7 factors to consider before installing rooftop screens

What to consider before installing a rooftop screen

Roof screens and enclosures provide an excellent way to protect important rooftop equipment, such as HVAC units and RTUs, from the elements. They also shield the often unsightly equipment from the public gaze. This benefits the appearance of your company premises and your business brand as a whole.

When selecting the most appropriate screens and enclosures for your rooftop equipment, there are a number of considerations to bear in mind. Cost of course is a key decision and this will be influenced by a number of other factors. It’s important to take all of these into account during the roof screen selection process.

Here are seven important factors we like our customers to bear in mind:

1. Code compliancy

Rooftop screens need to meet with the requirements of local building codes. These codes are usually similar nationwide but it’s important to check the exact regulations in your municipality. There are special codes for rooftop enclosures concerning factors such as screen height, building appearance, antenna considerations, and more. All relevant codes must be adhered to.

2. Rooftop penetration requirements

Many roof screens provided by companies across the country require holes to be drilled into the rooftop when the screens are installed. This can potentially cause leaks and localized structural damage later on. Choosing between screens that require rooftop penetration and those that don’t, is an important consideration to bear in mind. At CityScapes, our screens require zero roof penetration because they attach directly to the unit. Envisor is approved for use with most major HVAC manufacturers so the equipment warranty will be maintained.

3. Impact on RTUs and other rooftop equipment

When you’re having screens installed it’s vital to consider the resulting impact on a variety of rooftop equipment such as RTUs, HVAC units, ventilation fans, and more. The screened sections need to be of appropriate dimensions to provide protection but with enough space so that all equipment functions as it needs to, and can be easily accessed. All installations we complete factor in the enclosed equipment and ensure everything continues to work optimally.

4. Cleaning and maintenance

Good quality roof screens should require little to no maintenance. The materials and finishes will be robust and offer excellent protection against the elements. Our Envisor rooftop screens have finishes comparable to those used in the automotive industry. The strength of the materials and fixtures we use mean very few repairs will be needed throughout the lifespan of the product.

5. View from the ground

What do people on the ground see when they look up? Screens provide an important aesthetic screening solution to hide ugly rooftop equipment. They need to look nice and complement the appearance of your premises whether seen from the ground, surrounding buildings, or on the horizon. To help you do this, there are numerous screen materials, colors, textures, and styles to choose from.

6. Branding potential

Rooftop screens might seem like an unusual place to worry about branding yet they can provide the perfect surfaces on which to highlight your brand. The screens can potentially be seen from ground view as well as from nearby buildings and from a distance. With our range of panels, you can incorporate your company logo and color scheme directly onto the screen surfaces you order.

7. Wind loads

Screens have to hold up against various types of weather. Where you are based and the type of climate you have is an important consideration to bear in mind when installing roof screens. Wind speed is a big factor in many locations, especially where hurricanes are prevalent. Our engineers generally allow for 80-mph wind loads and with some modifications, even wind loads up to 150-mph.

Considering all of these factors before finally choosing and installing rooftop screens can save you time, money, and hassle later on. At CityScapes we can guide you through the selection process and answer any questions you might have concerning technical and legal requirements.