Though there isn’t much we can do about the ever increasing cost of hydro in Ontario, there are many measures we can take to limit our consumption, and lower our bill during the winter months. If you have heat leaving your home during the winter, this should be first on the list to fix.
If your home is older or even if your windows and doors have seen better days, heat is leaving your house, driving your electricity and heating bill upwards. Replacing windows and doors doesn’t come cheap but will most certainly pay for themselves over the years. New windows will also increase your property value and add appeal to both the interior and exterior of your house.
Windows and doors can fail to do their job for a number of reasons. All will leave your house vulnerable to the frigid temperatures of winter.
No matter what the age of your windows are, if they aren’t made with quality materials and quality workmanship, they aren’t going to keep the heat in. Living in Burlington, Energy Efficient windows will pay themselves off quickly with our hot summers (keeping the air conditioned air in and the hot air out) and frigid winters. North Star windows, for example use Low -E glass. This involves a coating on the glass that reduces the amount of heat lost while letting in the maximum amount of light.
Old Windows and Doors
If your windows are more than ten years old, they don’t likely include the most recent energy efficient technologies. Even if you windows and doors are in good shape, they are still likely letting your indoor heat out. Old windows and doors may be made of wood that has seen better days. Wood can become a breeding ground of mold when it is exposed to moisture. Wood will also expand and contract with temperature variations. All these things will contribute to heat loss. North Star windows and doors are made from vinyl and are on average, twice as efficient as your average 10-year-old window.
Technology and quality materials will go a long way in producing energy efficient windows and doors that will save you money on your heating bill. If your windows and doors aren’t quality made however, they are likely to let you down. A quality made and installed window or door will keep out the heat, the cold and noise. A great company will guarantee their workmanship along with the product they provide.
If your windows and doors are letting out the heat and along with it, your money, it may be time to make the investment in new, quality windows and doors. With hydro rates rising, the cost of this investment makes good financial sense. Jans Awning Products in Burlington can help you choose the right windows and doors for your home, as well as install them.
Slips and falls during the winter are a real hazard. Though taking a tumble under an ice-covered surface always catches us by surprise, being prepared for such a hazard can be as simple as a great railing. When your loved one isn’t available, let your railing catch you when you fall.
One in three seniors will experience a fall this winter. 40% of those seniors who fall this winter will suffer a hip fracture. People are more likely to experience falls at a home more than any other location. Don’t let it be at your home.
Why do falls happen?
Most falls occur while walking down stairs. Having a good solid railing in place greatly reduces the chances of falling. There are many reasons why falls occur:
- Reduced vision and hearing
- Poor balance
- Unsafe conditions
- Deceased muscle and bone strength
- Lack of coordination
If your front step doesn’t have a railing, now is the time to install one. There is no need to wait for that new deck or porch. Retro-fitting a railing will protect your family and friends, and the mailman will thank you.
Railings should be set at a specific height and be securely fastened to prevent instability and possible injury. Outdoor railings differ from those installed indoors. An outdoor railing must be able to endure the extreme temperatures and ice and snow that the Southern Ontario winter brings. A good railing, properly installed will provide you with years of maintenance-free reliability.
Installing a railing to your existing steps or walkway is best left to the professionals. Railings come in a multitude of shapes, sizes, colours, and materials. Your new railing might be made of cast iron, aluminum or might include glass. The professionals will offer a wide variety of railings to fix any situation or design preference. A great railing should be installed to protect from accidents, but that doesn’t mean it can’t look great as well. Railings should add character and design quality to your home or business. A railing can accent your patio or walkway and add visual appeal to your outdoor space.
In addition to having a railing system in place when the nasty weather rolls in, an even surface and good lighting will go a long way in preventing falls. While two handrails are optimal, having at least one well-installed quality railing will increase safety during the winter months.
Our professional staff is dedicated to creating new and exceptional solutions for your outdoor living space, and will assist you in choosing the proper railing products to enhance your home.
As winter approaches, many homeowners face the problem of condensation building up on their windows and patio doors. Oddly enough, much of the problems associated with condensation stem from advancements in building technology. If you’re having trouble with window condensation, the chances are that you are living in what is called a tight house. This is a house that cannot adequately breathe and moisture is trapped inside. Although older homes may actually cost more to heat, the house is more breathable, cleaner and more comfortable.
