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How to Go About Choosing the Best Type of Awning For Your Home

An awning can be a great investment for your home. It works to essentially expand your living space to the outdoors, shading you from the hot summer sun and protecting you from light rain. If you’ve already started shopping around, you may have noticed that there are several types of awnings and may be wondering which ones are the most popular. If you’ve come to Jans Awnings’ Blogs, you’ve come to the right place to learn how to choose the best type of awning for your home.

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Stationary vs. Retractable Awnings

While designs may vary, the first decision you will have to make is whether you want to have a stationary awning or a retractable one. Just like the names suggest a stationary or fixed awning is one that will remain in place for as long as it is installed.

A retractable awning, on the other hand, can be pulled in so that you can have the choice as to whether or not you want the added shade.

Both of these types of awnings have their advantages.

A fixed awning tends to be very sturdy and is often a better choice for smaller areas such as windows or door. It will, however, require more upkeep and once it is in place, it should not be moved.

A retractable awning is ideal for decks and patios and if you get really bad weather, it can be folded up and put away.

Awning Fabrics

Once you’ve decided on the type of awning you want, the next choice you’ll have is what kind of fabric you want. Most awning covers are either cotton or polyester.

Cotton is the traditional choice. It is durable, water resistant and machine washable. Polyester, on the other hand, can withstand weathering and blocks out UV rays. It is not machine washable but can be cleaned by wiping it down.

There are also two types of coatings that can be added to both cotton and polyester awning covers. A vinyl or laminate coating is both flame and water resistant however over time, it is likely to fade. An acrylic coating, on the other hand, will keep the colour looking vibrant but it is not flame and water resistant.

Awning Shapes

The next choice you’ll have to make is the awning shape or style. This choice will be entirely dependent on your personal tastes and what you think looks best with your home or business. The most common and in demand types of awning styles include sloped, crescent, waterfall and dome.

Additional Features

Just like cars, many awnings today come with additional options that can help having an awning fit better into your lifestyle. Below are a few of them:

  • Motorization – most people who choose retractable awnings today choose motorized awnings which makes them much easier to expand and pull back. These motors can be controlled either with a remote control or a wall switch.
  • Weather sensors – these sensors detect rain, sun and wind and will automatically expand or pull back your awning depending on the weather. This can help protect your awning in bad weather – especially if you are not home to pull it back yourself.
  • Weather guard covers – these covers are designed specifically for roof mounted awnings and serve to protect the fabric from fading and damage.

If you would like to learn more about awnings to help you decide the type of awning that is best for your home, contact Jans Awnings today. One of our experts will be happy to help.

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When it comes to window treatments, many people like to opt for roll shutters. These are versatile and complement the look of all types of décor and are suitable to commercial as well as residential settings. Not only are they easy to install & maintain, but they add to the aesthetics and value of your property as well. They look elegant and since they are compact in design, occupy very little space.

Energy saving roll shutters

Roll Shutter Energy Efficiency – How It Works

Window treatments such as these provide privacy and enhance the appearance of the indoor spaces in your home or commercial property. Aside from this, window treatments also shield the indoor spaces from the outdoor heat and light. Let’s take a look at how roll shutters add to the energy-efficiency of your home:

Filter Light

These shutters protect the indoor spaces from heat, light, cold and rain. They filter natural light that enters your home through the windows. Modern architecture makes use of a lot of glass and it’s common to see large glass windows and doors on home structures. While these features make the spaces look more expansive, they also bring in excessive light and heat.

When you have curtains on your windows, you have no option but to draw them completely when it’s very bright or hot outdoors. It also means you end up using more artificial lighting, which can drive up your energy bills. On the other hand, with energy efficient roll shutters, you can open or shut them to the degree you need and let in the amount of light you desire and cut down your usage of artificial lighting; this helps you save on utility bills.

