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The Benefits of Security Shutters and Options Available

Security roller shutters can provide peace of mind whether you are installing them for your home or business. These shutters provide protection from a number of hazards, including storms, break-ins, and vandalism. They are made to order so that they fit perfectly into any space you have in mind.

orange couch in front of closed rollshutters

 

Security Shutter Benefits

Security shutters can be made to fit large spaces or small and depending on the type you choose, provide various other benefits as well. The following are some of the most common benefits of and uses for security shutters.

  • Security – Let’s start with the obvious; they are called security shutters for a reason. They help protect your property against break-ins and vandalism as well as from harsh storms that may potentially break a window or cause other damage.
  • Insulation – In addition to providing you with added security, insulated shutters also help to maintain temperature levels and may even end up saving you money on your utility bills. Insulated shutters have polyurethane cores and therefore help to reduce heat loss.
  • Light reduction – Roller shutters are a great option when you want to eliminate light completely. For example, shift workers may have difficulty sleeping during the day because of too much light flooding into the home from the outside. Using roller shutters might just allow you to get a better sleep in between shifts.
  • Noise reduction – Just like they block out the light, roller shutters can also block out a significant amount of outside noise.
  • Cottage closures – When people think of roller shutters, they typically think about getting them for their home or business. But security roller shutters are also excellent for cottages, helping to keep them safe and secure during the off season. No more wondering if your cottage windows survived that last winter storm!

Security Shutter Options

At Jans Awnings, we provide our customers with a number of security shutter options. For smaller windows and openings, we offer shutters that have smaller slat sizes, meaning they can roll up neatly into a compact box. For larger windows or openings, we recommend shutters that have larger slats and provide full coverage of large windows and/or openings.

Various colours and coatings are available so that shutters can be matched to existing window frames. This means your shutters are not merely utilitarian, but they will look great on your home, business or cottage as well!

Jans Awning Products offers security shutters from some of the top manufacturers. These are custom orders so that you are able to choose the exact features that you need.

If you are considering security roller shutters for your home or business, we would love to help. Contact Jans Awnings today for more information.

2020-01-23T00:00:00-05:00January 23, 2020|Categories: Rollshutters|

The Benefits of Investing in Retractable Screens for Your Patio or Seating Area

If you are looking to get more use out of your patio or seating area, one of the best investments you can make is retractable screens. While many homeowners in Burlington enjoy the ambiance that their outdoor living area provides, they are often unable to make full use of this space due to weather, insects and other factors. Retractable outdoor screens can help to solve these as well as several other issues.

retractable screen on patio

 

Retractable screens are easy to operate and can be custom fitted to almost any area, including windows, doors, balconies and patios.

Benefits of Retractable Screens

Here are just a few of the benefits that Burlington homeowners enjoy when they install retractable screens:

  • Custom fitted to suit any space – whether you want to screen in your patio, front porch or even a pergola or gazebo, a custom screen can be made to give you a custom fit.
  • Provides protection against the weather and against insects – a little bit of rain or a few mosquitos shouldn’t stop you from enjoying your outdoor space or a little fresh air. And in addition to protecting you and your family from the elements, retractable screens can also protect your furnishings and other possessions from the sun’s harmful UV rays.
  • Temperature Control – retractable screens help you to keep your deck or patio at a comfortable temperature. Screens on your windows can even help regulate the indoor temperature of your home.
  • Get more time from your outdoor space – Screening in your patio can extend the time that you are able to use it, essentially transforming it into a three-season room.
  • Increase the value of your home – having a beautiful outdoor area with retractable screens to make it more usable, can be attractive to buyers and potentially increase the value of your home.
  • Energy savings – having retractable screens can also help to save you money on your utility bills. Letting less sun into your home during the hotter months will reduce the amount of work that your air conditioner has to do to keep your home cool. This step helps to make your home more energy-efficient, and it saves you money.
  • Convenient and user-friendly – today’s retractable screens are incredibly easy to use. They open and close effortless at the touch of a button.
  • Long-lasting – At Jans Awnings in Burlington, we offer some of the highest quality retractable screens on the market, so you’ll be able to enjoy them for years to come.
  • Customizable and elegant – retractable screens come in a number of styles and colours and mount options, so you’ll be able to achieve the look that is just right for your space.

