What is Onduline and how can it help you succeed!

What is Onduline roofing?

Onduline is a bituminous corrugated roof sheet that is lightweight and available in a range of colours. Bitumen roofing sheets are very popular and an easy roofing solution.

Below, we will go through the most common questions.

What are Onduline roofing sheets?

Onduline roofing sheet is a quality 3mm thick sheet that is a reliable and complete roofing solution. This lightweight roofing solution is suitable for a range of outbuildings, from garden buildings, to commercial developments and industrial units or even agricultural projects, such as farm buildings or stables. It features a unique technology that combines cellulosic fibres and selected bitumen for exceptional waterproofing.

Why choose Onduline?

These roofing sheets are available in various colours here. Onduline offers an impressive 15-year waterproof guarantee with the Onduline Classic roofing sheets. The sheets are completely safe and have no asbestos properties, and they are BBA certified. Onduline roofing sheets are fast and easy to install, and the material is very easy to cut.

How easy is it to fit Onduline roofing?

Onduline lightweight roofing sheets are quick and easy to install, the panels are extremely light (only 3 kg/m²), flexible, and easy to carry. Onduline sheets can be installed with simple tooling: a saw or even a cutter will suffice for cutting the sheets and they can be easily screwed or hammered in depending on the type of fixings chosen.

How do I let light into my building when using Onduline? 

With using material sheets you can sometimes end up with a darker overcast, Onduline also has a range of translucent corrugated roofing sheets, which can be used as roof lights and are fully compatible with the Onduline bitumen sheets.

How To Keep Your Timber Fencing Looking Great!

How Do I Look After My Fence Panels?

In today’s blog, we are going to be sharing some of our favourite hints and tips to help you care for your garden fence; by answering some of our most frequently asked questions, you can keep your fencing looking fantastic for many years to come!

Why Do My Fence Panels Rattle?

As we all know, the weather in the UK can be very unpredictable and can cause some issues during high winds. A rattling panel will usually occur when the slot for the fence panel is too wide, allowing the panel to move and vibrate, whilst this is not normally an issue, however, in high winds, this can cause the panels to rattle and occasionally lift from the posts, as the gap will allow air pressure to flow around and under the panel.

How Can I Stop My Panels Rattling?

We would recommend using Fence Panel Grips. Thankfully, these are very simple to install, all you need to do is slot this into the gap down the side of your concrete post and once the clip releases, it will expand and hold the panel securely in place. The recommended amount to use would be four clips per panel for maximum stability and durability.

Do Fence Panels Need Treating?

Yes, all fence panels new and old will need treating, panels will arrive from eDecks dip treated, however, they require some maintenance to make sure they last as long as possible. 

How Often Should I Treat My Fence Panels?

All new fence panels arrive from eDecks dip treated; if you aren’t planning on painting or staining your panels straight away, we recommend doing so after 2 to 3 years depending on the condition of the wooden panels and old panels need treating once a year. This helps to keep them healthy and protected against the elements. 

How Do I Treat My Fence Panels?

Here at eDecks, we recommend using a water-based fence stain on a garden fence is a great way of prolonging the life of fence panels and posts. Fencing stains like Ronseal Fence life one coat is perfect for use on fence panels as they help to protect the timber from cracking, splitting and warping our personal favourite is the Ronseal Fencing Treatment (various colours available) which offers great fencing protection! Once the panels have been cleaned, treated and allowed to dry, fence panels should then be treated with a wood preservative, this will help to prevent future growth of mould and algae. Fence panels that have become heavily soiled with biological growth may require a second treatment.

How Long Do Fence Panels Last?

The typical lifespan of a wooden fence panel is between 10 to 15 years depending on their location and how well they are cared for, the more effort spent trying to maintain, the longer we can expect them to last.

If all this seems like hard work, have you considered our range of composite fencing, not only is it virtually maintenance-free, it will also last for years and years, looking just as fresh as the day it was installed.

How to Best Treat Your Decking for a Long Life

How to Maximise the Lifespan of Your Decking Area

One of the most frequent questions we are asked is “how long will decking last?”. In this blog post we will look into the various options and share our best tips for how to keep you’re decking looking good for years to come.

Treating your decking can be a daunting task, however below we will go through some benefits and tips to maximise the lifespan of any decking area!

