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Louver Shop of Columbia Product Glossary

Learn More about Our Shutters, Blinds and Shades

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

It can be difficult 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 Columbia professional. We’ll deliver the window treatment showroom to your living room.

Keep reading to find out more about your options—all crafted in the United States.

Interior Window Treatments

Plantation Shutters

Plantation shutters are chosen for privacy, light diffusion and airflow. Some styles are built for increased 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 made in a collection of colors. Louver Shop of Columbia 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 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 design only available from Louver Shop of Columbia.
  • Traditional Shutters: The “original” interior wood shutter with narrow frames and smaller louvers (1.25”).

Blinds

Make your home more cozy and stylish with Hunter Douglas blinds from Louver Shop of Columbia. As tough as they are attractive, there’s a window blind for every home. A strong option to filter light and provide privacy.

  • Horizontal Blinds: Traditional window treatment built 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 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 impression 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, decrease heat transfer and defend against damaging UV rays.

  • Honeycomb Shades: Provides 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 on the market.
  • 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, cost-effective shades. Curls around a roller when raised. Some models provide improved insulation and light-filtering capabilities.
    • Designer Roller: Roller shade featuring 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™: Budget-friendly sheers that bring together drapes and floating horizontal blinds.
    • Pirouette®: Customizable sheers with exceptional 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 style of drapes and floating vertical blinds.

Hunter Douglas Operating Systems

Hunter Douglas brings 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 stay 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 window darkening in one product.
  • LightLock™: Adds 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. Available in either 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 provides the smallest gap possible between a shade and a window to reduce the most light.
  • Standard Cordlock: Locks into place for convenient operation and sleek appearance.
  • Combination Wand/Cord Control: Provides single control to traverse or rotate the vanes or louvers.
  • Wand Control: Changes looped pull cords with a wand.
  • Chain and Cord: Brings smooth operation and exceptional 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 feature for select Hunter Douglas products. Features excellent energy efficiency.
  • Cells: Sections that form 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 lessens light leakage.
  • End Retention System: Proprietary Louver Shop option 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 option 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 approximately doubles the view.
  • Polymer: Also referred to as faux or fake wood. Suited for rooms with high moisture.
  • PerfectView: Louver Shop of Columbia offers a modern operating system for our shutters that hides the traditional tilt bar from sight. This offers smooth operation and improved view through the shutter.
  • Slat: Individual strips that compose a horizontal blind.
  • SofTrak™: Proprietary Hunter Douglas option for vertical blinds allowing smooth, 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

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

  • Bahama Shutters: Tropical-style shutter placed above windows to offer shade and allow in breezes while open. Provides privacy and protection against storms when closed. Built from wood, aluminum or fiberglass.*
  • Board and Batten Shutters: Perfect for rustic homes including lake houses and cabins.
    Built from wide vertical planks connected by a horizontal bar known as a batten. Constructed in wood, composite, vinyl or aluminum.
  • Louvered Shutters: Our customers’ favorite exterior shutter. Offers a classic, colonial style to any home. Available in aluminum, fiberglass, hybrid (composite/wood), vinyl or wood.
  • Raised Panel Shutters: Our second most requested exterior shutter. Regularly used to resist against wind and storms.* Available in aluminum, composite or vinyl.

Storm and Security Shutters

Louver Shop of Columbia has what you need when you want rolling storm and security shutters. Whether you want to protect your home from high winds and heavy rains. Or safeguard your business against outside intrusion. And some 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 used. Comes 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 increases 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 resist intruders and stand against winds up to 140 mph. Made from aluminum, stainless steel, plastic and galvanized steel.
  • Storm Bahama Shutters: Aluminum Bahama shutters. Designed to rapidly help you defend your home from damaging weather.
  • Storm Louvered Shutters: Aluminum louvered shutters. Designed to quickly help you defend your home from from damaging weather.
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