What's the difference between security grilles and roller shutters?

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When it comes to securing your home or business premises, there are many measures you can implement. In terms of physical security, two of the best options for doing so are security grilles and roller shutters.

But what’s the difference and which is the best?

In this blog, we take a closer look at security grilles and roller shutters and highlight the differences between the two.

Why do I need security grilles or roller shutters?

Crime, whether commercial or residential, remains a huge problem.   

According to the Government’s latest official crime statistics, there were 131,000 burglaries recorded against retail and wholesale businesses in 2018, along with a further 109,000 offences related to vandalism or criminal damage.

There were also almost 292,000 domestic burglaries recorded by police in the 12 months to June 2019. 

What these figures make crystal clear is that theft remains a major issue for businesses and homeowners alike and protecting your property has never been more important, not only for peace of mind but also financially.

Not only can burglary have a devastating effect from a personal point of view, it can also result in the loss of valuable items or money, not to mention increased insurance premiums and the hassle of sorting it out.

Security grilles and roller shutters provide a great way of improving the physical security of your business or home.  

What are security grilles? 

Security grilles can help you protect your windows or doors for additional peace of mind, by creating a fixed obstruction over points of entry to your property.

While they provide a great visual deterrent to would-be thieves, they can be retracted out of the way when not in use for a better visual appearance, or even used when your windows are open to provide security while letting the fresh air circulate.

Even when fully drawn, they let in light and allow for a clear view from your window. They are easy to maintain and come in a wide range of sizes, colours and finishes which means they can be customised to fit your existing design and décor.

And they can be easily unlocked in the event of an emergency.

What are roller shutters?

Roller shutters provide a great way of bolstering your securing and offering protection from vandalism, damage or forced entry.

As their name suggests, they are made up of interlinking slats of galvanised steel, which can be rolled down and locked into place to cover your door or window.

They can be used as a sole means of access – which is of particular relevance to business customers – or provide additional security for existing windows and doors. 

While roller shutters might not be all that easy on the eye from a purely aesthetic perspective, something which homeowners may wish to consider, they do provide a highly visual deterrent to would-be vandals and thieves.

Because they completely cover doors and windows, they can also provide an extra layer of insulation to your property, as well as greater protection from the elements.

Which are best, security grilles or roller shutters?

Both roller shutters and security grilles are great for boosting the security of your home or business by providing an extra layer of protection to your doors and windows.

If you’re looking for ultimate peace of mind, roller shutters are probably your best bet, as they are solid, robust and difficult to open or damage, even with heavy-duty tools or equipment. They are ideal for securing business premises but may be a bit too imposing for domestic properties.

Security grilles, on the other hand, are a great option for homes, offices and retail businesses.

They provide a visual deterrent and an added layer of security but are less intrusive and can be stored out of the way when not in use to create a better visual impression.

Both options, however, will make your home or business more secure and can also help you meet your insurance requirements and even lower your premiums.

Need advice?  

If you’re not sure which option is best for you, give us a call today for some expert advice and guidance on the best security options for your home or business.

For support, call into our Nottingham Security Centre, drop us a line or call us on 0115 942 2315. We’ll be happy to help.