A common question we receive when people are looking into purchasing new windows is whether or not there are government grants available to homeowners who upgrade. It is understandable that Ontario residents would be confused about this issue. Federal and provincial programs such as the Ontario Home Energy Audit Program and the ecoENERGY Home Retrofit Program have come and gone and come and gone again.
Unfortunately, at this time neither the Feds nor the Province are offering grants for new windows. That’s not to say that they won’t again in the future, but as far as we know there are no plans for that currently in the works.
Are Eco-Grants Effective?
When these programs were in effect, many Ontarians took advantage of this financial incentive to upgrade their furnaces, get new insulation and yes, get more energy-efficient windows. While it’s fair to say that some of these people would have got the upgrades regardless of the incentive, for many more these renovations may not have been possible without these programs.
Another advantage of such programs was that a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions had to be proven before the grant would be given. That meant that homeowners had to have an energy audit conducted on their home both prior to and following the renovations.
This helped to give homeowners insight into where the real problems were and where to concentrate their renovation spending. A homeowner who wanted to replace their front windows may well have discovered that the front windows were fine, but the back ones were leaking air.
These grants and the types of audits associated with them clearly reduced the amount of GHG emissions among Ontario households.
Should I wait for grants to be re-introduced before I replace my windows?
If we knew for certain when and if the grants were coming back, the answer to that question might be yes. But the fact is, it may be years – or never – before we see those programs again in Ontario. And while it might be nice to get a refund for making an investment that is as significant as new windows, you also have to consider how much you are losing by not getting new windows.
Did you know that up to 25% of a home’s heat loss can be due to inefficient windows? If air is leaking through your windows, it is going to show up either in the form of an uncomfortably cold, drafty or humid home, -or you are going to be spending an awful lot more to heat and cool your house.
Can I still get an energy audit?
Even though the grant programs are not currently in existence, there are still companies that provide energy audit services. An energy audit blow test is conducted by setting up a large air-tight seal over one of your doors that has a fan attachment. The fan then blows air out of your home so that the air pressure outside the home is greater than the air pressure inside the home.
This causes any air leaks around doors or windows to become very obvious so that they can easily be identified.
Of course, if you have windows that are already noticeably drafty, you don’t need an energy audit to tell you that they need replacing!
While the Governments of Canada and Ontario do not currently offer grants for new windows, there are still many good reasons to ensure that your home is as energy efficient as possible. Reducing your greenhouse gas emissions, reducing your utility bills and having a more comfortable home top the list.
Awnings are an easy way to update your home, adding value as well as functionality. You can instantly transform your space and a new awning is a smart financial investment which will help pay for itself. Not to mention the other wonderful benefits that come with owning an awning.
Awnings and Energy Efficiency
Awnings over your windows, doors and patios can provide you with a great deal of energy savings. Some statistics show awnings reduce air conditioning costs by as much as 25%. When heat is transmitted through the glass windows in your home, it can cause you to turn up your air conditioner in order to cool your home. By having awnings over your doors and windows you block the UV rays and reduce UV transmission. Because of this you won’t have to pay as much in utilities to cool your home in the summer.
Extra Living Space
Awnings add extra livable space on your deck. Having an awning will reduce the heat on that area of the deck making it possible to enjoy the deck even on the hottest days. It will be a great spot to entertain and relax with friends and family. How many times have you had to head inside due to the heat or rain? With an awning, that rarely happens because you have protection from the elements.
One of the main reasons people have awnings installed is for aesthetic purposes. Awnings are an easy way to enhance the look and design of your home. Awnings come in almost endless styles, colours and patterns it’s not hard to find one that fits perfectly with your style and your house.
Money Savings with Awnings
Awnings not only save on energy, but without the constant need to increase the AC from all that heat entering your home through the windows, they save on the wear and tear of the unit itself. That means the also save on repairs and parts for service. Awnings can also help protect furnishings, curtains and rugs from sun damage so you don’t have to buy new items for a longer time.
Awnings are very durable. Most will last for a long period of time, roughly 10 years. And the cost savings more than makes awnings a great purchase.
