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If an awning has made all the difference in your outdoor space, you know the value a great shade option can add to your summer months. Your awning allows you to enjoy more time outside but how long will your awning continue to provide you this essential protection and can you ever live without an awning again?

Backyard Awning Providing Shade

 

An awning is a great addition to any home. Whether an awning is installed to keep the sun and heat off the house or to keep the sun and heat from you and your loved ones, an awning pairs well with decks, patios, and windows. If you’ve invested in an awning for your property, you likely spent plenty of time researching style, colour, model, size, and location. Once the purchase is made and the awning is installed you soon start to enjoy the protection that awnings provide. You don’t ever want to do without it again but how long will that awning last? You will need to consider many factors when trying to determine how long you will have with your precious shade giving structure.

Awning Frame

If you’ve purchased your awning from a reputable company, then quality won’t be an issue and you can expect to enjoy your awning for many years. Wind and rain can be your awnings worst enemy but a sturdy metal construction should withstand both for many years to come. Awning frames are made of aluminum and will often last a lifetime. Their moving parts and any motor will be the first to age. Many awnings come with ten plus year warranties providing a little assurance along with that shade. Ensure your awning is safely tucked away during storms to avoid any damage. If properly maintained, your awning frame will not fail you.

Awning Fabric

The fabric is another thing altogether. If you’ve invested in an awning, you have already likely been through several umbrellas. Fabric that is not quality and isn’t intended for the intense heat of the summer will literally disintegrate. Fabrics that are used for awnings are fabrics that are outdoor fabrics. They are thicker and more durable. They are fade and stain resistant and will hold up to all the heat the sun has to offer. With proper cleaning and care your awning fabric will generally last 5 to 15 years and many will come with a warranty.

The life span of your awning will depend greatly on how it is treated. Once a month, inspect and likely clean your awning. This will go a long way in ensuring it stays in good repair for a long time, keeping you cool for years to come.

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You’ve got your new deck. Flowers are in bloom. The pool is crystal clear. The only problem, it’s too hot out to enjoy your backyard oasis. A straightforward and affordable solution could be as simple as the right awning. Which awning is best for your new deck and outdoor space? There are many things to consider when choosing your shade haven awning.

Awning shade on the deck

Awning Size

A deck with an awning is a popular choice. An awning over your deck will provide shade and keep your deck cooler for walking on. What size your awning will be, will be greatly influenced by the size of your deck. Naturally, your awning shouldn’t extend past your deck. If your deck is 10×10, your awning will need to stay in these parameters. Whether you choose to cover your entire deck or just use the awning to anchor a dining space, for instance, the choice will be yours as size options are endless.

Choosing The Right Colour

Colour will play a big factor in your decision for the awning on your deck. Generally, when choosing fabrics for your awning, colour coordination with the surrounding features is a must. If you have a fairly neutral coloured deck, then a pop of colour from your awning might be a great option. If your deck is darker than the house, a light coloured fabric might brighten up the place. Also, consider coordinating with the rails.

Setting a Budget

The budget can affect the style and size of awning you choose for your deck. If you’ve just built your deck, your outdoor budget might be exhausted and this could affect your choices. The best awning for your deck is one that you can afford. Overextending yourself can dampen your enjoyment of any awning you choose. Keep in mind that an awning is generally one of the most affordable shade options for your deck.

Manual or Motorized Awning

Personal preference will dictate whether you choose a manual awning or one that runs on a motor with a remote. This decision may be made according to how much time you spend on your deck. If your deck is used on a seasonal basis, an awning over your deck that is retracted manually may suffice. If, however, you anticipate opening and closing your awning nearly every day of the year, a retractable awning that can be operated from just about anywhere on your property might be in order. Likewise, if the sun is a constant in your outdoor space, a stationary awning might be a better choice.

Your awning and your deck should make a great pair. When in doubt, consult with the professionals. They’ve likely seen it all and can provide you with all the best options for your outdoor space. Your new awning will certainly increase your enjoyment of that deck and keep you outside, longer.

