Guidelines for Buying a Flat Panel TV Mount
One of the treats of a flat-panel television’s light weight and thin depth is the ease of installing it directly 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 quite a number of wall mounts on the market nowadays, so there are some things you have to know before you take a choice.
Selecting the Right Mount for Your TV
To select the right mount, first decide the kind of movement you want to have, or if you prefer to mount the TV in a permanent position. Next, make sure you purchase a mount that matches the size and weight of your TV.
Installations – Getting Started & Next Steps
Fixed against Motion Mount
A Brief Rundown of Options
This type of mount keeps the TV snug against the wall, making for a very sleek, 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. These are as well the most affordable TV mounts.
Tilting mounts let you angle your TV vertically, while keeping its position on the wall. They do not permit horizontal movements however. 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 termed articulating mounts) allow the greatest range of movement for your flat panel TV. An articulated swingarm lets you move the TV towards practically any direction. In other words, full-motion mounts make sure that your TV is always at the right viewing angle.
Aluminum, plastic and steel are all standard materials used by mount manufacturers. 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.
Lastly, pick a reputable TV mounting service to prevent expensive and frustrating issues with the installation. Even though any two or three adults will be able to perform the task on their own, it is always best to let the professionals handle it. There’s a reason they’re called experts, and you should take advantage of that.