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Benefits of Hidden Tilt Rods For Your Plantation Shutters in Virginia Beach

November 18, 2019

 Before you pick your plantation shutters, you’ll have some decisions to make. Should I choose real wood shutters or faux wood shutters? What size louver should I choose? What paint or stain on my plantation shutters will fit best with my home?

One choice you may not know about is the choice between a normal front-mount tilt rod and a hidden or rear-mount tilt rod. Here are some benefits and drawbacks of hidden tilt rods, and whether you should use a hidden tilt rod for your plantation shutters in Virginia Beach.

What Are Hidden and Rear-Mounted Tilt Rods?

Most people are acquainted with conventional plantation shutters where the louvers move with a center tilt rod. When you need to adjust the shutters to allow more or less light, you simply use the tilt rod and glide it vertically to shift the louvers.

A rear-mount tilt rod is a slender metal strip on the far side of the louver that is hardly noticeable from the front. When you tilt one louver, the rest move at the same time.

Some companies offer a hidden tilt rod situated in the side of the treatment to control the louvers. However, these types of hidden tilt rods are more finicky and tough to replace, which is why we sell hidden tilt rods as rear-mount only.

Plantation shutters with hidden tilt rods in Virginia BeachPlantation shutters with hidden tilt rods in Virginia Beach 

What Are the Pros of Rear-Mount and Hidden Tilt Rods?

Hidden or rear-mount tilt rods can bring a few advantages over conventional front-mounted tilt rods.

  1. Clean look - Plantation shutters with hidden tilt rods complement homes that use a modern or contemporary style due to their clean lines.

  2. Works well with thin or tiny windows - Your thin and tiny windows may get use from hidden tilt rods due to their clean look.

What Are Some Cons of Hidden Tilt Rods?

Hidden or rear-mounted tilt rods aren’t for everyone. Let’s look at some cons to hidden tilt rods.

  1. Shutters with hidden tilt rods may look too minimalistic for some homeowners - Many people in Virginia Beach like the classic plantation shutter look and design with the tilt rod in the front. The front tilt rod shows more shape and substance to your plantation shutters, versus plantation shutters using a hidden tilt rod where the design is more plain.

  2. Some people find front-facing tilt rods easier to use - Front-facing tilt rods can be simpler for some people to use. You can grab a hold of the tilt rod and slant the shutters to open and close, versus having to slant the louvers themselves.

What Homeowners Should Think About Hidden Tilt Rods on Their Plantation Shutters?

Hidden Tilt Rod Plantation Shutters

What placing of tilt rod you choose is often due to your preference and your window’s characteristics. When you live in a conventionally designed home, we recommend front-mounted tilt rods. If your design scheme is more modern, you may consider rear-mounted tilt rods.

You may also want to look at your families needs, like children and pets. Some teachers in Virginia Beach who own home-based daycares request 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 Choosing the Perfect Window Treatment For Your Windows?

If you’re looking to buy interior shutters in Virginia Beach but need some assistance, call us at 757-210-6448 or complete the form below to schedule a free in-home consultation. Our reps will bring samples and we’ll show you all of your options - including rear tilt rod options - so you can try them before you buy.