Regulate Indoor Temperatures

In the colder months, these shutters keep the indoor heating from escaping out and they minimize the amount of cold air that enters a room. In the hotter months, the opposite holds true. This helps maintain a more comfortable indoor temperature as it insulates the indoors from climatic changes. It reduces the stress on your HVAC system, which in turn adds to the energy-efficiency of your home.

Opt for the Best Roll Shutter Energy Saver

Today, you will find a wide variety of roll shutters on the market, made with materials such as fabric, vinyl and wood and you can choose ones that match your décor, personal preferences and budget. If you want better energy-efficiency, opt for thicker fabrics and denser materials, as these offer better insulation from the outdoor temperatures. You can choose darker colors when you want more privacy and shade and lighter ones if you prefer that more light enter into the room.

You have the option to choose from manual or automated roll shutters. The latter are more convenient and can be operated via a wall switch or remote control. If you are looking for the best roll shutters across Burlington, Oakville, Mississauga, Hamilton, Brantford, Milton, Grimsby, Ancaster or Brampton, contact Jans Awning Products. You can reach us at 905.335.3733 or via this online form and order your motorized awnings today.

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Is your outdoor space too hot to enjoy? Could you use a little more privacy? Does a light rain drive you indoors? You might be in the market for an affordable, attractive and functional solution like retractable shades.

Sitting in the Shade


Retractable shades can provide a stylish solution to all those outdoor nuisances. A great deck or patio that can’t be enjoyed during those too short summer month, is no good. With the protection that retractable shades provide, you will able to make the most of the season and find renewed joy in the outdoors.

The sun can be your best friend. If the sun on your deck is too hot and too sunny, it can also be your enemy. Anything that lays out in the hot sun throughout the day will heat up and in the case of your deck, can become too uncomfortable to even stand on. Retractable shades, attached to an awning or pergola will provide the kind of shelter that will ultimately lower the heat on your deck, making if a more pleasurable experience.

If privacy is a premium on your property, you’re going to love what retractable shades can do for you. A retractable shade on an existing shade structure will add privacy, just where you need it. They made a great solution for spa areas and high decks. Retractable shades can be made in just about any size and will blend nicely into your existing outdoor oasis.

A light rain is no excuse to pack it in when you have retractable shades. When the sun is shining, retractable screens will let in the sunshine but when the skies open up, they can provide just enough protection from the rain. Your barbecue will not be ruined when you have retractable shades. They can be a game changer. A light rain is no match for your retractable shades.

Retractable shades are versatile. Where no other solutions exist because of shape or location, a retractable shade will do the trick. They are great for balconies too. They come in an array of colours and pattern, providing something for every taste. These fabrics are resistant to fading and tough as nails, making them strong enough to withstand wind and rain and all that sun. They can be installed just about anywhere that traditional roof structures won’t work.

Retractable shades are a great addition to any outdoor space. Retractable Shades will open up your season, providing you more time outdoors. With the short warm season that Southern Ontario brings, anything that will keep you outside longer, enjoying the investment you’ve made in your backyard, is a good thing.

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We’ve only just come into the warmer season and if this summer is anything like the usual Ottawa summer, the heat will soon be upon us. Finding ways to enjoy the summer while keeping the stifling heat to a minimum is always a challenge.
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Habitat screens can be a life saver. Here are 10 reasons why:

Protection From the Sun

Hard to believe that after a long cold winter, you will want to one day, somehow block that sun. Though the long- awaited sunshine will be refreshing, it can also be damaging and uncomfortable. Habitat screens can be positioned in that backyard sweet spot that always gets the strong afternoon sun.


Many screens that are used for shelter, are also retractable. This feature can change up the décor of any outdoor space while providing protection from the sun, and bugs when needed. These screens can be operated by remote.


Habitat screens are built with durability in mind. With the ability to withstand, rain wind and intense sunshine throughout the season, Habitat builds their screens to last. A great warranty backs this up.


Looking for a shelter and privacy solution that is also gorgeous. Habitat screens certainly fit the bill. These screens are stylish and can also be unique.  The skies the limit really when you decide on habitat screens for your outdoor space.


