Louver Shop Product Glossary

Learn More about Our Shutters, Blinds and Shades

Develop the window treatments you dream about with custom shutters, blinds and shades from Louver Shop.

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

Keep reading to learn more about your options—all manufactured in the United States.

Interior Window Treatments

Plantation Shutters

Plantation shutters are chosen for privacy, light diffusion and airflow. Some products 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 collection of colors. Louver Shop exclusive. Also known as plantation blinds.
    • Classic Plantation Shutters: Premium wood and cellular PVC plantation shutters that create a traditional style in any home. Our most popular shutter.
    • Heritage Diamond Select™: Solid wood plantation shutters made with top-of-the-line materials. They will set your home apart from the rest.
    • LouverWood™: Cellular PVC plantation shutters that insulate three times better than wood.
    • Signature Shutters: Solid wood plantation shutters with an exclusive style 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 stylish with Hunter Douglas blinds from Louver Shop. As rugged as they are good-looking, there’s a window blind for every home. A strong option to filter light and increase 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 crafted 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 style of drapes.
    • Skyline®: Gliding vertical fabric panels with current style.
    • Somner®: Custom vertical blinds in vinyl, fabric or aluminum.
    • Vertical Solutions®: Budget-friendly fabric or vinyl vertical blinds.

Shades

Hunter Douglas shades can lessen sunlight, impact heat transfer and resist damaging UV rays.

  • Honeycomb Shades: Brings exceptional energy efficiency. Multiple 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 made.
  • 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, budget-friendly shades. Curls around a roller when raised. Some models feature improved insulation and light-filtering capabilities.
    • Designer Roller: Roller shade featuring more than 330 fabric choices.
    • Designer Screen: Roller shades with UV protection and a view.
    • Sonnette™: Traditional roller shade with energy-efficient construction.
  • Sheer Shades: Provides both light and privacy. Combines vertical or horizontal adjustable vanes floating between backings.
    • Nantucket™: Cost-effective sheers that combine drapes and floating horizontal blinds.
    • Pirouette®: Customizable sheers with excellent light control that integrate drapes and floating horizontal blinds.
    • Silhouette®: Premium sheers with exceptional light control that bring together drapes and floating horizontal blinds.
    • Luminette®: Combines the style of drapes and floating vertical blinds.

Hunter Douglas Operating Systems

Hunter Douglas offers a collection of motorized and manual operating systems for your 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 hold at a consistent length when raising or lowering shades.
  • LiteRise®: Cordless system works with your touch, pushing up to raise or pulling down to lower.
  • Duolite®: Light diffusion and shade darkening in one product.
  • LightLock™: Brings 100% blackout capability for Duette® Honeycomb Shades.
  • Top-Down/Bottom Up: Open your shades from the top, bottom or somewhere 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 easy operation and sleek 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 exceptional 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 choice for select Hunter Douglas products. Features superior energy efficiency.
  • Cells: Sections that form a honeycomb shade.
  • ClearView™: Proprietary Hunter Douglas feature that increases the outdoor view for select window treatments.
  • de-Light™: Proprietary Hunter Douglas option for blinds that hides cord holes and diminishes light leakage.
  • End Retention System: Proprietary Louver Shop option on hurricane shutters that eliminates the need for storm bars.
  • IllumiCell™: Proprietary Hunter Douglas light-diffusing feature 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 component for select horizontal blinds that approximately doubles the view.
  • Polymer: Also referred to as faux or fake wood. Ideal for rooms with high moisture.
  • PerfectView: Louver Shop offers a contemporary operating system for our shutters that hides the traditional tilt bar from sight. This allows smooth operation and improved view through the shutter.
  • Slat: Individual strips that make up 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 feature 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

Offer curb appeal to your home with decorative exterior shutters. Functional shutters offer options to defend your home from extreme weather and intense sunlight.

  • Bahama Shutters: Tropical-style shutter placed above windows to offer shade and allow in breezes while open. Creates privacy and protection against storms when closed. Built from wood, aluminum or fiberglass.*
  • Board and Batten Shutters: Ideal for rustic homes such as 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. Brings a classic, colonial touch to any home. Built in aluminum, fiberglass, hybrid (composite/wood), vinyl or wood.
  • Raised Panel Shutters: Our second most requested exterior shutter. Regularly used to resist against wind and storms.* Comes in aluminum, composite or vinyl.

Storm and Security Shutters

Louver Shop has the selection you need when it comes to rolling storm and security shutters. Whether you want to protect your home from high winds and heavy rains. Or safeguard your business against intruders. And some models offer extra insulation, keeping you cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.

  • Rolling Hurricane Shutters: Aluminum and stainless steel rolling shutters secure in place to safeguard your home from winds up to 230 mph.** Adds shade and insulation during clear days. Stored in a housing box above a window or door until they’re used. Comes with manual or automatic operating systems.
    • LouverShield™: Rolling hurricane shutters featuring an extra-small housing space. Resists winds up to 230 mph, insulates and increases security.
    • LouverStorm™: Rolling hurricane shutters featuring the smallest housing box in the industry. Withstands winds up to 200 mph, keeps out water, insulates and increases security.
  • Rolling Security Shutters: Aluminum, stainless steel, plastic and galvanized steel rolling shutters secure in place to safeguard your home from winds up to 140 mph.** Stored in a housing box above a window or door until they’re needed. Comes with manual or automatic operating systems.
    • LouverSafe™: Rolling security shutters designed to be subtle and beautifully pleasing. Crafted from 60 percent recycled aluminum.
    • LouverTite™: Rolling security shutters that defend against intruders and stand against winds up to 140 mph. Made from aluminum, stainless steel, plastic and galvanized steel.
  • Storm Bahama Shutters: Aluminum Bahama shutters. Created to rapidly help you safeguard your home from damaging weather.
  • Storm Louvered Shutters: Aluminum louvered shutters. Created to quickly help you safeguard your home from from damaging weather.
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