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Should My Chicago Home Use an Inside Shutter Mount or Outside Shutter Mount?

February 27, 2020

At your in-home shutter consultation, you’ll have to decide how your plantatation shutters are put in. You could choose an inside mount, which sits inside the window recess. Or you can use an outside mount, where your shutter frame is secured outside the window ingress and is covered by decorative trim.

Sometimes the decision of an inside mount or outside mount is controlled by your window type. But sometimes the decision is yours to match your design scheme. So, when should you install an inside or an outside mount?

When You Should Use an Inside Mount in Your Chicago Home

Inside Shutter Mount Style

As the name implies, an inside shutter mount is fastened on the inside of the window panel. Inside mounted shutters can use either a Z-Frame or an L-Frame. The Z-Frame is secured inside the frame but has a bit of a lip around the window that gives it a elegant, polished look. By contrast, an L-frame lies flush to the wall, without any extra finishing trim.

If your window can use an inside mount, the decision for this type of frame is mostly cosmetic. However, windows that aren’t evenly squared may want to use with a Z-frame. The overhang on a Z-frame will mask the imperfections of the windows. The Z-frame is also wonderful for windows that have a tilt functionality. L-frames perform best if your window already has decorative trim or you want to have a conservative look for your window.

When You Should Utilize An Outside Mount in Your Chicago Home 

Outside Shutter Mount Style
 
An outside mount connects onto the wall and falls over the window frame and not within it. The mounts are in an L-frame and comes with its own trim, so the shutter’s hardware will still be stylishly hidden. The shutters tilt just like they would with an inside mount, and because of the trim, your visitors won’t even notice the difference.

If your windows are hollow and lack a deep frame, you will have to install an outside mount. They also when you need some decorative trim around the window to make it stand out more more. Many specialty windows with custom window frames, like ovals or arches, will need an outside mount, as will plantation shutters for french and patio doors.

Inside And Out, Sunburst Can Help You Mount The Perfect Plantation Shutters 

To decide whether you should consider an outside shutter mount or an inside shutters mount, you need to call in an expert. Sunburst is the leading shutter dealer in Chicago and would love to help you find the convenient way to hang your shutters. Just call 847-250-6544 or fill in the form below for your complimentary in-home consultation.
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