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Those of us who live in and around Ottawa know just how short the patio season can be. If you would like to spend more time out enjoying your outdoor space, one solution is to build a 4-season patio. Essentially what this means – usually – is taking your existing porch or patio and building an enclosure around it.


Four Season Room


Such an enclosure may either be a 3-season patio (for spring, summer, and fall) or a 4-season patio – with the primary difference being that a 4-season patio has insulation and heating/cooling so that you can make use of it all year round – even during those frigid Ottawa winters. Four season rooms are more versatile than 3 season rooms because you can make use of them year-round, and they can add additional living space to your house for you and your family.

Benefits of Adding a 4-Season Patio

Unlike traditional room additions, adding a 4-season patio to your home generally takes less time and costs less to construct. And although many people think of 4-season patios as being mainly for sitting space where you can enjoy nature or read a good book, they can really be used for any purpose you choose, including office space, a workout craft room, etc.

Construction Options

Once you decide to add a 4-season patio to your home, you will have several construction options. These options are designed to ensure that your 4-season room will match the style of your home so that it looks like it truly belongs there and is an extension of your living space. Among the options you will have include:

  • Sunroom vs. Solarium – A solarium is made completely out of glass (walls and roof), whereas a sunroom may have lots of windows and even a skylight or two but will have a more traditional roof.
  • Frame options – 4-season patios tend to use aluminum frames, yet there are various colours and finishes available so it can be suited to your personal tastes and the style of your home.
  • Roof options – The most common roof options for a 4-season patio are single sloped roofs and gable style roofs.
  • Glass options – Today’s 4-season patios use double-pane insulated glass, which blocks UV light and helps with your heating and cooling systems’ energy efficiency.
  • Window/Door options – There is a wide array of options available for windows, doors, and screen panels to help you customize your 4-season patio to make it truly your own.

Should You Add a 4-Season Patio to Your Home?

If you are looking to get more enjoyment out of your outdoor space, adding a 4-season patio may be the right option. It is likely less expensive than you think, and the investment may be well worth it for you as it can be a room that you will be able to enjoy for many years to come.

Contact Jans Awnings Today

If you would like to learn more about your options for building a 4-season patio for your Ottawa home, contact us today. Our team members would be happy to discuss your options and provide you with a free estimate.

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The outside space to your home can become an extension of your living space, but if it’s exposed to the elements, you might find it’s uncomfortable to spend a lot of time there. If you have the option of covering an outdoor area to create an entertaining space, an awning is a great feature to make sure you get the most out of your Ottawa home. Motorized awnings allow you and your family to enjoy your outdoor living space and get the most of your yard.

Here’s what you need to know about getting a motorized awning for your yard before you buy one.


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A motorized awning will be more expensive than a manual one, just because there are more moving parts. Even though the budget for a motorized awning should be higher than a manual one, you will still have options to determine the cost of your awning. Factors like size, fabric chosen, and mechanical options will further determine your motorized awning cost.


Recent technology can be added to motorized awnings to customize what you want for your home. Options can include weather sensors that detect changes in the weather and that automatically open or close your awning accordingly. These sensors can help if a storm is coming; for example – your awning will retract, so it doesn’t get ruined by high winds.


You can mount your awning almost anywhere you want, but you will want to consider a few factors. Where you put the awning will determine how much space it covers and what area gets covered. You will want to make sure you mount it in an area that will be easy to access in case you need to perform maintenance on it.

Manual Override

Some motorized awnings will come with the option of a manual override. This can help the event that you use a remote, and the batteries die or have an app on your smartphone, but it’s not working properly. You can choose to have this option if you want, or you can have it completely motorized.

More Use

If the awning is motorized, it’s easier for you to open and close it when needed, so you’ll likely want to use it more. And with more use, you will feel like you’re getting your money out of your investment. It may also be a bonus feature for your home should you want to sell your home in the future.

A motorized awning attached to your home can give you the use of your outdoor space that you previously didn’t have. An awning will help create an area that you can entertain guests in, enjoy dinner under, and perhaps even create a temporary office to work outside. Give yourself the gift of enjoying the yard space of your Ottawa home with a motorized awning, and you will even add to the look of your home so that your curb appeal will increase.

To learn more about your options for motorized awnings, contact Jans Awnings today!

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Many homeowners and business owners in Ottawa can benefit from getting an awning or canopy for their outdoor space.