If you are considering retractable screens for any space in your Burlington home, we are here to help. Contact Jans Awnings today to speak with a member of our knowledgeable team.

2020-01-07T00:00:00-05:00January 7, 2020|Categories: Retractable Screens|

How to Choose the Right Awning Fabric for Your Outdoor Space in Burlington

Before you can benefit from the energy savings, weather protection and aesthetic appeal that awnings can provide, the right fabric must be chosen.

Here are five key factors to keep in mind when choosing an awning fabric for your Burlington, Ontario property:

 

The Weather

Here in Burlington, our summers are hot, and our springs are wet. Your awning should protect you from the weather elements without discolouring or ripping prematurely.

Darker coloured awnings absorb more heat and can make your outdoor living space warmer. Instead, choose a light coloured fabric that will reflect the harmful, hot UV rays. Although an awning should be stored in inclement weather, there may be times that it is left extended. Durable, water-resistant, lightweight and humidity-friendly acrylic fabrics can help prevent damage from happening.

Although great for commercial terraces due to their ability to completely prevent water penetration, vinyl awning fabrics trap heat and provide less air circulation.

The Property

It can be tempting to get overly creative with your fabric choice. But before you settle on a pattern, consider your awning’s size and the building it will be attached to.

Fabric stripes and blocks should be matched to the building size; if you have a smaller structure, check out patterns that feature small stripes or blocks and vice versa for larger structures. Lots of angles in your roofline? Keep the awning colour solid versus choosing a pattern.

The architectural style of the building also plays a factor. Contemporary styles benefit from scalloped edges and wave patterns, whereas traditional styles will look best with a fabric with clean lines.

Try your best to choose a pattern that complements your existing deck or patio furniture design.

The Moisture

Anything that gets constantly wet is at risk of developing mould and mildew. Awning fabric is no different! Once mould and mildew develop, fabric damage is not far behind.

To provide resistance to this unsightly damage and to prevent potential health hazards, install an awning fabric that is mould and mildew resistant. Acrylic is a great option!

The Maintenance

There’s already a lot of maintenance that you need to complete outside. Why add a high maintenance awning to your to-do list?

Vinyl-based awnings are known for their easy maintenance and ability to shed water. Whatever residue is left behind can be easily sprayed with water.

Similarly, acrylic cloth awnings are easy to care for, too. Lukewarm water and soft soap can quickly combat any dirt buildup.

To keep your awning in the best condition and to prevent dirt from becoming embedded, hose off the fabric with clean water once per month.

Natural materials such as cotton are the most labour intensive to maintain and keep in great condition.

Ready to reap the many benefits of having an installed awning at your Burlington home or business? The team at Jans Awning Products would love to show you the many fabric options in person. Contact our showroom today to learn more!

2019-10-17T00:00:00-04:00October 17, 2019|Categories: Awning Products|

Seven Benefits of Somfy Sensors

Smart technology in homes was once the domain of sci-fi movies or at least it was something that was reserved for only the very wealthy. But as technology improves and the price point comes down, we can expect smart home technology to become both more accessible and more common. Today we are seeing smart technology in everything from TVs to home security and climate control – and yes, even window treatments. And if you have never looked into (or perhaps even heard of Somfy sensors), you might want to consider them as they provide homeowners with several benefits.

 

While motorized controls for window treatments are not exactly new Somfy sensors, offer a whole host of other benefits:

 

  1. Remote Controlled

Whether you are sitting across the room or you are out with friends, and you suddenly realize that you forgot to close your blinds, Somfy offers the convenience of being able to control your window treatments with your smartphone or tablet.

And windows that may be hard to reach? No problem, as long as you have your device opening and closing window treatments is easy.

  1. Timed Controlled

Would you rather wake up to natural sunlight gently flooding your room or would you rather wake up to the screeching of an alarm clock? With the use of a programmable app, you can have your window treatments open in the morning and close in the evening.

