Roof Tile Alternatives: 5 Ways to Get Tile WITHOUT the Price Tag!

In the UK roof tiles are traditionally made from either concrete, slate, clay or stone. However, you don’t need to go for the traditional materials to get your dream tiled roof. There are much more affordable options we layout here to get the tiled roof you’ve always wanted while cutting costs on your project.

You heard us right – you don’t need to compromise on your tiled roof to cut costs!

Metrotiles

Metrotiles look exactly like traditional roofing tiles and come in an array of choices – from slate to shingle, terracotta and even wood looks – but there is something different about them.

They’re steel tile strips.

These are not corrugated metal sheets, but rather are steel strips pressed into tile shaped strip moulds and then covered in mineral-filled state-of-the-art coating including real stone granules. There are a huge variety of options when it comes to shape and colour, and these are an extremely lightweight, long-lasting alternative to traditional tile. Most tile roofs claim to last around 50 years – and Metrotile can stand up to the competition – they offer a manufacturing guarantee on every tile for 40 years.

While you may have never considered a metal roof, metro tiles offer affordability, not only on the product but also the installation and look exactly like real roofing tile.

If you’re a confident DIYer, you may even be able to install the roofing yourself. It takes much less time to install because the strips are premade (roughly 7-9 “tiles” are installed per strip), and they are incredibly light. These strips are more forgiving when it comes to cutting to the size you need, and you will find it easier to achieve a uniform, neat looking roof due to the nature of the strips than you might with a tiled roof.

So if you’re looking for an affordable option that will reduce costs as well as time for installation – Metrotile might be your perfect option!

Coroshingles

Coroshingles are another roofing tile strip, this time made from felt. They are incredibly easy to install – possibly the easiest on this list – and have a beautiful neat finish so look particularly impressive on modern buildings.

They come in multiple colour choices and feature an interlocking system, making installation possible by amateur DIYers. They can be ordered in strips or rolls as the felt is a softer material than tile. Because they can be rolled out, you can install Coroshingles faster than any other roofing material on this list.

They have a manufacturer guarantee for ten years, so although they may not last as long as some other options from this list, they certainly are a lasting, affordable option for most projects.

Onduvilla Bitumen Roofing Tiles

Onduvilla bitumen roofing tiles again come in strips of tile, meaning they offer a beautiful uniform finish and are quick and easy to install. Onduvilla strips are a little more hardwearing and sturdy than Coroshingles and have a manufacturer guarantee of 15 years, although we believe they should last longer than that.

They come in some beautiful designs that imitate both slate and stone roofing tiles very well. People have used Onduvilla to roof their homes due to the high-quality bitumen and close aesthetic to real tile. You not only can save costs on the roofing material with Onduvilla but a tremendous amount in installation as it is much faster and easier to install than traditional tile.

Western Red Cedar Tiles

If you’re looking for a natural roofing tile, you might want to consider a cedar wood roofing tile.

It’s an unusual option that many people overlook, but wooden roofing can give an added boost to the aesthetic of your home.

Other than their aesthetic appeal, there are some significant advantages to cedar wood roofing tiles. It’s an incredibly lightweight option and is very eco-friendly. It has also proven to have some impressive insulating qualities which can be a significant advantage in our colder months.

Just like traditional tile, cedar roofing can last up to 50 years too, so you don’t need to worry about reroofing costs any time soon – as long as you fix any repairs required with urgency. The most significant vulnerability with a cedar roof if moisture gets into the shingles. Luckily they are very resistant and hardwearing, often faring better in stormy weather than other roofing options. Still, they do need repairing quickly if you notice any cracks and moisture getting into the core of the shingles can spread rot.

They have a considerable impact on energy costs – helping keep your home cool in summer and warm in winter, you’ll definitely notice your bills lowering with cedar shingles as well as a more comfortable home.

Many people love the colour change of cedar that happens over the years – from a bright light red colour through to a deep grey, the cedar will react to weather over time, and the colour change can be spectacular to watch. This is undoubtedly a roof tile that can increase your homes curb appeal!

