Louver Shop Product Glossary

Learn More about Our Shutters, Blinds and Shades

Create the window treatments you desire with custom shutters, blinds and shades from Louver Shop.

It can be challenging to know where to get started, but our product glossary can help. As well as scheduling a free, in-home design consultation with your local Southeast Texas designer. We’ll transport the window treatment showroom to your living room.

Keep reading to find out more about your options—all crafted in the USA.

Interior Window Treatments

Plantation Shutters

Plantation shutters are used for privacy, light diffusion and airflow. Some models are built for extra energy efficiency.

  • Plantation Shutters: Classic style for current homes. Wood or cellular PVC shutters with wide louvers (2.5”, 3.5” or 4.5” options at no additional cost). Fully customizable and comes in a variety of colors. Louver Shop exclusive. Also known as plantation blinds.
    • Classic Plantation Shutters: Premium wood and cellular PVC plantation shutters that give a traditional style in any home. Our most popular shutter.
    • Heritage Diamond Select™: Solid wood plantation shutters crafted with top-of-the-line materials. They will set your home apart from the rest.
    • LouverWood™: Cellular PVC plantation shutters that insulate three times greater than wood.
    • Signature Shutters: Solid wood plantation shutters with an exclusive build only available from Louver Shop.
  • Traditional Shutters: The “original” interior wood shutter with narrow frames and small louvers (1.25”).

Blinds

Make your home more comfortable and eye-catching with Hunter Douglas blinds from Louver Shop. As tough as they are good-looking, there’s a window blind for every home. A great choice to filter light and enhance privacy.

  • Horizontal Blinds: Traditional window treatment available in wood or PVC.
    • EverWood®: Moisture-resistant PVC blinds that have the look of wood.
    • Parkland®: Classic horizontal hardwood blinds.
    • Plantation Blinds: Plantation blinds have wider slats, like plantation shutters. Usually made from wood or faux wood.
  • Mini Blinds: Horizontal aluminum blinds with long, narrow louvers.
  • Vertical Blinds: Individual louvers clipped into a sliding track at the top of the blind.
    • Cadence®: Soft vertical blinds with the impression of drapes.
    • Skyline®: Gliding vertical fabric panels with contemporary style.
    • Somner®: Custom vertical blinds in vinyl, fabric or aluminum.
    • Vertical Solutions®: Budget-friendly fabric or vinyl vertical blinds.

Shades

Hunter Douglas shades can filter sunlight, reduce heat transfer and defend against damaging UV rays.

  • Honeycomb Shades: Brings exceptional energy efficiency. Numerous air pockets give them a honeycomb-like shape and increased insulating qualities.
    • Applause®: Budget-friendly, energy-efficient honeycomb shade with triple-cell construction.
    • Duette®: Most energy-efficient honeycomb shade available.
  • Pleated Shades: A single piece of fabric that stacks into neat pleats when raised.
  • Roman Shades: One piece of fabric that hangs flat while closed and stacks when raised.
  • Roller and Solar Shades: Simple, affordable shades. Curls around a roller when raised. Some models offer extra insulation and light-filtering capabilities.
    • Designer Roller: Roller shade with more than 330 fabric choices.
    • Designer Screen: Roller shades that bring UV protection and a view.
    • Sonnette™: Traditional roller shade with energy-efficient construction.
  • Sheer Shades: Offers both light and privacy. Combines vertical or horizontal adjustable vanes floating between backings.
    • Nantucket™: Cost-effective sheers that integrate drapes and floating horizontal blinds.
    • Pirouette®: Customizable sheers with superior light control that integrate drapes and floating horizontal blinds.
    • Silhouette®: Premium sheers with superior light control that integrate drapes and floating horizontal blinds.
    • Luminette®: Combines the beauty of drapes and floating vertical blinds.

Hunter Douglas Operating Systems

Hunter Douglas offers a set of motorized and manual operating systems for their blinds and shades. Available systems vary based on the product.

Motorized Operating Systems

  • PowerView®: Wireless operating system controlled or scheduled via a remote or mobile device.
  • SoftTouch™: Battery-operated system with wand operation.
  • Vertical Motorized System: Remote or wall-mount system for vertical blinds.