You can even have them do this while you are away on vacation to help give the illusion that someone is home.

  1. Weather Controlled

Did you know that Somfy sensors can even be programmed to react to the weather itself? If the day goes from being overcast to suddenly sunny, the shades can automatically lower in response to the change in weather. This ensures that your home stays climate controlled and even protects furniture and other items which might fade over time from exposure to UV rays.

  1. Increased Privacy

Ever come out of the shower and realize that you left the window treatments of a street-facing (or neighbour facing) window open? Somfy sensors allow you to discreetly close the blinds without having to belly crawl across the room!

  1. A Green Choice

Of course, there are times when you want ample sunlight in your home, but sunlight, when you don’t need it, can cost you big on your utility bills. Somfy lets you control how much sunlight your house gets, and as a result, there can be less strain on your HVAC system.

  1. Increase Your Home’s Value

As smart technology and green features become more popular, homebuyers are going to look for these things in prospective homes increasingly. Somfy sensors will save you money on your utility bills and could even help you sell your home for a higher price when the time comes.

  1. No Dangerous Cords

Cords on window treatments can pose safety risks for young children and pets. With motorized window treatment controls, these cords become obsolete.

Would you like to learn more about Somfy Sensors and get an estimate for your home or business? If so, contact Jans Awnings today.

2019-09-20T00:00:00-04:00September 20, 2019|Categories: Awning Products|

The Best Shade Options for Rooftop Decks and Patios

During the summer months, rooftop patios and decks are the place to be. And while they offer expansive, beautiful views as far as the eye can see, they can quickly lead to discomfort without the proper shade protection. Avoid that from happening by installing one of the amazing shade options listed below.

Louvered Roofs

A louvered roof is a convenient, safe and highly stable shade option that uses integrated technology to enjoy the outdoors. From spring to fall, louvered roofs provide reliable and safe weather protection while incorporating natural light.

Known for their stability in wind and low maintenance requirements, louvered roofs are fully customizable. The hardtop option uses variably inclining aluminum lamellas to provide natural air circulation whereas the soft-top roof system features integrated folding awnings. Various colours, mounting variants and additional options including LED lighting, sliding glazing system and aluminum floor system are available.

STOBAG terrace pavilion BAVONA

Acrylic Patio Roofs

Acrylic patio roofs are a great shade solution that allows natural light in while stopping harmful UV rays and harsh weather. Constructed of durable acrylic sheets strong enough to support fans, lights and plants, quality acrylic patio roofs have warranties to protect against yellowing.

Compared to other shade options, acrylic patio roofs allow the highest light transmission, while being strong enough to support heavy snow loads. Energy savings, heat control and an even light distribution can also be experienced.

acrylic patio roof

Retractable and Specialized Awnings

Awnings have been used for years to easily add shade to rooftop decks and patios.

Retractable awnings are available with manual or automated operation systems and lack poles that hinder your view. Available in numerous opening styles including semi-cassette, full cassette and narrow, retractable awnings are a dependable shade source that also offers style, function and durability.

Due to their large space capacity, terrace awnings are a great solution for providing both shade and rain protection to rooftop patios and decks. Terrace awnings offer excellent UV protection and are available in a range of top-quality, long-lasting textiles. Additional fabric options are available that feature water and dirt-resistant coatings.

Mobile awnings provide a freestanding shading source that can be used in countless domestic and commercial settings. Using jointed arm technology and either a crank or motor, mobile awnings cover large areas of up to 40 metres squared with complete UV protection. Lacking middle posts, your view is not hindered in any way. Many different support options, fixing systems, fabric options and colour combinations are available to create a secure, fashionable shading solution that fits your space.

mobile awnings

 

When it comes to choosing the best shade option for your rooftop deck or patio, we can help! With our wide selection of awnings, patio roofs and more, you’ll be able to comfortably enjoy your rooftop patio or deck in no time at all. To learn more about our awning products, contact us today.

