Awnings are a great way to enjoy your home's outside space while still remaining protected from the worst of the weather. Whether you want to eliminate glare and cut down on UV rays when it's hot or keep the rain off during stormy weather, an awning can be ideal.
Most people like retractable awnings, and there are two main types available. Manual retractable awnings are opened and closed using a hand-turned crank or handle, while motorized retractable awnings unfurl using an electric motor at the touch of a button.
Motorized awnings can be great, but most homeowners will find themselves better off with a manual one, and here are just a few reasons why.
Manual Awnings Are Less Expensive
Cost is always going to be a major factor, and going for a manual awning can help save you hundreds of dollars. The electrical systems required for a motorized awning add up to a pretty penny, and more labour is required since they need to be connected to your home's electrical system. A manual awning requires no complex electrical parts, and labour costs will also be appreciably lower.
Of course, it isn't only the initial cost that will be lower. Manual awnings aren't going to add to your energy bills in any way, while motorized awnings are obviously going to increase them. If you're on a tighter budget, or if you simply want to cut down costs, manual is the way to go.
Manual Awnings Offer Greater Support
People often assume that motorized awnings are more dependable than manual ones, but this is not the case. Manual awnings have two support rods that are folded down when open. These rods are not present on motorized awnings, and they make a big difference when it comes to overall support.
Manual Awnings Are Less Likely to Require Maintenance
Okay, it's nice to simply press a button and have the awning extend or fold back, but today's manual awnings don't really require much strength to use. Better yet, they are extremely unlikely to break. It doesn't really matter how well-made a motorized awning is; it has more parts than a manual awning, including several complex electrical components, and is therefore more likely to break down. You'll have to wait for a repair service to come out and put things right. Manual awnings require practically no maintenance — you can even use them when the power is off.
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