in countries like Australia and New Zealand.

A jalousie window comprises of horizontal slats that can be opened at different angles to allow the free flow of sunlight and air.

These slats are commonly made of materials like glass, aluminum, plastic, or wood. Jalousie windows are commonly used in warmer climates.

But what is the history of this unique type of window? Here’s what you need to know:

Early use

New Englander Joseph W. Walker of Malden, Massachusetts came up with the idea of the jalousie window, and it was patented on November 26, 1901. Despite the approval of the patent, the notion of this window didn’t become popular until the middle of the 19th century. These windows were typically found inside homes that didn’t face harsh winter climates. In colder weather, they were used on enclosed porches.

Jalousie windows were seen as a new innovation at a time in America when the country was looking to industrialize and enhance its economic potential. The unique design of the jalousie windows combined with its ability to allow ventilation in homes encouraged people to purchase them.

From the late 1940s to the 1960s, mid-century and older homes purchased a great bulk of these windows and their sales increased significantly. However, the energy crises of the 1970s brought about their decline at the time.

Jalousie windows today

Just like other windows, jalousie windows have also faced advancement in their design and efficiency, and modern jalousie windows even provide optimal security. In modern times, these windows are seen as fashionable and are used extensively for domestic and commercial purposes. They are considered as a valuable design element and an effective source of sunlight and natural ventilation. This consequently helps to decrease electricity costs. Many jalousie windows today also come with airtight seals that prevent water and insects from entering homes, and help in maintaining temperature.

Jalousie windows today

Note that it’s essential to consider the climate and open space available before installing new jalousie windows in your home.

If you’re looking to enhance your home’s beauty with jalousie windows, head over to ORIDOW! We are based in China, and supply quality jalousie windows, along with an extensive range of UPVC and aluminum windows and doors.

Our customer service team will extend their expertise to you and help you choose the best window or door for your home! Call now at 86 188 6010.

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