Guidelines for Buying a Flat Panel TV Mount

One of the bonuses of a flat-panel television’s light weight and thin depth is the ease of mounting it directly on a wall in your home. Although all flat-panel TVs have pedestals that let them be placed on a TV stand, wall-mounting a TV can save space and enhance the aesthetics of a room. 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.

Picking the Right Mount for Your TV

To pick the right mount, first decide what type of movement you want your TV to have, or if you’d rather mount it on a fixed spot. Next, make sure the mount you buy is rated for the weight and size of your TV.
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>> Fixed

This kind of affixes the TV snug against the wall, offering a very neat, custom look. Needless to say, a fixed TV wall mount does not allow for any position adjustment. It is, however, best for installations where you have complete control with the lighting, to avoid glare on the screen; and for parts of the home where people will always be watching the TV from a single position, ideally at the center fronting the TV. These are as well the most affordable TV mounts.

>> Tilting

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 known 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 other words, full-motion mounts will make sure that your TV is at the right viewing angle at any time.

Durability

Steel, plastic and aluminum are all standard materials mount manufacturers utilize. Common sense will tell us that steel will like be the best for bigger TVs, but do feel assured that whatever materials were used, as long as you have a mount UL-rated for your TV, everything should be fine.

Conclusion

Lastly, select a reliable TV mounting service to keep expensive and frustrating problems away. Although any two or three adults can do the task by themselves, it is always best to leave it to the pros. They’re called experts for a reason, so it may be best to take advantage of that.