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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.


red awning


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.

 commercial awning

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.

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Autumn is upon us, and if ever there was a season to inspire us, autumn ranks number one with its rich array of colours, the smell of crisp air and fall leaves. Mother Nature becomes a true artist in the fall and paints her masterpiece with leaves ablaze with shades of red, gold, orange and yellow.

cottage with screened porch


Autumn can transport you to a new level of contentment with local farmers selling their seasonal produce of crisp apples, squash and stout pumpkins. Now, this is the perfect time to partake in the sights and smells of the season, and there is no better place that you can enjoy more of the season than from the comfort of your screened-in porch.

You can enjoy the pleasures of your outdoor living beyond spring and summer, especially when the sizzling heat of the summer finally breaks. During the fall, your screened porch can be a more enjoyable place to linger outside with cooler weather and the glorious shades of nature all around you.

Just Imagine

Just imagine how enjoyable it can be on an autumn morning in your fluffy robe and slippers, sipping a warm cup of frothy latte’ in your favourite overstuffed cushion chair. You get the opportunity to see wildlife in their scurry to get ready for the winter ahead and listen to the geese flying overhead going south, all the while listening to the rustle of the autumn leaves falling while you’re checking your emails and schedule for the day.

A screened-in porch can extend your time outdoors even if it’s a tad chilly. If you were lucky enough to install a fireplace as part of your porch build, you have the opportunity to inject ambience and real warmth into the space.


Regardless whether it’s wood burning or gas, you’ll be warm and toasty in this extended space by the allure of flickering flames and heat that it provides. If you don’t have a built-in fireplace, you still have the opportunity to purchase gorgeous outdoor space heaters that will give you the feeling of an outdoor fireplace with a similar appeal and alluring feel. Whichever it might be, a heat source of some sort will create a lovely spot to curl up with a book or just cozy up on a cool fall day.

Interior Décor

Fall is a wonderful time to incorporate some autumn colours in your screened porch. Interior decor is a superb mood-setter that can give you and your family a mental break from the sizzling heat of the summer.

In addition to the aroma of autumn and the scenic imagery that you can witness while being tucked inside your screened-in porch, you can enhance the experience by bringing the outdoors in with the potted flowers of the season. Imagine being surrounded by pots of classic autumn hues of orange, gold, russet and bronze mums and purple asters.

Add to your delight by having baskets filled with autumn corncobs, scones and pumpkins to create a seasonal look for warmth and comfort. If you haven’t already, hang some strings of interior mini-lights. With the evenings getting darker sooner, the warm twinkle, glow of mini-lights will certainly provide an atmosphere that is warm, cozy and relaxed.

A final touch that you might consider is to add plush, seasonal-coloured cushions of russet and cranberry, fluffy-colourful brown, gold and crimson flannel blankets; thereby changing up the scheme with the rich hues of fall colours. All of these minor change-ups will create an atmosphere that invites fall weather and adds warmth for your guests.

Enjoy Your Screened Porch

Autumn is a perfect time to enjoy the splendours of fall with its colours, aromas and cooler temperatures while cuddled up contently in the privacy of your screened porch.

Jans Awnings and Rollshutters has over 15 years of experience in providing our customers with rollshutter, awnings, retractable screens, and the best customer service possible. If you believe that you are in need of any of our home solutions, call us at 613-832-2345 to book a free consultation.

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It’s almost time to dig out the decorations for Halloween and set a ghostly mood at your house to welcome enthusiastic trick-or-treaters. Many homeowners discover that casting creepy characters in a spooky haven for scaring and delighting the locals is both fun and easy to achieve.

Halloween Trick or Treaters


You’ll want to make a frightening, enchanting yet hair-raising statement when the youngsters arrive at your house. Your home can become a desirable neighbourhood destination, using an assortment of exterior features that is sure to convey the highly anticipated night of the dead.

If you already have a fixed aluminum awning, it’s a great fixture to anchor Halloween decorations or build a Halloween theme without spending a lot to create a creepy Halloween experience. What better way to greet them than to decorate your awning, front porch, door and entryway with a wicked welcome in the spirit of Halloween in Ottawa.

