Q & A with ShutterSecure
Greg Caie answers some questions about the advent of the shutter craze in South Africa
Q | What are the latest trends in window dressing?
A| The latest popular product is undoubtedly Shutters. In fact, it has been for the past 10-15 years, but it seems to be growing in popularity. With the increasing concern around Security in South Africa, combining security with a window dressing is just what the market has been waiting for! Admittedly, shutters are not the cheapest solution on the market, but if you take into consideration that security shutters are really a multi-dimensional solution; they combine 2 products in one, then the higher cost is validated. When comparing a security barrier and a window covering to the price of our Security Shutter (the all in one) it is a very close comparison.
Q | Tell us about the link between security and shutters?
A | The link between a shutter and security is mainly in the design and rigidity of the product itself. If you look at curtains or blinds they are not strong enough to perform the task of keeping an intruder out. They are made from far weaker materials and often cannot house a locking mechanism. Our timber shutters have just recently been fitted with lockable locks so that people who prefer the opulence of wood can now lock there shutters, which will be the first product of its kind in South Africa. Our Aluminium Security Shutters are made from durable materials like Aluminium and Stainless Steel to increase the longevity of the product. The real strength of the shutters come from the top and bottom track system which locks the panels in a straight line and gives it all its strength.
Q | Greg, when did you start working in this industry?
A | I Started working in the industry some 10 years ago when there was only 3 shutter companies in the market. Shutters were always considered a luxury product and only a few could afford them. I have had the pleasure of working alongside some of the true masterminds behind the product and on occasions helped in the decision making of some very important changes that have made shutters today more than just a window treatment. My travels have taken me to some very well know South African people, Francois Pienaar, Kobus Wiese, Ernie Els to name but a few.
Q | Give your top 5 tips when choosing the correct window dressing?
- Don’t put blinds on doors. They will shorten the height of the door and you often need forearms like Popeye to pull them up.
- Don’t use curtains near the sea, they hold in moisture and make the room damp and this often results in mildew at the bottom of the curtains.
- Think insulation- if you have a large opening in a room, you will have more heat in summer and it will be cooler in winter. Choose a product that will help insulate the room best. Often the only solution is a shutter. Because of its thickness, you can control how much light you want to allow into the room.
- Choose a product that is going to compliment your view. There is no point in have a beautiful view, only to look through 25mm blinds which break and obscure your view.
- Think long term. Rather wait a little longer and buy something you will be happy with for years to come than settle for a cheap solution. Many of my customers will put shutters in throughout their house over 2 years, as and when they can afford a window or a door. There is nothing more soul destroying than buyer’s remorse. Do it right the first time!