When should I think about sunshade clips on my building?
Sunshades are not just a decorative element. They are first a structural item, and second an architectural feature. Most contractors and designers, view aluminum sunshades as a purely decorative item that you install toward the end of the project. On the contrary, the sunshade design and sunshade clips, are necessary to address in the structural analysis of the building. Cantilever sunshades induce shear & moment forces on the building, therefore require some sort of structural support. Think first about how the shade is to attach to the structure. Preview some examples of attachment methods for hanging sunshades to a variety of substrates in the above images.
Ideally sunshade clips are installed between when the substrate is in place, and before the exterior finish of the wall is started. Often, we find that the wall is in place long before the clips are even thought of. Not only will you have to dig into the finished wall, this normally throws project schedule a curve ball. Trust us, and think of your sunshades about the same time you think of your structural support system.