What is the difference between roller shutters and screens?

2023-06-19 09:06

When building or renovating a house, it is worth paying attention to the choice of appropriate window joinery and sun protection. They definitely increase the comfort of staying indoors and influence the reduction of temperatures in the interiors on hot days. In this article, I will introduce you to the differences between classic external roller shutters and screens. You will also find out which solution is right for you and where you can create your initial product configuration.


Depending on their design and the location of their assembly, roller shutters can have various functions. The basic one is to increase comfort in the house, especially during hot days. By lowering the roller shutter, we reduce the amount of sunlight entering the interior to a minimum. This also helps to save on electricity bills, especially if the house has air conditioning.

The second function is to increase security in the home, especially with classic external roller shutters. When lowered at night or while you are away, the roller shutters make it more difficult for burglars to gain access to the interior of the building and cause general damage directly to the glass panes. You can also fit such a roller shutter on terrace doors.

The difference between a roller shutter and a screen.

Classic external roller shutters

Adaptive roller shutters

Adaptive roller shutters are installed in a recess or on the façade of the building. The installation of this type of roller shutter does not require any changes to the existing building structure.

Top-mounted roller shutters

Top-mounted roller shutters are mounted directly onto the window frame. Roller shutter boxes are made of PVC or polystyrene and can be completely or partially built-in. 

External flush-mounted roller shutters

External flush mounted roller shutters are recommended for installation during the construction phase of a building. For existing buildings, this requires changes within the lintel.

General features of external roller shutters

Thermal insulation: External roller shutters effectively insulate rooms, reducing heat loss in winter and preventing heat build-up in summer. They will reduce the energy costs required to heat or cool your home.

Noise reduction: Exterior roller shutters create a barrier to outside noise. With them you will effectively reduce noise levels, especially when located on busy streets or near noise sources.

Privacy and shading: External blinds allow you to precisely control the amount of light coming in while ensuring privacy. You can easily adjust them to provide the right conditions for rest and relaxation.

Protection against burglary: Robust external roller shutters provide an additional barrier to potential burglars by making it difficult for them to access your windows. You can also equip them with burglar protection solutions such as locks, which significantly increase the level of security in your home.

What is the difference between roller shutters and screens?

Screen roller shutter


The screen roller shutter is characterised by its practicality and aesthetics as well as its fabric construction. It is designed for installation on a building façade or in a recess.

This system is characterised by irreplaceable protection against excessive heat build-up and ensures comfort in your home, especially on hot days.

The screen roller shutter itself is available in two variants:

  • ZIP Screen – in the form of a fabric zipped into the guide, which creates a tight barrier against insects.
  • Standard Screen – typical guides which can also be found in standard external roller blinds.

Advantages of the screen roller shutter

Thermal protection: screen roller shutters thermally insulate the room, which helps to maintain the right temperature. This works for both heating and cooling, so you can save energy.

Light transmission: screen roller blinds let light through moderately, allowing natural light to diffuse into the room subtly. They allow you to enjoy pleasant lighting while protecting you from excessive sunlight.

UV protection: Screen roller shutters block harmful UV rays, protecting furniture, fabrics and other items from fading and damage..

Privacy and visibility from the outside: screen roller shutters provide privacy while allowing you to observe your surroundings from inside the room. Thanks to the special structure of the material, you can have a view of the outside while making it difficult for people passing by to look inside.

What is the difference between roller shutters and screens?

Which roller shutter to choose?

If you value safety and full reduction of the sunlight entering your home, definitely opt for a classic external roller shutter. If you value comfort and want to reduce the sunlight coming into your home, but at the same time maintain full aesthetics, consider screen roller shutter. They will definitely be useful on hot days and in the evenings, as they combine the functions of a roller shutter and a mosquito net.

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