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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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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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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.

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You’ve decided to add an awning over your patio or deck to extend your living area and provide you with some much needed shade from the summer sun’s heat beating down on you. In making this great decision to install this practical and attractive addition to your existing home structure, you may be wondering if you need permission for installing an awning.

approved awning

 

For those folks living in townhouses, condos or business owners with a storefront, the same question might be popping into your mind. Here are some simple rules and clarification on the issue so that you can feel comfortable taking the right course of action.

General Practice

Generally speaking, awnings installed on residential homes do not need permits, unless of course there is going to be a major overhang on your neighbour’s property.  You should inquire about the bylaws in your community.  Commercial properties usually require a permit because they extend over public areas. There could be safety issues which must be addressed ahead of time.

Residential Awnings

Planning regulations usually stipulate that if you aren’t creating a usable space then you don’t need permission. Even though the awning is offering you more useable space because it provides protection from the beating sun, the attachment to the existing building is a cover for an already built deck or patio area. The only exception to this rule for a residential awning is that the awning extends over or encroaches on your neighbour’s boundary. This could also include any rain that might potentially run off into your neighbour’s property.

Commercial Awnings

Most often, a commercial business will require a permit to install an awning. They will need full planning permission to erect an awning on their property. The permit is required for high street buildings like shops or cafés where the awning would extend over the pavement and pedestrians. Each municipality will have varying regulations regarding the health and safety when members of the public use the property.

If your existing awning needs replacement due to weather age or damage, you do not need a new permit provided the replacement is like-for-like; otherwise, a new permit is required.

Many commercial properties will feature branding and logos on their awnings. Since the canopy is conveying an advertisement message and viewed by the public, there may be guidelines that usually fall under advertising regulation by the relevant authority.

Condo & Townhouse

Owners of a condo, or townhouse that connects to other townhouses, will need board approval for an awning. The rationale for this requirement is that the awning may detract from the appearance of the condo, plus there is the cost, maintenance or replacement of the awning that becomes a common expense shared by all owners. Some associations will allow you to install an awning at your own expense provided that it does not detract from the appearance of the condo/townhouse.

Before any owner considers making an addition, alteration or improvement to their condo they must refer to Section 98 of the Condominium Act of Ontario. A letter should be written to the board of directors outlining the size, colour and material of the awning you have in mind, including a photo, name of the insured company and company completing the installation.

Once you’ve gotten your permit, or if you decided to install an awning and don’t need a permit, next step is to choose a great quality awning that’s durable and have it installed by experts. At Jans Awning Products we pride ourselves on the quality of products we carry, as well as the service and craftsmanship our experts provide. Contact us today and our team will help you get started on your new awning project. We service Burlington and Oakville.

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Being outside in the summertime makes people feel naturally good. Whether you’re playing outdoor sports, gardening, swimming, lounging by the pool or entertaining on the patio, fresh air and sunshine is certainly better for your health than being a coach potato. However, whenever you participate in any outdoor activity, you still need to protect yourself from the sun’s damaging effects while enjoying yourself outside.

a girl with a bad sunburn

Vitamin D

Many people have been taught that sunlight is needed for your body to make vitamin D for boosting the immune system because vitamin D is not found naturally in most foods. For most light skin, ten to fifteen minutes exposure on the face, forearms and hands is plenty of time to maintain vitamin D levels.

People with darker or heavily pigmented skins may benefit from more moderate sun exposure to ensure maintenance of adequate vitamin D levels. However, the thought that only sunlight can produce this vitamin must be revisited since many foods today are fortified with vitamin D during the manufacturing process. This process makes sun exposure less important for the body’s vitamin D supply.

The Dangers of Sun Exposure

The obvious, immediate danger of spending too much time in the sun is sunburn. If you were to look at sunburned skin under a microscope, you would see that the sun’s strong rays have caused the cells and blood vessels to become damaged. When you have repeated sun damage, the skin starts to look dry, wrinkled, discolored, leathery and weakened, causing it to bruise more easily. It contributes to premature aging of the skin and it is the major cause of skin cancer, which is now the most common type of all cancers. However, the dangers of sun exposure that leads to most skin cancers can be avoided by following a few simple steps that help to protect you.

Protection from Sun Damage

There are many options available for avoiding the harmful effects of the sun. The most common sense solution is to stay out of the sun. This is the best way to avoid sun damage, but most of us go outdoors regularly during the warm summer months. If simply staying out of the sun is not an option, then take these precautions.

  • Always apply sunscreen on your skin before venturing out in the sun.
  • Avoid being out in the sun at its highest point of the day because the ultraviolet rays that lead to sunburn are strongest during this time, which is from about 10 am to 3 pm.
  • When you do go outdoors wear protective clothing that consist of long sleeves, slacks and a wide-brimmed hat.
  • Purchase a pair of sunglass that filter UV light and wear them regularly outdoors in the sunshine.
  • Wear sunglasses that filter UV light.

