Roller Shutters Can Help to Protect Your Home from Bushfires South Australia is a region of the country that is particularly prone to bushfires, and as a long hot summer approaches the risk will, unfortunately, only increase. However, there are steps that you can take that will help to protect your home in the event of a bushfire.
window shutters have a baked enamel paint finish and are injected with polyurethane foam, which means they are also resistant to flames, so as well as protecting your glass they can protect the fabric and structure of your home and form an additional line of defence.
Leading Australian manufacturers, such as OZRoll, have now produced a range of extruded aluminium roller window shutters Roller window shutters can provide that have been designed specifia valuable line of defence against cally for areas that are prone to bushfire risk. In November 2010, the dangers of fire. In extreme heat, windows will frequently crack the OZRoll AE401 range of shutters was tested by Australia’s or explode, meaning the glass will fall out of the frame, and so “Installing roller window flying sparks and burning embers shutters in your home can enter your home through the now-unprotected space. However, can go a long way bushfire resistant shutters have towards helping you to been shown to be able to withstand extreme radiant heat and protect your property if so prevent your window glass you live in a bushfirefrom breaking, thus providing a prone region of South stronger barrier against encroaching fire. In addition, aluminium Australia”
CSIRO and was shown to be able to withstand the impact of a simulated extreme bushfire attack. The shutters were subjected to a maximum radiant heat exposure of 40kw/m2 and after an hour’s rigorous testing, there was no ignition or flaming and the shutters retained their integrity and remained operable. These shutters passed the CSIRO test at the level of BAL40 (Bushfire Attack Level 40), meaning that they are capable of withstanding a severe bushfire attack. A further advantage of installing roller shutters in your home if you live in a bushfire-prone region is that remote controlled
“Roller shutters prevent window glass from breaking, keeping flying debris out of your home, and form an extra level of defence against both heat and flames”
shutters that operate on solar power are also available. Therefore, even if mains power is cut during a bushfire the shutters can still be closed in order to protect your property from burning debris. Solar power shutters are operated by a solar tubular motor which is powered by small, lightweight solar cells that can be attached to the window shutter pelmet, on a nearby wall, or on the roof of your home. They are unobtrusive and compact in size, and the stand-alone system can be installed quickly and easily. Therefore, if you are living in an area of South Australia that is particularly at risk of bushfires, you will want to consider taking every precaution that you can to ensure that your home is protected during the volatile bushfire season. For this reason, you should consider installing Australian-made and -designed roller shutters for your windows and doors as an extra layer of defence against the destructive power of fire.
Direct Shutters in Adelaide is a South Australian-owned family business backed by over 25 years’ experience in the manufacture and installation of roller shutters for windows and doors in both homes and business premises. We also specialise in the installation of security doors and window grilles. For more information about the benefits to be gained from installing roller shutters on the windows and doors in your home, including enhanced security, a reduction in energy use, and added protection against fire, call Joe Anastasi. 33 Fifth Street, Wingfield SA 5013 Telephone: (08) 8244 4437 Fax: (08) 8244 4458
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Published on Dec 16, 2012
Direct Shutters Adelaide is a well-established company with extensive experience in advising South Australian homeowners on how roller shutt...