The S&S Roller Shutter Installation Checklist
If you have to install them yourself, read this before you get started.
A roller shutter is one of the most popular and efficient ways to protect your premises from all manner of threats. They have many benefits, including discretion, saving space, and thermal insulation alongside providing a barrier against unwanted visitors of any kinds.
Once you have taken the first step and bought your roller shutter, you will need to install it at the front of your property. This is a difficult process, and it should not be attempted by anyone who does not have previous experience installing or using roller shutters.
The S&S installation service provides a thorough installation by a fully-equipped team of dedicated engineers, who are able to work with any make and model of roller shutter. The following guide offers a brief overview of the steps required in roller shutter installation, but we always advise seeking expert help and advice.
Roller shutters are heavy pieces of equipment, and they should never be installed by one person working alone. For an effective roller shutter installation, ensure you are working with at least one or two team members to help lift and manoeuvre the shutter into place. This will reduce the risk of injury and muscle strain.
When your roller shutter is delivered, your first step should be to check that all the parts required have been included. The last thing you want is to get halfway through the installation before realising you are missing a vital component.
This could not only be dangerous, but it could also mean your shopfront must be left unusable whilst you wait for the missing part to arrive. Avoid this eventuality by ensuring you are prepared with all the necessary equipment.
Prepare the Site
Before you install the roller shutter itself, you will need to ensure the installation site is ready. It will need to be free of any loose plaster or masonry that could get in the way, or irregularities that might affect the operation of the roller shutter. Fixing surfaces should be clean and dry, as this will help you to install the roller shutter efficiently and without unexpected issues.
You will also need to ensure that the structure of the opening is solid enough to take the weight of the roller shutter itself, and that the dimensions of your roller shutter have been correctly manufactured to fit the area in question.
Installing the Shutter
The installation of a roller shutter is a complex job, and it is best completed by an expert engineer. The needs of the installation will differ depending on the type of roller shutter you have decided to purchase. External fit shutters, including manual belt, rod crank and electric operation, require slightly different methods from reveal fit shutters, and it is always best to consult the individual instructions for the specific type.
However, most installations will involve fitting the shutters themselves, in a closed position, before installing the operating machinery that will enable you to roll the shutters up and down. The final step taken by installation engineers should be to clean around the shutter area and remove any debris created in the process.