An equipment screen can be used to aesthetically improve the rooftops of many different types of buildings. From skyscrapers to residential complexes, architectural equipment screens can be designed to blend with the building construction, hiding such equipment as HVAC units, RTUs, air chillers and air exchangers.
A rooftop equipment screening barrier is a practical way to complement a building's design and at the same time hide mechanical equipment necessary to security and building maintenance. They are constructed out of a variety of materials from metal to fiberglass. Today's designs are much improved compared to those in the past which were often constructed out of whatever materials the builder had on hand by someone with little roofing experience, later resulting in structural failure and roof leaks.
When you choose an equipment screen:
- Conduct a roof inspection to determine what type of equipment needs concealed behind a rooftop equipment screen.
- Measure the size of the area to be concealed and make a decision regarding size and construction materials of the rooftop screening systems.
- Save time and money on research. Narrow down choices by making sure suppliers of roof screens utilize AutoCAD and ePaper.
Determine the specifications required for the rooftop equipment screensThe design chosen should not only serve its function, but should complement the construction of the building in such a way that it is hardly noticeable. Start the process by contacting various companies asking for their best recommendations that fits your parameters. This information will give you a starting point to narrow down a list of candidates for the job.
Determine the size required of the rooftop screening systemIf there is a significant amount of rooftop equipment that needs to be concealed, you might consider an equipment screen that runs the entire length and around the roof. It'd be constructed so that it fit with the design of the building and be easily accessible to perform required equipment maintenance. Most companies offer specifications for your review and will advise your company on layout and installation.
Request an AutoCAD layout of the rooftop equipment screen from multiple suppliersSince the design will effect the overall appearance of your building for many years to come, it'd be advisable to make sure that the design is approved prior to installation. If you are unfamiliar with AutoCAD, designed by Autodesk, Inc., it's a software used by drafting and building professionals. By reviewing these specifications, you'll get an idea how the finished product will look which goes a long way in choosing the right manufacturer for the job.
- Before adding any roof screens or other structures to your existing building, check your local building codes and regulations to make sure your company is compliant.