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When you want to enjoy your time outside on your backyard patio during the 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 space.

Backyard Retractable Awning

Although most patio awnings are designed for sun protection, some models are designed to protect against rain and higher levels of wind. You will no longer have to be chased indoors by a blazing sun or a sudden shower.

A Great Addition to any Home

A retractable awning can provide excellent coverage during a light shower because the standard awning fabric is highly water repellent. To maximize the awning’s ability to be effective for rainwater runoff, the best pitch is at 14 degrees.

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 metal arms are adjustable, you can change the pitch of the awning to your desired position to maximize your protection.

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 any simpler.

Save on Energy Costs

Awnings offer protection and beauty to any deck or patio and help to reduce energy costs while keeping you cool beneath their cover. Awnings can add charm and personality to your home and can transform a plain facade into something extraordinary. Awnings can increase the value of your home since they set your home apart from the rest.

In addition to their attractiveness, awnings keep your home much cooler during the heat of the summer months. They help to 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 being bleached out by the sun’s rays and reduce sunlight and glare through your windows by as much as 94%.

According to Michelle Sahlin, managing director of the Professional Awning Manufacturers Association, many people do not recognize that more than any other part of the house, the majority of cooling energy in most homes is lost through the glass doors and windows. Awnings provide an effective way of preventing cooling energy loss in your home. This reduction in cooling energy loss benefits the environment because it reduces greenhouse gas emissions and saves money on energy bills for homeowners.

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.

Storage and Care

There are many styles and colours to choose from that would compliment any outdoor décor. If you wish, an awning may remain mounted all year long. Alternatively, you can easily detach the removable awning, which makes storage convenient because it is collapsible.

It’s also important to remember that whether you have a vinyl or canvas awning, they require regular cleaning. Vinyl awnings will require a regular sealing, while canvas awnings that are made with the Sunbrella fabric need to be scheduled for waterproofing and stain protection.

Whether you’re a homeowner or a business establishment that wants to make an impression with attractive, versatile, energy saving, and heat reducing awnings, Jans Awnings has over 15 years of experience in providing customers with quality products and service. We offer a selection of retractablewindow, fixed aluminum, commercial, and aluminum awnings. Contact us today and our team will be ready to provide an awning solution that would suit you and your home’s needs and aesthetics.

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You can keep your awning in great shape for many years to come by doing a little routine awning care. In some cases, the material used for an awning will be mildew-resistant, but that doesn’t mean you’re off the hook from occasionally cleaning it. If dirt accumulates on a canvas awning, it can give way to mold and mildew. That not only poses a health risk, but detracts from the aesthetic value of your awning, as mildew can stain the awning’s fabric.

detergent and sponge

Hosing down your awning

One of the simplest, but most effective ways of caring for your awning is to give it a monthly hosing with water. Doing so helps keep dirt from becoming embedded deep within the fabric, which will necessitate more robust cleaning efforts. While a monthly rinse is good practice, you might still want to consider a more thorough cleaning for your awning every two to three years.

Vigorous cleaning methods

Depending on the size and type of awning you have, you may be able to clean the fabric while it’s still on the frame, or remove it and clean it in a washing machine. If you plan to use a washing machine, use mild soaps, cold or lukewarm water, and air dry the fabric. Always follow the manufacturer’s advise as well, when it comes to washing your awning fabric.

To clean the awning fabric while it’s still on the frame, start by brushing off any loose dirt or debris, then hose down the fabric with water. Next, create a cleaning solution of water and mild soap. Apply the solution to the fabric and use a soft-bristled brush to clean. Rinse off the solution thoroughly and let your fabric air dry.

Cleaning the underside

While the top of your awning is exposed to the elements, don’t forget that dirt, dust, and cobwebs can accumulate on the underside as well. Regularly brushing the underside of your awning with a broom is a simple and effective way to keep it in good condition.

Placement and patch-ups

If at all possible, keep canvas awnings away from trees, shrubs, and vines. Many trees, shrubs, bushes, and vines contain an acid that can damage the canvas awning material. Prolonged exposure to this acid can create defects in your awning which will negatively impact both its appearance and performance.

Also keep an eye out for any small rips or tears in your awning’s fabric. Even small tears can become large ones, so use repair tape to close them up at first sight.

Take care when it’s cold and wet

Canvas awnings can be damaged when rolled or unrolled in cold temperatures. The movement of the canvas in cold weather can lead to cracks.

Also keep in mind that water pooling in spots of your awning can cause the canvas to stretch, leading to a poor fit on the awning’s frame. After a heavy rainfall, have a look at your awning to check if water has pooled in any pockets. If it has, try pushing the underside of the awning with a broom to remove any standing water.

