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This type of closure secures, isolates and regulates light. The roller shutter installs easily with little tools, without degrading the surrounding masonry, and provides a real comfort of use.

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Necessary material


  • Level,
  • Pencil,
  • Metre,
  • ruler,
  • Angle,
  • Sweet lime,
  • Metal saw,
  • Hammer,
  • Shears with curved beak,
  • Miter shears,
  • screwdriver,
  • PZ1 and PZ2 tips,
  • Drill,
  • Concrete drills and metals,
  • chainsaw Ø 125 mm + disc metal 2 mm
  • 1 shutter with 225x120cm strap
  • Screw ∅ 4 x70mm, sheet metal screw ∅ 4mm
  • Masonry anchors full of ∅ 6mm
  • Wooden corners or cleats

Difficulty: 3/4
Cost: about 100 €
Time: 1 day

The shutters are traditionally swinging, but the configuration of the facade may require a different choice. Here, the window located at the corner of two walls did not allow the full opening of the shutter. In addition, the creation of reserves for the sealing of the hinges would have degraded the entourage in relief which underlined the outline of the painting.
The choice was therefore made of rolling shutters.

Shutter: a wall-mounted installation

These offer different advantages: their footprint is reduced, no intervention is necessary on the window panel...
The deck is housed in a box placed, in renovation, in three ways: applied on the front, in front or under the lintel (solution retained here). Only disadvantages, fix the chest under the lintel reduces the daylight of the window, and apply it as a protruding outgrowth very visible on the facade.

A manually operated flap

The trunk has a horizontal axis on which the apron rolls up, that is to say the sheet formed of articulated blades (plastic, wood...).
They are guided on each side by a slide.
The control of total or partial opening is done manually by a strap or by means of an electric motor. There is for each brand a range of products characterized by the width and height of the deployed deck.
Before taking measurements, it is essential to check whether the shutter goes down the window or the outside of the facade. This second option provides a free space between the window and the deck, useful for a handle or an outdoor railing.

Pane: precise measurements

To facilitate the purchase and installation of this type of carpentry, it is necessary to take precisely the dimensions (see diagram opposite). To determine the height of the opening, measure the distance between the bottom of the lintel and the top of the masonry window sill (200 cm in the example presented here).
The width of the board is to be checked between the two uprights (100 cm here). If the opening is not perfectly orthogonal, it is the smallest measure of the trapezium which is to be taken into account.
It remains only to choose from the components proposed in the trade, the one closest to the measurements taken and cross-check it if necessary to adapt it to the opening.

How to take measurements before buying your shutter:

taking steps to choose a roller shutter

Laying under lintel
1. Height between lintel and support
2. Width of the table
3. Diagonal (support corner, lintel corner)

Adaptation of the shutter reel

verifying the verticality of the window pillars for a shutter

Taking the measurements in a table is accompanied by a verification of the verticality of the two amounts.
Use a ruler and check on the spirit level.

composition of a shutter apron

The apron is driven by an octagonal axis provided at each end of a roller bearing pulley allowing rotation of the assembly on the central nipple of the cheeks.

connect the elements of a shutter pulley

Each pulley has a lateral sleeve which engages in the tubular axis.
Ensure the connection of the two elements with a sheet metal screw.

fit the trunk of a rolling shutter

To adapt the axis to the width of the board, mount the other pulley without fixing it.
Measure the overall length and leave a clearance of about 5 mm.

cut the tube of a roller shutter to the grinder

Cut the tube using a grinder equipped with a metal disc 2 mm thick.
Take into account this thickness for cutting

assembly of the pulleys of a roller shutter

Fit the second pulley by pushing until the tube completely caps the sleeve.
Fix it as the first, with a sheet metal screw.

