Before you choose your shutters, you’ll have a few choices to make. Should I choose real wood shutters or faux wood shutters? What louver width should I pick? What color of plantation shutters will fit best with my decor?
One option you may not be aware of is the choice between a normal front-mount tilt rod versus a hidden or rear-mount tilt rod. Let’s look at some advantages and weaknesses of hidden tilt rods, and whether you should use a hidden tilt for your shutters in Destin.
What Are Hidden and Rear-Mounted Tilt Rods?
Most people are aware of classic plantation shutters where the louvers move via a center tilt rod. When you wish to adjust the plantation shutters to allow more or less light, you simply hold the tilt rod and glide it vertically to tilt the louvers.
A rear-mount tilt rod is a slender metal strip attached behind the louver that is hard to see from the front. When you move one louver, every louver tilts as one unit.
Some companies offer a hidden tilt rod that’s in the side of the shutters to control the louvers. However, these types of hidden tilt rods are more finicky and more difficult to fix, which is why our shutters use hidden tilt rods as rear-mount only.
What Are the Pros of Rear-Mount and Hidden Tilt Rods?
Hidden or rear-mount tilt rods can bring some perks over traditional front-mounted tilt rods.
Modern look - Plantation shutters with hidden tilt rods complement homes that have a modern or contemporary style due to their minimalistic design.
Great with thin or tiny windows - If your windows happen to be thin or tiny, then hidden tilt rods can be the perfect option due to their clean look.
What Are Some Cons of Hidden Tilt Rods?
Hidden or rear-mounted tilt rods aren’t perfect. Here are a few cons to hidden tilt rods.
Shutters with hidden tilt rods might appear too modern for some homeowners - Some homeowners in Destin like the traditional plantation shutter look and design with the tilt rod in the front. The front tilt rod shows more shape and substance to your shutters, versus shutters with a hidden tilt rod where the design is more modern.
Some people find front-facing tilt rods less of a hassle - Front-facing tilt rods can be easier for some homeowners to operate. You just move the tilt rod and adjust the louvers as needed, versus having to move the louvers themselves.
What Homeowners Should Think About Hidden Tilt Rods on Their Shutters?
What type of tilt rod you pick is often due to your personal taste and your window’s characteristics. When you live in a conventionally designed home, we advise front-mounted tilt rods. When your rooms are more modern, you may choose rear-mounted tilt rods.
Issues like children and pets could also be a concern regarding the rear-mount option. Some people in Destin who run home-based daycares ask for hidden or rear-mount tilt rods so that there’s less chance of a child damaging a front-mounted tilt rod.
Need More Help Selecting the Best Plantation Shutter For Your Family?
If you’re interested in buying plantation shutters in Destin but need some assistance, give us a call at 850-203-0419 or complete the form below to arrange a free in-home consultation. During the consultation, we’ll walk you through your shutter options - including your tilt rod options - so you can be confident in your choice.