If you aren’t able to decide between wood blinds or cellular shades for your window treatments, our expert 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.
For boring and dull rooms where style is needed, wood blinds add architectural interest. Like our cellular window treatments, they can be adjusted based on your desired light and privacy preferences.
The big issue with wood blinds is the fact that they are REALLY heavy. If they are placed on a large window, many of the wood blinds inner workings may break early because of the pressure of the weight. Another con to having wood blinds is the fact that they are “hard window treatments.” Hard window treatments don’t have much insulation as soft window treatments. If you reside in an area of the country that sees drastic changes in the weather, wood blinds might not be an economically viable option when it comes to efficiency.
Product Comparison: Wood Blinds Vs. Cellular Shades
Wood Blinds Cellular Shades
|Insulation||Considered a hard window treatment, wood blinds offer little when it comes to insulation.||Our cellular shades are considered the best in the industry when it comes to insulation. They’ll help you save on your utility bills throughout the year!|
|Light Control||Just lower and raise the wood blinds along with tilting the blinds to let the desired light enter into your home!||Choose between numerous lift and fabric options depending on what your light preferences are. Our shades are built for 100% light control!|
|Cleanability||While wood blinds are easy to clean, most darker stained wood blinds show more dust then other available window treatments.||Our cellular shades are very easy to clean. They are dust resistant and anti-static. They are also VERY easy to wash should you want to wash them.|
|Installation||Because wood blinds are heavy, for larger windows they can be difficult to install.||Each order of our cellular shades comes with our easy to follow installation instructions.|
|Hardware||Hardware is dependent on the manufacturer.||All hardware comes with your cellular shade order.|
|Ideal Use||For small untreated windows that need an extra dash style.||An added bonus is you’ll see an increase in energy efficiency in parts of the country with extreme temperatures!|
|Shade Operation||Shade operates up and down with its cords. The veins are tiled to let the light in or out.||The shade operates up and down with a string or can be operated without a cord or via a remote.|
|Shade Stack||N/A||2″ – 3 1/4″|
|Durability||Due to their weight, they break wear down faster than most soft window treatments.||Because cellular shades are a soft window treatment, they are built to withstand the test of time and come backed behind our 10-year limited lifetime warranty.|
|Energy Efficiency||Wood blinds are less insulating than faux wood shutters but do still insulate naturally due to tiny air pockets within wood’s cellular structure. Wood can also stand the test of time and is less likely to become brittle under sun exposure.||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||It’s dependent on the manufacturer of the wood blinds.||Our cellular shades come backed by our 10-year limited lifetime warranty!|
Wood Blinds or Cellular Shades?
With amazing insulating properties, its easy maintenance, its easy installation, and its durability, we believe that cellular shades outperform wood blinds. If you wish to learn more about our cellular window treatments, don’t hesitate to contact us!