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Roller Shades vs. Cellular Shades

If you're looking to invest in custom window treatments in the Winter Park or Fraser area, chances are you've narrowed your choices down to either or Roller or Honeycomb Shade.

These two styles are the most common window covering options, but you may be asking yourself how do I know what's right for me?

Here we'll break down the main differences between these two popular window treatment options and breakdown some pros and cons of each.

Let's Start by Establishing Some Common Ground between Honeycomb and Roller Shades:

  • Both rollers and honeycomb shades are available in an extensive selection of materials, with a variety of colors and textures sure to match your individual taste.

  • Both block harmful UV Rays (the actual rating will vary dependent on material selection) which greatly helps in extending the life of your furniture and floors.

  • Both options are easy to clean and maintain

  • Both options are offered with automated and smart home compatible control options.

Honeycomb / Cellular Shades

Recognizable from their honeycomb shaped cell structure, these shades have proven to be the number one choice among Colorado homeowners who are primarily focused on reducing energy costs.

When raised, they stack beneath the headrail instead of rolling up to the headrail like a roller shade does.

When in use they diffuse light and offer comfortable ambient lighting in any room.


  • Excellent insulation. They honeycomb cell traps air inside the shade and keeps rooms cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.

  • Extensive range of cell size and materials allow you ultimate control when selecting the best window treatment for any space. For instance: a cellular shade in a blackout fabric is ideal for a bedroom by combining outstanding insulation with blackout capability.

  • Added sound insulation that may be beneficial for those living in condo complexes or other busy areas or in rooms that could use some added privacy.

  • Available with Top Down - Bottom Up operation which allows you to enjoy gorgeous Rocky Mountain views up top while blocking out undesirable views (driveways or parking lots) towards the bottom of the window. This type of application is also helpful in reducing glare as you can adjust coverage at different points in the day.


  • Cellular shades tend to be pricier than rollers.

  • Some materials may wrinkle over time

  • Depending on your design style, some clients may find that cellular shades look a little bulkier or at least not as seamless as a roller shade.

Roller Shades

Roller shades are constructed by effectively rolling fabric over a tube. They are easy to operate and offer a stream-lined modern look.

Rollers are offered in decorative, blackout and screen materials with complimentary collections that allow you to create a seamless coordinating look throughout your space.


  • UV blocking materials that extend the life of your furniture by limiting harmful UV rays.

  • Available in screen materials as well as decorative and blackout fabrics. Screens allow you to maintain your view looking out but greatly reduce glare and limit visibility for on-lookers.

  • Often more affordable than cellular shades.

  • Choose from several different head rails / top treatments including modern fascia, fabric wrapped valences and seamless cassettes.


  • While roller shades do offer some level of insulation, if lowering energy costs is your primary concern, a honeycomb / cellular shade will be the best option.

  • While rollers have become one of the most sought after options for custom window treatments, some clients may feel that a roller shade looks too commercial or industrial in a home setting.

Whichever way you may be leaning we recommend starting with a one on one consultation to review options in person contact us today to request an appointment.

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