2019-09-11T00:00:00-04:00September 11, 2019|Categories: Awning Products|

How to Protect Your Awning from Birds

Sitting outside in the summertime under the shade of your awning and watching the birds can be a beautiful thing. But when you have an awning, watching the birds is something you want to do from a distance. After all, the last thing you want is messy bird droppings on and around your awning. These can be corrosive and cause permanent marks. And you really want to avoid having birds build a nest in your retractable awning as they are not only messy, but the birds will start to become aggressive with people once their chicks hatch.

bird nest

 

So, what can you do to ensure that you can enjoy your awning while also enjoying the birds from a safe distance? Here are our top five tips for protecting your awning from birds.

  1. Use bird spikes.

Bird spikes are painted metal or plastic spikes. Attach them to your awning, and they will act as a deterrent to keep birds from landing. While it might sound a bit mean, bird spikes are widely considered to be a humane deterrent for birds. The tips of the spikes are blunted to help avoid any actual injury.

  1. Apply a non-drying repellent.

If you don’t like the idea of attaching spikes to your awning, there are non-toxic repellents that can be applied to your awning. These repellents do not fully dry and take on a sticky texture that birds do not like. The main drawback to this method is that you will have to spend a little extra time cleaning your awning before you bring it in for the winter.

  1. Use a scare device.

Another tactic to help keep birds away from your awning is to use a scare device such as a plastic owl or rubber snake.  If you use this strategy, you should be sure to move the device every once in a while, to keep birds from becoming accustomed to its presence. And if plastic animals are not your thing, a moving wind device or something that catches the light may also be effective.

  1. Use bird netting.

Placing bird netting over your awning will make it difficult for birds to land and help to keep them away from your awning. If you do choose netting however, it is very important to make sure that it is properly installed so as not to trap birds and make the situation worse.

  1. Use a motion activated sprinkler.

Another idea is to purchase a motion activated sprinkler from your local hardware or garden store. These sprinklers can detect the presence of a bird and send out a short burst of water which should scare them away. Just be sure to place the sprinkler in a location where birds will activate it, but people won’t!

Remember, by taking good care of your awning you will be helping to ensure that it brings you and your family enjoyment for years to come. And taking care of your awning includes protecting it from birds.

2019-07-22T00:00:00-04:00July 22, 2019|Categories: Awning Products|

Should I Replace or Recover My Fabric Awning?

From UV protection to home cooling, you’ve come to enjoy the many benefits that your retractable awning offers. But over the last couple of years, your awning has started to look its age. Whether it’s started to rip or fade, you’re beginning to wonder whether an awning replacement is in the near future or not.

Before you rush out to purchase a new one, it’s worth looking into whether a repair can be made. Here’s how to best determine if you should be recovering or replacing your fabric awning.

large yellow retractable awning

How to Make the Decision to Replace or Recover Your Awning

There comes a time when recovering an awning is no longer a feasible option. Although an awning’s aluminum frame is typically very durable, external pressure or heavy weather can sometimes create damage. If your awning’s metal frame becomes bent or damaged, you’re most likely looking at having to replace the entire awning.

But if your metal frame is still in like-new condition, then you should be able to recover your awning. Although you could always choose to recover it in the same fabric as it was originally, this could also be a good opportunity to choose something new.

Choose from Hundreds of Colours and Patterns for Your Awning Recover

The sky’s the limit when it comes to choosing a fabric for recovering your awning!

At Jans Awnings, our wide variety of quality fabrics can withstand the fluctuating weather conditions in the Burlington area. By partnering with only the best fabric suppliers, we can confidently offer you the best acrylic and solution-dyed fabrics available. Following the right care, your newly recovered awning will last for many years to come!

The acrylic fabrics we use are known for their ability to remain bright, even after hours in the sun. Choose from our selection of hundreds of colours and patterns of these superior acrylic fabrics.

Solution-dyed fabric is another popular option to use when recovering your fabric awning. During its manufacturing process, colour and fibre become one so that a long-lasting colour fabric is created.

Located in Burlington, Jans Awnings is the area’s leading company for awnings and shade products. Be sure to contact us at Jans Awnings for all your awning repair services. If you already have an awning frame in great condition, we can easily replace the fabric using our awning recover services. Contact us today for more information!