Adding an awning to your home can increase your home’s overall value. Awnings immediately add great curb appeal to your home, and in the event that you put your home up for sale, adding an awning is a great way to attract potential buyers and help make that desirable first impression. Awnings are also wonderful in a neighbourhood that looks the same, giving your home a distinct and unique look and feel that allows it to stand out from a crowd.
Contact us here at Jans Awning Products if you would like to discus the benefits of adding an awning to your home.
Windows have a tough and important job. Without them, our homes would be devoid of natural sunlight, and we would miss having that all important view to the outdoors which allows us to see whether or not it’s raining, check up on our children in the backyard, or simply see what is happening in the neighbourhood. But windows must also provide a measure of security and protection from the elements. When they begin to falter in any of these functions, it may be a sign that you need to replace your windows.
So what exactly should you look for when determining whether or not you should start your search for new windows? Here are some of the most common signs:
Sign #1: Trim is starting to rot, crack or fall apart
If the trim around your windows is showing signs of damage, there is a good chance that this is being caused by water from the outside. This can lead not only to the unsightly appearance of rotten frames, and peeling paint, but can also be a breeding ground for mould spores.
This is a problem that is not going to get any better on its own. In fact, it will get worse. The best way to prevent further damage is to replace your windows as soon as possible.
Sign #2: You can feel drafts coming through your window
All windows are going to allow some air to get through. This becomes a problem however when the drafts become noticeable as it could be a sign that the window frames are starting to warp.
While you may be tempted to simply apply some weather stripping and be done with it, drafts can often be an indication of a more serious issue. Weather stripping may have its place but is best considered as a temporary solution.
Sign #3: Windows are difficult to open or close
There are two potential problems here. One is a window that “sticks” and requires an unreasonable amount of force to move, and the other is a window that is too lose and is prone to slamming shut even when no one is touching it.
This type of problem may be caused by an improper paint job, rot or rust. But regardless of the cause, this poses a risk to safety and security – not to mention, the fact that this problem is just plain frustrating!
Sign #4: Condensation or “fog” is forming between the panes
If your home has windows that are double or triple paned, one of the signs that they may need to be replaced is the appearance of fog between the panes. When this fog dissipates, it can leave a telltale white calcium deposit behind.
What this condensation means is that your windows have broken seals and air is being allowed between the panes. This means that your windows are no longer protecting your home from the cold outdoor air.
Sign #5: You have a higher than normal energy bill
If your energy usage and behaviour has not changed and you notice a sudden spike in your heating or cooling costs, the culprit may be windows that are no longer doing their job.
In this case, you will need to ensure that it is in fact your windows (and not your HVAC or insulation) that are to blame, and this can be done with a simple energy audit. The sooner you determine the source of the problem, the sooner you can get those bills back in line with where they should be.
Replacing windows that are no longer performing their function is an important part of home maintenance. If you have seen any of these signs in your home, it is best to have them evaluated by one of Jans’ window experts.
Jans Awning Products has been in business serving Burlington since 1966 offering quality, reasonably priced products to the Golden Horseshoe area. Their products bring comfort, security, and add resale value to every home they enhance. Jans is a family owned business whose longevity is a testament to their service and the quality of the products they offer.
Their hard top roofing system is another of the products Jans offers to its discerning clientele. For those looking for a permanent solution to cover an outdoor area the hard top roofing system manufactured by Duraform Roof Systems and installed by the professionals at Jans Awning Products is the way to go. The roof is load bearing and features a tongue and groove panels for maximum strength and durability.
The embossed aluminum clad roof system is polystyrene insulated and comes with its own built in gutter system eliminating the need for adding on additional eaves troughs. When attaching to an existing wall space, the Duraform roof can be designed and fit around all wall extrusions such as chimney stacks or window bays. The 1200 series is perfect for car ports, attached or stand alone patios and features a stucco aluminum ceiling.
The 1201 series is recommended for larger spans and features a thermally broken I-beam that is used to join the panels. The Duraform Roof System is strong enough to use in low slope situations and is virtually maintenance free. Its fascia comes in a choice of colours and there is a skylight option for those looking for a more elaborate look.
