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Even though the summer season is coming to a close, it is still plenty hot to host a backyard dinner party. From planning the affair, checking the weather reports, seating and shaded areas, to entertaining the kids, you’ll want to take some simple steps to make the occasion a fun and comfortable event for everyone on your list. By following these pointers, you’ll have a successful day that everyone will remember with fond memories and delight.

Summer Backyard Get-together

The Invitation

Instead of texting, emailing or posting the invitation on Facebook, just call your friends and speak directly to the folks you want to hang out with for the day. You might say something like, “Hey, I’m hosting a barbecue get-together at my house and I would really love for you to be there.” Tell them the date and let them know that you’ll follow up by text or email so they have the details, your address, and the start time for reference later.

Let Your Guests Bring Stuff

If your guest asks to bring something, accept the offer graciously. On the other hand, don’t compromise the event’s theme (if there is one) that you’re trying to achieve. You can use this opportunity to allow your friends to help provide the things you don’t own enough of, whether its chairs, plastic wine glasses, dishes, utensils, or umbrellas. You can suggest that they bring one for each person that arrives in their group. If someone texts you on route to the house and ask if there is something they can pick up on the way, a bag of ice is always a welcomed addition.

Attire for the Get-together

There is nothing worse than showing up to a backyard dinner party in your bathing suit when the ladies are wearing sundresses and the guys are in slacks and shirts. Inform your guest ahead of time what the attire will be for the event. If you happen to have a swimming pool that is going to be utilized, remind everyone to bring along their bathing suits and additional towels.

Rain Plans

You’re always going to try to plan your event during good weather, but in the event of sudden inclement weather in the forecast two days before the event, remember to let your guests know of a date change or no date change, regardless of the weather.


When the sun goes down, you’ll want to light up the area instead of keeping your guests in the dark. Ambient lighting like patio lanterns, walkway lighting, patio torches, and lots of candles will create an atmosphere that is sure to please. Hang strings of lights on the deck, the fence, tree branches, and add some hurricane lanterns. Globe string lights are elegant round bulbs that give off a warm glow.

Entertaining the Kids

While the grownups are enjoying their Sangria, plan to have some entertainment for the kids if they’re invited. Stock up on plenty of blowing bubbles, perhaps a sprinkler, or a Slip ’N Slide, and if you have a pool, lots of beach balls and water toys. Also, don’t forget the Piñata for an extra special treat!

Seating and Shade for Guests

If you feel awkward asking your invitees to supply additional chairs, you can always access your indoor furniture. The easiest option is to bring out the dining or kitchen chairs and put them into service. A picnic table also works well for additional dinner seating along with any drum stools you might have in the house.  The other option for additional seating is renting, which can be a surprisingly cheap way to go. Vendors will often even drop off and pick up the chairs.

You may also want to have more than one shaded area for your guests to relax and stay cool. If you have an awning over the patio area, this is a perfect place and solution for seating guests in a location with more shade. Outdoor umbrellas or renting tents also work well for coverage from the scorching sun’s heat and another option to consider.

If you’re the kind of host that likes to make use of their backyard as much as possible while the warm weather lasts, an awning is definitely a good investment. Contact us today and our experts at Jans Awnings and Rollshutters will help you find the right awning that matches your home and style.

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Awnings have one primary purpose and that is to protect us from the elements. While enjoying your awning and the shelter it provides, you will no doubt be participating in a number of activities under that awning. We don’t need to tell you that safety needs to be a priority while enjoying your outdoor space. Enjoy your awning but do it with caution.

Backyard Deck with Retractable Awning

Patio Heaters

A patio heater will increase your decking season, but any appliance with a fuel source needs to be handled with care. Your awning doesn’t likely cover the entirety of your patio or deck so be sure to place that patio heater a good distance away from your awning. While the warmth of the heater can keep you toasty during those beautiful nights under the stars, the often intense heat that comes from the patio heater is too much for any awning fabric. Whenever possible, retract your awning while a patio heater is in use. Placing a patio heater too close to your awning can scorch or burn it and create an unsafe environment.


