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The Pros and Cons of Different Roller Shutter Material for Your Home or Business

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Roller shutters have long become the go-to solution for individuals who want to provide a high level of security to their commercial applications while maintaining their branded aesthetic after working hours. However, these shutters can also be a great option to safeguard entry points in a residential home. Domestic window shutters provide an extra deterrent against forced break-ins and street noise in urban areas, increase insulation and energy efficiency, and protect the inside from extreme weather conditions, including blazing sun, storms, and bushfires.

While there are a wide variety of roller shutter material options available on the market, it can be challenging to tell which one is appropriate for your specific needs. In order to make sure you get the best roller shutter for your commercial space or home, here are the pros and cons to consider:

Polyview Rolling Shutters

The transparent shutters made of polycarbonate and metal are water-resistant and cannot be damaged by rain and snow. Perfect for high-end shops that have a huge façade that needs extra protection, these shutters also offer protection from all kinds of lighting and glare, which can be highly distracting. The shaded glass has a unique ability to absorb natural light, ideal for shops in the sunnier regions, so the heat will not be able to penetrate inside and make the interiors feel cool and inviting at all times. Polyview roller shutters are the ideal choice for people who are looking for a flexible shutter, as the polycarbonate provides more see-through flexibility compared to aluminium, a different roller shutter material, but still creates a bright and welcoming atmosphere inside the building. 

While polycarbonate is shatterproof, it is unfortunately not fire-resistant, and these roller shutters may not be suitable for certain commercial applications.

Aluminium Roller Shutters

Boasting a sleek and sophisticated appeal, aluminium shutters are the most popular choice for both commercial and domestic applications. These shutters stand out due to their exceptional durability, protecting the building from the elements, potential intruders and other threats. An ideal choice for shops in high-visibility areas, this roller shutter material can be manufactured in 12 different Dulux colours to suit the exterior design, combining style and functionality. 

Despite it being easily recyclable, aluminium is one of the most durable materials available, and therefore, ideal for commercial as well as industrial purposes, safeguarding and protecting the building from all kinds of danger. When in use, aluminium helps the inside of the house stay cool in summer due to its ability to reflect heat. It is a popular choice among individuals who want roller shutters that are easy to install and remove. On the downside, aluminium shutters require regular maintenance and are more expensive than polycarbonate.

Steel Roller Shutters

The heavy-duty shutter design is extremely sturdy and can withstand enormous amounts of pressure or weight, making it a popular choice for commercial buildings and industrial units. In addition, steel rolling shutters are a long-lasting option that can retain their appearance and functionality for several years without any damage whatsoever. What is even more beneficial is that these rolling shutters are also fire-resistant, which makes them the perfect option for hospitals and chemical industries as well.

Durability combined with strong visual appeal is what makes this roller shutter material the perfect choice for people who are looking for a sturdy shutter. Furthermore, this material can withstand harsh climate conditions and is easy to install and remove. Unfortunately, the maintenance and repair costs of steel rolling shutters are commonly higher than that of the other materials on the market, and the overall high purchase costs cannot be afforded by all people.

PVC Roller Shutters

Offering a practical type of window dressing for commercial office spaces or residential rooms that require privacy but light exposure, like kitchen and bathroom, PVC shutters are the most affordable among the above options. Compared to steel and aluminium, PVC stands out as a different roller shutter material, being more lightweight than aluminium and steel and, therefore, easier to operate and cost-effective to install. Putting minimal strain on the supporting structures, PVC shutters are a convenient option for small business owners, as the translucent plastic slides can be customised and are available in many colours and can seamlessly integrate into the existing store aesthetics or give the storefront a fresh and appealing look.

Durable and resistant to weathering, PVC shutters can withstand daily use and environmental factors and are easy to upkeep, making them an attractive choice for those seeking a practical and cost-effective window covering solution.

Nevertheless, these shutters do not offer the same level of security and are only suitable in low-risk areas where privacy and light are essential.

The Best Roller Shutter Material

While aluminium is not the sturdiest material, it is still extremely durable and long-lasting, making it the ideal choice for people seeking to protect their assets with a stylish and contemporary solution. The durability, longevity, and sleek design of these roller shutters make them a popular choice among our commercial products at Maverick Roller Shutters.

Installed for external or internal use, we manufacture polyview roller shutters that combine the two materials, polycarbonate and aluminium, to safeguard doorways, clubs, bars, shop fronts, shopping centres and more. With a bottom rail for added security, the clear polycarbonate slats interlocked with extruded aluminium slats can fit any width and height up to 4200mm. If you wish for more security and protection, the shutters can also be customised without the transparent polycarbonate. This creates different combinations that are possible to fit your specific commercial application if you do not wish to install our Aluminium Series 1 & 2 right away.

If you are unsure which type and roller shutter material is best to safeguard your asset, give Maverick Roller Products a call today at 02 9755 4055 for more information and expert consultation. Visit our website to find a distributor in your area. We provide quality service across the country.

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