A safe yet attractive way of protecting your home is with roller shutters. If you are a handy type of person, installing them yourself is quite possible or if your prefer, you can have a professional do it for you. That being said, here are some basic steps to install roller shutters properly.
What Is Included With a Roller Shutter?
There are a few things needed to install roller shutters in Sydney. To begin with, roller shutter come with all the fittings, parts, manual or electric control systems, remote controls if necessary as well as complete instruction on how the areas should be measured and the shutters installed. Full support is also provided for DIYers. The tools that you will have to provide are pretty basin such as screwdrivers, a pop riveter, a hammer drill, a level, a screw gun and of course measuring equipment.
How To Install Roller Shutters
Measuring the space is the very first step. If the shutter will be mounted on that wall, the opening should be measured and a bit more for the width of the guide should be added, the shutter itself determines that exact amount and usually the manufacturers will let you know the exact amount. The next thing that must be measured is the height of the area, the height of the pelmet should then be added.
If the shutter will be mounted within the space, the width of the area must be measured and a little should be subtracted to allow for a perfect shutter fit. The exact amount that must be subtracted should be passed on to you by the manufacturer. For height, the height of the opening of the area should be measured, at the face of the brickwork.
Once the areas have been accurately measured, you are able to choose the style, operating method and colour of the shutters you want, you can then order them for delivery. Once they arrive, all the parts should be unpacked from the box. Mark the areas on the shutter guides where you will have to drill. Make sure the area you are drilling into when the guides are fixed on the wall is solid brick and not mortar.
The holes drilled into the hollow sections of the guides should be small. Larger holes should be drilled through the same holes so that the screw heads can easily pass through. If there is no cavity in the wall, a 10mm hole must be drilled through the back of the guide so it matches the height of where the wall switch to operate the shutter will be located, this is so that the motor cable can be guided through the wall.
Sliding the end plate legs onto the box end is the step that follows. If your wall has no cavity, a hole must be drilled into the box end and the motor wire can be slid through the hole and into the section of the hollow guide and right on out through the hole which has been pre drilled specifically for the cable. A hole must then be drilled all the way through the wall into your home so the cable can be passed through there.
If there is a cavity in your wall, all that must be done is a whole must be drilled through the back top cover where the motor is and the wire should be threaded through this so that it is sticking out at the pelmets top. The guides that you drilled on must be placed on to the end place legs, to hold them in place you should rivet them.
The shutter should now be held in place, make sure that it is level. Drill in the guide through the predrilled holes and on into the brig, masonry plugs and screws should be used to hold the shutter firmly to the wall. If your wall has a cavity, a hole must be drilled through the masonry until the cavity is reached, this should be done right above the motor cable. The cable should then be threaded through. Asking a professional to complete the installation could be your best bet.
A matching hole must drilled inside your home so you can pull the cable through. The outer wall can be sealed with silicone. The cabling can be attached to the operator, it is best to use an electrician for this part. Once the motor has been installed, make sure that the switch is turned off, the shutter should be turned to the fully down position and using the special tool that is included, turn the highest screw in the motorhead clockwise direction until the motor is no longer running. Until the desired down position is reached, slowly turn anticlockwise. The same process can be repeated to set the up position, however the screw that must be used in the motor head is the bottom one.
Something To Consider If The Shutters You Are Installing Have Electric Motors
If the shutters you are installing have an operating system controlled by electric motors, make sure that they are wired in place by a licensed electrician. Yes it may cost a bit more, however wiring a shutter up yourself is actually illegal.