Looking to protect your family and friends from the heat of the summer and bugs that the season brings, while also providing a little privacy can make it hard to stay within your budget. Habitat screens can fit this budget when other solutions are out of reach.


Habitat screens can be installed just about anywhere. Whether it be the patio, deck or even garage.  Not only do they add style and protection to the outdoors, they are also popular for indoor spaces.

Bug Protection

Nothing will ruin a great barbecue like mosquitos. Habitat screens will keep the bugs out and the party going. You invest a lot in your outdoor space, make the most of it and stay out longer with habitat screens.

Energy Efficient

During the summer months, all that sunshine can heat up you, your loved ones and your home. Habitat screens will keep the sun and the subsequent heat off your house, lowering those electricity bills. Your air conditioner will thank you.


Want to improve the curb appeal of your home? Habitat screens will no doubt have the neighbors talking and will draw interest to your home should you choose to sell in the future.


Habitat screens provide privacy just where you want it. Whether it be around the spa, pool or even if you want a private horseshoe game, Habitat screens can be installed in just about any space.


If you’re interested in getting new screening for your home, check out retractable screening, phantom screening, retractable shades, & screened rooms.

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There are numerous ways that you can extend your restaurant or patio space while protecting your patrons from the outside elements during the spring and summer season.

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Patio Covers

When it comes to sun or rain protection, there’s no doubt a restaurant patio cover can provide an excellent place for guests to sit when there’s no more indoor seating available. As the weather warms up and even in the winter in some milder climates, an outdoor patio can provide additional seating, increased revenue, and happier customers for a restaurant. Adding an Outdoor Patio Cover can be a great investment for a business because it can increase dining revenue by 30%.

Apart from the numerous pre-engineered shade structure and canopy designs, one of the main benefits of fabric shade structures is the variety of fabric and powder coat color options. This allows us a cost-effective opportunity to create a unique and attractive covered patio solution to tie-in and complement almost any existing color scheme. Secondly, the beauty of fabric is that it can be turned, twisted, and shaped into a unique architectural design which creates a landmark statement.

These shade structures are available in a variety of fabrics, including PVC, PTFE, and high-density polyethylene mesh. There are many fabric color options available, and most are pre-engineered for high winds and permanent outdoor use. Fabric shade structures will enhance and improve the look, architectural feel, and use of any outdoor restaurant space.

For not much more money than a typical awning, and assuming there is sufficient space available, a colorful attractive fabric shade structure at a restaurant entrance, walkway, or waiting area can add significant street visibility to an establishment.

Retractable Canopies

Provide a stylish and unique shade solution for your restaurant with a retractable canopy that allows for great dining both during the day and at night. These modular canopies ride on tracks and feature Sunbrella® commercial awning fabrics. Special, built-in wind release mechanism prevents damage.

Overhead canopy kits adapt to new or existing structures, or complete support structures are available in powder-coated aluminum or vinyl. No pitch is required with unsupported spans exceeding 20 feet and larger areas can be covered with additional support posts. Canopies are not only elegant; they provide style, comfort, safety and energy savings, too. They’re engineered to perfection to maximize space and comfort, day or night.


Awnings allow you to extend your usable outdoor space, help keep interiors cooler and retract fully into sleek cassettes when not needed. Awnings are crafted from the finest materials to last a lifetime and each offers an unmatched range of technically advanced fabrics and cassette colors. You can personalize your selection with drop-down valance, lighting, or wind sensors and each awning retracts fully into a stylish cassette for enhanced style and protection. Check out some Retractable Awnings here.

Free Standing Shade Systems

When you need the most flexibility for shade wherever and whenever needed, free standing shade systems are the perfect answer. They’re completely flexible, highly functional, safe and durable. Free-standing systems are ideal for restaurants and other hospitality venues to create profitable outdoor serving space.

Jans Awnings specializes in Awnings for residential or commercial use. Check out our previous work on Commercial Awnings and see what we can do for you.