Mixing These Alternatives With Real Tile

Another way to reduce your roofing costs while getting the tile effect you’re looking for is to combine two types of roofing.

You could choose a Metrotile or Onduvilla roofing tile on the back side of your roof while using real tile on the front. This way, you can cut costs on materials and installation costs (at least on the side of the roof that isn’t often seen), while retaining the curb appeal of real tiles from the street-facing side.

Need More Help Choosing Your Roofing Materials?

Check out any of the following roofing articles for more information on which might be the best option for you. If you’re still unsure, feel free to speak directly with one of the eRoof advisors who are often available on the eRoofs website directly on online chat, or you can call or email via our contact page here.

DIY Roofing Materials: The Ultimate Guide

Garage Roofing Materials

Flat Roofing Materials

Porch Roofing Materials

Shed Roofing Materials

Metal Roof Coatings

Vistalux Roofing

Fixing Coroline Roofing

Installing Onduline Roofing

Last, but not least, If you’re looking for any of the above options for your roof, eRoofs doesn’t just offer incredible prices on all roofing materials, but they also offer:

48 hour express delivery on many products

Super-fast FREE delivery on most orders over £100

Unbeatable prices                                                                                                                    

FREE help & advice – just call 0844 474 4444

Railing For Composite Decking: Composite PVC Handrail Systems

If you have a composite deck, or you’re hoping to get one, you might also be considering whether to buy railings for your decking too. If you are, you’re in luck – our new range of Composite PVC Handrail Systems might be precisely what you’re looking for.

Why do you need railings?

Railings around decking are not a necessary feature – a deck can look great without them. However, a lot of people choose to add railings to their deck. This can be for a wide variety of benefits railings can offer.

Railings have some safety benefits, for example, if you have a stairway leading off your deck, they can offer some added support for those a little less sure on their feet, especially after a rainy day where there might be an increased chance of slipping. Or if your decking is raised, or on an uneven surface such as a hill, railings can help provide an important safety barrier.

Aesthetically railings can also be a great choice, creating beautiful lines that can be natural and uneven (such as with the rope railings) or you can go contemporary and give the space a more modern structured look. If you have a composite deck, you’ll be excited to hear that we now offer composite PVC handrails in anthracite greywhich works incredibly well with a contemporary grey deck.

Waterproof

Unlike rope or wood railings, Composite PVC Handrails are entirely waterproof, so should last longer than any other type of railing. This is hugely beneficial in climates like the UK and can also be helpful if you are hoping to add handrails around a wet area of your deck, such as a hot tub space.

Because they are entirely waterproof, these railings will also dry much faster than the other natural options that will allow the water to soak in.

Non-splintering

Unlike wood railing, there is no risk of Composite PVC Handrails splintering, making them potentially a safer option if you have boisterous kids or animals in the house. It also means you’re unlikely to face any issues during installation, such as sanding areas where splintering may be an issue.

Virtually Maintenance Free

You will never need to oil or paint a Composite PVC Handrail system – thankfully! These handrails are by far the lowest maintenance option and can easily be washed with soapy water without any damage to the handrail.

Easy Install

Installing this handrail is incredibly simple; the pieces are manufactured to fit each other precisely, so if you can deal with flat-pack furniture, you will likely be able to install this handrail on your own.

Contemporary Style

These handrails come in a stunning contemporary style that echoes the look of composite decking beautifully. The pairing of composite decking with these anthracite grey handrails results in creating a desirable upmarket outdoor space.

Environmentally Friendly

These handrails are also environmentally friendly meaning they’re entirely recyclable, so you can rest assured you’re not buying anything harmful to our planet.

Buy in Packs or Pieces

You can buy these handrails in complete packs if you want the ultimate ease in installation with everything you need sent to your doorstep in a matter of clicks.  But, if you prefer full control, you can design your fence exactly as you’d like it and buy the pieces individually – it’s entirely up to you!

