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Tips When Purchasing Retractable Screens for Large Openings

retractable patio screen

Do you have a large outdoor space like a covered patio, spacious gazebo, or expansive garage? If so, how nice would it be to have protection from bugs, the sun, and wind? Retractable screens offer all of that – and more! Here’s what to know when purchasing a retractable screen for a large opening.

Benefits of Retractable Screens

Retractable screens provide homeowners with a range of benefits – including wind and rain protection, solar shade, privacy, and climate control. They extend livings spaces and make time outdoors more comfortable and enjoyable.

Possibly the biggest benefit is retractable screens allow homeowners to use a space all year round – even when there are bugs, heat, or a lack of privacy.

Research Your Options

Retractable screens are available in a wide range of styles and colours to complement your home or business. When retractable screens retract, they can do so out of sight into a 5-inch panel box integrated into the bottom of the retractable screen assembly, or they can retract into a side pocket. Retractable screens allow you to extend them only when needed and retract back out of sight when finished to allow you to use your space to its maximum potential.

Commercial grade retractable screens that offer durability and strength are used by many companies as well as homeowners. Commercial retractable screens retract back into a pocket or disappear into an enclosed box to allow freedom of movement and openness when needed or to enclose a space to create shade, block wind and rain, or enhance privacy. They come in many styles to complement your home or business decor.

Motorized Retractable Screens

When you have a large opening, you want to make it as easy as possible to utilize your retractable screen. A motorized retractable screen for your large indoor or outdoor living space is a great way to enjoy fresh air, protection from the sun’s UV rays and insects, and some privacy.

Motorized retractable screens can accommodate openings up to 40 feet wide and be recessed or surface mounted. They can include automated controls – such as sun and wind sensors – that you can operate with wall-mounted and handheld remote or by a smartphone app. 

For retractable screens for large openings, motorized is the way to go.

Consult with the Experts

Ready to install a retractable screen for a large opening at your home or business? Get in contact with an awning specialist at Jans Awning Products to learn more about the many options available.

 

November 22, 2021|Categories: Retractable Screens|

Everything You Should Know About Awning Colour Choices

red retractable awning

Purchasing an awning for your home or business is a decision you won’t regret. From UV protection to energy savings, awnings are one of the best investments you can make.

But before you can start reaping its benefits, you’ll have to make some decisions – starting with choosing a colour. The following tips can help you when selecting a colour for your new awning.

What to Consider When Choosing a Colour

Whether your awning is for your home or business, you’ll want to ensure it looks aesthetically pleasing.

Start by considering the overall look you’re trying to achieve. Is it to make a bold statement? Or would you rather have a colour that highlights your home or business – rather than be the main focus?

Since it can be challenging to get awning fabric that’s an exact match to your home’s exterior, try choosing an appropriate accent or complementing colour instead. For traditional-style homes, forest green, navy blue, black, white, and grey look appealing. If you own a cottage-style or colonial home, accent stripes using reds, greens, dark blues, and other daring colours will complement well. As a contemporary homeowner, consider getting an awning in a brighter colour such as yellow or blue. With so many colours and collections of fabric to choose from there truly is something for everyone.

As a business owner, an awning colour can play a big role in attracting patrons – if it’s the right one! Having colours that don’t suit the branding image you are trying to achieve wouldn’t be a great idea to advertise your establishment.  You could always choose an awning colour that ties in nicely with your branding. This makes it easier for patrons to identify your business from the street.

Awning Frame Colours at Jans Awnings

The colours available for your awning depend on the type of awning you select. In general, our standard frames are usually available in white, ivory, beige, silver, black, and bronze (dark brown). More recently, we have introduced a modern charcoal colour which looks great on most homes or buildings.

Some of our high-end shade products allow you to select a custom colour for an additional cost. This is a great option if you’re a homeowner looking to achieve an exact match to your home’s brick, stone, or siding.

Awning Fabric Colour at Jans Awnings

When it comes to awning fabric colours, our options are endless! For some of the most popular colours – such as beige or black – no long wait time is necessary when you order. That’s because we keep inventory on hand for the most requested colours.

With almost every colour of the rainbow available, it can get overwhelming to make a decision. If you’re a part of a condo board, why not limit the colour choices to several approved shades? This makes it easier for your residents and can create a more uniform appearance across the homes in your community.

Our team can offer you plenty of advice when selecting an awning colour you’ll love! Contact us today for more tips on choosing an appropriate one.

 

November 22, 2021|Categories: Awning Products|

Wind Sensor Maintenance for Motorized Awnings

A wind sensor on your retractable awning can give you peace of mind knowing that if you are away from your Burlington home and an unexpected windstorm kicks up, your awning will automatically retract. This is important as it will protect the awning from becoming damaged in high winds.

motorized awning

But to ensure that your wind sensor functions the way it should, occasional maintenance is necessary. Here are a few things that you need to know to get the most out of your Somfy wind sensor.

