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Sliding patio doors

Many new homes are often built with sliding doors, especially as alternative exits to the home or leading to the backyard. Sliding doors provide excellent sight lines to the outdoors and a source of natural light in the home. When old homes are renovated, many owners decide to change over to sliding doors for entry ways that look out to personal property. However, especially in a northern climate, are sliding doors an efficient option for your home?

If you live in an older home with original doors and windows, any new door will insulate better than older types and replacing them can be a good investment resulting in lower heating and cooling costs.

When purchasing new doors the best way to determine if they are an energy efficient option is to check their energy performance rating. This will make it easier to purchase a door most appropriate for your home’s climate and orientation. The energy performance rating will provide information about their potential for gaining and losing heat as well as transmitting sunlight into your home.

Heat Gain and Loss

Sliding doors can lose heat through direct conduction through the glass or glazing, frame or door. The radiation of heat into a house and out of a house from room-temperature objects. Although uncommon in most new doors, air leakage through and around them can cause heat loss, usually when installed incorrectly.

In comparison to most new doors, sliding doors usually lose much more heat than other doors because glass (the main component in sliding doors) is a very poor insulator. The most energy efficient glass doors will have metal frames with a thermal break which is a plastic insulator between inner and outer parts of the frame. Models with several glass layers are a good investment, especially in extreme climates. You can also use a foam caulking to help seal the new door frame as well as weatherstripping. Weatherstripping can be replaced annually to ensure the best seal possible around your doorways. Regardless of age or style, swinging doors still offer a much tighter seal than sliding doors. However, most home owners are still very drawn to sliding doors and they are often seen as a great value-add to any home because of high demand.

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Every year, billions of birds smash into glass windows and kill themselves. Have you ever wondered why this happens? Is there a way to prevent this from happening?

Window Awning

Birds fly into windows because they can’t see the glass. They only see the reflections of trees and other natural elements in the glass. They assume that they can fly through the landscape reflected in the window. Unfortunately, they can’t.

One way of preventing this from happening is to make them realize that there is something there. Glass windows are one of the greatest threats that birds face today. They pose a threat to all bird species, but migratory birds are the biggest victims of these home design elements.

When birds hit windows, most of them die instantly. Others fall prey to predators like gulls and cats. Not only skyscrapers, private homes also endanger birds.

Why birds hit the windows?

Birds don’t see a glass window as a barrier. They only see the reflections of the trees or the sky. This is not surprising because sometimes people also walk into glass doors. While this is merely a matter of embarrassment for us, it is fatal for birds.

Home owners can prevent or reduce these collisions in several ways. Here are some solutions to this problem.

If you place bird feeders outside your windows, make sure that they are within 3 feet of the window. This will ensure that birds eating from the feeder will not gain enough speed to hurt themselves even if they try to fly through the window.

Another inexpensive and uncomplicated solution is to install a pattern on the window. Decals of hawks are not very helpful. The birds will probably never realize whether they are an abstract design or birds of prey.

Other seasonal fixes include the following.

• Place tape strips vertically or horizontally on the outside of the window. They are highly effective.
• Use window paints to obscure the window.
• Draw blinds. If you have indoor plants near the windows move them away. However, this will not help if there are reflections of the surroundings in the window.

Permanent fixes include the following:

• Install an opaque window film. This will reduce reflectivity and keep birds from hitting the windows. You can buy films that look opaque from the outside but allow you to view everything from inside. Films have to be placed on the outside of the windows for maximum effect. There is no guarantee that they will stay on these surfaces for a long time, but most of them do.
• Install awnings or shades in front of the windows. They are quite effective. They not only prevent birds from hitting your glass windows, but also provide protection from heat and dust.
• Install netting in front of the windows.

Glass Window Conclusions:

Glass windows are here to stay. They allow you to watch birds, plants and trees from inside your home. Though unintended, bird casualties are a consequence of modern home design. However, by applying some creativity you can make your windows safe for the birds.

