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 begin, but our product glossary can give you a hand. As well as planning a free, in-home design consultation with your local Pittsburgh designer. We’ll transport the window treatment showroom to your living room.

See below to find out 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 styles are built for extra 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 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 built 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 design 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 durable as they are beautiful, there’s a window blind for every room. Use them to filter light and increase privacy.

  • Horizontal Blinds: Traditional window treatment crafted in wood or PVC.
    • EverWood®: Moisture-resistant PVC blinds that have the look of wood.
    • Parkland®: Elegant 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 style of drapes.
    • Skyline®: Gliding vertical fabric panels with modern 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 defend against damaging UV rays.

  • Honeycomb Shades: Brings superior 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 offer increased insulation and light-filtering capabilities.
    • Designer Roller: Roller shade offering more than 330 fabric choices.
    • Designer Screen: Roller shades combining UV protection and a view.
    • Sonnette™: Traditional roller shade with energy-efficient construction.
  • Sheer Shades: Offers both light and privacy. Incorporates vertical or horizontal adjustable vanes floating between backings.
    • Nantucket™: Affordable sheers that combine drapes and floating horizontal blinds.
    • Pirouette®: Customizable sheers with excellent light control that bring together drapes and floating horizontal blinds.
    • Silhouette®: Premium sheers with excellent 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 offers a variety 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 window treatments.
  • 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 anywhere in between.
  • Vertiglide™: Cordless operating system for Duette® and Applause® Honeycomb Shades. Available in either 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 treatments.
  • EasyRise™: Pull on a loop to raise or lower a shade.
  • Clutch-Operated Continuous Cord Loop: Continuous loop moves 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 block the most light.
  • Standard Cordlock: Locks into place for easy operation and cleaner appearance.
  • Combination Wand/Cord Control: Provides 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 option for specific Hunter Douglas products. Features exceptional energy efficiency.
  • Cells: Sections that comprise a honeycomb shade.
  • ClearView™: Proprietary Hunter Douglas component that increases the outdoor view for select window treatments.
  • de-Light™: Proprietary Hunter Douglas option for blinds that hides cord holes and reduces 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 option 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 component for select horizontal blinds that nearly doubles the view.
  • Polymer: Also called 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 provides smooth operation and improved view through the shutter.
  • Slat: Individual strips that are part of a horizontal blind.
  • SofTrak™: Proprietary Hunter Douglas option for vertical blinds allowing 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 offer options to safeguard your home from severe weather and relentless sunlight.

  • Bahama Shutters: Tropical-style shutter installed above windows to offer shade and allow in breezes while open. Increases privacy and protection against wind and rain when closed. Crafted from wood, aluminum or fiberglass.*
  • Board and Batten Shutters: Perfect for rustic homes such as lake houses and cabins.
    Made from wide vertical planks connected by a horizontal bar referred to as a batten. Available in wood, composite, vinyl or aluminum.
  • Louvered Shutters: Our customers’ favorite exterior shutter. Brings a classic, colonial touch to any home. Available in aluminum, fiberglass, hybrid (composite/wood), vinyl or wood.
  • Raised Panel Shutters: Our second most requested exterior shutter. Traditionally used to resist against wind and storms.* Built in aluminum, composite or vinyl.

Storm and Security Shutters

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

  • Rolling Hurricane Shutters: Aluminum and stainless steel rolling shutters lock in place to defend your home from winds up to 230 mph.** Increases shade and insulation for clear days. Contained in a housing box above a window or door until they’re lowered. Comes with manual or automatic operating systems.
    • LouverShield™: Rolling hurricane shutters including an extra-small housing space. Withstands winds up to 230 mph, insulates and provides 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 lock 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 lowered. Built with manual or automatic operating systems.
    • LouverSafe™: Rolling security shutters designed to be subtle and visually pleasing. Built from 60 percent recycled aluminum.
    • LouverTite™: Rolling security shutters that resist intruders and stand against winds up to 140 mph. Made from aluminum, stainless steel, plastic and galvanized steel.
  • Storm Bahama Shutters: Aluminum Bahama shutters. Designed to quickly help you safeguard your home from severe weather.
  • Storm Louvered Shutters: Aluminum louvered shutters. Designed to quickly help you safeguard your home from from damaging weather.
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