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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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

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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.

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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.

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During the winter months, it is likely that you are spending a lot more time indoors, and as a result, you’re probably not giving too much thought to that awning that you are looking to purchase for the upcoming season. But you should be.

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There are a number of benefits to purchasing your awning in the winter instead of waiting for the temperature to rise.

Get your deck or patio summer ready before the warm weather hits

Once the weather starts to get nice and warm, you’ll likely be wanting to spend more time outdoors. If you have purchased and installed your awning during the winter months, that is one less thing you’ll have to get ready before you can start throwing summer BBQ parties or enjoying lazy days outside with a book and a beverage.

Take advantage of better prices

Winter time is naturally a slower season for awning sales, so it is likely that if you purchase during the winter, you may be able to take advantage of some better prices. Then you can use the money that you saved on your awning to take care of other outdoor projects once the weather gets warm.

Start saving on energy costs

Once the weather starts to warm up, having an awning in place can help you reduce the amount that you’ll have to use your air conditioner. In fact, by some estimates, you can save up to 25%.

If you purchase your awning in the winter and make sure that it is installed before the first really warm day, you’ll be able to capitalize on those savings right away.

Have more flexible installation dates

Since not as many awnings are being sold during the winter months, by purchasing at this time you’ll have greater flexibility as to when your awning will be installed. When you purchase in the winter, most dates will be available for workers to come and install your new awning. As the weather, and awning sales, start to heat up, there will be less available days to choose from for your installation.

Learn from the pros how to protect your awning during the winter

During the winter, it is important to protect your awning since strong winter winds or heavy snowfall can damage it. Depending on the type of awning you get, there are various steps that you should take to protect it ranging from removing it altogether, to keeping it retracted, to using a special winter cover. When you purchase your awning in the winter, you can have the installers show you exactly what to do to keep your awning in good condition over the winter. This saves you from having to figure it out on your own the following winter.

While purchasing an awning may not have been at the top of your to-do list this winter, there are several benefits to buying it early. If you would like to learn more about the various types of awnings and what may work best for your home, contact Jans Awnings today.

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With spring and summer right around the corner, our thoughts turn to those warm sunny days in our backyards. What better way to lull the hours away than under the comfort and shade of a retractable awning.

Outdoor Awning

 

You can comfortably enjoy time on your patio during the warm summer months because an awning can provide maximum protection from the heat of the scorching sun. Adding an awning to your exterior space is a very inexpensive way to extend your outdoor living area.

Awnings offer both protection and beauty to any patio while helping to reduce energy costs. They can add charm and personality to your home and transform a plain façade into something special. Awnings can increase the value of your home because they set your home apart from the rest.

In addition to their attractiveness, awnings keep your home cooler during 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%. Awnings protect the interior furnishings from bleaching out by the sun’s rays and reduce sunlight glare through your windows by 94%.

Even with these advances in technology and material, extreme weather including sun, rain and wind can wreak havoc with your awning’s longevity, so caring for your awning canopy is important. Here are a few tips to help you along the way.

Cleaning the Awning

You want to make sure that the fabric is cleaned, looking fresh and dry before retracting the awning. With a gentle spray from the hose, or a broom, remove any leftover loose debris on the awning and begin cleaning the awning from the bottom up. Wash all parts of the awning before tackling the cleaning of the fabric.

If there is dirt on the awning, use warm water and a soft bristled brush along with a mild soap, like Ivory Flakes, but be certain that the water is just warm, not hot, and no more than 37 degrees Celsius. Stay away from any harsh detergents because this can damage the fabric of the awning.

Once the cleaning is completed, rinse thoroughly to remove any residue on the fabric since leftover soap will leave marks and a chalky appearance. You will also see any missed spots once it’s dried. Always allow the awning to dry out naturally and completely before retracting it.

Cleaning the Frame

To prolong the life of the frame, you first want to wipe it down with a soft cloth after washing it down and before retracting. Be sure to check that the bolts and nuts are not loose in any way from their use during the summer months. By checking the mechanics, you will have an awning ready to properly extend the following spring.

Since the gear operation (aluminum components) has a durable finish and the joints are self-lubricating, there is no requirement to lubricate; however, lubricating the moving parts yearly with a silicone lubricant is a good idea for maintaining a quiet operation. The common spot for lubrication is at the end of the roller tube and opposite of the motor.

Since the valance has the ability to flap around during windy, inclement winter weather conditions and tear over time, some homeowners tie down the valance to prevent this from happening. There is also the option to purchase an accessory called The Sunboot.  As its name implies, it is a cover that encloses the entire retracted awning. The cover protects the awning from nasty weather conditions, keeping it clean and dry until you’re ready to use it again.

Final Word

An awning can last for many years if properly cleaned, lubricated and protected. They are designed for durability so that you can enjoy their beauty and protection from the sun’s harsh summer rays.  With a little time and maintenance care at the end of each season, your awning will perform flawlessly and to your highest expectations.