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Branding is essential for the success of your business. It helps you stand out from our competition. Your logo isn’t the only branding tool that you have at your disposal. Your corporate awnings also play a crucial role in improving the recognition of your brand.

Hair and Body Works Awning

Awnings not only provide protection from weather elements; they are also great branding tools. Even large corporations use awnings as a marketing tool.

How to use awnings to promote your brand

Many organizations use awnings to protect their commercial space from heat and dust. Besides offering protection from the weather elements, they act as excellent marketing tools. Corporate awnings are quite versatile. They offer numerous benefits. They can complement your signage and the exterior of your building. Here are some of the benefits offered by commercial awnings.

Anwnings Create an Impression

Awnings complete the look of your commercial building. They add a signature touch to the façade. Small businesses install awnings above their doors and windows. One way of impressing your brand upon your customers is to use awnings made with your corporate colors and logo. Install them on the exterior of your buildings to brand your business.

Create Landmarks with Awnings

Some businesses occupy historic buildings. This is done to distinguish them from their competition. However, in cities most buildings look more or less the same. You can make your corporate structure stand out from the rest by having unique awnings installed on them. This will differentiate your building from other similar looking buildings in its surroundings. This is a great branding method. In addition, the awnings will enhance the look of your building.
The same awnings can be used to cover your side entrances and parking areas. They provide a consistent look to your commercial property and also offer protection from the weather elements. To make your business look modern and smart, you have to work on your branding efforts continuously.

Awning Permits

You need a building permit to install an awning on your commercial structure in Burlington. You have to follow certain norms. There are also restrictions regarding the kind of materials that can be used.
• All awnings installed over your commercial building have to be supported by metal rods. They should be attached to the building and leave the sidewalk unobstructed. All awnings have to be installed at least seven feet above the sidewalk.
• The awning fabric should cover the supporting structure properly. There should be no unsecured/loose edges.
• The colours as well as the materials should blend well with the surrounding structures. Make sure that you choose awnings that complement the overall design theme of the street.
• The awning has to be installed in such a way that it does not extend into public sidewalk.
• The awning has to be installed below the signage that represents your company.
• Lighting and other materials attached to the awning should be fixed to the supporting structure properly.

As we have already seen, commercial awnings are great branding tools. If you need help with choosing the right kind of awnings for your business, get in touch with us.

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Patio shade structures are of different kinds, shapes and sizes. They can be used to cover a small patio or a high-rise terrace. They can also be used to cover larger areas. Most types of patio shade structures are seasonal for Ontario. Most are not supposed to stay in place throughout the year. You have to take them out during the off-season and store them safely.

By winterizing your patio shade structures, you can enhance their durability and also keep them looking attractive for a long time.
Patio Snow

How to winterize your patio shade structures

It is easy to winterize your patio structures. You only have to follow these steps.

Inspect the shade structures thoroughly

Your awnings and canopies wear out over time. Accidents may also cause damage to them. Inspect the entire structure carefully. Look for signs of damage. See if the fittings and fabric are tight and snug. If you find loose hardware, tighten it.
Look for tiny tears or worn spots in the fabric. Make sure that the stitching is not coming unraveled. If your awnings have a valance, they should be inspected more closely. As they flutter in the wind, they may wear out easily.

Fix problems

If you spot signs of damage, you have to make repairs right away. If you wait until the spring to fix them, the problem may get worse. Before you even realize it, a tiny hole may metamorphose into an unsightly rip. A simple repair will not burn a hole in your pockets. Replacements, on the other hand, are quite costly.

Clean all parts carefully

Do not use abrasive materials or harsh cleaning agents to clean your shade structures. Wash the fabric using a soap solution and rinse thoroughly. Dry it well before storing it away.
Dust off any dust or dirt that may have accumulated over time. Debris may leave scratches on the metal or fabric while you clean it. In any case, you cannot allow debris to settle because it can stain the fabric.