Awnings and canopies do have some similarities. Both will give you protection from the sun and rain. Both are typically made from materials such as canvass or vinyl. And both are available in a wide assortment of fabric colours, shapes and sizes.

Because of all these similarities, some people may use these words canopy and awning interchangeably. Still, the fact is that there are some notable differences between an awning and a canopy.

If you are planning to invest in an awning or canopy, it is important to understand these differences so that you can choose the one that is right for you.




Where are they used?

Perhaps the main difference between an awning and a canopy is the location where it is installed. Awnings are typically attached to a home or business. They help prevent light from entering the building and can go a long way toward helping you save on heating or cooling costs as well as helping to prevent UV rays from damaging furnishings inside your home or business. Retractable awnings are a very popular choice for deck and patio areas where you might want shade for an outdoor seating area.

Canopies, on the other hand, are usually freestanding. They are used to protect from the sun over seating and gathering areas. These provide a great temporary option for home and business owners who wish to give a more comfortable space outside but who do not want to have an awning physically installed on their building. On the other hand, because canopy posts must be mounted in the ground, some people may find the posts intrusive or “in the way.”


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How much area do they cover?

A typical retractable awning can reach up to about 20 feet in length and be extended about 15 feet. This makes it a good option for small and medium-sized gathering areas.

Canopies, on the other hand, can usually cover a much larger area, often reaching 21 feet long and 30 feet wide. This makes them ideal for covering larger yards and outdoor spaces for businesses.

How are they stored?

Awnings (including retractable awnings) are permanent fixtures that are attached to your home or business. They provide shade and protection from light rain and snow year-round.

Canopies are temporary structures that should be taken down when you are not using them. This can benefit if you want to move them around for portable shade, but it can be inconvenient if you are looking for a permanent structure for your outdoor space.

Contact Jans Awnings today.

Whether you decide to go with an awning or a canopy for your Ottawa home or business will ultimately depend on your needs and personal preferences. For all of your shade requirements, however, you can trust the professionals at Jans Awnings & Rollshutters. Call us today to speak with a member of our team.

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With social distancing measures and health protocols to stop the spread of COVID-19 still in place throughout Ottawa, businesses have had to develop creative solutions to continue serving their customers. If you run a business where people come in person, you are currently limited by your square footage as to how many people you can have in your establishment at any given time.

We have been lucky that the weather has been nice so far during the pandemic, and that many customers do not mind a short wait in a lineup outside when necessary. But with the cooler weather just around the corner, standing outside for too long in a line will become less and less appealing – and that has the potential to hurt Ottawa businesses.

So, what can you do?

One solution is to use an entrance marquee at your place of business. Entrance marquees are protrusions in front of your building’s entrance. They can help to shelter your customers when they have to line up outside your place of business.

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What does an entrance marquee look like?

Entrance marques can be anything from a small awning over your front door, to a long corridor shaped shelter large enough to accommodate a lineup and protect your customers from wind and rain. They are made from durable, weather-resistant materials that won’t leak or fade in the sun.

They come in a variety of styles and colours so that you can match your entrance marquee to your company colours or even have your logo or company name printed on it. They also come in various sizes, so you’ll be sure to find one that fits your outdoor space.

Benefits of having an entrance marquee

Since pandemic measures are not likely to go away anytime soon, it is important to have a plan in place to accommodate your customers if they have to line up outside your building. If you have an entrance marquee, your customers will appreciate the extra effort you took to take care of them.

If it is rainy or windy or cold outside, you may find that with your marquee, customers who might have otherwise gone to your competition may come to you instead.

Another benefit is that you can make it very clear to your customers where you would like them to line up by using an entrance marquee. You’ve probably seen it on a number of occasions when customers lined up in two different directions because they could not tell where the end of the line was.

However, with a corridor style entrance marquee, the lineup area will be obvious, and your customers will appreciate that.

Contact Jans Awnings & Rollshutters today to learn more

Does an entrance marquee sound like something that might be of benefit to your Ottawa business? Are you looking for ways to make your customers more comfortable when they have to line up outside your building? If so, contact Jans Awnings & Rollshutters in Ottawa today to learn more about how we can help.


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When you run a business, you may have the luxury of owning the building you operate out of, or you may have to share space with other businesses. Either way, you’ll want to find ways to make your business better, and you’re likely looking for ways to enhance the physical space of your business. A commercial awning can be a great addition to any business space and a very worthwhile investment. Here are five benefits to having a commercial awning in front of your Ottawa business.


