EXTECH/Exterior Technologies Inc. (EXTECH) has announced its SKYSHADE 2500 Series glass canopy system. The canopies can be incorporated into freestanding structures, pavilions, walkways and other covered entrances for commercial, industrial and transportation applications.
All of the EXTECH systems are manufactured at its facility in Pittsburgh. The SKYSHADE 2500 canopy system is engineered for long spans, up to 12-foot lengths, and glass panels with 9/16-inch or larger thicknesses. It accommodates 1:12 slopes. Optional glass coatings and custom silk-screen patterns help to diffuse the direct top-lighting and to control unwanted solar heat gain. If future updates are desired or repairs needed, the glass panels are individually replaceable.
The self-supporting, aluminum-framed canopy system incorporates continuous mullions that secure the glass. Demonstrating its structural performance, this canopy system is tested to meet ASTM E-330 deflection of less than L/240 at 60 psf. In addition, the system has passed industry-standard testing for flame spread and smoke generation, and air and water infiltration. Effectively managing water, the canopy features an internal guttering system tested per ASTM D-331 to 15 psf.
Enhancing its durability and aesthetic appeal, the aluminum framing may be specified in a choice of anodize finishes or factory-applied coatings. Contributing to sustainable design goals, the aluminum framing system uses recycled aluminum as standard. After its useful life as part of a canopy, the metal is 100 percent recyclable.