Roller Shutters are an amazing addition to any home. They look great and help to secure your property, while also assisting in terms of thermal efficiency. As the name suggests, they roll up and down as needed for convenience.

Their cost depends on what kind you are looking for and how many extra features you choose. Below, you’ll find a breakdown of the cost of roller shutters. But first, let’s take a look at some of the different types.

Roller Shutter Types Explained

There are many ways to differentiate roller shutters. First, you can distinguish them based on what material they are made of. They will be made from either aluminium, steel, timber, or polycarbonate. Most often, they will be made from aluminium or steel. At least, the strongest and most long-lasting ones will. They can also be filled with insulation foam.

Roller shutters can also be distinguished based on their mode of operation. They will be either manual, electric, or battery. Electric rollers can be operated with a remote and manual shutters will be operated by hand. Electric operated roller shutters are more expensive but also more convenient. They also tend to last longer as the rollup action is smoother. Electric/motorised shutters can further be fitted with sensors to open and close automatically. Battery operated roller shutters are helpful as they are not connected to the main grid, so are not affected by power outages (similar to manual roller shutters)

Next, we come to the area of use. This refers to where they are placed. Roller shutters can be residential, commercial, or industrial. The difference here is mainly of size, but also of security. The larger the enterprise, the more they need for protection and security.

Finally, roller shutters can be defined by their design function. This is mainly domestic, cyclone, or security. Domestic shutters are mainly for privacy as opposed to security. Cyclone roller shutters are designed to resist cyclones. And security roller shutters are professionally tested to prevent unwanted guests across various infiltration metrics.

There is a significant degree of overlap between these categories. For instance, industrial roller shutters will typically be security grade aluminium or steel and be quite large. But this is not always the case and it certainly helps to be aware of all of the different types.

The Cost of Roller Shutters

So, how much do roller shutters cost? The question only makes sense when we have more details in relation to what kind of roller shutter you are looking for. The following table will give you a general idea of the cost per roller shutter type in Australia. It does not include installation costs or additional fees, just the cost of the roller shutters themselves.

Roller Shutter Type Roller Shutter Size Typical Cost
Manual Domestic 800mm X 1200mm $350
Manual Domestic 1200mm X 1800mm $500
Electric Domestic 800mm  X 1200mm $550 – $750
Electric Domestic 1200mm X 1800mm $700 – $900
Manual Commercial 800mm X 1200mm $650 – $750
Manual Commercial 1200mm X 1800mm $800 – $1000
Electric Commercial 800mm X 1200mm $700 – $800
Electric Commercial 1200mm X 1800 $900 – $1100

The best way to understand the cost of roller shutters is to call up your local company for a quote. Average costs will always only be a rough guide.

Roller Shutter Repair and Maintenance

There is an initial cost to purchase and install the roller shutter. But even if the price for this is high, you should also take into account the money you will save in terms of longevity, repairs, and maintenance. Better roller shutters will last longer, need less maintenance, and come with a warranty for free repair if anything malfunctions.

You should maintain your roller shutter every 3 – 6 months with a lubricant such as WD-40. The smoother you can make the roller shutter, the longer it will last. It is also recommended to get professional servicing every 2 years or so.

Roller shutter repairs can cost around $400 – $500 for a manual and $700 – $900 for an automatic. This is a big drawback of automatic units. They are not that much more expensive to purchase, but they can be a lot more expensive to repair. Given the expensive price of roller shutter repair, you can see the benefit in high-quality installs and regular maintenance so they don’t need a repair anytime soon.

Roller Shutters – Factors Affecting Cost

There are many factors that affect the cost of roller shutters. A big one is the cost of installation. You can’t install roller shutters by yourself, as it will void the warranty and it’s simply too big to lift. High-quality businesses that offer speciality shutters will have a team of installation experts that are experienced in the installation of those particular shutters. It’s best to take advantage.

The primary costs of roller shutters can be broken down as follows:

  • Size – The bigger, the more expensive, generally speaking. This is actually one of the main considerations. Larger roller shutters are also more difficult to install and transport.
  • Security Level – Roller shutters that are security-grade are going to be more expensive due to their enhanced resilience. The same can be said for cyclone shutters. Expect a $200 increase for cyclone shutters compared to similar shutters not designed for this purpose.
  • Installation – The price of this can range from $100 – $400 depending on complexity. Some providers will offer free installation.
  • Material – Some material is more expensive than others. Roller shutters are made from steel, aluminium, timber, or polycarbonate.
  • Mode of Operation – Manual shutters are the cheapest but need to be operated by hand and break more frequently. Electric is a little more expensive and the battery is the most expensive.
  • Customisation – Custom made doors can easily add 20% – 30% to the cost. If you want special colours, finishes, or materials, it can always be done. But the cost will rise proportionally.

Where are roller shutters used?

From a domestic standpoint, roller shutters will be placed in either the door or the windows. Typically, you will have them on the front doors and windows, as it can be overkill having them all over the house. They are also used in commercial storefronts as well as industrial warehouses and containers. Garage door roller shutters are also quite popular. They are simply roller shutters that are built to a larger size.

What are the advantages of roller shutters?

There are many advantages to roller shutters. They enhance the privacy of your home and increase security. They are a great deterrent to criminals. If a burglar sees a secure roller shutter, they won’t even try – they prefer open doors and windows. Roller shutters are also thermally efficient. In commercial and industrial areas, roller shutters are a necessity. They can also reduce noise. Higher quality roller shutters can protect you in the event of fires, storms, and debris. They can also increase home value.

What other types of security systems are available?

Roller shutters are one of the best ways to secure both doors and windows. They are thick, heavy, corrosion-resistant, and pretty much impossible to break without specialised equipment, provided they are installed correctly and have a good lock. But there are other options. You might want to look into security grade entry doors and diamond grilles. 

Where can I find more information on high-quality roller shutters?

The best bet is to call Perth Homeguard up and let us know what you are looking for. We have 30 years of experience and all shutters are tested to standards. Why waste time with lower quality products? We manufacture and install our security level roller shutters and you get factory direct prices. It means your shutters last for a long time and you can rest easy knowing you have the best roller shutters money can buy. We also maintain a helpful blog on the different door types, materials, and security precautions to secure your home for more information.

Are roller shutters worth the money?

Yes. it’s best to look at roller shutters as an investment as opposed to a sunk cost. You are protecting your home from theft in a big way. A security grade roller shutter with a good lock essentially means that you are pretty much impervious from theft in that entry point, except in very unusual circumstances.

Can I install my own roller shutter?

You might get away with installing a small manual roller shutter on a door or window, or you could hire a handyman. But anything beyond this will often require a specialised install. You need to measure everything perfectly. Beyond a certain size, roller shutters need to be electrically operated as they are simply too heavy. The heavier and bigger the roller shutter, the more complex the install.

What is a ‘security’ roller shutter?

A security roller shutter is one that has been tested in line with Australian Regulations to resist entry. They are made from aluminium or steel (not plastic, timber, or polycarbonate). They are resistant to piercing and force. Security grade roller shutters are rust proof without any large gaps, so a burglar cannot pry his/her way in. They will also have superior locking mechanisms.

Perth Homeguard can offer you premium security roller shutters at factory-direct prices.

Call us now for a police licenced install on the best roller shutters on the market, at a great price – (08) 9209 8100

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