We carry a wide range of styles of retractable awnings, in addition to a complete line of retractable window awnings and fixed canopies. This allows us to offer a solution for almost all residential or commercial situations in Burlington and Oakville that require protection from the elements. All of our awnings and canopies come with a manufacturers warranty and all installations are fully guaranteed.
The 1200 series is used in most standard applications such as carports, porches and permanent aluminum patio covers. It is designed to be load bearing within certain perimeters.
- Sturdy tongue and groove construction with polystyrene insulation.
- Stucco finished aluminum ceiling / roof.
To ensure utmost quality and customer satisfaction JANS takes great care to work only with suppliers that fully back their product and have earned a name for themselves within the industry through a proven record of excellence.
We are proud to be an authorized dealer for many leading manufacturers of quality awning products, backed by a proven history and industry leading warranties.
Your patio enhances the usability of your outdoor space. It is a private retreat where you can relax protected from the elements. A patio need not necessarily have a roof, but if you want the space to be usable throughout the year, you have to add a roof. A patio roof will protect it from harsh sunlight and rain.
A patio roof can be freestanding structure or it can be attached to your house with a ledger. In either case, you need a series of columns or posts to support the structure.
If you are adding a roof to your existing patio, you can bolt the columns to the substructure of the patio. In this case, the columns will support the rafters and beams. If the patio overhead is attached to the house, then the ledger will support the rafters.
You can either leave the rafters open or cover them with a patio roof material. Plenty of options are available.
Patio roof materials
You can choose from a variety of roofing materials including plastic, metal, wood and vinyl. Before choosing a roofing material, you have to consider your needs as well as the climate of your region. If you don’t know which material is best for your climate, you should ask your contractor. The staff at the local home improvement store will also be able to guide you in the right direction. While choosing a roofing material, you also need to pay attention to the visual appearance.
Metal is one of the most popular patio roofing options. Aluminum patio roofs are durable and affordable. It also fits in with almost all patio styles. Metal roofing has to be installed by a professional. Improper installation may cause the roof to leak. As you can imagine, a leaky roof will damage your patio furniture. On the flip side, metal roofs can get uncomfortably hot. If you intend to spend a lot of time in your patio during the summer months, metal roofing perhaps isn’t the best choice.
Wood roofing is ideal for regions with moderate climates. Wood is incredibly durable but it requires proper maintenance. However, wood is not suitable for covering patios in rainy climates.
Vinyl and plastic are also used to cover patios. Vinyl has several pros. It is available in a wide variety of patterns and colors. It can be installed easily and it also provides excellent protection from the sun. You can buy sheets of vinyl made to fit the dimensions of your patio. The biggest problem with vinyl roofing is that it can get blown off in heavy winds or storms. If storms are common in your region, you should have the roofs removed from the patio before a storm breaks out.
Patio Roof Options
Different types of roofing are used on patios. It is easy to install open roofing such as lattice panels. Solid roofing will have to be installed by a professional contractor. Awnings can also be used to cover patios. Permanent roofs are more expensive, but they are durable. Before constructing a roof over your patio, make sure that the design meets local building codes.
Please contact us to discuss your options.
When doing our annual spring cleaning, we often imagine things like cleaning out the garage, taking old household items to the dump, and starting with a clutter free home that seems to fill up again by the same time next year. Well this year go beyond the traditional de-cluttering and choose a few cleaning solutions that will last all year around.
Window and Door Maintenance
Spring is the perfect time of year to give not just your home, but your house a thorough cleaning. Choosing to clean your windows, doors and frames will help increase longevity of these products as well as control risks of mold and allergens developing in your home.
When washing window or door frames, use a soft cloth or long-handled soft-bristle brush to avoid any damage to the finish. A mild abrasive cleaner will usually be sufficient in most homes, but keeping it away from glass will avoid creating any unwanted streaks or marks on your windows. Stay away from chlorine bleach or liquid grease removers. Provided you follow the instructions, products such as SoftScrub, Ajax or BonAmi are perfect cleaners to use near glass or other delicate surfaces, while still effectively getting rid of tough stains from dirt or top soil, caulking, rust, mold or mildew.
