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As the summer fades away and fall rolls in, we start thinking about putting our patio furniture away for the upcoming winter. Hot summer days sipping a cooler on the deck under the awning are replaced with a barren patio, empty flowers planters and pool closings.

Now is an excellent time of year to ensure your beautiful awning is prepped correctly and ready for the upcoming winter season. This is essential because an awning that is exposed to the elements year-round will have its lifespan considerably shortened. The cold temperature, snow and ice can wreak havoc on all parts of the awning.

 

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Protecting and storing your awning for winter will offer you peace of mind knowing that it will be ready for use when the spring rolls around again. By adequately prepping your awning, you will prolong the life of the awning, its fabric and parts.

Here are some tips for preparing your awning for winter:

Clean the Awning

The first thing that you’ll want to do with your awning is 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. Be sure 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.

Clean the Frame

Secondly, you want to prolong the life of the frame because the metal frame and joints can rust. The joints can also become stuck or grind as the lubrication stops working if not prepared for the upcoming harsh winter. Additionally, the metal frame is designed to support a specific amount of weight. If it is left extended during heavy snow, the support arms and struts can bend or warp.

You can 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 (aluminum 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 can 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.

Final Word

An awning can last for many years if properly cleaned, lubricated, maintained 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 spent at the end of each summer season to prepare your awning for the upcoming winter, your awning will perform flawlessly each spring.

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After our long, cold Canadian winters, it’s understandable that Ottawa residents are eager to spend time in their backyards. But without proper protection from the sun and weather elements, that time can be limited.

 

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With a retractable awning, no longer does the weather get to dictate your time spent outdoors! Here are some of the most popular reasons why retractable awnings have been installed in Nepean, Dunrobin and everywhere in-between.

#1) Retractable Awnings are Versatile

Depending on the weather, you may not always want your outdoor patio or deck covered. Other more permanent options such as patio roofs do not provide the flexibility that retractable awnings do. With the touch of a button (manual options are available, too), you get to decide whether to extend your awning fully, partially or not at all.

A retractable awning does not require the installation of an entire structure. This allows you to enjoy your backyard without obtrusive posts or poles blocking the view.

#2) Retractable Awnings can be Customized

Just like your deck, retractable awnings are not a one-size-fits-all model. Available in a variety of sizes and architectural styles, choosing a retractable awning to blend into your home seamlessly is easy. Suitable for both windows and doors, a retractable awning’s width can be customized down to the inch, making them the right choice for both sizeable areas and smaller decks.

Work with an experienced awning professional to customize a retractable awning to meet your exact needs!

#3) Retractable Awnings Increase Energy Efficiency

The shade produced by a retractable awning does more than keep you cool – it keeps your home cool, too! By reducing the heat index around your home, less energy is needed to keep its interior cool. Even better? This energy efficiency provides you with cost savings.

Being protected from the rain, wind and benefits your outdoor furniture, also. Your furniture will remain in better condition and won’t need to be replaced as quickly.

#4) Retractable Awnings Increase Property Value

If you’re soon going to be selling your home soon, a retractable awning can be a huge selling feature.

To a potential homebuyer, a retractable awning is viewed as an extension to your indoor living space – driving up your property’s value. No longer do you need to stay comfortably inside your home when there’s rain, wind or sun!

Where to Get a Retractable Awning in Nepean, Dunrobin, Kantana, Ficko, Gloucester and Surrounding Areas

Many residents located in Torbolton Township, Nepean, Dunrobin, Kantana, Ficko, Gloucester and surrounding areas have been reaping the many benefits provided by retractable awnings. And you can, too! Contact the knowledgeable staff at Jans Awnings and Rollshutters today for more information about the numerous benefits retractable awnings provide.

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Commercial awnings are popular among all sorts of businesses ranging from retail stores to restaurants, and even for professional services. In addition to serving an aesthetic purpose, awnings can provide advertising space for businesses, help keep stores cooler during the summer months, and provide shelter for pedestrians – possibly causing them to linger long enough to want to come inside the store itself.

 

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But how do you choose the right awning for your business? After all, you will hopefully have this awning for a long time, so making the right decision now is essential. Here are a few tips to help you decide which commercial awning is right for your business.

Consider the function.

In choosing your commercial awning, you will want to consider the kind of function that you wish to serve. For some businesses, commercial awnings are little more than a feature to be used as signage. Other businesses may want to use them as shelter to protect merchandise that is placed outside during the day, or even as a shade for benches where customers can sit and relax for a while.

Your intended purpose for your commercial awning will have a big influence over the size, shape and material that you choose.

Do you want retractable or stationary?

