Windy Alberta: A place for retractable awnings?

Posted by Bill Gould on 15 February 2017 | Comments

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.

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How to Research an Awning

Posted by Bill Gould on 24 January 2017 | Comments

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.

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Why Do We Like Fire?

Posted by Bill Gould on 10 January 2017 | Comments

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.

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What to Expect in 2017

Posted by Bill Gould on 3 January 2017 | Comments

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:

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Happy Holidays!

Posted by Bill Gould on 20 December 2016 | Comments

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.

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Get Ready for Winter

Posted by Bill Gould on 13 December 2016 | Comments

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.

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Lake Louise, Mount Alberta: What's in a Name?

Posted by Bill Gould on 6 December 2016 | Comments

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?

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Solaris in the Economic Downturn

Posted by Bill Gould on 29 November 2016 | Comments

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.

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Solaris Products: End of Season Cleaning

Posted by Bill Gould on 22 November 2016 | Comments

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.

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Say "Yes!" to Roll Shutters

Posted by Bill Gould on 15 November 2016 | Comments

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.

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Solaris is proud to be the exclusive Phantom Screens distributor for northern Alberta, as well as the Alberta distributor for several other outdoor living products. By partnering with industry-leading manufacturers, we are able to bring our customers the highest quality and customer service on the market. With a wide variety of products available customized to suit your needs, Solaris will help you find the perfect solution for your home.