You probably know that replacing your windows can not only make your home look better but that it can also help you cut your utility costs when those new windows are more energy efficient than the ones you replace. What you may be less clear on is what all those numbers or window ratings mean. Many customers find themselves puzzling over these ratings as they try to compare products.
Not to worry though! Below we have compiled a quick guide to understanding window ratings.
Energy Star Rating
Simply put, when a product qualifies for an Energy Star Rating, it means that it is best in class (typically in the top 15-30% in its category) for energy efficiency. Each Energy Star rated window comes with a removable sticker that tells you its rating, the climate zone for which it’s certified and materials that are used.
The Energy Rating (ER) is a number assigned using strict criteria by an independent organization to tell the customer how well the window rates regarding solar heat gain, heat loss, and air leakage. The higher the rating, the more energy efficient the window is.
U Value/U Factor
The U Value tells the customer how well the window performs in terms of keeping heat inside the home. This is especially important for homes in colder climates. The U Factor generally ranges from 0.2 to 1.2 and the lower the rating is, the better the window’s performance.
The R-Value is a measure of heat resistance or how well the window works at preventing heat flow. The higher the number in the R-Value, the better the heat resistance.
CR stands for condensation resistance. The higher the CR Value of a window, the more resistant it is to having condensation form on it. CR Value works with a scale of 0 to 100. For this rating, it is better to look for a higher number.
Visual Transmittance (VT)
Visual Transmittance refers to the amount of light (and therefore heat from the sun) in the visible spectrum which can pass through the window’s glazing. In the case of the VT rating, a lower number is better because it means that less heat is allowed to pass through the glass.
Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC)
The Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) refers to the amount of heat which is absorbed by the glass and transmitted into the home. This rating is between 0 and 1. The lower the number is, the less heat that is transmitted. In other words, a lower number on this rating means a more efficient window.
With all the various energy efficiency ratings that are given to windows, it can be confusing for a customer to know which windows are best for their home. Hopefully, this guide will prove useful as you make your choice. Of course, for more personalized help, the team at Jans Awning Products in Burlington, Ontario is always happy to answer any questions you may have!
If you know winter, you likely know condensation on windows. What seems to be a never-ending cold weather problem, can be reduced, avoided or even remedied.
Condensation on windows can cause ice build up on the inside of your house, water damage on that area where water pools and if not cleaned up on a regular basis, mold. Nobody wants black mold growing on their windows, but the seemingly never-ending task of drying those windows up doesn’t sound like a very good solution either. Finding ways to avoid this problem or at least reduce it, is a much more sensible idea.
Modern windows, old windows, small windows, big windows. They all can suffer from condensation during the cold winter months. But what causes all this moisture to be attracted to our windows? There is likely more than one cause of condensation on your windows.
Excessive moisture in the air of your home can cause condensation on your windows. But that moisture typically shows itself in the winter because of the window, in the winter, is colder than the air, creating dew or condensation on the windows. Certain factors can make the problem of condensation even greater. Consider these tips to reduce condensation on your windows this winter.
Reduce Humidity in you Home
Consider using a dehumidifier in the home. Reducing the moisture will reduce the condensation. For some, however, winter can be a dry season, and the thought of further reducing the moisture in the air is not a good option.
Airflow and Window Condensation
Don’t isolate your windows by keeping them covered up. Keeping them covered throughout the day and night will only add to the condensation. Open the blinds and curtains to allow proper air flow. This will ensure that warmer air is always present to bring up the temperature of those windows. Without the drastic difference in air temperature between the air and the window glass, condensation is less likely to form or can be greatly reduced.
A Good Seal on your Windows
Newer windows suffer from condensation less because they are typically better quality. Old windows sweat like nobody’s business. A proper seal can make all the difference. If new windows aren’t in the budget, consider caulking the old ones. This will help reduce condensation.
There are also some very simple and economical things that can be done to reduce condensation on your windows. Avoid drying clothes indoors. Always use a fan while cooking and bathing. Do not dry wood indoors and remember, the better the circulation in your home, the better your condensation problem will be.
