Worried about another London riot? Here's how Roller shutters work.

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According to a Daily Mirror story in August last year, “more than one in four youngsters think riots could happen again”. The only logical thing to do is prepare for the lurking danger. As vandalism caused by riots is more impulsive than planned, installing security devices such as CCTVs may help after the damage is caused but would not entirely prevent it. There are, however, very few security systems that offer guaranteed protection against such vandalism and one such option is roller shutters.


What are roller shutters?

Roller shutters are closures for your doors and windows to make them more secure. They are virtually impenetrable as they don’t open inwards or outwards but instead roll up the doorway or the window. The wide variety of roller shutters available in the market means that you can find the perfect shape and size to fit your window or door.

It is not uncommon for people to attach these shutters to places like garage doors or shop windows. You can operate roller shutters by winding them with the help of a box, which is usually installed above the shutter. They can be opened and shut both manually as well as electronically depending on the kind of roller shutter you install.


What are the different types of roller shutters?

Depending on your needs, you can choose from a wide variety of roller shutters. The most expensive and the most durable are the ones made out of fibreglass. They are very low on maintenance and are sure to last a very long time.

If you want to go easy on your pocket, you can go in for metal shutters. These require a little more maintenance but are as tough. The cheapest options, however, are the ones made out of UPVC. These are more useful for maintaining your business privacy and are not as tough as the other two. They, however, do have a lot of aesthetic value and come in various colours.


How do roller shutters help protect against intruders?

As already mentioned, roller shutters are virtually impenetrable from the outside and hence provide complete protection against intruders. They also protect your office doors and windows against any sort of damage or vandalism.

These shutters can also be fitted with an alarm system that will go off, when tampered with, like in the case of a riot. Just by installing roller shutters you can be sure that an intruder will not even attempt to break into the property.

Depending on your security needs, you can also install shutters that come with an anti-push-up device, an extruded guide rail and panel systems, all of which ensure that your property is burglar proof.


Shutter Insulation

Roller shutter also have other advantages. Most roller shutters these days come with a thick wall that has thermal insulation properties, which is great for insulation. During summers, the shutters block the warmth of the sun, while during winters, they block the cold.

If you switch on the central heating, roller shutters retain the warmth, making it effective and less energy consuming. So in other words, these shutters are a great way of cutting down on your electricity bills. This is especially true for cases where roller shutters are attached to the windows of the property.

In addition to providing insulation against the temperature, roller shutters also provide sound insulation, keeping away unwanted sounds of traffic, aeroplane or even the noise on the streets.