And decorating your aluminum awning is a great place to begin your haunted abode, like making the awning area turn into a bat cave. This dauntingly scary and frightfully fun cavern not only spooks up your front porch for visitors but creates a Halloween signature location to visit in the neighbourhood.

An awning is the ideal spot for hanging Halloween lights or creating a massive spider web with spider webbing anchored at the corners. To spruce it up even more you can add a chock-full of fake spiders to the giant web.

A great scary appearance is to perch realistic looking skeletons on the top of the awning with their legs dangling over the edge for a scary looking passageway to the front door. This will frighten even the most fearless Halloween visitor!

Awnings are a great place to hand cut out silhouettes of different spooky creatures, like witches, goblins and bugs while having them dangle and move about in the night breeze. You can even attach a giant, black hairy spider as a bone-chilling bonus!

Complement your frightfully festooned awning by adorning any furniture you might have at the front door with Halloween decorations. The use of black pillows, spooky cats sitting on the front settee or a witch/scarecrow sitting on the porch will cast a frighteningly delightful shelter.

Underneath the awning is perfect for displaying lighted pumpkins, scary faced jack-o-lanterns, scream-worthy scarecrows, zombies or sounds from a Halloween DVD. With a few simple, (yet effective) Halloween decorations, you can make your residence the most unique and frightening house on the block for the trick-or-treaters to visit!


Jans Awnings and Rollshutters has over 15 years of experience in providing our customers with rollshutters, awnings, retractable screens, and the best customer service possible. If you believe that you are in need of any of our home solutions, call us at 613-832-2345 to book a free consultation.

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When creating or updating any outdoor space, there are many options to meet your needs. From entertainment to seating, safety and comfort, all are important and should, when executed properly, work together. If your outdoor space is missing something, consider a well-appointed awning.

red and white awning


Awnings fulfil more than one need in your backyard. While an awning will provide protection from the elements, it will also add to the appearance of your space. The right awning in the right space can be the icing on the cake.

Window Awnings

If your window is begging for some relief from the heat of the sun, a simple stationary awning may be all that is needed. More than one window awning can anchor a space and provide a colour theme. A wide variety of colours and patterns will give you loads of choice.

Fixed Aluminum Awnings

Fixed aluminum awnings go a long way in adding character to the exterior of your home. Talk about a custom look. A fixed aluminum awning will blend right in with your existing structure and provide constant shelter from the element, all while representing your individual style. A custom fit paired with your favourite colour will have your fixed awning setting the tone for your outdoor space. You will also find your fixed aluminum awning tying in other outdoor elements, providing a tailored look to your outdoor living space.

Retractable Awnings

Retractable awnings are ideal for larger spaces such as a deck. A large awning that covers a deck should be able to retract to enjoy the sun when desired. Retractable awnings can be operated manually or with a remote controlled motor run system. An excellent retractable awning will protect you and your loved ones from both sun and light rain, making your space more comfortable. It can also be stored away when desired.

Commercial Awnings

In the market for a commercial awning? Commercial awnings will carry your brand name with style. Traditional, Visage, Ambassador, Duchess, Entrance Marquee or Waterfall. No matter what style you choose, commercial awnings double their duty by providing protection from the elements while providing signage for your business.


Awnings come in a variety of sizes. In addition, they will not rot, rust or warp. They are lightweight while being sturdy. Unlike umbrellas, they are reliable, customizable and durable. They can be sized within the inch to provide a built-in look. Awnings don’t just come in a variety of sizes, but styles too. Pitch, style, colour, and pattern will determine the unique look of your awning. All Jans’ awnings are manufactured with Sunbrella fabric, which is durable, water and fade resistant.

There’s an awning for every space. Consider what a great awning could do for your outdoor space. Creating a comfortable atmosphere will keep you outside, longer. Any element that allows us to extend our season is an investment in our quality of life. The right awning can be just what your property needs. Contact us today to get started!

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If it feels like your town was a safer place to live and work yesterday, then it is today, you’re probably right. Unfortunately, progress and population growth often mean an increase in crime. As a business owner, an arsenal of security measures should be taken when running any business. Security rollshutters can play a big part in keeping your business and all who work there, safe.

security rollshutters


Rollshutters work differently than security gates. With all the doors locked in your store, it is still left at risk for crime. Rollshutters provide that extra level of protection. So how do they work and what can they do for you in your efforts to secure your storefront?