When washing glass in windows or doors, you must use cleaners made specifically for glass that will not damage the glass or leave streaks or stains. There are many products available for this that comes in a variety of potencies depending on how strong of a product you are looking for.
If you have a specific stain on your glass that you need to remove, there are specialty products that can get rid of wax, permanent marker, oil, paint, pencil, rust, tar and bubble gum. A combination of Fantastik, Murphy Oil Soap and a solution of water vinegar and Windex can be made to combat each of these nasty stain causes.
Remember that for outdoor jobs or indoor windows that are high up, professional window cleaners will do a great job and have the proper tools to wash windows and doors effectively and safely.
If you are looking at installing new windows this season, consider self-cleaning glass. This specialty-made glass features a thin, clear, permanent coating on one of its surfaces. The coating makes raindrops spread out across the surface of the glass to wash away dirt particles. It also acts as a catalyst, when activated by sunlight, to break down organic dirt into water vapor and CO2 gas.
If you have a lot of windows or glass doors, self-cleaning glass is an investment in your home and a convenience you will enjoy for years after installation.
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There is no question that new or replacement windows can make a dramatic impression on any home. Although this is a costly investment, it is one of the most essential because it affects the overall value of your home while providing your family with daily comfort and security. Surveys from remodelers and real estate agents indicate that window replacement has an 80 percent return on your investment if you plan on selling your home in the foreseeable future.
Whether you’re trying to improve your home’s curb appeal, expand a spectacular outside view or simply upgrade old, degraded windows, energy-efficient and stylishly updated windows will serve you well. However, when you start looking at new and replacement window options you might find it confusing for deciding which type of window is best for you, vinyl or aluminum.
Since replacement vinyl and aluminum windows have a wide range of costs depending on their features, such as style, glaze and shape, it’s important to choose the best quality your budget allows. If you plan on staying in your home for a long period of time, avoid low-end and single pane windows that offer little energy savings. The higher the quality window, the better it will perform with upgraded hardware and a better guarantee.
Vinyl windows have grown in popularity for residential use over the past fifteen year. They have certain advantages over aluminum, especially for primary windows in comparison to secondary windows. However, if they’re used as the secondary window, many of the advantages are negligible because both vinyl and aluminum are used to improve the insulation values of a primary window. However, aluminum windows have more mass versus vinyl windows and stop more external noise from getting into the house since they’re almost three times heavier and stronger than vinyl.On the other hand, aluminum windows have one huge drawback. They are less energy efficient because they are conductors of heat and cold, resulting in energy loss.
Regardless of age, vinyl windows always look great and they are extremely easy to maintain. They are durable, low maintenance and the standard you’ll find in most of today’s new homes. In addition to their modern look, they are the most energy-efficient windows on the market. They will not rust, warp or corrode and remain almost 100 percent scratch free.
Aluminum windows are also known as a durable product and exceptionally resistant to moisture. They are resistant to dents and cracks and appealing in their appearance. Because they are extremely light-weight, they are the most common choice for high-rise apartments, condos and commercial buildings. Their one drawback is a poor energy efficiency rating in extreme climates (like the cold snap in Burlington this February of 2015) unless extra precautions are taken to insulate them properly.
Vinyl is a favorite in this category because you can create any look with different colours and a wide assortment of styles. Another bonus with vinyl is that the colour is part of the vinyl material, making them scratch resistant. There is never a need to scrape or paint. You can also match the window frame colours to most other paint colours you’re using on the house.
Aluminum has a variety of colours as well, but unlike vinyl, aluminum frames may be painted if you choose to go this route. Since aluminum windows are similar in look to steel, they offer a sleek, contemporary and industrial look. The sleek frames are simple in appearance and perfect for a modern loft, home or residential building.
The cost of vinyl runs the gamut and they’re made to fit any budget; however, even though the lower-end vinyl windows are cheaper yet durable, it’s best to step up to a mid to high-end window. This is a long term investment that is geared to reducing heating and cooling costs, so for the best energy-efficiency, invest for the future.
