The type of awning you purchase completely depends on your needs. There are three types of awning, whose names are based upon the mechanism each awning uses, and how it is protected when not in use.
Open Awning – Cost effective and often an entry-level awning, the open awning does not retract into a protective casing. It is best utilised in gardens where the awning will be protected by overhanging roofs or trees.
Semi-Cassette Awning – A semi-cassette is partially housed, retracting the awning fabric but leaving the mechanisms exposed to the elements. Semi-Cassette awnings offer medium protection and are suitable for use in any garden. The top of the cassette has a protective cover and comes with end caps to protect from dirt and debris.
Full Cassette Awning – Sleek and aesthetically pleasing, the full cassette awning offers the highest level of weather protection. When the awning is not in use, it is completely closed away in a cassette preventing damage from frost, rain, wind, and even vandalism.