Before you choose your shutters, you’ll have some decisions to make. Do I need real wood shutters or faux wood shutters? What size louver should I get? What paint or stain on my plantation shutters will fit best with my style?
One choice you may not be familiar with is the choice between a standard front-mount tilt rod or a hidden or rear-mount tilt rod. Here are some benefits and drawbacks of hidden tilt rods, and whether you should consider a hidden tilt rod for your plantation shutters in Las Vegas.
What Are Hidden and Rear-Mounted Tilt Rods?
No doubt you are acquainted with classic plantation shutters where the louvers move with a center tilt rod. When you wish to adjust the window treatment to bring in 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 thin metal strip on the back of the louver that is hardly noticeable from the front. When you tilt one louver, all the louvers move as well.
Some shutters have a hidden tilt rod that places a mechanism in the side of the shutters to control the louvers. Unfortunately, these hidden tilt rods are more prone to break and harder to replace, 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 a couple of benefits over classic front-mounted tilt rods.
Contemporary look - Shutters with hidden tilt rods work with windows that have a modern or contemporary feel because of their streamlined shape.
Great with thin or tiny windows - Hidden tilt rods are wonderful for thin and tiny windows due to their unfussy look.
What Are Some Cons of Hidden Tilt Rods?
Hidden or rear-mounted tilt rods may not work for you. Let’s look at a couple cons to hidden tilt rods.
Plantation shutters with hidden tilt rods might appear too sparse for some people - Many people in Las Vegas like the classic plantation shutter style and design with the tilt rod where people can see it. The front tilt rod provides more definition and prominence to your window treatments, versus shutters using 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 simpler for some people to operate. You can move the tilt rod and slant the shutters as needed, in lieu in having to slant the louvers themselves.
What Homeowners Should Think About Hidden Tilt Rods on Their Plantation Shutters?
What style of tilt rod you choose is often due to your personal taste and your window’s characteristics. If you have a conventionally designed home, we advise front-mounted tilt rods. When your design scheme is more modern, you could choose rear-mounted tilt rods.
Issues like pets or kids could also have a role in the rear-mount option. Many teachers in Las Vegas who have in-home daycares inquire about hidden or rear-mount tilt rods so that there’s less chance of a child damaging a front-mounted tilt rod.
Need More Help Choosing the Perfect Shutter For Your Family?
If you’re looking to buy interior shutters in Las Vegas but need some expert advice, call us at 702-850-6619 or send us the form below to arrange a free in-home consultation. When we come, we’ll walk you through all of your options - including your tilt rod options - so you can be confident in your choice.