Ensure the sensor is mounted correctly

For the wind sensor to operate properly, it must be mounted correctly. The round silver magnet must be attached to the mounting bracket. Ensure that the insert on the inside of the housing has the batteries aligned with the foam pad designed to help hold them in place.

How to tell if the wind sensor needs new batteries

Your wind sensor is designed to retract your awning during high winds, but if you find that your motorized awning is retracting every 30 to 60 minutes when there isn’t any wind, then this is a sign that it is time to change the batteries in your wind sensor. This is because your motor is looking for a signal from the sensor but not receiving one. If the motor cannot find the wind sensor signal it retracts as a precautionary measure.

Change the battery regularly

In addition to changing your sensor’s batteries when the awning is retracting, you should also change them on a fixed yearly schedule. It is usually most convenient to do this at the end of the summer as it helps to prepare your awning for winter.

Bring the sensor inside in the winter

The wind sensor is designed to be easily removed from its mounting plate. By bringing it inside during the winter you ensure that the batteries won’t be damaged and leak harmful battery acid over the sensors electronics.

How to replace your batteries

When it is time to replace your batteries in the spring, you will require two AAA alkaline batteries and a small screwdriver. Begin by removing the sensor housing from the awning by gently pushing it or giving it a knock towards the left. There are markings on the face or underside of the sensor that indicate the direction for lock and unlock.

Once the housing is free from the mounting plate you can then use a small screwdriver or pocketknife to remove the sensor from the housing. There is a spring tab on the electronics insert on the opposite end from the batteries. Then insert new batteries into the battery compartment. You should then see the green LED light blink to indicate that the sensor is receiving power (some older sensors may have a red LED light).

Finally, snap the sensor back into the housing and reattach the housing to your awning, ensuring that the arrows are in the same position that they were before.

You can then test the sensor by simulating wind. To do this, push up and down on the front bar of the awning. This should cause the sensor to detect “wind” and retract the awning.

Contact Jans Awnings today

Do you have questions about your Somfy wind sensor, or would you like to purchase one for your Burlington home? If so, contact Jans Awnings today to speak with a member of our team.

July 9, 2021|Categories: Awning Products|

How to Choose Awning Fabric for Your Outdoor Space

Fabric is the most integral part of your awning since it must withstand the elements of the Canadian seasons. But choosing the right fabric can be quite the process. Here’s what to consider when selecting awning fabric for your outdoor space.

large yellow retractable awning

Acrylic Fabric

Choosing a material meant to last is a top priority when it comes to awning fabric. Acrylic is a durable fabric that holds colour well.

There are hundreds of colours and patterns in the acrylic category that will perfectly suit your outdoor space. Since acrylic fibres are UV stable, the colour will remain vibrant for years to come. Acrylic is also mildew and mould resistant and is simple to clean and maintain. 

Solution-Dyed Fabric

Sometimes, the most challenging (but also the most fun) part is choosing a colour that works well in your backyard.

Solution-dyed fabric uses a process to add pigment during fibre production to create one beautifully finished product. Because colour is a part of the fibres, the awning’s colour remains for as long as the fabric does. Solution-dyed material not only prevents fading in the sun, but is also durable and can withstand harsh weather elements.

Cleaning and Caring for Your Awning Fabric

Want your outdoor space looking its best, without the need for constant maintenance and cleaning? Acrylic solution-dyed fabric is easy to care for and clean.

Some simple day-to-day maintenance will keep your awning in its original condition.

To clean the fabric and frame, use water from the hose, a soft brush, and a mild detergent such as Woolite, Dawn dish soap, or another mild detergent as recommended by the fabric manufacturer.  Make sure to rinse well and allow it to dry well.

Awning Fabric Replacement

Depending on the amount of wear and tear your awning endures, there will eventually come a time when it needs replacing. If the frame is still in good shape, replacing the fabric is typically all that’s necessary to make your awning like new again.

Jans Awnings provides awning fabric replacement services and we pride ourselves on offering a wide variety of stunning fabrics for your awning. We source our product from the most reputable companies in the industry to provide you with an awning fabric that will be long-lasting.

To get a glimpse of our beautiful colour options yourself, book an appointment to visit our showroom.

And feel free to use the contact us form to request an estimate at your place of residence.