Trunk cutting and assembly

cutting the casing of a rolling shutter

The box must fit exactly in the width of the board.
Trace the location of the cut taking into account the play of laying and the thickness of the cheeks at the ends.

cutting the shutter box at the nibbler

To cut the aluminum sheet, use a needle-nose shear, or better, a nibbler.

grinding a rolling shutter box

It is also possible to cut with a chain saw equipped with a thin disc.
In this case, make sure that the grinding wheel does not slip on the sheet!
Work on a stable support and position your body on its side.

attach the trunk of a rolling shutter

The trunk is closed by two cheeks, whose front leg is used as a mounting fixture.
Locate the location of the mounting holes in correspondence with those of the cheeks.

attach a roller shutter box

Drill Ø 4 mm holes and screw.
The nipple, in the middle of the cheek, serves as support for the retractor (the strap will wrap around).

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keep the protective film when installing a roller shutter

The boot lid and the slides are protected by a blue plastic film.
To make cuts, holes, assembly operations, keep this protective film in place and remove it only when everything is finished.

checking the rotation of the shaft of the mechanism of a roller shutter

Check the shaft rotation perfectly by placing the reel with its two pulleys between the cheeks of the trunk.

to wind the strap of a shutter mechanism

To operate the apron, a strap contained in a housing acts on one of the pulleys.
Block this strap in a slot and then roll it in the throat.

Roller shutter rolling adjustment

Make sure that the bearing is engaged on the cheek nipple.
The strap will exit through a window in one of the corners of the trunk.

3. Assembly of the apron

how to determine the length of the blades of the apron of a roller shutter

Determine the length of the apron blades by measuring the length of the drive shaft.
Cut the blades leaving the play recommended by the instructions, here 7.5 mm on each side.

cut the blades of a rolling shutter with a miter shears

The use of a miter shear allows a more precise cut.
The tool has a support that ensures the perpendicularity of the cut.

fit the rabbet and tongue of each blade of a roller shutter

Each blade has a rabbet and a tongue.
They fit into each other by sliding.

Bring the blades of a rolling shutter to the drive shaft

Bring the blades to the drive shaft by the "T" piece.
Slide the rigid portion onto the tongue of the first blade and insert the flexible portion into a slot in the shaft.

Prime the winding of the apron of a roller shutter

Prime the winding of the apron precisely and tightly.
Ensure that the ends of the blades pass between the rounded lips of the guides located on each cheek.
Go to the end of the winding.

the last blade of a rolling shutter

For safety, the last blade has an internal lock provided by two stops with a control button.

Slide the apron blades of a shutter into the trunk

The bottom of the apron must pass under the curved guides while preserving lateral play for sliding.
The last blade has plastic guides at its ends.

closing the trunk of a rolling shutter

Close the boot by fastening the two covers with sheet metal screws.
The slides will fit into the front legs of the trunk when it is installed.

Laying the shutter

place the roller shutter box on the support angles

Slide the box on the support angles until its front face is aligned with the nude of the facade.

Trick

facilitate the installation of a shutter with angles

If you work alone, nothing is planned to support the trunk during assembly.
To facilitate the installation, peg and screw two angles on each side of the table below the lintel.
They will keep the chest safe.

Engage the blades of a roller shutter in their wings

Measure the distance between the underside of the trunk and the window sill.
Cut the slides to size.
Engage some blades in the slide.

fix a slide of a rolling shutter

Align the slide on the edge of the board.
Drill 4 Ø 4 mm holes in the bottom of the slide and then 4 Ø 6 mm holes in the masonry.
Ankle and fasten (4 mm screw).

fix the slide of a rolling shutter

For the second slide, start with the top fixing.
To perfect the tightness with the masonry, deposit a silicone seal along the slides.

attach the casing of the strap of a rolling shutter

The casing of the strap is fixed inside, between 90 and 120 cm high, on the right or on the left.
Mark the two fixing points, drill, dowel (Ø 6 mm) and screw (Ø 4 mm).

unroll the apron by pulling on the strap of the roller shutter

Check the progress of the apron by pulling on the strap. He must go back to the top.
Give a blow to the strap; it wraps itself in the casing and the apron goes down.

Adjusting shims for installing shutters

laying a shutter when the masonry is not plumb

When the masonry is not perfectly plumb: screw the first slide without blocking, place a wedge, check the plumb and screw permanently.
Do this for each fixation.
Cut out the part of the shims protruding with a cutter.


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