Before you choose your plantation shutters, you’ll have a few choices to make. Should I choose real wood shutters or faux wood shutters? What louver size should I pick? What paint or stain on my shutters will work best with my home?
One choice you may not know about is the decision between a standard front-mount tilt rod and a hidden or rear-mount tilt rod. Here are some pros and cons of hidden tilt rods, and whether you should consider a hidden tilt rod for your plantation shutters in San Diego.
What Are Hidden and Rear-Mounted Tilt Rods?
Most people are aware of conventional plantation shutters that use a center tilt rod on the front. When you wish to adjust the window treatment to allow more or less light, you just use the tilt rod and slide it up or down to tilt the louvers.
A rear-mount tilt rod is a fine metal strip on the far side of the louver that is barely visible from the front. When you tilt 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 how the louver’s tilt. Unfortunately, these 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 Benefits of Rear-Mount and Hidden Tilt Rods?
Hidden or rear-mount tilt rods offer a couple of advantages over classic front-mounted tilt rods.
Modern look - Plantation shutters with hidden tilt rods work with homes that have a modern or contemporary feel because of their minimalistic design.
Helps with thin or tiny windows - Hidden tilt rods are wonderful for thin and tiny windows due to their minimalistic 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 may look too sparse for some homeowners - Many people in San Diego prefer the classic plantation shutter look and design with the tilt rod in the front. The front tilt rod gives more shape and substance to your window treatments, versus plantation shutters using a hidden tilt rod where the feel is more plain.
Some homeowners find front-facing tilt rods more user-friendly - Front-facing tilt rods may be simpler for some homeowners to operate. You just hold onto the tilt rod and adjust the louvers to open and close, in lieu in having to slant the louvers themselves.
Who Should Think About Hidden Tilt Rods on Their Shutters?
What placing of tilt rod you pick is often due to your preference and your home’s style. When you own a conventionally designed home, we advise front-mounted tilt rods. If your home is more contemporary, you might want to choose rear-mounted tilt rods.
You may also want to look at lifestyle needs, like kids or pets. We’ve had many customers in San Diego who have in-home daycares ask for hidden or rear-mount tilt rods so that there’s a smaller chance of a child breaking a front-mounted tilt rod.
Need More Help Choosing the Best Plantation Shutter For Your Windows?
If you want to get shutters in San Diego but need some expert advice, contact your Sunburst rep at 760-405-8887 or send us the form below to book a free in-home consultation. When we come, we’ll walk you through a variety of shutter options - including your tilt rod options - so you can be confident in your choice.