Before you pick your shutters, you’ll have a few choices to make. Do I want real wood shutters or faux wood shutters? What louver size should I choose? What color of plantation shutters will work best with my style?
One choice you may not be aware of is the choice between a normal front-mount tilt rod and a hidden or rear-mount tilt rod. Let’s look at some pros and cons of hidden tilt rods, and whether you should consider a hidden tilt for your plantation shutters in Denver.
What Are Hidden and Rear-Mounted Tilt Rods?
You’re probably acquainted with conventional plantation shutters where the louvers move with a center tilt rod. When you want to adjust the window treatment to bring in more or less light, you simply move the tilt rod and slide it up or down to shift the louvers.
A rear-mount tilt rod is a slender metal strip on the far side of the louver that is hard to see from the front. When you move one louver, the rest move as one unit.
You may see a hidden tilt rod that places a mechanism in the side of the unit to control the louvers. Unfortunately, these hidden tilt rods are more finicky and tough to replace, which is why we recommend hidden tilt rods as rear-mount only.
What Are the Advantages of Rear-Mount and Hidden Tilt Rods?
Hidden or rear-mount tilt rods have some advantages over conventional front-mounted tilt rods.
Contemporary look - Shutters with hidden tilt rods work with interiors that have a modern or contemporary style due to their clean lines.
Helps with thin or tiny windows - If your windows happen to be thin or tiny, then hidden tilt rods can be the perfect option due to their clean look.
What Are Some Problems of Hidden Tilt Rods?
Hidden or rear-mounted tilt rods aren’t for everyone. Let’s look at a few drawbacks to hidden tilt rods.
Plantation shutters with hidden tilt rods might seem too sparse for some people - Some people in Denver want the traditional plantation shutter style and design with the tilt rod in the front. The front tilt rod provides more shape and substance to your window treatments, versus shutters with a hidden tilt rod where the design is more plain.
Some homeowners find front-facing tilt rods less of a hassle - Front-facing tilt rods can be more user-friendly for some people to use. You can move the tilt rod and adjust the shutters as much as you need, instead of having to move the louvers themselves.
What Homeowners Should Think About Hidden Tilt Rods on Their Shutters?
What style of tilt rod you choose is often due to your personal taste and your home’s style. When you live in a home with traditional decor, we advocate front-mounted tilt rods. When your home is more contemporary, you may look at rear-mounted tilt rods.
Family traffic like kids and pets could also have a role in the rear-mount choice. Some people in Denver who have home-based daycares ask for hidden or rear-mount tilt rods so that there’s a smaller chance of a child ripping off a front-mounted tilt rod.
Looking For Help Selecting the Perfect Window Treatment For Your Windows?
If you want to get shutters in Denver but need some assistance, contact your Sunburst rep at 720-538-0182 or complete the form below to arrange a free in-home consultation. During the consultation, we’ll show you all of your options - and both front and rear tilt rod options - so you can try them before you buy.