A roller shutter consists of a series of connected horizontal slats, bars, or planks that are hinged together. Roller shutters are designed to tightly and securely roll down over a window or doorway. Generally, roller shutters are made from metal, steel, aluminum, and common roller shutter applications include in: garages, trucks and vans, warehouses, prisons and other public buildings. Roller shutters may be motorized or pulled up and down manually using a winder. The slats can also be openable or solid. While roller shutters are most often used in industrial or commercial settings, they can also be installed for homes.
Regardless of the building or setting, installing a roller shutter can offer some benefits that generally save costs or protect the interior of the building on which the roller shutter is installed.
● Break-in Protection - Roller shutters are incredibly strong and can not be easily pulled away from a window, or broken through. In addition, the mere existence of a roller shutter may turn potential intruders away. Roller shutters can also help protect windows or buildings from vandalism, such as stray rocks that may hit glass.
● Sun and Heat Protection - Roller shutters can reflect as much as 90% of heat away from a window, and therefore help control overheating.
● Weather Protection - In the scenario of intense natural elements, such as strong winds, heavy rain, or natural disasters, roller shutters can help protect the glass or items inside the building. Some roller shutters can be made to withstand winds up to 100kmph.
● Energy Saving - 70% of heat and 46% of air conditioning escapes from a building from the windows. Roller blinds can help prevent internal heating or cooling from escaping by providing extra insulation. In fact, roller shutters can help reduce power consumption by up to 64% across the year.
● Noise Reduction - Because roller shutters sit against windows or doorways very tightly and are often made with heavy and thick materials, they can help prevent excessive outside noise from being audible from inside the building. Roller shutters can reduce noise by up to 50%.
● Light Control and Privacy - Because roller shutters are easily mobile, the owner of the building can easily roll the shutters up or down, therefore helping control light exposure or privacy of what is inside. Furthermore, some roller shutters can allow light between slats, and therefore allow for more detailed control of the amount of light that travels through. This may be helpful for when the building contains light-sensitive or otherwise sensitive materials.
● Aesthetics - Roller shutters can provide specific aesthetic additions to a building. They often come in a variety of colors, or can be easily painted over with a mural or other artistic pattern.
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