Louver Shop of Philadelphia Product Glossary

Learn More about Our Shutters, Blinds and Shades

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

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

Read on to learn more about your options—all manufactured in the USA.

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 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 comes in an array of colors. Louver Shop of Philadelphia 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 better than wood.
    • Signature Shutters: Solid wood plantation shutters with an exclusive style only available from Louver Shop of Philadelphia.
  • Traditional Shutters: The “original” interior wood shutter with narrow frames and miniature louvers (1.25”).

Blinds

Make your home more cozy and fashionable with Hunter Douglas blinds from Louver Shop of Philadelphia. As durable as they are beautiful, there’s a window blind for every home. A great choice to filter light and provide 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 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 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 filter sunlight, decrease 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 nests 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 increased insulation and light-filtering capabilities.
  • Sheer Shades: Brings 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 bring together drapes and floating horizontal blinds.
    • Silhouette®: Premium sheers with superior light control that bring together drapes and floating horizontal blinds.
    • Luminette®: Combines the look of drapes and floating vertical blinds.

Hunter Douglas Operating Systems

Hunter Douglas brings 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 window treatments.
  • LiteRise®: Cordless system works with your hand, 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 any point 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 easy.
  • 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 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 reduce the most light.
  • Standard Cordlock: Locks into place for simple operation and cleaner appearance.
  • Combination Wand/Cord Control: Offers single control to traverse or rotate the vanes or louvers.
  • Wand Control: Replaces 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 feature for specific Hunter Douglas products. Features excellent energy efficiency.
  • Cells: Sections that form a honeycomb shade.
  • ClearView™: Proprietary Hunter Douglas component that improves the outdoor view for select window treatments.
  • de-Light™: Proprietary Hunter Douglas component for blinds that hides cord holes and lessens 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 option for select horizontal blinds that nearly doubles the view.
  • Polymer: Also referred to as faux or fake wood. Ideal for rooms with high moisture.
  • PerfectView: Louver Shop of Philadelphia offers a contemporary operating system for our shutters that hides the traditional tilt bar from view. This provides smooth operation and improved view through the shutter.
  • Slat: Individual strips that make up a horizontal blind.
  • SofTrak™: Proprietary Hunter Douglas component for vertical blinds ensuring easy, 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

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 create shade and bring in breezes while open. Creates privacy and protection against wind and rain when closed. Built from wood, aluminum or fiberglass.*
  • Board and Batten Shutters: Ideal for rustic homes including lake houses and cabins.
    Crafted from wide vertical planks connected by a horizontal bar known as a batten. Produced in wood, composite, vinyl or aluminum.
  • Louvered Shutters: Our best selling exterior shutter. Brings a classic, colonial style to any home. Crafted in aluminum, fiberglass, hybrid (composite/wood), vinyl or wood.
  • Raised Panel Shutters: Our second most popular exterior shutter. Regularly used to protect against wind and storms.* Available in aluminum, composite or vinyl.

Storm and Security Shutters

Louver Shop of Philadelphia has what you need when you want rolling storm and security shutters. Whether you plan to protect your home from extreme weather. Or defend your business against invasion. And some models provide 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 during clear days. Contained in a housing box above a window or door until they’re needed. Comes with manual or automatic operating systems.
    • LouverShield™: Rolling hurricane shutters with an extra-small housing space. Defends against winds up to 230 mph, insulates and increases security.
    • LouverStorm™: Rolling hurricane shutters with the smallest housing box in the industry. Defends against 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 protect 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. Made 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. Designed to efficiently help you protect your home from severe weather.
  • Storm Louvered Shutters: Aluminum louvered shutters. Created to efficiently help you defend your home from from extreme weather.
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