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How are Roller Shutters Made?

Roller Shutters are gaining popularity in modern homes by the minute. This is not very surprising, considering how useful they are. Apart from providing ultimate security, Roller Shutters also provide great insulation from excessive heat, cold and sound, and they are easy to control or handle.

However, do you ever just wonder how Roller Shutters are made? In this article, we explore this question so that you have a comprehensive idea of how Roller Shutters are built and how they obtain all the great qualities they possess.


Components & Mechanism of a Roller Shutter

Let’s begin with the different components that make up a Roller Shutter and how they function.

Sheet Curtains

Roller Shutters are made of corrugated sheets known as lath. They are cut, bent, and interlocked into each other. The curtains are the most central part of your Roller Shutters, and they can be made of galvanized steel, aluminium, or polycarbonate.

There are several types of curtains including grilles, solid lath, curved lath, perforated lath, and punched lath.

Channel Guides

These are fitted on each side of the Roller Shutter and guide the direction of the sheet curtains as the motor rotates.

Cheek Plate

These load-bearing plates are also known as the endplate or the head plate. The cheek plates are necessary on a Roller Shutter door to allow for ease of installing the motor, barrel, and safety plate.  

The cheek plates also give support to the roller on which the Shutter Rolls. The cheek plate may be welded directly on top of the channel guides or at a vertical angle to give the Roller Shutter increased support and durability.


A motor is mounted on the Roller Shutter housing or canopy to allow ease of opening or closing the Roller Shutter door. A motor may not be necessary. However, most modern Roller Shutters are motorized.

The Roller Shutter motor can be manually controlled with a winder key or with a remote control device.

Safety Brake

The safety brake is installed in all roller shutters to prevent accidents by halting the Roller Shutter Descent in case the motor operation fails. Basically, the safety brake acts to prevent the Roller Shutter from crashing down.


Bottom rails

This is the end part of the curtain. They are usually T or L-shaped and they are the weather-sealed part of the Roller Shutter.

Canopy Fascia

Since the Roller Shutter has many moving parts, the canopy fascia act as the safety cover of the parts.

They are wooden or metal housing made separately from the Roller Shutter and they can be coated with paint and finished to give the Roller Shutter an aesthetically pleasing feel.

Angle fixing

This fixes the Roller Shutter in place when installed.

Now you know the different components that make up your Roller Shutter.


To recap, first, large steel or Aluminium sheets are cut into smaller rectangular pieces. Then they are bent and cut into long sheets that can interlock into each other.

The other components such as the rollers, guides, end plates, motor, and brakes are also added.

Finally, the Roller Shutter housing is constructed with wood or metal, and finishes are added. Non-motorized Roller Shutters are installed with springs in the housing to allow for easy lifting.


Now you know how roller shutters are made, what exactly they contain, and what makes them so safe and durable!

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