Softwood Decking and Decking Oil

Softwood decking has an expected lifespan of 15–30 years when cared for and treated correctly! All of our softwood decking boards come fully pressure treated to a high standard (Tanalith E). Once the new decking has been laid, we recommend leaving it to weather naturally for 6 months before being stained or oiled. This process helps to make sure that any previous treatment has eroded; this allows new paint or treatment to soak into the deck.

Before you can apply decking treatment, you need to ensure your decking is clean. Remove all furniture and use a pressure washer or specialist-decking cleaner to get rid of dirt, oil, mould, leaves. Please allow the decking to fully dry before applying any treatments.

When keeping the beautiful natural colour we recommend treating the decking with Ronseal Ultimate decking oil (natural), this 5L tin will cover 10ms with two coats. The best and our personal favourite applicator to use is the multipurpose paintbrush to treat your decking. The important thing to remember is to treat the ends of the timer, please allow the oil to dry in-between coats. 

Please see the below application guide by Ronseal on how to treat softwood decking:

 Decking oil needs to be applied in dry conditions when the forecast is clear of rain and frost; this oil works its magic on dry days when the temperature is above 10°C.

  1. Thoroughly shake the tin to ensure the contents are mixed.
  2. Pour the whole tin into a tray. If you need to use more than one tin, mix them.
  3. Apply the oil on a small hidden patch of decking to make sure you are happy with the colour. The colour can be influenced by the texture, grain, type of wood and any other previous treatments so always be sure to test it first.
  4. Apply the first coat to your deck using a good quality brush or roller. Focus on a few boards at a time and work the oil into the surface. You will need to stir the oil regularly while you are applying it.
  5. Wipe away excess oil with a lint-free cloth.
  6. The first coat will be rainproof in two hours, and after six hours, it will be ready for a second coat.
  7. Apply a second coat after six hours.
  8. Wait 24 hours before moving furniture back onto your deck.

Another question we are asked regularly is “Can old decking be stained?” the answer is yes. To treat old existing decking, you need to remove previous finishes like paint and varnish. You need to strip the deck back to its bare wood before oiling. We will recommend using a pressure washer to remove flaking or peeling coatings. This process will also help create better and even coverage. Please remember to treat the ends of the timber with end grain preserver to make sure water does not penetrate the timber, as this can be detrimental to the life of the timber. Once this is done use the process above stated on the Ronseal guide.

If you are looking to add a splash of cloud to your garden wonderland, just use the above processes and you are ready to go! 

We stock a variety of different colours to make your garden a feast for the eyes, anything from light and demure neutrals to bright and beautiful colours.

It is important to inspect your coating every six months to look out for any chips or patches. Re-coat the patch when necessary, for best results we recommend treating the decking area at least once a year!

Caring for Composite Decking

Composite decking has a lifespan of 25–30 years, composite boards are believed to be maintenance free; however, the boards still need some TLC! Here at eDecks we class composite as a low maintenance board, we recommend keeping the decking as clean as possible, as with any type of decking build-up or dirt or bacteria can be detrimental to the lifespan on the boards.

As with any type of decking, we recommend making sure the surface area of the is as clean as possible. To clean composite decking, we advise using Owatrol composite cleaner. 1 Litre will cover between 5 to 10M2 depending on the condition of the deck. This cleaner is a water-based gel and environmentally friendly; so it is safe to use around plastic pool liner, stone and glass.

Please see the below application guide which details how to look after composite decking using Owatrol

Owatrol Compo-Clean Cleaner should be shaken or stirred before application, do not dilute. Apply between + 5°C to + 35°C. Please do not apply in direct sunlight or on hot timber. Always work the entire length of a board to a logical break. On vertical surfaces, clean from bottom to top and rinse from top to bottom to avoid streaking.

Apply a thick layer of Owatrol Compo-Clean to the area to be cleaned. Large areas should be cleaned in smaller sections. Leave the product to work for 5 minutes (longer if necessary, depending on the nature of the dirt and contamination). Scrub with a stiff nylon or synthetic brush. Rinse with plenty of fresh clean water using the highest pressure source available or use a power washer. If required, repeat above procedure – difficult/stubborn staining. Allow the surface to dry 2/3 good drying days before applying a chosen finish.