Awnings for Shade & Protection

Another option for keeping you in the shade and away from the sun’s harmful rays is to install a retractable awning over your patio area. Not only will an awning offer maximum protection from the sun, but it will enhance the look of your home with the beauty of its appearance.

Retractable awnings are a great investment for your home by contributing to your outdoor living space. Not only does a retractable awning add aesthetic appeal to your home, but it also provides lasting benefits for you to enjoy, such as allowing you to enjoy the sun or shade at any time. It allows you to personalize your deck or patio for optimal comfort and maximum protection from the blazing summer sun. A retractable awning provides a dramatic effect to the outside of your house while offering the benefits of additional privacy.

This summer season protect yourself from the harmful damage caused by sun exposure. Take a look at our Awning Products and see the beautiful selection of stylish awnings that can provide you with shade and protection during the sizzling hot summer patio season. We service Burlington and Oakville.

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Retractable awnings are a great investment for your home by contributing to your outdoor living space. Not only does a retractable awning add aesthetic appeal to your home, but it also provides lasting benefits for you to enjoy, such as allowing you to enjoy the sun or shade at your leisure. It allows you to personalize your deck or patio for optimal comfort and maximum protection from the blazing summer sun. A retractable awning provides a dramatic effect to the outside of your house and offers the impression of a major renovation. It can also provide some privacy from your potentially bothersome neighbours.

Poolside Motorized Retractable Awning

Energy Savings

When an awning is strategically placed on your home, you create sustainable savings from the merciless summer heat through lowering cooling costs. These savings occur by blocking and/or reducing the amount of solar heat and UV radiation that traditionally gets absorbed by your house; thereby, reducing the amount of energy it takes to cool your interior space. Your return on investment accrues over time because you have an attractive and controllable way to manage your home’s cooling expenses.

You have the option of a hand crank or motorized awnings, but there are significant benefits to installing a motorized retractable awning. Here are some of the top reasons why many homeowners end up deciding on a motorized system instead of a manual method.

Convenience

The convenience and ease of operating a motorized patio awning can’t be matched since it comes with a remote control that’s a snap to operate. With the push of a button, you can unroll or roll up your patio awning to the desired level instead of constantly cranking a lever to set the awning to the desired position.

With a remote in your hand, you can adjust your patio awning as the sun changes and never even have to get up to set the position, unlike a manual, which requires more time, more up and down motion from your chair and increased manual labor. You get to continue relaxing while the motor does the work for you.

Motorized retractable awnings are particularly advantageous when a bad rain storm whips up. Would you rather stand outside in a downpour with violent winds while physically cranking a shaft to roll in your patio awning or a touch of a button from the comfort and safety of inside your home?

Design

If you look at the design of manual and motorized retractable patio awnings, you’ll notice some significant differences between them. The first thing that you notice with a manual awning is the “less than attractive” vertical supports or standing frames that can get in the way of your view from underneath, whereas motorized retractable awnings are more aesthetically pleasing.

The supports and frames from the manual style not only obstruct your view, but limit your space as well, which in turn restricts your outdoor living area. A motorized retractable awning allows you to have the most outdoor space, which is probably your goal anyway.

Personalization

The benefits of motorized patio awnings go beyond being able to retract them automatically. They come with features and accessories that you can individualize, such as synchronizing your awning to sense rain, sunlight or wind. These advanced automated settings not only increase the ease and convenience of managing your patio awning, but makes sure that the awning will stay safe during poor weather conditions. These features allow you the freedom from worrying when to roll in your patio awning during inclement weather.

Advanced Technology

Over the years, advanced technology has increased the durability and longevity of the materials that are used to make retractable awnings. Materials like the Sunbrella line of textiles are both incredibly stylish and durable. They offer superior fade and stain resistance and clean quickly.

Companies like Jans Awning Products take great care to fully back their products and they’re renowned within the industry through a proven record of excellence. If you’re looking at installing an awning for your home, contact us today and our team of experts will be ready to help.

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Awnings can provide you with additional outdoor space and protect you from the harsh rays of the sun or inclement weather. There is nothing more enjoyable than going out to your patio and deck with a good book or drink in hand and enjoy the scenery that surrounds you, under the protection of an awning.

Shade Plants and Patio Set Under Awning

 

However, with all of the benefits that an awning provides, you’ve created a space that has significantly increased your amount of shade. The benefits of protection can also be problematic for a homeowner who wants to be surrounded by a lush garden, but not all is lost because there is a solution that gives you the benefit of both.

Beautify Your Awning Area

Many properties have shaded areas that homeowners might struggle with when selecting plants that do well in such conditions, and awnings are no different. In this case, you just have to spend a bit of time researching to determine your best course of action for creating a seasonal environment of beauty. You may decide to plant a container garden in the shade or you may want to go the route of shade loving annuals, perennials or a combination of all three.