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The decision to buy your home might have been largely influenced by the size and functionality of the backyard it comes with, but what you might now have realized was that space isn’t always accessible due to the overhead sun or any of the other elements you might face in your city.

Patio Awning for your Home

 

Having a large space outside your home can provide you with a lot of extra living space when it’s used well and designed in a way that allows you to use it almost all year round. Adding an awning to your home can provide you with this extra living space, for a few reasons, so that you can enjoy the outdoors as much as you want almost any time you want.

Here are some tips, information, and reasons why adding an awning over your existing patio will provide both function and style to your home.

Patio Awnings Provide a Polished Look

Having a patio outside your home is great – it gives you a designated space to have outdoor furniture and host parties and BBQs at your home. Adding an awning, though, can bring your outdoor space together for you. Awnings are available in multiple colours and styles, so you can find one that either matches or compliments the outside colour of your home. This will make your backyard look like it’s styled and polished, plus it gives shade from the sun or protection from a summer rain.

Awnings are Not Necessarily a Permanent Fixture

With awnings, you can select to either have a permanent one (if you want), or a retractable one. Sometimes you might want to sit in the sun and take in the rays, other days it might be too hot, and you just want some shade while enjoying the warm weather. A retractable awning allows you to have the option. Retractable awnings are available in manual and power – so you can either have a switch to move it in and out or use a lever-type system to roll it out. When you make this purchase, you can decide what’s right for you.

Patio Awnings can Work with Existing Features

If you already have a gazebo or pergola, you can buy an awning to work with what you have. You don’t have to get rid of the structure already on your patio – especially if you love it – in order to create shade and a cool place to spend time during those hot days. You can purchase retractable awnings that will attach to or cover existing patio features like these, so don’t worry – you don’t have to choose!

Protection from the Elements

Awnings – whether fixed or retractable – will provide protection from the sun during those hot summer months. This means you and your family can enjoy the outside without being constantly exposed to UV rays, but it will also protect your furniture from being exposed and prevent fading.

Whether you want to add a fixed or retractable awning to your home, you can do so without compromising the look of your outdoor space. Even if you previously weren’t able to use your backyard because it’s too hot and the sun is just beating down on you, then an awning extends your living space by creating a cool, functional and gorgeous space to enjoy the warm weather without being exposed to damaging UV rays.

Awnings provide both function and style to any outdoor space, and since they come in a large variety of size, patterns and colours. To have an awning installed in your Burlington, Oakville or Hamilton home, contact Jans Awning Products today.

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You can improve the look and exterior living space of your business by installing a retractable awning. Not only will it offer maximum protection from the sun, it will enhance your business brand when you add distinct colours reflective of your company. By adding a memorable coloured awning to your business storefront, you are creating a unique branding opportunity.

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An awning strategically placed on your building creates sustainable savings from the merciless summer heat through lowering cooling costs. In addition to people noticing your vibrant, branded awning, your return on investment accrues over time with a controllable way to manage your interior cooling expenses. Regardless of whether your business is an office building or a store-front retail space, your establishment will benefit from both its exclusive, vivid appearance and utility savings.

Awnings can Create a New Look

Adding a retractable awning to your business gives you the opportunity to show off a new look. A retractable awning allows you the chance to change the face and feel of your commercial space with a customized appearance. A customized coloured awning provides a dramatic effect to the outside of your company and offers the impression of a major renovation that can attract customers.

In addition, an awning affords a business owner the unique opportunity to expand their outside space into a more usable environment. It can provide shade and shelter for both customers and employees alike. In the case of restaurants with patio or cafes, retractable awnings are particularly beneficial because they provide their customers with more comfortable surroundings as a shelter from environmental factors.

The Power of Colour

Any strategic marketing team will tell you that colour plays a significant role in our thinking process. Whether we realize it or not, our minds are programmed to respond to colour. When colours are used commercially, it is an instantaneous method of conveying a message and makes branding more powerful.

Surveys show that colour is the first thing that people remember most about a brand. The next items remembered are shapes, symbols, numbers and words. Research suggests that 60% of the time, people either like or dislike a sign on colour alone.

Colour also plays a significant role in purchases made by consumers. This notable fact is important because colour can increase brand recognition by up to 80%! A recent study, entitled “Impact of Colour in Marketing“, concluded that consumers make a snap judgment up to 90% of the time for a product or service based on colour.

Businesses need to recognize the impact of colour choices when deciding how to market their companies. Choosing the right colour should be the most important consideration when empowering your business. Additionally, there is a definite correlation that exists between brands and colour. This connection also hinges on whether there appears to be a perceived appropriateness of the colour being used for the product or service being sold.

While companies have a huge selection of colours available to choose among to define their businesses, here are a few basics and descriptions taken from the article by entrepreneur.com.

