Current and Effective Options for Shading and Reducing Heat Gain

view from under striped awning. cloudy sky in backgroundA school pergola that is teeming with vines is pleasant to look at. It is also one of the most versatile ways to provide seasonal shading.

However, planning for walkway covers for schools like pergolas can be challenging, especially in areas where the use of natural shade is unreliable at certain times of the year. If you cannot rely on deciduous vines for your campus walkways, you might want to invest in contemporary solar screens.

Reducing Heat Gain

Unwanted heat gain reduction is of primary importance. To reduce heat gain in a building, interior designers choose dark colours for walls and design window awnings to reduce the heat from direct sunlight. When radiant heat enters an interior, it may be costly to maintain a hospitable temperature, especially at noon. The heat load of any building is massive in the summer, and you must consider not only traditional but also contemporary solutions.

Solar Screens

Today, damage from direct sunlight and ultraviolet radiation can be markedly reduced with the use of solar screens. The basic design of a solar screen consists of an adhesive layer, a film layer, and a coating that is resistant to scratching. There are interior and exterior applications of this technology. High-quality products protect against solar heat gain. These films also reduce glare and are equally effective in summer and winter. Some films are transparent, while others have a silver lining and mirror-like properties.

The biggest advantage of a solar screen is its versatility and variability. For windows and other structures that have a unique shape or unconventional size, they are the most practical solution. The solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) is a parameter that measures the efficiency of a solar film. Look for a product with a low SHGC for better solar heat gain management.

Apart from window awnings and solar screens, retractable structures are available as well. Adjustable shading options may be the most appropriate style, given the climate in your area, or the available space. Speak to a local expert on shading as soon as you have decided on what you want.