How to Prevent Roller Shutter Rust

Here at ABC Industrial, we believe that roller shutters are treated unfairly when it comes to aesthetics. After all, they have been known as an industrial eyesore for decades and many cities across the world even banned their installation in order to promote style rather than security. Unfortunately, a lack of maintenance can lead to some unsightly developments like rust but the team here at ABC Industrial want to encourage our readers to invest in roller shutters for more than their safety promises. Read on as we go over a few top tips that will help prevent roller shutter rust developing...

Why do roller shutters go rusty?

The average roller shutter is made from a metal called aluminium and they are exposed to a range of different weather phenomena throughout the year, including record-setting summer heatwaves and below-zero winter freezes. As a result, the metal coating of a shutter can deteriorate quickly because the aluminium is incredibly vulnerable to rust when it is not maintained correctly.

What is the difference between rust and corrosion?

Although they are used interchangeably, corrosion and rust are actually two different problems. In fact, corrosion is the name given to the deterioration of a surface as a result of a chemical or electrochemical reaction taking place whereas rust is a specific type of corrosion that occurs when air and moisture oxidise a metal surface and cause it to develop an orange coating.

How can roller shutter rust be prevented?

There are a variety of different ways that property owners can prevent their roller shutters from developing the signature tinge of rust. For instance, the surface can be painted with a durable acrylic paint as this will seal it and prevent moisture and oxygen from having a long-lasting effect. In addition to this, it is also wise to invest in stainless steel shutters as this is an alloy of iron and zinc and the presence of zinc is said to reduce oxidation, thereby preventing the likelihood of rust. Since most roller shutters are crafted from metals like aluminium, they are vulnerable to the wrath of Mother Nature and can rust overtime when they are incorrectly maintained. After all, they are a security solution that requires human intervention in order to keep them in tip top condition all year round. To find out more information, get in contact with a member of the ABC Industrial team and ask about our range of roller shutters today!

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