When adding doors leading from the inside of your home to your patio, the two most common styles of patio doors homeowners typically choose between are French doors and sliding doors. The type that you choose depends very much on your situation, whether its replacing an existing slider or changing to a different style. You should consider such factors as cost, safety, aesthetics and space consideration.
The best way to decide which type is right for you is to do a comparison of the two to determine that best avenue for you to take. Both will create a portal to the outside, but sliding door and French doors do it in different ways. Although sliding doors create the illusion of no door, French doors do the opposite.
Because gliding patio doors slide open and close horizontally along a track, they do not interfere with furniture located nearby. The opening section converges with the fixed section, requiring no outside space. They are a good choice for limited space inside or outside the room. There is also the advantage that they are much easier to adjust than French doors in a new home due to the house foundation shifting. For homes that are more modern-themed, they have a more contemporary look. Today’s sliding patio doors have a multipoint-locking mechanism and when engaged, these doors are very secure.
French doors on the other hand open inward and require the freedom to do so, meaning that furniture placement must be considered to accommodate the doors. French patio doors open and close like regular doors on hinges with one panel being the active one that’s used regularly, and the other panel locked into place as the passive side. These patio doors give a beautiful, classic look to the room and can provide an expansive opening when both panels are fully opened. Because of this wide width, they are perfect for moving large furniture or allowing heavy traffic in and out of the room. Also, with no track to slide on, their threshold sits at a much lower level, which is a bit easier to step over.
The costs for both these types of door can vary with a wide range of prices. You can find a good quality sliding door set with screen and vinyl frame that can cost around $350 while another one with a more study aluminum frame cost as much as $600. Most sliding patio doors come pre-assembled, but still require professional installation. Depending on where you purchase the door, you might find that installation is included in the price.
Typically, French doors are made of wood and available in maple, pine, oak and mahogany. In addition to the door itself, there is also the cost of the hardware that will vary in price. There are varying qualities of French doors and the higher the quality, the more expensive on your pocketbook. Depending on where you make your purchase, single slab, vintage French doors can cost $800 or higher. It is not uncommon to pay over $1000 for a well-made set of French doors.
Between the two, French doors are safer that sliding doors because they’re obviously doors with a wood frame surrounded by window panes. When a French door is closed, it cannot be mistaken for being open.
Sliding doors are often transparent and can be mistaken for being open. Even with today’s tempered glass that reduces serious injury if someone accidentally walks through the sliding glass door, people can still be seriously injured by this mishap. However, with the new safety glass that beads up, this doesn’t often happen, but people are still more prone to walking into closed doors thinking they are open.
Depending on the motif of your home, one of the two types of doors will add a beautiful accent to any room.
Sliding doors are sleeker and more modern looking for homes that want a more open concept while French doors possess certain elegance.
Whichever you decide upon, these doors will add beauty and charm to your home.
If you’re still deciding between sliding patio doors or french patio doors Jans Awning Products would be happy to recommend/install either one into your home is in the Burlington, Oakville, Mississauga, Hamilton, or Brantford area. Check out our Full Selection of Patio Doors available.
If you’ve recently decided to sell your house, you know the long list of things that need to be done around the house in order to get it ready for the sale. Moving is a huge endeavor. Getting your asking price on your home can help ease the amount of stress and work moving can prove to be. But first, the work needs to be done. If you haven’t already considered it, window replacement can go a long way in updating your house, making it more appealing to potential buyers.
There are two main reasons why you might want to invest in replacement windows for that home, even though you may never have the chance to enjoy them yourself. You will find a number of things that will need to be done for resale. Things that you wished you’d done while you lived in the home. Things that you’ll be putting money and time into for someone you’ve never met. This investment of time and money is indeed for you. When that money and time are invested in the right project, you will benefit in the end when your home sells at a premium price and in a timely manner.
Replace your Windows Sooner Rather than Later
Replacement home windows can raise the value of your home in more than one way, but many are only interested in knowing if they’ll get their investment back when it comes time to sell. The return on investment for replacement windows are high. This is good news but it’s important to do your research before making such a big purchase. The sooner you replace those old windows the better, but take the time needed to get the job done right. New owners will appreciate the energy saving potential that new windows bring, but wouldn’t it be great if you got the opportunity to enjoy these savings for a time as well? There is no difference in the ROI for windows that are anywhere under five years old. Even if you don’t have plans to sell for five years, if your home needs replacements windows, consider making the investment now. All home improvements can add value for both you and the new owners when it comes time to sell.