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With spring and summer right around the corner, our thoughts turn to those warm sunny days spending time outdoors in our backyards.  And what better way is there to lull the hours away than under the comfort and shade of a retractable awning.
Backyard Deck with Retractable Awning
You can comfortably enjoy time on your patio during the warm summer months because an awning can provide maximum protection from the heat of the scorching sun.  Adding an awning to your exterior space is a very inexpensive way to extend your outdoor living area.

Awnings offer both protection and beauty to any patio while helping to reduce energy costs. They can add charm and personality to your home and transform a plain façade into something special. Awnings can increase the value of your home because they set your home apart from the rest.

Although most patio awnings are designed mainly for sun protection, some are designed to protect against rain and higher levels of wind. You will no longer be chased indoors by wind gusts, rain showers or even downpours.

In additional to their attractiveness, awnings keep your home much cooler during the heat of the summer months. They help reduce air conditioning costs by decreasing the amount of heat that infiltrates the inside of your home by as much as 77%. They protect the interior furnishings from bleaching out by the sun’s rays and reduce sunlight glare through your windows by as much as 94%.

Awnings have changed over the years with structures that are much stronger and water resistance fabrics, like Sunbrella™, that are more weather resistant. Even with these advances in both technology and material, extreme weather including sun, rain and wind can wreak havoc with your awnings longevity. Your awning versus the weather can be managed and maintained by both you and the quality of your awning.

Retractable Awnings

A retractable awning offers the benefits of leaving your patio free and clear of poles and gives a homeowner the option of full sun, part sun or full shade. Since the metals arms are adjustable, you can change the pitch of the awning to your desired position to maximize your protection.

Retractable awnings are ideal for rooms that generate excessive heat due to extreme temperatures of the sun. However, you can easily control the amount of light entering into your home and opt for maximizing brightness on overcast days.  They provide excellent coverage during a light shower because the standard awning fabric is highly water-repellent.

Patio awnings are available using a hand crank manual operation, but for those people who want the ultimate ease of operation, retractable awnings also come with a motorized system. A motorized system offers the convenience of positioning by operating a wall switch or remote control.  It couldn’t be simpler.

Your Choice

There are many styles and colours to choose among to fit any outdoor décor. If you want to make a statement with an attractive and versatile awning, Jans Awnings has over 15 years of experience in providing customers with quality and service.

Check out some of our previous work with Retractable Awnings.

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A retractable awning can be a great addition to the outside of your home. As well as the protection offered from sunlight and rain, it can also be visually appealing and add interest to the outside of your home. They can come in a number of styles, sizes and at different prices, so deciding on which retractable awning to buy can be a decision with a few factors to consider.


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Think about the quality of the awning that you want. Of course, the better quality awning, the more expensive it usually is. Depending on where you live, you might need a higher quality awning. For example, if you live in an area where there is a lot of wind, you might need your awning to be stronger than if you live somewhere with less wind.

A high-quality awning is made from better quality materials – fabric and the metal frame. Good quality fabrics are:

  • Waterproof
  • Easy to clean
  • Protective from UV rays
  • Not affected by the sun – they don’t fade

The most effective metal framing is usually made from aluminum as it is lightweight, strong, and doesn’t rust.

With awnings, you can look for a seal of approval from a reputable company which will signal a good quality awning.


Another consideration when you are choosing your retractable awning is the price. In general, the more expensive, the better quality awning. Remember that whilst you might be spending less at the time, you will probably be spending money on repairs and replacements more quickly as well.

Retracting Mechanism

The retracting mechanism can be either manual or motorized. For some, using a manual winder won’t be a problem, but for others, a remote-controlled retracting mechanism will be a necessity. Whilst the benefits of a motorized retractor are obvious, this is also open to technical issues and a higher risk of the need to be repaired.

