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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.

colourful quarterball awning

 

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.

 

awning

 

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.

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Adding a retractable awning on your deck patio or any other outdoor space on your property is one way to expand the indoor spaces of your home. You don’t have to worry about letting your kids play out in the yard, and you can enjoy your lunch out on your deck even during the summer months. You can do all of this and more when you have awnings made of Sunbrella fabric.

Awning over patio

 
Adding a Somfy motor to the retractable awning adds to the convenience factor, and you can open and retract the awning with ease. All it needs is the push of a button, and your patio or deck will be covered within less than 90 seconds. Not only can you sit out on your patio in the summer time, but you will be able to use this space even when it’s raining.

Awning Fabrics

Fabrics are an integral part of any awnings, and your awning will look only as good as the fabric used in making it. In choosing any awning, it is therefore important to ensure that it is made using a solution-dyed fabric that can withstand the constant exposure to the sun’s UV rays as well as constantly changing weather conditions in Canada.

Sunbrella Awning/Marine Fabric

This fabric is water, mildew, and UV-resistant and provides a certain amount of rain protection. It’s ideal for use in shade covers, and we can install awnings made of this material for you. The other suppliers of similar high-grade awning fabrics include- Dickson, Swela, and Symprol and this means you have a wide variety of products to choose from to create a unique look you want on your property.

The Waterproofing Aspect

Many homeowners want to know how much rain their awnings can handle and it is important to know the answer to this question. When it comes to awning rain protection, in addition to the material used, it’s also very important that the awning be maintained well and cleaned with regularity. Regardless of the awning material and brand you choose, vinyl awnings need regular sealing.

Canvas and other woven canvas fabrics such as Sunbrella need scheduled awning waterproofer applications and stain protection as well to maintain their effectiveness. Even with the awning waterproof application, it’s important to keep in view that retractable awnings are primarily designed for sun protection. However, if it isn’t very windy, you would be able to safely use your awnings in light rain conditions.

Aspects to Keep in View

  • The important aspect to keep in mind is that the awning should be installed at a proper pitch or slope; that will allow the rain water to run off the awning without pooling on the cover.
  • The decision to retract or extend an awning when it’s raining is more a matter of responsible judgment and your discretion.
  • In simple words, even awnings made using marine-grade fabrics wouldn’t be able to withstand heavy rain conditions or light rain accompanied by gusty winds.

For any more information about the awning waterproof application services we provide, contact Jans Awning Products. You can reach us at 905.335.3733 or via this online form and order your motorized awnings today.

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If an awning has made all the difference in your outdoor space, you know the value a great shade option can add to your summer months. Your awning allows you to enjoy more time outside but how long will your awning continue to provide you this essential protection and can you ever live without an awning again?

Backyard Awning Providing Shade

 

An awning is a great addition to any home. Whether an awning is installed to keep the sun and heat off the house or to keep the sun and heat from you and your loved ones, an awning pairs well with decks, patios, and windows. If you’ve invested in an awning for your property, you likely spent plenty of time researching style, colour, model, size, and location. Once the purchase is made and the awning is installed you soon start to enjoy the protection that awnings provide. You don’t ever want to do without it again but how long will that awning last? You will need to consider many factors when trying to determine how long you will have with your precious shade giving structure.

Awning Frame

If you’ve purchased your awning from a reputable company, then quality won’t be an issue and you can expect to enjoy your awning for many years. Wind and rain can be your awnings worst enemy but a sturdy metal construction should withstand both for many years to come. Awning frames are made of aluminum and will often last a lifetime. Their moving parts and any motor will be the first to age. Many awnings come with ten plus year warranties providing a little assurance along with that shade. Ensure your awning is safely tucked away during storms to avoid any damage. If properly maintained, your awning frame will not fail you.

Awning Fabric

The fabric is another thing altogether. If you’ve invested in an awning, you have already likely been through several umbrellas. Fabric that is not quality and isn’t intended for the intense heat of the summer will literally disintegrate. Fabrics that are used for awnings are fabrics that are outdoor fabrics. They are thicker and more durable. They are fade and stain resistant and will hold up to all the heat the sun has to offer. With proper cleaning and care your awning fabric will generally last 5 to 15 years and many will come with a warranty.

The life span of your awning will depend greatly on how it is treated. Once a month, inspect and likely clean your awning. This will go a long way in ensuring it stays in good repair for a long time, keeping you cool for years to come.

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You’ve got your new deck. Flowers are in bloom. The pool is crystal clear. The only problem, it’s too hot out to enjoy your backyard oasis. A straightforward and affordable solution could be as simple as the right awning. Which awning is best for your new deck and outdoor space? There are many things to consider when choosing your shade haven awning.

Awning shade on the deck

Awning Size

A deck with an awning is a popular choice. An awning over your deck will provide shade and keep your deck cooler for walking on. What size your awning will be, will be greatly influenced by the size of your deck. Naturally, your awning shouldn’t extend past your deck. If your deck is 10×10, your awning will need to stay in these parameters. Whether you choose to cover your entire deck or just use the awning to anchor a dining space, for instance, the choice will be yours as size options are endless.

Choosing The Right Colour

Colour will play a big factor in your decision for the awning on your deck. Generally, when choosing fabrics for your awning, colour coordination with the surrounding features is a must. If you have a fairly neutral coloured deck, then a pop of colour from your awning might be a great option. If your deck is darker than the house, a light coloured fabric might brighten up the place. Also, consider coordinating with the rails.

