Security is of course the main purpose for buying roller steel doors and shutters, but there are reasons for having them too. Choosing your shutters carefully is the key to being satisfied with its performance and quality. Well-selected shutters give you value for money, and the protection you need against the elements, whether it is weather, noise, or crime.

What do you need the shutters for?

Roller shutteris available for all types of applications, and no longer exclusive to industrial and commercial establishments. It’s important to determine the purpose or reason for having shutters. Do you need them for your home or for your store? Alternately, understand what you need the most from the shutters – is it to reduce noise, to improve insulation, or to fortify your building against fire or burglary? Make a checklist of what you expect from your shutters before shopping.

Do they offer good fit and smooth operation?

Your shutters won’t look good and perform well without having the right fit. Operation is also obstructed when your roller doors and shutters don’t have the exact dimensions. It’s a must to get accurate dimensions of the openings you want protected with the shutters. Also, choose between automatic and manual operation. If you want, you could integrate your shutters with your general security and alarm system.

Is there guarantees or warranties?

Guarantees and warranties are crucial because they provide you with protection in case of faulty or damaged products. The dealer or manufacturer should offer you guarantees on parts and materials, as well as service and repair for a certain period. For the most part, guarantees offer better coverage than warranties. The longer and more comprehensive the guarantee or warranty is, the better. You’ll be paying more for security door and shutter products with guarantee or warranty, so weigh your options.

Are there extra features?

Aside from basic features which should match your reason for buying, you might want to consider shutters with varying colours or patterns, or those with sophisticated control systems, backup power, remote controls and manual override systems. Extra features may mean extra cost, so make sure the shutters are reasonably priced for what they’re truly worth.

Who is the maker of the shutters?

Check out the manufacturer. Make sure that the company shows good service and professionalism, and offers products of quality craftsmanship and materials. The performance and quality of your roller shutter greatly depend on the processes and materials used to design them. In another note, your shutters are going to need repairs and maintenance checks, so it’s great that you’re provided with prompt and satisfactory after-sales service.

Article originally published at Source by Peter Tyrrell