Anatomy of a sliding shutter
To better understand how sliding security shutters work, it's useful to know how they're built and which parts they consists of. Below is a picture of a sliding shutter with certain key-sections highlighted. Hover your mouse over the outlines for an explanation of the parts.
FlexiGlide locking post
This is a locking post. It locks in place with shootbolts in floor and ceiling. Locking posts are integral to the shutter. When the shutter folds up, the posts fold away with it.
Stainless steel floor socket
A shootbolt mechanism in the locking post secures into a floor socket. FlexiGlide floor sockets are polished stainless steel and have a slight bevel to prevent people tripping over them.
Handles to open and close the shutter curtain with.
FlexiGlide sliding shutters have a sophisticated locking system that automatically adjusts to any irregularities. FlexiGlide locking units are very strong and exceptionally durable.
It's possible to recess the top track of FlexiGlide sliding folding shutters. A recessed top track is almost invisible and leaves the opening completely clear.
FlexiGlide shutter panels vary depending on sliding shutter model. They can be perforated, solid, completely open, or, as in this case, glazed.
FlexiGlide sliding folding shutters lock with a key, shoot bolts, hook bolts or a combination of these. They have a unique ratchet mechanism that ensures the shutter closes securely, even on uneven surfaces. All posts are integral for maximum security.
There are a number of locking posts, offering a variety of locking options. We normally suggest a locking post arrangement based on the characteristics and layout of the opening to be secured.
FlexiGlide floor sockets have a stainless steel dust cap that protects the spring mechanism underneath. Their bevelled surfaces are raised only 2mm from the floor so they provide no trip-hazard and are safe for users of the opening.
FlexiGlide shutters are manual security systems. They close by pulling the curtain shut and open by pushing it open. Each locking post has a locking handle for opening and closing the shutter curtain.
FlexiGlide locking posts have a self-adjusting locking mechanism, which auto-adjusts to floor and ceiling height. This system prevents the locking mechanism from jamming so that the shutter lock securely and easily even if there are irregularities in the floor or bulkhead. It's a sophisticated locking system unique to the FlexiGlide sliding shutters.
Our locking posts are larger than those of many other brands of sliding folding shutter. We also make the locking knobs from heavy-duty aluminium instead of plastic so that our shutters are stronger and more durable.
FlexiGlide sliding shutters hang from an extruded aluminium channel. They don't have a bottom track. We can bend the top track into virtually any shape and so our sliding shutters can follow virtually any curve.
We make the top track from heavy-duty aluminium. It has a beautifully rounded finish and it is possible to recess the track so the opening stays completely clear.
As standard, the top-track comes in the same finish as the shutter curtain. However, you can choose to have it in a different colour, for example, to match your ceiling.
Sliding shutter panels
You can choose from 6 models of FlexiGlide shutters, each with their own type of panel. For an overview of the options, see our sliding shutters model types.