A (fictional) large company decided to build a brand-new 20-story office building just outside a bustling metropolis. They chose the finest of contractors to plan the building structure, wanting a building that would attract attention from everyone who drove or walked by. They had a custom perforated metal sign designed to be shaped like the company logo to display outside the main entrance. Thousands of people driving by each day on their busy commutes gaped in awe as they watched the building go up.
As the building turned into a frame, then quickly acquired walls and windows, people could see that this was an attractive edifice built of stylish metal and dark glass. Large glass panel windows provided a modern 21st-century look that wouldn’t go out of style for a long time.
Finally, the construction company finished building, and the building’s owners could move their employees in. They carried in cubicles, office chairs, desks, computers, printers, phones, the boss’s collection of bouncy balls, and everything else they needed to make the office function. Pretty soon, it was time for the first day of work in the new building.
After a ceremonial ribbon cutting, the employees all wandered to their respective sections of the building to settle into their new offices and cubicles. They sat back to enjoy the day of work, and everything seemed to be wonderful.
As the day passed, the sun grew higher and higher in the sky. Everyone near one of the large windows started feeling the heat of the sun and experiencing a bright glare that kept them from comfortably looking at a screen or getting much work done. Soon the company realized that they had not installed any feature to block the sun from getting in the window.
That’s where custom metal sunshades come into play. Windows may look spectacular from the outside, but they can annoy people inside when the sun starts hitting everybody. This company’s building project could have been a complete success if the people had considered installing aluminum sunshades. These products can lean out perpendicular above a window or even be a grate in front of a window to keep the sun from blinding everyone inside.
If you’re building a structure with lots of window space, don’t forget to consider how the sun will shine through the windows and affect the people inside. You’ll definitely want to discuss with knowledgeable construction workers and the people that will sit in your offices to determine a solution for blocking the sun. Don’t be burnt!