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Louver Shop of Charleston 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 Charleston.

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

See below to learn more about your options—all manufactured in the U.S.

Interior Window Treatments

Plantation Shutters

Plantation shutters are a great choice for privacy, light diffusion and airflow. Some styles are built for improved 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 made in an array of colors. Louver Shop of Charleston 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 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 build only available from Louver Shop of Charleston.
  • Traditional Shutters: The “original” interior wood shutter with narrow frames and miniature louvers (1.25”).

Blinds

Make your home more pleasant and fashionable with Hunter Douglas blinds from Louver Shop of Charleston. As tough as they are attractive, there’s a window blind for every room. 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®: Timeless 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 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 diffuse sunlight, decrease heat transfer and block damaging UV rays.

  • Honeycomb Shades: Brings exceptional 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 available.
  • 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 provide increased insulation and light-filtering capabilities.
  • Sheer Shades: Provides both light and privacy. Incorporates vertical or horizontal adjustable vanes floating between backings.
    • Nantucket™: Budget-friendly sheers that bring together drapes and floating horizontal blinds.
    • Pirouette®: Customizable sheers with superior light control that combine drapes and floating horizontal blinds.
    • Silhouette®: Premium sheers with exceptional light control that combine drapes and floating horizontal blinds.
    • Luminette®: Combines the style of drapes and floating vertical blinds.

Hunter Douglas Operating Systems

Hunter Douglas brings a collection 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 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 somewhere 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 solutions.
  • EasyRise™: Pull on a loop to raise or lower a shade.
  • Clutch-Operated Continuous Cord Loop: Continuous loop moves 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 simple 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: Offers 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 feature for specific Hunter Douglas products. Features superior 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 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 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 nearly doubles the view.
  • Polymer: Also referred to as faux or fake wood. Ideal for rooms with high moisture.
  • PerfectView: Louver Shop of Charleston offers a modern operating system for our shutters that hides the traditional tilt bar from view. This provides smooth operation and increased view through the shutter.
  • Slat: Individual strips that make up a horizontal blind.
  • SofTrak™: Proprietary Hunter Douglas feature for vertical blinds ensuring smooth, quiet operation.
  • Tilt Rod: Used on shutters to open or close louvers.
  • Trielle™: Proprietary option 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 have options to safeguard your home from extreme weather and damaging sunlight.

  • Bahama Shutters: Tropical-style shutter installed above windows to create shade and let in breezes while open. Provides privacy and protection against extreme weather when closed. Made from wood, aluminum or fiberglass.*
  • Board and Batten Shutters: Suited for rustic homes like lake houses and cabins.
    Made from wide vertical planks connected by a horizontal bar known as a batten. Produced in wood, composite, vinyl or aluminum.
  • Louvered Shutters: Our most popular exterior shutter. Brings a classic, colonial look to any home. Available in aluminum, fiberglass, hybrid (composite/wood), vinyl or wood.
  • Raised Panel Shutters: Our second most requested exterior shutter. Traditionally used to protect against wind and storms.* Comes in aluminum, composite or vinyl.

Storm and Security Shutters

Louver Shop of Charleston has what you need when seeking rolling storm and security shutters. Whether you plan to protect your home from high winds and heavy rains. Or defend 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 protect your home from winds up to 230 mph.** Provides shade and insulation for clear days. Contained in a housing box above a window or door until they’re lowered. Built with manual or automatic operating systems.
    • LouverShield™: Rolling hurricane shutters featuring an extra-small housing space. Defends against winds up to 230 mph, insulates and improves security.
    • LouverStorm™: Rolling hurricane shutters including the smallest housing box in the industry. Resists winds up to 200 mph, keeps out water, insulates and improves security.
  • Rolling Security Shutters: Aluminum, stainless steel, plastic and galvanized steel rolling shutters lock in place to defend your home from winds up to 140 mph.** Stored in a housing box above a window or door until they’re used. Built with manual or automatic operating systems.
    • LouverSafe™: Rolling security shutters designed to be subtle and visually pleasing. Built 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. Made to rapidly help you safeguard your home from damaging weather.
  • Storm Louvered Shutters: Aluminum louvered shutters. Made to quickly help you safeguard your home from from severe weather.
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