A little fog on the lower corners or window portions during the winter months is of little concern, but the excessive fog that blocks whole windows is a major headache. The excess water can run down and damage woodwork, wallpaper, paint or plaster. It’s a problem you should pay attention to and take very seriously. Noticing it on your windows or patio door is enough for concern, but you should be more worried about where you can’t see the condensation buildup. This excess humidity may be affecting the insulation in your attic whereby it freezes and then melts when warm weather comes. It may even be forming blisters beneath your siding and under your exterior paint.
All forms of water such as humidity, water vapor, moisture, and steam are present in varying degrees in nearly all air. The moisture in wet air tries to flow toward drier air and mix with it, which scientists describe as vapor pressure. Vapor pressure can act independently of the flow of the air. It can force moisture easily through wood, plaster, brick and cement. Vapor pressure is precisely what happens when moisture seeks to escape from the humid air usually found inside your home to the drier winter air outside.
Glass is one of the building materials that stop water vapors and vapor-seal insulation. It is designed specifically to stop the escape of water vapor and protect the insulation and your walls from the ravages of water. However, increased use of these moisture trapping materials has created the modern “tight” home where moisture created by bathrooms, kitchens and laundry rooms can no longer flow easily to the outside. This trapped effect keeps cold air outside and moisture in, so it is very easy to build up excessive and even harmful moisture levels in a home.
How to Reduce Humidity
David Bareuther, Associated Press Building editor states that there are only three ways to reduce humidity:
- Get to the source: Venting all gas burners, clothes dryers, etc., to the outdoors, including the use of kitchen or bathroom exhaust fans.
- Ventilation for winter: Since outside air usually contains less water vapor, it will dilute the humidity of this inside air. This takes place automatically in older houses through constant infiltration of outside air.
- Heat: The process of heating your home will reduce the relative humidity, providing its dry heat. It will counter-balance most of the moisture produced by modern living.
To test the humidity in your home, be sure to use an accurate instrument like a sling psychrometer.
|Outside Air Temperature||Inside Relative Humidity
70 F Indoor Temperature
|-20 degrees F or below||not over 15 percent|
|-20 degrees F to -10||not over 20 percent|
|-10 degrees F to 0||not over 25 percent|
|0 degrees F to 10||not over 30 percent|
|10 degrees F to 20||not over 35 percent|
|20 degrees F to 40||not over 40 percent|
Here are 7 practical steps to control condensation on your windows or patio door.
- Install storm windows or replacement windows with double or triple glazing.
- Shut off furnace humidifier and any other humidifying devices in your home.
- Be sure that louvers in attic or basement crawl spaces are open and that they are large enough.
- Run kitchen or other ventilating fans longer and more often than has been your custom.
- Open fireplace damper to allow easier escape for moisture.
- Air out your house a few minutes each day. Air out kitchen, laundry, and bathrooms during use or just the following use.
- If troublesome condensation persists, see your heating contractor about an outside air intake for your furnace; about venting of gas-burning heaters and appliances; or about the installation of ventilating fans.
Because of so many variables, a condensation problem can sometimes be very tough to solve and that’s why you may have to call in an expert to work on your problem if the simpler steps to reduce humidity doesn’t work. If you feel that the problem might be caused by your windows or doors, contact us and our team will be ready to help.
Awnings are a great way to create outdoor living space perfect for entertaining and enjoying fresh air. Whether shielding from sun, rain, wind or snow, an awning can make many types of weather conditions enjoyable. However, awnings call for particular safety attention, depending on what types of activities are going on in your outdoor space.
Barbecues and outdoor cooking:
It is important to consider proximity to barbecues and other outdoor cooking devices such as chimneys or fire pits. In Burlington, residents are allowed to have small, confined cooking fires if they are supervised at all times and used to cooking food on a grill. Outdoor fire pits, chimneys and other portable devices that are intended for backyard bonfires are not permitted without an open air burn permit.