If you need any help with caring for your awnings, or you need to replace your old awnings then Contact Jans Awnings for a no-obligation, in-home consultation.

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Getting too much sun is never good. Getting heat stroke is downright dangerous so it’s important to learn how to prevent heat stroke before it happens. Finding a little shade can make the difference between enjoying a great summer day and spending that day in your local ER.

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The inclination on a very hot day, is to enjoy it until the sun goes down. It’s important however, to take a break throughout the day, grab a drink, and find some shade. You might find in your backyard lots of activities to enjoy, but your outdoor space should include a safe place to relax and take it easy. During the dead heat of the summer months, an umbrella just isn’t going to help much. A retractable awning or adding screening will go a long way in reducing the temperature of your deck. An awning will ultimately reduce the temperature of you and your loved ones. An awning will also reduce the temperature of your deck or patio by as much as 20 degrees. The great coverage that an awning will be provide, will keep you outside longer. A good rule of thumb is to take a beverage break for fifteen minutes every hour. Sitting under your shade structure for a few minutes with a cold non-alcoholic drink will go a long way in keeping heat stroke away.

When learning how to prevent heat stroke from a medical standpoint, it’s having a core temperature of 105 °F. In order for your body to reach this level of heat illness, precautions have been ignored and likely, these several warning signs.


Preceding symptoms of heat stroke include:

  • Severe Headache
  • Nausea and or Vomiting
  • Dizziness and/or Fainting
  • Lack of Sweating
  • Fatigue
  • Seizures
  • Confusion
  • Hot Skin


Any one of these symptoms could be a sign of danger but generally, it is when two or more are experienced, that heat stroke might be present. Simply staying hydrated and out of the sun for a time can have you avoiding this dangerous heat illness and with heat stroke at bay, your backyard will continue to be enjoyed. Without the proper coverage and with too much exposure to the sun, everyone is susceptible to heat stroke. Like many illnesses though, the very young and the very old are most at danger.

If you’ve ever had heat stroke, you know it is not pleasant and the remedy isn’t either. What should you do if you or a loved one appears to be suffering from heat stroke? First and foremost, call 911. While waiting for emergency services to arrive, remove any unnecessary clothing from the person and move them to an air conditioned room or at least into a shaded area. If you give them water, have them take small controlled sips. Too much water may cause vomiting or cramps. If the person’s temperature is 101 or higher, apply ice packs to the groin, armpits, back and neck. Also, putting the person in a cold bath may reduce their core temperature but always ask the 911 operator first before taking such measures.

Just remember that during the summer months, enjoy the heat, but be safe. If you enjoy sitting outside on your deck or porch or what not you can reduce the temperature of your deck with an awning. If you think that adding an awning to your house then contact us today and you’ll be sitting outside on your deck/porch with shade in no time.

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The summer is upon us in the Ottawa area and so too are the bugs. If you live in Ontario, you share the woes of bug bites, and the remedies that can be as nasty as the insects. Creating a bug free environment with a screened room or retractable screen is a great option. However with outside living in your backyard there are a few other techniques to manage the little critters may just improve your summer.

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Traditional Defences

Deet has long since been a controversial substance used as a repellent for mosquitoes and the dreaded black fly. Deet is not appropriate for small children and it is questionable whether the toxic nature of deet is worth its repellent properties. Many sprays come with varying concentrations of deet and it is recommended that you chose the smallest amount needed to keep the bugs away. Of course, no bug repellant will keep away ticks. It’s important to use more common sense than anything in your efforts to avoid the disease carrying tick. When in wooded areas, be sure to wear longs sleeves and pants whenever possible. Also, after any hike or time spent outdoors, check your body and the bodies of any children for any ticks that may have hitched a ride. Ticks will need to be carefully removed and if you should present with a bullseye rash, seek medical attention immediately. After being bit by a tick and experiencing symptoms of Lyme disease, a round of antibiotics is likely in order. Because of the serious nature of illness that ticks can cause, prevention is key.

Alternative Protection

There are many companies making a living off of bug protection. Everything from candles, to belt clips and lanterns. While all likely provide some protection from bugs, they can be expensive. Experimenting with different remedies can be frustrating and hard on the pocket book. Consider your environment and when and where you will need protection from bugs. A camping trip will require a different set of defences than an evening on the patio. Covering up is always your best bet, but to further protect you and your guests, try some citronella or bug coils. These are inexpensive and moderately effective in protecting an area from bugs.