Dismantle the structure

You have to fold or roll the framework in the right way to protect the parts. Most seasonal canopies support compact storage. If the structure does not have a carrying case, wrap it in a sheet so that it does not get dirty.
Retractable awnings will stay in place during off-season as well. They have a permanently mounted housing to protect them from harsh winter elements.

Store them properly

If you have been using these shade structures for several years, you should know how to store them properly. If you are not familiar with these structures you should seek the help of a good awning company. They will be able to answer all questions you have about winterizing your shade structures. They will also be able to give tips on caring for them.
Winterizing your patio shade structures is easier than you think. Also it doesn’t take too long. If you set aside some time for this, you can prolong the life of your shade structures.

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Jans Awnings Products carries the high-quality vinyl windows from North Star. We are specialists in bow and bay windows, but offer the entire line of these windows and doors. The current day marketplace is chock full of replacement window and door products, but North Star products are unrivaled in terms of quality and popularity.

Windows at a winter chalet

Perfectly-Designed Windows

North Star windows and patio doors have all been specially-designed and built to effectively withstand the extreme weather conditions that prevail across Canada. Independent agency checks have proved that these products exceed the existing industry standards for insulation value and security. North Star provides the Low-E glass technology which is definitely an energy-saving advantage.

This is one of the standard features of all the windows and doors. All North Star windows are available with the Pilkington Activ™ brand of Self-Cleaning Glass. You can also opt for Argon and Krypton gas-filled, Tempered, Bronze and Gray-tint, Obscure or Triple glazing glass. These products provide the best insulation and help in reducing your energy bills.

The Special Window Coating

Low-E is an almost invisible coating that effectively reduces heat-loss from the windows even as it lets in sufficient natural light. This is an energy-efficient and high-performance glass which has a coating designed for top-notch performance in our climate. This is why it can also be rated the highest Canadian Energy-Rating.

This glass allows the energy of the sun to filter through in the winter even as the fusion-welded construction of the windows provides the perfect seal. This simply means that when you yearn to sun-bathe in the winter (when the sun manages to appear in the skies), you can easily get your shot of Vitamin D without actually stepping outdoors.

The windows hold in the comfortable inside temperatures that you want, when it’s freezing outside. This special coating will keep out the cold and allow you the luxury to treat yourself to a natural tan even when the outdoor temperatures are sub-zero.

High Quality Installation

You will find a number of good quality products on the market, but the durability and life of a window is highly dependent on how it has been installed. All our windows and patio doors come with the transferable limited-lifetime manufacturer’s warranty. When you get North Star windows installed from Jans Awning Products, the added advantage is that the installation is guaranteed for life.

Get that Tan

And so, if you feel that you want to get a tan and your dose of Vitamin D even in the winter, contact us at 905.335.3733. We can install these high-grade North Star windows for you anywhere across the GTA.

When you choose to purchase windows and awnings from Jans Awning Products, you know that you will get the best products, backed by iron-clad warranties and the highest levels of customer services too. For more information about North Star Windows and Doors, please contact us via this online form.

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Winters in Canada can be extremely severe in Southern Ontario and everyone likes to prepare their home for the long and frigid days ahead. Fireplace installations will be serviced & window and door insulation will be re-checked. Those who have awnings always worry about how they should protect them in the winter.

Awning on House

If you have manual fabric awnings, you might want to dismantle them & store them till spring. This is the best way of protecting the fabric from any kind of damage that the snow, ice, windstorms and cold temperatures causes. Doing this will give you “use-ready” awnings when you want them. Before dismantling, call whoever installed your awnings to see if that is the best course of action.

