Semi-protective awnings make use of additional aluminum casing, known as a cassette, to provide extra cover and structural solidity. Strengthened aluminum runs along the entire upper length of the awning sheltering the fabric roll from wind, rain and snow. The casing is secured at either end by two end caps which hold the cassette steady.
Why Choose Semi-Protective?
The major benefit of a semi-protective awning is the additional cover and protection provided. A standard awning remains uncovered and unprotected at all times unless you invest in a hood or a storage bag.
A hood mounts either to the awning brackets or to the wall above the awning. In either scenario, there is usually still a couple of inches gap between the fabric roll and the hood. This tends to allow for some rain to still get to the fabric.
A storage bag is a quick and easy solution for covering the whole awning and protecting it from the elements. However, storage bags tend to be canvas or polyester material and will not be as sturdy as aluminum.
With a semi-protective awning you’re far less likely to see any wear and tear such as discoloration of the fabric.
One of the benefits available exclusively with semi-protective and full protective awnings is the addition of a motor to automate the extension and retraction of your awning. At the touch of a button you have complete control over how far out your awning is extended.
Motorization is the ultimate in luxury allowing you to sit back and relax without having to move a muscle. Fortunately you’ll still have the option of manual operation via the hand crank if you ever feel like the exercise.