Aluminum windows are seen as an economical choice. They are also affordable and their cost is mid-range, somewhere mid to upper range for vinyl. However, because their energy efficiency is less than vinyl, they can typically be more expensive if you get anything other than a bottom-line product.
Like everything in life there are pros and cons to anything. What type of windows you decide to install will be determined by many factors, including price, climate, esthetics look of your home, maintenance requirements and energy-savings features. Do some research ahead of visiting your local retailer’s showroom so that you will a more informed consumer in making your final determination. Jans Awning Products can answer any questions concerning windows you may have concerning whether you should get vinyl or aluminum.
There are many benefits that you gain from installing energy-efficient windows if you’re building a new home or renovating a current one. Installing custom-made windows is a rewarding investment that yields many rewards such as lower utility bills, better soundproofing and improved curb appeal, which enhances the appearance of your home. A number of reports suggest that your return on investment can range from 80 to 90 percent with window replacement ranking in the top 5 for highest return on investment projects.
It is always a wise investment to install high-quality windows that suit the design and style of your home and North Star custom-made products can fit your every need in any shape or size. Their energy-efficient windows can save you money by reducing energy costs while keeping your home comfortable in any season. Your home is filled with more natural light, better airflow, and it stays cool in during the summer months and warmer during the wintertime.
Independent studies show that installing new or replacing old, single-pane glass windows can improve your home’s ability to sustain a warmer interior by as much as 50 percent. Today’s energy efficient windows, like North Star, are made with cutting-edge technology. The windows combine durable vinyl with double-glazing and frames with high-performance glass packages.
Vinyl is today’s choice in high-quality windows because they are both attractive and low-maintenance. They never need to be painted, are easy to clean, energy efficient, built to last and either double or triple glazing provides exceptional energy efficiency in colder climates. North Star’s offers energy-saving low-e glass with Super Spacer® technology to resists condensation, boosts R-values and reduces noise. The fiberglass frames are inherently stable and the hardware systems are constructed of durable die-cast zinc or stainless steel material. These features provide not only durability, but they offer homeowners peace of mind.
There are several key signs that you windows need to be replaced such as inefficient and drafty one single pane glass, damaged or rotting wood caused by moisture, cracks in sashes and sills, excessive outside noise and condensation between glass panes. In particular, new windows have the ability to significantly reduce noise transmissions from the outside environment. With population density on the rise each year, controlling the frequencies that result in external noise filtering into the house is becoming an important aspect for new windows.
When these sub-standards occur over time, you know that you have windows that are inefficient and costing you money in utility bills. Their degraded appearance is detrimental to the curb appeal of your home and its value. Now is the time to retrofit your home with North Star’s high-quality, durable windows. They are built with the best materials to dramatically enhance the look of your home and measurably improve its energy efficiency for outstanding performance for many years to come. Additionally, installing new or replacing your old inefficient windows has a positive effect on our earth. By reducing energy consumptions, you reduce dependence on the production of natural resources that often cause harm to our environment.
North Star’s premium quality windows and doors are proudly 100 percent Canadian. Since 1985, they have been an industry leader, and their windows and doors are manufactured with pride in St Thomas, Ontario. Their products meet all testing requirements and they are certified by the Canadian Standards Association and comply with the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) standards since their products are exclusively made for the North American Market.
North Star’s has a list of exclusive dealers who carry their products throughout North America. This highly reputable company is very selective about who they choose to represent them. Jans Awning Products in Oakville/Burlington is a recognized as an authorized dealer, but you can find a dealer in your location by clicking find dealer in your area.
This year we will be attending a number of home and garden shows. Please visit us at one of these shows:
Feb 20th and 21st
Ancaster Lifestyle Home Show at the Marritt Hall
Ancaster Fairgrounds, 630 Trinity Road South, Hamilton, ON
(We don’t tend the booth on Sundays)
Greater Hamilton Home and Garden Show
85 Seaman Street, Stoney Creek ON
Mar 27 – 28
Remax Spring Home & Garden Show
Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, 9280 Airport Road, Mount Hope, ON L0R 1W0
Milton Lifestyle Homeshow
Milton Memorial Arena
April 24, 25