Folding arm awnings are a great solution for outdoor dining in Melbourne. They can protect you from the rain in winter and the hot sun in the summer months. But what people don’t realise is that there are 3 types of folding arm awnings that are available on the market today.
Standard Cassette: The standard Cassette is where an awning, when fully retracted remains exposed. The benefit of these is that they are the cheaper version and can come with add-ons such as rain pelmets. Additionally, they can be placed in smaller areas such as under roofs or within window frames. This may be your preferred option as they are by far the cheaper awning and can fit neatly into any space. They will come in more styles, but they may be on the cheaper finish due to the cost. They are also generally manually operated but can be automated
Semi Cassette: This option partially encloses an awning, providing some protection from the weather, dust and debris. The top is covered but the bottom remains exposed. Positively, these types of awnings last a bit longer.
Full Cassette: This type of awning is completely enclosed when in the away position. Full cassette means that the awning is protected when away, both the material and the operating mechanism. Full cassettes would be a great option for those looking for a little more durability and longevity. However, these will come at a cost.
Finally, full cassettes are the best option for finish, style, durability and longevity. As they are protected from the elements and fully encased, they tend to last the longest. These can also be manual or fully automated.
Standard, half and full cassettes are three of the options available for the finish on your awnings, each with its benefits. Be sure to obtain quotes for each and identify which will be most suitable for your space and use.