When to Repair vs Replace Your Roller Shutters

Is it better to repair or replace your roller shutters? This all important question is answered in detail in our latest blog to help you make the best informed decision. Ultimately, it depends on your situation and a number of variable factors which may differ from shutter to shutter. 

Roller shutters experience natural wear and tear over time, especially if they have been installed at your premises for over 20 years or so, but it's critical to explore all factors to ensure you make the most cost-effective decision.

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

Understanding Roller Shutter Issues

Before delving into repair vs replacement, it's crucial to identify common problems that affect roller shutter doors. 

These issues include:

  • Mechanical Failures: Problems with the motor, spring tension, or other components.
  • Structural Damage: Dents, bends, or cracks in the slats or frame.
  • Operational Issues: Difficulty in opening or closing, unusual noises, or jerky movements.
  • Wear and Tear: Rust, corrosion, or general degradation over time.

When to Repair Roller Shutters

In many cases and if it's feasible to do so, repairing your roller shutter with the assistance of professionals just like UK Doors & Shutters is preferable. Repairing your roller shutter is advisable in the following scenarios:

Minor Mechanical Issues

If your shutter(s) are experiencing minor mechanical issues, it's likely that a repair is the best call to action. For example, your shutter may have experienced a faulty motor or a broken spring. Often, this can be fixed immediately for a low cost to ensure your shutter is back to full operation. Proactive maintenance is recommended to reduce the possibility of faults occurring in the first place.

Structural Integrity is Intact

Another key indicator that a repair is preferable over a replacement is when structural integrity is intact. For example, if the overall structure of the door is in relatively sound condition with no significant damage to the frame or slats, repairs are effective in restoring functionality. This might involve replacing a few damaged slats or fixing a bent track.

Cost-Effective Solution

Reputable and trustworthy roller shutter repair company, just like UK Doors & Shutters will often weigh up the cost-effectiveness of repairing vs replacing. Roller shutters are designed to last for many years so if a repair is feasible, it's often the most cost-effective solution as long as the damage sustained is irreversible.

When to Replace Roller Shutters

While repairs can often extend the life of your roller shutter doors, there are times when replacement is the more prudent choice. The following scenarios are where a replacement may be advised by a roller shutter repair company:

Extensive Damage

If your roller shutter has experienced extensive damage, such as multiple bent or broken slats, it's possible that a replacement may be recommended over a repair. Extensive damage can present possible safety concerns for your premises with damage sometimes being irreversible. Therefore, investing in constant repairs may be insufficient.

Frequent Repairs Needed

Do your roller shutter doors require frequent repairs, perhaps every few months? If so, this is a clear indicator that the repairs may just be papering over the cracks and ignoring a bigger issue. Although it may be a bigger upfront investment, you're likely to save money long-term in this situation.

Safety Concerns

Do you have an outdated shutter that is causing your safety concerns? In this scenario, it's usually advised to replace directly. Older shutters may have outdated technology or fail to comply with safety standards. Modern doors often come with improved safety features such as automatic stop mechanisms and better fire resistance.

Should I Repair Or Replace My Roller Shutter?

Ultimately, it depends on your individual situation. The best thing you can do if you're unsure is to call UK Doors & Shutters to arrange an initial repair. Here, we will do our utmost to provide a cost-effective repair and restore your roller shutters to full functionality and operation. If we spot irreversible damage and a replacement is required, we will recommend this during the repair. This way you've got all angles covered.

Further factors to consider when it comes to repair or replacement include:

  • Age of the door
  • Cost analysis
  • Downtime
  • Environmental impact

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!