Manual Operating Systems

  • UltraGlide®: Retractable cord or wand stay at a consistent length when raising or lowering shades.
  • LiteRise®: Cordless system works with your movement, pushing up to raise or pulling down to lower.
  • Duolite®: Light diffusion and window darkening in one product.
  • LightLock™: Adds 100% blackout capability for Duette® Honeycomb Shades.
  • Top-Down/Bottom Up: Open your shades from the top, bottom or anywhere in between.
  • Vertiglide™: Cordless operating system for Duette® and Applause® Honeycomb Shades. Available in either manual or motorized.
  • SimpleLift™: Contoured bottom rail removes the need for a handle, making raising and lowering shades simple.
  • Cordless Lifting System: Cord-free spring-assist system to raise and lower large window coverings.
  • EasyRise™: Pull on a loop to raise or lower a shade.
  • Clutch-Operated Continuous Cord Loop: Continuous loop works on a pulley, rotating a clutch to raise or lower a shade.
  • Custom Clutch: Smooth operating system that creates the smallest gap possible between a shade and a window to reduce the most light.
  • Standard Cordlock: Locks into place for convenient operation and streamlined appearance.
  • Combination Wand/Cord Control: Brings single control to traverse or rotate the vanes or louvers.
  • Wand Control: Swaps looped pull cords with a wand.
  • Chain and Cord: Brings smooth operation and excellent light control.

Parts and Features of Shutters, Blinds and Shades

We frequently refer to these parts and features on our window treatment product pages.

  • Architella®: Premium feature for unique Hunter Douglas products. Features excellent energy efficiency.
  • Cells: Sections that form a honeycomb shade.
  • ClearView™: Proprietary Hunter Douglas component that expands the outdoor view for select window treatments.
  • de-Light™: Proprietary Hunter Douglas feature for blinds that hides cord holes and reduces light leakage.
  • End Retention System: Proprietary Louver Shop feature on hurricane shutters that removes the need for storm bars.
  • IllumiCell™: Proprietary Hunter Douglas light-diffusing component for Duette® Architella® Honeycomb Shades.
  • Invisi-Lift™: Proprietary Hunter Douglas component for shades that floats horizontal vanes on a sheer backing.
  • Louver: Wide horizontal panels in a plantation shutter.
  • MagnaView®: Proprietary Hunter Douglas feature for select horizontal blinds that almost doubles the view.
  • Polymer: Also known as faux or fake wood. Ideal for rooms with high moisture.
  • PerfectView: Louver Shop offers a current operating system for our shutters that hides the traditional tilt bar from sight. This offers smooth operation and improved view through the shutter.
  • Slat: Individual strips that compose a horizontal blind.
  • SofTrak™: Proprietary Hunter Douglas feature for vertical blinds increasing smooth, quiet operation.
  • Tilt Rod: Used on shutters to open or close louvers.
  • Trielle™: Proprietary option for Hunter Douglas Duette Architella Honeycomb Shades that enhances energy efficiency.
  • Vane: Hanging panels in a vertical blind.

Exterior Shutters

Decorative and Operational Exterior Shutters

Bring curb appeal to your home with decorative exterior shutters. Functional shutters have options to protect your home from severe weather and damaging sunlight.

  • Bahama Shutters: Tropical-style shutter installed above windows to offer shade and allow in breezes while open. Provides privacy and protection against wind and rain when closed. Built from wood, aluminum or fiberglass.*
  • Board and Batten Shutters: Perfect for rustic homes like lake houses and cabins.
    Crafted from wide vertical planks connected by a horizontal bar referred to as a batten. Available in wood, composite, vinyl or aluminum.
  • Louvered Shutters: Our best selling exterior shutter. Adds a classic, colonial look to any home. Built in aluminum, fiberglass, hybrid (composite/wood), vinyl or wood.
  • Raised Panel Shutters: Our second most popular exterior shutter. Historically used to protect against wind and storms.* Available in aluminum, composite or vinyl.

Storm and Security Shutters

Louver Shop has what you need when seeking rolling storm and security shutters. Whether you need to protect your home from extreme weather. Or defend your business against invasion. And particular models offer extra insulation, keeping you cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.

  • Rolling Hurricane Shutters: Aluminum and stainless steel rolling shutters connect in place to protect your home from winds up to 230 mph.** Increases shade and insulation on clear days. Held in a housing box above a window or door until they’re needed. Available with manual or automatic operating systems.
    • LouverShield™: Rolling hurricane shutters featuring an extra-small housing space. Withstands winds up to 230 mph, insulates and improves security.
    • LouverStorm™: Rolling hurricane shutters including the smallest housing box in the industry. Withstands winds up to 200 mph, keeps out water, insulates and provides security.
  • Rolling Security Shutters: Aluminum, stainless steel, plastic and galvanized steel rolling shutters lock in place to defend your home from winds up to 140 mph.** Held in a housing box above a window or door until they’re used. Built with manual or automatic operating systems.
    • LouverSafe™: Rolling security shutters designed to be subtle and aesthetically pleasing. Built from 60 percent recycled aluminum.
    • LouverTite™: Rolling security shutters that keep out intruders and withstand winds up to 140 mph. Built from aluminum, stainless steel, plastic and galvanized steel.
  • Storm Bahama Shutters: Aluminum Bahama shutters. Created to quickly help you protect your home from severe weather.
  • Storm Louvered Shutters: Aluminum louvered shutters. Created to quickly help you protect your home from from severe weather.
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