Louver Shop Product Glossary

Learn More about Our Shutters, Blinds and Shades

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

It can be difficult to know where to get started, but our product glossary can give you a hand. As well as scheduling a free, in-home design consultation with your local New Jersey consultant. We’ll transport the window treatment showroom to your living room.

See below to discover more about your options—all built in the U.S.

Interior Window Treatments

Plantation Shutters

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

  • Plantation Shutters: Classic style for modern 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 an array 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 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 more efficiently 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 cozy and eye-catching with Hunter Douglas blinds from Louver Shop. As tough as they are good-looking, there’s a window blind for every room. A great choice to filter light and enhance privacy.

  • Horizontal Blinds: Traditional window treatment built in wood or PVC.
    • EverWood®: Moisture-resistant PVC blinds that look like wood.
    • Parkland®: Classic horizontal hardwood blinds.
    • Plantation Blinds: Plantation blinds have wider slats, like plantation shutters. Usually built 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 diffuse sunlight, reduce heat transfer and resist damaging UV rays.

  • Honeycomb Shades: Offers superior energy efficiency. Multiple air pockets give them a honeycomb-like shape and excellent 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, affordable shades. Curls around a roller when raised. Some models offer improved insulation and light-filtering capabilities.
    • Designer Roller: Roller shade featuring 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 combine drapes and floating horizontal blinds.
    • Pirouette®: Customizable sheers with superior light control that combine drapes and floating horizontal blinds.
    • Silhouette®: Premium sheers with superior light control that integrate drapes and floating horizontal blinds.
    • Luminette®: Combines the style of drapes and floating vertical blinds.

Hunter Douglas Operating Systems

Hunter Douglas brings a variety of motorized and manual operating systems for its 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 window treatments.
  • LiteRise®: Cordless system works with your movement, pushing up to raise or pulling down to lower.
  • Duolite®: Light diffusion and room darkening in one product.
  • LightLock™: Provides 100% blackout capability for Duette® Honeycomb Shades.
  • Top-Down/Bottom Up: Open your shades from the top, bottom or any point in between.
  • Vertiglide™: Cordless operating system for Duette® and Applause® Honeycomb Shades. Can be manual or motorized.
  • SimpleLift™: Contoured bottom rail takes away the need for a handle, making raising and lowering shades convenient.
  • Cordless Lifting System: Cord-free spring-assist system to raise and lower large window solutions.
  • 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 provides 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: Offers single control to traverse or rotate the vanes or louvers.
  • Wand Control: Changes looped pull cords with a wand.
  • Chain and Cord: Provides smooth operation and excellent light control.

Parts and Features of Shutters, Blinds and Shades

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

  • Architella®: Premium feature for specific Hunter Douglas products. Features excellent energy efficiency.
  • Cells: Sections that comprise a honeycomb shade.
  • ClearView™: Proprietary Hunter Douglas option that improves the outdoor view for select window treatments.
  • de-Light™: Proprietary Hunter Douglas component for blinds that hides cord holes and diminishes light leakage.
  • End Retention System: Proprietary Louver Shop option on hurricane shutters that takes away the need for storm bars.
  • IllumiCell™: Proprietary Hunter Douglas light-diffusing component for Duette® Architella® Honeycomb Shades.
  • Invisi-Lift™: Proprietary Hunter Douglas feature 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 approximately doubles the view.
  • Polymer: Also referred to as faux or fake wood. Ideal for rooms with high moisture.
  • PerfectView: Louver Shop offers a modern operating system for our shutters that hides the traditional tilt bar from being seen. This offers smooth operation and increased view through the shutter.
  • Slat: Individual strips that make up a horizontal blind.
  • SofTrak™: Proprietary Hunter Douglas feature for vertical blinds increasing easy, quiet operation.
  • Tilt Rod: Used on shutters to open or close louvers.
  • Trielle™: Proprietary component for Hunter Douglas Duette Architella Honeycomb Shades that improves 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 bring options to safeguard your home from extreme weather and damaging sunlight.

  • Bahama Shutters: Tropical-style shutter installed above windows to improve shade and bring in breezes while open. Increases privacy and protection against wind and rain when closed. Made from wood, aluminum or fiberglass.*
  • Board and Batten Shutters: Ideal for rustic homes including lake houses and cabins.
    Built from wide vertical planks connected by a horizontal bar known as a batten. Constructed in wood, composite, vinyl or aluminum.
  • Louvered Shutters: Our best selling exterior shutter. Offers a classic, colonial look to any home. Available in aluminum, fiberglass, hybrid (composite/wood), vinyl or wood.
  • Raised Panel Shutters: Our second most purchased exterior shutter. Traditionally used to protect against wind and storms.* Built in aluminum, composite or vinyl.

Storm and Security Shutters

Louver Shop has what 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 connect in place to defend your home from winds up to 230 mph.** Increases shade and insulation during clear days. Contained in a housing box above a window or door until they’re lowered. Available with manual or automatic operating systems.
    • LouverShield™: Rolling hurricane shutters with an extra-small housing space. Resists winds up to 230 mph, insulates and provides security.
    • LouverStorm™: Rolling hurricane shutters including the smallest housing box in the industry. Withstands winds up to 200 mph, keeps out water, insulates and improves 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.** 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 visually pleasing. Crafted from 60 percent recycled aluminum.
    • LouverTite™: Rolling security shutters that defend against intruders and stand against winds up to 140 mph. Constructed from aluminum, stainless steel, plastic and galvanized steel.
  • Storm Bahama Shutters: Aluminum Bahama shutters. Made to efficiently help you defend your home from severe weather.
  • Storm Louvered Shutters: Aluminum louvered shutters. Created to rapidly help you defend your home from from severe weather.
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