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You might have heard the terms roll shutters and roll screens thrown around when looking for window treatments, but has anyone stopped to tell you the difference? Do you know which one is right for you? These terms might be used interchangeably by some companies but they are not the same thing, so before you make a large, potentially custom, purchase here’s what you need to know between roll shutters and roll screens.

Roll Shutters

roll shutters

What are they?

Roll shutters are window treatments, like roll screens. But unlike roll screens, they are installed on the outside of a window or your home. They are offered in a variety of colours and are custom fit to the size of your windows to ensure that it looks as if they were meant to be there. Roll shutters are incredibly durable and come with manufacturer’s warranties but be sure to check out exactly what is and isn’t covered in the warranty.

How do I know if I need them?

Roll shutters are usually more for protection purposes. They are installed on the outside of your window to ensure the glass doesn’t break, and they help prevent damage to the frame. Many people who own cottages or cabins install these so that during the off-season they can protect their property from any inclement weather or hazards that would potentially damage or break windows. Often, retail shop owners with windows in the front of their property also use this style of window covering while business is closed to prevent robberies. Overall these are a great, decorative option to protect windows and frames from damage as you cannot always be at your cottage or business.

Roll Screens

rollscreen

What are they?

Roll screens are a decorative option that you can add to just about any window in your home. They are retractable so easily removed – either manually or automatically with a remote. These screens are installed on the inside of a window and act to provide privacy and even help make your home a little more efficient keeping the heat/cool in, depending on the season.

What’s so great about them?

Roll screens give privacy without completely blocking your view like traditional blackout curtains would. They roll up into a 5” box, so they are easily out of the way if you want to let the light in, and you’ll save money with the added energy efficiency. These can be customized to the size of your windows. What’s great is that they work for areas even without windows – decks, patios, gazebos and even garages! These screens provide shade to enjoy the warm weather without having to sit out with the hot sun. These screens are best for those who enjoy spending time outside during the warmer weather but don’t necessarily want to be exposed to the sun’s rays for hours on end. Or, they could be used in a sunroom where the shade is occasionally desired.

 

Roll shutters and roll screens will add so much to your home, cottage or business – you simply need to decide which option best suits your needs. Both provide privacy and protection from UV damage and can be customized for your home.

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This spring has been a particularly long, wet one, but in the past week in Burlington, we’ve seen some promising warm temperatures. With the warmth and the rain, we will soon be battling some of those not so appealing aspects of summer. Pesky mosquitoes are those unwanted guests at the barbecue, pool party and horseshoe tournament. Why not create an outdoor space that is bug-free and comfortable.

Mosquito on hand

 

“How do I get this bug free zone?”, you might ask. With roll screens of course. If you don’t know much about roll screens, you aren’t alone. The options for keeping those bugs from ruining your summer are ever increasing and roll screens, though not new to the scene, are a big trend in outdoor living.

Retractable roll screens, while attractive and convenient, also:

  • Provide UV protection
  • Keep the mosquitos out
  • Increase privacy

Roll screens keep the heat of the sun off you, your family, and your home. When the sun heats up the home throughout the day, temperatures rise inside. This heat, day after day, can have your air conditioner working overtime. This, in turn, can be expensive throughout the season. Roll screens can keep the sun off your home and the heat out of the house.

Mosquitos and other bugs can ruin a barbecue. As the sun sets, you may no longer need to be protected from the heat of the summer sun, but now you have a new problem. Mosquitos can drive you inside on an evening that is otherwise gorgeous. Roll screens will virtually eliminate this problem, keeping the party outside, longer.

Roll screens are tinted and add privacy along with all the other benefits. Around the spa or simply on your deck, the added privacy that roll screens provide will help set the mood and make your outdoor space an intimate one.

Retractable roll screens can be used on the deck, patio or even the garage. These screens will keep the mosquitos out while increasing your comfort of the outdoors. Bringing the indoors out can extend your season, and retractable screens will help you do this.

You might choose to simply provide an enclosure for that spa that will keep you in the water longer, without the company of unwanted guests. Or you may choose a complete retractable screen room. All provide the privacy, protection and cooling that any great gathering requires in the heat of summer.

Retractable screens don’t just keep the mosquitoes away, they themselves go away when not wanted. Being retractable, roll screens are there for when they are needed and tuck away when they aren’t.

Roll screens make a great addition to any outdoor space!

