Coastal properties have been a desirable asset to own for many years. Our nation’s love affair with the seaside has seen many people escape the hustle and bustle of city life for a more laid back existence on the coast. For those not willing to commit to our seaside towns on a full-time basis, there’s the option of buying a second home. In 2016, the BBC revealed that the UK’s most expensive seaside town is Sandbanks in Dorset, with the average house price nearly a staggering £665,000. In this exact same time frame, the UK’s average house price, as a whole, was £214,000.
As well as being sharply more expensive than the rest of the UK, the very nature of a second home is that a lot of the time it is unoccupied. Many choose to rent out their properties in the summer months as holiday lets, leaving the properties unattended in the winter. With such expensive properties left empty for significant time periods, the need to secure a coastal property should be high on the list of priorities for an owner.
How to secure a coastal property
Lots of seaside homes are situated in isolated locations, often with no passing public, which increases threat level and the success rate of a potential attack or break-in. Their remote locations mean that CCTV and alarm systems would not be the most effective choice of security, as they do not prevent any physical protection against an attack on a property. As well needing to secure a coastal property from unauthorised entry from opportunists, it is also important to make sure that they are protected against extreme weather variations. Coastal properties often feel the brunt of the worst weather that hits the UK, so it’s worth investing in proper glazing protection solutions to shelter windows against airborne debris.
Security shutters are an excellent choice for securing coastal properties. Unlike traditional external shutters that are subject to extreme weather and can become tired looking through wear-and-tear, Equilux’s integrated shutters provide a secure option that does not detract from the overall feel of a property. The built-in system is completely concealed when raised, and could also provide solutions for window dressing within contemporary minimalistic homes. Our range of shutters includes many different finishes to suit any coastal property, including design features such as stainless steel lintels, anodized corrosion-resistant finish and blackout shutters. For coastal properties, our roller shutters are coated in a marine grade PPC finish.
We appreciate that a lot of residents of coastal properties may only reside there on a part-time basis. Bearing this is mind; our exclusive LockDown technology has been designed to ensure that the security shutters are never left in an insecure state. Integration with a Building Management System (BMS), a computer-based central control system that monitors a property’s mechanical and electrical equipment, provides a seamless operation within the property. BMS can be managed from a single handheld device or even as an app on a smartphone, ensuring that you remain in constant control of your coastal property, no matter where in the world you are.
For more advice on how Equilux can help secure your exclusive coastal property or for help on any questions you may have on planning permission for shutter systems, please download our free guide.
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