The Difference Between Full Cassette and Semi-Cassette Awnings


Full-Cassette and the Semi-Cassette retractable awnings both provide sound protection for a range of outdoor areas, but what is the difference between the two? Let’s have a look.

What is a Full-Cassette Awning?

A full-cassette awning includes an enclosure cassette that completely seals away the awning when not in use. It will protect from weathering, prevent corrosion and extend the overall lifetime of the awning. 

When full-cassette awnings retract, the retractable arms fold into the cassette, encasing the awning while securing all components. The cassette will protect the awning and its working parts from harsh environmental conditions such as wind, dirt, salt and rain. 

They can be manual or fully automated and suitable for a range of outdoor settings. Full-cassettes offer maximum protection from harsh conditions while protecting the awning fabric from damage or weathering.

What is a Semi-Cassette Awning?

Awnings with a semi-cassette partially protect the awning fabric and working parts rather than providing full coverage like the full-cassette. The cassette still protects the awning from weathering by its semi-enclosure casing, making it suitable for many outdoor areas. 

While there is less protection from environmental elements, semi-cassette awnings still provide a premium level of protection for any outdoor area. They can be a cost-effective option for sheltered gardens and patio areas.

Choosing the Right Cassette Awning

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Outdoor protection is more than providing shade – a cassette awning should compliment your outdoor area and suit your budget requirements. 

If you have a larger outdoor area exposed to extreme weather conditions, the full-cassette will provide a durable, long-lasting shade solution. On the other hand, if you have a small patio space or a partially covered outdoor area, then a semi-cassette may be more suitable. 

Awnings can be costly, so it’s important to understand your shade requirements before your purchase to ensure you make the right choice. If you are unsure about what awning will suit your outdoor area, contact an outdoor awning supplier to discuss your options.

 Australia’s Most Popular Cassette & Semi Cassette Awnings

Helioscreen’s cassette and fabric cassette awnings offer robust protection and a tidy design to complement any outdoor facade.

Helioshade Cassette

The Helioscreen Cassette is the superior model of the Helioshade series. Using German technology and a sleek Italian design, it seamlessly protects the awning from harsh Australian conditions with a closing cassette. 

Its components are engineered with chromatised aluminium and marine-grade stainless steel screws to ensure durability and functionality. With high strength extruded brackets, it ensures a durable fitting on even the toughest facades and can be automated with both motion and wind sensors.

Helioshade Semi Cassette

The Helioshade Semi Cassette provides the perfect protection to the fabric and motors from the elements. It can be mounted as simply as the Classic Cassette, making it suitable for a versatile range of applications. 

All aluminium parts are chromatised with all screws and nuts made of marine-grade stainless steel, making them incredibly resistant to corrosion. The awning extension is powered by a SOMFY motor, backed with a five-year warranty and comes with the option of automated sun, wind or rain sensors.

A retractable roof as an outdoor kitchen cover can create an indoor-like environment and an all-in-one solution for heat, rain and light control, whilst also adding architectural style to your home. If you are looking for a shade that can withstand all weather conditions, Helioscreen’s Retractable Roofs can be the best option. Folding away at the touch of a button, a retractable roof system allows users the supreme convenience of being able to open or close what is essentially an outdoor room when required. This kind of shading is convenient, easy to operate, and stylish —with the option of integrated LED lighting, programmable timers, and sun or wind sensors.

Choose Australia’s Quality Retractable Awning Supplier


It’s important to prioritise a durable and functional retractable awning that will provide a long-lasting shade solution custom made to any residential or commercial outdoor area. Helioscreen is Australia’s leading supplier of retractable awnings, contact us for more information on choosing the right retractable awning for your needs.

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