Roller Shutters and Roller Doors Are Not the Same! Learn How

Roller Shutters and Roller Doors Are Not the Same! Learn How

Find out the difference between the two pictures shown above in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1! No?

The first picture is of a ‘Roller Door’ and the second picture is of ‘Roller Shutter’. If you are not able to tell the difference, then this blog is for you!

The experts at Ultimate Shutter, the trusted manufacturer of affordable roller shutters in Melbourne, get this question from a lot of confused customers, who assume that roller shutters and roller doors are the same! And with those assumptions, they end up making wrong choices to secure their home or business. So today, we decided to dive a little deeper to find out how these terms are different from each other to help you make better choices for your property.

But first, let’s get to know some similarities, to understand why people tend to get confused between the both of them.

  • Look – It’s true that Roller Shutters and Roller Doors might look very similar at one glance. And earlier they used to look like boring aluminium or steel, heavy-looking shutters. But now, they can be aesthetically pleasing and add beauty to the property, especially window roller shutters.
  • Benefits – Roller Shutters and Roller Doors are used for securing a property, be it residential or commercial. If an owner decides to safeguard their property from burglars, or extreme weather, they can install either roller shutters or doors, as both of them serve the same purpose.
  • Functionality – Roller Shutters and Roller Doors, both roll up and down vertically through tracks while opening or shutting. Both of them can be operated with a remote and may use a motor to function.
  • Application – Roller Shutters and Roller Doors can be installed on windows of a home or business. It can be bay windows, windows in the verandah, patio, atrium, porch or balcony as well.

So what makes them different?

  • Built
    A roller shutter is made of several horizontal interlocking aluminium, steel, or polycarbonate slats. The slats fit into a small box above the window, while opening. When it comes to roller doors, it may have interlocking slats but some roller doors are built with a single piece of galvanized coated steel curtain. They are manufactured from large sections of steel which are joined together to form one complete continuous curtain. It is then attached to and rolled around a skeleton drum.
  • Space
    People who have less space around the window opening, go for Roller Shutters as the small box known as pelmet on the top of the shutters does not take much space. It is also eye pleasing. On the other hand, Roller Doors may need space for mechanisms to operate the door. The traditional roller doors have a huge bulkhead to contain the shutters rolling up while opening them. That is why traditional roller doors were not suitable for small driveways, etc.
  • Weight
    The built and the material used to manufacture roller shutters and roller doors make them different when talking about their weight. As roller shutters have numerous slats hinged with each other, they are heavier than roller doors. Whereas, roller doors may be lighter when made from a single ‘curtain’ of lighter gauge steel.
    The weight and build of roller shutters empower them to be way stronger than roller doors while taking the impact of any break-in.
  • Design
    As stated earlier, roller shutters and roller doors are aesthetically pleasing and enhance the beauty of the house. However, when it comes to options, roller shutters come in a wider range of colours and are customisable according to the property’s needs. On the other hand, roller doors do not offer as much customisation as roller shutters.

The manufacturer of the best roller shutters in Australia, Ultimate Shutter offers a varied range of colorbond colours for the customers to choose from for their roller shutters. That’s how wide the choices are! And if you need roller shutter repairs in Sydney or anywhere in Australia, Ultimate Shutter helps you out with it as well. Not only will we repair your shutters but we also offer affordable Roller Shutters in Melbourne and all across Australia.

See the difference now? If your answer is still no, let the experts at Ultimate Shutter, manufacturer of the best Roller Shutters in Australia, guide you and suggest which roller shutters are the best option to secure your property. Call us on 1800-633-136 or email us at to start a conversation.