Standing over a hot barbeque while dancing on a hot deck can make for an uncomfortable experience. That’s likely why you made the investment in an awning. Keeping that awning in a good condition is important and safe cooking while under that awning is part of the equation. If your awning is retractable, tuck it away while you do your outdoor cooking. If your awning doesn’t retract, we do not recommend that you cook under it. Heat, smoke, and even flames will not be kind to the fabric of your awning. Your awning could end up stained or burned. An awning will even harbor that aroma from a great steak long after you’ve eaten it. It’s advisable to always refrain for cooking under an awning.

Fire Pits

While under a fire ban, an open burn shouldn’t be a problem for your awning as it’s not safe to toast those marshmallows. If a fire ban is not in place and you’d like to create a little ambiance with a small fire, take care while under your awning. Fire pits come in all kinds of shapes and sizes. They are on trend in the outdoor industry but in no way should they be combined with your awning. The fabric on your awning can go up in flames within a matter of seconds. Fire pits are essentially an outside fireplace. This fire might be used simply for visual effect or you may choose to cook on the flames. Regardless of its use, your fire pit should be located a good distance from any awning. It only takes one spark to destroy your beautiful awning and if your awning is on fire, the rest of your house is now at risk.  You also run the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.

It is always important to be aware of your surroundings when dealing with fire. Barbeques, heaters, and fire pits all add a valuable contribution to your outdoor space. If you also have an awning in that space, ensure care is taken while enjoying it all. When dealing with fire, prevention is key. Form good habits for dealing with these dangers and your awning will remain safe, intact, and your best friend during those hot summer months.

If you’re reading this after the damage has already been done to your awning, you might be able to repair it using professional help, or you might need to look into purchasing a new one. Contact us today and our team of experts at Jans Awnings & Rollshutters can take care of all your awning needs.

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Unlike traditional fixed screens that are always visible, retractable screens retract into a discreet housing and remain out of sight until you need them. They are an attractive and practical solution for preserving your views as well as your home’s décor. The great thing about these screens is that retractable phantom screens let you enjoy your view all year round because the screen’s mesh allows you to see through the screen, but keeps the bugs out.

Phantom Screen on Gazebo


There are several types of retractable screens available for windows, doors, and large openings. They all consist of the same four components – aluminum housings, slidebar, track and PVC coated fiberglass or polyester mesh, which makes them all extremely durable. Phantom screens are so durable and long lasting that they carry an industry leading Limited Lifetime Warranty to give you complete peace of mind. If they’re well looked after and serviced regularly, the screens will last many years because when retracted and not in use, they stay in their housings during wet and cold months.


There are over 30 types of mesh available in different colours and weaves. The various mesh types available come with different screen densities and colours, thus allowing for solar shading or privacy. They are the perfect protection from the heat and glare of the sun or suitable for homes with pets or even for full privacy.


Because the screens are not exposed to the wet and cold months, which can cause deterioration on traditional screes, retractable phantom screes require minimal maintenance. It is recommended that you should clean the screens once or twice a season with a mild detergent and water to eliminate any small dust particles in the mesh.  Once they have been cleaned, you can gently wipe them off. The best time to clean your phantom screens is early spring and again in autumn when the summer season is over.

You should also remove any debris that might accumulate on the bottom of the door with a broom or a vacuum. Make sure that the debris is removed properly so that it is not pulled back into the track. Wipe the track with a soft cloth using any household cleaner, but avoid using aerosol cleaners. Wipe off the top and bottom of the track and also the sidebar. Next, use a silicone-based spray lubricant to lubricate both the top and bottom of the track so that the screen slides easily back and forth.  This process should be done on a monthly basis to provide you with years of flawless operation.

Although retractable phantom screens are very durable, accidents do occasionally happen. Whether your pet bumps into them or a tear somehow occurs, the mesh can be replaced. Most of the parts can be repaired or replaced and your local dealer will make sure the screen is up and running again very quickly. Contact us today and our team of experts at Jans Awnings & Rollshutters will be ready to help you purchase or repair your retractable phantom screen.

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With summer in full swing and weekends spent at the cottage, you may be thinking about how to create a cool, comfortable, insect-free environment without sacrificing your waterfront view. For homeowners that are interested in opting for an attractive alternative to traditional screens on doors and windows, Phantom Screens is definitely your solution.

porch bug screen


With Phantom Screens, you can let the fresh air in at your getaway retreat while keeping those pesky, biting bugs out! The retractable door screens and windows screens provide you with complete screen protection without the worry about blocking your view because when they’re not in use, the screens disappear out of sight. This innovative design helps to preserve the look of your doorway and windows.

