Window Shutters: A Buyer’s Guide

Posted 23rd November 2015 by Helen Leach
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Shutters are an indispensable part of the security system for many businesses. Highly versatile, they allow enhanced safety whilst maintaining the aesthetic impact of your premises. If you’re considering installing window shutters at your business, here’s our list of questions you will want to ask yourself before making your purchase.

How much do you want customers to see when the shutters are down?

Would you prefer passers-by – potential customers – to be able to see into the shop window in the evenings and perhaps return the next day? If so, you may wish to consider shutter systems with wider openings or perforated steel finishes to allow a higher level of visibility.

Would you like your shutters to match your overall decorating scheme?

Aesthetics can be an important of generating footfall business, so have a think about what the shutters will look like when they’re down and whether they might clash with your otherwise carefully designed interior. Window security shutters can be powder-coated in a range of colours to complement the rest of the premises.

How much of a crime deterrent do you want?

Some systems such as grilles are off-putting to would-be burglars, but they can also have a negative impact on customers or employees, creating a sense of unease. You may want to consider whether you’d prefer something more discreet.

How big is the space you want to cover?

It may seem obvious, but you will need to give some thought to whether you’ll be able to reach the shutters to bring them down. You may wish to look for remote-controlled options, if this is an issue at your place of business.

What are your fire protection needs?

Fire safety is a consideration especially for internal doors or openings. If you’re securing a server room, a high-security area, or a hatch to a kitchen, for example, you’ll want to look for shutter models that include smoke or heat sensors.

Is protection from sunlight an issue?

If excessive sunlight is a factor at your premises, whether because of temperature control or the sensitivity of the items in the windows, you’ll want to consider shutters with a powder coating, which can help control temperature and protect your inventory.

For more information on Window Shutters or other Window Security Products, contact us on 0161 413 0766.