Winterizing Steps For Awnings

• Brush -off the dust, debris & all the leaves from your awning, and move in one direction- from its upper edge to the bottom edge
• Hose-off the awning & remove any dirt/debris that is stuck to it. Use a soft-bristled brush to carefully remove all the stains & dirt spots
• Dissolve a little bit of mild soap in a bucketful of warm water and scrub the awning clean with it. Make sure that the brush does not dry out while the cleaning is in progress
• Thoroughly rinse the awning with a hose
• Air it completely out and ensure that there is no dampness before you store it as this can result in moss & mildew growth
• If there is a hanging valance, remove it & hose that down well. Use a bit of mild-soapy water & clean-off all the dirt & dust from it with a very soft-bristled brush
• Let it dry out completely
• Roll it up properly & store it in a dry spot – this will prevent mildew/moss growth
• Just cover the valance lightly, but don’t use any plastic cover as it will trap the moisture
• In case you have a retractable awning and are not removing it from the frame, use a specialized awning cover. These functional covers provide effective protection. They entirely cover the awning installation and will ensure that there is no mildew or moss formation

Things to Remember with Awnings

• Test the mild soap properly on a small hidden area of the awning & ensure that it isn’t causing any damage
• Read the recommendations of the manufacturer and check which cleaning agents are best for your awning & check about the best care methods

High Quality Products

We provide very high-quality products that will give you trouble-free service for a number of years. Under regular use, Jans Awning Products remain waterproof for a long time. But, over years the elements may wear away at the waterproofing. If, upon inspection, you find that there is some moisture or water inside or any sign of water-penetration, apply a reproofing agent to the awning. Check manufacturer recommendations about the agent that should be used.

If you are looking for the highest-quality manual/ motorized awnings across Oakville, Burlington, Mississauga, Brantford, Hamilton, Milton, Ancaster, Brampton or Grimsby, call Jans Awning Products on 905.335.3733. If you have any queries about winterizing the awnings, please contact us via this online form.

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Home automation is not a new concept – people have been using smart technology to open garage doors, dim lights and set and monitor security installations on their properties. But technology is advancing at a very fast pace and the future of home automation is bright.
Man under Awning

Latest Suite of Tools

Apple is one of the companies that has been at the fore of smart technology and has brought to market a number of products that people can use to add convenience to various functions that they need in and around their homes. In June this year, at its Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple announced its HomeKit– This highly innovative suite of tools will control a range of devices such as furnaces, thermostats, garage-door openers, security systems and blinds and awnings too.

The company will provide a robust platform which all these devices will have to conform to. Once that has been done, you will be able to control them all via your iOS device. The smart-home market is burgeoning and Apple is all set to capture it.

A Matter of Functionality

The fact is that to date a number of smart home products have been riddled with a number of compatibility issues and homeowners had to conduct a lot of ground work to ensure that their “smart” homes actually worked. But Apple says it can change all that and Home Kit will give iPhone users the ability to control various individual smart home devices from their phones via Siri and not a specific app.

This simply means homeowners will have the convenience to club different smart home devices into groups and they will be able to effectively control a series of elements all at once.

Motorized Awnings

Jans Awning Products has always launched the best products and we offer our customers options like motorized awnings powered by Somfy. You can sit inside your house or commercial establishment and with the press of a remote button can either open or retract awnings. Customers can also opt to have sensors fitted to the awnings and these take a convenience and functionality factor one step further.

The awnings will retract or fold out based on how sunny or windy the weather conditions are. For example, if you are out, and see that it has gotten really windy, you can draw them in, no matter where you are. Also, maybe it’s a hot day, and you had your awning drawn in. You can have your patio nice and cool by the time you get home from work. Now, with smart technology like the one that Apple has launched with its HomeKit its possible raise and lower difficult to access awnings and blinds with the touch of a button. But for customers who wish to use these options, they will have to ensure they opt for motorized awnings.

Complete Automated Control

You will have complete control of awnings and blinds via an interface that can control these elements on-site as well as from a different location. Awning and blinds control can also be combined and you can have a setting you like. At the end of the day, technology is meant to add comfort and convenience to our lives and that is exactly what and Apple’s HomeKit aims to do.

If you are looking for the best motorized awnings across Burlington, Oakville, Mississauga, Hamilton, Brantford, Milton, Grimsby, Ancaster or Brampton, contact Jans Awning Products. You can reach us on 905.335.3733 or via this online form and order your motorized awnings today.