Setting a Budget

The budget can affect the style and size of awning you choose for your deck. If you’ve just built your deck, your outdoor budget might be exhausted and this could affect your choices. The best awning for your deck is one that you can afford. Overextending yourself can dampen your enjoyment of any awning you choose. Keep in mind that an awning is generally one of the most affordable shade options for your deck.

Manual or Motorized Awning

Personal preference will dictate whether you choose a manual awning or one that runs on a motor with a remote. This decision may be made according to how much time you spend on your deck. If your deck is used on a seasonal basis, an awning over your deck that is retracted manually may suffice. If, however, you anticipate opening and closing your awning nearly every day of the year, a retractable awning that can be operated from just about anywhere on your property might be in order. Likewise, if the sun is a constant in your outdoor space, a stationary awning might be a better choice.

Your awning and your deck should make a great pair. When in doubt, consult with the professionals. They’ve likely seen it all and can provide you with all the best options for your outdoor space. Your new awning will certainly increase your enjoyment of that deck and keep you outside, longer.

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Though it doesn’t yet seem possible that your awning will soon be saving you from many days of heat and excessive sun, summer is just around the corner. You’ll be thankful you took the time this spring to give that awning a little TLC.

Retractable awning

Inspect Your Awning

Take a good look at that awning. Whether it’s one-year-old or ten years old, inspecting the various parts from year to year will ensure any problems can be addressed promptly. Check that each part is in the same condition as it was when you last put your awning away for the winter. A good once over will give you an idea of what steps to take next.

Ensure Moving Parts Still Move

If your awning is motorized, ensure that the mechanism still allows your awning to move smoothly and transition from open to close and in-between without excessive effort or noise. If there are problems with this automatic feature, and your awning is still under warranty, give the company a call and start the process of getting that awning up and running again. If there is no warranty and you believe the problem is a simple one, you may consider tackling it yourself. Otherwise, call in your electrician. In the meantime, most motorized awnings also have a manual feature, allowing you to enjoy a little shade while a repair is done.

Awning Fabric Check

Part of your spring clean routine for your awning should be to extend your awning fully and inspect the fabric of your awning for any damage that might have occurred in the off season. Ice and snow storms can wreak havoc on everything in your backyard. Your awning is not different. Next, brush off any loose dirt then hose down the fabric. With warm water and a mild dish soap, create a mixture that can be gently brushed on with a soft bristle brush. Allow the solution to soak into the fabric and then rinse thoroughly until the water runs clear. Allow the fabric of your awning to dry in the warm spring air and don’t retract until it is completely dry.

Another spring maintenance tip you might use on your awning this season is to treat the fabric with a guard. Good quality outdoor awning fabrics come with a coating that prevents mildew and mold from growing on the fabric, it pays to reapply, especially if your awning is subjected to an abundance of moisture.  It’s always best to consult the awning manufacturer before applying such a guard to be on the safe side.  Finally, just like any joints, the parts of your awning that hinge could likely use a little lubrication. This will prevent rust and annoying squeaks.

Once you’ve done a little spring cleaning on your awning, you can consider the season for relaxation, open. A great awning, well cared for will provide protection, comfort and design quality to any outdoor space. So don’t forget about that awning during your spring cleaning routines.

If you have any questions regarding your awning, or are in need of a new one, don’t hesitate to contact Jans Awning Products.  Located in Burlington, Ontario, we service the surrounding areas, including Ancaster, Hamilton and Oakville.

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When we talk about awnings for shops, restaurants, retail outlets, or other commercial buildings, we usually imagine an awning on the front of the building. Traditionally they were built to take the reflection of the sun off the window to allow people to see what is inside the shop, as well as to shelter people (and the building and windows) from the rain and other weather extremes.

Red and white striped awning on a black background

 

That is why some might think it a bit odd to have awnings on the interior of the building – where there are no sun or weather extremes, but times have changed. Decorative indoor awnings can actually be very useful in commercial buildings to, for example, highlight a particular area inside your commercial space.

Specific Areas

Imagine that you have a shop with a special promotion, a restaurant with a Champagne bar, a coat check-in, or a special tasting area. How will you make them stand out for all to see? By using an indoor awning, you can attract people’s attention right away, effectively signalling ‘a shop within a shop’. You can attract attention and isolate a particular part of your area – usually one which is set for a particular purpose. With an indoor awning, you can separate a ‘special’ part of your commercial area away from the rest and highlight it.

Creating ‘looks’

Decorative indoor awnings are especially useful if you are wanting to create an ‘olde worlde’ look –  a sweet shop straight out of a Dickens novel, as they were typical of this era, or perhaps a village greengrocers, but you can also customize your awning to make it more rustic looking, more ‘premiere’, or something in between.

In other words, you can make of it what you want. An indoor awning gives you the flexibility to enhance the branding or style that you are already using within the commercial space and giving you the perfect tool to get a specific area noticed by your customers. Maybe you want an old-style lemonade tasting area – in which case you might want a traditional pink, stripy awning, or are giving away high-quality promotion items, in which case you might go for a minimal black and gold awning. Specialty awnings can be made and designed to suit any need.

Another benefit to having an area separated using indoor awnings is that the designs can be changed easily and swapped to suit promotions, branding changes, or style changes, giving owners more flexibility.

Any business which is looking to specifically highlight and attract people to a certain part of a shop, restaurant, or other commercial areas should consider using decorative indoor awnings to achieve this. By choosing the right style and colour scheme you will attract attention and your business’s unique branding.

If you think that indoor awnings could help to boost your business and are looking to find out more about it, why not get in touch with us today? Our team of experts at Jans Awning Products will help you create the right indoor awning for your business. We service Burlington and Oakville.