  • Red demands to be noticed as a physical, strong, high energy colour, which calls for action.
  • Orange is optimistic, social, inspires enthusiasm and suggests affordability.
  • Yellow is illuminating and uplifting, which stimulates analytical processes and mental clarity.
  • Green is associated with nature, health, and healing. It balances the emotions and inspires compassion.
  • Blue is sincere, trustworthy and loyal and dislikes confrontation. Blue exhibits an inner security and confidence.

Marketing Your Business with Awnings

A distinctive, memorable retractable awning can help to enhance your marketing and advertising because branding and awnings go hand-in-hand. They make your business stand out in comparison to other local enterprises, giving your company a unique look while enhancing the attractive architecture of your building.

Business Awnings in Burlington, Ontario

Although installing awnings on your commercial property might appear initially costly, it’s a long-term investment that you’ll be glad you did to enhance your branding power and get you noticed. You reduce energy costs, renovate your space with a new, fresh look and advertise your business with a colourful, unique, tasteful custom awning that will help drive customers to your location.

For awning installation in the Hamilton, Toronto, Burlington and Oakville area, contact Jans Awning Products today.

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With the sunny days of summer behind you, you will no doubt be counting the days until the next warm season arrives. You may miss the warmth summer can bring, but for many of us, the summer heat can also put a damper on warm weather festivities. This is where shade comes in. If your choice of shade is an awning, you’re probably wondering if yours is an all season awning or if it needs to be stored away for the winter.

 

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While your awning provides protection in the sun and often from a light rain, the weather will sometimes force you to retract your favourite shade structure. Is closing your awning in the offseason good enough or will you need to remove it all together when the cold sets in the white stuff begin to fly? The short answer is no.

Protecting your awning in the winter doesn’t necessarily mean removing it all together. It is important to retract your awning when not in use during the winter. An unexpected snowfall can leave your fabric awning screaming from the weight if it is not retracted.

When retracting your all season awning, ensure that all fabric is tucked into the housing so that nothing is left to the elements. Invest in a good winter cover for your all-season awning. Keeping it covered and out of reach of snow, wind, and ice will help to prolong the life of your awning for many years to come.

There are a couple of instances when removing your awning for winter is your best choice. If your awning has seen better days and is in need of repair, the extra strain that the cold, or snow and ice can put on your awning should be avoided. A cracked housing, for instance, will let snow and ice into the mechanism.

If your fabric awning does not retract, it’s not an all season awning and will need to come down for the winter. With the nasty weather winter can bring, your awning will thank you if you take the time to tuck it away until the warmer months are once again upon us. If you are removing your awning, be sure to clean and fully dry it before putting it away. Do not store in plastic as this can trap moisture and encourage mold and mildew.

Your awning protects you from the heat and sun that the summer can bring. Take a little care in the winter with your all-season awning so that it can continue to provide that comfort for years to come. If you live in the Burlington, Hamilton, or Ancaster region of Ontario, Jans Awning Products can help!

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If you are shopping around for an awning for your home or business in the Burlington area, one of the first things that you’re going to notice is that you’ve got a lot of choices. Perhaps the most fundamental choice when it comes to awnings though is whether to install a retractable or a stationary awning. Both of these kinds of awnings have their benefits over the other. To help you make the best choice, let’s have a look at what you can expect with each type.

Retractable Awnings

Retractable Awnings

Retractable awnings are a fantastic choice for many homeowners because of the flexibility they offer. You may choose to have them extended during only certain times of the day such as when the sun is at its most intense or on days when it is raining, but you still wish to spend time outside. These awnings typically use a fabric covering to make them convenient for rolling up.

Retractable awnings do tend to be more costly than stationary awnings because of their moving parts. You can still purchase retractable awnings that come with a hand-crank, but these days, they are often motorized and can be controlled with a remote, or wall switch which makes them easy and convenient for anyone to use.

Stationary Awnings

Stationary awnings are a great choice for those that want to make a permanent change to their building. They are often the choice of business owners because of the opportunity to use them as signage – displaying information such as the business name, telephone number, etc.

Because they have no moving parts, they tend to be very sturdy as well as less expensive than retractable awnings. Additionally, stationary awnings can be designed in a variety of shapes and offer a greater selection of cover material including fabric, aluminum, and specialty materials.

Which Type of Awning is Best for Me?

Whether you choose a retractable or stationary awning is in large part a matter of personal preference and practicality. On the one hand, if you want the convenience of being able to adjust the amount of shade you have to the weather conditions, then choosing a retractable makes a lot of sense. It may also be the right choice if you live in an area that experiences high winds so that you can roll in up in rough weather.

On the other hand, if you have enough space to install support posts and you love the appearance of a particular shape or style of awning, then a stationary awning might be right for you.

With the right installation and proper care, either type can last you for several years.

If you have any questions or still need help deciding between a stationary and a retractable awning, then you should speak to one of the experts at Jans Awning Products in Burlington, Ontario.  We serve Burlington, Oakville, Hamilton, Ancaster and the surrounding areas.