Choose the right type of shutters for your home
Shutters of all types havebecome very popular in contemporary homes as they suit the more minimalist decor style currently in favour. Choosing a shutter for your home needs some careful consideration as they’re not cheap and you’ll have to live with them for a long time once they’re installed.
Here are some tips from Trellidor:
Know what you want from your shutter
Is your shutter for decorative purposes only? Or perhaps it’s a replacement for more conventional window treatments such as curtains and blinds? Do you need your shutter to keep you safe in addition to its other functions?
Your answers to questions like these will help you decide on the type of shutter you need. There are multi-purpose shutters that can fulfil a number of functions, making them very cost effective. Trellidor’s Rollerstyle roller shutters can be fitted to windows to take the place of curtains, blinds and burglar proofing.
These shutters also assist with internal temperature control, letting you use your electric fans or air conditioning less, saving on electricity. When closed, they protect you from high winds that blow in dust or sand, which is a bonus if you live on the coast or in the more arid areas of South Africa.
Bring these attractive Trellidor Rollerstyle shutters down when you need to cut the glare or secure the room.
Steel versus aluminium shutters
Roller shutters often bring to mind the heavy, steel versions we more commonly associate with industrial locations such as warehouses. They’re noisy; have only one ‘good’ side; can be difficult to operate and roll up into a large, ugly shutter box.
The more modern aluminium shutters are a completely different story. They’re lightweight, look attractive from both sides, roll up into a compact and unobtrusive shutter box, and can be fully automated so that you can operate them using a wall mounted or hand-held remote control.
“Our Trellidor Rollerstyle shutters are more like the ones you see in Europe and Australia, where they’re used mainly as insulators against extreme heat or cold. Because they’re streamlined and easy to use, they’re ideal for homes and enhance the clean decor style that people now prefer,” said Nick Sacco, Trellidor Business Development Manager.
Unlike European versions, Trellidor’s roller shutters are primarily designed to keep people safe and secure at home, but there is no reason why they can’t look good while doing their job. There are a number of slat designs to choose from, and they can be personalised through powder coating them in a colour to suit the home.
Enjoy lovely views when your roller shutters are rolled up into their neat shutter box.
How often will the shutter be used?
Not all shutters lend themselves to frequent use. Some are tricky to operate, meaning you won’t use them as often as you’d like. “We’ve had customers replace steel shutters with our aluminium ones because the old ones were just too difficult and noisy to bother with opening,” said Nick.
Shutters that open and close easily will be used far more often and can be installed in regularly used areas such as passages or stairways to bedrooms, picture windows, patios, lounges with lovely views and entrances. Fully automated shutters lend themselves to frequent use and can be opened or closed from the comfort of your couch using a remote control.
What type of installation do you want?
All roller shutters require a shutter box that hides the motor as well as the shutter itself when you don’t need it. More modern shutters are streamlined and sleek, requiring a smaller, more discrete shutter box that’s hardly noticeable, particularly if powder coated to blend in with your walls.
If you’re in the process of building or doing an alteration, Trellidor can recess the shutter box into a wall cavity, completely out of sight. If this isn’t possible due to retro-fitting or architectural constraints, the shutter box is fitted externally but is so compact that it isn’t an eye-sore.
One of the main advantages of roller shutters is that they roll up completely out of sight when not needed.
Shutters as doors
Shutters can be used as doors as well window protection. Again, your choice will depend on what function you expect the shutter to perform. Decorative shutters can be used as room dividers or to visually separate two rooms such as the lounge and diningroom without installing a solid door.
Roller shutters too can perform a number of ‘door’ functions. Use them to turn the bedroom area into a safe zone by installing a roller shutter in the passage or at the top or bottom of a staircase. They can be rolled up and out of the way when you need to move freely around the house, and rolled down when you want protection.
The use of patios can be extended by installing roller shutters on the outside of the space. The shutters can be closed on the bad weather side, letting you use the area for longer instead of being confined inside.
Shutters like Trellidor Rollerstyle are ideal for securing the internal doorway between garage and house. They can replace the door, although they’re usually used in conjunction with a solid door for an extra layer of security.
You can control how much light and heat penetrates comes in through vented Trellidor Rollerstyle shutters.
Long term wear and tear
Ask your shutter installer about how to care for your shutters to ensure they last as long as you expect them to. They may need specialised cleaning; the motor may require occasional servicing; and you may have to take corrosion into consideration.
Trellidor use a state-of-the-art powder coating system with a pre-treatment process that enhances the shutters’ resistance to corrosion and is UV resistant. The powder coating is ideal for coastal and inland conditions and it increases the lifespan of the shutter by retaining its quality finish.
“Our countrywide franchise network provides expert advice on Trellidor Rollerstyle shutters and also offers after-sales service, so we encourage allaboutbuilding readers to contact them directly with their questions about shutters,” said Nick.
To find a Trellidor franchise http://www.trellidor.co.za/storelocator.htm
For more on Trellidor Rollerstyle aluminium shutters visit http://www.trellidor.co.za/trellidor_rollerstyle.htm