Climate change is taking its toll on Australian families. Droughts, searing temperatures and unprecedented bush fires have given way to torrential rain and floods.
Now the experts are advising us to prepare our homes for an increase in extreme weather events.
Fortunately one of the simplest, most cost-effective ways to protect your home is to install window Roller Shutters.
Roller Shutters are sturdy exterior curtains constructed from interconnecting aluminium slats that are filled with high quality insulated foam. They roll up and down your windows along guide channels stopping at any position.
When the Roller Shutters are closed the slats lock tightly together. Extremes of heat and cold, UV rays, wind-driven debris, bush fire embers and unwanted noise are all blocked out.
A fully closed Roller Shutter can black out a room, halve the volume of noise coming in from outside and lower the room temperature on a humid Summer’s day.
With scientists warning that heatwaves are becoming hotter, longer and more frequent, insulating your home is more important than ever. Preventing sunlight from getting to your windows is one of the most efficient forms of insulation. During periods of stifling heat, a closed light-coloured Roller Shutter can reflect the sun’s radiant heat and lower the temperature inside your home by up to 10%.
The sun’s UV rays are blocked as well, reducing damage to your window coverings, furniture, and flooring.
The improvement to your home’s energy efficiency can result in a significant drop in energy consumption. The effectiveness of your air conditioning increases, your energy bills shrink, and best of all you reduce your carbon footprint.
When they are not locked together, the Roller Shutter slats sit separated enough to maintain privacy and allow free, refreshing air to flow throughout your home. During the colder months, this airflow helps reduce the risks of condensation and the spread of harmful mould.
According to a Climate Council report, the number of potential severe thunderstorm days is likely to rise by 30% for Sydney, 22% for Melbourne and 14% for Brisbane by the end of the century.
Roller Shutters are a simple yet extremely effective barrier against the wind-driven rain, hail, and other hazardous flying debris. Their robust reinforced aluminium construction and abrasion-resistant enamel finish mean they will keep you safe and look great for longer too.
BAL40 Bush Fire rated Roller Shutters are also available to help protect your home from the devastating impacts of our bush fires. They are made from fire-resistant materials that resist severe heat and block out flying embers.
With the bush fire season lasting longer and the weather set to become even more unpredictable it’s important to find ways to keep your family safe.
Ultimately it may not be possible to stop climate change, but it is possible to reduce its impact on your home by making simple changes like installing Roller Shutters.