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Rollshutters are a definite value-add to any property, be it residential or commercial. They look great and provide increased security. In effect, they are the first line-of-defense for any property and are an excellent visual deterrent for vandals and burglars.

Cottage Rollshutter PlantsNot only do rollshutters provide security from intruders, but they are an excellent way of saving on energy costs in the summer as well as during the winter months. The minute you install security rollshutters from Jans Awning Products on your windows you will find that there are significant savings on your energy bills. While we focus on cottages in this post for rollshutters, they can be effectively used on:

• Windows & Skylights
• Sliding doors, entry doors and patio doors
• Screen Porches
• Pool houses
• Inside & Outside storage

The Advantages of Rollshutters

There are some distinct advantages to using these shutters:

• They are very effective in protecting your home/ commercial space from the weather. Snow storms can sometimes be very severe and when you put down the rollshutters you are assured that any debris or falling branches will not damage the glass on your doors and windows
• They do not rattle in high winds
• Significantly maintain the warm temperature in your home
• Offer very good insulation and you have complete control on maintaining the indoor temperature and keep it at comfortable levels
• You do not have to worry about getting expensive heating alternatives installed
• They are perfect protection from the cold but offer year-long protection too

The Convenience Factor

Since security rollshutters have a foam-filled profile, they are an excellent choice for maintaining the desired indoor temperature. You can choose between manual and automatic options, though the latter are very convenient and hassle-free. They can be operated either via a switch or remote control systems like Somfy and these systems are fitted inside your home, which adds to the convenience factor.

Once we install these security rollshutters, you have peace of mind that your home is secure from intruders and the weather. The fact that they complement any décor is a definite plus. You also get the amount of privacy you want and are able to manage artificial light. Incidentally, even as it makes your home more energy efficient, it also provides good noise insulation.

Customized Solutions

Since these shutters are set away from the glass, the air pocket that is created between the windows and the shutters provide added insulation. When you are considering installing security rollshutters, it is important to opt for high-quality ones like the ones that we provide. All our products are guaranteed and so is the motor of the automated ones. Putting a rollshutter up at your cottage not only prevents theft, it prevents damage from the heavy winds that seem to prevail in cottage country. One small hole in a cottage window can be an open invitation to critters of all manner. Why come back to your cottage in late spring to find that a family of skunks and bats have taken home in your country getaway.

We also customize solutions for you and ensure that all the windows and doors are outfitted with perfectly-sized shutters. This winter, protect and insulate your home, office and commercial spaces with the best products from Jans Awnings. You can reach us on 905.335.3733 or via this online form and order your security rollshutters today.

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Jans Windows and Doors is a tried, trusted and true leader in the field of windows and patio doors.

Established nearly five decades ago, Jans Windows and Doors has earned a reputation for excellence that few Hamilton-area companies can boast of. When Gerry and Jannie Jans founded the company in 1966 from their Burlington home, the company focus was on aluminum awnings, storm windows and doors. In 1982, Jans introduced local consumers to the ultra-convenient retractable awnings. And while awnings are still the mainstay of the business, the company’s outstanding reputation has since extended to roll shutters and screens, patio hard roofs, railings, and of course, quality windows and doors.

North Star Windows and Doors

Jans carries the highly reputable, innovative North Star line of windows and patio doors that have been built to withstand extreme weather conditions. North Star combines great looks, leading energy efficiency and cares about the environment inside and outside your home by saving energy and eliminating waste through a production process that ensures a greener future for everyone.

Cottage windows


Jans specializes in bay and bow windows, but offers a full line of vinyl windows and patio doors to meet every demand — contemporary or traditional—in today’s market place.

Equally as important as quality is the way your windows and doors – and any other product – are installed. With Jans Windows and Doors, you can trust the hands of an experienced, local installer and enjoy peace of mind with a transferable limited lifetime manufacturers warranty.