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This spring has been a particularly long, wet one, but in the past week in Burlington, we’ve seen some promising warm temperatures. With the warmth and the rain, we will soon be battling some of those not so appealing aspects of summer. Pesky mosquitoes are those unwanted guests at the barbecue, pool party and horseshoe tournament. Why not create an outdoor space that is bug-free and comfortable.

Mosquito on hand

 

“How do I get this bug free zone?”, you might ask. With roll screens of course. If you don’t know much about roll screens, you aren’t alone. The options for keeping those bugs from ruining your summer are ever increasing and roll screens, though not new to the scene, are a big trend in outdoor living.

Retractable roll screens, while attractive and convenient, also:

  • Provide UV protection
  • Keep the mosquitos out
  • Increase privacy

Roll screens keep the heat of the sun off you, your family, and your home. When the sun heats up the home throughout the day, temperatures rise inside. This heat, day after day, can have your air conditioner working overtime. This, in turn, can be expensive throughout the season. Roll screens can keep the sun off your home and the heat out of the house.

Mosquitos and other bugs can ruin a barbecue. As the sun sets, you may no longer need to be protected from the heat of the summer sun, but now you have a new problem. Mosquitos can drive you inside on an evening that is otherwise gorgeous. Roll screens will virtually eliminate this problem, keeping the party outside, longer.

Roll screens are tinted and add privacy along with all the other benefits. Around the spa or simply on your deck, the added privacy that roll screens provide will help set the mood and make your outdoor space an intimate one.

Retractable roll screens can be used on the deck, patio or even the garage. These screens will keep the mosquitos out while increasing your comfort of the outdoors. Bringing the indoors out can extend your season, and retractable screens will help you do this.

You might choose to simply provide an enclosure for that spa that will keep you in the water longer, without the company of unwanted guests. Or you may choose a complete retractable screen room. All provide the privacy, protection and cooling that any great gathering requires in the heat of summer.

Retractable screens don’t just keep the mosquitoes away, they themselves go away when not wanted. Being retractable, roll screens are there for when they are needed and tuck away when they aren’t.

Roll screens make a great addition to any outdoor space!

If you are interested in extending your time outdoors, with Roll Screens, contact Jans Awning Products today.  Since 1966 Jans Awning Products has been servicing the Burlington, Oakville and Hamilton area with high quality outdoor products such as retractable roll screens, roll shutters and awnings.

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Though it doesn’t yet seem possible that your awning will soon be saving you from many days of heat and excessive sun, summer is just around the corner. You’ll be thankful you took the time this spring to give that awning a little TLC.

Retractable awning

Inspect Your Awning

Take a good look at that awning. Whether it’s one-year-old or ten years old, inspecting the various parts from year to year will ensure any problems can be addressed promptly. Check that each part is in the same condition as it was when you last put your awning away for the winter. A good once over will give you an idea of what steps to take next.

Ensure Moving Parts Still Move

If your awning is motorized, ensure that the mechanism still allows your awning to move smoothly and transition from open to close and in-between without excessive effort or noise. If there are problems with this automatic feature, and your awning is still under warranty, give the company a call and start the process of getting that awning up and running again. If there is no warranty and you believe the problem is a simple one, you may consider tackling it yourself. Otherwise, call in your electrician. In the meantime, most motorized awnings also have a manual feature, allowing you to enjoy a little shade while a repair is done.

Awning Fabric Check

Part of your spring clean routine for your awning should be to extend your awning fully and inspect the fabric of your awning for any damage that might have occurred in the off season. Ice and snow storms can wreak havoc on everything in your backyard. Your awning is not different. Next, brush off any loose dirt then hose down the fabric. With warm water and a mild dish soap, create a mixture that can be gently brushed on with a soft bristle brush. Allow the solution to soak into the fabric and then rinse thoroughly until the water runs clear. Allow the fabric of your awning to dry in the warm spring air and don’t retract until it is completely dry.

Another spring maintenance tip you might use on your awning this season is to treat the fabric with a guard. Good quality outdoor awning fabrics come with a coating that prevents mildew and mold from growing on the fabric, it pays to reapply, especially if your awning is subjected to an abundance of moisture.  It’s always best to consult the awning manufacturer before applying such a guard to be on the safe side.  Finally, just like any joints, the parts of your awning that hinge could likely use a little lubrication. This will prevent rust and annoying squeaks.

