When it comes to installing window shutters for your home, customization is one of the best ways to do so, provided you have enough time and resources. Custom window shutters are an excellent choice because they are tailormade for your house and window frames, as well as highly suitable to your personal taste. Apart from selecting the right material and shades, you also need to consider whether they should be mounted internally or externally, for it will make a significant difference to the aesthetics of your room. If you are unaware of these mounting configurations then you can learn more about them below.
Here are the basics of the inside mount and outside mount shutters, along with some pros and cons.
Internal Mount/Inside Mount Shutters
In this type of configuration, the window opening is recessed or has a little depth. Since it is set back from the wall, a shutter can be mounted around that gap, so that it sits flush against the wall or trim.
Inside mount shutters can look extremely aesthetic irrespective of their positioning. If the recess is deep enough, then it can create a very spacious look for your windows. Otherwise, they can be placed flush against the wall or even pulled out slightly inside past the wall if needed. Thus, the inside mount shutters provide quite some variety.
From an installation standpoint, it is very easy to take measurements of an inside mount shutter. If you measure the width and height of your window in 3 places and there’s little to no variance, then inside mount is the best choice for you.
The only major con of an inside mount configuration is in the case of tilting windows. If your home or property has tilting windows that especially tilt in, then the shutter might block this function, causing problems when you open or clean the windows.
External Mount/Outside Mount Shutters
In this type of configuration, the shutters are mounted on the outside and basically surround your window opening. It might be located just outside your glass or it can even rest on the trim. If you don’t have a recessed or a perfectly square window, then an external mount is the best option.
As stated above, older properties might have varying width and height measurements when it comes to their windows. In such cases, an externally mounted shutter is a safer option as it doesn’t leave any gap between the shutter and the window frames.
If your windows lack a trim, then an outside mounted frame can act as a substitute, while also structurally supporting the panels of the shutters.
Apart from improving the aesthetics of your property, these shutters also work perfectly with tilting windows, unlike internal mount shutters.
To conclude, it is clear that externally mounted window shutters have a slight edge compared to their internally mounted counterparts. Thus, if you are going for a custom installation, then do keep these points in mind to make a more informed decision.
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