Deck Awnings – Manual Vs Motorized

It is a bright sunshiny day and you are thinking how nice it would be to cook out and have your family eat outside on the patio, but you decide against it because it is 95 degrees and just too hot. Aggravating, right?

It is scenarios like this that make patio and deck awnings so inviting. Now imagine that same scenario, but you extend you patio awning out (in just a matter of seconds) and because of the shade the temperature becomes much more bearable. Bring on the burgers!

Retractable awnings are not only beneficial underneath the awning itself, but they also offer benefits to the efficiency of your home cooling system. An awning blocking direct sunlight that would normally come through a window reduces heat gain by an estimated 55-65% based on a study by the American Society of Heating and Air Conditioning Engineers. Talk about energy savings!

You have 2 basic options you can choose from in a new deck awning:

Manually Operated – As the name suggests, you manually use a hand crank to extend your awning open or close it back. It is a quick and easy process that takes less than a minute and can be done by anyone. There are no electronics involved so there is no need for an electrical source and nothing to burn out.

Motorized – Again, as the name suggests, the awning’s opening and closing are controlled by a motor. Obviously, you will need to have a source for electricity such as a grounded outlet, or you may need to have an electrician hook it up for you. The beauty of a motorized awning is you simply push a button and watch the awning extend or close. Depending on the brand you choose, you may even get a remote control with it, and hey… who doesn’t like a remote control?

In the end, it’s really up to you which option you choose. It’s a matter of preference, and of course budget.