2019-07-22T00:00:00-04:00July 22, 2019|Categories: Awning Products|

Shade Improvements That Will Create a Breathtaking Backyard

Awnings offer homeowners both style and beauty while bringing valuable shade to your home. Awnings protect your family from harmful UV rays as much as 94%. They extend the living space of your home, so it’s like adding a low-cost room extension. They can add charm and personality to your home and transform a plain façade into something special. Awnings can set your home apart from the rest.

 

 

Fabric & Colours

There are numerous sleek, innovative fabric designs known for their durability. Sunbrella® and Dickson manufacture the fabric used in most high-quality awnings. Their materials are recognized for their superior fade and stain resistance plus it’s easy to clean and maintain.

Along with the many benefits of installing a residential awning that protects your living space from the blazing sun, your awning will also contribute towards making your home more stylish by choosing an awning colour that blends with the exterior colour and décor of your home. By picking an awning colour that complements the usage of the covered area, you will add a touch of panache to the exterior.

Shade Coverage for Outdoor Kitchens

If you love cooking and entertaining outdoors while surrounded by the sounds of nature, then a functional, custom-built outdoor kitchen is the ideal renovation. It will improve your outdoor living space, create a stylish atmosphere of relaxation, enhance your outdoor experience and increase the property value of your home.

By adding an awning over the built-in-kitchen, not only will you get much-needed shade from the hot sun while preparing meals, you will be adding a breathtaking splash of colour to enhance the cooking, dining and entertaining area. You can add planters of flowers with matching colour tones for a spectacular visual appearance that will delight everyone.

Window Coverings

You can transform your backyard to be a breathtaking visual location by adding awnings to your windows in addition to your deck or patio.

Custom awnings can be designed to fit any window sizes. Window awnings are great additions to residential properties because the custom awnings are available in a variety of awning fabric colours and fabric weaves to enhance the visual appeal of your residential property and provide better value for your home. You can choose the same fabric for the windows or mix it up with contrasting colours for your windows and patio awning.

With your retractable awnings or fixed awnings, you’ll have better control over window shades and level of glare protection. You’ll have the opportunity to protect your home and furniture from damaging ultraviolet rays. Awnings function better than interior blinds when it comes to window shades and ultraviolet ray’s protection as they protect your home before the sun reaches it.

Make Your Backyard Your Visual Paradise

Awnings offer you so many options for making your backyard come to life with a breathtaking visual effect that is stunning. Whether it is a patio awning or an awning covering your windows and doors, your backyard will become a showplace for you, your friends and family to enjoy.

Looking for an awning for your backyard? Contact us at Jans Awning Products at 905-335-3733

2019-05-09T00:00:00-04:00May 9, 2019|Categories: Awning Products|

The Many Health Benefits of Awnings

Awnings offer homeowners both style and beauty while bringing valuable shade to your home. Awnings protect your family from harmful UV rays as much as 94%. They extend the living space of your home, so it’s like adding a low-cost room extension. They can add charm and personality to your home and transform a plain façade into something special. Awnings can set your home apart from the rest.

Striped retractable awning

 

Awnings have proven to substantially lower air conditioning bills plus protect your furnishings and carpet from fading. In addition to their attractiveness, awnings keep your home much cooler during the heat of the summer months. They help reduce air conditioning costs by decreasing the amount of heat that infiltrates the inside of your home by as much as 77%.

In addition to all of these attractive features and benefits to the interior and exterior of your home, awnings offer another valuable advantage for improving your health and lifestyle.

Protects your skin from damaging UV rays

If you’re protective about your health, it can be tempting to stay indoors when the sun’s rays are known to be at their strongest. However, by installing a retractable awning, there is no reason not to take full advantage of the summer weather.

Awnings are a beautiful and unique shading product that aids in the prevention of sun-induced damage to the skin. Sunbrella® fabrics have earned the Skin Cancer Foundation Seal of Recommendation. This seal means the fabric meets specific criteria, making them a safe and effective product for sun protection. Awnings will reduce your risk of skin cancer and keep you looking younger longer.

Creates a relaxing place to unwind

With the hustle and bustle of today, where many of us are stressed out, awnings can help to reverse the stress that affects everyone.