Sell your House Faster with Replacement Windows
Replacement home windows are one of the big ticket items potential buyers want to see. Replacement windows not only increase the actual market value of your home but will add curb appeal that will ultimately sell your house faster. Selling your home is bound to be stressful. Having it sit on the market for any length of time, is downright nerve racking. Replacement windows will have your house looking its best and give potential buyers confidence in the idea of your home becoming their home.
Replacement windows are a great investment any time. Before you put that house on the market, consider replacing any or all of those old windows. If you haven’t already made this investment in your house, doing it for resale purposes will give you an advantage in the market and quite possibly see multiple offers rolling in.
Once you’ve decided to replace your windows, you must make sure to choose suitable replacement home windows and that they are installed professionally. Jans Awning Products carries the North Star line of quality vinyl windows and flawlessly installs them. Contact us and our team of experts will be ready to help you start your project today.
Your outdoor space never gets as much use as it does during these warm and often hot summer months. While keeping your outdoor environment on trend might be important, keeping it safe should be your first consideration. There are so many things we can do to ensure our front and back yards are safe environments. Railings go a long way in keeping our loved ones secure while enjoying that outdoor oasis.
In your search for the perfect railing, consider what the railing is for. If safety is a factor, ensure you consult your local by-laws. Railings may be required. The height and dimensions of any railing you might choose will likely be dictated by local by-laws. Balcony railings will need to follow certain height requirements and will also have any rungs spaced appropriately to ensure safety. Hand rails are always best in twos and will need to be installed at just the right height to ensure their effectiveness. The same goes for any staircase railings. Once you can be assured that the safety element has been addressed, go ahead and make those decisions that will determine the style and cost of your railing project.
The volume of choices out there may be mind boggling. It’s important to know your options but equally as important is to have a design in mind. Some of your options include:
Wrought Iron Railings
Wrought iron railings can be purchased as a kit or uniquely custom made. Wrought iron railings allow you to turn what might otherwise be a basic backyard deck or patio into something personalized to your taste.
More durable than wood or vinyl, aluminum railings are lightweight and low maintenance.
Not only the top choice for railings, vinyl is fast becoming the popular choice for fencing as well. Vinyl railings are durable and are virtually maintenance free. However, vinyl railings have been known to squeak during movement.
Pressure Treated Railings
Pressure treated railings are common, which is why many outdoor structures are still made of pressure treated wood. They are economical to build but can cost money throughout the lifetime of the product as maintenance is ongoing.
Cedar railings are beautiful and are often used in combination with other materials for railings. Similar to other wood options, cedar railings will require maintenance throughout the years. Exotic woods fall into this category as well.
Often confused with vinyl, PVC is not the same material. They are similar but it is important to know which you are investing in. The way they are maintained can differ. PVC is among the most affordable materials to work with for railings and a plethora of other outdoor projects.
These come in kits generally and add amazing design quality to any railings system. Used in combination with other materials, cable railings can open up space and provide better views.
Similar to cable railings, glass railings create a safe environment without restricting your view. They will require regular cleaning because of fingerprints etc. but glass is durable and won’t wear over the years.
The railings you choose for your outdoor project might involve using more than one material. A combination railing system will add dimension and interest to any outdoor project.
Railings can add safety, function, and design quality. Finding the right rail for your project and space can be tricky, and mistakes can be costly. Getting to know your options, bylaws, and preferences, all while staying in budget, is far from impossible. Choosing and installing the ideal railing might be difficult if you’re looking at completing the task yourself. Contact our team of experts and Jans Awning Products today and we will be able to help you choose the ideal railing for your outdoor space and install them professionally.
Being outside in the summertime makes people feel naturally good. Whether you’re playing outdoor sports, gardening, swimming, lounging by the pool or entertaining on the patio, fresh air and sunshine is certainly better for your health than being a coach potato. However, whenever you participate in any outdoor activity, you still need to protect yourself from the sun’s damaging effects while enjoying yourself outside.
Many people have been taught that sunlight is needed for your body to make vitamin D for boosting the immune system because vitamin D is not found naturally in most foods. For most light skin, ten to fifteen minutes exposure on the face, forearms and hands is plenty of time to maintain vitamin D levels.
