Roller Shades Vs. Cellular Shades

If you aren’t able to decide between getting roller shades or cellular shades for your window treatments, our specialized team has gathered all the pros and cons, as well a comparative chart to make the right choice for your home, your office, or your commercial building. 


Shades and bling businesses do a good job offering multiple options when it comes to light control. Depending on where you purchase your shades, they can be of great value. Roller shades are also available in many colors, which allows the end customer to match their interior décor.


Compared to other window treatments, roller shades offer little resistance when it comes to insulation in the cold weather. In older styled roller shades, light gaps often will pose a problem to the end user, which can cause trouble for rooms where light is unwanted.

Product Comparison: Roller Shades Vs. Cellular Shades


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Insulation Insulate, but don't provide as much barrier as cellular shades do between the window and the room. Helps keep both the cool and the heat inside the room. The cellular shades will act as a blanket and will help you save on your utility bills throughout the year.
Light Control Limited light control options as opposed to cellular shades. Operates by moving up and down. There are numerous light filtering and blackout options to pick from. This window treatment allows you to have full control depending on what you select for add-ons and fabrics. UV rays are also blocked out by the cellular shades, which will help you protect the inside of your home.
Cleanability Can be vacuumed or dipped into a cleaning solution. They are dust resistant, and light filtering shades can be washed with ease. 
Installation Installation is fairly easy, like cellular shades brackets will need to be positioned where the roller shade is mounted. Installing these shades is very easy. They usually need two brackets and need to be positioned when they are mounted.
Hardware Dependent on the quality of the shade and where it's purchased from. They come with high-quality stainless steel brackets.
Ideal Use  For commercial settings to cover large untreated windows. Perfect for all interior windows. They provide the end customer privacy control, insulation, and light control.
Shade Stack Dependent on the manufacturer.  2-4" (rail and fabric)
Durability  Roller shades are durable and long-lasting. The fabric has been designed to last over of 15+ years.
Energy Efficiency Heavier fabrics will typically offer slightly better thermal performance. However, roller shades offer only a small amount of insulation and are most effective for privacy, room darkening, and blocking sunlight. During the colder season, well-adjusted cellular shades can reduce heat loss through windows by 40% or more, which equates to about 20% heating energy savings. During the warmer season, cellular shades can reduce solar heat through windows by up to 80%, reducing the total solar gain to 15% or less.
Warranty  Depends on where you purchase the roller shade and what warranty the manufacturer has. The fabric comes with a limited lifetime warranty of 10 years.

The winner is...

Our insulating cellular window shades because of their amazing durability and insulation properties! To learn more about these shades, contact a member of our design team, or get free samples to see our fabric in person. 

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