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By now everyone knows about the possible negative side effects of too much sun exposure. In recent years, these negative effects have become more serious and more prominent. While limited exposure to the sun can be beneficial to your health, too much sun exposure can cause serious side effects.

kids eating popsicles

Side effects from too much sun include:

Heat Stroke or Exhaustion

Heat exhaustion can occur after several days of unprotected exposure to the sun combined with a lack of fluids. The body loses too much water and becomes unable to cool itself. Left untreated it can lead to heat stroke which can be life threatening.


Sunburn appears after extended and unprotected exposure to the sun. Symptoms can include, tender skin, headaches, blisters, fever and sometimes nausea.

Other long-term side effects of too much sun include; skin cancer, melanoma, wrinkles, and prematurely aged skin.

There are things that you can do to protect yourself and your family so that you can avoid these serious side effects caused by too much sun exposure. Sunscreen is important and should be used every time you go outdoors. Another great way to protect your family around your home is to install an awning.

Awnings provide protection from the sun by blocking the harmful rays that can cause damage to your skin. This will help you to avoid sunburn and the more serious effects of skin cancer which can develop over time from repeated unprotected exposure to the sun. The shade provided by an awning can also keep you cooler while you are outdoors, thereby reducing the risk of heat stroke. Remember to provide hydrating beverages to your family while you are outdoors as this will also help you to stay cool and avoid heat stroke.

At Jans Awnings and Rollshutters, we provide solutions for you and your family which will protect you from the sun’s harmful effects. Awnings not only improve the look of your home but also provide you and your family with a comfortable outdoor space where you can enjoy the outdoors while being protected from the serious side effects of sun exposure.

One such style of fabric which provides excellent protect from the sun’s harmful rays is Sunbrella. A Sunbrella awning has fabric which offers cool comfort and superior protection from the harmful UV rays of the summer sun. Testing has shown that Sunbrella can provide you and your family with up to 98 percent protection from the harmful effects of the sun. This rigorous testing has earned the Sunbrella fabrics the “Seal of Recommendation”, awarded by the Skin Cancer Foundation. This foundation is the only global organization which is exclusively focused on skin cancer.

When you install an awning made with Sunbrella fabrics, you can be secure in knowing that you are providing your family with the best protection from the harmful effects of the sun.

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Want the ambiance of an outdoor space without all the bugs? Want to be out in the open but also enjoy a little privacy? Sounds like you could use retractable screens.

Retractable Screen on Porch


Whether it’s a gazebo, pergola, porch or sunroom, retractable screens will take your outdoor structure and make it more enjoyable, for a longer period of time.

Finding enough warm dry weather in southern Ontario can be a challenge. We spend a whole lot of money and time on our outdoor space, only to enjoy if for a relatively small amount of time. There are some tricks to consider when trying to extend your outdoor season and retractable screens are at the top of the list. Many factors endeavour to ruin our outside parties and barbecues. Retractable screens can make all the difference.

Why Invest in Retractable Screens?

Too much heat, privacy issues, and bugs are all culprits that can shorten a birthday or pool party in a hurry. With a retractable screen, the party can go on. Retractable screens act much like your standard window and door frame but are more versatile since they can be placed out of the way when weather permits. Retractable screens enable you to enjoy both your indoor and your outdoor space by keeping the bugs out and providing increased privacy.

Protection Against Heat

During the hottest months of the summer, the heat from the sun can actually keep us indoors. Retractable screens are designed to reduce glare from the sun and promote even air ventilation. This will, in turn, keep us outside so we can enjoy the season.

Privacy and Security

With a denser mesh, a retractable screen can provide increased security and privacy. This added security is ideal for a front porch or a garage.

Protection Against Bugs

A swarm of wasps or mosquitos can ruin any outdoor event. Retractable screens shut the bugs out. This is especially important during high season for black flies and mosquitos. Taking a meal outside becomes much more appetizing without the threat of bugs.

Though the wind can be damaging to retractable screens if left down in a storm, many retractable screens have a built-in sensor that will retract the screens when it gets too windy.

Consider this investment into your home and your outdoor lifestyle. Get the professionals in, consider your options, and start enjoying all that the season has to offer. Contact us today and our team of experts at Jans Awnings & Rollshutters will be ready to transform your outdoor space to be more enjoyable and functional.

