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.
We all remember those multicoloured aluminum roofs at our Grandma’s house. Heck, many still exist. No one can say those things weren’t sturdy. Although they provided much-needed shade, let’s face it. They were ugly.
Today’s options for shelter from the sun have evolved. They are much more pleasing to the eye while still doing the job of cooling both the outdoors and the inside of your home. There are shelter options out there for any need and taste. Finding the right one to fulfill your needs and taste is key.
Retractable cloth awnings can provide that unique design quality to any outdoor space. These awnings can be mounted just about anywhere and come in a variety of colours. The selection of fabric and colour are near endless and these fabrics are designed specifically for the outdoors, providing shelter from both the sun and light rain. A retractable awning can be manual or electric and can come with remote control.
Awnings are still a big hit and are much more attractive. Awnings still come in the traditional aluminum material and can be fixed like those from the past or louvered to provide a multitude of shade options. Those louvered roofs can be powered by electricity or solar and of course like everything nowadays, they can come with a remote. This remote can be operated from outside or inside the home.
Aluminium Patio Roofs
If you opt for a more permanent patio roof, you might consider some of the options that are available to you with that roof. Skylights aren’t just for the inside of your home. A skylight can provide shelter while still giving your that great view. A patio roof will have everything your other roofs have, ensuring that it protects not just you, but your home. With built in eaves and optional skylights, your patio roof can be customized to work with and around your chimney or bay windows. Unlike many shelter options, an aluminum patio roof will be custom made to accommodate your unique needs.
Patio roofs are sleek, stylish, contemporary and complement any outdoor space. They are maintenance free and are strong enough to withstand a great load of snow. Patio roofs aren’t just for patios. These modern aluminum roofs are being used in carports as well as porches.
Increasing your enjoyment of the outdoors comes in many forms. If the elements and temperature of your outdoor environment are keeping you inside, investing in a more permanent solution to these woes might be the solution. Enjoying all that you have worked so hard for is key. A patio roof will have you outside, enjoying your yard, your neighbours and your little piece of heaven.
Are you interested in an Aluminium Patio Roof or Awning? Contact Jans Awning Products. Located in Burlington, we serve the surrounding areas like Oakville, Guelph, Niagara and Hamilton.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Winter is here, but in these cold months we can’t help but think of those summer months and how you’ll be spending them, and how to extend your living space outdoors.
Today’s homeowners have expanded their vision of extending their living space by taking advantage of the many options that are now available to them. Whether you’re adding more dimensions to your home with a patio, porch, sunroom or deck, you can enhance your home and property while increasing its value.
The options are almost endless to transform your ho-hum backyard into a retreat of solace or tranquility. You can make it an entertainment area with a full-scale outdoor kitchen, complete with everything you need to make a gourmet meal and a dining area to accompany it. If you are lucky enough to have a sunroom already, you can extend the interior of your home to a three season location with even a fireplace for those cooler autumn nights.
With a little effort and the right planning, your exterior space will not only be expanded, but it will change your home and surroundings into a thing of practicality and beauty. You don’t have to settle anymore for a simple patio or deck because, today, you can build an outdoor living space that will inspire you to enjoy the great outdoors all season long.
Before you plan out your outdoor space, you’ll want to think about the architectural style, décor and colour scheme of your home because you may want to use a complementary style in your new outdoor living space. By doing so, this will make your outdoor area feel like a true extension of your home. During the summertime, you’ll want to add a splash of colour by using plants, furniture and other accessories to add more vibrant colours to your design. There are dozens of choices for flooring, lighting, appliances, furniture and decorations ranging from gardens to ponds and fountains that can provide atmosphere.
The layout of your property is just as important as your home’s style. You want to take into consideration the lay of the land, like steep hills, gentle slopes, and any trees or other large plants. Planning your property ahead of time will help you to design your outdoor living area, such as noting where the sun will be at certain times of the day.
Porch & Sunrooms
Enclosed porches/sunrooms have become a popular home improvement because they are cost effective, versatile and enhance the look and curb appeal of your home. When a sunroom fits your home’s design and lifestyle, it can add a touch of luxury to your environment. Besides adding additional space to your home, sunrooms have a completely different look and feel from traditional room additions because of the amount of glass installed. Homeowners who decide to invest in a sunroom say it’s their favourite room in the house.
Fire Up the Grill
Homeowners have so many choices today designing a completely outfitted outdoor kitchen. You can go with a simple, portable fire pit to a permanent patio area with a completed fireplace with a hearth. An outdoor kitchen has become increasingly popular and comfortable place for friends and family to gather during the summer season.
