Louvered Panels: Divide and Protect
Louvered panels are great for a number of different applications, both architectural and industrial. From HVAC or garbage enclosures, to dividers on apartment building balconies or pergolas, these panels can provide a separation of space and add privacy without losing important light and air flow.
Louvered panels are a fixed, slatted panel. They are made of wood, glass, aluminum, or some other kind of metal. Don’t confused louvered panels with the mechanism of a vertical blind. These are actually jalousies, not louvers. The difference being that jalousies are adjustable by some sort of lever and louvers do not open or close. Therefore, they remain fixed in the position in which they are originally manufactured.
Rarely seen as primary design elements, louvered panels job is to allow ventilation while rendering security. They keep people and critters out of an area, while still allowing air to flow through for ventilation. As in the case of an HVAC enclosure, using louvered panels can hide unwanted views and provide additional security measures around incredibly important systems or spaces.
One such project that we worked on recently was an enclosure area of a health systems building. Astro worked very closely with the general contractor to develop this project from the architectural plans. After the initial concepts were developed, we went out and got a good set of field measurements. We then manufactured the louvered panels, door, and frame. These were manufactured from aluminum, and also engineered to withstand 53 PSF. All of these pieces then received a high-performance coating through a powder coat paint system to ensure smoothness and uniform coverage. The louvered walls and door allow for some light to flow into the space, as well as ventilation. This is all the while ensuring the systems within stay protected and secure.
The next time you need metal louvered panels or doors on a project, please call Astro Engineering and Manufacturing!