How to Choose Roller Shutters for Your Home

Posted on: 3 November 2017

Roller shutters or shades can be a great way of protecting the home's windows against extreme weather elements, including high winds, hail, and debris created by strong storms. Roller shutters are also good for those who suffer from migraines, or who want to block all sunlight coming into a room for any reason. There is a wide variety of roller shutters or shades from which to choose for your home, so note a few tips on how to find the best choice for your needs in particular.


Plastic is very durable and may absorb more noise from high winds and flying debris than metal shades. Plastic may also be quieter when you lift and lower the shutters, as metal may tend to creak and groan when rolled into its housing case. Plastic may also stay cooler when exposed to direct sunlight, so if you want roller shutters or shades to keep the interior of the home cooler, choose plastic.

However, metal may be more durable against flying debris, so if you live in an area with hail or tropical storms, you might choose metal. Metal may also have a more natural look and feel that you can't get with plastic, so metal shutters may be more attractive overall. Consider, too, if your home is at high risk of a brushfire; plastic may not offer much protection against heat and flames, so choose metal if you live in a desert area or any hot and dry climate that may encourage such fires.


If you're concerned about daytime security, but don't want your home to feel like a prison, you might opt for perforated shades, as a perforated front for the roller shades will let in some sunlight and air.  You can lock these shades into place, and then keep the interior windows open. This will help deter any intruders from coming into the home while also allowing you some comfort indoors.

Style and colour

Don't overlook the need for style when it comes to roller shutters or shades. A colour that complements the home's exterior can make the shutters look as if they're actually an accessory to the home, and not an afterthought. Crisp white shades can look good against a traditional red brick home, but may get lost against a white home; in that case, choose a slate grey or a strong black colour. Blue is good for a modern home and for shutters that will be facing a pool, as the colour will complement the standard blue pool liner.