When shopping for shutters, you’ll have a few choices to make. Do I need real wood shutters or faux wood shutters? What louver width should I pick? What paint or stain on my window treatments will work best with my decor?
One choice you may not know about is the choice between a normal front-mount tilt rod or a hidden or rear-mount tilt rod. Here are some advantages and weaknesses of hidden tilt rods, and if you should pick a hidden tilt rod for your shutters in New Brunswick.
What Are Hidden and Rear-Mounted Tilt Rods?
No doubt you are acquainted with traditional plantation shutters that use a center tilt rod on the front. When you want to adjust the shutters to bring in more or less light, you simply use the tilt rod and adjust it vertically to tilt the louvers.
A rear-mount tilt rod is a fine metal strip on the back of the louver that is hard to see from the front. When you tilt one louver, the rest move as one unit.
You may see a hidden tilt rod situated in the side of the shutters to control the louvers’ movement. However, these types of hidden tilt rods are more fragile and harder to fix, which is why we recommend hidden tilt rods as rear-mount only.
What Are the Benefits of Rear-Mount and Hidden Tilt Rods?
Hidden or rear-mount tilt rods offer some perks over classic front-mounted tilt rods.
Clean look - Plantation shutters with hidden tilt rods work with interiors that use a modern or contemporary feel due to their streamlined shape.
Great with thin or tiny windows - Your thin and tiny windows may want shutters with hidden tilt rods due to their clean look.
What Are Some Drawbacks of Hidden Tilt Rods?
Hidden or rear-mounted tilt rods may not work for you. Let’s look at a few cons to hidden tilt rods.
Plantation shutters with hidden tilt rods might appear too minimalistic for some homeowners - Some people in New Brunswick want the classic plantation shutter style and design with the tilt rod where people can see it. The front tilt rod gives more definition and prominence to your plantation shutters, versus plantation shutters using a hidden tilt rod where the look is more plain.
Some people find front-facing tilt rods easier to use - Front-facing tilt rods may be simpler for some homeowners to work with. You just grab a hold of the tilt rod and slant the shutters to open and close, instead of having to move the louvers themselves.
Who Should Consider Hidden Tilt Rods on Their Plantation Shutters?
What type of tilt rod you use is often due to your personal taste and your window’s characteristics. If you own a conventionally designed home, we recommend front-mounted tilt rods. If your rooms are more sleek, you may choose rear-mounted tilt rods.
Another consideration is how hectic your house is with children or pets. Many people in New Brunswick who own in-home 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.
Need More Help Picking the Perfect Shutter For Your Family?
If you’re looking to buy interior shutters in New Brunswick but need some guidance, call us at 732-301-6168 or fill out the form below to arrange a free in-home consultation. During the consultation, we’ll demonstrate your shutter options - and both front and rear tilt rod options - so you can try them before you buy.