Once the decking is fully clean and dry, the next process will be to start treating the decking. Owatrol Compo-Care Composite Wood Reviver is a water-based reviver, designed for bringing composite woods back to life. Compo-Care is extremely easy to apply and offer quick drying time for protecting, enhancing and reviving the colour of composite wood. Owatrol Compo-Care Composite Wood Reviver can be used to revive all composite woods found internally or externally and works to waterproof and protect the surface against stains and grease too. 

The benefits of the product; as it has a transparent tinted coating, it will beautifully enhance the colour of your composite decking. In the long-term, it will help prevent staining (oil/grease) and waterproof the surface. The product is easy to apply and has a quick drying time.

Application

Do not apply in direct sunlight or to hot surfaces. Do not apply if cold and/or wet weather is expected within 24 hours. Apply between 10°C and 30°C. Cover and protect everything you do not wish to coat. For colour uniformity, mix all products that are to be applied to any one area or section. Always work the entire length of a deck board or cladding board to a logical break. Vertical cladding should be coated from top to bottom. Never stop application in the middle of the board.

Surfaces must be clean, dry and free of dirt, grease, oil, mildew and stains. Treat mildew with a 50/50 bleach/water solution. Scrub solution on to the surface and allow to stand for 10-15 minutes rinse thoroughly. 

We recommend treating the decking at least once a year, however, you can clean the board as much as required.

Hardwood Decking (Balau)

How to treat Hardwood Decking

Our stunning hardwood decking (Balau) arrives kilned tried with waxed ends, however, because of the properties in the board we recommend treating before laying or once laid. The cut ends will need oil to seal the cut surface to keep all the board fully protected.

When it comes to hardwood decking, we often asked “Should I oil or stain hardwood decking? And how long will hardwood decking last?”. That will come down to what you want from your deck. A stain will improve the appearance of the deck, but oil will better help preserve its condition and natural beauty which is why we would recommend and oil treatment.

Please see the below application guide from Ronseal

Give the oil a good shake and pour the contents into a suitable metal or plastic container. If you’re using more than one tin, mix them, but don’t dilute!

Apply a generous amount of oil to the decking using a brush or roller. Paint with the grain and focus on three to four boards at a time to ensure you don’t get any overlap lines. Wait four hours for the coat to dry.

Once the first coat has dried, apply a second coat and wait four hours for it to dry and that’s it, your decking is now oiled and healthy. If you have existing Balau decking, please follow the cleaning advice from the softwood section and use the above three points to treat the decking.

Another question we get asked by customers is “do I have to treat hardwood decking?” and the answer is no, this is all down to personal preference. Whilst we would recommend treating the boards for a longer life and to retain the natural colour, Balau decking does not have to be treated. If hardwood boards are not treated it will overtime turn a pale silver colour and the natural pigment of the board will fade.

How Often To Treat Hardwood Decking?

Treating the timber once a year and keeping the area as clean as possible will keep it healthy and in tip-top shape!

If the time has come where you need to repair some of them, it is easy and doesn’t take much effort. Just sand down the damaged area and apply a coat of the oil and your decking will be good as new!

How to Build Your Own Covid Screen

The COVID pandemic has hugely impacted day to day life for all of us; especially in the workplace. Whether you’re dealing directly with customers daily in retail or in daily contact with co-workers in an office, it’s been hard to get back to business as usual. We know the strain businesses across the UK are going through; and with COVID screens costing from around £90 upwards, it can’t help to have extra costs as well as lower footfall. We have put together this short guide on how to build your own COVID protective screens. That way you can save money AND protect your staff and customers!

For our design we made a transparent, large COVID protective screen that would be perfect for separating desks or protecting a till area. We designed a screen that would be freestanding to allow it to be easily moved at any time and to avoid damaging any permanent fixtures in your business.

Read on below to find out how we did it and what you’ll need to make yours.

What you’ll need

Measuring your COVID screen

Before you begin, you’ll want to start by measuring out the size of screen you would like, preferably at the area you’re hoping to protect.

We chose a screen width of 800mm and height of 750mm, with two supporting feet of 240mm by 100mm, based on other large freestanding models currently on the market. This should be a good size for either separating desks or protecting a till area. You can even cut out an open area at the bottom for exchanging goods or money. If you’d like a screen larger than this, you may want to consider getting additional feet for extra support.

Once you’ve measured the right size for your screen, you’ll want to decide which material you’d like to use.

Material options

For our screen we chose to use Liteglaze Acrylic Perspex, used most commonly as secondary glazing. We chose the “Cut to Size 2mm” option for our screen which is only £25.29 per SQm, and the “Cut to Size 6mm” for the feet for extra support.