That being said, even small cooking fires require special attention if they are in close proximity to an outdoor awning. Retractable awnings are a higher risk awning because they are made with a waterproof fabric. Suitable for both windows and doors, this type of awning is seen most commonly in backyards. Luckily, the retractable feature makes it easy to tuck away if you plan to BBQ or cook over a small fire. Fixed aluminum awnings are not at risk of catching fire from an unattended open flame. However, they can melt when exposed to extremely hot temperatures.
Prevention is key:
Preventing any accidents are top priority when it comes to fire safety. With this in mind, there are a couple of factors to consider before you choose to barbecue over an open flame.
1. If your awning is retractable, tuck it away before any fire or barbecue is lit.
2. Observe the premises. Are there bushes or trees that easily connect your fire or barbecue back to your awning or home. Make sure that the area is clear above and around your designated area.
3. Weather conditions are important. High winds make an open flame extremely risky, as well as extreme dryness, so try to avoid open air burning in these instances.
4. Smoke is dangerous too. Any fire in an enclosed space can create an uncomfortable environment, and breathing can become a real challenge. Ensure that smoke is not being captured under or around your awning to avoid the dangers of excessive smoke.
We don’t recommend barbecuing under an awning for one main reason and that is carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide is an invisible and scentless gas that can become trapped under an awning. While you may think the open air would send the carbon monoxide into the atmosphere, it could be funneling it into your home through an open window. This is how several people died around Burlington during the ice storm of December 2013. People barbecued or ran generators in their garage, which ended up sending gas into the house’s crawlspaces, and eventually into bedrooms where people died in their sleep.
We at Jans Awning Products want you to have decades of enjoyment under your awnings. Contact us today to have us install an awning you can enjoy while you watch your food barbecue from a safe distance away.
Winter truly is a bittersweet season. Along with that warm holiday glow comes cold nights, shorter days, snow, ice, and wind! Keeping your home as warm and dry as possible will dramatically increase your chances of having an enjoyable winter. Winterizing your home can sometimes be a big project, but with a few small improvements you can be coming home to a warm and dry house every single day.
Start With New Doors and Windows!
An enormous amount of heat is lost every winter through inefficient, poorly installed, or simply old doors and windows. Today’s energy efficient windows have been built with the intention of not only reducing heat loss, but also helping you save on your heating bill while reducing your impact on the environment. At Jans Awning Products, we help homeowners install new doors and windows all year round that keep their home cool in the summer and warm in the winter. We carry the North Star line of quality vinyl windows, and specialize in bay and bow windows. North Star windows have been specially designed to thrive under Ontario’s harsh weather conditions, while also looking fantastic!
You can see all of our Window options here. Alternatively, consider installing some storm windows. Did you know that simply installing a storm window can increase the efficiency of your windows by up to 45%? Storm windows act by sealing up drafts and reducing the loss of heat from the inside of your home.
Schedule a Furnace Inspection
The best time to schedule a furnace inspection is before you even need it! During a furnace inspection, a professional heating specialist will do everything from change the filters of your furnace, to check the electric connections, and make sure the emergency shutdown and startup functions are working properly. They will also calibrate the temperature controls and help you program the settings to suit your heating preferences and schedule. The most important part of a furnace inspection is changing or cleaning the filters. These filters are what keep your furnace operating efficiently and safely.
Seal Up Gaps with Caulking and Weather-Stripping
Even the smallest of gaps can lead to a horrendous amount of heat loss. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, these gaps around doors and windows can lead to between 5-30% of lost energy efficiency every single year! Take a close look at the areas where two different building materials meet, such as in corners, chimneys, where wires enter and exit your home, and all along the foundation. To find areas where you might be losing heat, use a stick of incense. Move a stick of lit incense along the exterior walls of your home, wherever the smoke of the incense wavers is where you are losing heat.
Lastly, make sure that your home is well insulated! Attics, garages, and basements are prime candidates for heat loss. Even if your home already has insulation in these areas, simply adding more can get your home even warmer!
To learn more about how our awning and window products can have your home warmer by winter time, contact Jans Awning Products today!
