Bushfires cause devastating damage to homes and buildings. Many homes and businesses have been lost to these ruthless and unpredictable fires. Once out of control, fires stretch for kilometers, causing a path of destruction, impacting financially and emotionally on families.
For many homes caught in a bushfire, internal damage occurs when the fire’s intense heat outside causes windows to explode and flames immediately engulf the house. Once the windows are not there to shield the interior of the house, fire spreads from curtains to furniture and anything flammable. Within minutes, it can destroy an entire house.
Fortunately, a home’s interior can be protected from bushfire damage. By shielding the windows, the fire has no entry point into the house, so the likelihood of the interior burning is dramatically reduced.
All windows and doors of a house can be protected by installing heat reducing roller shutters. Heat is reduced by almost 90%, so the risk of exploding windows is eliminated, simply by having bushfire roller shutters installed.
During a bushfire, flying debris can smash through windows. Bushfire roller shutters also protect from this risk. Strong winds carry hot embers and sparks into the house through windows, igniting a fire inside. This can be prevented by the installation of bushfire roller shutters.
Bushfire Attack Level (BAL)
The bushfire danger of a particular building is rated with one of six potential bushfire attack levels (BAL). Ranging from low-risk (BAL-LOW) to very high-risk (BAL-FZ (Flame zone)):
BAL - LOW
Standard window and door products may be used at this level. There are no special requirements.
BAL - 40
BAL - FZ
Bal 40 windows with adshutters Bal 40 rollers shutters.
At Adshutters, our bushfire shutters are rated at BAL-40 and pass the new Australian standard AS 3959-2009, making our shutters the highest grade available. They contain no combustible materials, such as foam, often used in many types of roller shutters.
You can achieve BAL FZ compliance for windows and doors by having an Adshutter bushfire shutter accompanied with a BAL 40 window or door system.
Our bushfire roller shutters are manufactured with radiant heat defensive properties and are made from double-wall extruded aluminium. This makes our bushfire shutters extremely resistant to burning.
Frequently Asked Questions
How to choose a roller shutter company?
5 Things To Check Before Choosing A Roller Shutter Company
1. Check on The Installers Track Record
Find out if the shutters company have permanent, trained work force, or hire contractors to do the work. Some companies outsource the installation of shutters to contractors. The contractor is often remunerated based on the number of shutters they install. Which can inadvertently compromise the quality of the installation, because they are more concerned in meeting their numbers, rather than producing a quality installation. Poorly installed shutters can impact the operation of the roller shutter and lead to maintenance issues. Furthermore, you might experience problems getting a shutters company to service your shutters if the work was outsourced to installation contractors.
2. Check The Quality of The Shutter
Some foreign imported shutters from countries such as China are sometimes less reliable as ‘Australian made’ shutters. Lower price however, does not always mean low quality. There are two factors that can affect the shutters. The first is the quality of the shutter and how well they are made. And secondly, the installation. It’s really important that the shutters are fitted correctly to the exterior and interior of the house to avoid maintenance issues later on.
3. Who is Pricing and Quoting Your Shutters Project?
In an effort to increase sales, some companies hire salespeople to do their quoting. However, sales people will not always have the industry experience to quote accurately. This can result in slightly inflated pricing due to the incorrect scope and scale of the project. Salespeople are paid on performance. So you could end up with quotes for non-essential things just to increase the value of the sale. It’s a good idea to seek more than one quote before making your decision.
4. Check Your Premise Will be Tidied After The Shutters Are Installed
There’s nothing worse than having to tidy up after builders vacate your premises. Clarify with your installer that your premise will be tidied up once the project is complete.
5. Does The Shutters Come With A Guarantee?
You must feel confident that the installer of your shutters will carry out a professional job. However, you can not be totally sure, so ask whether they offer some form of guarantee to give you peace of mind.
At Adshutters, we pride ourselves in providing a thoroughly professional service from the moment we come to price your job, through to when the project is finished. The guy who quotes the work, is the same guy that does the installation. Our technicians have a minimum of 10 years experience. Which means our quotes are technically accurate. You will not be misquoted or rushed into making a decision. We treat your premises as though it was our own home. We tidy away the mess, and even polish your shutters before we leave so they have a gleaming finish. And all of our shutters come with a 10-year quality assurance guarantee.
What are the colour available?
For bushfire shutters beige, cream, black, white & woodlands grey colours are available
Is any other colour available?
Special Powder coating colours by request. With our maintenance-free powder coated colour finishes, you can match the colour to your window frames.
What are the safety compliance?
Bushfire roller shutters must be manually operable from either inside or outside the house. Our shutters have a manual override winder that allows the shutters to be manually opened and closed, in case of a blackout.
Do they have a guarantee?
At Adshutters, we have a 5-year guarantee on parts, including motors and a 10 year guarantee on paint, including powder coating.
What are the technical specification?
- Profile slat covering 36mm
- Profile slat thickness 9.7mm
- Maximum width 5000mm
- Maximum Height 3200mm
- Maximum surface area 12 metres squared
- Weight per metre squared 7.5kg
How can I operate my roller shutters?
Electric 240v (Good for all applications)
The easiest of all operations, a tubular AC motor is placed inside the axle and a switch on the wall, remote control or a key switch can operate the shutter (which can also be fitted with a manual over-ride in case of power outage).
Spring with Key Lock
This is a simple lift up, pull down operation with a counter balance spring inside the axle to aid with the weight of the shutter, which can be lifted with just two fingers. A key lock is at the bottom.
Winch Winder (Good for home windows)
A winch is placed on the inside wall of the room and the handle is wound for the up and down movement of the shutter. We use steel cable on our winch, which is a lot more durable than the standard tape commonly used, which can easily break rubbing on any materials through the wall.
What are the box sizes?
If you would like to know more about security or bushfire shutters for your home, Contact us for a free measure and quote. Our friendly staff will be available to assist with your enquiries.