Once you’ve done a little spring cleaning on your awning, you can consider the season for relaxation, open. A great awning, well cared for will provide protection, comfort and design quality to any outdoor space. So don’t forget about that awning during your spring cleaning routines.

If you have any questions regarding your awning, or are in need of a new one, don’t hesitate to contact Jans Awning Products.  Located in Burlington, Ontario, we service the surrounding areas, including Ancaster, Hamilton and Oakville.

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We all remember those multicoloured aluminum roofs at our Grandma’s house. Heck, many still exist. No one can say those things weren’t sturdy. Although they provided much-needed shade, let’s face it. They were ugly.

Today’s options for shelter from the sun have evolved. They are much more pleasing to the eye while still doing the job of cooling both the outdoors and the inside of your home. There are shelter options out there for any need and taste. Finding the right one to fulfill your needs and taste is key.

outdoor patio roof

 

Patio Awnings

Retractable cloth awnings can provide that unique design quality to any outdoor space. These awnings can be mounted just about anywhere and come in a variety of colours. The selection of fabric and colour are near endless and these fabrics are designed specifically for the outdoors, providing shelter from both the sun and light rain. A retractable awning can be manual or electric and can come with remote control.

Awnings are still a big hit and are much more attractive. Awnings still come in the traditional aluminum material and can be fixed like those from the past or louvered to provide a multitude of shade options. Those louvered roofs can be powered by electricity or solar and of course like everything nowadays, they can come with a remote. This remote can be operated from outside or inside the home.

Aluminium Patio Roofs

If you opt for a more permanent patio roof, you might consider some of the options that are available to you with that roof. Skylights aren’t just for the inside of your home. A skylight can provide shelter while still giving your that great view. A patio roof will have everything your other roofs have, ensuring that it protects not just you, but your home. With built in eaves and optional skylights, your patio roof can be customized to work with and around your chimney or bay windows. Unlike many shelter options, an aluminum patio roof will be custom made to accommodate your unique needs.

Patio roofs are sleek, stylish, contemporary and complement any outdoor space. They are maintenance free and are strong enough to withstand a great load of snow. Patio roofs aren’t just for patios. These modern aluminum roofs are being used in carports as well as porches.

Increasing your enjoyment of the outdoors comes in many forms. If the elements and temperature of your outdoor environment are keeping you inside, investing in a more permanent solution to these woes might be the solution. Enjoying all that you have worked so hard for is key. A patio roof will have you outside, enjoying your yard, your neighbours and your little piece of heaven.

Are you interested in an Aluminium Patio Roof or Awning?  Contact Jans Awning Products.  Located in Burlington, we serve the surrounding areas like Oakville, Guelph, Niagara and Hamilton.

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When we talk about awnings for shops, restaurants, retail outlets, or other commercial buildings, we usually imagine an awning on the front of the building. Traditionally they were built to take the reflection of the sun off the window to allow people to see what is inside the shop, as well as to shelter people (and the building and windows) from the rain and other weather extremes.

Red and white striped awning on a black background

 

That is why some might think it a bit odd to have awnings on the interior of the building – where there are no sun or weather extremes, but times have changed. Decorative indoor awnings can actually be very useful in commercial buildings to, for example, highlight a particular area inside your commercial space.

Specific Areas

Imagine that you have a shop with a special promotion, a restaurant with a Champagne bar, a coat check-in, or a special tasting area. How will you make them stand out for all to see? By using an indoor awning, you can attract people’s attention right away, effectively signalling ‘a shop within a shop’. You can attract attention and isolate a particular part of your area – usually one which is set for a particular purpose. With an indoor awning, you can separate a ‘special’ part of your commercial area away from the rest and highlight it.

Creating ‘looks’

Decorative indoor awnings are especially useful if you are wanting to create an ‘olde worlde’ look –  a sweet shop straight out of a Dickens novel, as they were typical of this era, or perhaps a village greengrocers, but you can also customize your awning to make it more rustic looking, more ‘premiere’, or something in between.

