Answering Some Commonly Asked Questions About Roller Shutters for the Home

Posted on: 28 April 2017

Roller shutters are a great option for any home; they are installed outside a window and can close completely over the glass and frame, giving the inside room more shade and noise insulation. If you're thinking about having roller shutters installed on your home, note a few questions you might have about this option so you can determine if it's the right choice for you.

Will roller shutters offer complete blackout conditions?

If you need a room completely blacked out, such as a bedroom that faces a streetlight or if you suffer from migraines, be sure you ask about blackout shutters in particular. Some shutters are made with a very thin and lightweight metal and may have a fine pattern stamped in them, to keep them from looking too industrial. The slats of some shutters may not fit so snugly against each other, and these designs may allow in some light even when completely closed.

How much security will roller shutters offer?

A roller shutter over a window will keep someone from being able to break the glass and gain entry into the home; however, if you want maximum security for windows, opt for shutters that are installed inside the window frame and which run along a track, and lock at the bottom. This will keep someone from prying open the shutter. Also, be sure you shop for steel shutters and not aluminium, as aluminium is easier to bend away from the window than steel.

Can roller shutters be power washed?

Always ask the cleaning methods to use with roller shutters; some thin vinyl materials may get damaged with a higher pressure cleaner, and certain detergents might be too abrasive for a thin and lightweight aluminium. Most models, however, can be cleaned with a power washer set to a low pressure and may not even need a detergent or cleanser to remove dirt, mud, dried snow, and other such debris.

What about safety for people inside?

If the roller shutters will be installed over a bedroom window, you will probably need to ensure they don't lock from the outside and can be opened manually, in case of power failure. There may even be regulations in your local area about what types of shutters can be used for certain rooms of the home. Your installer can note these local laws and ensure your home is compliant, so that your family is safe and can escape the home if needed.