Roof screens and enclosures can be used to protect valuable rooftop equipment like HVAC units and RTUs from the weather. These screens also shield often ugly equipment from the public eye. This improves the look of your company’s premises as well as your overall business brand.
There are many factors to take into consideration when selecting the best rooftop enclosures and screens. Of course, the cost is a major decision. However, this can be affected by other factors. When selecting the roof screen, it is crucial to consider all factors.
Here are seven factors that we would like our customers to remember to be aware of:
- Code compliance
Rooftop screening must meet the requirements of the local building code. These codes are similar throughout the country but it is important to confirm that your municipality’s regulations apply. Special codes are required for roof enclosures. These codes address specific factors such as screen height and building appearance. All applicable codes must also be respected.
- Rooftop penetration requirements
Numerous roof screens offered by companies across the nation require that holes are drilled into the roof to install them. This can cause structural damage to the roof and potential leakage. You should consider the differences between screens that must be accessed from the roof and screens that can be accessed from the ground.
- Impact on RTUs and other rooftop equipment
It’s important to consider how screens will impact a variety of rooftop equipment, such as HVAC units, ventilation fans, RTUs, and other equipment. The screen sections must be adequate in dimensions to provide protection and enough space so that all equipment can function as it should. We ensure that the equipment remains in good working order during all installations.
- Cleaning and maintenance
Good quality roof screens will require minimal to no maintenance. The materials used and the finishes provided excellent protection against the elements. Due to the strength and durability of the materials and fixtures used, very few repairs will need to be made during the product’s lifetime.
- View from the ground
What do the people looking up see? Screens are an important aesthetic screen solution to hide ugly roof equipment. Screens should look good and compliment the appearance of your premises, from the ground, nearby buildings, or the horizon. There are many styles, colors, textures, and screen materials that you can choose from to help you achieve this.
- Branding potential
Although rooftop screens may not be the most commonplace to think about branding, they can serve as the perfect surface for your brand. The screens are visible from both the ground and from distant buildings. The panels can be customized with your company logo, color scheme, and other details.
- Wind loads
Screens should withstand various weather conditions. Roof screens should be installed based on where you live. Wind speed plays a significant role in many places, particularly where hurricanes are frequent. Our engineers typically allow for winds up to 80 mph. With some modifications, it can even reach 150 mph.