The Pros vs Cons – Tier on Tier shutters

Yasmeen 8/19/2019 3:36:16 PM Shutter Styles

Growing in popularity, Tier on Tier shutters combine the features and benefits of Full Height and Café Style shutters. But how to know if Tier on Tier shutters are right for your windows? These pros and cons will shed some light on the matter!


Pros of Tier on Tier Shutters

Tier on Tier shutters are fully framed and cover the full height of your window opening. After ordering your shutters, you choose a customized divide point for your panels to be split into an upper and lower tier. This offers many benefits:
  • Full closure for privacy and light blockage when desired
  • Insulation against extreme outdoor temperatures when fully closed
  • The ability to keep the top tier open for maximum light entry, while the bottom is still closed for privacy
  • The ability to keep the bottom open or closed to accommodate an obstruction, such as an A/C unit at the bottom of the window opening, or furniture blocking the bottom of the window

Cons of Tier on Tier Shutters

Tier on Tier shutters are great for windows that are the proper size to accommodate this style.
If your window is too small, Tier on Tier can overpower the window and block much of the light with solid material on each panel, where the tiers meet.

If your window is too large, Tier on Tier style will be a bit more challenging to install for a perfect alignment, with more panels and hinges and moving parts involved.

If Tier on Tier does not sound just right for you, consider a different style:
  • Full Height shutters offer the same privacy and insulation, without the split in the upper and lower tiers. Add a mid-rail for control over the upper and lower slats independently.
  • Café Style shutters offer the same privacy benefits covering the lower portion of your window, while allowing maximum light entry at the top.


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