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SECURITY SHUTTERS FOR WINDOWS       started by Sharron+Mick on 22 Feb 2010   (22590)
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From Sharron+Mick

22 Feb 2010 7:48 PM
(107628)
Can anyone give me a general idea of what to expect to pay for these - i know you can get electrical or manual ones. Having some companies round for some quotes would you be looking at hundreds or thousands per window??? - sharron
From Diana

To Sharron+Mick

23 Feb 2010 11:51 AM
(107642)
From Diana

To Sharron+Mick

23 Feb 2010 11:59 AM
(107643)
I have heard that Oz-Shut are pretty good but how long they have been around I don't know. I do know that they give you a ridiculous high price and then come right down if you have a board up advertising. You can't help but wonder that if they can come down that much are they using cheap products and will they be around in years to come to honor the warranty, maybe some research into the company first is the way to go but that's true for anything you buy. We looked into shutters purely for security purposes but what put me off is they are either up or down. When they are down they are great, very secure and efficient but I didn't want to live in a dark dingy prison so in our case they would have been up a lot and when they are up I wouldn't have had any of the security I wanted so might as well not have had them at all and save some money. We opted for good quality tinted security film for a very reputable company that has been around over 100 years, pm me if you would like the name, I will only be accused of advertising otherwise.
From moirclan

To Diana

23 Feb 2010 1:39 PM
(107645)
my cousin put roller shutters in her house they were the bane of her life the mechanism leaked oil all over her light coloured carpet couldnt get them to fix them she refused to pay their bill [ that got their attention] in the end they put a caviat on her house she had to pay it and they didnt fix them , after the problems she had id think twice before putiing them in my house, this was a well known company that advertises on tv all the while
From deRoberto

To moirclan

23 Feb 2010 3:53 PM
(107646)
I am a little confused here because roller shutters are normally installed on the outside of the house so this brings me to the question..How did the oil get on the carpet? The electric switch is the only thing on the inside as far as I know.
From deRoberto

To Sharron+Mick

23 Feb 2010 4:26 PM
(107647)
Hi Sharron, We have had security shutters almost since their inception and we like them for several reasons. Before I go into that though I would not recommend manual ones as they can have problems with the cords that pull them up and the handle can be a bit of an eyesore even though it can be removed.These problems may have been addressed, but there's nothing more simple than flicking a switch to control them. This costs more because you need a sparky to do the electrics but at one house we had solar powered battery operated ones and they were excellent. We like them because our big windows face south west and in the afternoon the sun heats up the windows even with tinting on them. 1.The roller shutters have their own insulation and it very effective. 2.With our evaporative aircon, we can open the window and slightly open the slits in the roller shutter to let the system work properly. 3.They are good sound proofing if you work night shifts and gives darker rooms in the day. 4.They are a deterrent to would be home invaders. If they really wanted to, they could jemmy them open but make a hell of a noise doing it. I noticed Moirclan mentioned about grease on the carpets but I can't figure that one out unless they were manual and the mechanism needs oiling. Don't get MANUAL I have been told that no matter who supplies the shutters, they now all come from the same place and are assembled to order. We had our last lot put in by Classic Security at Mandurah so I can only quote their prices to you. 1535x3610 window electric control $1520.00 CASH 1367x2380 electric control $1078.00 1367x1630 $944.00 Plus double power point. $100.00 THere's a lot of wheelers and dealers out there so haggle as much as you can. This will give you a guideline for a start. I must say that they are a lot cheaper now than when we first got them about 30 years ago.
From Sharron+Mick

To Diana

23 Feb 2010 4:58 PM
(107648)
Thanks for your reply - funny as Oz Shut did come round last nite and yep gave us a rediculous price to start off but after an hour an half arrgghh and quite a few phone calls to GRANT (the boss - prob just an answer machine) they came in with a great price and also cos we are in a great position for advertising. Still got some more companies to give us a quote so will take it from there. Our windows are already tinted and we want the shutters more for the weather than security - sharron
From Sharron+Mick

To deRoberto

23 Feb 2010 5:03 PM
(107649)
Hi - thanks for your reply. I had Oz Shut round last nite and their saleman was here for about an hour and half (arrgghh) lol - he gave us a rediculous price (OMG) but after telling them we had more companies to see and letting them leave their board out for longer (as we live on the Marmion) they ended up quite reasonable. Great for security but we want to get them for the winds as we are quite open and in the winter the winds are so scarey. I asked them about this and he said he could not guarantee that there would be no rattling noises if its gets as windy as i stated. Can I ask if yours rattle??? lol - anyways another company coming later today so hope to be making a decision soon - thanks again - sharron
From leigh_and_ross

