7 Tips to Extend the Lifespan of Your Roller Shutters

If you currently have roller shutters installed at your business or home, you'll know how important they are to your overall security, insulation and privacy. However, just like any type of mechanical system, they need to be cared for if you're seeking to maximise the lifespan of your shutters. 

In this latest blog, we cover our top 10 tips to extend the lifespan of your roller shutters so that you can avoid unnecessary costly repairs or replacements further down the line.

Our top seven tips to extend the lifespan of your shutters include:

  • Professional installation
  • Regular inspections
  • Comprehensive servicing
  • Monitor signs of damage
  • Adjust tension and balance
  • Lubricate moving parts
  • Replace worn-out components

If you require emergency roller shutter repair, please call us right away at 01204 918991.


Let's get into our seven seven tips...


Professional installation

The number #1 tip from UK Doors & Shutters to extend the lifespan of your roller shutter(s) is to ensure professional and comprehensive installation. This is imperative to maximise the longevity of your shutters in relation to their performance and functionality. Shutters should be properly aligned and securely attached to the structure. You should also check that seals are tight and not loose. Failure to ensure proper installation of your shutters can lead to safety hazards, and malfunctioning.


Regular inspections

Although annual servicing (our third top tip as you can see below) is highly recommended, you can also perform regular inspections yourself to prolong the lifespan of your roller shutter doors. Establishing a routine for inspecting and cleaning your shutters can help to identify any dirt, debris, or build up from the slats. As a result, this can help you to identify and address issues before they progress and get even worse. Inspecting your shutters on a weekly basis is a massively underrated tip!


Comprehensive servicing

Just like any other type of mechanical system, roller shutters benefit from regular servicing from experienced and trusted professionals. It's highly recommended to commit to - at the very least - annual roller shutter servicing. However, performing roller shutter servicing once every six months is even better and can help you to prolong the lifespan of your shutters reducing the need for costly repairs or even costlier replacements. As well as prolonging the lifespan of your shutters, servicing will also ensure that they remain safe and efficient.


Monitor signs of damage

Monitoring signs of damage is another excellent piece of advice that owners of shutters should follow. On a daily or weekly basis, monitoring signs of damage can help address minor issues promptly which helps them from preventing major problems which may otherwise require costly replacements. It's advisable to look out for visible signs of wear and tear on your shutters, as well as unusual noises or movement.

Adjust tension and balance

over time, the tension and balance of your roller shutters may become misaligned. This can lead to uneven movement or strain on the mechanism. It's highly advised by the team at UK Doors & Shutters to check and adjust the tension of the spring or motor according to the manufacturer's recommendations. Ensuring proper balance prevents premature wear and prolongs the lifespan of your roller shutters.


Lubricate moving parts

Another highly-recommended tip for extending and prolonging the lifespan of your roller shutter(s) is to lubricate moving parts on a regular basis. Moving parts include tracks, rollers and hinges that are designed to operate in smooth operation. However, when they are used frequently, they need to be taken care of and looked after to ensure maximum operation and functionality. Lubrication helps the shutters from attracting dust or debris.


Replace worn-out components

Although shutters are manufactured for longevity and to stand the test of time, this doesn’t mean that individual components can’t get worn out. Fortunately, there’s a solution, and you can directly replace worn-out components. This assists you in avoiding costly like-for-like replacements so that you keep your hard-earned money in your pocket.


Contact UK Doors & Shutters

If you require emergency roller shutter repair, please call us right away at 01204 918991

Moreover, you can also book in for roller shutter servicing here.

We look forward to hearing from you promptly!