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What To Know Before Installing A Roller Shutter


Roller Shutters are so versatile that they can be used almost anywhere. 

For example, if you are a manufacturer and you have a shipping truck that needs to be kept clean and dust-free, a Roller Shutter is likely the best choice for your needs. 

If you’re considering putting in a Roller Shutter, to be honest, you need to know some basics about them. When it comes to construction specifics, there’s a lot more to know! 

But if you’re looking for something which can easily keep you secure with an ease of use that doesn’t vary with changes in temperature or weather conditions; then this could definitely be your next purchase. 

Here are some things to know before getting a Roller Shutter.

What You Have To Install In Addition to the Door

If you operate in one of the many industries where a Roller Shutter door is necessary, there are many different things to know before installing the door. 

The size of your facility and equipment requirements will dictate which type of roller shutter you need. 

While some types are self-supporting and don’t require any kind of support structure, others need brackets or steel posts installed on the ground floor. 

Finally, when it comes to choosing a contractor for installation and maintenance work on your property’s doors, make sure that they have experience with maintaining and servicing this type of building access system.

How It’s Constructed

A Roller Shutter is made of multiple horizontal panels that can be opened or closed manually or via electric or cable-driven motors.

Note that Roller Shutters are not immovable solid steel gates. They are actually lightweight steel panels, made of thin gauge sheet metal with the weight evenly distributed across the surface. 

When placed in position in a doorway, each Shutter panel has its own bar-mounted guide rails underneath. These bars run perpendicular to the direction of opening and close as the door closes.

They also make it possible to open and close the Shutter easily. 

Bar guides are included in many types of Roller door systems, allowing for easier installation, faster operation—and greater ability to withstand power surges and other problems that can occur during an electrical storm or other external events.

How Do You Measure For A Roller Shutter?

There are two primary measurements that you need to take when determining if a Roller Shutter is a right fit for your facility: the height of the opening where the door would be installed, and the width of the door itself.

Remember that while Roller Shutters are typically quite lightweight, they will still be much heavier than standard glass doors. 

If you don’t take this into account when measuring your doorway, you may find that your steel rolling shutter won’t work for its intended use. 

In addition, there may be other structural elements in your doorway that could make installation difficult or even impossible.

Electrical Recruitments

On a basic level, it’s important to remember that Roller Shutters are supported by the power of your electrical system. 

However, this doesn’t mean that they will always be compatible with standard electrical outlets; some types are designed to use dedicated holding bars that allow for more secure installation in high-traffic areas. 

Otherwise, they can be safely installed on the same circuits as other building hardware and equipment; after all, each panel can rotate independently from the others, so you don’t need to worry about how much current they draw.


The prices as well as the method for installation may vary depending on the type and intended function. We explore Roller Shutter designs decor ideas in another post. 

If you are wondering when might be the best time to install a Roller Shutter for your property, space or business, happy to tell you there’s no better time than now.

You might also be interested in knowing the types of Roller Shutters which clutch Roller Shutters, Roller Shutter with Tie Rods, Double Track and Cable Roller Shutters. We’ll explore this in another post.

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