People with darker or heavily pigmented skins may benefit from more moderate sun exposure to ensure maintenance of adequate vitamin D levels. However, the thought that only sunlight can produce this vitamin must be revisited since many foods today are fortified with vitamin D during the manufacturing process. This process makes sun exposure less important for the body’s vitamin D supply.
The Dangers of Sun Exposure
The obvious, immediate danger of spending too much time in the sun is sunburn. If you were to look at sunburned skin under a microscope, you would see that the sun’s strong rays have caused the cells and blood vessels to become damaged. When you have repeated sun damage, the skin starts to look dry, wrinkled, discolored, leathery and weakened, causing it to bruise more easily. It contributes to premature aging of the skin and it is the major cause of skin cancer, which is now the most common type of all cancers. However, the dangers of sun exposure that leads to most skin cancers can be avoided by following a few simple steps that help to protect you.
Protection from Sun Damage
There are many options available for avoiding the harmful effects of the sun. The most common sense solution is to stay out of the sun. This is the best way to avoid sun damage, but most of us go outdoors regularly during the warm summer months. If simply staying out of the sun is not an option, then take these precautions.
- Always apply sunscreen on your skin before venturing out in the sun.
- Avoid being out in the sun at its highest point of the day because the ultraviolet rays that lead to sunburn are strongest during this time, which is from about 10 am to 3 pm.
- When you do go outdoors wear protective clothing that consist of long sleeves, slacks and a wide-brimmed hat.
- Purchase a pair of sunglass that filter UV light and wear them regularly outdoors in the sunshine.
- Wear sunglasses that filter UV light.
Awnings for Shade & Protection
Another option for keeping you in the shade and away from the sun’s harmful rays is to install a retractable awning over your patio area. Not only will an awning offer maximum protection from the sun, but it will enhance the look of your home with the beauty of its appearance.
Retractable awnings are a great investment for your home by contributing to your outdoor living space. Not only does a retractable awning add aesthetic appeal to your home, but it also provides lasting benefits for you to enjoy, such as allowing you to enjoy the sun or shade at any time. It allows you to personalize your deck or patio for optimal comfort and maximum protection from the blazing summer sun. A retractable awning provides a dramatic effect to the outside of your house while offering the benefits of additional privacy.
This summer season protect yourself from the harmful damage caused by sun exposure. Take a look at our Awning Products and see the beautiful selection of stylish awnings that can provide you with shade and protection during the sizzling hot summer patio season. We service Burlington, Ancaster, and Oakville.
Retractable awnings are a great investment for your home by contributing to your outdoor living space. Not only does a retractable awning add aesthetic appeal to your home, but it also provides lasting benefits for you to enjoy, such as allowing you to enjoy the sun or shade at your leisure. It allows you to personalize your deck or patio for optimal comfort and maximum protection from the blazing summer sun. A retractable awning provides a dramatic effect to the outside of your house and offers the impression of a major renovation. It can also provide some privacy from your potentially bothersome neighbours.
When an awning is strategically placed on your home, you create sustainable savings from the merciless summer heat through lowering cooling costs. These savings occur by blocking and/or reducing the amount of solar heat and UV radiation that traditionally gets absorbed by your house; thereby, reducing the amount of energy it takes to cool your interior space. Your return on investment accrues over time because you have an attractive and controllable way to manage your home’s cooling expenses.
You have the option of a hand crank or motorized awnings, but there are significant benefits to installing a motorized retractable awning. Here are some of the top reasons why many homeowners end up deciding on a motorized system instead of a manual method.
The convenience and ease of operating a motorized patio awning can’t be matched since it comes with a remote control that’s a snap to operate. With the push of a button, you can unroll or roll up your patio awning to the desired level instead of constantly cranking a lever to set the awning to the desired position.
With a remote in your hand, you can adjust your patio awning as the sun changes and never even have to get up to set the position, unlike a manual, which requires more time, more up and down motion from your chair and increased manual labor. You get to continue relaxing while the motor does the work for you.
Motorized retractable awnings are particularly advantageous when a bad rain storm whips up. Would you rather stand outside in a downpour with violent winds while physically cranking a shaft to roll in your patio awning or a touch of a button from the comfort and safety of inside your home?
