00:24 – Two different controls for plantation shutters
00:39 – Option 1: Tilt Rod Control
00:50 – Adjust the louvres by pushing the rod up and down
01:18 – Option 2: Clear View Control
03:04 – Make use of bigger blades for a modern look
03:17 – Make use of smaller blades for a traditional look
03:35 – Smaller blades will let more light to come through
03:55 – Different louvre sizes
04:34 – Summary
Hi everyone, we will talk about the two different types of controls you can have on your plantation shutters. This display stand has the two different types of control available. Of course you wouldn’t normally have both controls on one shutter. It’s just on here so I can demonstrate the two different types without having to change back and forth.
On the top here, we have what is called a tilt-rod control. That is where all the louvres are connected up with a rod with some little middle clips and you simply grab the rod and you push it up and down to adjust the louvres. Now this is probably the most traditional type going back quite sometime. Also, it can be quite good if you have kids because its quite easy for them to grab on to any position and control.
On the other end of this shutter, we have what we call a clear view blades. The difference is with the previous type, the rod is in the middle but with clear view blades, there is a little metal bar at the back on the side which links all the louvres together. This means that you have no obstruction and hence that’s why it’s called a clear view control hence it gives a clear view outside or it can be called a hidden tilt rod because the rod that connects the louvres is hidden. So with this, you don’t actually have a handle to grab. You just simply grab one of the blades and twist the blades up and down. Now it’s important that because this is linking the back blades up and it’s not quite as strong as this, that when you do grab the blades, you do try to grab it in the middle and not the blade on the end. Even more important when you have longer expanses of louvres all joined together. Also, what you might notice here is the actual louvre sizes. Different from top to bottom. Once again, it would have the top to bottom on the same size. The size we have on the top here is 89 mm which is quite a common size these days. And the size we have on the tilt rod is the 64 mm. So these are the two most common sizes which most people use these days.
Go for Bigger Blades for a Modern Look
Generally, people would go for the biggest sized blade for a modern look. Also if the shutter is bigger, they might go for the bigger blade. Some people might go for the smaller blade if they have a smaller shutter or if you want an older or traditional type of look. Another thing to note also is with a smaller blade, you do have a high quantity of blades and there’s a little bit of light can come through the gap of each louvre. By having more blades, you have got a bit more chance, a bit more light coming through. Not significantly different but just a little bit.
You can also get a bigger blade which is the 114 mm blade. Not as common but it can look quite nice on really big shutters. Also, you will find one side smaller than 64 mm which is the 47 mm that is really the original size which they use thirty or forty years ago. They’re not very popular now. Pretty much using a 47 mm blade is if a customer has existing shutters from quite some time ago and they want to match them up.
So there you have it, the two different type controls which is the tilt rod or the Clearview or the hidden view as they call it. There pluses and minuses for both. It’s just up to your personal preference. Thanks for watching.
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