How Secure Are Plantation Shutters?
Whether your neighbourhood is prone to break-ins, you live in a remote location or you’re concerned about leaving valuables on display, additional security measures may be required to give you the peace of mind you need. However, unsightly steel grilles, Beware of the Dog signs and CCTV cameras can make a building feel more Alcatraz than Happy Families. Plantation shutters may offer a more attractive solution, but do they actually make any difference in terms of security?
Security Benefits of Plantation Shutters
Plantation shutters are often made from very robust materials such as hardwood and powder-coated aluminium, creating a strong barrier that won’t give easily if someone tries to break in. Provided you choose a reputable manufacturer to design and construct your shutters, they should also be treated so that they won’t weaken or warp over time.
Some wooden shutters are even strengthened with an engineered core for added durability, making them ideal for commercial premises and other buildings that require extra security. However, in the case of high-risk premises such as off-licenses, jewellers and museums, they cannot be used as a replacement for roller shutters, steel grilles or bar/mesh gates, which are designed primarily with security in mind.
While plantation shutters may not make your home impregnable in the same way as specially made security grilles or commercial roller shutters, they are very effective as a deterrent for potential intruders. And unlike such measures, they also add aesthetic value, provide insulation and, in the case of louvre shutters, facilitate the control of lighting, ventilation and noise. These added benefits make them well worth considering for homeowners and organisations facing a low to moderate risk of break-ins.
By having your shutters made to measure, you can also benefit from additional security features such as hidden tilt rods and locking systems. These vary from one manufacturer to the next, so be sure to raise any concerns about security when you enquire.
As well as acting as a deterrent, louvered plantation shutters offer limited or no visibility into the home, even when the slats are tilted to the open position. This makes them ideal for adding privacy to ground floor windows, French doors and conservatories that are overlooked without impairing lighting levels or ventilation.
In fact, as I mentioned earlier they allow for greater control over the indoor environment than do many other window treatments. You can even add a further element of flexibility by choosing tier-on-tier shutters, which will allow you to control amount of light being admitted via the top and bottom of the window.
Additional Security Tips for Windows and Doors
- Lock the windows every time you leave the house, and whenever you’re expecting to be out of a room for extended periods of time (e.g. bedtime).
- Keep the keys somewhere safe and don’t label them with your address.
- If your premises are open to the public, don’t leave unlocked padlocks or keys to doors and windows unattended, e.g. in their locks.
- After locking up, don’t leave keys in locks or within sight or reach of glazing.
- If security is a particular concern, use plantation shutters in combination with other measures such as specialist locking systems, alarms and CCTV cameras.
If you want to provide extra protection for your family and possessions against intruders and snoopers, plantation shutters offer an attractive and robust solution.
To enquire about our range of made-to-measure shutters, or for more information on plantation shutter security, call Shutter Design today on 01423 359230 and we’ll be happy to help.