Awnings can create a cool, comfortable space that is stress-free for relaxing and enjoying your backyard. Your deck or patio will turn into a refuge of calm relaxation and a serene place to escape when life becomes too hectic.

Defines an outdoor area for socialization

Awnings allow you to extend your usable outdoor space and make it the perfect gathering spot for family and friends. Spending time with family and friends leads to a more fulfilled life. Awnings create a comfortable place to gather outdoors to talk and laugh with family and friends.

Summertime is the most opportune time to have barbeques, outdoor lunches and dinners with family and friends. Awnings provide a comfortable, shaded area where everyone is comfortably protected from the heat of the sizzling summer days. Because sunset takes longer to occur during the summer months, awnings provide a greater amount of valuable time outdoors, so spend time with family and friends and enjoy.

Let’s you enjoy the fresh air

When you get out in the fresh air, you are getting away from the pollutants and germs that might be lurking inside your home. Breathing in fresh air from the outdoors is not only healthier, but it also increases happiness and reduces stress, improving the quality of your life.

According to one source, installation of an awning can also reduce the temperature of shaded exterior areas by nearly 20 degrees as compared to those areas directly in the sun’s rays. This makes retractable awnings an energy-efficient investment for many years to come.

Enjoy the benefits of better health

Whether it’s the protection from the harsh summer rays, a protected outdoor area for family and friends to gather, a respite for calm and serenity or all that fresh air that makes being outside worthwhile, the health benefits to installing an awning are tremendous.

2019-04-18T00:00:00-04:00April 18, 2019|Categories: Awning Products|

How to Use Solarium Type Enclosures to Maximize Your Porch Space

Do you enjoy your porch space during the summer but wonder how to extend that enjoyment into other seasons as well?

glass pation enclosure

 

Solarium type patio enclosures provide an effective way to utilize your porch during the majority of Canada’s seasons. Here’s what to know about installing one at your residence.

Increase Your Property’s Useable Space

No longer will rain, wind or bugs keep you from enjoying your porch or patio! Porch enclosures provide shade from the sun and protection from rain and more. It won’t take long at all to see how much more use you get out of your outdoor space after installing a porch enclosure!

Solarium porch enclosures, available either fully glassed or screened in, help to maximize the natural sunlight received. Being surrounded by glass is ideal for people who love to stargaze, but want the protection from the weather elements.

Solarium porch enclosures are also ideal for gardeners. Sun-loving plants enjoy maximum sunlight from the glassed-in enclosure, and seedlings get a great start before the planting season. They also provide a great location to get a light tan for yourself!

Reduce Stress Naturally

Experience the many positive benefits of spending even just a few minutes each day in your solarium type enclosure!

It’s been long proven that the sun has an amazing effect on reducing our stress levels. Enjoying your solarium porch enclosure – even if you’re sitting and drinking a coffee within the space – can have a profound effect on your anxiety level.

You’ll also receive benefits from receiving the sun’s vitamin D. Increase your body’s natural disease-fighting abilities, improve your mood and avoid the risk of seasonal depression!

Add to Your Property’s Value

Easily recoup the installation costs associated with installing a solarium porch enclosure when you go to sell your home. Solarium porch enclosures can increase your home’s value and become more attractive to potential buyers.

They also provide added security to your home by providing a safe spot to store bicycles, sports equipment and more.

Entertain More Easily

Plans for entertaining friends and family can change drastically depending on the weather and nuisance of bugs. Not so with a porch enclosure!

By increasing your living space, you’ll have more space to entertain guests while staying protected. You may even find that you start hosting family and friends more due to having the extra protected living space!

Numerous Material Options Available with Porch Enclosures

Choosing the type of patio enclosure material depends on how you want to use your patio all year long.

Besides glass or screened in solarium type enclosures, there are vinyl and aluminum options, too. Available in a wide variety of styles, choosing a porch enclosure that will only add to your home’s aesthetics is easy.

Contact us today to learn more about the many options available with installing a patio enclosure.

2019-01-14T00:00:00-05:00January 14, 2019|Categories: Patio Enclosures|
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