Sliding patio doors allow a tremendous amount of natural light to filter into the house and offer good access to the outdoors; however, when the glass in a patio door breaks, it needs to be replaced as soon as possible. You have the option of calling a glass company to come in and replace the pane or you can consider doing it yourself, which is significantly cheaper. It isn’t as big of a job as you might imagine and with the right instructions and a couple of hours of your time, you can get your patio door repaired. By following some simple steps to replace the glass in the patio door, you can get back to enjoying your view from the comfort of your home once again.
To successfully replace broken glass in a patio door you will need gloves, a hammer, pry bar, putty knife, measuring tape, permanent marker, replacement glass, glass cutter and caulk. You do not have to remove the entire door, but it is advisable to always wear gloves to prevent cuts from the glass.
You can replace the glass on sliding patio doors with the door in place. It doesn’t need to be removed. First remove the trim around the glass by using a putty knife between the trim and the door. Next, use a small pry bar and hammer to ease it off, carefully avoiding bending the trim as you work.
Removing the Glass
When you have finished removing the trim, take out the old glass from the sliding patio doors. Remove any bits and pieces that will inevitably remain stuck to the frame. You can use the putty knife to remove these remaining pieces and take off the caulk around the trim.
Once the opening is completely clear of any lingering debris, use a tape measure to calculate the size of replacement glass for the sliding patio doors. You need to measure both height and width of the opening. Now, subtract ¼-inch from each measurement to obtain the size to buy and go to any glass shop that will be able to cut to size.
Fitting the Glass
When the glass arrives give it a thorough inspection. Trim the edges if they are not completely straight. Gently scribe using a straight edge where needed using a glass cutter. Avoid making deep cuts because this can break the new glass. Check the measurements and the edges one more time to be certain that everything is straight and that the glass will fit the opening.
Finally, put a bead of caulking around the inside of the frame. Gently ease the glass into place and then put another thin bead of caulking on top of the glass. This will hold it against the trim.
Replacing the Trim
You can begin to start replacing the trim you’ve removed and push it back into place. Start at one corner and gently, but firmly press into place. After it is positioned in place, make it secure with tacks down into the door.
Finish up by removing any of the caulking with a putty knife that might have squeezed out under the trim. Clean the glass of the sliding patio doors with glass cleaner and then go outside and repeat the cleaning process there.
Congratulations! By this point you should have some brand new glass installed in your patio door and you have successfully saved yourself a good chunk of change in doing so. If you’re reading this you’re probably a DIY kind of person who loves to get into new home renovations. Lucky for you Jans Awning Products has a wide selection of products available for you to purchase and install yourself. Take a look at our selection of products or come in and visit us.
After your home, your vehicle is likely one of your larger investments. Keeping it protected from the elements is well worth the trouble. In Ontario, ice, hail, heavy rains, and snow can wreak havoc on both your car’s exterior and interior. But sometimes a garage simply isn’t an option. This is where Jans Awning Products aluminum patio covers come in handy. Not only are these versatile and durable coverings great for extending the life of your patio season but they also act as a fantastic carport cover.
Durable Aluminum Carport Covers
At Jans Awning Products we take quality seriously. Every single product that we offer our valuable clients is manufactured using the best materials, and diligently tested and re-tested to ensure its safety and durability. Our aluminum carport and patio covers are no different. Our aluminum roofing products are constructed using a Duraform Roof System. This means that they come equipped with all the necessary features you need in a roof. For example built in gutters, and a thermally broken rear shelf. Our team of engineers have developed a product that is as safe and durable as it is versatile. With an aluminum carport cover from Jans Awning Products you can be confident knowing that your vehicle is safe from the elements. Better yet, you won’t have to spend hours this winter shoveling snow off your car!
Custom Aluminum Carport Covers
Not only are all of our products made with the best possible materials, but they are also customizable. No two carports are alike. This is why we offer custom aluminum carport covers. Our qualified team will start by scheduling a complimentary consultation to assess your carport and suggest possible aluminum roof applications. We’ll draw up the designs and help you pick the best option for your lifestyle, space, and budget. An aluminum roof offers a huge amount of versatility and customization. We can easily adapt to abnormal spaces, chimneys, patio spaces, and pre-existing structures to create a convenient covered carport.