Acrylic Perspex is a great option for basic protective screens – most COVID screens on the market are acrylic Perspex, but you can also choose a slightly more affordable material called ‘Styrene‘. Styrene would also work, but unfortunately, it doesn’t come cut to size. That shouldn’t completely put you off, however, because you can easily cut and drill Styrene in the same way you can Acrylic Perspex (see more on cutting below).

If you’re looking for a COVID screen with extra strength and protection from impact (for example if the screen is needed in a manufacturing environment), you may want to consider upgrading your screen by using flat polycarbonate. It’s 200 times more impact resistant than glass at only half the weight and is already commonly used in protective materials in many hazardous workplaces.

Using the same measurements as we’ve used with our acrylic Perspex screen, using 3mm Cut to Size Flat Polycarbonate for the screen and 6mm for two feet, you can get an even stronger screen for just a little more investment.

Cutting & assembly

Once you receive your Perspex, all you have to do is a little DIY, and you’ll be set.

First thing you’ll want to do is to measure to the centre of each ‘foot’ piece (if using our measurements, this should be 120mm in). You’ll need to cut out space for the screen panel to fit in; we’d recommend trying to be as precise as possible, as you can easily sand to increase the space further later, but cutting too large of a space may be harder to remedy. Once you mark the middle of the foot, you can add millimetres in either direction to ensure the screen will sit properly in the centre (for our screen, which is 2mm thick, you would mark out a cut at 119mm and at 121mm).

You’ll then want to decide where to place the feet; for stability, we put ours 20mm in from either side. You can add additional feet along the screen as needed, depending on the width you’ve chosen.

For cutting the screen, remember you’ll want to make a cut wide enough for the feet (which should be a larger thickness of glazing for support) in our case we marked out a cut 6mm wide.

For stability, we’d suggest making each cut half the height of the foot (50mm in our example). We added an additional 1mm of depth to the cuts in the screen panel to ensure it sat fully flush to the surface.

Once you’ve marked it all out, you’re ready to start cutting. 

Cutting Tips

Acrylic Perspex and Styrene normally only require a cutting knife with a scoring blade to cut through; you can simply score into the material until you’ve made an incision about half of the thickness of your sheet then simply apply pressure to break off a section cleanly. However, for the thin cuts required here, we would recommend using a saw, either a jigsaw or fine-toothed handsaw.

If you have a cutting knife with a scoring blade, it is beneficial to start by scoring on a flat surface following your markings against a straight edge, with the material held firm with a clamp. This will make it easier to saw accurately.

Once you’ve scored your lines into the material, simply use your saw to finish off the cuts. If using a handsaw, you will likely need to saw along your vertical markings and score along the small horizontal edge to cut the piece out. You can use a file or emery board to file down any areas further if needed.

Once you’ve finished cutting, you can simply slot together the feet and screen panels, and you’ll have finished building your COVID screen.

Need More Help Building Your COVID Screen?

You don’t needto be limited to our screen design above. You can use acrylic Perspex, flat polycarbonate or Styrene to build any COVID screen you like; from a hanging screen to full length and anything else, the only limit is your DIY skills! It’s far cheaper to make you own than to buy a premade option, and you can even use your savings to upgrade to stronger more protective materials and still save money.

Our advisers at eRoofs are always on hand to help in any way they can with your project, so don’t hesitate to get in touch with any queries you may have about building your own COVID screen – or you can call us directly on 0844 474 4444.

Last, but not least, if you’re looking to buy any materials for your protective COVID screen, remember eRoofs doesn’t just offer incredible prices on all glazing materials, but they also offer:

48 hour express delivery on many products

Cut to size options on many glazing materials

Unbeatable prices                                                                                                                                       

FREE help & advice – just call 0844 474 4444

*Prices correct at time of writing. They do not include delivery costs.

Decking Kits: Building your own deck just got even EASIER

An outdoor deck is easily one of the best ‘wow’ factors you can add to your garden. It’s a luxurious upgrade to a lawn, especially if you loathe mowing grass. If you have a large area to work with, you can use a deck as an extension of your home, creating an entertainment space for summer (and winter if you add heaters!). However, the idea of building one yourself can be more than a little intimidating if you’re not experienced in DIY.

We wanted to offer you a fix for that.

