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SAF Announces Inaugural Sun Control Product

SAF-SunshadeAtlanta, GA – SAF has announced the first product in its new sun control product line.  SAF Sunshades will reduce solar heat gain and control glare to allow designers to optimize the use of natural daylight. The benefit of increased natural light is reduced energy consumption and greater occupant comfort. SAF Sunshades are engineered and designed to match the appearance of traditional sunshades but are versatile enough to allow architects to create their own unique designs.

“We want to collaborate with customers from art to part in achieving sunshade solutions. The key to the problem was to develop internal tools that help us specify and calculate the loads and reactions of sunshades based on key factors such as building location and environmental conditions without compromising aesthetics,” explains Frank Buchholz, General Manager.

SAF sunshades are constructed of extruded and formed aluminum sheet for reduced weight and superior corrosion resistance. Different blade shapes such as airfoils, round tubes or Z-shapes are all available. SAF sunshade models are available in a variety of anodized or PVDF finishes.  SAF’s in-house CAD, fabrication, finishing and assembly operations, combined with SAF Enterprise ERP system enables SAF to offer competitive, reliable delivery schedules.

Specialized tools used by SAF Project Managers will evaluate the structural characteristics to aide in the quoting process. “Using the tools takes out the guesswork, and the tools are based off the ASCE 7-10 standard. Our tools help us quote the configuration and communicate with Architects and Professional Engineers the relevant information”, said Zac Adams, Senior Project Manager.

About SAF

SAF (Southern Aluminum Finishing Co., Inc.) is a complete resource for metals distribution, finishing, and fabrication. SAF is a mill-direct buyer of aluminum, aluminum coil and extrusions, as well as a fabricator of ACM systems. To learn more, visit

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