Herman Jans, who now owns Jans Windows and Doors with his wife Joanne, said that through 48 years in operation the company’s main source of business is, and always has been, word-of-mouth references.

To ensure the utmost quality and customer satisfaction, Jans takes great care to work only with suppliers that fully back their products and have earned a name for themselves through a proven record of excellence.

Not just windows and doors

Along with the top-notch North Star line, Jans carries roll shutters and roll screens by Talius. The products are designed to withstand the elements and give homeowners comfort and peace of mind in knowing their property is protected from sun and would-be intruders.

living room rollshutters


Jans also supplies and installs patio hard roofs, which are aluminum-clad insulated roof systems that come complete with built-in eavestroughs and optional skylights. The system, called the Duraform Roof System, can be custom shaped and sized to fit around existing structures, such as chimneys or bays, and is an ideal material to provide comfort in the sunny days of summer or the bone-chilling temperatures of winter.

It has been Jans Windows and Doors’ privilege to serve homeowners and businesses in the Golden Horseshoe Area, and Herman and Joanne would like to thank all who have contributed to the company’s success.

And while founder Gerry has retired, the young-at- heart 81-year-old still goes out on the odd sales call and enjoys chatting with longtime customers.

As a testament to their longevity and success in the marketplace, Jans recently welcomed customers into their new and improved showroom at 4361 Harvester Rd. The bright and attractively decorated location allows products to be displayed in an attractive manner and features a faux side of a home with awnings, windows and doors on display. They invite you to visit their new showroom today!

Jans Windows and Doors has a great reputation and is well-known to scores of satisfied customers. People know that when they choose Jans, the name speaks for itself in terms of quality.

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Somfyl logoYou have a beautiful home with stunning outdoor spaces that you long to use in a more functional way. And when you opt for motorized awnings from Jans Awning Products, you can! The outdoor spaces like decks and patios can be very effectively and simply converted into an area that you can use comfortably, regardless of how the weather is.

The Features

When we install these awnings for you, they will match your requirements to perfection and it is a great way of expanding the living space of your home. Our awnings have a range of standard features like:

  • PVC-coated arm cables that provide superior strength
  • Easy precision-retractable pitch adjustments
  • Folding arms for any narrow widths for much larger projections
  • Mounting hardware for roofs, ceilings and walls are available
  • Protective hardware covers

In addition to these standard features, you can opt for optional ones such as:

  • Wireless & retractable motorized-awning remotes & sensors
  • 1-piece weather sealed hoods
  • Front bar-drop valances that provide low sun protection
  • Semi-Cassettes that provide ultimate fabric protection
  • 1-piece weather sealed hoods

The Benefits

Home spaces are not just about the interiors and all the outdoor areas add dimension to the space. If you are considering any home renovation project to upgrade the outdoor living spaces on your property, look at the benefits of motorized awnings:

  • You can automatically unroll them for protection and shade against direct sunlight and harsh UV rays / light rain showers
  • Since these awnings do not have any vertical supports/ standing frames they give you an unobstructed space and view
  • They can be rolled-back/ unrolled at the touch of a button with programmed automated settings, via a remote control/ wall switch
  • The shade that these awnings provide translate into energy savings in your home, by helping you save up to 50-60% on air-conditioning bills

Large Variety

In addition, the optional awnings accessories and features come in handy in anticipating changes in weather which keep your motorized awnings well-protected. If you like, you can have weather sensors installed. These can detect wind, sun and rain and will unroll and roll accordingly. What’s more is that our awnings come in a range of shades and colors and you can pick ones that match the look of your home and business.

High Quality Products

Every one of our products is made with the highest quality fittings, fabric and hardware and is covered with guarantees. This ensures you get motorized awnings that will last for years and years with the least amount of maintenance. If you are looking for the best motorized awnings anywhere in Burlington, Oakville, Mississauga, Hamilton, Brantford, Milton, Grimsby, Ancaster or Brampton, contact Jans Awning Products. You can reach us at 905.335.3733 or via this online form and order your motorized awnings today.