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Louver Shop of Raleigh Product Glossary

Learn More about Our Shutters, Blinds and Shades

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

It can be hard to know where to begin, but our product glossary can help. As well as planning a free, in-home design consultation with your local Raleigh consultant. 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 a great choice for privacy, light diffusion and airflow. Some products 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 of Raleigh exclusive. Also known as plantation blinds.
    • Classic Plantation Shutters: Premium wood and cellular PVC plantation shutters that give 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 design only available from Louver Shop of Raleigh.
  • Traditional Shutters: The “original” interior wood shutter with narrow frames and small louvers (1.25”).

Blinds

Make your home more cozy and stylish with Hunter Douglas blinds from Louver Shop of Raleigh. As rugged as they are good-looking, there’s a window blind for every home. Use them to filter light and increase privacy.

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

  • Honeycomb Shades: Brings excellent energy efficiency. Numerous air pockets give them a honeycomb-like shape and strong 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 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 provide improved insulation and light-filtering capabilities.
    • Designer Roller: Roller shade with 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™: Budget-friendly sheers that bring together drapes and floating horizontal blinds.
    • Pirouette®: Customizable sheers with superior light control that integrate drapes and floating horizontal blinds.
    • Silhouette®: Premium sheers with exceptional light control that combine drapes and floating horizontal blinds.
    • Luminette®: Combines the style of drapes and floating vertical blinds.

Hunter Douglas Operating Systems

Hunter Douglas has 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 hold 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 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 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 solutions.
  • 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 offers the smallest gap possible between a shade and a window to remove the most light.
  • Standard Cordlock: Locks into place for easy operation and cleaner appearance.
  • Combination Wand/Cord Control: Offers 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 superior 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 feature for select Hunter Douglas products. Features exceptional energy efficiency.
  • Cells: Sections that make up a honeycomb shade.
  • ClearView™: Proprietary Hunter Douglas feature that expands the outdoor view for select window treatments.
  • de-Light™: Proprietary Hunter Douglas feature for blinds that hides cord holes and reduces light leakage.
  • End Retention System: Proprietary Louver Shop component on hurricane shutters that removes the need for storm bars.
  • IllumiCell™: Proprietary Hunter Douglas light-diffusing feature 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 called faux or fake wood. Suited for rooms with high moisture.
  • PerfectView: Louver Shop of Raleigh offers a current operating system for our shutters that hides the traditional tilt bar from sight. This offers smooth operation and enhanced 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 option 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

Bring curb appeal to your home with decorative exterior shutters. Functional shutters bring options to protect your home from brutal weather and damaging sunlight.

  • Bahama Shutters: Tropical-style shutter installed above windows to improve shade and bring in breezes while open. Provides privacy and protection against wind and rain when closed. Built 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 referred to as a batten. Available in wood, composite, vinyl or aluminum.
  • Louvered Shutters: Our customers’ favorite exterior shutter. Brings 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. Regularly used to defend against wind and storms.* Available in aluminum, composite or vinyl.

Storm and Security Shutters

Louver Shop of Raleigh has you covered when seeking rolling storm and security shutters. Whether you need to protect your home from high winds and heavy rains. Or strengthen your business against invasion. And particular 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 safeguard your home from winds up to 230 mph.** Provides 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. Resists winds up to 230 mph, insulates and increases security.
    • LouverStorm™: Rolling hurricane shutters including the smallest housing box in the industry. Resists winds up to 200 mph, keeps out water, insulates and provides security.
  • Rolling Security Shutters: Aluminum, stainless steel, plastic and galvanized steel rolling shutters connect in place to defend 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 aesthetically pleasing. Made from 60 percent recycled aluminum.
    • LouverTite™: Rolling security shutters that defend against intruders and block winds up to 140 mph. Built from aluminum, stainless steel, plastic and galvanized steel.
  • Storm Bahama Shutters: Aluminum Bahama shutters. Created to efficiently help you protect your home from extreme weather.
  • Storm Louvered Shutters: Aluminum louvered shutters. Made to rapidly help you safeguard your home from from damaging weather.
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