Louver Shop of Gulf Coast Product Glossary
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Louver Shop of Gulf Coast 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 Gulf Coast.

It can be challenging to know where to begin, but our product glossary can provide answers. As well as booking a free, in-home design consultation with your local Gulf Coast consultant. We’ll transport the window treatment showroom to your living room.

See below to discover more about your options—all crafted 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 variety of colors. Louver Shop of Gulf Coast 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 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 Gulf Coast.
  • Traditional Shutters: The “original” interior wood shutter with narrow frames and small louvers (1.25”).

Blinds

Make your home more pleasant and stylish with Hunter Douglas blinds from Louver Shop of Gulf Coast. As durable as they are beautiful, there’s a window blind for every home. A strong option to filter light and provide 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 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 filter sunlight, decrease 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 on the market.
  • 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, budget-friendly shades. Curls around a roller when raised. Some models provide improved 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. Incorporates vertical or horizontal adjustable vanes floating between backings.
    • Nantucket™: Cost-effective sheers that bring together drapes and floating horizontal blinds.
    • Pirouette®: Customizable sheers with excellent light control that integrate drapes and floating horizontal blinds.
    • Silhouette®: Premium sheers with superior light control that integrate drapes and floating horizontal blinds.
    • Luminette®: Combines the look 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 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 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 any point in between.
  • Vertiglide™: Cordless operating system for Duette® and Applause® Honeycomb Shades. Available in either manual or motorized.
  • SimpleLift™: Contoured bottom rail removes 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 operates 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 reduce 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: Changes looped pull cords with a wand.
  • Chain and Cord: Provides 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 choice for select Hunter Douglas products. Features superior energy efficiency.
  • Cells: Sections that form 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 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 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 almost doubles the view.
  • Polymer: Also called faux or fake wood. Ideal for rooms with high moisture.
  • PerfectView: Louver Shop of Gulf Coast offers a current operating system for our shutters that hides the traditional tilt bar from being seen. This provides smooth operation and increased view through the shutter.
  • Slat: Individual strips that make up a horizontal blind.
  • SofTrak™: Proprietary Hunter Douglas component 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 enhances 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 safeguard your home from severe weather and relentless sunlight.

  • Bahama Shutters: Tropical-style shutter mounted above windows to improve shade and let in breezes while open. Creates privacy and protection against extreme weather when closed. Made from wood, aluminum or fiberglass.*
  • Board and Batten Shutters: Ideal for rustic homes like lake houses and cabins.
    Crafted 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 touch to any home. Built 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 Gulf Coast has the selection you need when it comes to rolling storm and security shutters. Whether you need to protect your home from high winds and heavy rains. Or safeguard your business against invasion. 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 connect in place to safeguard your home from winds up to 230 mph.** Adds shade and insulation during clear days. Stored in a housing box above a window or door until they’re needed. 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 provides security.
    • LouverStorm™: Rolling hurricane shutters with the smallest housing box in the industry. Withstands 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 safeguard your home from winds up to 140 mph.** Stored in a housing box above a window or door until they’re lowered. Available with manual or automatic operating systems.
    • LouverSafe™: Rolling security shutters designed to be subtle and visually pleasing. Made from 60 percent recycled aluminum.
    • LouverTite™: Rolling security shutters that resist intruders and withstand winds up to 140 mph. Made from aluminum, stainless steel, plastic and galvanized steel.
  • Storm Bahama Shutters: Aluminum Bahama shutters. Created to rapidly help you protect 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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