The island’s coolest windows

By Hawaii Renovation Posted in: InteriorWindows

If anybody asked you what type of window best describes Hawaii, you would probably say a jalousie, and with good reason too. Jalousies have been a part of homes in Hawaii for generations. They offer 93 percent natural ventilation, and can be set in suitable positions on rainy days. They do not impede walk-ways, and depending on the type of blade, offer full, un-obstructed views or total blackout when closed.

Hawaii residents over the years, however, have found many faults with old-style aluminum-clip jalousies. When closed they don’t seal tight, allowing water and dirt to get in. When running A/C on those hot days, the cool air seeps right out through the cracks. All the exposed hardware deteriorates and seizes in our harsh, salty environment, resulting in blades falling out, causing harm or property damage, and in some cases, theft.

This is where Breezway comes in. With more than 60 years of louver design and manufacturing experience worldwide, Breezway took these concerns to heart and designed louver window systems specifically to suit the needs and challenges Hawaii’s homes face.

With safety, security and performance in mind, these systems are locally manufactured at the company’s Halawa factory in a variety of configurations and colors with various blade, handle, screen and security options. In fact, the Breezway iOS louver window is currently the only operable louver window in the United States tested and certified to withstand a category five hurricane.

While Breezway louvers may look similar to a jalousie and share the same benefits when open, when closed, they share none of the drawbacks. Sealing tight to wind, water and noise, you also can run A/C and not lose the cold air. All hardware is concealed and made from non-corrosive materials, while meeting and exceeding new building and energy code requirements.

Recently, Breezway introduced a new louver system called Stronghold. It incorporates a pinning system, which goes through the blades and secures them from the interior of the home, providing increased security and safety with the window fully opened or closed. Stronghold also ensures the blades cannot fall out or be removed, which is especially important in high-rise applications.

BREEZWAY
contact // 484-5999
address // 99-1451 Koaha Place
email // hawaiisales@breezway.com
web // www.breezway.com/hawaii