There are a wider variety of looks that you can achieve with a stationary awning, however, if you live in an area that gets a lot of snow, then your awning may last longer if it is retractable.

What is the best material to use?

When choosing a commercial awning, there are three main types of material to select from. These include:

  • Vinyl and polyester composite – this material is both durable and flame retardant. It is a popular choice with many storefronts and franchises.
  • Cotton blend canvas – this is the least durable of awning fabrics, but it is a low-cost option if you are on a budget.
  • Acrylic fabric – this fabric isn’t completely waterproof; however, it is resistant to mildew and ultraviolet light, which makes it an excellent choice for areas with hot and humid summers.

Choose the right design elements.

If you are going to have a commercial awning, then it should reflect the brand of your business. For this, you will have to choose colours, images, typography, etc.

A commercial awning is your chance to increase the amount of signage on your storefront and convey a message to your potential clients – don’t waste that opportunity!

Make sure you are complying with local by-laws and rental agreements.

In some cases, municipalities have certain requirements for commercial buildings and may only allow specific colours, sizes, etc. for commercial awnings. So be sure to check that your commercial awning will comply with any relevant bylaws before you order it.

Also, if you are renting your building, you will want to check with your landlord or review your rental agreement to make sure that your awning will be allowable.

For more help in choosing a commercial awning for your business, contact Jans Awnings today.

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If you are purchasing an awning for your home in Ottawa, you will quickly start learning some new terminology. One of the terms you may have already started to hear while shopping around for an awning is the term “pitch.”

 

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What is Pitch and Why is it Important?

In the context of an awning, pitch refers to the angle or slope of the awning from back to front. The pitch of an awning is not merely aesthetic, but it actually serves a very important function of allowing rainwater to properly run off the awning and prevent it from puddling. If too much rainwater puddles on top of the awning fabric, it can cause the awning to fall and become damaged. If people or pets are nearby, this can even be a serious safety hazard.

The steeper the pitch of an awning, the more quickly water will run off. When awnings are set at the minimum pitch, it will still be possible for some rainwater to collect on top – even if the fabric is tight. Another benefit of having a steeper pitch is that it will allow your awning to provide you with even more shade protection on sunny days.

Even a few extra inches of pitch in your awning can make a huge difference both in how quickly water runs off and how much shade your awning provides.

Changing the Pitch of Your Awning

If you are installing your awning yourself, you will be able to adjust the pitch of your awning yourself by changing the position of the back and front bars. Since you now understand the importance of pitch, be sure not to make the pitch too shallow.

Be sure to follow the instructions carefully.

Your Awning in the Rain

It is no secret that Ottawa gets its fair share of spring showers and summer storms. While your retractable awning is a great way to enjoy a little protection from light rain, it is not meant to remain extended during severe storms – no matter what the pitch.

Fortunately, the extent of the pitch doesn’t matter when the awning is retracted. It is a good idea to keep your awning retracted when it is not in use. That way, you won’t have to worry about what the weather forecast is.

If you have your awning extended during rainfall and you notice that water has started to pool on the fabric, simply use a soft broom to push the fabric outward from underneath so that the water rolls off. If this continues to be a problem, contact us at our Ottawa location so that we can correct it.

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The struggle is real: you want to enjoy some time outside on a windy day but don’t want to be blasted by the sun’s UV rays. Can you use your retractable awning or will it quickly become damaged by the wind?

 

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Knowing the type of wind load that your retractable awning can handle can help you determine when it’s safe to use – and when it’s best to leave it protected.

Awnings and Wind Ratings

Your retractable awning was purchased for protection from the heat and UV rays. As such, they are not built for extreme wind conditions. In fact, most self-supported retractable awnings have been tested to meet the wind speed of only 30 – 40 kilometres an hour. Oftentimes, that testing was completed without ongoing or irregular wind conditions!

Many of the higher specification awnings come with their wind rating based on kilometres per hour or the Beaufort scale. However, wind can be highly unpredictable. In no time at all, it can change direction and/or pick up speed very quickly. That’s why it’s best to use your retractable awning for sun protection on calm days only.

The Benefits of Wind Sensors

Wondering if a little wind is okay to use your home’s retractable awning? Ask yourself this: am I able to read a newspaper comfortably outside right now? If so, it’s probably safe to operate your awning.

Another option is to install a wind sensor or motion sensor fitting which will safely retract the awning during windy conditions. These are especially useful in commercial spaces, where awnings aren’t managed 24 hours a day. Although they can only be used on electric awnings, they provide many home and business owners with peace of mind on windy days.

