Benefits of Roller Shutters
Last Updated Nov 7, 2011 · Written by Jaclyn Fitzgerald
Roller shutters are becoming more and more popular in homes today but what exactly are they and why are they so beneficial? Here’s everything you need to know.
What are Roller Shutters?
Roller shutters are shutters that are mounted above a door or window and roll down to cover and protect the door or window as needed. The shutters are typically made from metal, with the most common being aluminium and steel. Roller shutters are available in a range of different colours and patterns, which means that they can actually complement your home very well. You operate your roller shutters either using a manual winder or by using some form of motorised system such as a remote control or a control panel.
Roller Shutters Provide Security
Perhaps the biggest benefit of roller shutters is that they provide your home with excellent security. This is because they are very closely fitted to the door or window and cannot be pulled away without a great deal of effort (if they can be at all). As well as being an excellent physical deterrent, they are also a brilliant visual deterrent as would be intruders see the shutters and decide that it is not worth the effort of trying to gain entry to your home, going elsewhere instead.
Roller Shutters are Insulating
Another benefit of roller shutters is the fact that they are actually quite insulating. This is because many roller shutters are made to be fully insulated, so that they stop heat from entering or leaving your home. Roller shutters can actually stop heat by up to 90 percent and stop up to 70 percent of cold. As well as the thermal insulation benefits, roller shutters are also good sound insulators, reducing the transmission of sound by up to 50 percent. Not only will the inside of your home be more stable temperature wise, it’ll also be quieter.
Roller Shutters Give You Control
Roller shutters also give you a huge amount of control over the amount of light that enters the home at any given time. You can choose to completely darken a room by lowering the shutters all the way, or you can have them wide open so that sunlight floods the room. It’s completely up to you. Of course, you can also partially open or close the shutters to suit. As well as control over light, roller shutters give you control over ventilation. That is, you can open the shutters to allow fresh air to stream through the windows or door, or choose to only allow a little bit of fresh air through. Again, it’s totally up to you. Finally, roller shutters also give you control over privacy. If your neighbours are home or you don’t want passersby to see in, simply lower the shutters as you want.
Roller Shutters Protect Against Weather
Another big benefit of roller shutters is that they protect your doors and windows against the weather. If a storm or gale rolls in, just close the shutters and you can feel secure in knowing that they’ll deflect branches and other debris that can break glass and otherwise cause damage. Roller shutters also protect against embers in the event of bushfire, deflecting them away before they have the chance to cause damage.