Door Screens

Phantom Screens are manufactured to fit all types of doors, including in-swing, out-swing, single, double and slider doors. Since they are custom made for your home, you can rest assured that they’ll fit perfectly with your doorway. If you happen to have double-French doors, two screens are mounted to each side of the door frame and pulled to the center of the opening when needed. There are several signature colours to choose among for the door and screen mesh or you can custom match your colours, including wood grain.

These revolutionary screens also have a roll control option that helps to regulate the retraction speed of the screens upon opening or closing. In addition, you have a couple of options when it comes to closure. You can choose either a latching handle or magnet closure. They are easy to use, quiet to operate and secure from unintended openings.

Phantom Screens for doors are professionally installed by phantom screen experts who make sure that the screen works properly. They come with a limited lifetime warranty that provides homeowners with additional peace of mind.

Window Screens

Unlike the conventional fixed screens that are most common on windows, Phantom’s window screens won’t get in the way of your view because they retract out-of-sight when not in use. The window screens give you protection from insects, shade from the sun and privacy. They are designed to be both discreet and match with your home’s interior and exterior design.

Phantom window screens are made to fit nearly all window types, including casement, awning, single, double-hung, sliding and tilt & turn windows. Like the door screens, there are signature colours that you can choose among including wood grain with mesh options for insect protection, shade, and privacy.

The Phantom retractable window screen has a mesh retention system that helps the mesh from being blown out of tracks in light breezy conditions. Sizes are available from screening small windows to large picture windows and depending on the window; the screens can be installed on either the interior or exterior of the frame. Recessed installation options are also available.

Phantom retractable window screens are professionally installed by experts who make sure the screens works perfectly in the windows. Like the door screen, window screens come with a limited lifetime warranty that provides homeowners with additional peace of mind.

The next time you`re in the market to update your door or window screens, Contact Jans Awnings or Read More about the benefits Phantom Screens for your Cottage.

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While there are loads of things to consider when choosing furniture for your patio, style should be at the top of the list. The style you decide on should be unique to you, get along with your existing outdoor space and complement your awning.

patio furniture


Deciding on your own personal style can be harder than you think. You will buy patio furniture only a few times throughout your lifetime. Choose wisely but don’t let the process stress you out. If you don’t know where to start, get educated. Visit your local patio furniture store to explore your options. Cushion colour isn’t the only choice you’ll have to make. What style your furniture will be, what materials your patio furniture will be made of and of course, you’ll need to consider your outdoor seating needs. The size of your deck or patio, how much seating you need and what kind of seating will all need to be considered. Then there’s the budget. Lining up your style with the budget is essential. This can be tricky. Difficult but not impossible.


Your backyard and indeed your entire outdoor space will help to dictate which patio furniture you choose. An already beautiful space should be enhanced and added too. If a koi pond is the centerpiece of your backyard, colourful plastic Adirondack chairs aren’t likely to fit in. Likewise, if an outdoor stove is the pride of your backyard, you will want to ensure that any patio furniture purchase you make includes an eating component. If your patio or deck is only big enough for a bistro set, don’t try to fit more. Comfort levels may be sacrificed when you don’t pay attention to dimensions. Having a larger patio furniture piece can make it difficult to adhere to this rule. Creating a small drawing of your backyard space will help to keep size in check and even help you to visualize that new patio furniture.


Coordinating your new patio furniture into your existing outdoor space is essential. You will want to consider many different elements when deciding on the style, colour and size of any furniture you place on your deck and don’t forget to look up. Your awning needs consideration as well.


Very few of us will ever create an outdoor space all at once. If you already have an awning, plan around it. Ask yourself a few questions. What is it’s purpose? What colour is your awning? Is there a pattern in the fabric? Will you enjoy eating under your awning or lounging? Is your awning big enough for both? If your awning boasts a colourful patterned fabric, stick to a solid colour when deciding on cushion colour for your new patio furniture. Likewise, if you awning is in a neutral tone, you may take the opportunity to add some bright colour to your deck or patio. Choosing new patio furniture should be fun! Take it slow, get out and find out what’s available and then you can bring new life to your outdoor space.


Contact Jans Awnings & Rollshutters if you’re in Ottawa or surrounding area and are considering redesigning your home’s patio.

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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.