To Sharron+Mick

23 Feb 2010 5:44 PM
(107652)
Have you thought about just getting double glazed windows and not having to worry about ratteling windy noises in winter. We are just finishing off our - using the government interest free green loan. They look a whole lot nicer than security shutters...
From moirclan

To deRoberto

23 Feb 2010 8:35 PM
(107653)
i think hers had a manual thing inside if i remember right i dont think they were automatic , i do remember the oil stains on her carpet though
From jimboman

To leigh_and_ross

23 Feb 2010 8:42 PM
(107655)
Double glazing is cheaper (from quotes we've had). Also, it is energy efficient all of the time, because you open shutters during the day, and therefore lose the insulation benefits.
From kildrummy

To jimboman

23 Feb 2010 8:56 PM
(107656)
I was wondering who you got quotes from. I thought double glassing was ridiculously expensive compared to UK but think it would be great in both winter and summer and its almost impossible to break.
From leelise

To leigh_and_ross

23 Feb 2010 9:28 PM
(107657)
do you have anymore info on the gov green loan. What company did you use? Like the sound of this as a preferred option to shutters. Thanks in advance
From leigh_and_ross

To leelise

23 Feb 2010 10:56 PM
(107658)
Hi there, We had the home assessment for the green loan back in July 09 - and it took until 20 Jan 2010 to actually get the assessment, complete with the certificate for the items which were eligable purchases for 'green loan money'. The green loan is a 4 year interest free loan for up to $10,000, and one of the items listed on my assessment was 'double glazing'. There were a variety of lenders approved including ANZ, Westpac, Mecu and various other credit unions. However, Peter Garrett has announced on Friday that he is axeing the scheme from 22 March, so you need to have had the assessment and apply very quickly for the loan if you wish to do this. I personally think that double glazed windows are a much better alternative to shutters. They are internally beeded so - you cannot pop the glass out from the outside meaning they are very secure, they keep the house warmer or cooler depending on the season, they are excellent from a security point of view - locking in multiple positions, you only pull down the flyscreens when you open the window and want to use them, which means they stay clean, and the windows themselves are easy to clean. Above all, they look great and enhance your property - which security shutters don't do. We used Northshore double glazing for the windows. http://www.northshoredoubleglazing.com.au/
From deRoberto

To leigh_and_ross

24 Feb 2010 12:07 AM
(107661)
I would get in quick to get the green loan ..check out this post from Facebook 'A woman's Spark' 'A Woman's Spark' Interest Free Green Loan Scrapped. Peter Garret over the last 8 months has now scrapped the SHCP solar grant, The insualtion grant, The solar hot water grant, The heat pump grant, and the interest free green loans. We ask our fans does Peter Garret really care about the environment' (great site if you want tro know the latest)
From deRoberto

To Sharron+Mick

24 Feb 2010 1:35 AM
(107662)
Our big windows are at the back of the house facing the ocean and we also live on the top of a ridge so we are open to all the elements. Only on very rare occasions do we have rattles and the winds are gale force at times. Every year we have to have our patio fly screens replaced as they are torn to shreds, but we like our freedom from flies, mozzies and bugs so we just accept it. I don't think that you will have any problems at all with the roller shutters. We never really put ours in for security reasons, that's just a bonus. Leaving their board for advertising is a sales pitch really.. you can take it down as soon as it's done and they can't do a thing about it.
From Sharron+Mick

To deRoberto

24 Feb 2010 10:55 AM
(107664)
Cheers for the info, this makes me feel better and defo going to get them. Personal choice and prob one that you share but i like the look of the shutters and they also add value to your house as well as providing plenty of other reasons for having them other than double glazing. We have decided to use a company that we have used in the past and they came to our house yesterday, measured up and gave me a price. The price was the same as what it took Oz Shut an hour and a half to get to from the rediculous price of over 10k for 3 windows!!! I would not recommend anyone having Oz Shut to quote them as they are dishonest, greedy and very, very pushy!!! The company i have decided to use do exactly the same materials but for a true price and dont want to use your garden for advertising. Thanks again, gunna sign up today - Sharron
From leelise

To leigh_and_ross

24 Feb 2010 10:27 PM
(107665)
Many Thanks x
From brown2008

To leelise

16 Apr 2010 11:25 PM
(108115)
just had ours fitted, they look and work amazing, how and why didnt we have them fitted when we first moved in......... good value too......... happy safe days and nights sleeping
From Sharron+Mick

To brown2008

17 Apr 2010 10:56 AM
(108121)
Just had ours fitted too, look great. Blocks out all the light, slept in this morning as i thought it was really early haha. Would defo recommend them to anyone thinking of having them and just to let you all know that i had electric ones fitted and you can stop them where you want, you dont have to either have them up or down !!! - very happy, Sharron.