The roller shutters are generally seen to be installed on the doors of garages, school storerooms, industrial warehouses, prisons and large luggage vans. Though all the roller shutters are built of horizontal blades or bars joined together, there are many varieties of these shutters, depending on the types of operation systems. But expert engineers need to be hired, who know all about the techniques of installing roller shutters securely on the required places, after measuring the spaces adequately.
Steps Taken For Installing a Roller Shutter over a Door or Window
The tools required by a competent technician include an electric drill, a sharp cutter, a spirit level, a large-sized adhesive tape and an ordinary measuring tape, enough numbers of screws and a marker pen. The roller shutter consists of pre-assembled elements, housing unit, shutter strip material and a stop angle. Though wooden or plastic shutters are also available, the aluminum shutter is more popular, due to its easy operation and comparatively lower cost. Then, a few definite steps are followed for installing roller shutters over the required spaces.
- Firstly, three holes are made on the aluminum stop angle with the electric drill – two holes on two extreme corners and one hole at the center.
- Then the center point of the door or window is measured with the tape and marked with the pen, as well as the center of the stop angle.
- The stop angle is screwed to the bottom of the door or window space, by making a hole on the marked center of that space that will coincide with the center hole of stop angle. Then two more holes are drilled on the window or door bottom to fix the stop angle with two more screws.
- The hood cover is taken out from the housing unit and a hole is drilled at the bottom part of the housing unit. Some holes are already drilled at regular intervals on the guide rails, which is slid over and fixed on the housing unit.
- Next, the housing unit is boarded on top of the door or window and fixed on the wall there, while the end parts of the guide rails rest on the stop angle.
- Some holes are made on the walls in accordance to the holes existing on the guide rails, so that the whole installation system can be more strongly attached to the wall with number of screws.
- The shutter strip is then unpacked and unrolled by the technician. He will then take it up to the fixed housing unit on the wall and slide it around the axle on the top portion of the already installed unit.
- The topmost part of the shutter is fixed with this axle with the help of a few screws that are installed over the freshly created holes over the shutter and the axle. All these screw heads are covered with a large tape to keep them more secured.
- Then, two conical stops and washers are attached with screws to the inner side of the lowest slat of the shutter, so that the shutter can be kept in proper place when pulled up or down.
- Finally, the hood cover is screwed to the housing unit, after taking out its thin plastic shield. Then the handle of the shutter is attached to one side of the housing unit, which is used for operating the roller shutter from outside or inside of the house.
The roller shutters are very easy to maintain for many years, but it is necessary to check the functionality of the shutter system regularly, so that no difficulty arises in opening and closing this kind of doors and windows.