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After knowing types and what we can do with grilles install in our home or shop, we can now consider about the materials. As we can see in Malaysia, most of the houses are installed with iron grilles on windows and door. Actually, there are three main types of steel grilles in the market for selection: mild steel, wrought iron, and stainless steel. Each of the materials has different advantages to meet your needs.

mild steel

Mild Steel Grilles
Mild steel grilles usually come with simple design, such as straight bars, or square grids with minimal fancy design.

There are two type of additional process to the grilles. Spray painted need maintenance by repaint it every 2 to 3 years due to the weather in Malaysia. For powder coated, the grilles will place into oven after spray painted to make sure the paint is permanently stayed on grille surface. A long lasting and climate resistant quality smooth surface created then.

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Wrought Iron Grilles
Wrought iron grilles are more popular this day. It actually mild steel grilles which do extra hammering process. That is why we can saw uneven texture on the surface. It gained a lot of popularity because there is variety of design available compared to mild steel.

Besides that, wrought iron grilles will not tarnish easily. The price of grilles depends on the design too. However, wrought iron grilles are thinner than mild steel grilles to create more shape design. The toughness is reduce and easy to saw through.


Stainless Steel Grilles
This is the most expensive materials to make a grille. Stainless steel grilles are very strong and do not tarnish. They only colour of stainless steel grilles is silver and the design are limited.

Choose the grilles according to the purpose and security level, but not only the attractiveness.


In Malaysia, crime is getting serious. One of the ways to strengthen the security is installing door grilles. There are two types of grille which you can choose from: external fixed grilles and internal fixed grilles.


External fixed grilles
We can often saw external fixed grilles installed on commercial building, basement windows, back streets windows, and alleyways windows. An external fixed grille was build with a steel frame with vertical welded bars which function as decorative style. The grilles usually installed side of the windows or onto the face brickwork.

If your windows is needed for emergency exit or it was the only windows in the room, it is not recommend installing external grilles. If you have no other choice, install external grilles which secured with padlocks. Do not forget where you place the key incase there is any emergency happened.

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Internal fixed grilles
This are more commonly found and given a wide range of designs, security level, and functions. Internal fixed grilles can be fitted into brickwork or onto window frame. It was usually design in diamond or square shape, and a flat bar is located to allow you to open and close the windows.

Other functions for fixed grilles
In Malaysia, it was 365 days of hot weather. We usually open the window to cooling our house. But, we always afraid to open windows at night because we worry someone will climb into our bed room. We can install a fanlight casement window to solve this problem above the windows or doors. We can also install alarm censor on the windows or door grilles.


Southwold, High Street 1896

Looking backward, shutters and grilles is not a new thing, but was founded hundreds of years ago to improve security. In Britain, the shop front commonly used horizontal hinged wooden shutters instead had a glazing in the windows. They would hinge upwards the top shutter (larger shutter) to make it as a shelter and bottom shutter would hinge downwards to display items for sale.

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In the middle of 1800s, glass manufacturing cost fell and the glass duty tax was repealed. This sheered the expenses of glass, and glass start to use in most of the shop windows. Many wooden shutters were remained to protect the glass and the items behind.  Metal grilles began commonly used at night to secure the shop, and also allow people to view the goods display behind the window.  Wooden shutters at the domestic windows are also to keep warm and protect the expensive glass and item of the shop or home.

Although metal shutters in modern are for security purpose, but it has a sad story before it was commonly used by shop on the street. There are always riot happened on the street, until 1970s and early 1980s. Most of the shop owner received large amount of loss due to the item damage cause by the riots. In the modern, shutters and grilles are highly improved and provided different materials to meet different need.

By: Thomas Teo

Thing like autogate and fence required more maintenance effort as they are expose under the weather, no matter raining or sunshine. What can we do to maintain the condition of fence? By doing a good maintenance of fence, it can protect your home for long term.

Do Regular Cleaning
To clean wrought iron fence, prepare some dish cleaning liquid with some water and sponge or old clothes. You can use a spray to clean the ornate part of the fence for better cleaning effect. Use a old clothes to dry the fence . Use some wax to protect the paint on the fence. If there is any part was damage with scratch, sand it with steel wool and apply some rust-resistant metal paint.

Flaking or Bubbling Paint
If you found any flaking or bubbling paint, get it off from wrought iron using a brush. You must clean up the area before applying rust-retarding primmer. Finally, use a small brush or spray to apply rust-resistant paint.

Large Areas of Rust Spots
Sometimes, we might not realize the damage happened on the fence. If you see large areas of rust, you will need to repaint the fence. Use a wire brush to remove all the rust and flaking paint. For deeper rust, use a coarse file to clean it. After removing the damaged part, use rust remover and sandpaper to sand the surface. Use trisodium phosphate to to do final cleaning. After the fence dry, apply rust-inhibiting metal primmer and black rust-resistant metal paint.