Tips for Buying a Flat Panel TV Mount
Among the perks of a flat-panel television’s light weight and thin depth is the ability to install it right on a wall in your home. Even as all flat-panel TVs are equipped with pedestals allowing them to be placed on a TV stand, wall-mounting a TV lets you save space and improves a room’s aesthetics. There are currently various types of wall mounts on the market, so there are a few things you should to know before you take your pick.
Selecting the Right Mount for Your TV
To decide on the right mount, you have to decide what level of movement you need your TV to have, or if you’d rather mount it in a permanent spot. Next, make sure the mount you buy is rated for the weight and size of your TV.
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Fixed against Motion Mount
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This mount attaches the TV tight against the wall, giving a very clean, sleek and custom look. Needless to say, a fixed TV wall mount does not allow for any position adjustment. It is best for installations where you have absolute control over the lighting so that glare on the TV screen is avoided; and for rooms where people tend to view the TV from the exact same position, preferably at the center fronting the TV. Also, these are the least pricey TV mounts.
Tilting mounts permit vertical angling without changing the TV’s position on the wall. Horizontal movements are not allowed though. A tilting wall mount is advised for installations where a TV is positioned higher than usual, such as above a fireplace, allowing you to angle the screen down. Tilt adjustment also affords you some control over the glare coming from room lights or windows.
>> Full-Motion or Articulating
Full motion TV mounts (also referred to as articulating mounts) allow the greatest range of movement for your flat panel TV. An articulated swingarm gives you total freedom as far as positioning your TV is concerned. In short, full-motion mounts make sure that your TV is at the best viewing angle at all times.
Mount manufacturers use plastic, aluminum and steel as standard building materials. Our common sense will tell us that steel is most likely the most durable when used for bigger TVs, but you do feel confident that everything will be fine as long as the materials used are UL-rated for your TV.
Finally, choose a well-reputed TV mounting service to avoid expensive and frustrating problems with your installation. While any two or three adults can perform the task on their own, it is always best to entrust it to a professional. They’re called experts for a reason, so it may be best to take advantage of that.