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What is the Difference Between a Manual Roll Out Awning and a Motorized Retractable Awning?

July 1, 2022

Gathering on your patio or deck with friends and family is a great way to spend time together. But the fun can come to an abrupt end if the sun makes everyone uncomfortably hot and sweaty, or causes a harsh glare. One of the best methods for preventing this is the addition of a retractable awning. With a retractable awning, you can enjoy the sun when it’s comfortable to do so, and extend the awning when it’s not and shade is preferred.

But, there are two options for retractable awnings: manual roll out awnings or motorized retractable awnings. Below, we will explain the difference between a manual roll out awning and a motorized retractable awning and help you consider which might be best for your home and lifestyle.

What is a Manual Roll Out Awning?

A manual roll out awning is one that requires no electricity or motor to use. Instead, you crank the handle to extend or retract your awning into place. Extending a manual roll out awning can necessitate much cranking, unrolling, positioning, aligning, and securing. It can also mean you making a judgment call to determine how far to extend your awning. While manually rolling out your awning may not be particularly difficult or challenging, it can be a bit of a nuisance, time consuming and a bother to your neck, back or arms. And it can also be a struggle for older adults and those with certain disabilities.

What is a Motorized Retractable Awning?

On the other hand, a motorized retractable awning can be extended and retracted with the push of a button, making it simple to use and enjoy. In addition, motorized retractable awnings like those made by SummerSpace®, are built to last. All components are made with high quality material so you can enjoy your motorized awnings for years to come. Motorized awnings cost more than roll out awnings, since there’s more than just the awning frame and fabric involved. But the motors on SummerSpace awnings are built to last for many years under normal conditions.

Which Type of Awning is Best For Me?

At SummerSpace, we recommend you invest in a motorized retractable awning for many reasons. First, save your back and arm from an unnecessary strain by using a motorized retractable awning. Next, your backyard space is for enjoyment and relaxation. A motorized awning will allow you the convenience of easy enjoyment.

At SummerSpace, our motorized retractable awnings are made with simplicity in mind so you can enjoy your space from start to finish. In addition, in the event of a sudden rainstorm or strong winds, you can quickly retract your motorized awning without issue instead of standing in the elements to hand crank a manual roll out awnings. Finally, with a motorized retractable awning, there is no guessing on the proper amount to extend your awning. With a manual roll out awning, you are left guessing if the awnings is extended too far, not far enough, or just right.  

With a motorized retractable awning, get shaded comfort and relaxing time on your patio quickly, simply, and effortlessly. To learn more about SummerSpace Retractable Awnings, contact our world class customer service team. Order your retractable awning today from our dealers near you. 

What is the Difference Between a Manual Roll Out Awning and a Motorized Retractable Awning?

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