Comparing Rooftop Screening Options

When it comes to rooftop screening enclosures, it can be overwhelming to sift through the many brands and options available. What factors do you need to consider? What are the pros and cons of the different options? These questions are crucial when making a decision. While we can’t speak to other brands, we can give you the 411 on our products and why we believe they’re the best in the class.

Alternating rooftop screening providing a formidable appearance with large tubular louvers running vertically or horizontally in a shadow box pattern.

Selecting Rooftop Screening: Factors to Consider

Wind Load

Firstly, one of the most critical factors to consider for rooftop screening is wind load. Areas prone to high-speed winds and extreme weather need screening that can withstand or reduce the amount of force from high-speed and high-pressure winds. A 2007 study by Florida International University and the International Hurricane Research Center showed that windscreens reduced peak wind loads by a significant percentage. Thus, decreasing the damage to rooftop equipment and to the roof itself.

Equipment Airflow Requirements

In addition to wind loads, it is important to be mindful of your equipment’s airflow requirements. Improper airflow can cause a myriad of problems leading to costly repairs. Choosing the right type of screening helps ventilate the equipment—thus regulating its temperature and airflow.

Local Code Requirements

Lastly, it is increasingly common for cities and municipalities to enact screening code requirements to promote better aesthetics and design of commercial spaces. This means that the design and style of your screening must complement your building’s design while hiding unsightly equipment and areas.

Product Comparisons: PalmSHIELD Rooftop Screening Solutions

PalmSHIELD offers four types of rooftop screening: louvered, semi-private, solid, and alternating. These products are outlined below along with their respective pros and cons.

Louvered Screening

Product Highlights

Material: Aluminum

Visibility: 100% direct visual screening
Openness: 64%
Structure:  PalmSHIELD exclusive fully framed

Applications

  • Enclosures for variety of equipment and areas
  • Parapet walls
  • Sloped roofs
  • Rubber EPDM roofs
  • Limited attachments for rooftop attachments

Pros & Cons

ProsCons
Most popular and versatile screening optionEasier to forcibly break into
Meets mechanical equipment openness percentage specificationsCosts more than solid screening
Modern, architectural lookAllows foreign debris
Provides protection and shade from the sun

Semi-Private Screening

Product Highlights

Design: Picture frame design
Material: Homeland Composites, Vinyl, or Aluminum

Applications

  • Enclosures for variety of equipment and areas
  • Parapet walls
  • Sloped roofs
  • Rubber EPDM roofs
  • Limited attachments for rooftop attachments

Pros & Cons

ProsCons
Allows some airflowNot as secure as solid or louvered options
Greater material variety to complement aestheticsContents behind the screen are exposed
Modern, architectural designSingle planks can be prone to damage
More cost-effective than louvers

Solid Screening

3D SOLID COMPOSITE PANEL

Product Highlights

Design: Picture frame design
Material: Homeland Composites, Vinyl, or Aluminum.

Applications

  • Patios
  • Parapet walls
  • Sloped roofs
  • Rubber EPDM roofs

Pros & Cons

ProsCons
100% blocked visibilityNo ventilation for equipment
Wide selection of material types, profiles, colors, and designs
Less expensive than louvered designs

Alternating Screening

Product Highlights

Visibility: 100% direct visual screening
Design: Picture frame design
Material: Aluminum rails and slats
Slat Sizing: 1” x 4″

Applications

  • Retrofitting existing equipment screening
  • Replacing existing rooftop screening
  • Parapet walls
  • Sloped roofs
  • Rubber EPDM roofs

Pros & Cons

ProsCons
Allows some airflowCosts more than solid screening
Modern lookAllows foreign debris
Provides protection and shade from the sun

Why Choose PalmSHIELD Rooftop Screening?

Our products are custom-manufactured to meet wind-load requirements and complement your building’s design. Additionally, we are the only manufacturer to use a structural picture-frame design in our panels. Consequently, this unique frame provides stability and support while allowing for proper airflow and style needs.

To learn more, request a quote or give us a call at 531-329-4406.