How to install a roller shutter?

Installing rolling shutters on a window or a door is a good way to improve thermal insulation and soundproofing, add a protection against intrusion and easily control interior light.

The different roller shutter manufacturers offer a wide range of kit or customised designs with manual or electrical mechanism, the rolling shutter casing being visible or built into the wall.

Good to know:

  • To have invisible rolling shutter built into the wall, make sure to provide the space required in the masonry when building the house.
  • To avoid the expensive purchase of customised roller shutter, it is possible to cut the height and width on an adjustable kit standard model.

Rolling Shutter Installation


  • Electric drill
  • Cutter
  • Measuring tape
  • Spirit level
  • Pen
  • Screws
  • Large tape

Key steps:

  1. Drill three holes in the stop angle.
  2. Mark the centre of both the window and the stop angle.
  3. Check the level and drill the three matching holes in the wall.
  4. Fix the angle to the wall with screws.
  5. Remove the hood cover.
  6. Drill a hole at the bottom of the housing unit.
  7. Fix the guide rails to the housing.
  8. Fix the housing to the wall.
  9. Secure the installation.
  10. Unwind the shutter.
  11. Slide it around the axle.
  12. Fix the top of the shutter to the axle.
  13. Cover the head of the screws with large tape.
  14. Fix the conical stops on the bottom slat.
  15. Put the hood cover back in place and secure it.
  16. Install the handle.

Rollac Installation Video A200


  • Measuring tape
  • Spirit level
  • Utility knife
  • Screwdrivers
  • Wire stripper
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Channel locks
  • Hack saw
  • Caulking gun
  • Electrical drill
  • Ladder

Key steps:

  1. Check all measurements.
  2. Remove the box cover lid.
  3. Insert the rails into the box cover.
  4. Place the frame against the wall, where it's going to be mounted.
  5. Check the levels.
  6. Drill holes while holding the rails in position.
  7. Secure the rails to the wall with screws.
  8. Remove the box housing and drill the holes.
  9. Mark the place where the wiring installation will go.
  10. Remove the rail that will carry the electrical wiring and drill the holes for the wiring.
  11. Mark the position of the hole on the wall and drill.
  12. Feed the motor wiring through the rail.
  13. Pull out the wiring through the hole.
  14. Reattach the rail and the housing together and place them against the wall.
  15. Feed the wiring through the hole in the wall to the switch box.
  16. Secure the rail to the wall with screws.
  17. Feed the universal through the drilled hole and mark the exit point.
  18. Cut the universal 2 inches inside the mark and fix it with screws.
  19. Connect the wiring to the power switch.
  20. Load the shutter curtain around the axle.
  21. Bend the top outer portion of the rails outwards.
  22. Feed the curtain into the rails.
  23. Install the box angle.
  24. Install the remaining screws into the rails and insert the plug buttons.
  25. Place the box cover.
  26. Install the maxi stops.
  27. Test the manual override handle.
  28. Caulk the edges and top of housing of the shutter.

An electric operated garage roller shutter door (garage door company)


  • Electric drill
  • Spirit level
  • Screws

Key Steps:

  1. Drill guide fixing holes 7mm along the length and through both sides.
  2. Enlarge the holes on the side which will be away from the wall to 13mm.
  3. Locate the end plate into the guide rail and offer into position so the edge of the guide is flush with the end of the brickwork.
  4. Check the level.
  5. Fix the guide into position.
  6. Place the axle into position.
  7. Check the level.
  8. Repeat for the other guide installation.
  9. Fix the remote control unit to the wall.
  10. Connect the motor cable and the power supply.
  11. Tension the spring in the axle as explained in the video.
  12. Roll the curtain over the axle and into the guide rails.
  13. Place a block under the curtain to assist when attaching to the axle.
  14. Open the axle collars.
  15. Remove the brackets and attach to the curtain.
  16. Position the brackets back into the collars.
  17. Close the collars and rivet them into the groove of the axle.
  18. Set the motor limits as shown in the video.
  19. Attach the safety edge transmitter to the bottom slat.
  20. Fix the top magnet to the guide 50mm below the transmitter.
  21. Attach the bottom magnet 200mm from the floor.
  22. Test the remote.

This article to learn how to install a roller shutter was written by Cécile Lessard

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Kody Loveless commentaire ajouté le 06/24/2016 à 16h33

Thanks for the tips. You did a great job listing all the tools that I would need, and the videos game some really insightful clues on how to get the job done right. My brother is putting in some roller shutters in his shop in the back yard. I still think it might be a little too much for him and I to handle. I might have a pro come and do it for us.

Marie Watson commentaire ajouté le 06/08/2016 à 05h34

Thanks for explaining how to install a roller shutter. I didn't realize that there are so many tools that you need to install these types of shutters. Since you also have to drill holes to secure them to your home, it seems like it might be a better idea for me to hire a professional to install my roller shutters. I would think that they have access to all of the right tools, and the experience to make sure the job is done correctly.

zthal commentaire ajouté le 12/17/2015 à 19h09

I think it would be nice to have a roller shutter in my house. I have seen what they look like and it could come in handy if people were trying to get into your home. I also think it would be smart to have when you go on vacation.

lailak commentaire ajouté le 10/24/2015 à 01h58

It is really interesting how you install roller shutters. I have a brother that wants to install these on his windows and doors. Ever since this talk about zombies, he has wanted to turn his home into a fortress. I don't know if he will really need to, but I know that having a nice protected home would be nice.

Deanna R. Jones commentaire ajouté le 10/21/2015 à 22h59

It's really helpful that you posted instructions for installing roller shutters. I've been meaning to get around to installing it to make my business more secure. Having a complete set of instructions will make it easier to install them. I've noticed that you keep mentioning to check the level before moving onto different steps. I can see why that would be important to do so that I can be sure that my new roller shutters are level throughout the installation process. Thanks for the tips!

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