If you look at the design of manual and motorized retractable patio awnings, you’ll notice some significant differences between them. The first thing that you notice with a manual awning is the “less than attractive” vertical supports or standing frames that can get in the way of your view from underneath, whereas motorized retractable awnings are more aesthetically pleasing.
The supports and frames from the manual style not only obstruct your view, but limit your space as well, which in turn restricts your outdoor living area. A motorized retractable awning allows you to have the most outdoor space, which is probably your goal anyway.
The benefits of motorized patio awnings go beyond being able to retract them automatically. They come with features and accessories that you can individualize, such as synchronizing your awning to sense rain, sunlight or wind. These advanced automated settings not only increase the ease and convenience of managing your patio awning, but makes sure that the awning will stay safe during poor weather conditions. These features allow you the freedom from worrying when to roll in your patio awning during inclement weather.
Over the years, advanced technology has increased the durability and longevity of the materials that are used to make retractable awnings. Materials like the Sunbrella line of textiles are both incredibly stylish and durable. They offer superior fade and stain resistance and clean quickly.
Companies like Jans Awning Products take great care to fully back their products and they’re renowned within the industry through a proven record of excellence. If you’re looking at installing an awning for your home, contact us today and our team of experts will be ready to help.
Awnings can provide you with additional outdoor space and protect you from the harsh rays of the sun or inclement weather. There is nothing more enjoyable than going out to your patio and deck with a good book or drink in hand and enjoy the scenery that surrounds you, under the protection of an awning.
However, with all of the benefits that an awning provides, you’ve created a space that has significantly increased your amount of shade. The benefits of protection can also be problematic for a homeowner who wants to be surrounded by a lush garden, but not all is lost because there is a solution that gives you the benefit of both.
Beautify Your Awning Area
Many properties have shaded areas that homeowners might struggle with when selecting plants that do well in such conditions, and awnings are no different. In this case, you just have to spend a bit of time researching to determine your best course of action for creating a seasonal environment of beauty. You may decide to plant a container garden in the shade or you may want to go the route of shade loving annuals, perennials or a combination of all three.
Vines like Jacob’s ladder and English ivy can make great fillers for your pots as well as some ornamental grass that will tolerate low levels of sunshine. There are also many varieties of Hostas that you can choose among at your local nursery that will fit your awning space nicely. You might want to consider a Lily such as the flax, peace and bush lilies that tolerate shade well and are low maintenance. Many of the perennials that will love your awning shade are foliage greens like ferns. They require little sunlight and spread each year filling in the spaces in your gardens.
If none of the above appeals to your senses, here is a list of the top 25 shade plants that will add enjoyment and beauty to your awning area.
- Pothos (Epipremnum aureum)
- Peace lily (Spathiphyllum floribundum)
- Bush lily (Clivia miniata)
- Spider plants (Chlorophytum comosum ‘Variegatum’)
- Primrose (Oenothera speciosa)
- Jacob’s ladder (Polemonium caeruleum)
- Meadowsweet (Astilbe spp.)
- Virginia bluebell (Mertensia virginica)
- Columbine (Aquilegia spp.)
- Foxglove (Digitalis spp.)
- Flax lily (Dionella spp.)
- English ivy (Hedera helix)
- Coleus (Solenostemon spp.)
- Fuchsia (Fuchsia spp.)
- Impatiens species
- Variegated ground ivy (Glechoma hederacea ‘Variegata’)
- Variegated lily turf (Liriope muscari)
- Bleeding heart (Lamprocapnos spectabilis, formerly classified as Dicentra spectabilis)
- Hosta (Hosta plantaginea)
- Solomon’s seal (Polygonatum biflorum)
- Jumpseed (Persicaria virginata)
- Japanese anemone (Anemone hybrida)
- Azalea (Rhododendron spp.)
- Leopard plant (Ligularia spp.)
- Many types of ferns
Whatever plants you decide upon for beautifying your outdoor space in, around or under your awning, a little ingenuity and a bit of creativity will provide you with the space that you desire.
If your home is lacking an Awning and you’re interested in installing one for your home, contact us today and our team of experts will be ready to help.
Roll shutters were a product that came to us from Europe in the 80’s and are now enjoyed by Canadians everywhere. Rollshutters come in many different styles and are designed to do what regular indoor blinds do but with a few added features. Rollshutters will help to protect your home from the cold and heat and add a degree of security.
