When you are building or renovating a home, it gives you a canvas to paint your interior décor dreams. Colours, styles and textures quickly become part of your obsessions, while functionality and aesthetics are constantly played off against each other. Your newly laid out space should feel like home – comfortable, stylish and safe. But as soon home security comes into play, all notions of style and aesthetics tend to go out the window. How do you secure your home, without imposing on your dream design space? Let’s take a look at your home security options along with their pros and cons.
Conventional built-in burglar bars create an immediate sense of security. From the outside your home looks like an impenetrable fortress. The advantage of burglar bars is exactly this – the visibility creates an effective theft deterrent to burglars. And unlike alarms, it does not need to be connected to electricity or battery power to work effectively. The negative of course is that this deterrent also looks like a fortress from the inside and detracts from views and aesthetics in your home. And despite the various modern styles and options, it does not easily add to the style and flow of a room and are often high maintenance. It can create the perception that the house is situated in a high-crime area too, and therefore could detract value from your home should you decide to sell it one day. Another disadvantage is that in the case of an emergency, your exit options are limited.
The latest polycarbonate transparent burglar bars offer a solution to the abovementioned negatives. You get the advantage of virtually indestructible barriers to entry with less of an interrupted view. It is important to note that the key is ‘less’ as you still see the bars and they do not necessarily add to the general style of the house. These bars create an optic illusion, but still pose a risk when you do need to exit the house in case of emergency. Some do have the option to lock and unlock, but these mechanisms are not easy to unlock, and require a key, which may not always be on hand in case of emergency.
Unlike the above options, shutters originated with the purpose of controlling light, ventilation and protection from outdoor elements (sun, wind and heat or cold). Shutters are popular because of their style, durability and easy maintenance. Also rather than detracting from the aesthetics in your room, and with the colour finish of your choice, they become an added feature in terms of décor. It would therefore only make natural sense to use shutters for all of the above and add the benefit of making your home safe. Security shutters that are made from aluminium can provide just that – light, noise and temperature control as well as security.
Security mechanisms such as a Gear-Lock system, offer virtually impenetrable protection to your windows and doors. Shutters are bolted to the floors so that they cannot be lifted out off its tracks. It also offers a single locking point of access, which means you can open the shutter with just one key. Security shutters can open for completely uninterrupted views, and easy an exit should you need to leave the house in a case of emergency. The Louvre lock pin locks the louvres for extra security.
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