Protection for your Entire Property

In lieu of spraying your property with a crop duster, there are things that can be done to protect you and your loved ones from bugs this summer. Protection that won’t have you worrying about what you’ve put in your body. Bug lights and zappers have grown in popularity, in large part because of their effectiveness and non-toxic nature. These bug attracting lights and bug zappers cover a larger area than many other bug repellent options. Over the years, bug zappers have improved in their design and size. They continue to come down in price and many home owners are opting for this solution to their backyard bug problem. There is, of course the good old fly swatter. You’d be hard pressed to find a home without one.

If you’re seeking new ways to protect yourself from bugs this summer, don’t be afraid to experiment. Staying away from wet areas is a good start. Mosquitoes are often worse around dusk. Even if you are wearing long sleeves and shirts, those ankles are bound to be found and bitten. Protecting yourself from bugs is important not just for your comfort but for your health. While mosquitoes can be pesky, ticks can be down right dangerous. Stay aware and stay safe.

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Summertime is here and it is time to enjoy the great outdoors. Spending time on your patio or deck is a popular pastime during the summer months. But sometimes the blinding glare and heat of the summer sun can make your time on the patio less enjoyable. What’s the solution? Why not try installing retractable roll screens?

Retractable Rollscreen

How do they work? Retractable roll screens are installed on the exterior of windows and patios and provide you with a comfortable space to relax. The screens are multifunctional providing several features in one unique product. A popular choice are Habitat retractable screens.  These screens are like sunglasses for your home. They provide shade, privacy, UV protection and insect protection.

Solar Protection in your Backyard

Habitat retractable screens provide superior solar protection for your home with no obstruction of the view. They are installed on the outside of your home and are fully retractable. They provide UV protection for you and your home, blocking the sun’s harmful rays. This means that you are protected from the sun’s harmful rays. And your home furnishing won’t become faded and dull from the sun’s rays blazing in your home. With your home shaded from the sun’s powerful rays, you can enjoy the view in comfort. These screens can be installed over your windows or over a patio or deck enclosure.

Privacy with Retractable Roll Screens

An added bonus of using the habitat retractable screens is complete daytime privacy. The screens allow you a clear view of the outdoors while shading the view to the interior of your home from the outside world. This gives you added privacy and security.  The security comes in knowing that the contents of your home will not be visible to anyone on the outside thereby deterring would be thieves from entering your home.

Avoid Mosquito Bites at Night

Habitat retractable screens that are used in a patio or deck enclosure provide the added functionality of protecting you and your family from insects. The screens provide a clear view of the outdoors but obstruct insects from entering your living spaces. This gives you peace of mind and the freedom to enjoy your outdoor living space without the fear of pesky insects interrupting your enjoyment.

Habitat retractable screens can be used on windows, patios and decks, sunrooms, spa enclosures, and garages. The screens are retractable using a crank system or you can have them installed with an automated retracting system. The automated system can be set to automatically engage the screens when sunlight touches your home. They are available in three weave densities from 6% to 20%. They are also available in 30 thermoscreen fabric colours and 4 standard frame colours.

So as you can see, habitat retractable screens are the best solution when looking for a product to protect you and your home from the sun’s rays. They are multi-functional, providing solar protection, privacy and insect protection, habitat retractable screens are an excellent choice for your home.

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If you’re looking forward to a little shade this summer, covering your patio might be the way to go. Choosing between aluminum roofing and an awning might not be as hard as you think.

An Aluminum roof

Aluminum roofing

When it comes time to re-roof your home, aluminum might be a clear choice because of its durability and many companies are offering lifetime warranties. Don’t confuse this application of aluminum with any other. While aluminum makes sense for big projects, covering your patio calls for a little more flexibility, design quality, options and ease of installation.

Aluminum roofing is fireproof, rodent proof and provides protection against extreme winds. Keep in mind however, that this aluminum roof will be attached to your house and not likely lying flat on a hard service. With a loose piece of aluminum, what might otherwise be considered wind proof, is now a hazard. If you were dreaming of complementing your existing outdoor space with a covered patio, aluminum won’t likely provide you with the design options you’re looking for. Aluminum comes in a few different colours but if it’s not the colour you’re looking for, it will have to be painted. Now you’re looking at maintenance and having to repaint every few years. Your colour choice, unless professionally baked on, will likely fade or peel over time.

Depending on the thickness of the metal, aluminum roofing can curl and crack. While some companies may warranty against this, dealing with warranties will have you taking time away from your investment and from enjoying your renewed patio.

striped awning over a deck


If the heat is getting you down, an awning might just do the trick. With its versatility and design options, an awning will be a great addition to any outdoor space. Awnings come in a variety of almost endless colour and pattern. Now is the time to add or switch the colour scheme on your patio. With durable sun and heat resistant fabrics, you can rest assured that your choice will stand the test of time. Awnings have come a long way from the standard aluminum stationary awning off of your grandma’s kitchen window.