Visual Impact

The look of your awning is also important. Make sure that you choose an awning that you both like, and that suits the style of your home. There are generally two types of retractable awnings – the ‘classic’ style, and the hip roof style – also known as the ‘Marchesa’. Each style has its own benefits for different homes, with different conditions. Remember that you will have to look at it every day, so choose the look of your retractable awning carefully.

Warranties and Guarantees

Check what warranties and guarantees you will get with your retractable awning. If you are going to spend money on something, make sure that you are protected should anything go wrong. A good awning company will always offer you a guarantee.

Choosing and buying the right retractable awnings for your home is an important decision – and one that you need to get right to avoid disappointment in the future. By considering the factors above you can ensure that you choose the right awning for you and your home.

For more information about retractable awnings, get in touch with us today and our team of experts here at Jans Awnings and Rollshutters will be ready to help.

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When the sun goes down and you want security, privacy and a quiet, nocturnal environment, you can’t beat having rollshutters on your home or business.

Cottage Rollshutter

What are Rollshutters?

Rollshutters consists of interlocking slats that are made out of roll-formed aluminium with either a dense polyurethane foam core or a hard resin core. They come in a variety of sizes, strengths and operators, depending on your requirements. They are either operated manually with cranks or torsion spring operators, or they are motorized using a switch or remote. For added security, locks are available.


Rollshutters are an ideal way of keeping out intruders. Unlike alarm systems that alert you when someone unauthorized is already in the premises, keeping them out to start with is the best solution. They are used globally to secure different types of premises.


Rollshutters may be lowered completely at night to form strong curtains that will prevent unauthorized intruders. Since rollshutters are controlled from inside, no unauthorized operation can occur and you can have the additional security of choosing automatic or locking mechanisms. For business owners, rollshutters provide a barrier in front of your expensive storefront glass preventing costly replacement and rising insurance costs.


Closed rollshutters provide an ideal level of privacy, creating a buffer between the open and closed area of your business. You can close off food preparation areas, reception areas, bars or any other area you do not want accessed by the public and if you or your staff needs to work late, your privacy is assured that vulnerability to vandalism is minimized.

They are used throughout the world as protection from vandalism in congregations, schools, concession stands, home, businesses & recreational facilities.

Noise Insulation & Sleep:

Aluminum roller shutters with sound-absorbing and CFC-free insulating foam, not only keeps noise from escaping your home, but they reduce the noise level considerably from getting into your home. This level of noise reduction makes them the ideal choice by shift workers who work at night and must sleep by day. Rollshutters improve your quality of sleep with their level of darkness and silence from disturbing noises.

For people who suffer from migraine headaches, rollshutters dramatically reduce and insulate a person from brain piercing noises that make migraines worse and prolong their occurrence. Rollshutters provide the perfect nocturnal environment to help you get to sleep and sleep longer without noise interruption such as the sound of lawn mowers, barking dogs and external city sounds.

Even if sleeping is not an issue due to light, work or migraines, you’ll sleep more securely during the night knowing your house is secure from extreme weather storms resulting in falling branches and debris crashing through a window.

If your home is in the Ottawa or surrounding areas, Jans Awnings & Rollshutters can install new Rollshutters at a time that works best for you. Give Us A Call or Contact Us today.

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he tree is up, the lights are shining, and the stockings are hung. You’ve really outdone your decorating self this year, but you may have forgotten something very important. Your aluminum awning of course. Decorating your aluminum awning for the holidays will take your decorating savvy to a whole new level.

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When it comes to Christmas, your aluminum awning is like a blank slate and the possibilities are nearly endless. Here are a few tips that will light up your awning and heart.


Holiday lights are a mainstay in any Christmas decor. Be sure to use safety first when planning for that awning light display. You may choose to adorn your Christmas awning in much the same theme as the rest of the house. Be sure to test the lights prior to hanging them. The only thing more cumbersome that hanging lights is having to take them down, twice. If green and red aren’t your awning’s favourite colour and don’t match, simply use white lights. They are a holiday classic and double as functional light when you’re doing a little winter barbecuing. Some choose to use these lights all year long. Have on hand some tools of the trade like light clips, and fasteners. If you are using a ladder be sure to tie it down and use caution with electricity and any wet areas.


