Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Rolling Shutters: Privacy, Security

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Rolling Shutters: Privacy, Security

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Q: In Europe, I saw many homes with attractive rolling window shutters that gave privacy, security and energy savings. When opened, they were totally hidden away. I'd like to install some of them. What should I consider when selecting rolling shutters? - H.G.

A: Energy-efficient exterior rolling shutters are excellent window coverings for security, safety and control of furniture-fading rays and heat from the sun. They are available in many colors and have double the insulation value of most windows.

In many coastal areas of the country, installation of durable rolling shutters is required by building codes for hurricane protection; they can withstand 110-plus mph winds. They also can be effective in the inland tornado belt or storm-prone regions. It is very difficult for a burglar to break into a house with closed rolling shutters. Even though the shutter is conveniently opened and closed from indoors, some have additional locks for extra security. Rolling shutters can be operated with an indoor hand crank or an electric motor. Many of the motor-operated models have hand-held, multifunction remote controls, just like your TV. Timers, sun, wind and rain sensors are available to close the shutters automatically when you are away from home. An exterior rolling shutter operates something like a rolltop desk. Two small channels are mounted on either side of the window or patio door. Narrow insulated horizontal slats slide up and down in these channels. An attractive box housing is mounted above the window. When the shutter rolls up inside the housing, the window's view is unobstructed. In many homes, the housing can be mounted above the soffit, so it is totally hidden from view. The shutter can be adjusted to allow for ventilation and some light when it is down. There are slots cut into the interlocking flange between each horizontal slat. …

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