What Should I Look For in an Awning Professional?

Published On: April 13, 2023|Categories: Awnings|

If you are considering installing a retractable awning for your Ottawa home, chances are you’ll be shopping around a bit to get a good deal – after all, who doesn’t like to save money these days! An area that you should not skimp on, though, is hiring an awning professional. While you may have friends or family members that are very handy, you’ll be happier, in the long run, knowing that the job was done right and that your warranty is protected.

retractable awning installed on roof

Here are a few things you should look for in an awning professional: 


Installing awnings requires some mechanical skills but may also require dealing with electronics and electrical depending on the mechanism for opening and closing your awning. Additionally, since each Ottawa home will be slightly different, your awning professional will have to know how to help you select an awning that is right for your home and what will be needed for the installation. 

Knowledge of building codes and bylaws

A retractable awning can add a lot of enjoyment to your outdoor space; however, an improperly installed awning can damage your home and can even be dangerous. The awning professional who installs your awning must know how to comply with all local building codes and Ottawa bylaws. This will also likely include getting a permit from the City before installing your awning. 


Like any other contractor who does work on your home, your awning professional should be properly insured. This should include liability insurance in case they inadvertently do any damage to your home during the installation as well as insurance that covers them and anyone they are working with for any accidents or injuries that occur on your property. 

Communication Skills

Finally, in addition to being able to install your awning well, you should also look for someone with great customer service and communication skills. The professional you choose to install your awning should be someone you feel comfortable having at your home for several hours. They should be able to clearly communicate when the job will be done and how long it will take. They should also be willing to answer any questions you may have and take the time to show you how to operate your new retractable awning. 

Work for a Reputable Company

Finally, it is always a good idea to choose an awning professional that works for a reputable company like Jans Awnings. When you work with a company that has been serving its community for years, you will feel more confident that that same company will stand behind its work and be there for you if there are any issues. 

Contact Jans Awnings today!

Contact us today if you are considering adding a retractable awning to your Ottawa home. We offer a wide selection of models and styles along with professional installation. Call us today or visit our showroom to learn more. 

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