With high temperatures, harsh sun and the Fremantle Doctor throwing salt spray over the city, local conditions make maintaining roller shutters in Perth a challenge. Add in the regular use by most homes or businesses, and it’s not uncommon for roller shutters in WA to fall into disrepair, and fail to provide the protection they were designed for.
But there are a few ways that all households and businesses can ensure their roller shutters last the distance. Let’s take a look at three small things that all roller shutter owners can do to ensure their security system keeps them protected for years to come.
A bit of basic maintenance
As the name suggests, roller shutters roll, and moving parts are always the most vulnerable breakdown. The guides on either side of the shutter need to be kept free of debris like cobwebs, leaves and twigs if your shutters are to operate smoothly. Check the pelmet (the box on top that stores the shutter when open) for debris build-up too.
Greasing bearings and lubricating the guide rails are also worthwhile bits of maintenance, but roller shutter owners might be wiser to leave these tasks to the professionals, as we’ll discuss in a moment.
Keep them clean
A regular cleaning routine is an easiest and in many ways most effective way to maintain your roller shutters because if they are coated in dirt or debris, they won’t operate smoothly.
It’s wise to follow this simple roller shutter cleaning routine every handful of months:
1. Brush off excess debris from your roller shutters with a broom or cloth.
2. Close your shutters and hose them down, being careful to not directly hose the mechanical and electrical parts housed in the pelmet.
3. Wash them down with mildly soapy water and a soft sponge.
4. Hose off any soap residue.
5. Wipe off excess water with a dry cloth.
It’s important to avoid harsh chemicals, abrasive cleaning tools like scourers, and high-pressure hoses when cleaning your roller shutters, as all of these can do more harm than good.
Call in the professionals
By securing the weakest points of your home or business, roller shutters are one of your property’s main defences against intruders. If you choose to take on the responsibility of maintaining the shutters yourself, you could be opening yourself up to unnecessary risk.
For anything above basic debris clearing and cleaning, it’s wise to call a roller shutter maintenance professional. In security, like in health, prevention is better than cure, so book an annual roller shutter maintenance appointment to ensure that your security system continues to provide the protection you need.
At Perth Homeguard we have a team of experienced, police-licensed maintenance technicians who can ensure your roller shutters continue to operate as new for as long as you need them to.