 

April 29, 2021|Categories: Awning Products|

Fabric Locks for Pergolinos (Keep Your Awning Under Ideal Tension)

Most of us were more than happy to see 2020 come to an end after the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic threatened both our health and the Burlington economy. And now, with vaccines finally starting to roll out, there is hope on the horizon. Nevertheless, it could still be some time before the pandemic is over, and travel plans for this year are most likely on hold. Because of this, many Burlington homeowners are going to be investing in their outdoor space instead so that they can better enjoy their summer staycations.

Pergolino Awning

 

When it comes to upgrading your outdoor space, you’ve got many options, including the elegant and sleek Pergolino, which is ideal for protecting you and your family from harsh sun and light rain. The Pergolino looks beautiful when it is brand new, but how can you be sure it will keep that elegant appearance years from now?

We have all seen cheap canvas coverings that begin to look frumpy after only a season or two because the fabric does not remain tight.

Fortunately, that is not an issue with the Pergolino, thanks to its fabric locking system.

Fabric Locks for Pergolinos

Pergolino uses a system of sliding brackets and guide rails to help keep fabric locked in place at the ideal tension level to keep it looking and functioning at its best. The fabric lock system can even be complemented with a range of lighting accessories to help you enjoy this beautiful awning system well into the evening.

The fabric locking system also makes the Pergolino an incredibly convenient choice of awning as it is so simple to tension the fabric.

Pergolino Terrace Awning

Benefits of Pergolino’s Fabric Lock System

When you are considering which type of awning to purchase for your Burlington home, fabric locks may not spring to mind as the first criteria you think of. But in the case of the Pergolino, they are definitely something to consider. These fabric locks offer a number of benefits including:

Aesthetics

Because the fabric on your Pergolino awning will always be pulled to exactly the right tension, your awning will keep its elegant appearance for years.

Functionality

Your awning will provide you with the best protection from the elements when the fabric is at its proper tension.

Longevity of your Awning

Because Pergolino’s fabric locking system keeps your awning fabric at the ideal tension, it can improve your awning’s longevity. Fabric that is too tight may deteriorate faster over time, and fabric that is too loose is more likely to catch and hold rainwater and debris, which may also damage your awning if not removed promptly. Pergolino’s fabric locks are designed to give you the maximum lifespan out of your awning fabric.

Experience Pergolino’s Unique Fabric Locking System for Yourself

If you are considering purchasing an awning for your Burlington home this year, consider choosing a Pergolino. Contact us today to learn more about this awning and its unique fabric locking system.

January 18, 2021|Categories: Awning Products|

Beat the Spring Rush and Order Your Awning Today

When you imagine your deck or patio with a beautiful awning stretched out over it, chances are that you are envisioning a lovely spring evening or a warm summer night. You are almost certainly not thinking about the cold winter season when the trees are bare and snow covers the ground. And because of this, you are probably not thinking about ordering a new awning for your outdoor space. Or perhaps you are, but it is something that you plan to do in the spring.

dual retractable awnings in Grimsby

 

If you are planning to order your awning in the spring, you are not alone. A lot of people order that time of year. But there are some really good reasons why you might want to consider ordering your awning now instead.

  1. Get to the front of the line.

Once the warm weather starts to hit, more people start ordering awnings. That means there can start to be delays with suppliers. It also means that it could take longer for us to install your awning. As much as we’d like to get everyone’s awning installed the day we receive it, the fact is that our technicians can only work so quickly if we are to do a professional job.

  1. Enjoy your awning for more of the season.

The earlier you order your awning, the earlier the date that you’ll be able to book for installation. This means that you’ll get to enjoy your new awning for a longer period of time before the season ends again.

  1. Transform your outdoor space for spring.

Although we are all hoping that COVID restrictions will end soon now that vaccines are being approved, it could still be some time before we have full freedom of movement. This means that, especially in the earlier part of 2021, we could be spending more time at home than usual. Even as we have fewer COVID restrictions, more of us will continue to work from home as a preferred option for both employee and employer, with less commuting and strain on office spaces.

By ordering your awning today, you can ensure that you will have it for spring in order to transform your outdoor space.

  1. Get more energy-saving benefits.

One of the advantages of installing an awning is that it can help you save on your cooling bills once the weather starts to heat up. By ordering your awning now and having it installed early, you may be able to reap more of those energy-saving benefits should the weather turn hot earlier than expected.

  1. Take advantage of this year’s tax deductions.

If you use your home for business purposes, you may be eligible to deduct certain expenses and upgrades to your home. If you fall into this category and order your awning before the end of the year, you may be able to claim a portion of that on this year’s taxes. (Speak with your accountant or tax professional about this).

Contact Jans Awnings today!

While winter is not typically the time that people think about ordering awnings, there are some good reasons to consider it. If you would like to beat the spring rush, we can help. Contact us today!

December 21, 2020|Categories: Awning Products|
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