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How to Maintain Your Roller Shutters

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February 15, 2024

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Lauren Dalrymple

Our mission is to ensure your commercial, residential and industrial roller shutters remain in top condition, delivering reliable security, energy efficiency, and robust protection against weather extremes and potential intruders.

Regular maintenance is critical not only to ensure the prolonged useful life of your roller shutters but also to maintain the safety and efficiency of your premises. In this comprehensive guide, we will share insights and tips on roller shutter maintenance. Stay with us as we delve into these vital aspects, ensuring your shutters continue to offer top-level protection and peace of mind.

Cleaning Your Roller Shutters

Maintaining the cleanliness of your roller shutters is the first step to keeping them operating efficiently and looking good.

  1. Exterior cleaning:

    Over time, dust, dirt, and grime can accumulate on your shutters, affecting their function and overall look. Use a soft, damp cloth and a mild detergent to wipe down the shutters gently. Do not use abrasive materials or strong cleaning products, as these can damage the shutters’ surface.

  1. Interior cleaning:

    Just as with the exterior, the inside of your roller shutters can collect dust and dirt. Regular cleaning ensures the roller mechanism runs smoothly. Use a dry cloth or a small brush to carefully remove any dirt or dust from the shutter’s interior parts. If necessary, you can use a vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment to help remove more stubborn dirt.

  1. Tracks and guides:

    These should be kept clear of debris to ensure your shutters can open and close smoothly. You can use a brush to clean the tracks and then apply a silicone spray to lubricate them. Avoid using oil as this can attract more dirt in the long run.

  1. Check for rust:

    If your shutters are made of steel, it’s important to keep an eye out for any signs of corrosion. Cleaning and treating any rust spots promptly can prevent further damage.

  1. Regularly professional cleaning:

    If you have commercial or industrial roller shutters, engaging a professional roller shutter door maintenance service like S&S Shutters for regular cleanings can be beneficial. Professional cleaners are equipped with the right tools and knowledge to safely and thoroughly clean shutters without causing damage.

Ultimately, keeping your roller shutters clean is crucial to their performance, longevity, and the overall look of your property. Following these roller shutter maintenance tips will ensure they serve you well for the years to come.

 

Roller Shutter Weatherproofing

In the UK’s fluctuating weather conditions, ensuring that your roller shutters are properly weatherproofed is vital. Weatherproofing provides an extra layer of protection against adverse weather conditions, minimises potential damage, and extends the lifespan of the shutters.

  1. Seals and Weather Strips:

    Check the seals and weather strips of your shutters regularly. These parts provide a barrier against rain, wind, and snow. If they’re worn out or damaged, they need to be replaced immediately to prevent water seepage and draughts.

  1. Rust and Corrosion:

    As mentioned in the cleaning section, rust and corrosion can wreak havoc on roller shutters, especially those made from steel. Regularly inspect your shutters for any signs of rust or corrosion and treat these spots promptly. Using rust-inhibitive paint can be a great solution, as it not only covers current rust spots but also helps in preventing future ones.

  1. Replacement Parts:

    With time and regular use, some parts of your shutters might need to be replaced. Components like the sealing gaskets, bottom T-rails or weather strips may wear out faster due to constant exposure to environmental elements.

For more information on how to weatherproof for different seasons see here

 

Roller Shutter Installation

 

Lubricate the Mechanisms

Regular lubrication is a key aspect of roller shutter maintenance. It facilitates smooth operation, minimises wear and tear on moving parts, and can even reduce operational noise. Here’s how you should go about it:

  1. Inspect the mechanism:

    Start by doing a visual inspection of the roller shutter’s mechanisms. Look out for any signs of wear, rust or damage.

  1. Clean the Mechanism:

    Before you apply any lubricant, make sure the parts are clean. Use a dry cloth to wipe off dust and grime. For the hard-to-reach parts, consider using a small brush or compressed air.

  1. Select the right lubricant:

    Not all lubricants are equal. For roller shutters, avoid using oil-based lubricants, as they can attract dust and grime, leading to further complications. Instead, use a silicone-based lubricant, which performs well in varying temperatures and doesn’t attract dirt.