Lighting and plants can give your space an almost magical atmosphere. Explore different lighting options such as placing lights in trees or along pathways that can give your space an enchanting appearance. Plants can help accentuate your space and give it colour. Building the perfect outdoor space can take time and hard work, but in the end, you will create a WOW factor, bringing you hours of outdoor enjoyment with friends and family and increase the value of your home.
Jans Awnings can help you with a wide variety of home improvements. If you’re interested to hear more then check out our Contact Us page, or just give us a call at 905.335.3733. We Service Burlington and Oakville.
When you’re thinking about outdoor railings for you home and many outside projects, consider aluminum as your material of choice. Whether you’re looking for deck railings, pool area enclosures or stairs leading on to the property, aluminum has some great qualities that no other material can equal. In addition to adding security and value to your property, aluminum railings have properties that make it the ideal choice for the outside environment with a series of notable advantages.
The aesthetics appeal of aluminum is superior to other type of materials for creating the right visual appeal because regardless of what others say, looks always matter. You can design to your hearts content because aluminum deck railing comes in a variety of designs, colours and patterns. You can show off your personality with endless possibilities while having your railings blend seamlessly into your surroundings. This combination gives you the opportunity to improve its value and overall appearance of your property.
Aluminum has properties that make it the ideal choice for many applications because it is a non-ferrous metal. That means that it is one of the most weather-resistant materials and therefore, no need to worry about excessive corrosion and rust. Aluminum railings can outlive the structure they’re installed on since they have virtually no maintenance costs once installed.
Aluminum represents the best weather-resistant material today and withstands the toughest environmental elements, like rain, snow, and the consistent pounding of UV rays. When you consider its current application on aircraft and the space shuttle, you begin to appreciate the corrosion resistant, high strength and low weight as the ideal choice for various applications.
Unlike wood or wrought iron railings, aluminum rails do not need painting each year. This is one tedious chore that most homeowners would prefer to avoid. If you do decide to installed toned aluminum railings, you’ll be pleasantly surprised because they are superior to other materials including PVC. The aluminum extrusions receive a chemical wash so that the paint will bond after the paint is baked on at over 400 degrees Fahrenheit. This method allows properly coated aluminum extrusions the ability to last for many years with only an occasional, periodic cleaning. Even if you paint the railing yourself, it still necessitates minimum maintenance.
Unlike wrought iron or even steel, an aluminum deck railing system is much cheaper. Although it’s more expensive than wood, you have to take into consideration the costly and time-consuming maintenance tasks that a wood railing system needs regularly. Also, unlike wood, aluminum will not rot, requiring a higher level or care, repair or replacement. Ideally, wood has to be repainted every two years and depending on where you live, wooden railings may need to be treated with chemicals. Aluminum railings represent a one-time investment without additional costs and maintenance. This factor alone makes it more advantageous than any other railing option.
Maintains its Shape
Unlike other materials like vinyl, aluminum maintains its shape because it consists of a low expansion and shrinkage index. Aluminum railing systems have the ability to keep its shape and dimension throughout extreme weather conditions like cold or heat. Aluminum has a minimal negative impact on powder coated aluminum and maintains its beautiful colour for a long time.
Vinyl is severely affected by extreme temperatures causing excessive shrinking or expansion which can seriously deteriorate the railings after only a few years. Also, after a few years vinyl usually fades and even cracks due to UV radiation.
The Right Choice
When you consider all of the positive features of an aluminum railing system for your exterior décor, the choice is simple. Jans Awning Products railings overview offer a wide selection of railing products to reflect the beauty and personality of your home. We service Burlington and Oakville.
As the weather starts to cool, it brings to mind many pleasant thoughts such as fall leaves, hot cocoa and holiday gatherings. And then there are some not so pleasant aspects of the cooler weather – such as your monthly heating bill. Before the mercury drops too far this year, it’s a good idea to consider how you might save on energy this winter. One way that you might make your home more energy efficient – thereby saving money on your heating bill – is to replace older windows with new energy efficient ones. Read up more on the benefits of replacing your windows before this winter.
Do I Need New Windows?
A leaky or drafty window is a sure way to waste energy this winter. Using storm winters, weatherstripping and caulking can help but if your windows are very old, you are likely better off simply replacing them. Look for windows with an ENERGY STAR rating on them to help you maximize your home’s efficiency.In addition to the rating itself, modern windows come with a number of other features and benefits that you may want to consider including
In addition to the rating itself, modern windows come with a number of other features and benefits that you may want to consider including type of glazing, gas fills, spacers and frame materials. A window expert can help you choose the features that are right for your home based on your home’s construction, which direction the windows are facing, climate, etc.
On average, a household can expect to save between $126-$465 per year by replacing single pane windows or between $27-$111 per year when replacing double-pane windows.
