There are different variations of roller shutter doors, so you may be wondering which one is right for your business or property. This guide will help you understand when and why you should install roller shutters, and which styles are available.
Advantages of Roller Shutters
Roller shutters offer increased security to a premises, providing an extra layer of resistance that any would-be intruder must get through. Often, an alarm system will be triggered by anyone tampering with roller shutters – making them a great deterrent from break ins.
Many businesses also rely on roller shutters for protection from harsh weather conditions, especially in areas of high wind where they can prevent glass window panes from suffering cracks or smashing.
With the advantage of being very easy to maintain, roller shutters are investment that many shop and factory owners make to improve the security and longevity of their premises.
Different Types of Roller Shutters
Roller shutters are generally available in a range of styles – some of which are used for specific locations or purposes and others which are multi purpose. Many factors will affect which shutters are suitable for a premises, from the building’s intended usage to budget.
Here, we’ll break down the 7 most common roller shutter styles that we install in our various locations.
Aluminium Roller Shutters
Aluminium roller shutters are one of our most popular items due to their lightweight design, yet surprising durability. They are fantastic for preventing break-ins, and stand up to poor weather conditions very well.
Built On Shutters
Built on shutters are built onto the surface of the building, which means that their rails and shutters boxes are visible. Some people consider these less aesthetically pleasing than built in shutters (see below), yet with the right design the rails and shutters boxes can be very unobtrusive, and they generally cost less.
Built In Shutters
Built in shutters are set into the frame of your window and doors, which makes many of their components invisible from the outside. The fact that the rails and shutter boxes are hidden makes them popular with luxury developments, such as modern office blocks or high-end shops, where aesthetics are important. When the shutters is open, they cannot be seen which many consider a more attractive look. However, they will generally cost more than built on shutters.
Electric Roller Shutters
Electric roller shutters are our speciality, with over 20 years of experience in developing automatic entrance solutions including roller shutters. An electric roller shutter carries a higher initial investment than a manual shutter, however they provide a significantly improved user experience and level of convenience.
Electric shutters can be operated using a button, or automated through use of a sensor similar to an automatic door. They are highly desired in industrial settings, such as factory or cold-storage units where quick opening and closing and temperature control is important.
Manual Roller Shutters
Manual roller shutters require human operation, usually through the use of a chain which is pulled to open or close them. They are cost less than an electric shutter, although there is a trade off in terms of convenience and the speed at which they can operate. Because they also require a human operator, they also cost more man hours during their lifetime.
For these reasons, manual roller shutters are suited to areas with low traffic. Higher-use areas would normally be better suited to an electric shutter.
Insulated roller shutters are made from a double-skin lath, with a foam filling in between. This lightweight insulation helps to retain heat, exclude draughts and provide a degree of sound-proofing. This makes them a popular choice for units looking to save on energy bills, or where noise control is important such as factories or stores located close to residential buildings.
Although these aren’t technically roller shutters, as they do not roll open and closed, overhead sectional doors can often be used in some locations where roller shutters are. Sectional doors are a popular entrance solution in areas with limited space, as they lay flat to the ceiling when opened which requires less headroom than the roll. They are a popular choice for garages and some industrial units.
Still Not Sure?
If you still aren’t sure which type of roller shutter is suitable for your premises, get in touch with us and one of our engineers will be happy to arrange a no-obligation consultation. With over two decades of experience, our team is ideally placed to offer expert advice and guidance to get you the best possible entrance solution.