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Electric vs Manual Awnings

Electric vs Manual Awnings

The great thing about purchasing a premium awning is that it’s designed just the way you want it. That includes the fabric material, colour and even the operation. Choose between electric or manual operation depending on your needs. Both types offer various benefits to complement your lifestyle.

Electric vs manual awnings

Find out which type of awning is best for you in this month’s article.

Why buy an electric awning?

Operate from anywhere

Electric awnings can be controlled at the touch of a button, either on a remote control or even a mobile app. This gives you total control over your awning — from anywhere. If it starts to rain suddenly, you can extend the awning without having to step outside. If you’re making conversation, there’s no need to step away to tend to your awning. 

Discreet remote control

The remote control is so small it fits in your pocket. You can take it with you anywhere, anytime and control your awning whenever you need to. 

Auto-control for additional safety

Many electric awnings come with sensors that will detect adverse weather conditions and extend or retract the awning accordingly. If the sensor detects heavy winds, for example, the awning will automatically retract to protect the fabric. This smart feature will protect your awning in adverse weather, reducing the chance of any damage and increasing its lifespan.

Why buy a manual awning?

They require less maintenance

The benefit to having fewer moving parts is that the awning is less likely to deteriorate over time. Manual awnings typically require less maintenance than their electric counterparts, and there’s no risk of the battery or other electrical parts deteriorating.

No power outlet required

Manual awnings are ideal for homes that don’t have a suitable power outlet nearby. Because they don’t need to be connected to the power supply, manual awnings can be installed in more places around your garden. Plus, you can continue to control your awning in the event of a power cut.

Cheaper alternative

Manual awnings typically cost less than electrical awnings on purchase. Plus, they’re likely to save you more money down the road, too, because they tend to require less maintenance and have a longer lifespan.

Both manual awnings and electric awnings offer superb protection against the weather and are a perfect space to relax and entertain in. Which type of operation you choose will depend on your preference, but you’re guaranteed to receive a stunning premium awning for the whole family to enjoy. At Outershade, we supply and install awnings made with high-quality materials, plus we offer thousands of design combinations. Select your preferred colour, style, operation and more to create the perfect awning for your lifestyle.

Start your journey to owning a premium garden awning. Contact our team today.

Our Process is Simple & Fast!

With a simple process and turnaround times of just four weeks on average, it's never been easier to get your new awning. Here's our four-step process:

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    Get in touch

    Contact us online or give us a call to chat about your ideal awning. We'll then give you a ballpark quote.

  • calendar

    Arrange your home visit

    If you're happy with the estimate, we'll visit to get precise measurements, discuss the finer details and provide a final quote.

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    Confirm your order

    Place your order with us and we’ll get your new awning direct from the manufacturer for super-fast delivery.

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    As soon as it's ready, we’ll arrange a fitting date to install your brand new awning.

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