Electrical vs. Manual Awning: Making the Best Decision
April 13, 2023
When it comes to purchasing an awning for your property, one of the key decisions to make is whether to opt for a manual or electrical version, with the main distinction determined by how each mechanism works. A manual awning requires turning a handle, whereas an electrical awning employs a motor to perform the same function.
However, deciding between the two options requires a careful analysis of the pros and cons, as several factors come into play, including considering such aspects as your budget, personal preferences, ease of use, maintenance, and weather conditions in your area. By weighing the factors below, you’ll be better positioned to make an informed decision that suits your needs and lifestyle.
Convenience is an essential factor to consider when choosing an awning because it directly impacts your user experience. Awnings that are easy to operate and adjust can provide quick shade or shelter, making them more practical and enjoyable.
For instance, a motorized awning can easily extend or retract with just a button, saving you time and effort. In contrast, a manual awning with its crank system requires a bit more physical exertion and time to adjust, which can be a hassle, particularly for individuals with mobility issues or limited dexterity – and in the event that inclement weather has come up and you are trying to get the awning retracted as quickly as possible.
Difference in Cost
Although both options can reduce heat gain by 77% on west-facing windows and 65% on south-facing windows, manual awnings are more cost-effective than motorized ones. The up-front cost for a motorized awning is typically higher – as it includes the cost of the motor and frequently a protective hood (depending on location and other physical factors). In addition, if there is no convenient outlet to plug the awning into (within about 20’), then installation of electrical connections may be required. The manual operation awnings are also less costly on an ongoing operational basis, as they do not incur electricity costs.
Maintenance is essential for both manual and motorized electrical awnings because it helps ensure they remain in good condition and function properly over time. Regular maintenance helps prevent issues such as tears, rust, and other forms of damage, which can compromise the effectiveness and longevity of the awning.
Maintaining your awning can help identify potential issues before they become serious problems, saving you time and money in the long run. Manual awnings are less prone to maintenance issues in that they are simpler mechanical systems than the electro-mechanical motorized system. Retractable awning motors have evolved to become highly reliable devices and have been in the marketplace for decades. The manufacturers have honed their performance, and we frequently see better-quality motorized awnings (such as the ones that Dorchester Awning carries) that operate for many decades. However, there are instances where customers prefer to opt for manual operation (smaller awnings or awnings in a heavy marine environment, for example). And if customers want a motorized awning that is in a more harsh environment (marine or roof mount, for example) they can opt for a canister model, which encloses both the fabric and the gear or motor mechanism in a housing.
Consider the Products and Services You’ll Receive with Dorchester Awning When Choosing Your Retractable Awnings
At Dorchester Awning, we manufacture and install high-quality awnings for our residential and commercial customers. We offer a wide range of styles and colors so that you can find the perfect match to complement your property.
We pride ourselves on using only the best materials and the latest technology in our manufacturing process to ensure that our awnings are durable, functional, and stylish. Additionally, we offer seasonal storage and repair services to enhance the longevity of your awning. If you’re in the market for a retractable manual or motorized awning, look no further than our services because our team of experienced professionals is dedicated to meeting and surpassing your expectations.
Want to learn more about the manual and electrical awnings our company offers? Contact Dorchester Awning today!