If you're in the market for shutters, you’ll have a few choices to make. Do I need real wood shutters or faux wood shutters? What size louver should I pick? What paint or stain on my shutters will fit best with my style?
One option you may not know about is the choice between a normal front-mount tilt rod and a hidden or rear-mount tilt rod. We've outlined some benefits and drawbacks of hidden tilt rods, and whether you should use them for your shutters in Fort Lauderdale.
What Are Hidden and Rear-Mounted Tilt Rods?
You’re probably acquainted with conventional plantation shutters that use a center tilt rod on the front. When you want to adjust the plantation shutters to allow more or less light, you just hold the tilt rod and slide it vertically to tilt the louvers.
A rear-mount tilt rod is a slender metal strip attached behind the louver that is hardly noticeable from the front. When you slant one louver, all the louvers move at the same time.
You may see a hidden tilt rod that places a mechanism in the side of the treatment to control how the louver’s tilt. These kinds of hidden tilt rods are more finicky and harder to fix, which is why we recommend hidden tilt rods as rear-mount only.
What Are the Advantages of Rear-Mount and Hidden Tilt Rods?
Hidden or rear-mount tilt rods have a couple of advantages over classic front-mounted tilt rods.
Contemporary look - Plantation shutters with hidden tilt rods work with homes that use a modern or contemporary design because of their streamlined shape.
Helps with thin or tiny windows - Your thin and tiny windows may get use from hidden tilt rods due to their minimalistic look.
What Are Some Problems of Hidden Tilt Rods?
Hidden or rear-mounted tilt rods aren’t perfect. Here are a couple drawbacks to hidden tilt rods.
Shutters with hidden tilt rods might seem too sparse for some homeowners - Many people in Fort Lauderdale prefer the traditional plantation shutter look and design with the tilt rod where people can see it. The front tilt rod shows more shape and substance to your plantation shutters, versus shutters using a hidden tilt rod where the design is more plain.
Some homeowners find front-facing tilt rods less of a hassle - Front-facing tilt rods can be easier for some people to use. You simply move the tilt rod and tilt the louvers as needed, in lieu in having to slant the louvers themselves.
What Homeowners Should Consider Hidden Tilt Rods on Their Shutters?
What placing of tilt rod you use is often due to your personal taste and your home’s style. When you have a home with traditional decor, we recommend front-mounted tilt rods. If your rooms are more modern, you could consider rear-mounted tilt rods.
Things like pets or kids could also be part of the rear-mount choice. Some teachers in Fort Lauderdale who have home-based daycares ask for hidden or rear-mount tilt rods so that there’s a smaller chance of a child damaging a front-mounted tilt rod.
Looking For Help Selecting the Best Plantation Shutter For Your Windows?
If you want to get shutters in Fort Lauderdale but need some expert advice, contact your Sunburst rep at 561-440-8535 or send us the form below to book a free in-home consultation. Our reps will bring samples and we’ll demonstrate all of your options - and both front and rear tilt rod options - so you can see them in your own home.