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Louver Shop of Montgomery 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 Montgomery.

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

Read on to discover more about your options—all manufactured in the United States.

Interior Window Treatments

Plantation Shutters

Plantation shutters are chosen for privacy, light diffusion and airflow. Some models are built for increased energy efficiency.

  • Plantation Shutters: Classic style for current homes. Wood or cellular PVC shutters with wide louvers (2.5”, 3.5” or 4.5” options at no additional cost). Fully customizable and available in a variety of colors. Louver Shop of Montgomery exclusive. Also known as plantation blinds.
    • Classic Plantation Shutters: Premium wood and cellular PVC plantation shutters that bring 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 of Montgomery.
  • Traditional Shutters: The “original” interior wood shutter with narrow frames and smaller louvers (1.25”).

Blinds

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

  • Horizontal Blinds: Traditional window treatment available 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 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 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 diffuse sunlight, decrease heat transfer and block damaging UV rays.

  • Honeycomb Shades: Brings excellent energy efficiency. Many 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 offer extra 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: Offers both light and privacy. Combines vertical or horizontal adjustable vanes floating between backings.
    • Nantucket™: Affordable 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 bring together drapes and floating horizontal blinds.
    • Luminette®: Combines the beauty of drapes and floating vertical blinds.

Hunter Douglas Operating Systems

Hunter Douglas offers 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 stay at a consistent length when raising or lowering shades.
  • 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 anywhere in between.
  • Vertiglide™: Cordless operating system for Duette® and Applause® Honeycomb Shades. Choose from manual or motorized.
  • SimpleLift™: Contoured bottom rail removes 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 works 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 sleek appearance.
  • Combination Wand/Cord Control: Brings 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 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 specific Hunter Douglas products. Features exceptional energy efficiency.
  • Cells: Sections that make up a honeycomb shade.
  • ClearView™: Proprietary Hunter Douglas feature 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 feature 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 component for select horizontal blinds that approximately doubles the view.
  • Polymer: Also known as faux or fake wood. Suited for rooms with high moisture.
  • PerfectView: Louver Shop of Montgomery offers a modern operating system for our shutters that hides the traditional tilt bar from view. This allows smooth operation and enhanced view through the shutter.
  • Slat: Individual strips that make up a horizontal blind.
  • SofTrak™: Proprietary Hunter Douglas option 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

Bring curb appeal to your home with decorative exterior shutters. Functional shutters offer options to defend your home from severe weather and intense sunlight.

  • Bahama Shutters: Tropical-style shutter mounted above windows to create shade and allow in breezes while open. Increases privacy and protection against extreme weather when closed. Crafted from wood, aluminum or fiberglass.*
  • Board and Batten Shutters: Ideal for rustic homes like lake houses and cabins.
    Built 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 purchased exterior shutter. Regularly used to resist against wind and storms.* Comes in aluminum, composite or vinyl.

Storm and Security Shutters

Louver Shop of Montgomery has you covered when you want rolling storm and security shutters. Whether you plan to protect your home from severe elements. Or defend your business against intruders. And particular models feature 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.** Adds shade and insulation on 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 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. Defends against winds up to 200 mph, keeps out water, insulates and improves security.
  • Rolling Security Shutters: Aluminum, stainless steel, plastic and galvanized steel rolling shutters secure in place to safeguard your home from winds up to 140 mph.** Held in a housing box above a window or door until they’re lowered. 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 defend against 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. Made to quickly help you safeguard your home from from extreme weather.
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