We love our homes, and what we keep inside them. Many of us spend years thoughtfully and purposefully crafting our home’s interior and its contents, creating a precious collection of furniture, accessories and keepsakes that become extensions of who we are and set the scene for our lifestyles. Keeping our homes safe from intruders is not merely a matter of practicality, it is a matter of the heart.
However, choosing how to protect our homes hasn’t always been a heartfelt task. Most home security barriers do not take into account the aesthetics of interior design and how well they work with home décor. This product category has seen limited choice and few customisation options over the years, with bulky industrial-looking safety gates and burglar bars most often a necessary compromise to the overall design of a home, rather than a welcome addition.
“For over 30 years of working with architects, interior designers and homeowners in South Africa, we have witnessed the constant debate between security and style. Weighing up the benefits and detractors of choosing traditional security barriers instead of or in combination with our timber shutters,” says Karina Palmer, interior designer and marketing director of AMERICAN shutters. “Thankfully, we now have the perfect answer.”
AMERICAN shutters’ range of locally-manufactured aluminium Security Shutters offers all the refined design features, meticulous finish and smooth operation (including their hidden tilt system: you simply tilt one louvre that’s attached to all the others by an internal gear system) of their wooden shutters while serving as an effective robust security barrier on windows and doors. A welcome change to the cumbersome, clunky and obtrusive nature of traditional swing or expandable security gates and secured burglar bars.
An added benefit of AMERICAN shutters’ adjustable-louvre Security Shutters is the privacy and light control they offer. The shutter panels can be completely opened for maximum view and indoor-outdoor flow, or the shutter louvres can be tilted to block or direct natural light or closed to prevent sight inside the home. “They effectively serve as a window dressing and security feature all in one. There’s no need for curtains or fabric blinds,” says Karina.With the option to install your shutters indoors or out, have them hinged, sliding or folding, finished in a standard or custom colour and installed to perfectly integrate and complement your interior design, you’ll love choosing AMERICAN shutters’ Security Shutters to beautifully protect your home and loved ones.