For day 8 of our shutter advent, we focus on a feature that is recognisably ‘shutter’. The tilt rod.
Shutters with a tilt rod will spring to mind when you picture classic examples of this wonderful window dressing. Contemporary shutter design preferences see less people opting for this slat operation method but the nostalgic souls that we are, we still remember the days that this shutter design detail came as a standard.
What is a tilt rod?
A tilt rod is a single rod, approximately 15mm wide, that is attached to panels to open, close, and tilt the slats in unison. Until recent years, tilt rods were a standard feature of all shutters. In modern shutter design where innovations have allowed for intelligent manufacturing solutions, internal cog mechanisms give the option to completely remove the tilt rod from shutters and still be able to successfully manoeuvre tilt operation.
Tilt rod placement:
There are two possibilities for tilt rod locations in our shutter ranges; Centred or Offset.
A central tilt rod placement is the most recognisable in traditional shutter design and creates a great symmetry across panels. Central tilt rods are effective on any shutter, however, to achieve a modern finish, central tilt rods are often combined with mid-sized panels and café style shutters to avoid busier designs.
Offset tilt rods are located on the front of slats on one side of the shutter panel.
Offset tilt rods are usually placed in alignment with whichever side the panel is hinged to. For example, if a shutter has two panels, one hinged to the left of the frame and the other hinged to the right, the offset tilt rods will be placed on the same side of the corresponding panel.