Choosing the right Garage Door: Roller Shutter Doors vs Roll Up Garage Doors

Roller Shutter Doors and Roll Up Garage Doors are two popular types of doors used in industrial and residential settings. Both are designed to provide security and ease of access, but they have differences in terms of functionality and construction. Roller Shutter Doors are a popular choice for industrial and commercial settings, such as factories, warehouses, and storefronts while Roll Up Garage Doors are a popular choice for residential settings.

Below we will discuss the differences in more detail.

Roller Shutter Doors:

Roller Shutter Doors provide robust security, as they are made of steel and have a series of horizontal slats that are connected together to form a curtain. The slats interlock, which makes them difficult to pry open, and they can be reinforced with additional locking mechanisms to provide extra security.

Another advantage of roller shutter doors is that they can be custom-made to fit any size opening, from small windows to large warehouse doors. They can also be made with different materials and finishes, such as powder coating or anodizing, to match the look of the building or storefront.

The curtain is mounted on a drum that rotates around a shaft, allowing the curtain to roll up and down. Roller shutter doors are commonly used in commercial and industrial settings, as they provide robust security and are available in a range of sizes. They are typically made of steel and then galvinised or, can be powder coated to almost any colour to match the aesthetics of a commercial shop, for instance. One disadvantage of roller shutter doors is that they can be noisy when opening and closing, especially if they are not maintained properly.

Roll Up Garage Doors:

Roll-up garage doors are designed for residential use and consist of a single sheet of metal that is rolled around a horizontal drum. They are typically made of sheet metal in a variety of standard colours. Roll Up garage doors are popular because they are easy to use, take up less space than traditional garage doors, and provide good security.

One disadvantage of roll-up garage doors is that they are not as robust as roller shutter doors and can be easier to pry open.


One of the key differences between Roller Shutter Doors and Roll Up Garage Doors is their construction. Roller shutter doors are made up of horizontal slats that are connected together, whereas roll-up garage doors consist of a single sheet of metal. This means that roller shutter doors are typically more robust and can withstand more wear and tear than roll-up garage doors.

Another difference is the way they operate. Roller shutter doors are usually motorised due to the size and weight, but can be manually operated with a gearbox or chain. Roll-up garage doors can be manual or motorised. This makes roller shutter doors more convenient to use in commercial or industrial settings, where they are often used to secure large openings.

Finally, roller shutter doors are available in a wider range of sizes than roll-up garage doors. This is because roller shutter doors are custom made to fit the opening while roll up garage doors have the standard sizes for a single and double garage opening. Although roll up doors can also be custom made to fit a size and pushes the price up exponentially and is typically not economical. In such cases it is better to opt for a different garage door like a Sectional Garage Door for instance. Keeping in mind that even with Industrial Roller Shutter Doors there is a maximum span before the barrel starts bending. Both roller shutter doors and Roll Up Garage Doors have their own unique advantages and disadvantages. The choice between the two will depend on the specific needs of the setting and the level of security required.

As far as maintenance goes all garage doors should ideally be serviced or adjusted at least once a year. In the case of Roller Shutter Doors it is even more prudent to have it serviced at least once a year, due to the size and the fact that they working harder. Servicing a roller shutter door once a year will also give the opportunity to identify and facilitate repairs that could lead to unexpected or critical failures that could have a much bigger financial or operational impact.

For more information or assessments please feel free to contact us on the below contacts, we are more than happy to assist.

Cape Town: 078 949 8130

Port Elizabeth / Gqeberha: 063 462 4003



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