Avoiding Roller Shutter Wear and Tear with a Maintenance Plan

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Security shutters and doors are built to last – to weather the elements, and to resist attempts at a break-in. It’s the whole point of having one, after all! However, even the strongest, sturdiest roller shutter will begin to experience wear and tear after years of constant use.

Daily or hourly opening and closing (even every few minutes in the busiest environments), impacts and bad weather can all combine to take a toll.

You have two options for keeping your doors in top working order – reactive repairs, or proactive maintenance. The downsides of waiting until a shutter is broken before you fix it should be obvious – longer, unplanned downtime, risk of injury, security vulnerabilities and greater expense.

 

Be proactive with regular roller shutter maintenance

The goal of regular maintenance is to identify and fix potential issues before they become problems, leading to more manageable budgets, and reduction of health and safety risk.

Similarly, it should also lead to reduced – and far better planned – downtime. Booking an engineer for when your site is less busy means you can keep disruption to an absolute minimum, whereas a breakdown can strike at any time.

Our roller shutter maintenance engineers carry out maintenance on a wide range of shutters and security doors, not just those that we’ve manufactured and installed ourselves, and will carry out a number of checks and fixes on the spot to keep things in good working order. If a more in-depth repair is required, we’ll arrange it at a time to suit you.

 

Legal requirements for roller shutter maintenance

Regular maintenance isn’t just a good habit – it’s a legal requirement. Premise owners and managers have a duty of care to people using their premises, just as employers do to their employees, so these responsible parties have to take action, by law, to ensure that doors and roller shutters are safe to use.

Much of this comes under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992, the latter of which specifically sets out regulations for doors and gates in the workplace, and for maintenance of the workplace and its equipment, devices and systems:

“Equipment that could fail and put workers at serious risk should be properly maintained and checked at regular intervals, as appropriate, by inspection, testing, adjustment, lubrication, repair and cleaning.”

The advantage of using an experienced and qualified specialist is that you can rest assured that all training and knowledge is kept up to date, and that regular repairs can be included as part of the maintenance process.

If you’d like to know more about our maintenance plans for roller shutters and security doors, just get in touch – we’ll be happy to answer any questions you have, or provide a quote.

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