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Everything you Need To Know About Manual Roll Down Shutters

Whether you are wanting to secure your home or business from the damage that can occur from a strong storm or from the possibility of damage and theft from vandals and thieves, manual roll down shutters can be the perfect solution. Able to be installed on all types of homes and commercial buildings, these shutters are growing in popularity more and more each year, especially for customers who may be on a tight budget. To help you learn more about manual security roll down shutters and the benefits you'll experience after their installation, our Rollac shutter experts have compiled all you need to know.

What are Manual Shutters?

Manual rolling shutters are a type of roller shutter that is composed of individual slats. Opening vertically, the slats are made of steel or aluminum, rolling up around a barrel when being closed. Unlike automated roller shutters that can be opened and closed using a remote control as well as wall switches or smartphone apps, manual roll down shutters are opened and closed using a hand crank. Though not offering the same level of convenience, non-motorized shutters are priced lower, very durable, and offer the same levels of security and privacy as motorized shutters.

Where Can Manual Roll Down Shutters be Installed?

One of the biggest benefits you'll notice immediately from our Rollac manual roll down shutters is that whether you want them for your home or business, they can be easily installed almost anywhere. Should you want to add increased security to your business, roll down storefront security shutters can be installed on the exterior of your building's windows and doors, increasing security and acting as a visible deterrent to would-be criminals. Roller shutters are also very useful in protecting pharmacies from break-ins that result in the theft of numerous medications.

If you are a homeowner, exterior roller shutters can be installed on your home's exterior at windows, doors, patios and decks, near swimming pools, and even on the outside of a garage door. In fact, since our Rollac residential shutters can be customized to your specifications, it's usually possible to install them almost anywhere you desire.

Manual Roll Down Shutters and Hurricanes

Should you be considering purchasing manual roll down shutters, protection against severe weather such as hurricanes should be one of the many factors to consider when buying roller shutters.

Here at Rollac, we are proud to offer some of the very best roll down hurricane shutters in the industry. Designed with durability and strength in mind, our roll down shutters have been tested to ensure they meet the highest standards set forth by various insurance companies and regulatory agencies. As a result, when you are comparing our many different types of hurricane shutters under consideration for your home or business, you can be sure all will be able to withstand hurricane-force winds and offer protection from the vicious impacts that come from flying debris.  

Of course, the primary difference between manual roll down shutters and motorized roll down storm shutters is how they will be opened and closed before, during, and after the storm. When you have manual rolling shutters, you'll need to open and close them by hand, meaning you'll want to have them closed well before a hurricane makes its presence known.  

If you live in an area that is prone to hurricanes, you will be smart to compare the cost of hurricane shutters so that you can see whether manual roll down shutters or electric hurricane shutters will be what you select.

Why Choose Manual Roll Down Shutters?

When we work with customers here at Rollac who are interested in purchasing roller shutters for their homes or businesses, we find it doesn't take long for them to see the many reasons why our commercial shutters and residential shutters have been so popular over the years.


First and foremost, the cost of exterior roller shutters is usually at the top of the list for most customers. In most cases, the average cost of an exterior manual roller shutter for a typical window or door will range from about $300-$600, with variations depending upon customization and other needs. Whether you are looking to buy roll down shutters for commercial purposes or are a homeowner on a tight budget, we understand cost is a top priority.

Easy to Maintain

Maintenance is also something to take into consideration. One of the biggest benefits of purchasing manual exterior roller shutters is that you are likely to experience fewer maintenance issues once they are installed. Although our motorized rolling shutters are extremely durable, the fact is they do have roller shutter motors that require maintenance and do rely on sensors to help them open and close properly. If you are looking for roll down shutters that may have fewer technology issues and require less maintenance, manual roll down shutters may be your best bet.

East to Clean

Finally, keep in mind that once installed, your manual rolling down shutters will still need to be cleaned regularly on both their inside and outside to keep them looking great and in good working order. Fortunately, our Rollac manual roll down shutters are made from materials that make them very easy to clean with simply a little bit of soap and warm water. Using a soft cloth and soft-bristle scrub brush, you can easily keep stains, debris, dirt, and grime from becoming a permanent part of your roll down shutters.

Ask Our Shutter Experts for Manual Roll Down Shutters

To get your questions about manual roll down shutters answered by experienced professionals you can trust, contact us today here at Rollac. Whether it's cost, maintenance, or other questions you have about residential or commercial rolling shutters, we'll give you the answers that will make your decision easier than you ever expected.