  1. How to lubricate:

    Apply the lubricant sparingly to the moving parts of the shutter. This typically includes the guide rails, bearings, and any hinges. Do not over-lubricate as it might attract more dust.

  1. Test the Shutter Operation:

    Once you’ve lubricated the mechanisms, raise and lower the shutter a few times. This will help distribute the lubricant evenly across the moving parts.

  1. Regular intervals:

    An essential part of roller shutter door maintenance is to lubricate the mechanisms at regular intervals. Depending on usage, once every six months would be sufficient for most commercial, residential and industrial roller shutters. However, in harsher environments or with more frequent usage, you may need to lubricate them more often.

Regular lubrication is one of the simplest and most effective steps you can take as part of your roller shutter garage door maintenance routine. Not only does it lead to smoother operation, it also prolongs the life of the mechanisms. As always, when in doubt, seek professional advice. The experts at S&S Shutters are more than happy to assist with all your roller shutter maintenance needs.

 

Maintenance Schedule

A regular maintenance schedule is an integral part of ensuring the durability and optimal performance of your roller shutters. Based on the usage and environmental conditions, a roller shutter door maintenance checklist should be set up accordingly.

  1. Weekly Checks:

    Perform simple visual inspections on a weekly basis. Look for signs of obvious damage such as dents, scratches, or signs of rust, and check for any unusual noises when the shutter is in operation.

  1. Monthly Cleaning:

    As we discussed earlier, give your roller shutters a good clean every month to prevent the accumulation of dirt and grime which could eventually affect the functionality.

  1. Bi-Annual Lubrication:

    Lubricate the moving mechanisms such as guide rails and bearings with a silicone-based lubricant, ideally every six months. However, depending on usage and environmental conditions, you may need to do this more frequently.

  1. Annual Professional Maintenance:

    Arrange for a professional roller shutter maintenance service like S&S Shutters at least once a year. This will involve a comprehensive inspection and maintenance routine to not only check the basic operation of the shutters but also assess the components that are not easily visible or accessible.

  1. Urgent Repairs:

    If during any of these checks, you encounter problems such as difficulty in operation, strange noises, or visible damage, it’s crucial to call in professionals like us immediately.

For roller shutter garage door maintenance, the same schedule can be followed. However, given its more intensive usage, you may want to bring forward the lubrication and professional maintenance periods.

Consistency is crucial with a roller shutter maintenance schedule. Regular checks and tune-ups will help you identify potential problems early and intervene before they escalate, thereby extending the life of your shutters and ensuring their optimum performance.

 

Repairing Minor Issues

Repairing minor issues promptly is crucial when it comes to roller shutter maintenance. Leaving small problems unaddressed can lead to more significant – and costly – issues later on. Here’s how to manage some common issues:

  1. Noisy operation:

    If your shutter is making unusual noises when in operation, it may be due to a lack of lubrication or debris caught in the mechanisms. A thorough cleaning and lubrication should resolve the issue.

  2. Difficulty in operation:

    If your roller shutter is not opening or closing smoothly, it could be due to an obstruction in the tracks or guides or issues with the spring tension. Remove any debris in the tracks, and if the problem persists, seek professional help to adjust spring tension.

  3. Minor dents or scratches:

    For minor dents, it may be possible to gently hammer them out from the inside or use a plunger to remove them. Scratches can often be sorted with touch-up paint, but do ensure it’s the exact shade as your shutter.

  4. Rust Spots:

    Small rust spots should be immediately treated to prevent further corrosion. Use fine steel wool to gently scrape off the rust, then apply a rust converter and primer before painting.

  5. Small gaps or separations:

    Sometimes, roller shutters may develop minor separations or gaps due to repeated use or minor impacts. These can often be remedied with appropriate fasteners or connectors.

  6. Problems with manual override:

    If the manual override of your roller shutter isn’t operating smoothly, it may need some lubrication or the chain may need tension adjustment.

 

Part of roller shutter door maintenance is being proactive in addressing minor issues when they arise. Always remember, when in doubt, call in a professional to avoid causing any further damage. For instance, in the case of roller shutter garage door maintenance, given the larger size and weight, professional intervention may be safer and more efficient for even minor issues. At S&S Shutters, we’re committed to ensuring your roller shutters operate optimally and are here to help with any questions or concerns.

 

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