Roller Shutters are something that we can’t do without. Roller shutters are the backbone of our security system. A broken roller shutter will be a break in your line of defense and you must call for a roller shutter repair team as soon as possible.
Secondary Security Considerations
Visualize that when the security shutters are down, it will be very become obvious when there is no one on the property. This means that you will need to incorporate extra security measures, like CCTV and burglar alarms so your property is protected even when you are not there.
Some roller shutters are manual while others are electronic. They come in different finishes, so match or contrast them with your existing décor.
Categories of security shutters-
There are two kinds of security shutters –
External shutters are most effective in creating a physical barrier. They help in delaying forced entry by intruders and burglars. They also act as the perfect visibility barrier as they bar the people outside from seeing what is inside. It is a perfect barrier to vandalism as well.
However, they have their own set of disadvantages. For one, they need a good amount of maintenance because they are exposed to harsh environmental elements. If they are attached to a remote property, the burglar can use his time to force them open.
Planning permission is almost always required; sometimes there is denial due to the negative effect on the aesthetics of the neighborhood.
It is not advisable to use an external shutter while the property is occupied. We say so because it might restrict your escape route if a fire breaks out. It could also or delay the operations by the fire brigade in case the unfortunate happens.
Internal shutters, as the name suggests are installed by adding an extra physical barrier behind the windows and doors of the building. Their primary aim is to prevent or at least delay entry by an intruder. They are also able to prevent peeping toms from seeing the inside contents.
The main advantage of internal shutters in comparison to external is that they cannot be directly accessed by the intruders, thus the chances of forcing them to open are nil. Also, they don’t require planning permission, unless the property falls within a conservation area. They require less maintenance than external models as they are inside.
They too have their set of disadvantages. They can’t be used to protect the windows and doors from acts of vandalism. Also, one must consider the fire escape routes when these shutters are in use.
You can control the security shutters in numerous ways. Some systems, there is a provision of allowing remote operation which gives the facility of closing all shutters together. Some provide the option for zone control, which means that shutters of particular rooms can be closed.
There is also a provision for partial closure which allows shading and ventilation according to your convenience. Integration of intruder and fire alarms is a wonderful feature which one can use. In such systems, as soon an intruder alarm is activated, the shutters get automatically closed. Vice versa, if a fire alarm is triggered, then the shutters are released.