Seven steps to choosing the perfect roller shutter

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Today it is difficult to imagine a house equipped taking into account modern trends in architecture and design without roller shutter systems. Due to the variety of colors and shapes of protective boxes, roller shutters bring an element of completeness and originality to the exterior of the house.

With them, your home will sparkle with new colors, and you will feel additional comfort indoors. After all, thanks to the roller shutters on the windows, you can keep a pleasant coolness inside the house in summer, and warm in winter. Moreover, roller shutters will become a reliable protector of your windows from stones, sand and dust. In order for roller shutters to organically fit into the architecture of your building and adequately perform their functions, it is necessary to approach their choice with all responsibility. We offer you a seven-step algorithm, following which you can choose the roller shutters that are ideal for you and match your home. Starting points on this path will be your wishes, building features and budget..

So, let’s start choosing

STEP 1. Choosing a protective box

Boxes can be overhead, as well as built-in, they are “invisible”.
A distinctive feature of roller shutter systems with an overhead box is their versatility. Roller shutters of this type can be installed at any stage of construction – both at new facilities during construction, and in already constructed buildings. Even where there is no way to reconstruct the facade.

There are various types of overhead boxes on the market today: round and semicircular, as well as boxes 20 and 45, which can perfectly complement the architecture of any building. At the same time, round and semicircular boxes are produced by extrusion, which significantly increases their strength characteristics, as well as anti-burglary properties. Installation of roller shutters with an overhead box is carried out taking into account the architectural solution of the building facade – boxes can be installed directly into window openings or mounted on the outer or inner surface of the walls.

Installation of roller shutters with a built-in box must be incorporated into the building project during its construction or reconstruction. The box is mounted in a previously prepared opening in front of a window or door. After that, the front surface of the box is covered with plaster or other finishing materials. Due to this, the box becomes invisible, and only the roller shutter is visible on the facade of the building..

STEP 2. Selecting a roller shutter profile

One of the main elements of a protective roller shutter that determines its functional characteristics is the profile from which the roller shutter is made. Profiles for roller shutters are of two types – roller-rolled and extruded, each of which has its own characteristics.
Rolled profiles are filled with foam, which provides additional noise and heat insulation of door and window openings. At the same time, the roller profiles combine a sufficiently high strength and low weight..

Extruded profiles, due to their greater wall thickness (1.0-1.5 mm) and the presence of a transverse stiffener, allow them to be used for buildings where strength requirements are especially high. This will effectively protect your home from burglary and vandalism..
A wide range of different profiles allows us to manufacture a wide range of ready-made roller shutter systems for different purposes. Roller profiles are ideal for homes and cottages. Extruded profiles are perfect for offices, banks, shops, that is, for buildings with increased anti-burglary requirements.

STEP 3. Measurement of roller shutter profile

At this stage, the width and height of the roller shutter profile are determined, which are necessary for effective protection of the window and door opening. When choosing a profile size, the key considerations are the size of the window or doorway and the wind zone your home is in. Please note that according to European regulations for each profile, depending on the wind resistance, the maximum width and area of ​​the opening in which the roller shutter can be installed are determined..

This is a very important aspect, since our latitudes differ in climatic conditions, and it is very important that the roller shutters cope with the maximum gusts of wind. For example, the Alutech Group of Companies conducts special tests of roller shutter profiles for wind resistance, and therefore can correctly select the standard size of the profile to protect windows and doors in all regions of the Russian Federation. Regardless of the parameters of the window and door openings (non-standard, wide, high, narrow), the specialists of Alutech Group will offer you the best option for roller shutters due to a wide range of profile sizes.

STEP 4. Guide bars

Tires are side profiles along which the roller shutter curtain moves. Their choice depends on the standard size of the roller shutter profile, the width of the opening, as well as the requirements for burglar resistance. Small narrow tires are provided for small openings. Very wide openings can be partitioned using special intermediate rails, which are also used to protect aligned balcony-window openings. If you are interested in enhancing the anti-burglar effect of roller shutters, then this can be done by using reinforced tires..

STEP 5. Typical measurement of the protective box

The size of the protective box is determined by the opening height and the standard size of the roller shutter profile. The higher the opening (and, accordingly, the roller shutter fabric includes a larger number of lamellas), the larger the protective box. The boxes have a wide range of standard sizes, which makes it possible to install roller shutters on low and high openings.

STEP 6. Control system

The definition of a control system depends on the weight of the roller shutter, individual preferences and budget. If you decide to install roller shutters in a country house with a small number of windows and one door, one of the manual control options may suit you: tape, cord (inertial, gear), cord, crank or spring-inertial. They differ in carrying capacity – the maximum capacity is limited to 80 kg.

By installing roller shutters in a house with a large number of door and window openings, you will appreciate the convenience of automatic control. The electric drives are suitable for any roller shutter, they can be controlled in two ways: by means of a switch and by means of a remote control. The remote control is especially relevant for houses with a large number of roller shutters, as it can be used to control all roller shutters at the same time.

Contrary to stereotypes, electric drives are convenience at an affordable price. And if your budget allows, then you can opt for smarter automation. Thanks to the programmable control, the shutters can open and close at the right time without direct participation or change their position depending on the intensity of sunlight, wind or rain. And also to detect obstacles, for example, a flowerpot with your favorite flowers forgotten on the window.

STEP 7. Locking system

The locking method depends on the type of control and also depends on your wishes. Roller shutters with electric drives are blocked automatically. And for roller shutters with manual drives, a bolt lock, an automatic locking device or a manual bolt are used. Depending on the set of accessories, roller shutters specialists can give you other recommendations regarding the locking method.

When choosing roller shutter systems, pay attention to the color scheme and surface of the roller shutters, which can be either glossy or shagreen. A wide range of colors will allow you to choose the exact combination that will perfectly suit your home. By creating new solutions for your home with roller shutters, you invest in your comfort and safety.

And there are only seven steps on this path. Make them together with ALUTECH!

Roller shutter systems “Alutech” can be ordered from the official dealers of the Group of companies “Alutech”, as well as through the “order window” on the website www.rollcenter.ru

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