1200 and 1201 Series Aluminum Carport Covers
Jans Awning Products offers two aluminum cover options: The 1200 Series and the 1201 Series. Both of these options offer the same quality and durability. The 1200 Series is the most commonly used product. In addition to its impressive durability it is also capable of bearing weight. Its strength is increased with a clever tongue and groove installation combined with a polystyrene installation, and finished with stucco. Meanwhile, the 1201 Series is suited well for even larger spans. It has all of the features offered in the 1200 Series as well as a thermally broken “I” beam joining the polyurethane or polystyrene roof panels. It too is finished with stucco. Both the 1200 and the 1201 Series come with a built in gutter, optional skylights, and a maintenance free guarantee!
To learn more about using our aluminum roofs for your carport, or to schedule your complimentary consultation contact Jans Awning Products today!
Making sure that you have a reliable, well maintained roof over your head is a pretty crucial part of being a homeowner. In fact, it’s one of the most important. At Jan’s Awnings Products we know that! We are committed to making sure that all of our clients receive not only the best quality materials but superior client care. Our aluminum patio roofs are no exception.
Aluminum Patio Roof Durability
At Jan’s Awnings, we pride ourselves in our uncompromising use of quality materials. When it comes to aluminum patio roofs we use embossed-aluminum clad insulated roof systems. The built-in eaves troughs and optional skylights take the guess work out of home maintenance. Our aluminum patio roofs are called the Duraform Roof System. These incredibly durable, and versatile patio roofs also offer a thermally broken rear shelf.
The Duraform Roof System Advantage
Your patio is a personal space, an oasis even! It is where you entertain, where you relax, where memories are made and where you just escape from it all. A Duraform Roof System from Jan’s extends your patio season by weeks, even months! Imagine not having to wait for the perfect cloudless sunny day to enjoy your patio. Instead, your patio can become an all season space for you and your family. Each and every one of our Duraform Roof Systems can be customized and tailored to fit any space. If you have an irregularly shaped patio, fear not! The expert installation team at Jan’s Awning Products has years of experience customizing our Duraform Roof Systems to fit even the most awkward spaces.
Aluminum Patio Roof Maintenance
Since 1966, Jans Awning Products has been providing Burlington and the surrounding area with superior service. Residents in Burlington and southwestern Ontario love spending time outdoors. And with so many homes with waterfront access, finding a patio roof solution that can withstand the elements is important. One of the most convenient advantages of the Duraform Roof System is its low maintenance upkeep and incredible durability. Aluminum patio roofs are a permanent, hard top roofing system that looks fantastic alongside most home styles. You can be confident with your investment knowing that it will look brand new for years to come.
Duraform Roof Systems look fantastic alongside our Trex Composite Decking. Not only does an aluminum patio roof look fantastic, but it’s also up to the job. These load bearing roofs feature tongue and groove panels that enhance its strength and durability. Using an embossed, aluminum clad product that is insulated with polystyrene, we can assure you the Duraform Roof System is up to the job.
Duraform Roof System Versatility
Aluminium Patio roofs from Jan’s Awning Products can be customized to provide shelter on an attached patio, or act as a stand alone structure in backyard recreation areas. Aluminum patio shelters are a great addition to outdoor kitchens, and gardening spaces. By protecting yourself from the elements you can enjoy the space all year round!
To learn more about Jan’s Duraform Roof System and all of our aluminum patio roof products, contact Jans Awning Products today!
Not only are railings an essential safety feature for your home or business, but they also add personality! We love to consider railings as the final touch on your already gorgeous home. With so many different styles available, you can customize your safety features to meld seamlessly into your home.
JANS’ Quality Material
Did you know that all of the railings made by JANS Awning Products are made from aluminum and cast aluminum? So not only will they look great, but they will also be rust free, and maintenance free for years to come! Not only are the railings themselves made from the best quality of materials, but so are all of the fasteners. By using stainless steel fasteners, we can guarantee that your railing is going to look brand new for years to come.
Glass Panelled Railings
From 20th floor condos to suburban backyards, glass panelled railings are a safe, versatile, and beautiful design choice. Living in a condo often means that your access to the great outdoors is just a little bit further away. While rooftop patios and outdoor recreation are always close by, there’s nothing like enjoying a relaxing afternoon on your very own balcony. Glass panelled railings allow you to extend the look of your balcony without adding extra space.