Yes, you can add light sculptures and lightweight Christmas figures to your aluminum awning. How awesome would Santa Claus look atop your awning instead of your roof? Be sure anything that is placed on the top of your awning for the holiday season is lightweight. Also, ensure it is tied down. Heavy winds and reindeer don’t mix. Consider a timer for all your awning decorations. This will save you a whole lot of time and often, with the cost of hydro, a little money.


Go wild with ornaments. The frame of your awning is begging for adornment. Choose a colour theme and have at it. Hang any holiday ornaments on your awning with care. They will need more than a piece of string to secure them. Remember, any Christmas ornaments that are outside will need to endure the elements of that messy Holiday season weather.

Ribbon, bows and more

Think big when it comes to bows. A great holiday bough or two can frame your aluminum awning and coordinate with existing decorations. Ribbons should compliment other elements and don’t forget to look down. If your awning is open, consider a couple of planters with holiday greenery and balls to anchor the space. These planters can create a welcoming environment for your Christmas awning and ultimately your home.

Decorating your awning for the holidays can be a joyful experience. Plan, purchase and stay on budget. Your Christmas awning will soon be the envy of your neighbourhood during this festive holiday season.

Is an aluminum awning on your Christmas list this year? If so we can help, contact us today!

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In today’s competitive market, you can set your business apart by installing a modern commercial retractable awning. Not only does a commercial awning extend the living space of your business, but it offers maximum protection from the heat of solar rays entering your premise. Commercial awnings can enhance the look of your storefront with its beauty and appearance. It also provides you with a unique branding opportunity.

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Energy Savings

When a commercial awning is strategically placed on your building, you create sustainable savings from the merciless summer heat through lowering cooling costs. These savings occur by blocking and/or reducing the amount of solar heat and UV radiation that traditionally gets absorbed by your building; thereby, reducing the amount of energy it takes to cool your business space.

Your return on investment accrues over time because you have an attractive and controllable way to manage your interior cooling expenses. Whether your business is an office building or a store-front retail space, your establishment will benefit from custom commercial awnings.

A New Look

Adding a retractable awning to your business gives you the opportunity of showing off a new look. A commercial awning allows you the chance to change the face and feel of your retail space with a customized style. It also provides a dramatic effect to the outside of your company and offers the impression of a major renovation that can attract customers.

Expanding Outside Space

Retracting commercial awnings provide a business owner the unique opportunity to expand their outside space into a more usable environment. It can provide shade and shelter for both customers and employees alike. In the case of restaurants with patios or cafes, retractable awnings are particularly beneficial because they provide their customers with more comfortable surroundings as a shelter from environmental factors.

Marketing Your Business

A retractable commercial awning can help to enhance your marketing and advertising because branding and awnings go hand-in-hand. Since the material used to make these canopies are weather resistant and highly durable, they are a perfect place to add your custom logo and business name.

Commercial awnings make your business stand out in comparison to other local enterprises, giving your company a unique look while enhancing the attractive architecture of your building. These awnings are a great way to lure passersby into your storefront, restaurant or office.

Advanced Technology

Over the years, advanced technology has increased the durability and longevity of the materials that are used to make retractable awnings. Materials like the Sunbrella line of textiles are incredibly stylish and durable options. They offer superior fade and stain resistance and clean quickly.


Installing a commercial awning on your business property is a long-term investment that offers numerous benefits. Retractable commercial awnings can last for years, reduce your energy costs, renovate your space with a new, fresh look and advertise your business with a simple, tasteful custom awning.

Jans Awnings and Rollshutters is renowned within the industry through a proven record of excellence when it comes to fully backing their products and customer satisfaction. Ready to install an awning for your business? Contact us today and our team of experts will help you choose the right awning for your business.