A track allows shutters to be fitted across much wider openings such as patio doors or room dividers. The track frame is different from the typical frame found surrounding a shutter as there is an aluminium track fitted at the top allowing the shutters to be hung from wheels that slide along the track. The side frames are a different profile to the top frame so they are butt jointed in the corners where they meet. You will need to drill your own pilot holes and use your own screws to fix track frames together.
TOP TRACK HEAD – The main frame you need when ordering tracked shutters is the top frame. This frame comes pre-fitted with the aluminium track, the wheels fitted to the top of the each shutter run along this track. The top track head is shaped like the large 76mm L frame, the insert has been adapted into a larger top pelmet that clips into place covering any fixing holes and the top track. Typically the top track is screwed into the top recess through the large light stop behind the track.
TOP PELMET – The top pelmet fits into the front of the main top track head covering the aluminium track and closing the gap.
TRACK SIDES – The sides help support the top track head and help cover the clearance gap at the edge of shutters.
BOTTOM GUIDE – As standard track mounted shutters will come with the M shaped bottom aluminium guide. The main bottom pivots are fitted into this guide and below every track wheel, there is an opposing bottom track guide, as the name suggests this helps guide the shutters when opening and closing them. You can choose to have an actual bottom frame, the aluminium track becomes a U shape guide that is rebated into a bottom wooden batten.
STILES – Side stiles are increased to 50.8mm for track installations, they are butt joints and side magnets to help them stay closed. Rebated stiles are not available.
PANEL WIDTH LIMITATION – Width and height limitations remain the same, so the maximum panel width for wooden shutters is 660mm and for MDF is 600mm, though due to the weight we don’t recommend using MDF shutters on track mounted designs.
LOUVRE CLEARANCE – The clearance from the back of any louvre blades to the back edge of the track are as follows:
- 64mm = 43mm
- 76mm = 37mm
- 89mm = 30mm
TRACK WIDTH – The standard width of the track frame is 100mm from front to back, the main top frame is 89mm with an 11mm thick pelmet.
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