Roller Shutters

Versatile and effective security solution for a wide variety of applications

What are Roller Shutters?

Roller shutters are a type of window or door covering that is made up of a series of horizontal slats that are hinged together. These slats are typically made from materials such as aluminium or steel and can be operated manually or with the use of a motorised system. Over the years, we have seen a rise in demand for both residential roller shutters and commercial roller shutters, as they provide a range of benefits including increased security, privacy, and insulation. They can also be customised to fit the specific needs of each property, with options for different colours, sizes, and styles. Roller shutters are easy to operate and can be controlled with the use of a remote control (if opting for an electric roller shutter) or a manual crank. Overall, roller shutters for doors and windows are a versatile and effective solution. Read our Roller Shutter Terminology page, with our user friendly guide.

For those considering installation options, we have a comprehensive guide comparing our Professional Roller Shutter Installation Service with DIY Supply Only solutions. This guide includes in-depth insights on the pros and cons of each approach, helping you make an informed decision that aligns with your requirements. Discover more about these options and decide which path suits you best by reading our detailed comparison.

Why buy roller shutters from Security Direct?

With over 30 years of experience in the roller shutter industry, we are a specialist roller shutter company that can help you with all of your roller shutter needs. Whether you’re looking for shutters for doors, shutters for windows or garage roller doors, all our roller shutters are custom-made to suit your opening sizes, application, security risk, fire risk and budget.

Here’s an example of what we can provide:

We have a wide range of roller shutters designed to fit both the needs and budget of any customer. If you’re not sure which would be best, please get in touch – we’ll be happy to help.

Top Questions asked when buying a roller shutter.

Installation GuidesWhen buying a roller shutter, some of the top questions that people often ask include:

1. What materials are the roller shutters made of?

Roller shutters are manufactured from Steel or Aluminium.

  • Steel Shutters - These tend to be more cost-effective and go up to very large sizes.
  • Aluminium Shutters - These usually are stronger as the slats are extruded (Twin Walled), guides and box sizes are smaller and aluminium doesn't rust

2. What sizes are available and can they be custom made to fit my window or door?

Roller shutters are custom-made to suit your openings, they don't come in standard sizes.

3. What kind of security features do the roller shutters have, such as locking systems or reinforced slats?

Security features are down to the type of slat, guide rails and locking mechanism. Twin walled aluminium slats are more secure than single-skin slats. Some guide rails have wind locks, which provide added security. Manual shutters generally have a mechanical bottom slat lock, which shoots a bolt into the guide rail at both sides. Electric roller shutters drive the curtain into the floor and lockout on the motor. Additional mechanical locks can also be added to most shutters.

4. How easy are the roller shutters to operate and maintain?

Electric roller shutters are the easiest to operate, you just press a switch. Manual shutters require some physical force to operate. When selecting the operation of the roller shutter, bear in mind who will be operating the shutter and how easy it is to access ie; height and leaning across the counter. Electric operation is only a few hundred pounds more expensive than manual operation.

5. Are there any additional features or options available, such as remote control operation or noise-reducing properties?

Most electric roller shutters have the option of different controls, including Remote Control, Access Control, Keypads and Phone App Controls. To reduce the noise of the roller shutter, having brush seals in the guides can help.

These are just a few examples of the questions that people may have when considering purchasing roller shutters. Other factors to consider may include the cost, the level of insulation provided, and the overall aesthetic appearance of the shutters. It's important to do your research and ask any questions you may have to ensure that you choose the right roller shutters for your needs.

6. Do Roller Shutters need planning permission?

Whether Roller Shutters need planning permission can vary. Planning permission is not required for the installation of internal roller shutters; however, planning permission may be required when installing external roller shutters. This all depends on the rules and regulations that your local authority has in place. If you are looking to install an external roller shutter, we would recommend contacting your local authority to see what guidelines are in place before purchasing.

7. What are the strongest roller shutters?

Security-rated roller shutters are the strongest roller shutters, perfect for high-risk businesses. Meeting specific industry standards for forced entry resistance, these shutters are tested to ensure they can withstand various types of physical attacks, including attempts to cut, pry, or lift the shutters. The security-rated shutters are tested to LPS1175 Security Rating levels 1-4 and are made from high-security materials such as aluminium or steel.

8. Can Roller Shutters be repaired?

Yes, roller shutters can be repaired. We stock a large range of roller shutter spare parts, such as slats
or motors, which can be used to repair or replace worn or damaged components, allowing you to find the right option to meet your needs. While we don’t replace these parts ourselves, we have created a range of roller shutter installation guides to help.

9. Are Roller Shutters hard to install?

Roller shutters aren’t hard to install, however, it’s important to make sure that your roller shutter is installed correctly. We understand that for many customers who are installing their first security doors or replacing outdated systems the techniques needed aren’t always clear. Security systems are about peace of mind, and so we’ve designed our installation guides to help.


Please contact our Sales Team and we will help answer any questions you may have.

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