Out of sight, out of temptation

When peeking through your store window, merchandise is likely the first thing a customer will see. While this display of wares is a great selling tool and one that will bring the customers, it can also be a magnet for thieves. Allowing a potential thief to see what you have to offer can make your business a target. Rollshutters take that visual out of the equation. A potential break in can be avoided simply by making the theft harder to obtain. Any obstacles you can put in the way of a thief will have them thinking twice. No need for a criminal to go out of the way, in order to steal from your store, when they can easily move on to a store front that is more accessible. Criminals like to know what they’re stealing before the event. Rollshutters prevent this and put you in the game when if comes to avoiding a burglary.

Access doesn’t come easily

As a business owner, you wouldn’t leave your doors unlocked during the hours when you’re not there. Why leave your windows available for entry. With rollshutters, windows are no longer an access point for those bandits. Rollshutters physically shut down your windows, making them very difficult to get to. A rollshutter will completely cover your windows, making entry through them virtually impossible. While a thieve could spend the time uncovering these windows, they will likely move on to an another victim because there is no quiet way to penetrate a properly installed rollshutter. Rollshutters over windows, also protect these windows from vandalism. Broken windows and doors will affect your bottom line and a rollshutter system is a relatively small investment to make, to ensure your store remains secure.

Versatility and the right rollshutter for your store

Rollshutters are made of either metal, PVC or fiberglass and come with a variety of closing systems. Many electric rollshutters can be moved up and down with the flick of a switch ensuring that after a long day at the store, your property is secured with very little time or energy. Electric rollshutters are a popular choice as they can only be operated from the inside, adding an extra layer of security. Manual rollshutters can provide security for your store as well. They wind down from the inside or out and the tool used for closing your rollshutters will be taken with you at the end of the day, much like a key. Manual operation can be achieved from inside with a cord winch as well. It can be easily hidden behind a blind or curtain.

Maintaining a secure store will go a long way in keeping your business profitable. Becoming a victim of crime, no matter what community you live in, can put you and your store at risk, both personally and financially. Rollshutters should hold an important piece of the security puzzle for your store front. Contact us today and our team of experts at Jans Awnings & Rollshutters will take care of all your rollshutter needs.

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You’ve invested wisely in a high-quality, attractive retractable awning and want to make it last, but awnings, like other outdoor furniture, needs some care once in a while to maintain its quality.

a jans retractable awning


Awnings have changed over the years with structures that are much stronger and water resistance fabrics, like Sunbrella™, which is 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.

Protection from Weather

It’s pretty obvious that the easiest solution to preventing damage to your awning during a storm is to retract your awning. It’s also helpful when an awning is mounted close to the house because this prevents it from being vulnerable to sun, rain and wind.

A good quality awning, like those available at Jans Awnings, can hold some water because they are water resistance, but not waterproof, so it’s best to avoid accumulating an abundance of water on it. How much water your awning can take on is dependent on its pitch, but for safety sake, it’s best to retract your awning during inclement weather.

When you have a quality retractable awning, the constant beating down of the sun’s rays shouldn’t be a problem since they’re designed primarily to protect us from the effects of the hot sun. However, even though they’re treated so that they do not deteriorate over time from the constant effects of the heat of the sun, they may require cleaning every once in a while to keep them looking fresh and new.

Wind is unpredictable, and you cannot trust its velocity at any time during a whirlwind storm, so the most prudent thing that you can do is retract your awning. Even the most stable elements of an awning are subject to damage by high winds and given a strong enough wind your awning can do damage to your home.

Cleaning & Maintenance

When you keep your awning in good repair, you extend the life of it considerably. You should inspect the mechanisms of the awning and clean them on occasion to keep them functioning at top performance. It is not recommended to use any type of detergent, but rather a very mild soap is your best bet for cleaning purposes. If your fabric has stains on it that you wish to remove, lather soap in your hands and apply it to the stained area. You can use a brush, similar to car brushes, to gently cleanse the area and rinse.

Protect Your Awning

By protecting your awning from the sun, rain, and wind, your awning will shelter you and provide you with many years of comfort and enjoyment. Contact us today to further discuss extending the life of your awning!