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5 Reasons to Install Roller Shutters

Roller shutters serve many purposes. They provide thorough window coverage as well as storm protection. Modern shutters have come a long way, and there are several more benefits that can make these shutter types the right ones for your home.

1. Efficiency Sensors

Energy efficiency sensors use the automated functions of the roller shutters to help lower your home's energy usage. You can find models with light or heat sensors. The shutters will automatically adjust or close completely to manage the amount of heat coming into the home, which can decrease summer cooling bills. Conversely, in winter the shutters can be set to open when direct sun is on the window, thus warming the home and lowering heating costs. 

2. Remote Controls

There are a couple of different remote control options, depending on the model of shutter. Some can be operated with a simple remote so you can open and close them from a distance. This is helpful for shutters in difficult-to-reach areas, such as those on vaulted windows. Smart home options are also available. These shutters can be controlled via a phone app or through a smart home device, allowing you to control the shutters even if you aren't home.

3. Security Options

One of the primary reasons to install roller shutters is safety. Tightly closed and locking shutters can protect your home from intrusion when you are away. Certain fire-proof shutter materials can also protect the home in the event of a bush fire nearby. If you live in a storm-prone area, shutters will secure the home against broken windows from hail and wind-blown objects.

4. Design Versatility

One complaint of old-style roller shutters is that they have an industrial look that doesn't add to the aesthetic qualities of a home. This concern is in the past, as modern shutters are designed to be sleek and attractive. They come in a variety of colours and styles so that you can choose one that will work well with the appearance of your house. Many all but disappear from view when fully open.

5. Safety Features

If you have concerns about the safety of automated roller shutters, worry no more. Modern versions are equipped with safety sensors that prevent them from closing or moving if an obstruction is detected. They also have manual overrides, so you will be able to open or close them even if the power is out.

Contact a shutter dealer and installer to learn more about the available options.