In other words, you can make of it what you want. An indoor awning gives you the flexibility to enhance the branding or style that you are already using within the commercial space and giving you the perfect tool to get a specific area noticed by your customers. Maybe you want an old-style lemonade tasting area – in which case you might want a traditional pink, stripy awning, or are giving away high-quality promotion items, in which case you might go for a minimal black and gold awning. Specialty awnings can be made and designed to suit any need.

Another benefit to having an area separated using indoor awnings is that the designs can be changed easily and swapped to suit promotions, branding changes, or style changes, giving owners more flexibility.

Any business which is looking to specifically highlight and attract people to a certain part of a shop, restaurant, or other commercial areas should consider using decorative indoor awnings to achieve this. By choosing the right style and colour scheme you will attract attention and your business’s unique branding.

If you think that indoor awnings could help to boost your business and are looking to find out more about it, why not get in touch with us today? Our team of experts at Jans Awning Products will help you create the right indoor awning for your business. We service Burlington and Oakville.

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Winter is here, but in these cold months we can’t help but think of those summer months and how you’ll be spending them, and how to extend your living space outdoors.

a backyard with a stone patio

Today’s homeowners have expanded their vision of extending their living space by taking advantage of the many options that are now available to them. Whether you’re adding more dimensions to your home with a patio, porch, sunroom or deck, you can enhance your home and property while increasing its value.

The options are almost endless to transform your ho-hum backyard into a retreat of solace or tranquility. You can make it an entertainment area with a full-scale outdoor kitchen, complete with everything you need to make a gourmet meal and a dining area to accompany it. If you are lucky enough to have a sunroom already, you can extend the interior of your home to a three season location with even a fireplace for those cooler autumn nights.

With a little effort and the right planning, your exterior space will not only be expanded, but it will change your home and surroundings into a thing of practicality and beauty. You don’t have to settle anymore for a simple patio or deck because, today, you can build an outdoor living space that will inspire you to enjoy the great outdoors all season long.

Planning

Before you plan out your outdoor space, you’ll want to think about the architectural style, décor and colour scheme of your home because you may want to use a complementary style in your new outdoor living space. By doing so, this will make your outdoor area feel like a true extension of your home. During the summertime, you’ll want to add a splash of colour by using plants, furniture and other accessories to add more vibrant colours to your design. There are dozens of choices for flooring, lighting, appliances, furniture and decorations ranging from gardens to ponds and fountains that can provide atmosphere.

Your Property

The layout of your property is just as important as your home’s style. You want to take into consideration the lay of the land, like steep hills, gentle slopes, and any trees or other large plants. Planning your property ahead of time will help you to design your outdoor living area, such as noting where the sun will be at certain times of the day.

Porch & Sunrooms

Enclosed porches/sunrooms have become a popular home improvement because they are cost effective, versatile and enhance the look and curb appeal of your home. When a sunroom fits your home’s design and lifestyle, it can add a touch of luxury to your environment. Besides adding additional space to your home, sunrooms have a completely different look and feel from traditional room additions because of the amount of glass installed. Homeowners who decide to invest in a sunroom say it’s their favourite room in the house.

Fire Up the Grill

Homeowners have so many choices today designing a completely outfitted outdoor kitchen. You can go with a simple, portable fire pit to a permanent patio area with a completed fireplace with a hearth. An outdoor kitchen has become increasingly popular and comfortable place for friends and family to gather during the summer season.

Finishing Touches

Lighting and plants can give your space an almost magical atmosphere. Explore different lighting options such as placing lights in trees or along pathways that can give your space an enchanting appearance. Plants can help accentuate your space and give it colour. Building the perfect outdoor space can take time and hard work, but in the end, you will create a WOW factor, bringing you hours of outdoor enjoyment with friends and family and increase the value of your home.

 

Jans Awnings can help you with a wide variety of home improvements. If you’re interested to hear more then check out our Contact Us page, or just give us a call at 905.335.3733. We Service Burlington and Oakville.