The awnings of today retract to protect your investment and to increase your options for sun or shade. A great awning will save the day when the pool party gets rained out. Protecting you from the elements might be your first concern, but an awning will also add dimension and design quality to your patio.

Unlike aluminum roofing, your awning can retract but if work is not your thing while you’re trying to enjoy your patio, consider a remote control. There’s no reason you can’t bring the comforts of home with you, to enjoy your backyard. An awning can be attached in many ways, to many different structures, also giving you versatility and choice.

While aluminum certainly has its place in the roofing industry, awnings can’t be beat in style, versatility and comfort when it comes time to install a roof on your patio. If you love spending time outdoors, on your patio, an awning will get you out there sooner, keep you out there longer and ultimately extend your home’s living space. If you’re interested in gaining more Info on aluminum patio roofs vs. awnings then Contact Us today and we will be happy to help you out.

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A cottage is a small house in a semi-rural or rural location. It is a modest, cosy dwelling. Most cottages are of traditional build, but now this term is also used to refer to dwellings of modern construction which resemble traditional cottages. These mock cottages look like traditional cottages, but they may have modern features.

Awning and Blue Sky


The term cottage is also used to describe small holiday homes. Most cottages are usually in the country side or near a body of water. Cottages tend to have a modest look, but there are several ways to make them look more attractive.

The right kind of awnings will give your cottage a nice makeover and make it look more attractive.

While selecting awnings for your cottage, it is important that you choose fabrics that complement your cottage and surroundings.

Advantages of Awnings

Awnings not only protect your personal space from weather elements; they also enhance the exterior of your property. In fact, the right awnings can help you make a style statement.

Selecting an awning fabric may be difficult because so many patterns and styles are available. Here are a few things you need to consider while selecting awning fabrics and style.

Do you want the awnings to be a colourful focal point that grabs attention? If so, choosing a colour and fabric that do not blend with the exterior of your home may be a good idea. If you want the awning to blend well with the exterior, then choose a colour that suits the colour scheme of the exterior such as the paint colour.

Your cottage’s setting is another factor you need to consider. Earthy hues are ideal for woodland areas. If the cottage is located near a beach or a river, choose bright tones. Generally speaking, black and white stripes fit all kinds of homes and cottages are no exception to this rule.

Awnings are available in various colours and sizes to suit your taste and needs. Before choosing a fabric and style, take a look at your contractor’s portfolio. See what type of awnings look great on cottages similar to yours. There is no harm in drawing inspiration from others.

The fabrics should complement the architectural design of your home. Bar stripes are ideal for cottage-style homes. They have a time-less feel and complement the design of most cottage homes. Look for awnings with a simple design and solid fabrics. Choose patterns that are proportionate to the size of the awnings and your cottage. Small stripes will look too busy on a large piece of fabric. If you have a small cottage, avoid wide-stripped fabrics because they can be quite overwhelming.

Your awnings should reflect your personality. Try to coordinate the fabrics with the colours on your cottage’s exterior. Awnings that blend well with the colours of the exterior paint and shingles look visually attractive.

Awnings are a long-term investment. While selecting awnings, pay attention to quality and durability. If you choose the right style and fabrics, your awnings may last decades.

Ready to enhance the appearance of your cottage?  Consider contacting Jans Awning & Rollshutters for more information on Awnings.

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Awnings are an easy way to update your home, adding value as well as functionality. You can instantly transform your space and a new awning is a smart financial investment which will help pay for itself. Not to mention the other wonderful benefits that come with owning an awning.

aluminum awnings

Benefits of Awnings

Energy Efficiency: Awnings over your windows, doors and patios can provide you with a great deal of energy savings. Some statistics show that awnings reduce air conditioning costs by as much as 25%. When heat is transmitted through the glass windows in your home, it can cause you to turn up your air conditioner in order to cool your home. By having awnings over your doors and windows you block the UV rays and reduce UV transmission. Because of this you won’t have to pay as much in utilities to cool your home in the summer.

Extra Living Space: Awnings add extra livable space on your deck. Having an awning will reduce the heat on that area of the deck making it possible to enjoy the deck even on the hottest days. It will be a great spot to entertain and relax with friends and family. How many times have you had to head inside due to the heat or rain? With an awning, that rarely happens because you have protection from the elements.