If you are interested in extending your time outdoors, with Roll Screens, contact Jans Awning Products today.  Since 1966 Jans Awning Products has been servicing the Burlington, Oakville and Hamilton area with high quality outdoor products such as retractable roll screens, roll shutters and awnings.

Posted by & filed under Patio Doors, Roll Away Screens .

A screen door is usually fitted in front of a normal door to either keep out bugs and insects, or leaves, earth and plants during a storm. It means that you don’t have to have your main doors closed, so the air can circulate within the house – which is very important, especially in hot weather.

It is the meshing in the screen door which causes insects and debris to stay outside, so if the screen door develops a hole, this can be potentially disastrous – rendering the screen useless. So if you get a hole in your screen door, do you need to replace the whole door, or can it be repaired?

Woman looking out Patio Door

 

Repairing Small Holes in a Screen

For small holes, repairs can be made easily. In most cases you won’t need to replace the whole door – a small repair should do the trick. There are a number of techniques which you can use – depending on the size of the hole and the type of material that the screen in made from:

  • Buy screen repair kits from a hardware store, which will give you everything that you need to be able to repair the hole – as well as instructions.
  • A vinyl or fiberglass screen can be fixed with a small amount of clear nail varnish. Dab it on the edges of the hole to stop the tear from spreading as well as block up the hole.
  • If you have scraps of the same material as the screen, you can darn or patch together the hole. For a wire screen, unravel some of the mesh and use that as the thread.
  • Use a piece of silicon adhesive to patch up holes in metal or fiberglass screens. You can build up the layers until the hole is fully and securely blocked.

Repairing Large Holes in a Screen Door

For larger holes you will need to decide whether it is worth repairing it, or if you would be better off replacing the entire door. If the quality of the mesh is already poor, it might be worth replacing the entire door.

To fix a larger hole, you will need a square of replacement mesh which is a couple of inches bigger than the hole, all round. You might want to buy it, or use the mesh from an old screen if you have one.

  1. Start by cutting out the right sized square from your ‘new’ mesh – a couple of inches bigger than the hole on each edge.
  2. Unravel the horizontal wires around the hole so there is half an inch unraveled on each side.
  3. Bend the wires along each side so that they are perpendicular to the rest of the mesh – you can use a ruler or a counter edge to get an even, smooth line.
  4. Put the patch over the screen, so that the perpendicular wires poke through and hold it in place and it is covered entirely.
  5. Bend each wire individually to close, making sure that there are no bits sticking out which could catch people or clothes.

If you develop a hole in your screen door or window, it is important that you deal with it as soon as possible – both to save your home from unwanted bugs or debris, but also to ensure that it doesn’t spread. A smaller hole is much easier and quicker to fix, and by following these instructions you can deal with the problem straight away.

For more information about doors and windows, get in touch with Jans Awning Products today!

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Of course we all need the sun to survive. But sometimes we also need a little protection from it. Both our bodies – and our homes.

Jans Awning Products in Burlington has your house covered, with its effective window treatments.

Roll away screens manufactured by Talius and installed by Jans Awning Products are ideal for reducing the sun’s intrusion, and its harmful UV rays that intrude upon your inner living space. What they do is act like sunglasses, protecting both your eyes and your interior furniture.

The reflective quality of the screens also cuts cooling costs in the summer as less sunlight reaches your inner sanctum. Meanwhile, you still get to enjoy the views your windows afford you.

The roll away screens can be installed one of two ways, a hand cranked system or a motorized system that allows you to operate them with the touch of a button. Both are easy to install. They are perfect for large sliding patio doors and come in various reflective meshes to suit your needs.

Talius also manufactures roll away shutters that provide the perfect barrier to storms and provide an extra layer of home security against intruders. Made from light weight aluminum and insulation they too can be quickly installed by the professionals at Jans Awning Products.

Roll away shutters are ideal for providing total darkness during the day. Perfect for those who work shift work and want to sleep, or for those who might just want to watch a movie and eliminate any incoming glare on the T.V.

Jans can also install Talius’ roll away shutter systems for your business, ensuring security and allowing you peace of mind while your business is closed for the day.

These shutters have been tested in hurricane conditions and are the perfect solution when locking up your vacation home for the season. They come in a number of colours or can also be custom painted to suit your tastes and the look of your home.

For more information about these products give us a call at 905-335-3733.