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When you’re thinking about outdoor railings for you home and many outside projects, consider aluminum as your material of choice. Whether you’re looking for deck railings, pool area enclosures or stairs leading on to the property, aluminum has some great qualities that no other material can equal. In addition to adding security and value to your property, aluminum railings have properties that make it the ideal choice for the outside environment with a series of notable advantages.

the aluminum railings leading to the front door of a home

The aesthetics appeal of aluminum is superior to other type of materials for creating the right visual appeal because regardless of what others say, looks always matter. You can design to your hearts content because aluminum deck railing comes in a variety of designs, colours and patterns. You can show off your personality with endless possibilities while having your railings blend seamlessly into your surroundings. This combination gives you the opportunity to improve its value and overall appearance of your property.

Weather Resistant

Aluminum has properties that make it the ideal choice for many applications because it is a non-ferrous metal. That means that it is one of the most weather-resistant materials and therefore, no need to worry about excessive corrosion and rust. Aluminum railings can outlive the structure they’re installed on since they have virtually no maintenance costs once installed.

Aluminum represents the best weather-resistant material today and withstands the toughest environmental elements, like rain, snow, and the consistent pounding of UV rays. When you consider its current application on aircraft and the space shuttle, you begin to appreciate the corrosion resistant, high strength and low weight as the ideal choice for various applications.

Low-Maintenance

Unlike wood or wrought iron railings, aluminum rails do not need painting each year. This is one tedious chore that most homeowners would prefer to avoid. If you do decide to installed toned aluminum railings, you’ll be pleasantly surprised because they are superior to other materials including PVC. The aluminum extrusions receive a chemical wash so that the paint will bond after the paint is baked on at over 400 degrees Fahrenheit. This method allows properly coated aluminum extrusions the ability to last for many years with only an occasional, periodic cleaning. Even if you paint the railing yourself, it still necessitates minimum maintenance.

Affordability

Unlike wrought iron or even steel, an aluminum deck railing system is much cheaper. Although it’s more expensive than wood, you have to take into consideration the costly and time-consuming maintenance tasks that a wood railing system needs regularly. Also, unlike wood, aluminum will not rot, requiring a higher level or care, repair or replacement. Ideally, wood has to be repainted every two years and depending on where you live, wooden railings may need to be treated with chemicals. Aluminum railings represent a one-time investment without additional costs and maintenance. This factor alone makes it more advantageous than any other railing option.

Maintains its Shape

Unlike other materials like vinyl, aluminum maintains its shape because it consists of a low expansion and shrinkage index. Aluminum railing systems have the ability to keep its shape and dimension throughout extreme weather conditions like cold or heat. Aluminum has a minimal negative impact on powder coated aluminum and maintains its beautiful colour for a long time.

Vinyl is severely affected by extreme temperatures causing excessive shrinking or expansion which can seriously deteriorate the railings after only a few years. Also, after a few years vinyl usually fades and even cracks due to UV radiation.

The Right Choice

When you consider all of the positive features of an aluminum railing system for your exterior décor, the choice is simple. Jans Awning Products railings overview offer a wide selection of railing products to reflect the beauty and personality of your home. We service Burlington and Oakville.

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As the weather starts to cool, it brings to mind many pleasant thoughts such as fall leaves, hot cocoa and holiday gatherings. And then there are some not so pleasant aspects of the cooler weather – such as your monthly heating bill. Before the mercury drops too far this year, it’s a good idea to consider how you might save on energy this winter. One way that you might make your home more energy efficient – thereby saving money on your heating bill – is to replace older windows with new energy efficient ones. Read up more on the benefits of replacing your windows before this winter.

Do I Need New Windows?man installing a window

A leaky or drafty window is a sure way to waste energy this winter. Using storm winters, weatherstripping and caulking can help but if your windows are very old, you are likely better off simply replacing them. Look for windows with an ENERGY STAR rating on them to help you maximize your home’s efficiency.In addition to the rating itself, modern windows come with a number of other features and benefits that you may want to consider including

In addition to the rating itself, modern windows come with a number of other features and benefits that you may want to consider including type of glazing, gas fills, spacers and frame materials. A window expert can help you choose the features that are right for your home based on your home’s construction, which direction the windows are facing, climate, etc.
On average, a household can expect to save between $126-$465 per year by replacing single pane windows or between $27-$111 per year when replacing double-pane windows.

