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

February 27, 2020

During your shutter consultation, you’ll have a decision of how your plantation shutters are hung. You could select an inside mount, which sits inside the window recess. Or you can install an outside mount, where your shutter frame is secured outside the window ingress and is covered by decorative trim.

Oftentimes the decision of an inside mount or outside mount is dictated by your window type. But sometimes the option is yours to match your design scheme. So, when should you utilize an inside or an outside mount?

When You Should Use an Inside Mount in Your Tampa 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 slight lip around the window which gives it a clean, polished look. However, an L-frame lies flush to the wall, and doesn’t have any extra finishing trim.

If your window can handle an inside mount, the choice for this type of frame is for the most part cosmetic. However, windows that are less than square may want to stay with with a Z-frame. The overhang on a Z-frame will cover the window’s imperfections. The Z-frame is also nice for windows that can be tilted. L-frames work best when your window currently has decorative trim or you want to have a moderate look for your window.

When You Should Install An Outside Mount in Your Tampa Home 

Outside Shutter Mount Style
An outside mount connects onto the wall and drapes over the window frame instead of within it. The mounts are in an L-frame and comes with its own trim, so the shutter’s hardware will still be stylishly concealed. The shutters open and close just like they would with an inside mount, and as a result of the trim, your guests won’t even know the difference.

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

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

To establish whether you should use an outside shutter mount or an inside shutter mount, you need to call in an expert. Sunburst is the premier shutter dealer in Tampa and would love to help you find the best way to install your shutters. Just call 813-580-7288 or fill in the form below for your no-cost in-home consultation.