The Damaging Effects of Wind on Your Retractable Awning

Awnings with higher pitches are more resistant to the damaging effects of wind conditions, as are stationary awnings or canopies. Designed to tolerate fairly high winds as well as rain, stationary awnings and canopies are a solution for homeowners wanting to avoid regularly retracting their awning.

Large retractable fabric awnings are also usually better in windy conditions. That’s because their covering is held in place on all four sides and the supporting posts are at the front.

When shopping around for your retractable awning, choose a strong vinyl fabric that is better suited for windy conditions. Many times, these fabrics are used alongside reinforced struts and aluminum framework systems that help control the wind better.

If you don’t want to worry about windy conditions any longer, you could always consider installing a screened room. Built to fit your existing property, screened rooms provide the ability to enjoy the outdoor conditions without having to operate a retractable awning.

Contact us to learn more about our retractable awnings and screened rooms today!

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Adding an awning to your home has many tangible benefits. It can enhance your home’s outward visual appeal and also increase the resale value of the property because it sets your home apart from the rest.

 

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Adding an awning is a very inexpensive way to extend the exterior living space of your home while offering maximum protection from the sun’s harsh rays. An awning can add charm and personality to your home and transform a plain façade into something special.

When an awning is strategically placed on your home, you create sustainable savings by lowering cooling costs. These savings occur by blocking and/or reducing the amount of solar heat and UV radiation that traditionally gets absorbed; thereby, reducing the amount of energy it takes to cool your home. Your return on investment accrues over time because you have an attractive and controllable way to manage your interior cooling expenses.

Considerations for Fabric Choice

Choosing the fabric is the fun part and should complement the interior and exterior of your home. Sunbrella fabrics have Teflon woven right into the fabric to make them water and mold resistant, so whatever pattern or colour you choose, you know it will last.

Here are a few of the most common decisions that need to be talked about when it comes to awning fabric choice and installation:

  • You can use the awning fabric colour to blend with your deck furnishing or pull out accents to accentuate your trim colour. A contrasting colour doesn’t have to be loud to be effective. Subtle changes in colour help to create a relaxing effect.
  • If there is nature around you, natural tones are going to look great. If you want the exterior of your home to stand out in your neighbourhood, there are also lots of bold colours to choose from.
  • Choosing the right style of awning will help keep the appearance of your home balanced and pleasing to the eye.  The style of your home is the deciding factor for awning fabrics. If you have a traditional style, you’ll want to match that with clean lines. If you have a lot of angles in your roofline, choosing a solid colour will look better than introducing a pattern. You can always dress it up by selecting a complementing valance. If you have a contemporary style home, it may lend itself to other design elements such as scalloped edges or wave patterns.
  • Awnings are made out of a variety of materials including canvas, vinyl, resin, aluminum or galvanized steel. The material the awning is made of can determine how effective it is at protecting the windows or how much light is allowed into the home.
  • An Awning can be customized by colour, style and material. You can have ornate awnings built to your specific requirements, including colour, material, size and style. When a basic template is used, awnings can be designed that account for odd sized windows. They can be made in specific colours using the material you want.

Installation

Once you have made your awning choices, your awning installation professional will be ready to attach the awning and accompanying hardware to your home. The awning will be secured so that you don’t have to worry. The professional will also make sure that the awning they offer will fit in completely to the intended area.

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Awnings can dramatically improve the look of your home and enhance your outdoor spaces. They can make these open areas livable and enjoyable all year round

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Retractable awnings are an essential investment to the aesthetic landscaping and functionality of a home. Not only do they extend outdoor living spaces, but they also lower energy costs and improve your home’s curb appeal.

The most significant factor in the quality of the awning is the reputation of the company selling it. Purchasing from a knowledgeable company makes all the difference in getting the right awning for your house, including ease of installation, long-term service and warranty.

Here are some fundamental tips for selecting a top-rated awning company.

Judge Product Quality

Quality awning frames can last more than 25 years, while low-quality awnings last only five years or less. The biggest distinction between good and poor quality is the quality of materials.

  1. Look for both the place where the parts are manufactured and the types of materials used.
  2. Look for manufacturers with outstanding reputations.
  3. Look for breathable fabrics, man-made fabrics, such as solution-dyed acrylic that resist rot and fading. These are better than natural fibres and last six times longer.
  4. Look for frames that are heavy duty aluminum and straps, rather than rust-prone steel cables in the arms.

Certifications and Endorsements

An essential tool in the quality determination is engineering certifications or endorsements, which means that each component was independently tested to meet high-quality standards.

  1. Look for frame/arm certifications. For example, lateral arm test requirements include opening and closing the frame 11,000 times (equaling 50 years of use) and keep the awning in winds of up to 35mph depending on size.
  2. For the awning fabric, there are endorsements, such as UV-protection approval. All certifications or endorsements should be noted with the product information.

