How to Replace a Roller Shutter Strap

Replacing a roller shutter strap is a common maintenance task that can help extend the life of your shutters and ensure smooth operation. Whether the strap is worn out, frayed, or broken, following these steps will guide you through the process.

Here’s a detailed, step-by-step guide to help you replace a roller shutter strap efficiently:

Step 1: Gather Your Tools and Materials

Before you begin, make sure you have the following tools and materials:

New Roller Shutter Strap: Ensure it’s the correct length and compatible with your shutter model.

Screwdriver: To remove screws and access the internal mechanisms.

Scissors or Utility Knife: For cutting the strap if necessary.

Tape Measure: To measure the length of the strap.

Ladder: To reach the shutter mechanism if it’s positioned high.

Step 2: Ensure Safety

Turn off the Power: If your roller shutter is electric, switch off the power supply to avoid any accidental activation.

Secure the Area: Make sure the area around the shutter is clear of any obstacles or hazards.

Step 3: Access the Roller Shutter Mechanism

Open the Roller Shutter Box: Use a screwdriver to remove the screws securing the shutter box cover. Carefully lift off the cover to expose the internal components.

Locate the Strap Winder: The strap winder is the mechanism where the strap winds around when the shutter is raised or lowered.

Step 4: Remove the Old Strap

Release the Strap from the Winder: Unwind the old strap from the strap winder. You may need to cut the strap if it’s tangled or difficult to remove.

Detach the Strap from the Roller: Locate where the strap is attached to the roller at the top of the shutter. Remove any securing pins or screws and detach the strap.

Step 5: Prepare the New Strap

Measure and Cut the New Strap: Use a tape measure to ensure the new strap is the same length as the old one. Cut the new strap to the appropriate length with scissors or a utility knife.

Attach the New Strap to the Roller: Secure the new strap to the roller at the top of the shutter using the same method as the old strap (pins, screws, or other fasteners).

Step 6: Wind the Strap onto the Winder

Thread the Strap through the Guide: Ensure the strap passes through any guides or channels designed to keep it aligned.

Wind the Strap onto the Winder: Begin winding the new strap onto the strap winder, ensuring it winds smoothly and without tangling.

Step 7: Test the Shutter Operation

Lower and Raise the Shutter: Carefully test the operation of the shutter by lowering and raising it several times. Ensure the strap winds and unwinds smoothly without any resistance or misalignment.

Adjust Tension if Necessary: If the shutter doesn’t operate smoothly, you may need to adjust the tension of the strap by re-winding it or adjusting the attachment points.

Step 8: Reassemble the Shutter Box

Replace the Shutter Box Cover: Once the new strap is securely in place and the shutter operates smoothly, reattach the shutter box cover with the screws you removed earlier.

Restore Power: If your shutter is electric, turn the power supply back on.

Step 9: Perform a Final Check

Inspect the Installation: Ensure all components are securely fastened and the strap is properly aligned.

Check for Smooth Operation: Operate the shutter a few more times to confirm that the replacement strap works correctly and the shutter moves smoothly.


Replacing a roller shutter strap is a manageable task that can be done with a few tools and a bit of patience. By following these steps, you can ensure your roller shutters continue to function smoothly and efficiently.

However, if you encounter any difficulties or prefer professional assistance, don’t hesitate to contact Fix My Shutters. Our experienced team in Sydney is ready to help with all your roller shutter repair needs, ensuring your shutters are in top condition and providing the security and convenience you rely on.

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