Before you buy 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 paint or stain on my window treatments will fit best with my style?
One choice you may not know about is the decision between a standard front-mount tilt rod versus a hidden or rear-mount tilt rod. We've outlined some benefits and drawbacks of hidden tilt rods, and whether you should pick a hidden tilt for your shutters in St. George.
What Are Hidden and Rear-Mounted Tilt Rods?
Most people are familiar with classic plantation shutters with the tilt rod on the center front of the window treatment. When you want to adjust the window treatment to allow more or less light, you simply hold the tilt rod and adjust it up or down to tilt the louvers.
A rear-mount tilt rod is a slender metal strip on the back of the louver that is hard to see from the front. When you tilt one louver, all the louvers move as well.
You may see a hidden tilt rod that’s in the side of the unit to control the louvers. These kinds of hidden tilt rods are more prone to break and tough to repair, 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 some advantages over conventional front-mounted tilt rods.
Modern look - Plantation shutters with hidden tilt rods work with interiors that have a modern or contemporary design because of their streamlined shape.
Works well with thin or tiny windows - Your thin and tiny windows may want shutters with hidden tilt rods due to their unfussy look.
What Are Some Drawbacks of Hidden Tilt Rods?
Hidden or rear-mounted tilt rods aren’t perfect. Let’s look at a few drawbacks to hidden tilt rods.
Shutters with hidden tilt rods may look too modern for some people - Many people in St. George like the classic plantation shutter style and design with the tilt rod front and center. The front tilt rod provides more shape and substance to your plantation shutters, versus plantation shutters with a hidden tilt rod where the look is more streamlined.
Some homeowners find front-facing tilt rods more user-friendly - Front-facing tilt rods may be more user-friendly for some people to use. You just hold onto the tilt rod and tilt the shutters as needed, versus having to slant the louvers themselves.
Who Should Consider Hidden Tilt Rods on Their Plantation Shutters?
What type of tilt rod you choose is often due to your personal taste and your home’s style. If you live in a home with traditional decor, we advise front-mounted tilt rods. If your design scheme is more sleek, you might want to look at rear-mounted tilt rods.
You may also want to look at your families needs, like kids or pets. Some people in St. George who have child care from their home request hidden or rear-mount tilt rods so that there’s less chance of a child ripping off a front-mounted tilt rod.
Want Help Picking the Best Shutter For Your Home?
If you’re interested in buying plantation shutters in St. George but need some expert advice, give us a call at 435-485-9332 or send us the form below to arrange a free in-home consultation. During the consultation, we’ll show you a variety of shutter options - and both front and rear tilt rod options - so you can try them before you buy.