Thursday, 18 September 2014

Roller Window Shutters Improve Your Home Security

In Adelaide, home burglary is unfortunately an all-too-frequent occurrence. However, you can improve the security of your home, and reduce the cost of your home insurance premiums, by installing appropriate home security measures, such as roller shutters on your windows and doors.

It is therefore important for homeowners to look for home security solutions that can help to minimise this risk. Roller shutters for your home windows and doors are a practical, cost-effective way of providing both visual deterrence and a physical barrier to potential opportunistic intruders.

Roller shutters made in Adelaide to enhance home security
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Roller shutters are strong and durable

Roller shutters are extremely strong and able to stand up to a great deal of force, as they are manufactured from high-grade aluminium and constructed as a system of interlocking slats. In addition, they have an internal locking mechanism that will ensure that the shutter is locked in position when it is closed. For further peace of mind, however, key locking can also be installed or, if you have solar powered or remote controlled shutters that open and close using a motor and are controlled from inside your home, these lock automatically, further preventing the shutters being opened or forced from the outside.

Additionally, their sturdy construction from high-grade materials means that roller shutters last for many years and require very little maintenance. Other advantages are that, unlike some security bars and grilles, they provide easy access to your window glass for cleaning, open fully so that you can control the amount of sunlight or breeze that you let in, and do not significantly mar or alter the overall appearance of your home while still giving you a high degree of privacy when required.

Roller shutters can be fitted in all types of Adelaide home

As roller shutter design and construction is extremely versatile, it also means they can be installed in practically any style of Adelaide home, so no matter where you are living or the type of property you have, you can benefit from the added home security that roller shutters on your windows and doors provide.

In addition, roller shutters are recommended by many insurance companies as a means of enhancing your home security and this can make a difference in some cases to the cost of the home insurance premiums you pay.

A cost-effective home security solution

Therefore, if you are looking to enhance your home security in Adelaide, roller shutters are an excellent solution. Their strength, versatility, and high-quality construction, combined with the visual deterrence that they provide, means that you can minimise the chances of opportunistic burglars choosing your home as an easy target, and make it extremely difficult for intruders to gain access to your valuable property and belongings.

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Wednesday, 3 September 2014

BAL40 Bushfire Resistant Roller Shutters Adelaide

Installing roller window shutters in your home can go a long way towards helping you to protect your property if you live in a bushfire-prone region of South Australia. Roller shutters prevent window glass from breaking, keeping flying debris out of your home, and form an extra level of defence against both heat and flames.

South Australia is a region of the country that is particularly prone to bushfires, and as a long hot summer approaches the risk will, unfortunately, only increase. However, there are steps that you can take that will help to protect your home in the event of a bushfire. 

BAL40 bushfire-reistant roller shutters
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Roller Window Shutters Can Help to Protect Your Home from Bushfires 

Roller window shutters can provide a valuable line of defence against the dangers of fire. In extreme heat, windows will frequently crack or explode, meaning the glass will fall out of the frame, and so flying sparks and burning embers can enter your home through the now-unprotected space. However, bushfire resistant shutters have been shown to be able to withstand extreme radiant heat and so prevent your window glass from breaking, thus providing a stronger barrier against encroaching fire. In addition, aluminium window shutters have a baked enamel paint finish and are injected with polyurethane foam, which means they are also resistant to flames, so as well as protecting your glass they can protect the fabric and structure of your home and form an additional line of defence.

Tested by CSIRO

Leading Australian manufacturers, such as OZRoll, have now produced a range of extruded aluminium roller window shutters that have been designed specifically for areas that are prone to bushfire risk. In November 2010, the OZRoll AE401 range of shutters was tested by Australia’s CSIRO and was shown to be able to withstand the impact of a simulated extreme bushfire attack. The shutters were subjected to a maximum radiant heat exposure of 40kw/m2 and after an hour’s rigorous testing, there was no ignition or flaming and the shutters retained their integrity and remained operable. These shutters passed the CSIRO test at the level of BAL40 (Bushfire Attack Level 40), meaning that they are capable of withstanding a severe bushfire attack.

Remote control roller shutters

A further advantage of installing roller shutters in your home if you live in a bushfire-prone region is that remote controlled shutters that operate on solar power are also available. Therefore, even if mains power is cut during a bushfire the shutters can still be closed in order to protect your property from burning debris. Solar power shutters are operated by a solar tubular motor which is powered by small, lightweight solar cells that can be attached to the window shutter pelmet, on a nearby wall, or on the roof of your home. They are unobtrusive and compact in size, and the stand-alone system can be installed quickly and easily.

South Australia is bushfire-prone

Therefore, if you are living in an area of South Australia that is particularly at risk of bushfires, you will want to consider taking every precaution that you can to ensure that your home is protected during the volatile bushfire season. For this reason, you should consider installing Australian-made and -designed roller shutters for your windows and doors as an extra layer of defence against the destructive power of fire.

For further information on bushfire safety in South Australia, please click here. For more information on Australian Standard AS3959:2009, Construction of Buildings in Bushfire-prone Areas, please click here

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