8 Reasons to Choose Window Security Grilles over Roller Shutters
Window Security Grilles and window roller shutters really offer that edge when it comes to high security. They are sure to deter even the most professional burglar. If you are feeling uneasy about your window security and want to ensure it is the best it can be this is the route to take.
Are Security Grilles Better Than Roller Shutters?
Many customers are unsure if they should choose security grilles or roller shutters. On the whole I recommend choosing security grilles over roller shutters however it does depend on the situation.
Advice From An Experienced Security Specialist
There are some cases where roller shutters are more suitable for commercial premises. It is important to have your property surveyed by a security specialist to establish the best security solution for your individual needs. You can read about security grilles for shop front security here.
We have some customers who request domestic roller shutters or window security shutters. For some commercial properties these can be ideal however when it comes to residential properties I usually recommend security grilles for windows.
8 Advantages of Choosing Security Grilles Over Roller Shutters
As security specialists we know that security grilles are the better choice in many cases. Knowing the pros and cons will allow you to make an informed decision.
Here we share the top 8 advantages of choosing security grilles over roller shutters.
1) They Allow Light Into the Property When Secured
Whether you have fixed or retractable grilles on your windows, you can have them in the secured position without loosing light flow into the property and visibility out of the property.
A solid heavy roller shutter can feel quite oppressive when secured.
2) Retractable Security Grilles Can be Neatly Hidden Behind Curtains When Open
When planning your security grilles you can choose for the grilles to be stacked on both sides or on one side. A security grilles specialist will help you to choose the most discreet option.
Roller shutters can be quite bulky at the top of the window when stacked away.
3) Well Designed Security Grilles Can Add to The Kerb Appeal of a Property
When done well, by an experienced professional security grilles can look attractive and even add to the appeal and value of the property.
It is all about choosing the best security grilles solution for the individual scenario, something that a professional will be able to advise on. There are a range of bespoke security grilles options to explore such as;
As professionals experienced in Georgian Grilles fitting in London we discreetly align the grilles with the window beading to be almost invisible.
Collapsible or Retractable grilles
Retractable security grilles are available in a range of designs and colours to suit the property and the customers needs. A specialist will be able to help you choose the ideal solution for your property; the style, the colour and how the grilles will stack whether that is on each side or on one side.
Fixed Security Bars
Fixed grilles can be designed to be in keeping with the property and to allow windows to be opened.
Bespoke Decorative Security Grilles
Decorative grilles can be designed to the customers specific design requirements.
The range of options available allows the look of the security grilles to be tailored to compliment the look of the property and achieve an appealing result.
Roller shutters can look heavy, industrial and obtrusive. Which is not suitable for residential properties in particular.
4) Fixed & Retractable Grilles Allow Windows to Be Opened When in The Secured Position
Security grilles can be designed to allow windows to be opened without compromising the security levels. This can be done with both fixed and retractable security grilles.
Roller shutters are either open or closed there is no middle ground.
5) Grilles Installation is Less Intrusive
Security grilles installation is relatively simple and an non invasive to the decor and features of your property.
Roller shutters can require more cutting into brickwork and woodwork to accommodate installation.
6) Lower Maintenance is Required for Security Grilles
There is little maintenance required for security grilles. You simply need to keep them clean and clear of dust.
Roller shutters are likely to require more maintenance because the workings are more bulky and complex. This particularly applies to electrical roller shutters.
7) Grilles Can Be Fitted Inside or Outside the Property
Security grilles can be fitted on the inside or outside a property depending on which option is preferred and most suitable. For example it would not be advisable to fit external fixed grilles on a window where the windows open outward as it would restrict opening.
Roller shutters are only suitable for installation externally and not internally.
8) Security Grilles Can Be More Cost Effective
Security grilles and gates can be cheaper than roller shutters to buy, install and maintain. You can read about what affects the cost of security grilles here.
Roller shutters can be more expensive on both a long term and short term basis.
Security Grilles or Roller Shutters – Which are More Secure?
Security grilles and roller shutters can be equally secure. The suitability of each depends on the individual situation.
A security specialist would consider the;
- Property use
- Property contents
Both roller shutters and security grilles provide high levels of security. Both are an excellent deterrent and way to physically keep intruders out of your property.
Security Grilles Installation
At IKS Locksmiths we are MLA Approved security specialists. We pride ourselves on installing high quality bespoke security grilles in North London and the surrounding areas of London and Hertfordshire. It is important to us the the grilles not only offer high security but also complement and add aesthetic value to a property.
The look and feel of the finished product is of the upmost importance.
Expertise in Security Grilles Installation
Many IKS customers say that the grilles we have installed have actually enhanced the look of the property. We achieve this by putting a lot of thought and consideration into the design of the grilles.
All aspects of each window security grille are given careful consideration;
- Measurements – they must be precise and accurate
- Types – fixed bars or collapsible grilles
- Style – discreet or decorative
- Colour – black, white or other
- Design – tailored to the property and requirements
All of these aspects are tailored specifically to the customers’ needs. They are all crucial to the look of the finished product.
You can read more about our approach to fitting security grilles here.
Can Security Grilles Look Good?
We do have some customers who are unsure about security grilles for windows at first but when we show them our security grilles gallery they can actually become very enthusiastic about the idea.
There is nothing more rewarding for us than to hear a customer who is delighted with the look of their security grilles as well as the high level of security it offers them.
These georgian grilles were fitted in Golders Green. We aligned the bars with the window beading making them aesthetically appealing.
Security Grilles in North London – Where They are Popular
We tend to see a high demand for grilles in Hampstead Garden Suburb, Golders Green, Mill Hill, Muswell Hill, Crouch End, Camden, Islington, Hadley Wood, Arkley. All over North London really!
Window security grilles are becoming not only increasingly necessary but more desirable. You can read here about the recent increase in the popularity of security grilles.
Choosing An Installer for Security Grilles
It is important to choose a locksmith who is a specialist in window security grilles in order to achieve the look you are expecting or even to exceed you expectations.
My top tip is to choose an MLA approved grilles installation expert who has personal experience in both measuring for security grilles, as well as security grilles installation.
If you are concerned about your security our recent guide on burglary prevention will give you some simple tips which can really help.
Please do get in touch if you are considering security grilles installation in London or Hertfordshire. We would be happy to provide you with a no obligation quote.