Each of our glass panelled railings have been tested by our engineers to ensure they surpass the requirements of the Ontario building code. JANS’ glass panelled railings blend expertly into a wide variety of home styles. Whether you are looking for the perfect railing to add to your second floor deck, or around your outdoor kitchen, glass panelled railings lend an effortlessly sophisticated effect. JANS Awning Products offers glass panelled railings in a wide variety of colours and finishes.
Double Bar Railings
At JANS Awning Products, we take the traditional double bar railings and add contemporary, quality materials and craftsmanship. The benefit of double bar railings is their versatility. Unlike glass panelled railings, double bar railings are capable of adapting to more uniquely sized spaces. We love using double bar railings on winding staircases, and curved steps leading towards front doors. Within the double bar railing category, there are a huge amount of varieties. Ornate mouldings, intricate designs, bowed spindles, and more. Each and every one of our railings can be customized to suit your space and design preferences.
JANS’ Patio Railings
Your patio is one of your favourite places to spend time. It’s where your family and your friends get together to soak up what remains of the summer! At JANS Awning Products, we know how important it is to keep everyone safe while they spend time outdoors. Our glass panelled and double bar railings, are made from durable aluminum alloy and will get the job done. Whether you are looking to enclose a small space or a large space, our sophisticated railings are expertly crafted, installed, and are virtually maintenance free! So all you have to do is fire up the barbecue.
To learn more about our railings and services, contact us today!
A little routine care and awning cleaning will increase the durability of your awnings. Awnings require proper maintenance. Some awnings are made of mildew resistant materials. However, this does not mean that they don’t require the occasional cleaning. If you allow dirt to accumulate on a canvas awning, it can lead to the growth of mildew and mould. Mould poses some serious health risk. Also it affects the aesthetic appeal of your awning by leaving ugly stains on the fabric.
Clean your awnings once a month
The easiest and most effective way of cleaning your awnings is to hose them with water. This ritual has to be performed every month. Routine cleaning will prevent dirt from getting accumulated deep inside the fabric. If, on the other hand, you allow dirt to embed within the fabric, you will need more robust cleaning strategies.
That said, there is a limit to what you can accomplish by giving your awnings a monthly rinse. They will need a thorough cleaning every 2 to 3 years.
How to clean your awnings
Depending upon the type and size of the awnings you have, you will probably have to remove them from their frame to clean them. Some awnings, however, can be cleaned while they are still on the frame. Some awning fabrics can be machine washed. Use mild soaps and lukewarm or cold water to wash the fabric in a washing machine. After washing the fabric, don’t forget to air dry it. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully while cleaning the awning fabric.
The awning fabric can be cleaned while it is still on its frame. In this case, start the cleaning process by brushing off the loose debris or dirt. After removing the dirt, hose down the awning fabric with water. Prepare a cleaning solution of mild soap and water. Apply the cleaning solution to the awning fabric. Clean the fabric gently with a brush. Using cold water rinse the fabric thoroughly and let it air dry.
How to clean the underside
The top of the awning is constantly exposed to the weather elements. Dirt, cobwebs and dust can also get deposited on the underside. The underside of the awning should be brushed regularly with a broom. This simple strategy will keep your awning in good condition.
Repair wear and tear
Canvas awnings should be kept away from shrubs, trees and vines. Plants produce an acid which can damage the awning fabric. Constant exposure to this acid will affect the performance and appearance of your awning.
Check the awning fabric routinely for small tears or rips. Remember that if small tears are not repaired, they will eventually become large. So close the tears as soon as you spot them with a repair tape.
Take care when it’s cold and wet
Your awnings need protection from cold temperatures. Canvas awnings may suffer damage when they are rolled or unrolled in winter.
Water pooling can cause canvas to stretch. This will eventually lead to a poor fit on the frame. After a downpour inspect the awning to see if water has pooled in any of its pockets. If so, push the underside of the awning with a broom. This will remove standing water.
A little routine maintenance will go a long way in keeping your awnings in good shape for years to come.
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