The Difference Between Patio Awning Cassettes: A Buyer’s Guide.

Retractable patio awnings are designed to provide shade and protection from the sun and rain while still allowing you to enjoy the outdoors. With the addition of a retractable awning, you can create a comfortable and stylish outdoor area that can be enjoyed all year round.

Among the various types of awnings available, awning cassettes stand out for their sleek design, durability, and versatility. At Rigby’s, we supply a range of patio awnings  with different cassette options.  We’ve outlined the different types of awning cassettes below, check them out.

What Are Awning Cassettes?

An awning cassette is a protective housing or enclosure that houses the fabric and mechanism of a retractable awning when it is not in use. This design not only keeps the fabric clean and protected when not in use but also adds to the awning’s overall durability and longevity.

Types of Awning Cassettes:

There are several types of awning cassettes available, each offering unique features and benefits to suit different preferences and needs. Here are some of the most common types:

Full Cassette Awnings:

  • Full cassette awnings are characterised by their fully enclosed housing, which completely covers the fabric and mechanism when retracted. This design provides maximum protection against the elements, keeping the awning fabric clean and extending its lifespan. Full cassette awnings are ideal for locations with harsh weather conditions, such as strong winds or heavy rain.

Semi-Cassette Awnings:

  • Semi-cassette awnings feature a partially enclosed housing that covers the top portion of the fabric and mechanism when retracted, leaving the bottom exposed. This design offers a balance between protection and aesthetics, providing adequate shelter for the fabric while maintaining a sleek and streamlined appearance. Semi-cassette awnings are suitable for most residential and commercial settings. At Rigby’s our Corsica and Palladio awnings  are both equipped with a semi cassette, so they are therefore the ideal choice for a patio area.

Open Cassette Awnings:

  • Open cassette awnings have a minimalist design, with no housing covering the fabric when retracted. Instead, the fabric rolls up onto a roller tube without any additional protection. While open cassette awnings offer a more budget-friendly option, they may be less durable and prone to dirt and debris accumulation compared to full or semi-cassette models.

Features and options:

In addition to different cassette styles, awning cassettes come with various features and options to enhance their functionality and aesthetics. Here are some key features to consider:

Motorisation: Many awning cassettes can be motorised, allowing for effortless operation with the push of a button. At Rigby’s, all of our awnings come with the option of a motorised cassette, so that you can operate your awning with comfort and ease . Our  awnings can also be programmed to retract automatically in response to changing weather conditions. 

Lighting: Rigby’s Corsica awning can be equipped with integrated LED lighting allowing you to enjoy your awning in the evenings.

Colours : Our awning cassettes are available in 6 different RAL colour options including the following –  


Whether you require an awning for a commercial or domestic purpose the RAL Cassette can compliment the exterior of your building.


Wind Sensors: Our awnings are available with the additonal option of wind sensors which allow the awning to automatically retract windy conditions,offering added convenience and protection for your outdoor space.

Retractable patio awnings are a versatile and practical solution for adding shade, shelter, and style to outdoor spaces. Whether you opt for a semi-cassette, or open cassette design, there are plenty of options available to suit your needs and preferences.

For more information on our extensive range of awnings you can either visit our website at or contact our showroom on : 0208 868 7899.


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