Anyone who’s worked in the secure roller shutters industry, will tell you that there’s no one-size-fits-all solution to installations. Every business, site and individual building has it’s own unique requirements; so they need bespoke solutions for effective defense and operation.
SR ratings and certification will elaborate on a shutter’s defense against attack; but what about additional considerations that’ll affect day-to-day operation?
Let’s look at some additional features your shutter might require, to really be effective on your site.
This is especially important for those in retail, or those in charge of cultural buildings like museums or galleries. If your building is public facing, you’ll need a shutter that can be discreetly retracted during open-hours.
Depending on your existing security measures, you may need your shutter to be able to interface with third-party systems. If you already have an alarm system or code-access system for example, you may need your shutter to communicate with these.
First point of entry
Depending on the size of your premises, your shutter may also be your first point of entry to the building. In which case, you’ll need to be able to operate it from both inside and out. Remote operation could be another option in situations like this.
Can it be compromised?
Older-style shutters can have their locking procedures interrupted, or can even be left in unsecure positions through user error. Be sure to consider if your shutter’s design protects against mishandling like this.
Especially important for the defense of staff or personnel, a quick deployment time could mean the difference between life and death. If violent attacks are a real threat to your staff, your shutter needs to be able to drop fast.
Finally, it’s also worth considering your supplier’s maintenance agreements. Ask if they offer long-term agreements and customer support. Having assistance available 24/7 should be an important factor in your decision.
Additional considerations like these are tremendously important in choosing your product. But a shutter’s security certification is essential.
If you’re unsure of the certification out there and aren’t familiar with LPS 1175 or SR ratings, we’d suggest downloading our free guide on assessing your SR needs. It even comes with a handy buyer’s checklist, which includes the above considerations.
You can get your copy by clicking on the image below.