Do I need a full cassette, semi cassette or an open awning?


Outdoor awnings offer many benefits for homeowners, from providing shade and comfort to improving the aesthetics of the property and even adding value. However, 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 choose 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.

When choosing a cassette awning, it is important to consider factors such as local weather conditions, budget and the desired level of protection and maintenance you want. Open cassettes are ideal for areas with mild weather conditions or for those looking for a budget-friendly option, while semi cassettes are most suitable for regions with moderate weather, providing a good mix of protection and cost-effectiveness. Full cassettes are best if your property is exposed to harsh weather conditions, offering the highest level of protection for the awning and ensuring longevity.

Open awnings

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.


Semi-cassette awnings

A half or semi-cassette awning has a half cassette that partially covers the roller and fabric, protecting the top and sides while the bottom remains exposed. Semi-cassette awnings are 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, but 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. This style also provides longer durability and minimal maintenance, but is typically more expensive due to the additional materials and engineering required for full protection.

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Which style of awning should I choose?

When choosing the style of awning that best suits your needs, there are several factors to consider. The type of property where the awning will be installed plays a significant role in your decision. If your outdoor space is naturally sheltered, perhaps by existing structures like balconies, overhangs or surrounding buildings, an open or semi-cassette awning might provide enough protection. These models are generally more cost-effective and offer sufficient coverage in environments where the elements are already partially blocked.

However, if the outdoor area is more exposed, such as in the case of an open garden which has little natural protection from wind and rain, a more robust solution might be necessary, so you might opt for a full cassette awning. The complete enclosure provided by full-cassette awnings not only protects against weather-related wear and tear but also shields the mechanism from tampering and damage, which is great news for businesses.

Ultimately, your choice of awning should reflect the specific conditions of your property and your priorities, whether that’s budget, the level of protection, or maintenance concerns. Taking these factors into account will help you select an awning style that meets your needs and enhances your outdoor space effectively. We can also offer expert advice to help you make the right choice – why not get in touch with us to arrange a survey?

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Markilux awnings are renowned for their high-quality construction, innovative designs and durability, making them a top choice for both residential and commercial properties. Markilux offers a variety of awning options to cater to diverse needs and preferences, including full-cassette awnings, semi- and open-cassette awnings.

Markilux also features specialised models such as pergola awnings, which extend over larger areas and provide robust support, and vertical blinds that offer additional privacy and sun protection. The benefits of choosing Markilux awnings include advanced technology, such as motorised operation and weather sensors, high-quality materials that ensure longevity and resistance to wear and tear, and a wide array of styles and colours that enhance the aesthetic appeal of any outdoor space.

We offer a wide range of Markilux awnings to choose from which offer superior craftsmanship, reliable performance and tailored solutions that meet our customers’ specific requirements.

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Final thoughts

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.

Author: Aquarius Blinds
Published on: Last updated: 3rd June 2024

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