We offer decking kits in all shapes and sizes that make it incredibly simple to build your own deck. If you can deal with flat-pack furniture, you can probably handle a decking kit.

What’s more is, they’re affordable and building it yourself will save you a considerable amount in labour costs. Did you know you can get decking kits for less than £100 at eDecks?

You can even get a decking kit cut to size, so don’t worry about a premade product not fitting well.

With all that in mind, here’s a blog to showcase the different types of decking kits you can choose from for your garden this summer!

Cut to size and easy decking kits

The easiest kits to build are the no-frills, standard decking kits. You can have these cut to size to fit your space perfectly. They come in several different colours, designs and materials – from composite decking to anti-slip, hardwood and softwood, you’re bound to find one that suits your taste.

These are your basic deck coverings and can be built on both pavement or flat ground.

[Pro tip – you can find out all about the different types of decking materials right here]

Decking kits with handrails

If your garden is on an incline or you prefer the look, getting a decking kit doesn’t mean compromising on getting handrails. Your decking kit won’t limit you to what you can add to it. Just like a professionally built deck, you can add any handrail system you choose to any of our decking kits. Glass, metal, wood or rope – any will fit onto your new decking kit!

What’s more, you can even buy some of our decking kits complete with premeasured handrails. Here are our decking kits with rope handrails, starting from just under £300.

Decking kits with pergolas

If you fancy something more elaborate than a simple deck floor, a decking kit may still be a good option. Pergolas and handrails can make your new deck look outstanding, whether you want to create a small, serene place for vining flowers to cover, or full outdoor entertainment space with space to hang lighting and heat lamps.

We have over THIRTY different decking kits with pergolas that come with many different combinations of pergola sizes and handrail style and placement. We particularly like “The Queen Anne”, a standalone deck with stairs and handrails that can add some serious wow factor to any garden.

And all in one ready-to-build kit!

Remember, if there’s a combination you have your heart set on that you don’t see on our site, get in touch and we will try our best to help you get the deck you’re looking for!

Composite decking kits

Just because you want the very best composite for your decking, doesn’t mean you can’t build it yourself.  Composite is a great decking material, offering longevity and very low maintenance and is pretty easy to work with too.

You can check out our composite decking kits right here.

[Pro tip: If you do want to take the plunge and build your composite deck from scratch, we also have a handy guide on how to figure out the components you’ll need for your deck here.]

Hot tub decking kits

Not many of us will be jet setting on holiday this year, so you might be considering bringing a bit of relaxation to your home with your very own hot tub. We have a full set of decking kits designed with that need in mind and, thankfully, they don’t have to cost as much as the hot tub did!

Starting at just £322.40, you can build your own deck for your new hot tub easily with one of these specially created decking kits.

Don’t panic if you’re not on flat ground

If you live on an incline, it doesn’t mean you can’t build your deck yourself. We don’t just offer decking kits, but also kits for making decking steps. If you want more help to figure out what kind of steps you may need, don’t hesitate to get in touch – we’re happy to help.

What’s in a decking kit?

All decking kits come with all the fixtures and fittings you’ll need along with all of the pre-cut boards and installation instructions you’ll need. You can also find instruction leaflets direct on our website, on your chosen decking kits product page. If you’re struggling or are unsure about anything, you can always talk with us either by phone or on our online chat service; we’re here to make sure you get the deck you want, installed properly.

Whatever kind of deck you’re looking to build, remember if you can’t find your perfect “ready-made” deck kit here at eDecks, you can always get in touch and see what we can put together for you. It’s easier than you think!

Decking ideas

If you’re looking for ways to ensure your decking is the envy of all of your neighbours, you may want to check out our decking ideas article; full of tips and tricks to ensure your deck looks great and functions perfectly.

Don’t forget to check out the deals on eDecks. We have incredible prices and are entirely online, so we can get everything you need delivered directly to your door. We also offer plenty of support and expert advice for anyone who’s looking to build their own deck at any level. At eDecks you can not only expect a good deal but also:

Superfast FREE delivery on orders over £100*

48 Hour delivery on many products

ONLY FSC certified sustainable wood products

Handy FREE installation guides (and even instructional videos!)

Incredible prices on all of our decking materials (and frequent big discounts!)

*Free delivery applies to most of the UK, but some areas may incur a charge, unfortunately – please check the eDecks website for more details.