• Shadometal

Shadometal fabricated metal louvre solar shading system

Colt Shadometal is an external fixed or moveable fabricated metal louvre solar shading system, designed to reduce heat gains and glare whilst maximising the use of natural daylight.

Shadometal may be installed either vertically or horizontally in front of the façade or on the roof. It can be either fixed or moveable. It is also suitable as a primary or secondary facade element to provide ventilation.

Product information

Features and benefits

A wide range of louvres – Shadometal louvres are available in various colours, surface finishes and coatings to meet specific design requirements. Depending on the chosen arrangement of perforations to the louvre blade, light and radiation transmission can be accurately achieved for every specific application. The louvre spans depends on structural considerations and the kind of louvre blade selected. Click the options tab above to find out more.

Flexible controls - Shadometal shading systems are operated by linear actuators that have the capability to operate complete facades. A series of louvres are attached to a system of levers and push rods which link them to a control system. The louvres may be fixed at any angle and can rotate under motorised control within a range of up to 90⁰.

Robust - Shadometal is made from high grade aluminium and stainless steel. The system is designed to compensate for thermal expansion.

Potential to reduce installation time – Shadometal can be provided in modular pre-assembled form.

Controllable versus fixed louvres and control routines

A fixed solar shading system may only truly be effective on a south facing building.

Controllable solar shading systems can better optimise the flows of heat and light energy than fixed solar shading systems. Since the louvres are designed to follow the path of the sun, daylight levels may be optimised whilst radiation levels are reduced to a minimum. The likelihood of over-shading or under-shading that frequently occurs with fixed solar shading is reduced, since the louvres are always set to optimum shading angle.

An additional benefit of movable systems is that when they are closed, they can provide additional security and can help reduce winter heat loss.

Colt ICS 4-Link or Soltronic are the standard controls for Shadometal. These provide accurate control of the louvre blades, continually calculating the position of the sun and together with internal temperature and lighting sensors controlling the position of the louvres. On dull days, light sensors can operate to fully open the louvres to allow the occupants full vision to the outside at all times. Remote operation is also available via an internal modem interface.

Design service

We can assess a client’s design and provide a bespoke solution to meet all aspects of a project. Backed by an experienced technical support team, we can work with the customer from the earliest stages of the project to design an aesthetically pleasing, high performance solar shading system.

We also offer complete project management, installation, wiring and commissioning, which means that we take complete responsibility to ensure that the product is in full working order within one package of works.

Please contact us for more information relating to the application, specification, installation or servicing of Shadometal.



Colt Shadometal is an external fixed or moveable fabricated metal louvre solar shading system, designed to reduce heat gains and glare whilst maximising the use of natural daylight.

Louvre types - consider these aspects

  • Type
  • Colour
  • Thickness
  • Pitch
  • Pitch arrangement
  • Shape
  • Solid metal sheet
  • Perforated sheet
  • Perforation pattern
  • Percentage perforation

Louvre supports

  • Louvres supported on a central spine – with louvre brackets for additional support
  • Louvres supported over a skeletal frame - can be adjusted depending on width and length to incorporate larger size blades

Structural considerations

All spans subject to wind load calculations. Deflection of the louvre is limited to span / 100. Deflection of supporting structure is limited to span / 100.

Modular/ breakdown

  • Modular
  • In breakdown


  • Horizontal
  • Vertical


  • Fixed
  • Moveable


  • Central pivot
  • Offset
  • Back pivoted

Controls options (if moveable)

  • Manual
  • ICS 4-Link
  • Soltronic

Angle of rotation: 0–90°.


  • Onto concrete
  • Onto brickwork
  • Onto steelwork
  • Into curtain walling

Colours of metal work

Bracing struts / side support arms:

  • Mill finish
  • Polyester powder paint
  • Anodised
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