There are many types of TV wall mounts available on the market these days. Wall mount manufacturers are busy coming up with the new type of hardware all the time. We've put together this guide to help you understand the types of wall mounting brackets that exist on the market today and help you choose the right one for your needs and your budget.
The two most popular options are (1) tilting wall mounts and (2) full motions wall mounts. The rest of them are designed to answer some very specific needs. Our installers carry a stock of these popular mounts in their vehicle, in case you decide to purchase a mount from us. If you need us to provide a different type of a wall mount for your project, these can be added to your order when you speak with our dispatcher.
Flat wall mount
This is the most basic wall mounting bracket that you can find. It doesn't have any moving parts. The TV is stationary. It allows you to adjust the location of the TV by shifting it a few inches to the right or to the left during the installation, but once the TV is installed it's not supposed to move anymore.
A small (but key) improvement over the flat wall mount described above, this bracket allows you to adjust the vertical angle of your TV. Just like the previous mount, you can shift the TV a few inches to the right or to the left a few inches during the installation. After that, you can tilt it withing a certain range of angles.
This is the most popular wall mounting option and our installers always have a supply of these mounts with them if your decide to purchase the hardware from us. Can be used on any type of wall, studs or no studs, concrete, brick, etc. Can be used on more fireplaces.
Tilting (or tilted) wall mount
Full motion wall mount
This is a more complicated, and hence a more expensive, piece of hardware. These mounts weight more, cost more, but they also do more. You can move the TV in many ways other than up and down.
Because these mount allow you to point (or articulate) this TV in any direction by changing both its vertical angle and the horizontal angle, these wall mounts are also called "articulating".
A popular option that many customers choose. Our installers always have a supply of these mounts with them if your decide to purchase the hardware from us. Has to be secured to the studs inside the wall, which rules our some types of walls and some types of (usually, older) fireplaces.
These types of wall mounts are usually used on top of fireplaces where the TV would be positioned too high to watch it comfortable, even if it was tilted to the maximum available angle.
This type of hardware tends to be very expensive as it includes component designed to make it easier to pull the TV down, lift it back up, or leave the TV in an in-between position between to two ends of it's range of movement. These can be implemented are a system of metal springs or pressurized gas tubes similar in construction to the shock absorbers in your car.
Some models also include heat sensors that change colour if your the hot air from the fireplace makes your TV too hot.
This is a more "exotic" option, however, we've completed many projects like this. For most customers, a full-motion mount is sufficient. However, if you need a pull-down mount installed, we're happy to help you that too.
Pull-down TV wall mount
Ceiling mounts are used mostly in commercial applications, where there is no wall to attach the TV to. For example, if you need a display in the middle of your store, or wall it made of a material that you can't put a wall mount on (e.g. glass), using a ceiling mount is a great option.
A more expensive TV mounting option that is predominantly used in commercial applications (however, who's there to say that you can't have this installed at home?)
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