Shop Front Security vs Shop Front Visibility

What are the options for protecting the most vulnerable part of your building?

Shop Front Security

Even the most advanced security systems cannot protect every area of a building. If window and door glass are not reinforced, intruders can still make a forced enter into a property, even after the alarm sounds.

For a shop front, shutter visibility and security are usually of equal importance. A window display can continue to advertise a shop’s merchandise. But only if passers-by can see through the shutter.

So what options are available to protect your business, and maintain visibility on the competitive high street?

Here are some of the options available to help you decide what’s best for your business.

1. Structural Glass

For the purposes of visibility, structural glass is the best option. The special treatment of toughened safety glass ensures strength and reliability. Glass windows and doors constructed from toughened glass is secure, though not impenetrable. The toughened nature delays most violent attacks and can give valuable seconds for security alarms to activate and the appropriate responders to be alerted.

The main advantage of structural glass is that a secure front can be installed without the need for an aluminium profile within the main area of the shop front. The full-glass look is highly attractive and also delivers a comfortable work environment for staff.

At SRL, our toughened glass frameless shopfronts are growing in popularity. They allow the customer to maintain a modern and sophisticated contemporary image, whilst still maintaining security and safety to the highest standards.

2. Shop Front Roller Grilles – for maximum visibility

Roller grilles have lots of open space and are a good choice if visibility is important. Designed to keep intruders out while letting the maximum amount of light in, retractable security grilles and retractable gates are surprisingly unobtrusive.

Shop front roller grilles are also an economic option. For best performance and security it’s best to install them behind the shop window. They can be fitted to the door or window surround and will disappear neatly to conceal the top track.

In retail situations security grilles are aesthetically pleasing, but allow merchandise to be displayed safely 24 hours a day. So for combining higher security with maximum visibility of the shop front, roller grilles have a wide range of choices and can be the preferred solution to secure your business.

3. Shop Front roller shutters for extra security

If security is more important than visibility, or if the shutter is placed outside the glass, a roller shutter is the best choice. They deliver the best performance for security, but not visibility.

Whilst some roller shutters allow a certain amount of light to pass through, and can be manufactured to give visibility to the shop front, on the whole, they are not designed for this purpose – security being the main priority.

At SRL we are one of the North West’s premier roller shutter manufacturers. We manufacture, supply, install and maintain all types of commercial doors and roller shutter doors throughout the UK. Our top top quality roller shutters, electric roller shutter doors, steel roller shutters and self-coiling Aluminium roller shutters are competitively priced. And we always aim to ensure that our products out-perform rival doors and roller shutters in terms of quality, function, finish and price.

4. Opaque shop front shutters

In some cases visibility is completely undesirable. In which case, non-transparent (opaque) shop front shutters are the only option. The solid steel shutters that SRL can supply give complete privacy. Like all steel shutters, we can powder coat them to the colour of your choice.

SRL has the options for your peace of mind

Whatever your requirements, SRL has the options that can deliver security, visibility and peace of mind for your business. For more information get in touch with our team of security professionals who can help you find the best options for your business.