If you have condensation on your windows, it’s important to keep them clean and dry as much as possible. This will avoid a mold problem on top of your condensation problem.
Condensation on windows is often a seasonal problem. Mold is never a good thing, and when condensation is kept in check, there will be no worry of it.
If your windows are old, and you feel you are losing a lot of heat through them, contact Jans Awning Products in Burlington, Ontario today. We sell and install high-quality windows and service Burlington, Dundas, Oakville, Hamilton, and Ancaster.
Windows are one of the most noticeable features of your home. Although your house can’t speak, they can provide you with some hints that something is not right and you should listen carefully. Windows that are more than a few decades old may be telling you that it’s time to consider replacing them.
Well maintained windows can last twenty years or more, but there are many factors at play for their lifespan, such as the part of the country where the windows reside. Windows in British Columbia will have a different lifespan than those living in Ontario where severe winter weather takes its toll on our home’s exterior.
Here are a few things to be on the lookout for regarding the need to replace your old windows with newer, more energy efficient units.
Warped, damaged or broken windows
Sometimes, you can repair a window if it has a minor problem, such as installing new weatherstripping. However, if it is damaged, warped, the window sash or frame is broken; replacing is the preferred option to making a repair, even if the window is still operable. A warped, damaged or broken window can easily fog up, become drafty, stick when you try to open or close it, and may even refuse to stay open and fall back down.
Reduce your energy bill
Although windows do provide some heat during the winter months by allowing sunlight to filter inside, drafty windows operate in the opposite manner. Drafty windows can result in your energy bills increasing to 10%-25% higher, according to Energy.gov.
With energy costs high, particularly in Ontario, you will want to do everything that you can to reduce your utility bills. By replacing old windows with energy efficient ones, you will reduce not only your heating cost but cooling costs as well.
If you’re planning on selling your home anytime in the near future, those new windows can be a big selling point for potential buyers. BIG selling point.
Since windows are one of the most prominent home features, home renovators will tell you that if your windows look old and worn, so too will your whole house. Home builders and renovators know that good design is critical for the longevity of a structure and a home’s overall vision should be the driving force in selecting new windows for your renovation project.
Not only will you improve the look of your home, you will be creating a more comfortable interior while improving the airflow throughout your house. You can even increase the flood of natural light and warmth into the home by installing larger windows which provide both aesthetic and health benefits. Additional daylight provides increased productivity, comfort and helps to regulate your circadian rhythms for better general wellness.
By replacing old, warped, damaged and broken frame windows with new ones, you not only improve your home’s appearance, you significantly reduce the buildup of condensation in the home. Energy efficient windows keep the interior surface warmer; thereby humidity can be increased without moisture getting on the windows and potentially damaging the walls. Less condensation reduces the growth of bacteria and mold. Additionally, properly encased windows reduce dust buildup and keep out bugs, pollen and external sounds. This helps to keep your home’s interior healthier for you and your family.
Not all windows are the same, particularly because of your location. Let the experts at Jans Awning Products help you select the best vinyl windows for your home. Our products are tested and certified by Canadian Standards Association and comply with American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) standards.
Replacing old windows with new energy-efficient windows is a great investment and return on your dollar. Your home will have an updated appearance; more curb appeal, healthier environment, and reduced energy costs. It’s a win-win for everyone.
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.
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!
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“How do I get this bug free zone?”, you might ask. With retractable screens of course. If you don’t know much about retractable screens, you aren’t alone. The options for keeping those bugs from ruining your summer are ever increasing and retractable screens, though not new to the scene, are a big trend in outdoor living.
Retractable screens, while attractive and convenient, also:
- Provide UV protection
- Keep the mosquitos out
- Increase privacy
Retractable 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. Retractable 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. Retractable screens will virtually eliminate this problem, keeping the party outside, longer.
Retractable 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 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, retractable screens are there for when they are needed and tuck away when they aren’t.
Retractable screens make a great addition to any outdoor space!
If you are interested in extending your time outdoors, with Retractable 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 screens, roll shutters and awnings.
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.
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.