Louver Shop of Tampa Product Glossary

Learn More about Our Shutters, Blinds and Shades

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

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

See below to discover more about your options—all built in the U.S.

Interior Window Treatments

Plantation Shutters

Plantation shutters are chosen for privacy, light diffusion and airflow. Some styles 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 a variety of colors. Louver Shop of Tampa 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 better than wood.
    • Signature Shutters: Solid wood plantation shutters with an exclusive build only available from Louver Shop of Tampa.
  • Traditional Shutters: The “original” interior wood shutter with narrow frames and small louvers (1.25”).

Blinds

Make your home more comfortable and fashionable with Hunter Douglas blinds from Louver Shop of Tampa. As tough as they are attractive, there’s a window blind for every home. A great choice to filter light and increase privacy.

  • Horizontal Blinds: Traditional window treatment built in wood or PVC.
    • EverWood®: Moisture-resistant PVC blinds that look like wood.
    • Parkland®: Timeless horizontal hardwood blinds.
    • Plantation Blinds: Plantation blinds have wider slats, like plantation shutters. Usually made 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 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, reduce heat transfer and block damaging UV rays.

  • Honeycomb Shades: Brings exceptional energy efficiency. Numerous 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 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, cost-effective shades. Curls around a roller when raised. Some models feature improved 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™: Budget-friendly sheers that combine drapes and floating horizontal blinds.
    • Pirouette®: Customizable sheers with exceptional light control that combine drapes and floating horizontal blinds.
    • Silhouette®: Premium sheers with superior light control that integrate drapes and floating horizontal blinds.
    • Luminette®: Combines the style of drapes and floating vertical blinds.

Hunter Douglas Operating Systems

Hunter Douglas brings a set of motorized and manual operating systems for your 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 remain at a consistent length when raising or lowering shades.
  • LiteRise®: Cordless system works with your touch, 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 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 solutions.
  • 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 offers the smallest gap possible between a shade and a window to remove the most light.
  • Standard Cordlock: Locks into place for convenient 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 excellent 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 choice for unique Hunter Douglas products. Features excellent energy efficiency.
  • Cells: Sections that form 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 reduces light leakage.
  • End Retention System: Proprietary Louver Shop feature on hurricane shutters that eliminates the need for storm bars.
  • IllumiCell™: Proprietary Hunter Douglas light-diffusing option for Duette® Architella® Honeycomb Shades.
  • Invisi-Lift™: Proprietary Hunter Douglas option 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 nearly doubles the view.
  • Polymer: Also known as faux or fake wood. Suited for rooms with high moisture.
  • PerfectView: Louver Shop of Tampa offers a contemporary operating system for our shutters that hides the traditional tilt bar from sight. This allows smooth operation and improved view through the shutter.
  • Slat: Individual strips that make up a horizontal blind.
  • SofTrak™: Proprietary Hunter Douglas feature for vertical blinds allowing effortless, 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

Add curb appeal to your home with decorative exterior shutters. Functional shutters offer options to safeguard your home from extreme weather and damaging sunlight.

  • Bahama Shutters: Tropical-style shutter installed above windows to offer shade and let in breezes while open. Creates privacy and protection against extreme weather when closed. Built from wood, aluminum or fiberglass.*
  • Board and Batten Shutters: Suited for rustic homes such as lake houses and cabins.
    Crafted from wide vertical planks connected by a horizontal bar referred to as a batten. Available in wood, composite, vinyl or aluminum.
  • Louvered Shutters: Our most popular exterior shutter. Brings 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. Traditionally used to defend against wind and storms.* Available in aluminum, composite or vinyl.

Storm and Security Shutters

Louver Shop of Tampa has you covered when seeking rolling storm and security shutters. Whether you need to protect your home from extreme weather. Or safeguard your business against invasion. And some 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 safeguard your home from winds up to 230 mph.** Increases shade and insulation for clear days. Stored in a housing box above a window or door until they’re lowered. Built with manual or automatic operating systems.
    • LouverShield™: Rolling hurricane shutters with an extra-small housing space. Withstands winds up to 230 mph, insulates and provides 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 provides security.
  • Rolling Security Shutters: Aluminum, stainless steel, plastic and galvanized steel rolling shutters connect 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 needed. Available with manual or automatic operating systems.
    • LouverSafe™: Rolling security shutters designed to be subtle and aesthetically pleasing. Crafted from 60 percent recycled aluminum.
    • LouverTite™: Rolling security shutters that defend against intruders and stand against winds up to 140 mph. Built from aluminum, stainless steel, plastic and galvanized steel.
  • Storm Bahama Shutters: Aluminum Bahama shutters. Made to quickly help you safeguard your home from severe weather.
  • Storm Louvered Shutters: Aluminum louvered shutters. Made to quickly help you defend your home from from damaging weather.
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