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Screened sunrooms continue to be one of the most popular choices for home improvements because they are cost effective, versatile and enhance the look and curb appeal of your home. A screened-in porch is less expensive and easier to install than a regular room since they don’t usually require a foundation, insulation, or HVAC systems. Best of all is their exposure to continuous fresh air.

Screened Sunroom


The Benefits of a Screened Sunroom

A three-season screened sunroom has low investment costs and utilizes your existing patio or porch roof. It allows homeowners to enjoy the benefits of feeling like they’re outdoors while being sheltered from the harsh elements like sun, rain and bugs. This type of room also provides visibility without the glare and heat build-up of glass enclosed sunrooms.

When a sunroom fits your home’s design and lifestyle, it can add a touch of luxury to your environment. Besides providing additional space to your home, screened rooms have a completely different look and feel from traditional room additions because of the amount of exposure to the outside. Homeowners who decide to invest in a screened-in sunroom say it’s their favorite room in the house. Sunrooms provide a sense of relaxation, and most people outfit them with comfortable furnishings that encourage stress-free living.

Screened rooms not only provide additional space and added value to your home, but there are personal paybacks as well to installing a screened room. One of the most beneficial features of a screened sunroom is that it allows you to enjoy the physical benefits of natural sunlight. You’ll enjoy serene bliss by bringing the outdoors in while comfortably lounging in this versatile room.

There are other numerous personal perks to having a screened room, such as having a meal outside in a bug-free spot while enjoying the natural beauty that surrounds you. A screened porch allows you and your family to spend quality time together having dinner or playing games in a comfortable setting while listening to the sounds of nature. If you have children, it’s a great and safe place for kids to play on rainy days. From a resale perspective, a screened porch will make your property stand out from the competition and may help to sell your home more quickly to future prospective buyers.

Aluminum Screens

Today’s screens are made of durable aluminum components that never warp, rot or sag like traditional fiberglass. According to, aluminum can last 30 to 40 percent longer than fiberglass and the new black aluminum is almost invisible when you look out from inside. It allows you to breathe in the fresh air flowing through the space.

Jans Awnings can help turn your existing patio or porch into a screened room with a custom built plan that is tailored to your precise specification. A custom built screen room provides maximum visibility while allowing you to breathe in fresh air. Contact our team of experts today and we’ll start you on the path of creating a screened sunroom for your home.

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The weather is warming up and the days are starting to get longer. If you’re going to be out in the sun on your patio or deck, especially when it’s hot outside, you should try and stay safe from the sun. Down by the beach you’ll slather on SPF for on-the-go protection. But at home, there’s an easier choice.

Retractable Awning


When it’s finally time to sit back and relax out back on a nice weekend, nobody wants to worry about applying sunscreen all the time. This is where owning an awning comes in handy. An awning or retractable awning is the perfect answer. With proper positioning or the press of a button you can have sun or shade, depending on the weather and the activities going on around you. Great for relief from the sun and perfect for those wanting to avoid sunburns.

Avoid Sunburns with Awnings

If you want to sit outside in the heat of the day and have a cold beverage or just sit outside to watch the kids, and you don’t want to get sunburnt, your awning gives you that nice cover of shade. You’ll still feel the warm air, but you won’t have to worry about those harmful rays.

Doctors advise that you should wear sunscreen whenever you plan on being exposed to direct sunlight for an extended period of time. Those penetrating UVA and UVB rays can have a serious impact on your skin with a painful sunburn being the most common problem. It can also lead to less time out enjoying your backyard with friends and loved ones.

Awnings not only extend your living space but enrich the way you experience the outdoors. And with warmer weather not going anywhere for a while, awnings are the perfect product for you and your safety and enjoyment. Shade is the original, all-natural, mother nature approved sunburn preventative.

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You can improve the look and exterior living space of your business by installing a retractable awning. Not only will it offer maximum protection from the sun, but it will enhance your business by the beauty of its appearance.

When you add an awning to your business storefront, you are creating a unique branding opportunity. This attractive addition also protects your property from the outside elements, such as the heat of solar rays entering your premise.

