Want to increase security, maximise protection, and up the value of your home or commercial space?

Installing security screens or roller shutters could be an effective way to accomplish exactly that. But which option will be most useful and valuable in your space? (Don’t worry if you don’t know how to answer that question yet, we’ll show you how).

To answer this question, it’s important to understand the basics of these products, as well as all the pros and cons of each. If you’re ready to protect your home or business and rest easy 24/7, here’s everything you need to consider when choosing between these two security products.

What’s the difference between security screens and roller shutters?

First thing’s first: how does each product work.

Security screens, on one hand, are screens that can be added directly to doors or windows to improve property protection, increase privacy, maximise home value, and decrease the number of insects in your home.

At Perth Homeguard, we offer a wide range of security screens, including:

These screens are more expensive than run-of-the-mill home screens — as they offer more protection — and they generally remain in place once installed. Security screens are popular as they allow for light and air to come into your property even when closed.

Roller shutters, on the other hand, provide similar protection but offer differences to be aware of. Roller shutters can be opened and closed, but a closed shutter won’t allow the same flow of air or light as a closed security screen.

We provide a range of roller shutters as well, including:

Let’s compare security screens vs roller shutters

If you are deciding between security screens and roller shutters, it’s important for you to understand the upsides and downsides of each option so you can make the best choice for your residence or commercial space. We’ve put each product head-to-head to help you see what security features are best suited to your needs.

Roller Shutters

Roller shutters can provide complete protection against external factors and elements when closed. Because they close completely, they can protect completely against:

  • Heat in the summer
  • Cold in the winter
  • Light
  • Noise
  • Bushfires

This level of protection can be a good or a bad thing. If you live or work somewhere where you require complete darkness or temperature control, this could be ideal. However, if you want light or air to be able to flow freely through your space at all times, this may not be as valuable a feature.

Security Screens

Security screens provide home protection against elements like bushfires while allowing air and light to penetrate. They can also:

  • Protect against storm debris and wind damage
  • Make doors and windows more impact resistant
  • Keep out bugs, animals, and other pests
  • Keep kids and pets safe by preventing them from wandering out of an open window or door
  • Provide a physical barrier against forced entry.

If you like to leave your windows and doors open without compromising protection, then this may be the better choice for you.

That said, it’s important to consider the number of exits that you need in an emergency. While they provide external protection, security screens cannot be removed. This could be a problem if you use a window as a fire escape.

What extra features can you expect?

It’s also important to note that both security screens and roller shutters can provide bushfire, cyclone, and intruder protection. These types of important security and weather protection features are available across both roller shutters and security screens, so you won’t have to compromise on these features with either choice.

Which option requires more maintenance?

When it comes to maintenance, it’s important to note that roller shutters will require specialised cleaning (particularly if you have slats). If you choose automatic roller shutters, you may also need ongoing maintenance to prevent operating issues. While the cleaning concern does also apply to many types of security screens, you won’t face the same maintenance or repair needs over time.

How to choose the right product for you

To choose the right product for you, it’s important to ask questions like:

  • “Do you need your window and door protection to open and close?” If so, roller shutters might be the better options
  • “Are you trying to block light or sound?” If not, you will likely prefer security screens.
  • “Do you require bushfire, cyclone, or intruder protection?” These are important add-ons to consider from the start.
  • “Do you want to keep children in or keep insects out?” Security screens may be a better fit.
  • “What is your budget?” This can help determine the type of shutter or screen you choose.

Are security screens and roller shutters worth it?

Still on the fence? It may be helpful to discuss how these options provide benefits and true return on investment. Check out the advantages below…

  • Maximise home security: We already touched on this briefly, but it’s worth pointing out that simply having roller shutters or security screens on your doors and windows can deter potential assailants from choosing your property. What’s more, if someone does try to enter your home or commercial space, they will have a much more difficult time getting in. Without proper security screens or roller shutters, all they would have to do is kick down the door or break the glass — not too safe.
  • Improve energy bills: Living in Perth means dealing with extreme temperatures in the summer, both options can help to certain degrees. By allowing for free flow of air, security screens can cool down a hot home or space. In the same vein, roller shutters can block out 99% of light and elements, which can provide year-round temperature control. Both of these things can add up to serious energy savings.
  • Protect against natural disasters: Worried about fires, strong winds, or hailstorms? Both security screens and roller shutters can provide significant protection that can lower your replace and repair costs long-term.
  • Improve your home’s value: Finally, both options can improve the aesthetic appeal and the resale value of your home or commercial space.

What to do if you still can’t decide…

Both security screens and roller shutters are great window and door covering options for homes and commercial properties throughout Perth and surrounds.

Choosing the right option for you is all about understanding your needs, your budget, and your big-picture goals.

At Perth Homeguard, we understand it’s easy to get caught in two minds and not know which product is best. So take advantage of our expertise with a FREE quote over the phone to put our prices – and our expertise – to the test.

Call us directly on (08) 9209 8100 or request a fast, free quote now.