Windows and doors that have rollshutters installed on them will have a longer lifespan because of the protection that rollshutters give. If you love your big picture window but sometimes feel like you live in a fishbowl, a rollshutter will help as you can let the sunshine in or shut out the world when you want to.
If you’ve made the investment into rollshutters for your home, be sure to clean them two – three times a year. This will not only keep your roll shutters looking good but will give you the opportunity to inspect them and make any necessary repairs.
Step 1 – Raise the Rollshutter
Start by raising the shutter completely. Using a soft brush, clean out the area around the guides. Do this gently so as not to disturb any parts. Keeping the guides clear of dirt and grime will ensure that your roll shutters operate smoothly.
Step 2 – Close the Rollshutter
Next, close the shutter all the way and then raise it up just enough so that there is a little room between the slats. Brush away any dirt and dust that may have settled there over time.
Step 3 – Sponge Off
Completely close the rollshutter again. Grab a sponge and bucket with warm water and a mild detergent. Be sure not to use steel wool or any other abrasive materials on the shutter as steel wool may scratch your shutters. Wipe the rollshutter down, starting at the top and working your way to the bottom.
Step 4 – Rinse Off Rollshutter
Grab a hose and without a lot of pressure, rinse the rollshutter off. Be careful not to get too much water on the compartment at the top that houses the motor and gears. Let the rollshutter dry fully before it is put into operation again.
A little tender loving care will go a long way in keeping your rollshutter in tip top shape so that it can continue to work hard for you and look great. If you need additional help cleaning your rollshutters, or are interested in purchasing rollshutters for your home, contact Jans Awning Products in Burlington, Ontario today.
The hot sun is no match for your awning and it can turn an otherwise uncomfortable space, into one of enjoyment, comfort, and relaxation. When the weather turns ugly, what’s protecting your awning?
Awnings have come a long way in the department of durability. Structures are stronger and fabrics are more resilient. Despite these advancements, extreme weather can wreck havoc on our outdoor spaces. Everything from patio furniture to pools and fire pits. Your awning is no exception and despite their durability, they are at risk, along with the rest of your outdoor space, during inclement weather.
Awnings vs. weather is a fight that will be determined by both you and the quality of your awning.
While there are simple things that can be done to ensure damage does not occur to your awning during a storm, simplest amongst these are to retract your awning. An awning that hugs closely to the house will not be vulnerable to sun, rain and wind. During the winter, this is a no-brainer but during an otherwise pleasant season, it can be harder to remember to take in the patio furniture and retract that awning.
A good retractable awning can hold water but isn’t designed to double as a pool. Most awnings are not water proof but water resistant and aside from a light rain, it is recommended to keep your awning down during inclement weather. Keeping the weight of a big rainstorm off your awning is your safest bet. How much rain your retractable awning can safely take will depend on its pitch.
Sun shouldn’t be a problem for any quality retractable awning. After all, retractable awnings are designed, primarily to protect us and our homes from the effects of the hot sun. Good fabrics will last up to 20 years and are designed to resist fading. They are manufactured and treated so that they will not deteriorate under the constant heat of the sun.
Heavy winds can cause damage to the most stable elements of your home. The retractable awning is no different. All retractable awnings should be retracted during moderate to heavy winds. Wind can damage any number of components of your awning if it’s left to its own defences. Given a strong enough wind, a retractable awning that is left up could actually do damage to your home. Wind is unpredictable and shouldn’t be trusted.
Keeping your awning in good repair all year long will be your awnings best defense. Inspecting and cleaning the mechanisms and fabrics will alert you to any weaknesses in its makeup. Problems and repairs can be made before the bad weather hits. Take care of your awning and it will take care of you. Protect your awning and it will protect you.
Your awning might have lost the battle against weather and have been damaged, or it might be your first time looking at awnings for your home. Regardless of which column you fall into, our team of experts at Jans Awning Products are ready to help. Contact us today and we’ll find the right awning for you and your home.
Whenever people think of patio covers, they tend to think of these structures solely as protection from the glaring summer sun’s heat on a patio or deck.
Although patio covers are typically built for expanding outside space, entertaining and providing shelter from the elements, they can keep your car cooler during the summer heat as a carport.
