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Choosing Between Manual and Motorized Awnings

Investing in awnings provides several benefits for your home’s interior and exterior. They help improve your home’s protection from water damage, reduce your cooling costs and preserve your interior furnishings. ArmorGuard Exteriors, the premier source of quality exterior solar shades, recommends investing in a high-quality unit to maximize these benefits. Here’s what you need to know:


Manual awnings feature a hand crank that you rotate to retract or protect your awning. By using force to operate your awning, you won’t be relying on electricity, which can come in handy during storms and power outages. You can also save on energy costs, as you can operate your awnings without needing electricity.

Additionally, manual retractable screens are easier to install. This also makes them more affordable, since the installation doesn’t require advanced electrical wiring or additional labor. Manual awnings also feature a vertical rod that’s not present in motorized units and provides added support.


The biggest benefit of motorized awnings is their convenience. You won’t have to physically crank open your shade, making relaxing easier. Since they take much less effort to operate, they are ideal for elderly or disabled homeowners. Motorized awnings are built with telescoping arms that provide a cleaner and more direct look. Their sleek appearance also complements the look of modern homes well.

There is no right or wrong choice when it comes to retractable awnings. Both offer the same benefits and your decision would ultimately depend on your preference. While motorized awnings are more convenient to operate, they do cost more. Regardless of the type you choose, you can expect superior quality with ArmorGuard Exteriors. Learn more about the different kinds of awnings we offer. We also provide other window treatments including solar screens. Call us at (904) 872-1712 to learn more about our products and services.

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