The easiest way to take unlimited control of the light is with adaptive roller shutters. Once they are in place, you can easily let precisely as much light into the interior as you desire. This way, the interior is shaded when the sun shines too strongly and brightens when natural light is still available instead of artificial light. This is crucial in hot weather, as blocking out the sun will reduce the heating of an already sufficiently warm interior.
Adaptive roller shutters are designed to be installed during the construction of a house or when it is already in use. The latter is the default option because they are surface-mounted, i.e. shutters that are installed on the façade. They are not embedded in any way and can also be removed without damaging the masonry. It is important that when the installation is performed before the construction is finished, the walls are already done. Otherwise, the installation may turn out faulty, and the shutters may not offer full functionality.
The curtains of adaptive roller shutters are filled with special substances which reduce their heat transfer coefficient. As a result, the roller shutter will provide additional protection against heat loss for your home. It is particularly important when the building does not have quality warm windows. However, even with excellent thermal insulation already present, further improvement in preparation for winter is worthwhile. It will make itself felt on the heating bill.
Burglars always choose the easiest targets, and this will never be a house equipped with anti-burglary adaptive roller shutters. In practice, shutters with a security class of RC3, or even only RC2, are relatively sufficient, as they will most likely not have to counteract an actual break-in attempt. A potential intruder who sees such a security measure will choose another target the owners have not decided to protect.
All joinery elements can have anti-burglary protection. Some limited measures appear in most products. More often than not, however, it is insufficient to provide dependable safety. A better alternative to purchasing burglar-proof steel windows would be to fit your home with RC-rated adaptive roller shutters.
The RC rating system refers to the effort required to break through the anti-burglary barrier and the time it will take. The lowest class, RC1, means using your muscle power without any tools, such as kicking, would suffice. RC6, the highest rating, stands for resistance to the most sophisticated tools featured sometimes in bank robbery movies.
In practice, adaptive roller shutters are most often rated RC2 or RC3. Class RC2 means that an attacker will need a few minutes and simple tools, such as a screwdriver, to damage the cover enough to get through.
Class RC3, which is considered decent home security, already means at least five minutes of security, even if the burglar uses a crowbar. This is a lot, as you have to factor in that an attempted break-in is highly visible and causes a lot of noise.
A typical burglar will refrain from approaching a house equipped with a roller shutter with an RC2/3 anti-burglary rating. It is also worth noting that the break-in time is estimated for people who know what they are doing. The average person without technical knowledge may not defeat a burglar-proof roller shutter at all.
An essential element to pay attention to when choosing roller shutter covers, including adaptive roller shutters, is the filling of their curtain. Aluminium, i.e. the metal from which the shutter curtain is typically made, is a material with relatively high thermal conductivity, which must be reduced.
In practical terms, thermal conductivity is the amount of heat lost through the surface of the roller shutter curtain. The higher it is, the more energy will escape and the more you will have to pay for heating. Good windows, such as multi-chambered PVC windows, aluminium windows or warm wooden windows made of meranti, are efficient insulators already. However, the additional gains offered by adaptive roller shutters are not worth overlooking.
There are many appropriate solutions to the issue of protecting against heat loss and blocking noise at the same time. The most commonly used approach is polyurethane foam.
At this point, it should be noted that if the curtains are made of PVC, no filling is needed. The chambered construction known from windows made of this material is sufficient.
Both of these options are excellent. With other solutions, it is worth checking their thermal transmission parameters. The value of the Uw coefficient is always included in the technical documentation of every system.
As surface-mounted roller shutters, adaptive roller shutters are created with the proper appearance in mind. The engineers know they are confronted with something that will be a conspicuous element of the façade, so they ensure it looks adequate.
When browsing through Eko-Okna's range of window coverings, it is easy to notice that they all feature a compelling design. In the case of adaptive roller shutters, this includes the curtain itself and its box, as the latter will not be embedded in the wall.
In particular, various curved shapes of the boxes are popular, which also has a bearing on their durability. This is also not without impact on the operation of the roller shutter, which requires a suitable inspection flap giving access to the mechanism.
The main characteristic of adaptive roller shutters is that they are a solution for finished buildings. This can be an advantage for people who already have finished houses. In reality, it is simply a feature. Some roller shutters need to be mounted early in construction, and others perform best when installed at the end.
In the case of adaptive roller shutters, the installation does not need to happen when the building is already in use. However, this is a strongly recommended option, as the system has been designed for such use. There is a risk that installation will not be carried out correctly if the building is not yet completed.
In practice, this does not present any difficulties. If you do not yet live in the house or use the building for other purposes, you do not need an external roller shutter system. It will only start performing its function once the residents have arrived. Postponing the installation of the adaptive roller shutters until the very end of the works is a good solution that does not incur any costs.The full power of possibilities with Eko-Okna S.A.
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