These roof-mounted panels, also called vision screens or louvered screen equipment screens, conceal equipment from view.
These screens are designed to enhance architectural aesthetics while not compromising the functionality of the mechanical equipment it conceals.
In certain areas, architectural screens may be required. Mechanical equipment screens, regardless of local regulations, can make your building’s exterior look great.
Because they allow airflow to the area of mechanical equipment, louvered equipment screens offer a better option than solid wall screens. These screens have louver blades that look similar to traditional ventilation louvers.
These screens are available in both horizontal and vertical styles. They can be placed to provide more or less visibility between the louvers and open areas. Extruded aluminum is used to make AWV louvered screens. This allows for greater customization and produces sharper lines and dramatic edges, making them more attractive to architects.
Metal screens can be designed to meet the architectural requirements of an architect without compromising the product’s functionality. This flexibility allows you to create beautiful buildings in many architectural styles, while still maintaining privacy and security for the equipment and others who use them.
Louvered equipment screens may have slats that are angled in many different ways to block equipment’s line of sight. You can color and finish screens in many ways, including painting or anodizing.
Ground-mounted mechanical screens come in many styles, but concealing them can be difficult. To soften the appearance of the vision screen and to complement the surrounding environment, you can use greenscapes or hardscapes.
Take into account the angle at which the screen will be viewed. You can adjust the design of the louver blades to suit your needs. Louvers can be oriented downwards or upwards. They can also be installed as slats or with a “sightproof” profile chevron to meet the project’s requirements.
Ground-mounted screens offer total security, so the equipment cannot be accessed by the public either accidentally or intentionally. A screen can include hinged doors or panels. You can add hardware and padlocks to your equipment for extra security.
What To Remember When Installing Architectural Screens For Your Site
Make sure that the screen is properly supported by a steel frame and that snow and wind loads are taken into account. Consider adding professional-engineered stamped drawings to your order for additional protection.
Mechanical screens can be easily modified by engineers, depending on how visible your site needs to be. Most vision screens have at least 50% transparency. You can adjust the spacing of the blades to provide more or less vision.
Talk to your engineer to verify that your equipment screen is compliant with the community design codes.
Because they allow engineers and architects to maintain design aesthetics while ensuring building functionality, mechanical equipment screens are gaining popularity.
Mechanical Equipment Screens Locations
Most architectural equipment screens can be mounted on the roof or ground.
Roof Mounted Screening
Rooftop equipment screens must be easily attached to the structural steel structure.
45-degree inverted blades point up and block sight from below.
To determine how much screening is necessary, it is important to inspect the rooftop mechanical equipment platform from every angle.