Installing Your Windows

Even the best windows are not going to save you much money on heating if they are not properly installed. For this reason, it is best to leave installation to the professionals.
The method of installation is going to depend on a number of factors including the type of window, the construction of the house and the type of exterior.

Are There Grants Available for Energy Efficient Windows?

Over the years, the provincial and federal governments have offered a wide range of incentives and grants for homeowners to make their homes more energy efficient – and yes, this has included grants for new windows.

Because programs are constantly changing, however, we encourage you to speak with one of our customer service representatives about grants available at the time of your purchase or you may browse available government grants here.

What Are The Other Benefits of Replacing Your Windows?

Replacing windows is not an inexpensive home improvement, but for many homeowners it just makes sense. In addition to adding warmth to your home and taking the chill out of opening your energy bill, new windows look great and can make you feel better about your home in general.They also add value to your home. In fact, according to the Remodeling Impact Report from the National Association of Realtors, when homeowners replace older windows with.

They also add value to your home. In fact, according to the Remodeling Impact Report from the National Association of Realtors, when homeowners replace older windows with high quality energy-efficient ones, they can expect to recoup about 80% of their investment when they sell their home.

Jans Awning Products offers Window Replacement Services to homes in the Burlington, Oakville, Mississauga, Hamilton, & Brantford area.

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It’s always with great sadness that as the summer begins to fade away and fall starts to roll in, we have to start thinking about putting our patio furniture away for the upcoming winter. Hot summer days sipping a cold beverage on the deck under the awning are now being replaced with a barren patio, empty flowers planters and pool closings.

Awning over patio

 

In addition to preparing your property for the fall, this a great time of year to also ensure your beautiful awning is properly prepped and ready for the upcoming winter season. Protecting and storing your awning for winter will offer you piece of mind knowing that it will be ready for use when spring rolls around again. By properly prepping your awning, you will prolong the life of the awning, its fabric and parts.

Cleaning the Retractable Awning

You want to make sure that the fabric is cleaned, looking fresh and dry before retracting the awning. With a gentle spray from the hose or a broom, remove any leftover loose debris on the awning and begin cleaning the awning from the bottom up. Wash all parts of the awning before tackling the cleaning of the fabric.

If there’s dirt on the awning, use warm water and a soft bristled brush along with a mild soap, like Ivory Flakes, but be certain that the water is just warm, not hot, no more than 37 degrees Celsius. Stay away from any harsh detergents because this can damage the fabric of the awning.

Once the cleaning is completed, rinse thoroughly to remove any residue on the fabric since leftover soap will leave marks and a chalky appearance. You will also see any missed spots once it’s dried. Always allow the awning to dry out naturally and completely before retracting it.

Cleaning the Frame

To prolong the life of the frame, you first want to wipe it down with a soft cloth after washing it down and before it’s retracted. Be sure to check that the bolts and nuts are not loose in any way from their use during the summer months. By checking the mechanics, you will have an awning ready to properly extend the following spring.

Since the gear operation (aluminium components) has a durable finish and the joints are self-lubricating, there is no requirement to lubricate; however, lubricating the moving parts yearly with a silicone lubricant is a good idea for maintaining a quiet operation. The common spot for lubrication is at the end of the roller tube and opposite the motor.

Since the valance has the ability to flap around during windy, inclement winter weather conditions and tear over time, some homeowners tie down the valance to prevent this from happening. There is also the option to purchase an accessory called The Sunboot. As its name implies, it is a cover that encloses the entire retracted awning. The cover protects the awning from nasty weather conditions, keeping it clean and dry until you’re ready to use it again.

Final Word

An awning can last for many years if properly cleaned, lubricated and protected. They are designed for durability so that you can enjoy their beauty and protection from the sun’s harsh summer rays. With a little time and maintenance care at the end of each season, your awning will perform flawlessly and to your highest expectations. Contact us today, to further discuss awning maintenance. We service Burlington and Oakville.