Not only does it add protection for your car, but it also contributes both functional and aesthetic benefits. It’s a good investment, adds beauty and value to your home, both of which will be taken into account for attracting future potential buyers.
Protection From The Elements:
A patio cover (or roof) can protect your car from the elements; provide a dry storage area for your lawn equipment in addition to using it as a sitting area to escape the sun’s heat. It can protect your vehicle not only from rain, sun and debris, but during the winter months too. A patio cover can help to protect your vehicle from the harsh winter and provides a safe spot for you to enter and leave your car during inclement weather.
Strong and Sturdy:
Because aluminum patio covers can withstand high winds and heavy snow loads, they are a perfect solution for people who live in harsh weather conditions, like Ontario. You won’t have to worry about your patio covers coming apart or being damaged since they are designed for these types of conditions.
Patio covers are flexible and made with high-quality, structural aluminum. Aluminum is low in weight, strong and corrosive resistant, environment and Eco-friendly since aluminum is recyclable. Alloying, which is the addition of other elements such as copper, magnesium silicon and manganese is used to increase the strength of aluminum.
Unlike wood structures, patio covers are virtually maintenance free and designed not to rust, warp, crack, rot or become infested with insects. Any dust or dirt that may accumulate is easily sprayed down with a hose.
They are constructed to maintain their original colour and texture. The high-end aluminum patio covers colour will not fade, since they are powder coated. This means that manufacturers use the same powder coating method for patio covers as they do to paint your car.
Patio covers used as a carport can be free-standing or attached to your existing home or garage. They are fully customizable and available in a variety of trim options. The cover is made of insulated laminated roof panels that snap together tightly to form a strong, structurally sound roof as well as a weather-proof barrier protecting your vehicle from the elements. There is also the option of having an open lattice design and some aluminum patio covers include gutters and downspouts.
Companies like Jans Awing Products offer an embossed aluminum clad insulated roof system with built-in eaves troughs and optional skylights. Their Duraform Roof System can be custom shaped and sized to fit around existing structures such as a chimney, bays and patio spaces to create a convenient covered carport.
Windows play a huge role in the character, airiness and efficiency of your home. Windows allow natural light and fresh air to enter your house, provide a view to the outdoors and can serve as vital emergency exits. However, they’re also responsible for unnecessary heat loss, high energy consumption, cold drafts, and condensation problems.
If you start to notice condensation, drafts or rattling noises from your windows, it’s time for you to think about an upgrade, but for homeowners with used windows that require some attention, not all used windows require a full window replacement. If you are living in a newer home with relatively new windows, but you notice the windows are not performing at their optimal best with heat loss through and around your windows, there are other alternatives to a full-frame window replacement.
Replacement windows are designed to fit into existing window openings. They’re available in a multitude of sizes and come in wood, vinyl, fiberglass, vinyl-clad wood, and aluminum-clad wood. You can choose from 3 basic types of replacement windows:
• Sash kits
• Insert replacements(Retrofit)
• Full-frame units
Sash-replacement kits can give an old window frame new movable parts, including jamb liners and sash. Insert replacement windows consist of a fully assembled window in a ready-to-install secondary frame. It slips into the existing opening and is fastened to the old side jambs. Full-frame replacement windows are similar to inserts, except that they have a complete frame that includes head jamb, side jambs, and sill. These are the only option when the old window frame, sill, or jambs are rotted.
When installing replacement windows, we at Jans Awning Products generally replace the full window, including the old frame to ensure maximum view, insulation and draft-control. This way of replacing windows also makes for a more aesthetically pleasing finish on both interior and exterior and is definitely the best way to make sure that you get full value for your money.
Retrofit windows (also called inserts) fit inside the existing window frames. Only the window stops and old sashes need to be removed. Existing moldings, inside and out, are not affected. Installing inserts are only an option if the old window frame is in good shape, rot-free, and square.
Glazing is the name of the hardened putty that creates a weathertight seal on the exterior the window between the wood and glass. Over time, glazing can become badly cracked or fall off, leaving your window vulnerable to water and rot. Reglazing is a good option for newer windows, which are still in good shape.
Jans Awning Products in Burlington has over 30 years of installing replacement windows. We use North Star Windows, which meet the strict standards for safety and efficiency set by the Canadian Standards Association.