Making an Informed Choice on Rolling Shutters


A roller shutter typically rolls down to shield the window or door and then rolls up into a punnet overhead the window or door, keeping it concealed when not in use. Roller shutters are primarily used for safety and security however they also play a significant role in acoustic and insulation protection. The basic design of a roller shutter is a drape of steel or aluminium sections referred to a lath, which is coiled around a barrel which may be operated manually or electrically to either raise or lower the lath. With the option of electric and manual types, how does a property owner make the ideal choice? Here are the pros and cons of each type of rolling shutter to help you arrive at an informed decision.

Electric rolling shutters

Electric rolling shutters, just as their name infers, depend on either electrical or solar power for their functionality. They feature a small motor which basically raises or lowers the shutters once you press the button. Generally, the motor is connected to an electrical source of power. Generally, electric rolling shutters are regulated using a remote control. Hence, convenience is highly associated with electric roller shutters. Moreover, they can be integrated with sensors that instinctively raise or lower the rolling shutters depending on the climatic conditions outside as well as the time of day. Further to that, they demand little maintenance provided that quality components are employed.

On the downside, electric rolling shutters are more pricy to set up in comparison to manual rolling shutters. This is attributed to the extra mechanical components needed as well as the electrical power expenses.

Manual rolling shutters

Equally, as their name infers, manual rolling shutters are maneuvered by hand, using a mechanism named winder. These types of shutters are synonymous with most residential homes because they are affordable in respect to purchase plus installation. Normally, the winder or crank mechanism is positioned on the inward side of the window or door to afford you easy access when either raising or lowering the lath.

On the downside, manual rolling shutters are subject to a lot of inconvenience. For example, you have to walk to your window or door every day and adjust the shutter by hand according to your wishes. Since each window or door is fitted with a manual rolling shutter individually, you can envisage the time-consuming nature involved in adjusting the rolling shutters if your house has several doors or windows.


30 November 2015

Security Doors, Frames and Locks: Securing Your Home's Openings

Hi, my name is Brenda, and welcome to my blog. A few years ago, my home became the victim of a burglary. I didn't think it was possible because we live out in a relatively remote rural area, but it happened. After that, I knew I never wanted anyone in my home again without my permission. As a result, I begin to secure my home. I ended up realising the the doors were less secure than the windows. I replaced our doors with metal security doors, but I also got new frames and locks. If you want to keep your home secure, take a look around this blog. It has posts on everything I have learned about securing your doors. I hope these ideas keep you safe and happy!