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Measuring for Rolling Shutters

About Built-Ins:

A built-in installation will require that we receive a set of construction plans showing elevations with accurate window and door placement, floor plan, window and door schedule, and construction details for windows and doors.The design for your project and a detailed quote will be completed promptly by one of our design specialists and provided to the architect, builder or homeowner along with details of installation. We can, given adequate lead time, design an interface between the windows you are purchasing for the house and our roll shutter system so the window shutter combination is installed as one unit.

We suggest you print out this page, including the Measuring Form below before starting. Questions? Call 888-795-9441 for assistance.

The numbers below correspond to numbers on the Measuring Form.

  1. Opening Location. How we identify the shutters for each opening. (If you don't do this now, you may have a difficult time later determining which shutter goes where.)
  2. Measure Width. From outside the building, measure the width of the opening you want to protect.
  3. Measure Height. From outside the building, measure the height of the opening you want to protect.
  4. Recess or Surface Mount installation. If the shutter is to be recessed in the opening, skip questions 5 and 6.
  5. How much space do you have above the opening? Measure above the opening to determine if you have adequate space above the opening for the shutter hood. Small openings 48" or less in height, will require 8"; an opening 80" high will require 9"; an opening 120" high will require 13" of clear space above the opening.
  6. Do you have 3" of space on each side of the opening? You will need 3" of clear space on each side of the opening for the side tracks. If you don't have adequate space, give us a call to determine if we can suggest another installation procedure.
  7. Manual or Electric Operation. (M) for motorized, (MA) for motorized with manual override, (G) for gear operation and (S) for a strap operator.
  8. Type of Opening. Window or door
  9. Protection Level. Light, Moderate or Hurricane
  10. Location of Operator. Determine which side of the shutter the operator will be on.
  11. Position of Operator. Determine the position of the operator as it exits the hood and end cap. (if you are using a motor, don't answer this question. Your electrician will exit the cord at the best spot for him to connect the wiring). If you are using a motor with a manual override, a gear or strap actuators, you do need to indicate your preference as to where the actuator should exit the hood. There are two options: If you are installing the actuator inside the house, we suggest the actuator exit the hood at point 3 as shown on drawing 4. The actuator will be lower inside the house and there is less likelihood the ceiling or any other obstruction will interfere with the installation of the actuator. If you intend to operate the shutter from outside the house, we suggest you choose the #2 exit location. It is lower and easier to use than the higher location.
  12. Handle Length. We suggest you measure from the ground where you would be standing when operating to the imaginary point where the operator will be and subtract 5'. This is does not require an exact measurement, and you can always shorten the handle if it's too long.

Rolling Shutter Measuring Form 

Measuring Roll Shutters
Red Arrows indicate where you need to measure the width and height of the opening.
Surface Mount

Drawing 1

Surface Mount Installation
Surface Mount

Drawing 2

Roll Shutter Hood

Drawing 3

45 degree end cap
45 degree End Cap

Drawing 4

Opening: A B C D E
1. Opening Location:  
2. Opening Width:
3. Opening Height:
4. Surface or Recess Mount:
(Drawing 1)
5. How much space above opening?:
6. Do you have 3" of space on each side of the opening?
7. Manual or electric operation:
8. Window or Door:
9. Light, Moderate or Hurricane Protection:    
10. Location of Operator:
(Drawing 3)
11. Position of Operator:
(Drawing 4)
12. Handle Length:
13. Handle Color:
14. Hood Shape:
15. Shutter Assembly Color: