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Security Shutters – The Nitty Gritty

Tue, 7 Nov 2023

Let’s turn our attention to the security aspect. When it comes to protecting your home or business premises from unwanted intruders, security shutters are no doubt a brilliant choice.

Not only do they provide an added layer of security, but they also offer benefits such as insulation and noise reduction. With so many options available on the market, it can be daunting and confusing when it comes to deciding which solution is best for you.

Below are a few of the frequently asked questions we receive:

Why are some security shutters cheaper than others? 
Well, yes, it is possible to make them less expensive, but you have to look at why they are cheaper to understand the risks you are taking if security is something that is of utmost necessity to you. Aluminium prices are worked out per kg and therefore the more aluminium used in the makeup of a shutter, the more expensive. True security shutter manufacturers will not take shortcuts on the amount of aluminium used, hence ensuring that the important aspects - such as wall thickness - are not compromised in any way. 

Do louvres and locking pins make a security shutter strong and safe?
The manner in which the louvres attach to the frame of the shutters, and in turn, the way in which all the various aspects of the shutters work together, create strength. There is no point in having ‘reinforced louvres’ if the louvre itself is not attached securely to the rest of the panel. The way in which the locking pin works, the type of lock and the material used for the locking pin all need to be looked at. A locking pin should be made of metal and needs to extend far enough to be effective. A good quality lock is a vital component of a security shutter. 

Can I test the strength of a shutter ahead of purchasing?
Absolutely - don’t be shy to request a basic test! Ask the sales consultant if you can stand on the louvres of the sample. This will allow you to physically evaluate whether the shutter has been custom designed as a security product or is merely a barrier. Beware of a product where they don’t have faith that a simple static weight on a louvre won’t be tolerated (forces from an intruder will be far greater!). 

Why avoid complex locking mechanisms?
An often-overlooked aspect of a security shutter is the ability to easily close and lock the shutter knowing that it is fully locked or not. Locking systems should be simple as there is no point installing a security shutter if it is left unlocked at night due to the locking mechanism being complicated. The joy of security shutters is that they can stay in place and you can have a view with adjustable privacy and light control elements. When not needed they can be folded back to allow the light and view in fully.

What other factors are vitally important:
Style and aesthetics: Security shutters come in a variety of styles and colours, so you can choose one that complements your properties style. Opt for a manufacturer that offers a range of frames to best suit the opening that you have and will be easier to install (and last longer).  
Maintenance requirements: Some shutters require more maintenance than others. Always look at what is required to maintain the shutters. Ask questions that cover care and maintenance going forward.  

In a nutshell, the key factors are:

  • Security shutters should be manufactured without shortcuts being taken in any of its components.
  • True security shutters weigh more and therefore likely more expensive (higher quantity of aluminium used).
  • Security shutters don’t only have one strong aspect – the entire shutter works together and all elements need to be robust.
  • Don’t be shy - ask your shutter supplier to stand on the shutter louvre as a basic strength test.

Expert tip: Ask the sales consultant if you can stand on the louvre of the sample as a base test of strength.

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