Have you been thinking about installing roller shutters but are unsure about where to start? Here at Australian Outdoor Living we understand that not everyone enjoys home renovations, which is why we\u2019ve come up with this comprehensive guide to installing roller shutters at your place. Why roller shutters? First, let\u2019s take a look at why installing roller shutters could be an important addition to your home. Insulation Australian weather ranges from one end of the spectrum to the other, and during the colder months we tend to find our homes don\u2019t hold the heat quite as well as we thought. Curtains and blinds don\u2019t effectively insulate your home, and glass windows won\u2019t provide much of a barrier against the cold. Fortunately, roller shutters are perfect for blocking out the weather because they\u2019re able to hold in the heat and repel the cold air. This insulation will dramatically reduce your winter heating bills, which will lower your cost of living during the cooler months. Block out heat Anyone who lives in Australia will tell you how unbearable the summers can be, especially when your home doesn\u2019t have an efficient air conditioning system. Since installing roller shutters provides insulation against the cold, it makes sense they also act as a barrier against the heat. This means you\u2019ll need to use far less energy to keep your home at a comfortable temperature in the warmer months, which are usually the most expensive months of the year. Noise and light reduction Here at Australian Outdoor Living we use the thickest aluminium slats on the market, meaning our roller shutters are great at controlling both light and noise. You\u2019re in complete control \u2013 you can darken even the brightest room by fully extending your shutters, or you can open them up and let the afternoon sun stream in. Not only that, but our shutters are capable of reducing outside noise by about half \u2013 making them perfect for shift workers (or even those of us who enjoy the odd afternoon nap). Security In what is quickly becoming their main selling point, roller shutters are great at deterring criminals. At first glance, roller shutters look impenetrable, quickly casting doubt in the minds of any would-be burglars. installing outdoor roller shutters means peace of mind for you and your family when you have to leave your home unattended \u2013 be it a quick trip to the shops or a three-week holiday. Roller shutters are great for adding a level of security to your home. Which roller shutters? At Australian Outdoor Living we offer four different operating systems: the strap winch, the strap coiler, the remote control and the hard-wired switch. The strap winch The strap winch, or strap winder, is the most common operating system of the four. It features a handle that you can manually wind to raise or lower your shutters. The installation process doesn\u2019t require any invasive drilling, and it doesn\u2019t require electricity to operate \u2013 a handy feature for when pesky power failures hit! The strap coiler Our strap coiler pulley system is ideal for small, awkward areas, so it\u2019s perfect for bathroom windows. Like the strap winch, this system doesn\u2019t require electricity and can be operated via a manual winder. Remote control The remote control option conveniently allows you to roll your shutter up or down from anywhere in the room. All you have to do point and click, you don\u2019t even have to leave your seat! Hard-wired switch This option is more of a subtle inclusion in your home. We'll install electric cables inside the wall to the switch, much like a light switch. It\u2019s just as convenient as the remote control, but there\u2019s no danger of misplacing it! Roller shutters will add value and style to your home. The process So now you know why installing roller shutters is important and which ones might suit your needs, how do you go about getting them installed? Book in a free measure and quote The first step in any home renovation process with Australian Outdoor Living is getting a free measure and quote. Once you\u2019ve been in contact with us, one of our friendly staff members will take you through a presentation with the aim of making sure you understand all of the options available. We\u2019ll also measure your windows in order to determine which style best suits your needs, as well as take you through a range of different colour options based on your tastes. When it comes to a quote, it\u2019s important to remember that we can\u2019t accurately advise how much installing your roller shutters will cost without going through all the variables with you first. These variables include things such as which operating mechanism you\u2019d prefer, your window size, if there is a current promotion or discount available and even whether or not you\u2019re after a custom colour scheme to suit your home. Installation If, after the measure and quote you decide to go ahead with us, the next step in the process is the \u2018check-measure\u2019. Our experts will check the measurements one last time and confirm the custom order specifications. This is to ensure that the original measure is accurate \u2013 once we\u2019ve confirmed the measure, we can begin the manufacturing process. Unlike some other companies, we manufacture our roller shutters right here in South Australia, meaning they\u2019re made using the highest quality materials to suit Australian conditions. After your personalised roller shutters have been made, we\u2019ll get in contact with you to book a time to come out and install them. The installation process usually takes about one hour per window \u2013 so if we\u2019re doing your entire house it should only take about one day. Overall, you\u2019re looking at a total build time of roughly three to five weeks \u2013 from then on you\u2019ll be enjoying reduced energy bills, extra security, and noise and light control at your fingertips. Maintenance and aftercare for roller shutters One of the best parts about the roller shutters here at Australian Outdoor Living is their durability. They require little to no maintenance \u2013 they pretty much look after themselves! The mechanism inside the shutter doesn\u2019t require any servicing, so the only thing you need to worry about is occasionally cleaning the shutters themselves. Over time, dirt can start to build up on springs and rollers. This eventually becomes abrasive, causing slat marks and indentations. To help to prevent this from happening, give them a rinse with a garden hose or wipe them down with some light detergent \u2013 it\u2019s that easy! Of course, we understand that certain things are out of your control, that\u2019s why we offer warranty on all of our roller shutters. Ask one of our friendly staff members about it during your free measure and quote! Australian Outdoor Living is passionate about helping people love their life outdoors. We offer a range of products, including: Outdoor blinds Artificial grass Roller shutters Concrete and fibreglass swimming pools Carports Timber decking Pergolas, verandah and patios Have you been thinking about renovating your home? Fill out the free measure and quote form at the top of this article and a member of our dedicated sales team will be in touch.