A Guide to Types of Security Grilles (That Don’t Look Ugly!)

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As experienced experts in security grilles based in North London, designing attractive security grilles for windows and doors is our forte. We find there is a high demand for security door grille design and bespoke window security grilles in London and Hertfordshire. Whether you are looking for a bespoke security door gate design or made to measure security grilles for windows and doors throughout a property there is a wide range of options to choose from.

Designing Security Grilles That Don’t Look Ugly

There is a common misconception that security grilles are ugly. Security grilles can look ugly when they are not well designed and installed by an experienced bespoke grilles specialist. A specialist can help you avoid the prison bar look and achieve results that will actually add to the value and appeal of your property.

Balancing Security With Aesthetics

It takes an expert to balance high security with aesthetics. Not harming the look of your property has got to be a priority. The aim should be to enhance both levels of security and the look of your home or office. With so many options there is no reason for security grilles to be ugly. Nobody wants their security grilles to feel like prison bars and it is very achievable to be wowed by the results when you make the right choices.

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Georgian Security Grilles in a Nursery

Types of Security Grilles to Suit Your Property

There are a number of options to choose from. Choosing grilles that compliment your property is crucial. It is advisable to take advice from an experienced professional to achieve a look you are happy with.

Internal or External Security Grilles Installation?

Collapsible, fixed and Georgian security grilles can all be installed externally or internally depending on the property. Take advice from a professional on what is ideal and workable for your particular set of circumstances.

Collapsible Security Grilles

As London based security grilles specialists we find that retractable security grilles are one of our most popular products.

Are Retractable Security Grilles Ugly?

It is amazing how neatly collapsible security grilles stack away when in the open position. Well designed grilles will also look attractive in the locked position. It is all about making the right design decisions to account for aesthetics as well as practicality.

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S Style External Retractable Window Security Grilles (50/50 side stacked) in Finchley

Types of Collapsible Security Grilles

The beauty of collapsible window and door gates is that they can stack away neatly when open. When choosing retractable security grilles you will need to consider style and configuration options.

Choose from 2 different styles of collapsible gates;

  • Softer more traditional S style grilles
  • More retro X style grilles look

The X design is a popular look in trendy London areas like Islington, Finsbury Park and Stoke Newington. Speak to our experts and look at examples in our collapsible security grilles gallery to decide which style of retractable grilles will suit your property best.

You will also need to decide how the retractable grilles should be stacked when open.

Options are

  • 50/50 to both sides
  • To the left
  • Or to the right

It is important to get this decision right, for usability and appearance reasons. Professional advice in making this decision is key. An experienced expert will be able to foresee potential issues and how the finished result will look. They will be able to show you the space the security grilles will occupy when in the open position.

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Internal X Style Retractable Grilles, Stacked to the Right In Finsbury Park
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Georgian Style Security Grilles

Almost invisible window grilles designs can be achieved with bespoke Georgian security grilles. The bars are carefully made to measure to align with the beading of the windows. Security grilles that blend with the a modern or period property are popular in London areas like Hampstead, Highgate and Muswell Hill.

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Georgian Style Security Bars in Essex

See the example of invisible look black Georgian bars in Hampstead in the main image at the top of the post. The customer asked for the bars to be dark navy to match the window frames.

Bars can also be added to a window to give the look of Georgian style windows in situations where customers want to avoid the look of traditional burglar bars.

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Georgian Security Grilles for Bathroom Security

Traditional Fixed Burglar Bars

There are so many options when it comes to fixed burglar bars. Working closely with customers to come up with the best possible option is crucial. Bespoke bars can be designed to accommodate windows opening or to hold window boxes to add to the look.

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External Fixed Burglar Bars Designed to Allow Windows to Open

Choose from round or square bars in different thicknesses. Our experts can explain the pros and cons of the various options that will work for your property so you can make an informed decision.

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Internal Burglar Bars for Corner Window Security

Decorative Security Gates and Bars

There are so many possibilities when it comes to decorative security grilles and gates. The key is to marry high security with a look that works well with the property.

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Garden Security Gate in Edgware

Whether you are looking for a simple security grille door design to blend with the property or something that is more of a feature our designers will work with you to achieve your vision. We have even designed a decorative door gate to accommodate a cat flap in the past.

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A Bespoke Decorative Gate for Front Door Security in East Finchley

Roller Shutters

Metal roller shutter installation in London is most common for commercial properties. However, there are situations where roller shutters for home security can work really well too. Electric roller shutters are convenient to use, provide high levels of security when closed, and can tuck away neatly on the outside of the property when open.

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Electric Roller Shutters for Patio Door Security on a House in Totteridge

Security Grilles Ideas and Inspiration

Visit our security grilles gallery to get ideas for attractive door and window security grilles installation for your property. Our experienced experts have been installing all types of grilles for commercial and home security across London and Hertfordshire for over 12 years.

Why Choose IKS for Bespoke Security Grilles Installation?

IKS are independent security specialists approved by the Master Locksmiths Assocation. IKS security grilles are unbranded and fabricated to high standards, in line with leading made to measure branded products. We have access to a wide range of quality home security options through our carefully selected and trusted suppliers. We keep our quality levels high and our prices are very competitive. Our products are secure and reliable and through extensive experience, our design and installation skills are second to none. Contact us for advice and an estimate.

How can we help you?

For professional security advice and information call to speak directly to Martin, our Master Locksmith and security specialist.

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