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What is the difference between Full-Cassette, Semi-Cassette and Open Awnings?

When shopping around for an awning for your patio or garden, one thing you’ll need to consider is what kind of cassette you would like. The options include a full-cassette, semi-cassette or an open awning with no cassette. Here we explain the differences between the three types of awning enclosures to help you with your decision. 

Full-Cassette Awnings

Full-cassette awnings fully enclose the awning fabric, arms and roller mechanism to protect them from the weather. When the awning is retracted or closed, the fabric rolls inside the cassette completely and the arms fold inward. This ensures the fabric and moving parts can not be seen or be exposed to the wind or rain. In addition to protecting the awning, this is a smart and tidy option too.

An example of a full cassette awning is our award-winning Weinor Semina Life Awning. This modern cassette features cushioned infeed rollers that reduce wear and protect the awning fabric from the elements. Finished with a stainless steel look, the end head plates cover either end of the awning and for a sophisticated effect.

Semi-Cassette Awnings

Awnings with a semi-cassette configuration provide partial cover for the awning fabric, arms and mechanisms. However, they are not as well protected as with a full cassette awning. Semi-cassette awnings tend to be less expensive so are a good option for more sheltered gardens or patios.

An example of a semi-cassette awning is our Markilux 1600/1650 Awning. Although this model is only a semi-cassette awning, the front profile encloses the arms to provide the effect of a full cassette awning and tilts downwards to further protect the awning fabric from above.

1650 Markilux Awning - red - cassette- Supplied and Fitted by Awningsouth - Hampshire, Surrey, London

Open Awnings

Open awnings provide very limited protection for the awning fabric and motor mechanism. This is a low budget option and only suitable if there is already some protection. For example, an overhanging balcony to protect the awning from the outdoor elements.

We do not stock any open awnings.

Open Awning by Weinor

Weinor Cassette Design

Weinor awning cassettes are characterised by a beautiful slimline oval shape. Extensive design and engineering development have resulted in a cassette that completely conceals the awning fabric, arms and roller mechanism from view. The cassettes are also incredibly sleek and stylish. Weinor end caps also feature a unique and safe closing mechanism. This indicates whether the awning is secure and reliably protected.

Weinor - Opal Cassette - Surrey Awning Range

Markilux Cassette Design

Markilux awning cassettes provide all-round weather protection. When retracted, the cassette fully or partially covers the fabric, arm mechanism and motor to provide excellent protection from the elements. The design is modern and elegant and the well-engineered device works seamlessly. The fit is perfect and the closure is positive. Markilux also offers customisation options including stainless steel mesh, chrome or colour-matched cassette finishes.

6000 Markilux Awning - Yellow Awning- cassette - Supplied and Fitted by Awningsouth - Hampshire, Surrey, London

Find out more

Want to find out more about the different awning cassette options and which one would work best for your garden or patio? Get in touch with our friendly awning sales team to talk through the awning ranges available. Call 02381 290170 or email sales@awningsouth.co.uk.

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