Ola Nordmann
Customer Support

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By Jamie Pugh

In-Home Security Expert

Ola Nordmann
Customer Support

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By Jamie Pugh

In-Home Security Expert

When it comes to protecting windows, doors, and other openings, the main decision shop owners face is between security grilles and roller shutters. Each has its own merits, and the choice between them will depend on what you are looking for and personal preference.

There are more similarities than differences between the two. Both product types are made to measure, and are available with different security risks, including attack-proof designs with Loss Prevention Certification Board and ‘Secured by Design’ approval. Shutters and grilles also both offer control over their appearance. Shop owners may choose special RAL/BS powder coating, for example, to match the colours of existing signage. This is available with both types.

SIMILARITIES & DIFFERENCES

Somfy Garage Door Remote Control Handset

OPERATION

 

Security grilles offer fewer options when it comes to operation. They will always manually retract horizontally, sliding within top and/or bottom running tracks. If you would rather provide staff with the convenience of electric operation, whether remote control or push button hold-to-run, you may prefer we installed a motorised shutter. 

T77 Slat Profile

INSULATION

 

Solid double skinned security shutters have a hollow cavity which can be filled with advanced polycarbonate foam. This provides additional insulation and can be key in reducing heating bills. Grilles and vision shutters without inserts may not make any notable difference to existing U-values.

V76 Vision Security Shutter

OPERATION

 

The main reason retailers choose grilles is usually for their unrivalled levels of vision. The components which make up the lattice pattern are small to maximise the open spaces between them. They have received accreditation up to LPCB LPS1175 SR3, with the Eclipse X3 being approved by the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) for UK Government use.

Diamond Door Window Grille

ENCLOSURES

 

If your security barrier will be visible inside the shop, you may prefer a roller shutter. These usually come with enclosures as standard, which are neat boxes which hide the shutter away when it’s open. Grilles collapse to save space when open, but the retracted mechanism will remain visible ei

Eurolook Waitrose Roller Shutter

PHYSICAL BARRIER

 

For street front openings, shop shutters are the most common solution. They are usually installed in front of the glass, protecting windows from vandalism in addition to unauthorised access. While grilles can be equally effective at protecting against burglary, however their open design does not prevent windows from being smashed.

A Black Domestic Security Shutter In A Residential Garden

FINISHES

 

For roller shutters there area number of colur options, including solid and painted wood effects, with lamintae and powder coated finishes also available. On grilles you can choose from a similar number of standard colours, or powder coat to any RAL/BS colour at a surcharge.

 

ALTERNATIVES – EUROLOOK AND TUBE & LINK

The Eurolook and Tube and Link are a compromise between shop shutters, as they roll vertically with motorised operation as standard, and grilles, with their open, maximum vision, designs. They are made from small components form a brick-style formation, with large openings in between for vision. They are ideal shop shutters for use where insulating properties are not required, such as behind glass or indoors, such as within shopping centres.

Of course, there is no need to choose between shop shutters or grilles. Different openings on a single property can have different requirements, so there’s no reason why you can’t mix the two (perhaps even with other security measures like burglar bars).