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Improved Advertising with Commercial Awnings

An awning sticks out from the building, and it can double as an advertising space. Unique awnings with branding on them will give your business visibility and make it memorable to those passing by. Furthermore, if your business is the only one in the area with an awning in front of it, then it’s sure to catch people’s eyes.

Increased Usable Space

This is especially important if your business is a restaurant or café (and even more important in the era of physical distancing). With an awning on the outside of your business space, you can create some sitting space outdoors for your customers to enjoy. The awning provides shade from the sun and protection from the rain if your customers want to sit outside.

Increased Visibility with Commercial Awnings

A business with a unique or colourful awning on the front will always stick out in people’s minds. Whether they remember the name of your business or not, they will remember what it looked like. By giving your customers something unique to remember, they can recommend you to their friends, and bring more business in.

Storefront Protection from the Elements

Do you have a big window in the front of your store that is perfect for displaying your product, but you’re worried about the sun ruining it? Placing an awning over the storefront of your business can help provide protection from the sun’s harmful rays so you can set up that beautiful display you’ve been dreaming about. Furthermore, when the weather turns cold during one of those frigid Ottawa winters, an awning will reduce the amount of snow and slush that gathers in front of your business. In turn, this will minimize the amount of snow and sidewalk salt that is dragged into your store when customers come in. The less snow coming into your store, the better all-around it will look and easy for you to keep clean.

Save Money on Utilities

If you pay for the utilities for the space that you use for your business, then this benefit is a big deal for you. If your shop gets a lot of sun exposure, then having an awning in front of it can help reduce the amount of heat that comes in during the day. The less heat that’s coming in means less cooling you’ll have to do. Additionally, you could invest in a retractable awning so that you could get the benefits of the sun in the winter and warm your store naturally.

The storefront of your business is what customers will remember, and an awning can help increase the presence of your Ottawa business. Give your customers something to remember you by, and to recognize your store right away.

If you would like to explore the options for a commercial awning for your business, we can help. Contact Jans Awnings and Rollshutters today.

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Even though you take some precautions to protect your business, theft and vandalism and even damage from the elements can happen, and the clean-up can and repair cost can be pricey. If you could further protect your business from incidents like these, wouldn’t you? Security shutters are a great way to protect the storefront of your business from events outside of your control. Here’s why you need to consider adding security shutters to your Ottawa business. 

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Custom Fit to Your Space

Exterior shutters can be made to protect the windows, doors and even shelves and standalone cases inside your business. These shutters are custom built to fit the space you have, and they can be connected to any alarm system you already have in place. Whether you have a lot of storefront to cover, or just a little bit, you can design the shutters to give the exact amount of security coverage you need for your business. 

Keep a Professional Look 

You have worked diligently to ensure your storefront stays looking professional, clean and inviting to your customers. Some forms of security can make the store look like it’s an unsafe place to shop if you need that much, and that can damage the business you attract to your store. With security shutters, the roller garage doors allow you to maintain a very professional look while adding top-notch security to your storefront. 

Choose Your Style

Every business has its own brand and unique appearance, so why should the security protecting them be the same? With security shutters, you can select from a variety of style and colour options to match your Ottawa storefront. Some options allow you to see through them so that you have full view of the store while giving you top-notch protection. Regardless of the shutter style you choose, you won’t have to compromise on the security of your store or worry about your hard work being ruined by acts of theft or vandalism. 

Professional Installation

When you purchase security shutters for your retail storefront from Jans Awnings and Rollshutters, we will make sure they are installed properly. We know that making this purchase is a large investment in the future of your business, so we want to make sure it’s installed properly, and you get the maximum amount of security for your business. 

When you’ve worked for years to build your business in Ottawa, you want to make sure you protect your hard work and dedication. Small business owners don’t always have the benefit of big protection and security systems that larger corporations have, so they need to take extra precautions on their own. We want to help make sure your retail storefront stays beautiful and attracts customers o your business continues to grow. Let our security shutters protect your storefront when you can’t be there. 

To learn more about security shutters for your business, contact us today. 