Installing Your Windows
Even the best windows are not going to save you much money on heating if they are not properly installed. For this reason, it is best to leave installation to the professionals.
The method of installation is going to depend on a number of factors including the type of window, the construction of the house and the type of exterior.
Are There Grants Available for Energy Efficient Windows?
Over the years, the provincial and federal governments have offered a wide range of incentives and grants for homeowners to make their homes more energy efficient – and yes, this has included grants for new windows.
Because programs are constantly changing, however, we encourage you to speak with one of our customer service representatives about grants available at the time of your purchase or you may browse available government grants here.
What Are The Other Benefits of Replacing Your Windows?
Replacing windows is not an inexpensive home improvement, but for many homeowners it just makes sense. In addition to adding warmth to your home and taking the chill out of opening your energy bill, new windows look great and can make you feel better about your home in general.They also add value to your home. In fact, according to the Remodeling Impact Report from the National Association of Realtors, when homeowners replace older windows with.
They also add value to your home. In fact, according to the Remodeling Impact Report from the National Association of Realtors, when homeowners replace older windows with high quality energy-efficient ones, they can expect to recoup about 80% of their investment when they sell their home.
Jans Awning Products offers Window Replacement Services to homes in the Burlington, Oakville, Mississauga, Hamilton, & Brantford area.
It’s always with great sadness that as the summer begins to fade away and fall starts to roll in, we have to start thinking about putting our patio furniture away for the upcoming winter. Hot summer days sipping a cold beverage on the deck under the awning are now being replaced with a barren patio, empty flowers planters and pool closings.
In addition to preparing your property for the fall, this a great time of year to also ensure your beautiful awning is properly prepped and ready for the upcoming winter season. Protecting and storing your awning for winter will offer you piece of mind knowing that it will be ready for use when spring rolls around again. By properly prepping your awning, you will prolong the life of the awning, its fabric and parts.
Cleaning the Retractable 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’s 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, 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 it’s retracted. 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 (aluminium 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 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.
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. Contact us today, to further discuss awning maintenance. We service Burlington and Oakville.
You’ve decided to add an awning over your patio or deck to extend your living area and provide you with some much needed shade from the summer sun’s heat beating down on you. In making this great decision to install this practical and attractive addition to your existing home structure, you may be wondering if you need permission for installing an awning.
For those folks living in townhouses, condos or business owners with a storefront, the same question might be popping into your mind. Here are some simple rules and clarification on the issue so that you can feel comfortable taking the right course of action.
Generally speaking, awnings installed on residential homes do not need permits, unless of course there is going to be a major overhang on your neighbour’s property. You should inquire about the bylaws in your community. Commercial properties usually require a permit because they extend over public areas. There could be safety issues which must be addressed ahead of time.
Planning regulations usually stipulate that if you aren’t creating a usable space then you don’t need permission. Even though the awning is offering you more useable space because it provides protection from the beating sun, the attachment to the existing building is a cover for an already built deck or patio area. The only exception to this rule for a residential awning is that the awning extends over or encroaches on your neighbour’s boundary. This could also include any rain that might potentially run off into your neighbour’s property.
Most often, a commercial business will require a permit to install an awning. They will need full planning permission to erect an awning on their property. The permit is required for high street buildings like shops or cafés where the awning would extend over the pavement and pedestrians. Each municipality will have varying regulations regarding the health and safety when members of the public use the property.
If your existing awning needs replacement due to weather age or damage, you do not need a new permit provided the replacement is like-for-like; otherwise, a new permit is required.
Many commercial properties will feature branding and logos on their awnings. Since the canopy is conveying an advertisement message and viewed by the public, there may be guidelines that usually fall under advertising regulation by the relevant authority.
Condo & Townhouse
Owners of a condo, or townhouse that connects to other townhouses, will need board approval for an awning. The rationale for this requirement is that the awning may detract from the appearance of the condo, plus there is the cost, maintenance or replacement of the awning that becomes a common expense shared by all owners. Some associations will allow you to install an awning at your own expense provided that it does not detract from the appearance of the condo/townhouse.
Before any owner considers making an addition, alteration or improvement to their condo they must refer to Section 98 of the Condominium Act of Ontario. A letter should be written to the board of directors outlining the size, colour and material of the awning you have in mind, including a photo, name of the insured company and company completing the installation.
Once you’ve gotten your permit, or if you decided to install an awning and don’t need a permit, next step is to choose a great quality awning that’s durable and have it installed by experts. At Jans Awning Products we pride ourselves on the quality of products we carry, as well as the service and craftsmanship our experts provide. Contact us today and our team will help you get started on your new awning project. We service Burlington and Oakville.
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.