Here are 25 container plants that will do well in shadier container gardens and here are some tips about planting on a shady patio, deck or balcony “Tips for 4 Types of Shady Balcony Sites”.

Vines like Jacob’s ladder and English ivy can make great fillers for your pots as well as some ornamental grass that will tolerate low levels of sunshine. There are also many varieties of Hostas that you can choose among at your local nursery that will fit your awning space nicely. You might want to consider a Lily such as the flax, peace and bush lilies that tolerate shade well and are low maintenance. Many of the perennials that will love your awning shade are foliage greens like ferns. They require little sunlight and spread each year filling in the spaces in your gardens.

If none of the above appeals to your senses, here is a list of the top 25 shade plants that will add enjoyment and beauty to your awning area.

Shade Plants:

  1. Pothos (Epipremnum aureum)
  2. Peace lily (Spathiphyllum floribundum)
  3. Bush lily (Clivia miniata)
  4. Spider plants (Chlorophytum comosum ‘Variegatum’)
  5. Primrose (Oenothera speciosa)
  6. Jacob’s ladder (Polemonium caeruleum)
  7. Meadowsweet (Astilbe spp.)
  8. Virginia bluebell (Mertensia virginica)
  9. Columbine (Aquilegia spp.)
  10. Foxglove (Digitalis spp.)
  11. Flax lily (Dionella spp.)
  12. English ivy (Hedera helix)
  13. Coleus (Solenostemon spp.)
  14. Fuchsia (Fuchsia spp.)
  15. Impatiens species
  16. Variegated ground ivy (Glechoma hederacea ‘Variegata’)
  17. Variegated lily turf (Liriope muscari)
  18. Bleeding heart (Lamprocapnos spectabilis, formerly classified as Dicentra spectabilis)
  19. Hosta (Hosta plantaginea)
  20. Solomon’s seal (Polygonatum biflorum)
  21. Jumpseed (Persicaria virginata)
  22. Japanese anemone (Anemone hybrida)
  23. Azalea (Rhododendron spp.)
  24. Leopard plant (Ligularia spp.)
  25. Many types of ferns

Whatever plants you decide upon for beautifying your outdoor space in, around or under your awning, a little ingenuity and a bit of creativity will provide you with the space that you desire.

If your home is lacking an Awning and you’re interested in installing one for your home, contact us today and our team of experts will be ready to help.

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The hot sun is no match for your awning and it can turn an otherwise uncomfortable space, into one of enjoyment, comfort, and relaxation. When the weather turns ugly, what’s protecting your awning?

Backyard with Fountain and Retractable Awning

 

Awnings have come a long way in the department of durability. Structures are stronger and fabrics are more resilient. Despite these advancements, extreme weather can wreck havoc on our outdoor spaces. Everything from patio furniture to pools and fire pits. Your awning is no exception and despite their durability, they are at risk, along with the rest of your outdoor space, during inclement weather.

Awnings vs. weather is a fight that will be determined by both you and the quality of your awning.

While there are simple things that can be done to ensure damage does not occur to your awning during a storm, simplest amongst these are to retract your awning. An awning that hugs closely to the house will not be vulnerable to sun, rain and wind. During the winter, this is a no-brainer but during an otherwise pleasant season, it can be harder to remember to take in the patio furniture and retract that awning.

Rain

A good retractable awning can hold water but isn’t designed to double as a pool. Most awnings are not water proof but water resistant and aside from a light rain, it is recommended to keep your awning down during inclement weather. Keeping the weight of a big rainstorm off your awning is your safest bet. How much rain your retractable awning can safely take will depend on its pitch.

Sun

Sun shouldn’t be a problem for any quality retractable awning. After all, retractable awnings are designed, primarily to protect us and our homes from the effects of the hot sun. Good fabrics will last up to 20 years and are designed to resist fading. They are manufactured and treated so that they will not deteriorate under the constant heat of the sun.

Wind

Heavy winds can cause damage to the most stable elements of your home. The retractable awning is no different. All retractable awnings should be retracted during moderate to heavy winds. Wind can damage any number of components of your awning if it’s left to its own defences. Given a strong enough wind, a retractable awning that is left up could actually do damage to your home. Wind is unpredictable and shouldn’t be trusted.

Keeping your awning in good repair all year long will be your awnings best defense. Inspecting and cleaning the mechanisms and fabrics will alert you to any weaknesses in its makeup. Problems and repairs can be made before the bad weather hits. Take care of your awning and it will take care of you. Protect your awning and it will protect you.

Your awning might have lost the battle against weather and have been damaged, or it might be your first time looking at awnings for your home. Regardless of which column you fall into, our team of experts at Jans Awning Products are ready to help. Contact us today and we’ll find the right awning for you and your home.