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Rolling Shutters or Rolling Window Coverings-A Cool Window Treatment

Updated on January 31, 2015

Rolling shutters are becoming a popular choice for homeowners, as well as schools and business owners.

If you are not familiar with a rolling shutter, it is similar to a sectional garage door where you can electronically raise and lower it, but it is fitted over the exterior of your windows and/or doors. Schools and businesses use them to shut down counters and concession stands and exterior openings as well. I've seen several gas stations, convenience stores, and computer stores use them on all of their exterior glass so that when they are closed they are completely sealed off from the outside world.

The ones that I have seen on local houses are quite attractive. The colors you chose really should match your trim to help provide a seamless look.

Rolling Shutters
Rolling Shutters

Benefits of Installing Rolling Shutters

There are many benefits to installing rolling shutters. They include:

  • Save money on heating and cooling costs
  • Create a better seal around doors and windows helping to eliminate drafts and energy loss
  • Provide an extra level of security by creating a barrier between your home and intruders and the elements. Perfect for hurricane prone regions.
  • Can be easily opened in case of fire or an emergency
  • Can be used as shade or to reduce glare by partially opening them
  • Can create a darker environment for day sleepers or children napping
  • Some homeowners forego expensive draperies and indoor window treatments in favor of rolling shutters
  • Reduces noise pollution
  • Reduces fading of carpet, drapes and furniture
  • Protects windows and doors from stray golf balls, baseballs, rocks from lawn mowers and other flying debris
  • Allows windows to stay cleaner and more protected against sand and dirt pitting
  • Reduces condensation
  • Reduction in property insurance
  • Attractive addition increasing the value of the home

Options to Consider

Rolling shutters vary from manufacturer to manufacturer. I would recommend shopping around. Most websites do not publish their prices for several reasons. I think many wouldn't even consider them if they saw a figure they felt was too expensive and secondly, there are just too many factors for the installer to consider when quoting you a good price.

Some have a pull-strap system, some have manual gears and some have electric motors with remote controls. Your level of ease will be a factor in the price. Some can be put on a timer schedule to open and close at specific times. Some you can program to close if the wind speed exceeds a predetermined limit.

Some panels are insulated, some manufacturers do not have insulated panels.

For many, color choice is important.

If you're planning to build a new home, these would be handy to plan for from the beginning since adequate space is needed above the space you're covering to mount the unit that the shutters roll up into.

Cost versus benefit needs to be weighed on a case by case basis.


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    • KCC Big Country profile image

      Karen Curtis 8 years ago from Central Texas

      Thanks Morris. The color really makes the difference for me between looking classy versus what the heck? LOL

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      Morris Streak 8 years ago from UK

      You're right, the color should really match your trim for a blend-in look, otherwise it would look like a smaller version of a garage door. Paint color is key. Good info you got here. I'm into home improvement myself.

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      Karen Curtis 8 years ago from Central Texas

      My husband is a day sleeper as well and he thinks they would work well too. I've seen some of the tests they've done on them for hurricane regions and they are a very good alternative to plywood. Right now, the price seems to be the biggest factor, but as they grow in popularity and the competition grows, the price should fall and they will become much more afforable. Thanks wealthmadehealthy!

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      Wealthmadehealthy 8 years ago from Somewhere in the Lone Star State

      These look great, I like the part about the day sleeper, seems I am unable to sleep past sunrise because of all the windows as well as the skylights in my home...

      This is a wonderful hub and in hurricane regions, if you can afford them would save hammering plywood on every year like I used to have to do before I moved north...

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      Karen Curtis 8 years ago from Central Texas

      I agree Ethel! The ones I've seen locally are very attractive, but I think it really depends on the trim colors versus the siding, etc. If they stand out too much they begin to look like a lock-down.

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      Eileen Kersey 8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      I can see the point of these and some look attractive. However if you are not careful it can look as if you live in a no go area.