You’ve decided that you want to upgrade your outdoor space with an awning. But when you come to purchase one, you’ll no doubt discover that there are various options that each offer their own pros and cons. So, how do you choose? In this blog, we’ll go over the differences between a full cassette, semi-cassette and open awning, and when to use each, to help you make the right choice for your garden or patio.
What is a cassette awning?
The cassette is the casing where the awning retracts when it’s not extended. A half or semi-cassette awning is an awning with half a cassette which sits above the roll of fabric to protect it from dirt and rain. A full cassette encloses the roller completely and is fully stored when the awning is retracted, while the open option is fully exposed. While each protects the mechanism to a different degree, there are benefits to each one to consider.
If you have a larger roof overhang, and your garden is enclosed, you may find that your garden awning is protected enough from bad weather without the need for a cassette casing. Open awnings have an exposed roller and mechanism, but you may want to incorporate a top cover for added protection. Open awnings will still provide the same level of sun protection as other types of awnings – it’s the awning itself that is not protected with this style.
A semi-cassette awning is ideal for most situations, delivering a medium level of protection from weather damage and general wear and tear from the elements. The top of the fabric roll is protected by a tough case, and you can also invest in end caps if you want extra safeguarding from rain damage or dirt collecting. If you have a more sheltered garden or patio, a semi-cassette awning may be sufficient for your needs.
Full cassette awnings
This type of awning delivers the highest level of protection from the elements, as the roller and the whole arm mechanism are enclosed when the awning is retracted. This shields the whole system from the elements, including heavy rain, and from dirt that can accumulate. If you live in a busy area, full cassette awnings are ideal as they are protected against vandalism or damage too, making them a great choice for retail stores, cafés and other commercial settings.
Which should I choose?
The type of awning you decide to purchase depends on the type of property you’ll be installing it on and the level of protection the awning will have as a result. If your outdoor space is already quite sheltered, you may find that an open or semi-cassette awning is sufficient.
However, if you have an open garden without much protection from balconies or overhangs above, or you’re a business and want to protect your awning from damage or vandalism, then a full-cassette awning may be a better option to protect your investment.
Choosing an awning for your garden, whether it’s for your home or for a commercial property, can be a challenge – there are various options to pick from and each offers its own benefits, depending on the style you’re looking for and the property you have. There are also other factors to consider, such as your budget and the size of your patio or garden.
Whichever type of awning you decide on, we can help advise you on the best models, sizing and fabric options to suit it. Get in touch with the team today to discuss the various awning options available or if you have any further questions.