Retractable Awning for a business

Energy Savings:

When an awning is strategically placed on your building, you create sustainable savings while cooling your house from the hot summer heat. 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. Regardless whether your business is an office building or a store-front retail space, you 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 retractable awning allows you the chance to change the face and feel of your commercial space with a customized look. A retractable awning 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 awnings afford 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 patio 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:

Retractable awning can really help to enhance your marketing and advertising because branding and awnings for businesses go hand-in-hand. Since the material used to make these weather resistant, highly durable canopies, they are a perfect place to add your custom logo and business name. Retractable awnings can 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 both incredibly stylish and durable option. They offer superior fade and stain resistance and clean quickly.

Companies like Jans Awnings & Rollshutters take great care to fully back their products and they’re renowned within the industry for a proven record of excellence.


Although installing awnings on your commercial property might appear to be a costly undertaking, it is a long term investment that you will be glad that you did. Retractable awnings can last for years and in one fell swoop, you reduce your energy costs, renovate your space with a fresh look and advertise your business with a simple, tasteful custom awning.

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The crocuses are making their annual appearance, you’ve taken the car in for that long awaited wash, and the Cottage and Backyard Show is fast approaching. All signs that spring has arrived.

Cottage and Backyard Show 2016


From April 8-10, everything spring can be found in one place. If you didn’t know you needed something for the backyard and cottage, that will change when you walk through the doors at this year’s show held in Ottawa’s EY centre.

If you missed last year’s show, you would have missed a vast array of vendors, offering everything and more in the area of outdoor living. Last year’s Cottage and Backyard Show brought in thousands of outdoor enthusiast to the EY centre in Ottawa. With more than 200 vendors this year, it’s sure to have something for everyone.

Along for the ride again this year is Jans Awnings. Joining them are companies showcasing their wares in so many categories. Among them are:

  • Environmental products and services
  • Campgrounds and camp gear
  • Docks and boats
  • Games
  • Kitchens
  • Health and wellness
  • Outdoor kitchens and appliances
  • Fishing products
  • Off road vehicles

Cottage and Backyard Show Features

This year’s show has a number of features that will delight. Whether you are a first-time home/cottage owner or a seasoned veteran of the outdoors, the Cottage and Backyard Show has something for everyone. Features of the show include:

  • Real Estate
  • HGTV Paul Lafrance
  • General Store
  • Dock Party
  • Ontario Wood
  • Guildcrest Home Model Cottage
  • Garden Feature
  • Cottage life’s Dave Depencier

Everything outdoors is represented at the Cottage and Backyard Show and tickets for this year’s show are $12, children 17 and under are free, and parking is $8.

Exclusive Rate: Get Two Tickets for $12 with this link.

This rate is available until Show closing!

If this is your first year to the Cottage and Backyard Show in Ottawa, you can be sure it won’t be your last. There is so much to see and do you’ll want to make a day (or two) of it. This year’s show runs Friday through Sunday.

For more information about our involvement in the show, contact us today and our team will provide you with the information you need.

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Spring is in the air! And summer isn’t far away!! Those lazy hazy days that all Canadians wish for all winter long are nearly here. With spring and summer come family get-togethers. Backyard barbeques, pool parties and eating dinner on the patio are just a few of the things we like to do in the spring and summer sun. All of these activities are made that much better when you have a home that is equipped with shade-making accessories such as awnings and patio or deck umbrellas.

Patio Awning vs Unbrella


But how do you decide which of these is best for your home? Umbrellas and awnings are suited to different situations. It depends on your needs and the design of your home and yard. Let’s take a look at the differences.

What Works Better For Patios?

Some homeowners may have a modest sized yard. Part of the yard could be landscaped to include a patio that is away from the home. Sometimes this patio area might have an open gazebo or just simply be decorated with some accent potted plants and include outdoor furniture with a seating area. In this situation, a patio umbrella would be a great solution to providing much needed shade. Not only does the umbrella provide shade, but it also helps to protect you and your family from the damaging rays of the sun. There is a wide selection of styles, colours and sizes to choose from.

How About Around the Pool?

Around the pool is another place where the patio umbrella would be best suited. If you use a smaller umbrella you can move it around and place it just where you need it. Larger umbrellas can be placed over tables with seating to provide shade to a group of people at the same time. If the umbrella isn’t required, it is easily cranked closed and secured, protecting it from wind.

