According to a report from Channel News Asia, in 2019, the total number of crimes increased by 6.3 percent compared to that a year before. This means that the overall crime rate rose to 617 cases per 100,000 population. On the other hand, crimes against persons, violent or serious property crimes, housebreaking (and related crimes), and theft (and related crimes) decreased.
Despite the drop in property crimes, it is still best if home or business owners invest in roller shutters. After all, they are known to enhance security effectively and efficiently.
Of course, nothing beats the advantages of professional roll shutter installation. But if you are short on cash at the moment and you want to boost the security of your home or business, then the do-it-yourself (DIY) way is a good option. Just make sure that you perform everything in a careful manner and along the way, pay attention to the details. This way, you can achieve the level of safety that you yearn for without compromising your welfare.
Looking for tips regarding this matter? Read on for practical tips and pointers.
Determine the level of protection
Before roll shutter installation, determine the level of protection that you want to achieve. Here, you are going to encounter two materials: aluminum and stainless steel. And they have their pros and cons.
For starters, aluminum is the better choice if you want to achieve a discreet level of protection without compromising aesthetics. But when it comes to delivering unwavering protection, stainless steel is the more appropriate option. This is the reason why the latter is common in places with high crime rates.
Get your tape measure and check the dimensions of your window. Be careful with this part because they are going to act as guides of the brickwork. Along the way, check the height of the window and the pelmet.
As soon as you get the measurements, you can drill the area where you want to place your roller shutter. Before doing so, check the packaging of your roller shutter to ensure accuracy. Also, bear in mind that drilling is a lot easier if you have a cavity wall or a wall that has a hollow center.
Do not worry if you do not have the said wall because you simply need to drill a 10mm hole through the back of the guide. This way, you can achieve a height that corresponds to the wall switch that operates your shutter.
Attach the end plate
Next is to carefully slide the end plate legs to its complementary box end. In simple terms, end plates are crucial in handling the load of the roller shutter.
Again, a cavity wall can make things easier in roller shutter installation. But if you don’t have one, simply drill a hole in the box end. Afterwards, slide the motor wire to the hold, then to the hollow guide section and let it out your pre-drilled hole for the cable.
Place the guides to the hole that you have drilled on the end plate legs, then rivet them to ensure that they are going to hold them in place.
These are only some of the basics of roller shutter installation. By carefully performing them and reading the instructions of your packaging, you can achieve a roller shutter that can complement your needs, preferences, and budget.
But if the time comes that you have enough budget for professional installation, make sure to have experts take a look at your work. This way, you can achieve assurance knowing that everything is well taken care of.