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There’s almost nothing better during summers in Ottawa than lounging around your backyard on those warm summer days, but that enjoyment can be cut short if there isn’t any privacy to create some peace and quiet. If your outdoor space doesn’t have much privacy, there are ways you can easily – and inexpensively – create your very own paradise where neighbours won’t be able to hear and see everything you’re doing, without fencing in your yard. This summer, here are a few ideas for making your backyard space everything you want it to be. 

Retractable Screens

Super-Sized Planters

Sometimes homeowners don’t want to fence in their yard, for various reasons, but they crave a bit of privacy. Some homeowners plant large shrubs along the perimeter of their property, but this can be quite expensive and sometimes will take years to fill out. An alternative to this is to purchase super-sized planters and fill them with large plants. What’s great about this is that you can choose to section of a portion of your yard to give privacy and leave the rest open if you want. This option is relatively inexpensive, unless you choose to fill the planters with pricey plants or flowers that take a lot of maintenance and upkeep. You can select to change your plants every year, too. 

Outdoor Curtains

If you have a patio or deck space, you likely already have a great set up for outdoor curtains. You can pick your curtains to match your style, and they can be pinned back so you can choose how much privacy you have. These curtains can also help to keep sun out if you’re trying to enjoy your morning coffee or dinner with your family. Additionally, these are not a permanent fixture so if you find they give you too much privacy or not enough, you can choose to change it up every season. 

Retractable Screens & Privacy

Retractable screens – a product offered by Jans Awnings – is a very budget-friendly way to give yourself some privacy in your backyard this summer. The screen can be anchored to a deck or patio, or even to your house depending on the kind you purchase and they come in a variety of sizes so you’ll be able to find exactly the one you’re looking for. These screens are easy to use, and they look sleek and sophisticated.

We might be stuck at home this summer and not be able to travel far for our regular summer vacations, so it’ll be important to make sure we make the most of our time at home. Make sure you enjoy the beautiful Ottawa summer days and nights with some privacy in your backyard. Whether you hang outdoor curtains or put up a privacy screen, you will be soaking up the sun in your very own private paradise. 

To learn more about how you can use retractable screens to improve the privacy you have in your backyard, contact Jans Awnings today. 

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If you’re looking to make some upgrades to your outdoor living space, a retractable awning is one that you’re certain to enjoy. A retractable awning allows you to block out the intense heat from the sun while enjoying the outdoors – or – roll the awning back and enjoy the cool summer evenings watching the stars.


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No matter how you plan to enjoy the warm summer months in Ottawa, a retractable awning is a great addition to any outdoor space. Before you purchase one, though, you likely want to know how long your investment will last and whether it needs regular maintenance. Here’s everything you need to know about a retractable awning. 

Awning Frames

Any awning you buy, even a retractable one, will have two parts: the frame and the fabric. The frame will be the portion that attaches to your home (or other building) to secure it and make sure it has enough support for the weight of the fabric.

The frame is meant to withstand damage from the elements: wind, rain, etc. Though with a retractable awning, to get the longest life, it’s best to make sure it’s fully retracted during inclement weather and the harsh Ottawa winters. If you’ve purchased a high-quality frame and it’s cared for properly, you could get over 20 years with the frame itself. 

Awning Fabric

The next big part on any awning is the fabric covering the frame. With a retractable awning and even most stationary ones, the fabric is removable so you can wash it as needed. Fabric that is not high-quality and durable could fade and wear very quickly when exposed to the intense summer heat, and also become riddled with holes if not taken down in the winter.

If you’re making a quality investment, then it’s important to care for the fabric as well. This means taking it down during the cold winters and storing it inside and cleaning it on a regular basis. You will likely have to replace the fabric on a retractable awning before you replace the frame, but with proper care, there’s no question you will get years of enjoyment out of it. 

Retractable Awning Motor/Crank

When you purchase a retractable awning, you will have the option as to whether you want a motorized or manual retractable awning. With a motorized one, there will be a remote or switch that brings the awning in and out, and with a manual one, it will likely be a crank to let it out and bring it in. 

The lifetime of each of these will depend on how often they are used and when. For example, if you try to use a motorized one in the middle of winter when the components are frozen, you might break something. 

Manual cranks tend to last a little longer since there are fewer components to break, but both styles of cranks – if cared for properly – will last for years to come. 

Retractable Awnings in Ottawa

It might seem like there’s very little time every year to actually outside the outdoors when you live in Ottawa, but by adding a retractable awning to your deck or patio, you will get a lot more enjoyable time outdoors this summer! For help in selecting your new retractable awning, contact Jans Awnings & Rollshutters today.

