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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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.

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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|

Everything You Need to Know About Storing Your Awning This Winter

Although we still get the odd warm day, those frigid winter days are definitely on their way. Winter will be here before you know it, so before the season arrives, it’s time to prepare your homes and businesses for what’s ahead.

If you have an awning, properly storing it for winter can keep it in excellent condition for years to come. Here’s what to keep in mind when it comes to awning storage.

 

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Do I Need to Take My Awning Down?

If you have an awning, the first question you might be asking yourself is whether or not you need to store it for the winter.

The majority of our awnings are sold based on ease of use, which includes being left outside for the winter months.  It is always good to make sure that it is clean before the winter, but it isn’t as important as ensuring the rolled-up fabric is dry.  The reason is that dirt and debris on the awning fabric can cause mildew if it is wet.  If the awning is dry, generally, there will not be an issue with any surface debris causing serious issues.  We have a section on our website for how to clean your awning, and it is recommended that it be done periodically.

Awnings with front fabric valances may be removed for winter, but this is optional and at the awning owner’s discretion.

Awning Location

We recommend that an open roll retractable awning be used under a soffit to gain protection for the awning.  We advise our clients to use a semi cassette or a full cassette awning if the awning is exposed to elements such as on a two-story wall.  This is especially important when there is a motor in the awning.

Retractable Awnings in Winter

Retractable awnings are the best choice of shade. They are straightforward to use and low to zero maintenance for winter.  They have gained in popularity for those who want to invest wisely in their home comfort with a quality awning from Jans Awnings.

Contact Jans Awning Products Today

Jans Awning Products specializes in retractable awnings, specialized awnings, commercial awnings, door and window awnings, and so much more. We serve the Burlington, Oakville, Mississauga, Toronto, Hamilton, Ancaster, Brantford, Grimsby, Niagara, and Milton areas.

Contact us if you have any questions about winter awning storage.

November 23, 2020|Categories: Awning Products|

Free-standing Awnings

Awnings are an excellent solution for any Burlington homeowner or business owner who wants to create extra shade or shelter from the elements. Especially as we try to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, more people prefer to dine and entertain outdoors.

 

But having an awning that is attached to your home or business is not ideal for everyone. If you find yourself relating to this, then free-standing awnings might be the answer you have been looking for.

Unlike tents, free-standing awnings are sturdy and secure. And unlike more permanent structures, free-standing awnings are easy to move around and position right where you want them.

About our free-standing awnings

Our free-standing awnings measure almost 20 feet from end to end, and they can extend to nearly 20 feet. This means you have almost 400 square feet of shade. For more coverage – such as for restaurant patios and other larger areas – it is easy to use several in tandem.

Not only are these awnings extremely functional, but they are beautiful as well, and you can customize yours to suit your personal preferences or your company brand. Frames are available in black, white, and sand – and there are hundreds of fabrics that you can choose from.

Free-standing awnings for your deck or patio at home

If you would like to add shade to your deck or patio at home, there are several advantages to choosing a free-standing awning, including:

  • Shade and protection from the elements.
  • Covers a large area – ideal for covering outdoor dining tables or socially distanced patio furniture.
  • It does not need to be attached to your home – this is good if you have a patio that isn’t immediately adjacent to your home.
  • It can be moved to different locations if needed.
  • Water and wind-resistant.
  • Choose from multiple fabrics.

Free-standing awnings for outdoor space at your business

With many Burlington restaurants and other businesses increasing their patio space to comply with social distancing regulations, free-standing awnings make a good investment for business owners.

Benefits include:

  • Provide a large area of shade or protection from rain – especially when more than one awning is used.
  • Easy to set up, take down, or move around.
  • Convenient motorized extension.
  • Extremely durable, water and wind-resistant – ideal if you are keeping your patio open into the fall.
  • Appearance is more elegant than that of a tent.
  • With hundreds of different fabrics to choose from, you can find one that will suit your company brand.

Contact Jans Awnings today.

Are you a Burlington home or business owner who thinks that a free-standing awning may be the right product for you? If so, we would love to help. Contact us today, and a member of our team would be happy to speak with you.

September 22, 2020|Categories: Awning Products|
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