Posted on: 18 May 2020
Roller Shutter Door vs Sliding Folding Shutter Door

When it comes to selecting the right industrial door for your premises, there is a wide range of options to choose from. Roller shutter doors and sliding and folding shutter doors in particular are known to be robust and ideal not only for industrial but also for agricultural and commercial use. However, when deciding on the right door for your premises, which industrial door should you choose? Here’s the difference between the two.

What are roller shutter doors?

Roller shutter doors are one of the most versatile and commonly used doors within industrial and commercial settings. Roller shutter doors are designed to open and close vertically so that the door curtains roll up around a barrel situated at the top of a pair of guides. If you frequently need to allow access to people, it is recommended to install a personnel wicket door within your roller shutter curtain, which allows dedicated access to your personnel and also helps to minimise or prevent exposure to your premises and heat loss. Another option to further reduce heat loss is using an insulated roller shutter curtain.
Roller shutter doors are also great for a wide range of applications, whether you need small-sized roller shutters for your commercial premises or larger sized roller shutters for your warehouse. Made from strong galvanised steel, roller shutter doors are certain to provide optimal safety to secure your premises.

What are sliding and folding shutter doors?

These types of doors are typically used for farm buildings and also prove to be ideal for warehouses and locomotive or carriage sheds. When it comes to these industrial sliding doors there are usually two variations to choose from: flat sliding doors or sliding folding doors, both of which operate horizontally. These doors are top hung from a top track and are secured by a bottom guide using a u-channel (bottom track) set into the floor.
Similar to roller shutter doors, sliding and folding shutter doors are made from steel to ensure maximum strength and security to your premises. 

What are the main differences?

  • Access

Unlike roller shutter doors, sliding and folding shutter doors can slide enough to allow personnel access. Sliding and folding shutter doors can be neatly stacked to the side of the opening, either within the actual opening or behind it and also has the option to be a bi-parting door system. Whereas with roller shutter doors you would need to open the door fully to get in and out of the building. Unless you install a personnel wicket door.

  • Usability

With sliding and folding shutter doors, you can get a build-up of debris within the bottom track which can obstruct the function of the door. This means that with these type of doors, the bottom track needs regular cleaning.

  • Insulation

Overall, sliding and folding shutter doors tend to be uninsulated. To prevent against pest and debris ingress, sealing can be added to the top and bottom door leaves. 

If you would like to know more about our wide range of industrial doors - and how we can help you choose the right door for your premises - contact us online or call 01536 482187 for a free consultation.