What about My Deck?

If you have a large deck, some areas might have greater sun exposure than others. This is when the use of a deck umbrella is most effective. The deck umbrella can provide shade to areas that are not protected by an awning. It can also be adjusted and angled so that no matter what position the sun is at, you can provide shade to that area of the deck. Often a deck umbrella is used around a seating area such as a table with chairs. This offers the perfect setting for a summer evening family meal.

Where are the optimal spots for setting up an awning?

Awnings work best when used for decks and patios that are directly adjacent to your home. The awning is installed on the side of your home, covering your deck and provides optimum shade from the hot summer sun as well as protection from sudden rain showers. Awnings are available in a wide selection of styles, colours and sizes, just like patio and deck umbrellas. While awnings can be more expensive, they are a more permanent solution to providing shade to you and your family. An awning not only provides protection from the sun, it also provides curb appeal to your home. We recommend purchasing a retractable awning for your home. This gives you the convenience of being able to retract the awning when you don’t need it including during the winter. One advantage of awnings over patio umbrellas is that awnings not only provide protection from the sun outdoors but they also shade your home from the damaging rays of the sun.

As you can see, both umbrellas and awnings are a great addition to your home. Both provide protection from the sun and both enhance your enjoyment of your home and yard. Each has their own purpose and when used together can provide you and your family with optimum protection from the hot summer sun.

If you’re interested in giving your home shade this summer, Contact Jans Awnings to see what we can do for you.

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Choosing an awning can be a daunting task. With so many manufacturers how can a homeowner know which product is best for their home? And which product is manufactured to resist fading? After all, once you’ve selected that perfect design and colour that will complement your home and yard it’s important that it keeps looking great, year after year. In our experience, we recommend the Sunbrella brand to our customers. Sunbrella fabric provides a wide range of colours and styles, and the fabric will withstand fading, year after year.

Awning Retractable

How does Sunbrella keep their fabric colours looking great while resisting fading? Sunbrella fabrics are manufactured using acrylic yarn that is 100% solution-dyed. The manufacturing process of solution-dying is to add colour to the acrylic fibers while they are still in a liquid state. This means that each individual fibre is dyed the brilliant colour that you see. When each fibre is dyed it locks the colour into the fabric giving the fabric a longer life as well as being easy to clean. Other fabric manufacturers simply dyed the surface of the fabric only. With this approach, the heat of the sun, wet rain and snow and drying winds can fade the colour in the fabric over time. With Sunbrella fabrics, the damage normally caused by severe weather is minimized, meaning homeowners can enjoy their Sunbrella awing for many years without the fear of fading fabric colours.

Sunbrella fabric is the most suitable choice for any awning. Sunbrella will withstand many years of severe, harsh climates such as heavy rains, wind, ice, snow and the hot sun, due to the high resistant quality of the acrylic yarns.

In addition to Sunbrella fabric’s ability to resist fading, it also is very resistant to multiple stains, including; grape juice, blood, bird droppings, mildew, grease and more. The mildew resistant property of Sunbrella awnings is due to the woven fabric which allows moisture to escape. This will also resist mildew buildup on your deck or patio. Sunbrella fabrics come with 5 Year Warranty.

Reduce Skin Cancer Risk with Sunbrella Awnings

Another great reason to choose Sunbrella awnings is that they provide up to 98% UV protection. This means that you and your family will be protected from harmful effects of the sun when using your Sunbrella awning. Did you know that Sunbrella fabrics have been recognized by the by The Skin Cancer Foundation, which is an international organization that is dedicated to the prevention of skin cancer. This organization has awarded Sunbrella fabrics the “Seal of Recommendation”. Keep in mind when choosing your Sunbrella awning colour that whites and lighter coloured fabrics will provide somewhat less protection than the darker coloured fabrics. The protective factor of Sunbrella fabric is inherent to the product. It will not be reduced overtime through usage or exposure to the sun.

So as you can see, if you want an awning that will retain its bright colour throughout the years, Sunbrella fabric is the best choice you can make.

If you are interested in an awning for the Ottawa area, contact Jans Awnings and Rollshutters today! From fabric awnings to aluminum awnings, we can install an awning to match your needs and style.

