Making the right choice when it comes to screening is crucial, because it can be a time-consuming and costly mistake to rectify. With that in mind, what are some of the important things you need to think about in the planning stage? We take a look at three of the most important considerations when you are deciding on screening: design, installation and operation.
The design of your screening is going to be one of the most important considerations, as it will be the primary way in which people see and interact with it. If the intent is to conceal unsightly features or to act as ventilation it will make more sense to choose a colour that blends with the building. If the screening is being used as a design feature, the choice of a contrasting colour can draw the eye and look visually appealing. Waterproofing will need to be considered as part of the design process, as will materials, blade size and pitch.
The choice of design will heavily influence the installation process. Every building is unique, so the process will differ depending on factors like building height, screen size and ease of access to the worksite. Installation will vary from product to product due to the need for coordination with other elements of the existing building design, and will also be influenced by weather conditions. Some facades can be complicated because they are projected off buildings, and will require coordination with access equipment.
Certain types of screening can be operable or non-operable. Ventilation louvres and facades come in both options, and can be linked with management systems. Shading and sunscreens are fully operable, to let light in and to be adjusted during the day according to prevailing weather conditions. Sunscreens and visual screening are not operable, and cleaning is often much easier than with external screens. These kind of screens do not need to be moved or removed, so no product integration is necessary.