Kitchen Roller Shutter

Posted by Matthew 23/05/2019

Are you looking for a Roller Shutter for your Kitchen Servery?
 

Our sales team gets regular calls asking for advice on Roller Shutters for Kitchen Serveries.  The big question we ask our customers, "Do you need the Roller Shutter Fire Rated or Non Fire Rated?"   This question can only be answered by an Architect, Building Control or a Fire Officer.  There are strict guidelines which determine if the shutter needs to be fire rated and requires the expertise of these people, to decide on the requirements and sign them off. 

It is worth checking, as you don't want to waste your money.   If you fit a normal shutter and it turns out that it needs to be fire rated then you will have to remove the shutter and fit a fire shutter.  If you fit a Fire Shutter and you don't need one, then you will be wasting your money, as Fire Shutters are more expensive.


NON FIRE RATED KITCHEN ROLLER SHUTTERS

When a Non Fire Rated Roller Shutter is required, we quote for a Lightweight Aluminum Shutter, as it's only to close off the serving hatch and is not for security.  This Kitchen Shutter uses a compact Aluminum Box and Guides, which makes it a neat option.   The shutter can be manually operated for smaller openings or can be electric for larger openings.  The roller shutters tend to be fitted on the inside of the Kitchen Servery, so only the shutter curtain is seen from the public side.  The Lightweight Aluminum Roller Shutter is usually the most cost effective roller shutter for Kitchen Serveries.  The shutter also comes Powder Coated White, Cream or Brown as standard, which usually fits in well with Kitchen colour schemes.





FIRE RATED ROLLER SHUTTERS

If a Fire Rated Roller Shutter has been specified, then we tend to quote the Compact Fire Shutter .  The compact fire shutter uses a small shutter box, which makes it a neat solution.  The Compact Fire Shutter comes electrically operated as standard , which means that it can be operated on a daily basis.   It can also be connected into a Fire Alarm for automatic closing.   


We can provide the Industrial Fire Shutters which can be manually operated or electrically operated using a fusible link.   The downside with a Manual Fire Shutters, is they can't be used on a daily basis, they are designed to stay in the up position at all times and only closes on fire activation.  The industrial fire shutters use an industrial motor, which means that you get a very large shutter box, even for small openings.


Fire Shutters are designed to stop the spread of fire, so usually they close in a fire situation.  You can have a Manual Switch to close the shutter, but who is responsible for closing the shutter when the building is on fire?  What happens if someone forgets to close the shutter?   This is why we automate fire shutters as it reduces the risk of the shutters not closing.   If there is a fire alarm system, then the kitchen shutter can be connected into the fire alarm, so if the alarm is activated the shutter will close.   If there is not a Fire Alarm, then the shutters can be connected to a local Heat Detector.  


We also have Two options to operate the shutter if there is a power failure.   You can have a manual winding handle, but again who is going to wind it down if there is a fire?   We can fit a Battery Backup, which will automatically kick in if the power fails.  If the battery fails then it will automatically close safe.


The Fire Shutter Controls is down to your Fire Risk Assessment.   If it's a small village hall, the shutter is only used a few times a week, then Manual Close may be OK.  If its a School Kitchen Servery then we suggest a fully automated system.   For total peace of mind we suggest Fire Alarm Activation and Battery Backup.





If you want advice, quotes or any further information then please contact our Sales Team.