Louver Shop Product Glossary

Learn More about Our Shutters, Blinds and Shades

Develop 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 booking a free, in-home design consultation with your local Detroit professional. 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 chosen for privacy, light diffusion and airflow. Some models are built for improved energy efficiency.

  • Plantation Shutters: Classic style for contemporary homes. Wood or cellular PVC shutters with wide louvers (2.5”, 3.5” or 4.5” options at no additional cost). Fully customizable and made 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 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 style only available from Louver Shop.
  • Traditional Shutters: The “original” interior wood shutter with narrow frames and smaller louvers (1.25”).

Blinds

Make your home more pleasant and stylish with Hunter Douglas blinds from Louver Shop. As rugged as they are beautiful, there’s a window blind for every room. A strong option to filter light and enhance privacy.

  • Horizontal Blinds: Traditional window treatment crafted in wood or PVC.
    • EverWood®: Moisture-resistant PVC blinds that give the appearance 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 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 lessen sunlight, impact heat transfer and resist damaging UV rays.

  • Honeycomb Shades: Provides exceptional 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 folds 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 feature extra insulation and light-filtering capabilities.
    • Designer Roller: Roller shade offering 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™: Affordable sheers that integrate drapes and floating horizontal blinds.
    • Pirouette®: Customizable sheers with excellent 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 beauty of drapes and floating vertical blinds.

Hunter Douglas Operating Systems

Hunter Douglas brings a variety 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 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 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 somewhere in between.
  • Vertiglide™: Cordless operating system for Duette® and Applause® Honeycomb Shades. Available in either manual or motorized.
  • SimpleLift™: Contoured bottom rail eliminates 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 operates 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 remove the most light.
  • Standard Cordlock: Locks into place for convenient operation and cleaner appearance.
  • Combination Wand/Cord Control: Provides single control to traverse or rotate the vanes or louvers.
  • Wand Control: Replaces looped pull cords with a wand.
  • Chain and Cord: Provides smooth operation and exceptional light control.

Parts and Features of Shutters, Blinds and Shades

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

  • Architella®: Premium option for unique Hunter Douglas products. Features exceptional energy efficiency.
  • Cells: Sections that make up 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 diminishes light leakage.
  • End Retention System: Proprietary Louver Shop option on hurricane shutters that removes the need for storm bars.
  • IllumiCell™: Proprietary Hunter Douglas light-diffusing option for Duette® Architella® Honeycomb Shades.
  • Invisi-Lift™: Proprietary Hunter Douglas option 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. A strong choice for rooms with high moisture.
  • PerfectView: Louver Shop offers a modern operating system for our shutters that hides the traditional tilt bar from view. This provides smooth operation and enhanced view through the shutter.
  • Slat: Individual strips that make up a horizontal blind.
  • SofTrak™: Proprietary Hunter Douglas feature for vertical blinds allowing smooth, quiet operation.
  • Tilt Rod: Used on shutters to open or close louvers.
  • Trielle™: Proprietary feature for Hunter Douglas Duette Architella Honeycomb Shades that increases energy efficiency.
  • Vane: Hanging panels in a vertical blind.

Exterior Shutters

Decorative and Operational Exterior Shutters

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

  • Bahama Shutters: Tropical-style shutter mounted above windows to improve shade and let in breezes while open. Creates privacy and protection against wind and rain when closed. Crafted from wood, aluminum or fiberglass.*
  • Board and Batten Shutters: Ideal for rustic homes such as lake houses and cabins.
    Built from wide vertical planks connected by a horizontal bar called a batten. Produced in wood, composite, vinyl or aluminum.
  • Louvered Shutters: Our best selling exterior shutter. Adds a classic, colonial style to any home. Crafted in aluminum, fiberglass, hybrid (composite/wood), vinyl or wood.
  • Raised Panel Shutters: Our second most purchased exterior shutter. Traditionally used to defend against wind and storms.* Built in aluminum, composite or vinyl.

Storm and Security Shutters

Louver Shop has you covered when seeking rolling storm and security shutters. Whether you plan to protect your home from high winds and heavy rains. Or defend your business against outside intrusion. And particular models provide 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 safeguard your home from winds up to 230 mph.** Increases shade and insulation for clear days. Held 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. Withstands winds up to 230 mph, insulates and increases security.
    • LouverStorm™: Rolling hurricane shutters including 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 connect 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 used. Comes with manual or automatic operating systems.
    • LouverSafe™: Rolling security shutters designed to be subtle and beautifully pleasing. Made from 60 percent recycled aluminum.
    • LouverTite™: Rolling security shutters that resist intruders and block winds up to 140 mph. Made 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 rapidly help you protect your home from from damaging weather.
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