Extruded aluminum sunshades are designed to control the amount of light entering a building, as well as providing energy efficiency. In addition to the functional advantages, architects and building owners often employ sunshades to set the look of a building. The purpose of architectural sunshades is simple, yet their distinctiveness is determined by their structure, components, and specialty design elements.


The Structural Layout

Sunshade canopies are designed to connect to the building's structural system. AVAdek's prefabricated canopy systems are ideal for this because they are lightweight in comparison to steel designed systems. There are three types of structural configurations for prefabricated sunshades: horizontal design, vertical design, and decorative building cladding. For example details refer to the resources page or contact our design team for project specific inquiries.

Horizontal designed systems are often installed directly at the window location. The angle and spacing of the trellis tubes will change the amount of light that enters each window. Vertical designed systems can cover the entire window, the perimeter, or anywhere in between.

To have a greater effect on your project, try utilizing sunshades as decorative building cladding. Sunshade building cladding can be used to shape the architecture of a single building. When used on multiple buildings throughout a campus, it can be used as a unifying element. Sunshades can be used to cover parking garages, allowing in light while creating an attractive exterior.

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Design Features

There are four main types of extruded sunshade components: louver blade, ellipse, square tube, and round tube. Check out our components page to see the different sizes available. Each of these components can be used in different spacings and angles to create unique sun shading capabilities and overall aesthetic.

Sunshades can be designed to allow for different levels of light transmission, blocking out direct sunlight and helping to reduce glare, while still allowing natural light to enter the building. The angles of the sunshades can also be adjusted to provide additional energy efficiency, helping to keep the building cooler in the summer, and warmer in the winter. As well as providing practical benefits, sunshades can also be used to create interesting visual effects, and can help to define the architecture of abuilding.

In addition to extruded components, perforated panels are used on sunshades to create unique sun filtering qualities and design opportunities. There are two main options with perforated aluminum panels: 'off the shelf' patterns or custom pattern. The custom pattern perforated panel provides a unique opportunity to match corporate branding for the building or campus.

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Special Features

At AVAdek, our goal is to create uniquely innovativesystems to meet the exact needs of your project.  hae access to a wide range of features, from subtle toeye-catching, to help us achieve our goal. This allows us tocreate something that is both aesthetically pleasing and functionallyeffective.

Our specialty features include features such as curved beams, acrylic light filtering panels, woodgrain, and custom perforated panels.  There are unlimited number of configurations for each of these systems which gives the ability to meet the ideal functionality and look and feel of the project. With these tools, sunshades can create unique and memorable experience for each project.

Our team of experts has the know-how and experience to craft customized solutions that provide the highest level of quality, performance, and reliability. With our cutting-edge technologies and creative problem-solving skills, AVAdek is the perfect partner to help you get the job done right.

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