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Pros and Cons of Roller Shutters [Your Complete Guide]

05.02.2023 By Perth Homeguard Roller Shutters

Keep out what’s meant to stay out with security products designed specifically for your home or business and learn what to expect when it comes to maintenance.

The persistent Perth sun. Overzealous neighbours. Criminals at large.

Let’s face it. There are definitely things you want to keep out of your home or business here in Perth.

One way to do this reliably (and affordably) is to invest in roller shutters. These can address your security needs with durable materials and integrated locking systems. Plus, they look great, too!

But while the benefits might seem obvious (and there are a lot of them), you might be wondering about the general pros and cons of roller shutters and what you need to consider when making a purchase. To help, we’ve put together this handy guide.

Read on to learn everything you need to know.

What makes them unique?

Compared to other shutters which are panels or completely solid, they are made of smaller panels of material that interlock to create a single surface. However, these smaller panels allow for the shutter itself to roll up or retract more seamlessly out of the way when not in use.

This is one of the more appealing aspects for home owners who want the security of shutters without the bulky or highly visible look of a more rigid panel.

Most of the time, these shutters are made of steel or aluminium. You can get them in varieties that are either manually operated or as electric roller shutters. And they come in a variety of colours and patterns that help them integrate well into your existing exterior design.

Are they durable?

With all of those moving parts, how long can you expect your roller panels to last?

Actually, they are designed to be incredibly durable. Not only are they impervious to intruders and whatever Mother Nature throws at them, they’re designed to roll up and down frequently. They’re made for use, no matter how you use them.

On average, they last up to 30 years or more.

When it comes to wearable parts, you may find yourself swapping out the batteries in your remote if you have automatic shutters. You may also find that they require a bit of oiling or greasing to keep them rolling smoothly, but this is rare and one treatment will last quite a long time.

The many benefits of roller shutters for your home or business

Durability is clearly a winner when it comes to security products. But what other pros and cons of roller shutters can you expect if you were to purchase them for your own home? Let’s start by outlining the many, many benefits.

#1: Extra security

These shutters are designed to keep out burglars and even animals that may pry at your home to get inside. Most come with locking mechanisms so you are not just protecting your windows with window roller shutters; you’re also protecting and stopping forced entry to the building.

#2: Privacy

The interlocking design makes sure no light seeps through, giving you a way to completely block out the world beyond your windows. This is great for a home where you want security and a bit of a break from the prying eyes of neighbours. It is also a great advantage for businesses to keep their wares secure and out of sight during off hours. Plus, you can continue to live or work securely behind them without watchful eyes wondering what you are doing.

#3: Energy efficiency

These security products do more than just block out people. They can block out the harmful, strong rays of the sun during hours where your air con could be struggling to keep up during the day. Businesses can use them to reduce after-hours energy consumption. And the typical aluminium and steel help to insulate the inside of the home too, keeping in whatever warm or cool air you are generating. They also stop noise pollution by insulating against unwanted outdoor sounds, too.

#4: Natural resistance

Some roller panels are rated for defense against the strong elements. These can include cyclones, hail, and even bushfire. The added protection can also stop your windows from breaking during high winds or strong storms.

#5: Curb appeal

When not in use, these shutters are tucked away, out of sight and out of mind. This can be attractive to home buyers who are concerned about security but don’t want the look of bulky security shutters. They also have a sleek look when unfurled and come in a variety of colours to match any exterior finish you might already have. For businesses, these also give a professional look during off hours while protecting your goods.

Roller shutters cons explained

As with most things, there are some negatives when it comes to choosing these security products. For one, they use moving parts – the horizontal slats, chains, and motors – these all require maintenance to keep operating properly.

In almost all cases, automated shutters are much easier to operate than manual shutters, which can sometimes be a bit unwieldy. And if you have a lot of shutters, it can be time consuming to do the rounds to open and close them everyday without an automatic remote. That said, automatic systems also tend to be a bit more pricey, since you are paying for the motor and the technology to operate it, too.

Cleaning can be as complicated, or as hands off, as you want. It is helpful to keep up with regular cleaning using a garden hose while the shutters are in a closed position. However, if you find that there is grime or debris between the horizontal slats, you might find cleaning them a lot more time consuming to polish up.

Get on a roll with Perth Homeguard security products
You can choose from a variety of colours and might just fall in love with how they disappear into their casing. Getting the right fit for your home is important, so be sure to go with a custom solution that is measured and includes everything specific to your needs, right down to the locks.

At Perth Homeguard, we’re experts in helping home and business owners across Western Australia secure what means the most to them. We offer a 10-year warranty on all of our products, which are designed and made right here in Australia. What’s more, you’ll be able to take advantage of factory-direct pricing and free, fast quotes so you know right from the start exactly what your shutters will cost you.

When it comes to the pros and cons of roller shutters, no one knows more than Perth Homeguard. We have over 30 years of experience and are police licensed. You can rest assured your home will be protected with the highest quality and most durable shutters available. Call us on 08 9209 8100 for a quote for your home or business today.

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