Vertical Blinds Vs. Cellular Shades

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


If you have large window expanses or sliding glass doors, vertical blinds work very well in these scenarios. They work well for moderate light control and directional privacy since they move side to side.


One of the main drawbacks of verticals is they can seem like they're always in the way. They also aren’t a very durable window treatment and break down frequently. Another point to make is that during the winter months, they don’t hold very many insulating properties.

                                    Vertical Blinds                             Cellular Shades

 Insulation This treatment will guide cold air into the room or cooled room air towards the hot window with tilted veins.   
Traps both the cold air and the heat in between the shade and the window, almost like a blanket.
Light Control Light can be controlled by tilting the veins. This will minimize or maximize the light that comes into the room. Having the light completely blacked out is rarely possible, this treatment doesn't always control glare very well.   Each fabric type has a purpose for light control. Additional features can give the user more control like the top down bottom up option. 
Cleanability  Like cellular shades, this treatment can also be washed. Small crevices will attract dust and can be difficult to clean.  This treatment is dust resistant and can be vacuumed. Light filtering fabrics can be completely washed.
Installation  The vertical track can be difficult to install, but the rest of the process is relatively easy. Very easy to install. These shades typically require only two brackets.
Hardware Uses plastic veins and clips that will become brittle over time.  Quality stainless steel brackets.
Ideal Use Work well in warmer climates and prevent solar gain exceptionally well.  For interior and exterior windows. They work wonders for privacy, light control, and insulation.
Shade Operation Dependent on the material and shade's configuration.  Has many different options which include cordless, top-down bottom-up among others.
Shade Stack Dependent on the material and shade's configuration.  2"-4 (fabric and rails)
Durability  Plastic will wear down over time and the veins can also break. These parts are also hard to replace and match.  Our material is designed to last an excess of 15 years to the quality of the raw materials.
Energy Efficiency Vertical blinds are more effective at reducing summer heat gain than winter heat loss. 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  1-3 year warranty  10-year warranty

The winner is.....

Cellular shades, due to the fact they have numerous insulating properties, they are easy to install to maintain, they will last longer, and they have a better energy efficiency to make you save money on your energy bills. The many fabric choices give you tons of light control!

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