Browse Their Selection

High-end manufacturers offer a variety of designs which are constructed for specific needs, such as window and door awnings, patio/deck awnings. An awning can be custom-designed for width, how far it extends and awning’s slope.

There are different kinds of sensors to control awnings according to light, precipitation, motion, or wind levels. There are even hundreds of different fabric options. Cheap, low-quality awnings tend to be restricted to a single style, only a few standard sizes with limited fabric or vinyl options and accessories, while high-quality dealers will provide multiple styles and custom made sizes from numerous suppliers with many colour choices.

Customer Service is Number One

A seamless installation process begins with quality planning. A good awning company guides buyers through the process of finding an awning. Premiere awning companies provide search databases or render 3D “preview” images based on customer photographs to pinpoint the best awning type, size and colour.

Pre-sale planning should even cover installation methods so that the actual installation process is clear and painless. A reputable awning company can recommend repairs and parts if the awning is ever damaged and provide online and telephone support installation instructions.

The Company’s History

The manufacturer/fabricator is not the same as the retailer. The manufacturer/fabricator is key to long-term replacement parts, service, and warranties. The longer the manufacturer/fabricator has been in business, the more likely that it will provide support over the lifetime of the awning.

References & Referrals

Repeat business and referrals are big indicators of both service and product quality. Ask for a list of past customers and/or their referral list and check them out. You can also look them up in the Council of Better Business Bureau Directory.

Do Your Homework

The main issue in selecting a professional awning company is top quality and customer service. Their standards will show in the kinds of materials, the certifications or stamps of approval, and the selection they offer. Service shows in the company’s reputation, repeat business, and planning.

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Are you considering installing an awning onto your building? Great decision! Although you probably already know about the fantastic benefits awnings provide, you may not know how they attach to your building. We’ve got the answers for you here!

 

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Installing Awnings Safely and Easily

Usually, awnings and canopies are attached to the face (side) of the building. Regardless of whether your building has brick, aluminum or vinyl, an awning can be mounted relatively easily.

Created to be self-supporting, retractable awnings extend off the building wall. Internal springs found in the awning’s arms work in conjunction with a torsion bar. Although installations can differ depending on manufacturers, they all follow roughly the same procedure.

An awning rail, which provides the awning’s foundation, should be positioned at an appropriate distance from the window or door. After ensuring that it’s level, the awning rail can be secured in place.

To hang the awning, the casting needs to be completely secured to the awning’s arms. Check that the canopy’s level and adjust as needed. Install the bolt heads outwards to avoid fabric tears.

Next, attach the bottom mounting bracket to the awning arm using crews or rivets. Release the preset tension by using the pull strap to open the awning. Check the awning requirements and make any needed adjustments.

With the awning fully open, attach the window straphanger at the awning’s centre. Keep the hanger at a comfortable distance from the top rail to avoid tearing.

Installing Awnings around Barriers

Although the majority of awnings can be installed using the method above, some situations require a unique approach.

For example, many of our customers are concerned about attaching an awning around a chimney or other type of obstruction. But there’s no need to worry! Your awning can be easily mounted on roofs, around chimneys and more when you hire one of our expert installers!

Enjoying a Motorized Awning

Who doesn’t like convenience?!

Motorized awnings can be easily activated with the help of a remote control. After installing the awning and plugging the cord into an electrical outlet, effortlessly extend and retract the awning with the touch of a button!

Jans Awnings and Rollshutters: Expert Awning Installers

We know from customers’ experiences: installing an awning may seem easy at first but can quickly become a frustrating process.

It can sometimes be challenging to keep the awning level or know how to set the tension properly. Instead of struggling with the installation yourself and possibly creating damage to your awning, it’s best to hire an awning specialist.

At Jans Awnings and Rollshutters, we have a dedicated team of professionals that have years of experience attaching awnings to buildings. We know how to complete the installation so that your awning can be safely and reliably enjoyed for years to come.

Contact us today to learn more about our awning selection as well as our installation process.

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When you own a business, you want to do everything in your power to keep it safe and protected. Any business owner knows that it’s a frightening thought to have their business exposed to a thief or intruder. Unfortunately, every year, unprotected businesses and commercial buildings incur thousands of dollars’ worth of damage and lost profit from vandalism and theft. This is not a problem you want to encounter, but there is something that you can do to eliminate the threat.

 

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It’s a known fact that intruders always seek the fastest method of entry, which is often through windows and doors. Rolling security shutters are designed to safeguard your property against these situations so that you can have peace of mind knowing your business is safe and secured. They help protect what matters most to you, your business. Talius commercial roller shutters have earned a reputation for protecting businesses from break-ins across North America.