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As an Ottawa homeowner, you are probably always looking for ways to make your home exactly the way you want it to be. One area of renovations is the outside: building a deck or a patio or installing an awning to enhance your outdoor living space. An awning gives you a great chance to enjoy the outside space you have. When investing in your home, you have to make sure the outcome you’re getting is going to be worth the money you’re putting into it and your retractable awning is no different. Here’s what you need to know about an awning, and whether it’s worth the investment for your Ottawa home.




Decrease your utility cost with Awnings

Depending on the direction your home faces, you might experience afternoon sun that drastically heats up the interior of your home. During the winter this isn’t such a bad thing, but in the summer, it kind of defeats the purpose of air conditioning. With a retractable awning, you can extend the awning to protect the sun from beating into your home. With the reduced heat transfer coming in through the windows, you won’t have to keep the AC running as much and therefore save on your utility bills.

Increase the life of your furniture

Patio or deck furniture that is consistently outside and exposed to the sun will start to fade quickly and look very worn out. With a retractable awning, you can keep your outdoor furniture looking brand new for so much longer. This investment in an awning will actually protect the other investments you’ve made.

Increase (or decrease) the amount of natural light

If you choose to install a permanent awning, or have no awning at all, you can’t really control how much natural light you’re letting into your home – you have to go with what’s available. With a permanent awning, you might find it’s too dark during the day forcing you to turn lights on even during the day. Without any kind of awning, the light will continually beam into your home. When you have a retractable awning, you get to control how much light you let into your home.

Increase the value of your home

If you are looking to sell your home in the near future, a well-maintained retractable awning can help increase the value of your home. The look of an awning, as long as it is well-matched to the home, can definitely increase the curb appeal of your home for buyers. Additionally, this awning increases the amount of living space your home has and new owners could really enjoy the outdoors.

If you think that a retractable awning might a good investment for your Ottawa home, we would love the chance to assist you with your purchase. Contact Jans Awnings today to speak with a member of our team.

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Roll shutters, also known as roller shutters and rolling shutters, are window and door coverings made of interlocking horizontal slats constructed from aluminum or steel. With their ability to open or close on demand, a roll shutter provides the ability to control the environment inside a building.

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Here are some of the biggest benefits of having roll shutters at your home or business in Ottawa.

Regulate Indoor Temperature

Save on heating and air conditioning costs by using your roll shutters for temporary temperature regulation. More energy efficient than curtains or blinds, roll shutters prevent heat from getting out and reduce the amount of cold air entering a space. Their polyurethane injected filling offers effective insulation against temperature changes.

By easily opening or closing your shutters, fresh air can circulate throughout your home whenever desired.

Enhanced Security

Many roll shutters use guide rails so that screws are not visible when the shutter is in the closed position. From the outside, this makes the roll shutters very difficult to open. Combined with their tight fit around a door or window, roll shutters cannot be pulled away easily.

Not only do roll shutters hide your valuables from sight, but they act as a visual deterrent from potential intruders. Your home would be too time and labour intensive to burglarize!

For added peace of mind during an extended absence from your home or business, lower your roll shutters completely.

Increased Privacy

Roll shutters provide you with complete control over the amount of privacy you desire for your family. Live in a secluded area or in a busy neighbourhood where you want to protect yourself from outsiders peeking into your home? With their ease of use, roll shutters can be stopped at any point to allow full, partial or no light in at all – the decision is entirely up to you!

Weather Protection

Feel more secure during heavy windstorms, hail or rain. Roll shutters can deflect branches and other debris from damaging your window panes. Year-round, roll shutters can prevent the glass from breaking and other damage from occurring, extending the lifetime of your windows and doors.

Built and tested to withstand high winds, roll shutters are manufactured and installed with Ottawa weather in mind.

Noise Reduction

Especially important for shift workers and migraine sufferers, roll shutters can reduce outside noise by up to 50%. The noise created from busy road traffic, neighbourhood pets and children’s activities are prevented from entering your home, leading to a more positive sleep environment. Even during an intense storm outside, roll shutters do not rattle.

Have a home theatre? Roll shutters can help create a complete blackout situation, better for enjoying movies!

Are you interested in hearing more about installing roll shutters at your home or business in Ottawa or the surrounding areas? Contact our showroom today.