Commercial buildings rely on well-designed solar shading systems to improve internal conditions and enable a healthier and more comfortable working environment. Window shrouds or sun hoods provide a practical solution for horizontal and vertical window shading for commercial and multi-level high rise buildings.

Shading elements such as commercial aluminium window hoods and sun hoods are often integral to the overall design aesthetic and, therefore, need to be fabricated from a system with flexible and bespoke design capabilities.

Louvreclad sun hoods can be designed, engineered and fabricated utilising a wide range of modular sun blades and custom fabricated sheet metal solutions including Sheraton Series, Caprice Series, Scarborough Series, Platinum Series and Polaris Series.

Products best suited to window hoods and sun screens

Louvreclad’s selection of proprietary products that can be custom fabricated as window hoods to suit your specific project requirements:

  • Ascot Series
  • Caprice Series
  • Mirage Series
  • Platinum Series
  • Polaris Series
  • Scarborough Series
  • Sheraton Series

Architectural window shrouds

Controlling direct solar gains into a building to reduce overall heat loads can require a complex arrangement of vertical and horizontal shading elements. Therefore, every solar shading solution needs to respond to the unique requirements of each project. Louvreclad believes the best projects are a result of good collaboration between the architect, consultant and builder, and takes pride in facilitating this collaboration to provide superior outcomes.

As every project is unique, Louvreclad sun hoods offer a bespoke solution, which are designed and engineered to suit the project. The maximum span is dependent on the extrusion size selected as well as local wind pressures, and a key design requirement for window hoods is to ensure sufficient structure is available for fixing. All of these modular and bespoke sun blades typically need to be fixed back to a structural substrate that has been designed to take their horizontal and vertical loads.

Privacy screening with window hoods

Aluminium window hoods are often integrated with other privacy and sunshades within the façade design.

Passionate about modular construction and prefabricated solutions, Louvreclad understands that poor planning is a recipe for disaster. Therefore, clients are advised to work with the company’s in-house design and engineering team who will – through sketches, technical drawings and prototypes – take the pressure off you and deliver the high-end result of your expectations.

Louvreclad is also committed to providing value to your project. By offering value engineering solutions – for example; a less complex design, a lighter weight product or a more practical prefab option, you will achieve faster installation, on-site efficiencies, and overall reduction in build cost.

Modular powdercoated aluminium sun hoods

The selected fixing system can significantly impact the final design aesthetic:

  • For stud wall: Timber LVL or structural steel is required behind cladding
  • Fins typically cannot be fixed directly to window joinery
  • For face fixing, we can use a H of F bracket; however, the depth of the fin is approx. max 400mm (depending on local wind pressures)