Curb Appeal: One of the main reasons people have awnings installed is for aesthetic purposes. Awnings are an easy way to enhance the look and design of your home. Awnings come in almost endless styles, colours and patterns. It’s not hard to find one that fits perfectly with your style and your house.

Water Protection: In certain parts of your home, the ground might slope towards your house.  This leads to water potentially leaking into your house, especially if you have concrete that goes right up against your home, such as stone stairs or a brick pathway.  A fixed aluminium awning extends past your eves, meaning that you get additional protection from rain.

Money Savings: Awnings save on energy as your furnace and AC units won’t have to work as hard. This means you also save on repairs and parts for service. Awnings can help protect furnishings, curtains and rugs from sun damage from warping and fading.

Great Value: Awnings are very durable. Most will last for a long period of time, roughly 10 years. And the cost savings more than makes awnings a great purchase.

Adding an awning to your home can increase your home’s overall value. Awnings immediately add great curb appeal to your home, and in the event that you put your home up for sale, adding an awning is a great way to attract potential buyers and help make that desirable first impression. Awnings are also wonderful in a neighbourhood that looks the same, giving your home a distinct and unique look and feel that allows it to stand out from a crowd.

Contact us here at Jans Awnings & Rollshutters if you would like to discuss the benefits of adding an awning to your home.

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After enjoying the advantages that having an awning brings, you can’t imagine your outdoor space without one. After another long and cold winter here in Ontario, you may look out your window to find an awning in need of repairs. Whether your awning needs repair or complete replacement, after years of shielding you from this unpredictable climate, you are not likely in the market to do without.

Jans House Awning

Where do you start when the snow melts and you look out your window to find that your awning has not fared too well over the winter months? If your awning is under warranty, your choice is easy. Contact the installation company and you will soon be in comfort again. If your awning has provided you with decades of shelter, it is likely that you will eventually be paying for repairs or replacement. Once we’ve experienced the comfort that comes from sitting outside without the scorching heat, the blinding sun and even rain, it’s hard to go back. While you’ll want to maintain and clean your awning regularly to keep it in good repair, after years of being exposed to the elements, repairs or replacement are likely in order. Spring is the ideal time to get that awning in tip top shape. Regret comes in July when the bottom of your feet burst into flames with any attempt to get to the barbeque.

Depending on what kind of awning you originally chose, there are many parts and features that will need attention over time. Everything from the retractable motor to the fabric. Enlisting the services of a company that not only sells, but services their awnings, will ensure that you are getting the best price on parts and the best value for service. Some companies offer extended warranties and often, different awning parts carry different warranties. For example, the fabric on your awning may not outlast the hardware.

If it’s been years since you first invested in your awning or if the awning came with a house you just bought, repairs or replacement can offer you the opportunity to upgrade and enjoy new technology and styles. Fabrics that caught your eye twenty years ago, probably aren’t doing anything for the ambiance of your outdoor space today. Through the years, options for fabrics and mechanics have broadened. Depending on the budget, price points for a new awning have too.

Even with the cost or repair, awnings often pay for themselves. Keeping the hot sun off of you is only one of the benefits. Awnings keep the heat off your house, reducing energy costs and ultimately saving money over those hot summer months. A well-appointed awning will in fact expand your summer season while adding beauty to your outdoor living space.

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Jans Awnings and Rollshutters will be attending this year’s “The Cottage & Backyard Show,” being held over the April 10-12 weekend near the Ottawa airport.

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The Cottage and Backyard Show has everything you need for outdoor living: docks, decks, boats, outdoor furniture, canoes, kayaks and all the latest in backyard and cottage products and services. Get your inspiration for your outdoor life at the show.

This is where you’ll find all the latest products and services for buying, building, renovating and maintaining cottages, country homes and backyard spaces. This three day event is located at the EY Centre, near the Ottawa airport.

This year’s show is sure to ignite your passion for outdoor living. Whether you’re looking to find inspiration for your backyard oasis or your cottage getaway, the show guide will help you find your away. It includes seminar schedules, exhibitor listings and a detailed show floor plan.

The Cottage and Backyard Show takes place at the EY Centre, located at 4899 Uplands Drive, Ottawa. The show runs from Friday April 12 to Sunday April 14 and tickets are available at the door for $12 or online in advance for $11.

Here at Jans Awnings & Rollshutters, we carry a wide range of styles of retractable awnings, window awnings and fixed aluminum awnings as well as rollshutters, retractable screening and phantom screens. This allows us to offer a solution for each of our residential clients within the Ottawa area. All of our awnings come with a manufacturer’s warranty and all installations are fully guaranteed.

Stop by The Cottage and Backyard Show and say hi. We will be there to sample our products and answer any questions you may have.