USA: Security Shutters: Manufacturers
ABOUT SECURITY SHUTTERS
Security Shutters may be built into new buildings, or fitted to existing buildings. The most usual type is the roller security shutter, with horizontal interlocking slats that roll up into a box at the top of the window. In new construction the box can be concealed within the wall. The slats are usually made of aluminum, which may be foam-filled. Manual and electrical control is available, with remote control, timers, and weather sensors. Another type of security shutter is the accordion shutter; this comprises vertical interlocked slats, which slide to the sides of the window. In addition to providing security, rolling and accordion shutters improve heat insulation, and protect the main windows from weathering and fading.
LEADING USA MANUFACTURERS
The following leading manufacturers have comprehensive websites, with information on all aspects, including online catalogs, colours and materials, and care and maintenance.
Roll-a-way. Roll-a-way, a subsidiary of Valco Enterprises, is based in St.Petersburg, Florida. It manufactures a range of rolling security and storm shutters. These are available with three types of slat: PVC, Aluminum Foam-Filled, and Aluminum Extruded Double Wall Slats. Operation may be manual pull-strap coiler, crank with strap-coiler, or electrical. Side frames are in die-cast aluminum; the box cover is in roll formed aluminum. Roll-a-way also supplies Accordion Shutters, made from extruded aluminum, and with stainless steel screws and fasteners.
Tucson. Tucson Rolling Shutters, of Tucson, Arizona, is a leading manufacturer of rolling window shutters. Tucson Rolling Shutters are manufactured from interlocking aluminum slats, housed in an an aluminum frame filled with polyurethane. Tucson Rolling Shutters are electrically operated, with remote controls. The shutters can be linked to timers, and to home automation systems. They are available made to size, in a choice of seven finishes: Gray, White, Cream, Light Beige, Dark Beige, Bronze, and Dark Wood Look. A 5 year warranty is provided for all Tucson Shutters.
AGI Group. AGI Group, of Sarasota, Florida, is a manufacturer of window shutters, including security rolling shutters. Its shutters can cover spaces up to 16 ft wide and 15 ft high. They improve heat insulation, as well as providing excellent security. The AGI security shutters are available in four standard colors (white, ivory, beige and bronze) and unlimited custom colors. Operating options include: Manual Strap, Manual Gear, Strap Crank, and Motorization. Motorized systems can be provided with central control, and can be fitted with weather sensors and remote controls.
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