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Maintaining Roller Shutter Doors

  • How to Maintain Roller Shutter Doors

A good set of roller shutter doors will always be made tough, both to keep would-be intruders outside where they belong, and to give year after year of good service. That’s great for you,
because it means that once they’re installed you’ll barely need to give them a second thought except to open and close them.

Notice that we said ‘barely’ – that’s because even high-quality sets of roller shutter doors will need some elements of maintenance if you want to get the best out of them for the longest possible time. This month, we’ll be taking a look at the things you need to do to keep your roller shutter doors in pristine working order.

Clean them

Your roller shutter doors are going to be exposed to all kinds of wind and rain from the outside. That means that over time, you’re likely to get a build-up of dirt, debris and other bits and pieces blown in that could clog up the moving parts of your door and stop it working properly. Every three months or so, it’s a good idea to take a stiff brush to loosen any bits from the rails and ventilation holes. Then, give the shutter a good hose down before using a sponge, warm water and a mild soap to remove any grime. Finally, wipe it all dry.

Grease or oil them

Like any mechanism, your roller shutter doors comprise moving parts that are going to need regular oil or grease to ensure they keep moving smoothly and stay free from rust. You’ll soon notice if you don’t keep your shutters well oiled, because they will quickly become a lot slower and more difficult to operate.

Use them with care

Yes, roller shutter doors are as tough as you would want them, but that doesn’t mean that you can treat them carelessly and not expect them to suffer some kind of damage. Keep the area around the bottom of the doors clear of debris so that the door can reach the floor cleanly, and be particularly careful when operating forklift trucks around them.

Scheduled maintenance

Regular checks and maintenance by a professional who knows what to look for should also be something you should schedule in. Among other things, they will check for signs of wear and tear that could be repaired to prevent more serious long-term problems, and for loose screws or bolts that might come free and potentially cause a serious accident. They will also check the balance, to make sure your shutter doors are running smoothly and are stopping when they’re supposed to.

Complete Shutter Services offers a comprehensive repair and maintenance service for roller shutter doors that can include servicing contracts and planned maintenance. We are even available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for emergency call outs should the worst happen. Call us today to find out more.

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