Manual vs Electric Roller Shutters – Which One Do You Need?

Roller shutters are a popular type of industrial door. There are two types largely available – manual and electric. Electric roller shutter doors have many benefits, including fast opening speeds, enhanced security and excellent levels of insulation, so they are a popular choice compared to manual doors, which are slower and usually more difficult to open. Learn more about the differences and work out which type of roller door will be best for you.

An Overview of Manual and Electric Roller Shutters

Roller shutters are doors that are made up of individual slats, opening vertically by rolling up around a barrel. They’re usually made of a material like steel or aluminium. A manual roller shutter will be opened using a crank or winder, whereas electric roller shutters are operated electrically, usually using a button, remote control, or opening automatically.

Should you Choose Manual Roller Shutters?

Manual roller shutters are more difficult to use than their electric counterparts, as they need to be opened by hand. This means they’re not suitable for many commercial and industrial environments, where speed, efficiency and automation of processes are important factors. While they may be cheaper than an electric roller shutter door, they simply can’t deliver the same levels of practicality or usability.

Should you Choose Electric Roller Shutters?

Electric roller shutters have many benefits. Here are some of the key ones:

  • Speed and convenience – if you need a door that will open and close quickly, this is without a doubt the most efficient option
  • Security and insulation – the speed at which electric shutters open and close can make them suitable for high security and temperature regulated environments
  • Safety – automatic shutters can be fitted with safety devices to halt them straight away, helping to prevent accidents occurring

At Sara Loading Bay Solutions, we’ve been leading the supply of roller shutter doors with a wide range of commercial and industrial solutions available and we’ll be happy to advise you and find the best solutions to meet your needs.

To find out more, please call us on 01442 245577 or visit our contact page.


sara Loading Bay Specialists supply, install and maintain loading bay equipment for manufacturing, warehouse loading and distribution networks, also high speed doors and roller shutter doors for industrial, production line, cleanroom and food processing applications. Its high speed range of ‘Sprint’ fast action doors offer quick opening speeds and improved safety for internal and external applications.

sara LBS have been supplying, installing and maintaining high speed doors for over 30 years, priding themselves on their quality of workmanship, dedication to customer service and reliability of installation. If you’d like to get in touch to discuss our High Speed Doors, please contact us or call us on 01442 245577