As a homeowner in Ottawa, you probably know that there are many benefits to owning a retractable awning. Nevertheless, if you have never had an awning on your home before, you’ve likely got a few questions. In this article, we answer some of the most commonly asked questions that we get about retractable awning installation.

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What supports the retractable awning if it doesn’t have any poles?

Good quality retractable awnings don’t need poles to support them. The awning is supported by the secure mounting and spring-loaded lateral arms.

How is the retractable awning mounted to my home?

The awning will either be roof-mounted or under eaves mounted. Secure brackets are used to mount the awning indirectly, either to rafters or wall studs. For information about a specific style of awning, please speak with a member of the Jans Awnings & Rollshutters team.

Will installing a retractable awning damage my siding?

To install the bracket for the awning, some bolt holes will have to be made in the siding however, no significant damage will be done.

How much cooler will a retractable awning make my deck or patio?

An awning can make your outdoor living space as much as 20 degrees F. cooler. This means that it will make the inside of your home cooler as well, so your AC won’t have to work as hard on hot summer days – saving you money on your utility bills.

If I don’t get a motor with my retractable awning when I purchase it, is it possible to add one later?

While it is possible to add a motor later, it is easier if you get a motor with the initial purchase as you will save on labour costs. Customer research has shown that awnings with motors are used four times as much as awnings that only have hand cranks

Do I need to get an electrician if I want an awning with a motor?

Many models of motorized retractable awnings use a cord and plug, so for these awnings, you do not require an electrician. If you would like your awning hardwired, you should, however, hire a licensed electrician.

How high should my retractable awning be mounted?

In most cases, you should have at least 8 feet of clearance for your retractable awning. If the awning is to be mounted over a door that swings outward, add an extra 8-10 inches.

How much maintenance will my awning require?

Today’s retractable awnings are virtually maintenance-free. Simply wash the frame and fabric once a year with mild soap (not detergent) and water.

Where can I get more information?

Are you considering purchasing a retractable awning for your Ottawa home, but you would still like to get some additional information? If so, contact Jans Awnings & Rollshutters today. A member of our team would be happy to help you.