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Not too far into the future, the signs of Spring will be upon us once more with warmer days, longer hours of daylight and buds breaking through the ground to delight us with a multitude of floral scents. The beginnings of spring gives us many reasons to be joyous, but with all of the enthusiasm we experience for the warm days of spring and hot days of summer to follow come the pesky bugs to annoy us. As we get our homes and properties ready for outdoor living, so too do the bugs and birds get ready for nesting. Unfortunately, many homeowners discover that one of the prime locations that they love to invade is under your beautiful awning.



Here are some tips on how you can prevent these little critters from making their home beneath your awning so that your time outside is enjoyable without an invasions of pests.


Wasps, Hornets and Yellow Jackets

Many people try to get rid of these stinging pests to no avail and they can be tricky preventing them from nesting under an awning, your yard or around your home. The best approach is to start a treatment program once the nest appears so that small problems don’t turn into bigger ones. The first step in eliminating the bugs is to inspect your home, property and awning regularly for active nests. The 5 most common locations for nesting occur:

  • Under roof awnings, retractable or stationary awnings
  • Behind window shutters
  • Hanging from tree branches
  • Inside fence posts and play sets
  • Inside hollow out tree trunks or stacked wood


Yellow jacket nests are particularly hard to find because they are well hidden, so you have to be a bit like a detective to spot them and track them down. They like to nest in the shade or in shaded areas, so check areas under trees or awnings.

Treating a wasp or hornet nest is not that difficult if you do it smartly and take precautions. If you are stung while attempting to get rid of them and experience severe symptoms, get medical attention ASAP!

You can use any good commercial product, like Raid Wasp & Hornet Killer for outdoor nests. After you have thoroughly saturated the nest, you can remove it after 24 hours. Treat the nest at dusk or dawn when flying insects are less likely to be active and remember to wear gloves and long sleeve clothing. Do not spray directly underneath the nest, but rather farther away and always spray with the wind.


The Buzzing Bee

Unlike wasps, hornets and yellow jackets, bees are typically pudgy, hairy and much more docile.  They are important pollinators and for the most part can be left alone, unless of course, they’ve decided to set up house under your awning. If you do discover a colony of bees have made a permanent residence beneath your awning, it is best to call a beekeeper to remove them safely and properly.



Birds can also be unwelcomed guest under patio awnings and these furry little creatures can be frustrating to relocate, but relocating they must. There are a variety of methods you can use to detract birds from nesting under your awning, like using bird netting. It will keep the birds away and in the event they do come to close to it, they will not become trapped in it. Another method is to destroy the nest before birds lay their eggs. If they have already laid eggs, wait until the offspring have taken flight then destroy the nest so it cannot be reused again next season. Lastly, create a sense of danger by spending time near your patio awning and creating noise and movement.


Here is a great YouTube video to watch for bird proofing a Patio Awning:

If you would like any more information on Awnings, Contact Jans Awnings and speak with a professional today.

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When you want to enjoy time on your patio during the warm summer months, 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.


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

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.

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%.

In this article, we are going to take a look at the different main features between fixed and retractable awnings. The first distinction between the two is their style and functionality.


Fixed Awning:

A Jans fixed aluminum awningFixed awnings can protect against all kinds of weather because they are attached to your home using a frame, screws, and other materials to bolt the awning to the building or structure. They cannot be taken down unless you do so permanently.

Fixed awnings require little maintenance and provide constant, uninterrupted shade. On the other hand, because they are stationary, and sunlight is not with the various seasons, you may not get enough sunlight into the house during the cold winter months.

Fixed awnings can also be configured to form a kind of outdoor room over your deck or porch. They can provide a dry, cool place where you sit comfortable away from the elements. However, fixed awnings are typically used for smaller areas such as windows, doors, alcoves, entry ways and walkways.

Because of their permanent structure and installation, you might see them on offices or entry ways. You might also see these types of awnings with graphic designs or company logos on them. Canopy awnings are a form of fixed awnings that cover larger surfaces and require posts and structural supports.


Retractable Awning:

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.a jans retractable awning

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:

Whether you decide on a fixed or retractable awning, 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’ experience in providing customers with quality and service. They offer a great selection of retractable and window awnings, fixed aluminum, commercial and aluminum awnings. Contact Us Today!