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When you are ordering shutters for your Reno or Lake Tahoe home, there are many factors to consider if you want them designed well. One such factor has to do with Split Tilts on the panels. Often, people will want to be able to control the top section of the shutter separately from the bottom section. There are two basic ways to accomplish this.

  1. Divider Rail- When doing a divider rail, an extra fixed piece of material is placed from left to right at a specified height to enable separate controls of the top and bottom of the shutter. It is possible, and sometimes desirable, to have more than one divider rail on a tall panel.
    • A divider rail is an extra rail in the middle of the panel.
    • Creates two sections in the panel so louvers can be operated independently. 
    • Strengthens the panel and enhances panel structural integrit
      Hunter Douglas Heritance Bi Pass Shutters

      Hunter Douglas Heritance Bi Pass Shutters

  2. Split Tilt- This version of a divided shutter allows the least blockage of the view. You take a full panel of louvers and simply have the top and bottom sections attached independently. On very large panels, this is not recommended due to the potential flex of the side pieces, possible causing louvers to come out of their lodgings.
    Split Tilt Shutters

    Split Tilt Shutters

There is no “correct” way to design these shutters as a rule. One must look at the specifics to decide what is the best solution for each situation. Most often, in Reno, we do split tilt shutters, but on occasions, we choose to do a divider rail, and many times, we do neither. It all depends on the circumstances. Please watch the video to see both options in one Reno home.

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