Roller ShuttersFREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Frequently Asked Questions about Roller Shutters
Are they installed on the inside or the outside of the building?
Shutters are installed on the outside but are controlled from inside. Occasionally perhaps due to body corporate or council restrictions they can be installed on the inside. Outside is preferable and usual.
Are they operated from inside or outside?
They are operated from inside either manually (handle winding mechanism) or electrically (turn a switch like a dimmer used for lighting). You do not have to go outside to pull them up or down.
What are they made of?
All our security window and door shutters are made from aluminium. This means they won’t rust and the powdercoated finish will remain looking good for a very long time.
Can they be locked?
Yes. You can have keylocks fitted which we recommend on manually operated shutters. Keylocks are not usually fitted to electric shutters as it is set to lock automatically.
Can they be tilted like venetians?
No. They roll up and down in vertical tracks. Our plantation shutters can be tilted.
How much heat do they keep out?
Shutters will keep out approximately 90% of the heat gain through your windows. The trick is to have something on the outside preventing the heat permeating the glass and roller shutters are terrific in this regard.
How secure are they?
The greatest asset of shutters is their deterrent value for break ins. As well they are a strong physical barrier. The time taken and noise created in attempting a breakin through a roller shutter is a very big deterrent.
Are there standard sizes?
No. Each shutter is custom made to suit your application.
What about colour range?
No problem. We have a standard range of colours and extruded shutters in our range can be powdercoated to any colour.
Why are shutters better value for money than bars?
- are easily opened for exit in case of fire – very big safety point against fixed bars
- don’t make you feel like you are in a prison
- allow you free access to the windows for cleaning the glass
- are more attractive and unobtrusive on the house
- more versatile because you control their use
- provide insulation from the heat in summer and cold in winter
- give privacy
When are Window Fall Prevention Screens required?
The National Construction Code specifies various requirements for the prevention of falls from openable
windows. The intent of these requirements is to limit the risk of a person (especially a young child) falling
through an openable window, and are divided into two categories;
- All windows where the potential fall is four metres or more.
- Windows in bedrooms of Class 1, 2, 3 and 4 buildings, and any room in Class 9b Early Child Care Centres where the potential fall is two metres or more.
Note: The NSW Strata Schemes Management Regulation 2010 requires protection to windows in any room
where the potential fall is over two metres.
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