Manual Vs. Electric Roller Shutters

Window Storm Shutters can provide extra protection and security, making them ideal for those who value their privacy and safety in their property. Roller shutters come in manual and electric variants – but how do you choose the best one? 

Manual Roller Shutter

A manual shutter requires you to open and close it by hand using a mechanism. It is less expensive and can be installed on doors and windows. 


  • They are convenient with lighter windows and doors
  • Electricity is not required, so they can still be used even during a power failure. 
  • They are harder to manipulate than electric ones because they cannot be hacked with a controller unit attached.


  • Using them can feel burdensome, specifically if you are in a hurry. 
  • They may be exhausting to operate when in large areas. 
  • They can come tumbling down and cause harm or injury if someone lets them down too abruptly or quickly. 

Electric or Motorized Roller Shutter

Conversely, electric shutters have a tube motor that opens and closes with a button from a remote, toggle switch or wall receiver. The motor can be connected to your main power supply or solar power for energy efficiency.


  • Easier to control 
  • Remote-controlled shutters let you control multiple shutters simultaneously rather than one by one.
  • They are resilient and typically last twice the warranty period.


  • Due to the additional components and the longer installation required by an electrician, electric shutters are slightly more expensive than manual ones. 
  • Must be plugged into an electrical outlet. This necessitates the addition of wire to the structure of your building. 

Which one should you choose?

Ultimately, personal preference determines which ones are best. Electric ones may be ideal if you can afford them and need them to be readily regulated. On the other hand, manual shutters are perfect if you have a vast workforce that can operate your shutter without issue.

Want to know more about manual or electric roller shutters? Connect with QLD Roller Shutters! With over 25 years in the market, they can assist you in determining the right shutter. Feel free to contact them so you can make a more informed purchase.