Should You Install a Manual or Motorized Retractable Awning?

Want a way that helps you enjoy the outdoors for longer and adds value to your home? Retractable awnings are a great way to accomplish that! Before you lock in your decision, it’s important to know the difference between both models, manual or motorized. Here’s what you need to know.

Motorized retractable awnings

Motorized retractable awnings come with an electric motor to open or close the awning. With a simple press of a button on a remote control or a flip of a switch, the motor will spin and turn the roller mechanism, extending or retracting the awning. 

Since these kinds of awnings have a motor, they require electricity to work. You’ll find some models that come with a manual system too, in case power goes out. Motorized awnings are easy to use, especially for the elderly or impaired.

Manual retractable awnings

A manual retractable awning has a detachable crank instead of a motorized component. In order to either extend or retract the awning, you have to turn the crank by hand. The crank hooks into place and can be rotated to turn the roller mechanism and move the fabric awning. 

These kinds of awnings are a less expensive option to install and operate, and don’t require any electricity to work. Since manual retractable awnings don’t have wiring components, they won’t be an electrical hazard either. 

At Peterson Canvas and Awning, our mission is to deliver a high quality product, with exceptional service, at a fair market price. Contact us today and find out how we can help you find the best retractable awning for your home.