Roller shutters are a great way to improve the security and energy efficiency of any building. Available in various materials, such as aluminium, steel and PVC, they offer excellent protection from the elements while providing an aesthetically pleasing look. But what parts make up these shutters? In this article, we’ll take a closer look at the different types of roller shutter parts available today. 

Roller shutters have several components that work together to provide security and insulation for buildings. Each component is important in ensuring that your roller shutter system functions correctly and provides optimal performance over time. Let’s take a closer look at each roller shutter part: 


The slats are one of the most visible elements of any roller shutter system, forming the bulk of its structure when closed or open. Slats can be made from either aluminium or steel depending on their application; for instance, lighter-weight applications may require more lightweight aluminium slats, whereas heavier-duty applications may need stronger steel ones. Generally speaking, though, all slat materials will have some sort of powder coating applied which helps protect them against corrosion over time whilst also improving their aesthetic appeal!  

Side Channels 

Side channels run along both sides of the roller shutter box, which connects it to both ends so that it can move freely back and forth without binding up due to friction caused by a misalignment between them – think like train tracks but much smaller scale! These come in various shapes & sizes depending upon how wide/tall your particular system will be, plus whether you want manual operation (i.e. no motor) or automated (with motor). The size chosen should always match exactly with those specified by your manufacturer; otherwise, problems could occur during installation or after usage has begun! Therefore it’s important not only to choose wisely but ensure correct measurements are taken before making a purchase decision too!

Guide Tracks 

Guide tracks help keep everything securely connected together within your roller shutter system; these usually consist of two parallel pieces that fit into grooves cut out either side channel, so there’s no movement when opening/closing them manually (or via automation). They’re typically made out of metal; however, alternative options exist, such as plastic if needed – just check with your supplier before buying anything else because compatibility issues might arise if incompatible parts are mixed accidentally! 

Bottom Bars              

Bottom bars act as supports underneath each individual panel inside a standard box style setup – without them, panels would easily collapse under pressure due to gravity alone, therefore, requiring additional reinforcement, which could potentially add unwanted cost onto projects budgets etc. Like other components mentioned already, material choices tend towards, however, specific dimensions that must still be checked thoroughly to ensure compatibility remains intact throughout the entire order process – especially considering assembly stages won’t begin until after delivery anyway! This makes careful selection even more paramount here than usual.


It’s important to select the right components for your particular project, as failure to do so could result in costly mistakes further down the line; by following this article closely, you should have a better understanding of what each roller shutter part does and how they work together to create an effective roller shutter system!


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