Louver Shop of Richmond Product Glossary
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Louver Shop of Richmond Product Glossary

Learn More about Our Shutters, Blinds and Shades

Create the window treatments you dream about with custom shutters, blinds and shades from Louver Shop of Richmond.

It can be hard 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 Richmond designer. We’ll deliver the window treatment showroom to your living room.

Read on to find out more about your options—all crafted in the United States.

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

Blinds

Make your home more comfortable and eye-catching with Hunter Douglas blinds from Louver Shop of Richmond. As tough as they are good-looking, there’s a window blind for every home. Use them to filter light and provide privacy.

  • Horizontal Blinds: Traditional window treatment available in wood or PVC.
    • EverWood®: Moisture-resistant PVC blinds that have the look of 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 look 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, reduce heat transfer and resist damaging UV rays.

  • Honeycomb Shades: Provides superior energy efficiency. Many 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 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 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: 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 excellent light control that bring together drapes and floating horizontal blinds.
    • Luminette®: Combines the beauty 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 hand, 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 simple.
  • 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 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 remove the most light.
  • Standard Cordlock: Locks into place for easy operation and streamlined appearance.
  • Combination Wand/Cord Control: Brings 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 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 choice for select Hunter Douglas products. Features exceptional energy efficiency.
  • Cells: Sections that comprise a honeycomb shade.
  • ClearView™: Proprietary Hunter Douglas feature 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 feature on hurricane shutters that takes away 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 component for select horizontal blinds that almost doubles the view.
  • Polymer: Also referred to as faux or fake wood. A strong choice for rooms with high moisture.
  • PerfectView: Louver Shop of Richmond offers a contemporary operating system for our shutters that hides the traditional tilt bar from sight. This allows smooth operation and increased view through the shutter.
  • Slat: Individual strips that compose a horizontal blind.
  • SofTrak™: Proprietary Hunter Douglas option for vertical blinds increasing effortless, 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

Add curb appeal to your home with decorative exterior shutters. Functional shutters offer options to protect your home from brutal weather and intense sunlight.

  • Bahama Shutters: Tropical-style shutter placed above windows to offer shade and allow in breezes while open. Creates privacy and protection against extreme weather when closed. Made 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. Constructed in wood, composite, vinyl or aluminum.
  • Louvered Shutters: Our most popular exterior shutter. Adds a classic, colonial style to any home. Available in aluminum, fiberglass, hybrid (composite/wood), vinyl or wood.
  • Raised Panel Shutters: Our second most popular exterior shutter. Regularly used to resist against wind and storms.* Built in aluminum, composite or vinyl.

Storm and Security Shutters

Louver Shop of Richmond has what you need when seeking rolling storm and security shutters. Whether you want to protect your home from severe elements. Or defend your business against outside intrusion. 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 secure in place to protect your home from winds up to 230 mph.** Adds shade and insulation on clear days. Held in a housing box above a window or door until they’re needed. 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 improves security.
    • LouverStorm™: Rolling hurricane shutters featuring 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 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 visually pleasing. Crafted from 60 percent recycled aluminum.
    • LouverTite™: Rolling security shutters that keep out intruders and withstand winds up to 140 mph. Built 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. Designed to quickly help you safeguard your home from from extreme weather.
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