There are several reasons why roller shutters are the ideal method of securing your business. From saving you money to protecting your assets, these aluminum shutters offer the most secure method of keeping your business safe. They are the ultimate solution for preventing forced entry. Additionally, they can be customized and branded to fit your business aesthetics.

Here are some of the top reasons why you should consider security roller shutters:

Enhance Security & Privacy

A significant reason for having rolling stutters is that they provide added security and privacy to your business when you need it most. Regardless of the location of your business, especially on a busy road, you won’t have to worry about prying eyes,  a passer-by or would be thieves when the business is closed since they block the view completely. The shutters are made from top quality aluminum which makes them incredibly durable. This added strength helps to diminish crimes such as burglary or vandalism.

Energy Efficient

Rolling security shutters are energy efficient. They can help with regulating indoor temperatures by minimizing the amount of cold air that seeps into space in addition to keeping the heat from seeping out. They reduce the need to install costly heating and cooling systems to regulate indoor temperatures on a temporary basis. Their superior insulation help to keep your energy bills down, which is an essential aspect of running any business.

Reduced Noise Levels

Security roller shutters can reduce noise levels by half. This is an essential feature for any commercial setting. Not only will the outside noise be reduced from entering your building, but the inside noise will also be diminished. This enables people from being distracted or disturbed who may be working or walking around the inside of your facility.

Ease of Operation

Security rolling shutters are simple to use. They are designed to open and close quickly. This operation prevents unnecessary heat loss while allowing for hassle-free, ease of operation. Since rolling shutters offer a vertical opening, there is space left at the opening which can be utilized for other things, like parking or loading/unloading items.

Weather Resistant

Rolling security shutters stand firm against the elements and adverse weather conditions. Without some protection, your business is exposed to strong winds, heavy rains, blistering snow/hail storms, etc. These weather conditions can play havoc with your building, costing thousands of dollars of damage and profit loss.

Stay Safe & Secure

When you evaluate your business, there are many aspects that you must consider. Safety and security of your premises are especially important in your deliberations. By installing security shutters for your business, you protect your investment and prevent any unauthorized intrusions with an affordable, secure and strong system of protection.

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Last spring, how many times did you try to enjoy time outside but instead got uncomfortable from sun and insects?

Whether it’s from a lack of shade or annoying bugs, enjoying the warmer months outside at your home or cottage can be difficult.

With a retractable screen, you are no longer limited to how long you can spend outside! Here’s why you should be making plans to install a retractable screen at your home or cottage next spring:

 

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1. They Provide Protection Without Creating an Obstruction

One of retractable screen’s most significant benefits is that they protect without obstructing your backyard view. Available in a variety of mesh types, retractable awnings are barely visible when in use.

When not in use, quickly and easily retract the screen into its protecting casing by pushing a button.

2. They Get Rid of Insect Problems

Insects are one of the biggest annoyances that prevent us from enjoying the outdoors. Add food and drinks while sitting outside and your insect issue becomes even worse!

Without a retractable screen to protect from insects, it’s only a matter of time before you are forced to move back inside to comfort.

3. They Provide Privacy and Security

One of the lesser known benefits of installing retractable screening is that they help improve privacy and security around your home. Extend the time you spend outdoors by creating your private sanctuary with the help of a retractable screen!

4. They Help You Enjoy the Outdoors without the Sun’s Heat and Glare

Stay protected from the sun’s harmful rays while still enjoying your time outdoors! With retractable screens, you can enjoy natural ventilation without being exposed to the sun’s harmful rays.

As a versatile product, retractable screens can be easily installed on your garage, patio, porch, gazebo or another large opening. They also help lower the energy costs associated with cooling your home!

5. They Maintain the Integrity of Your Home’s Design

Choosing a colour and model to match your home’s aesthetics is easy with retractable screens. Able to be mounted on existing structures, retractable screens can be integrated into every type of architectural style.

Whether your home, garage or porch is constructed from wood, brick, stucco, natural stone or concrete, a retractable screen can blend in beautifully.

To fully showcase your home, completely conceal your retractable screen when not in use.

Now’s the Time to Book Your Retractable Screen to be Installed for the Spring!

Although it may seem like a long way off, spring will be arriving in only a few short weeks.

After our long, cold winter, a retractable screen at your home or cottage will help you to maximize the enjoyment of the warmer weather.

Jans Awnings and Rollshutters is Ottawa’s specialists for motorized retractable screens. Make the most of your outdoor living space during the warmer months!

Contact us today to get your retractable screen ready to be enjoyed this spring!