Integrated security that is designed in at the start of a project has less of a negative impact on the building than barriers retro-fitted as an after-thought. “This has been our experience, whether it’s a new home or a commercial building, and it’s why all our franchises are geared up to assist architects and developers right up front,” says Trellidor national business development manager Kevin Bonner.
Assistance comes in the form of providing specifications for the full range of Trellidor products or a selected basket of products, as well as the associated costs.
“Security barriers have differing space requirements, so for a discreet installation that blends in seamlessly with the building, it is important that these requirements are taken into account while the building is still being designed.”
Trellidor Rollerstyle shutters, for example, roll up into a shutter box that can be hidden in the ceiling, out of sight. This requires some preparation in terms of power source for automated shutters and a prepared cavity for the shutter box.
These aluminium shutters are proving popular for high end homes in particular. Fitted to the top of a staircase or in a passage, they provide a complete lock-down at night when closed. This creates a safe zone so that even if intruders get into other parts of the home, the family is secured.
Other Trellidor products such as the see-through Clear Guard security screens can be made to match the design of the building’s windows and doors. This includes bi-fold, sliding, French, hinged, sash and other formats.
“We welcome enquiries about how we can help to integrate our security products into openings as discreetly as possible. We carry out regular site visits to be on hand to help with any queries about our barriers. Once the project is complete, we will do a hand-over to the client. This is particularly important in the case of automated security,” said Bonner.