What's the difference between Maple's Aurora and Corona brise soleil blades?

Brise soleil blades are designed to fulfil the same simple function – to control the amount of sunlight that enters a building.

In a nutshell

  • Maple’s Aurora blades have an aerofoil profile
  • Our Corona brise soleil system uses rectangular blades
  • Both systems have solar shading and aesthetic benefits
  • Aurora and Corona are both available in aluminium and timber
  • Wood can look great, but is heavier and often more expensive to fabricate and install
  • Woodgrain-effect powder-coating can be a good option for aluminium blades

However, not all blades are the same.

Here at Maple, we’ve developed specialist systems to allow natural daylight to pass through but take the sting out of summer sun. These typically use our Aurora and Corona blades.

Our Aurora and Corona blades can be made from aluminium or timber, and are usually set at a 45-degree pitch. Depending on the material, they can be between 100mm and 1,200mm deep, and can span distances of up to 5m.

But that’s where the similarity ends.


Our Aurora brise soleil system uses aerofoil blades that provide effective solar shading and visual impact.

When fabricated in aluminium, the aerofoil profile has inherent strength – making it suitable for long spans with fewer fixings. It’s possible to create the Aurora profile in timber, but cutting and shaping the wood is time-consuming and expensive. Timber also requires preservative coatings, and is very heavy.

If timber is important to you, why not consider timber-lookalike, woodgrain-effect powder-coating?


Our Corona brise soleil system uses rectangular blades – either box sections of aluminium or solid timber.

They provide effective solar shading, and can reduce light spill from, say, a multi-storey car park. But they can look great too, which is why Corona blades are often used as vertical fins on an architectural façade.

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