With few natural wind barriers, Alberta is prone to windy conditions. Calgary is one of the windiest of Canada’s large cities. On average, 28 days a year have strong winds (at least 52 Kph). The wind blows at an annual average of 14.2 Kph in Calgary with wind gusts upwards of 100 Kph, and much more at the top of the highest buildings.
Awnings over decks, doors and windows have been commonplace in Europe for many years. High energy costs for air-conditioning is a major factor in their popularity. As well, European homes often incorporate outdoor living spaces which are greatly improved with awnings.
Almost everyone agrees that sitting around a fire is a relaxing, pleasurable experience. Because this appeal seems universal, it’s easy to believe that our fascination with fire is instinctual.
A Google search for ‘2017 predictions’ quickly provides long lists of gloomy, bizarre or outright terrifying possibilities for our new year. At Solaris, we take a more pragmatic and positive approach. As we consider what to expect in 2017, this is what catches our eyes:
The salutation ‘Happy Holidays’ has become embroiled in the conversation around being politically correct. The term does, however, lend itself well as an effort to capture a period that contains several holidays, Holy Days or other observances.
Winter officially starts next week on December 21, coinciding with the Northern Hemisphere’s Winter Solstice. To be precise, in Alberta it will happen at 3:44 am. This is the astronomical method of marking the seasons. Astronomically, Spring starts with the Equinox in March, Summer starts with the Solstice in June, and Fall with the Equinox in September.
Lake Louise makes Banff National Park the sensation that it is today, and is widely known for it's stunning turquoise colour. This glacier-fed body of water, surrounded by many high peaks, is one of the most breathtaking sights in the Canadian Rockies, and has enthralled the minds of visitors, artists and mountaineers for more than a century. How did the name, Lake Louise, come to be?
Alberta’s current economic downturn, shortly following the global downturn in 2008/09, has been described as one of the most severe in Alberta’s history. Needless to say, this is having a significant affect on those directly related to the oil & gas industry: office and field workers, landlords, service providers, etc.
One of the fantastic things about Solaris screen and shade products is the ease of maintenance. As most of these products are stowed away for the winter, it’s a good idea to do a quick cleaning before the snow flies.
You’ve seen them on store fronts, food counter windows and people’s homes. Here are nine reasons to consider roll shutters for your property.