Need More Help Choosing Your Deck Railings?

If you’re unsure about which handrails to choose or you have any questions about composite PVC decking handrails, feel free to speak directly with one of the eDeck advisors who are often available on the eDecks website directly on online chat, or you can call or email via our contact page here.

Lastly, don’t forget if you’re looking for composite PVC handrails or any other decking products, eDecks doesn’t just offer incredible prices on all decking materials, but they also offer:

48 hour express delivery on many products

Super-fast FREE delivery on most orders over £100

Unbeatable prices                                                                                                                    

FREE help & advice – just call 0844 474 4444

Which roofing sheet is the best: The complete guide to roofing sheets

So your project needs roofing sheets – but which type of roofing sheet is best? Whether you want the most budget-friendly, the most durable or aesthetically pleasing, here at eRoofs, you’re bound to find the perfect roofing sheets for your project – and at an incredibly low price.

In this guide we’re going to breakdown the three most popular types of roofing sheets and go into why you might want to choose them for your project.

The most popular roofing sheet types

Bitumen Roofing Sheets

Bitumen roofing sheets are the most affordable option of any roofing sheet. But don’t think that because it’s cheaper that it’s not as good as other products – with proper care and installation, bitumen can last for decades and can be more hardwearing than more expensive products.

Unlike some cheap PVC sheets, bitumen is unlikely to crack under pressure but is, however, more prone to small tears than PVC.  It can offer a low level of insulation and help to absorb heat if you choose a dark or black roofing colour.

Bitumen is available in a wide range of colours and, if you’re not keen on a simple “rolled on” look for your roof, it even comes in a corrugated roof sheet or tile look. Installation is incredibly simple and can be done by most DIYers; bitumen can also be cut to size which makes it perfect for awkward shapes.

Pros:

  • Variety of colours & styles
  • Most affordable option
  • Easy to install
  • Can easily be cut to awkward shapes if needed
  • Can last for decades
  • Unlikely to form large cracks
  • Dark colours offer a small amount of insulation

Cons:

  • Can tear in extremes
  • No light transmission

You can find great deals on bitumen roofing sheets here.

PVC Roofing Sheets

If your project requires light indoors, PVC could be the perfect option for you. It’s still very affordable but allows light through while being weatherproof. It’s scratch resistant and is pretty good at resisting impact. It might not be the best option if you need a good amount of insulation as you won’t be able to add insulation below it (or not without blocking out the light!) but for most projects where you might need light, such as a carport or greenhouse, it’s the perfect roofing sheet choice.

Vistalux PVC is a particularly good option, offering extra fire resistance and a warranty of 10 years. It’s very lightweight and easy to install so DIYers will often pick PVC for roof lights, canopies, lean-tos and more. Like bitumen, PVC is relatively simple to cut to size which makes installation even more straightforward.

Vistalux comes in 3 different thicknesses – 0.8mm, 1.1mm and 1.3mm with the thickest option being most hardwearing.

Pros:

  • Cheap to buy
  • Lets in light like a window – fully transparent
  • Easy to install
  • Can also be easily cut to size
  • Weatherproof
  • Vistalux warranty for 10 Years
  • Comes in a variety of thicknesses
  • Scratch-resistant
  • Fire resistant

Cons:

  • Can crack if impacted badly
  • No insulating properties

You can find great deals on PVC roofing sheets here.

Metal Roofing Sheets

Metal is likely the most hardwearing option, so if your project is likely to be affected by extreme weather conditions, this could be your best option. Although slightly more expensive than PVC or bitumen, metal should be longer-lasting and comes in a range of coatings to suit your project. 

The coatings on offer usually prevent water damage/rust as well as reducing the likelihood of unsightly algae to grow on the roof. Like bitumen roofing, you can get a variety of colours and even tiles if you’re unsure about the roofing sheet look.

Metal roofing may be one of the noisiest options; however, if you choose a variety with an insulation sheet, this will not only make it the quietest roofing sheet option, but also the one with the best insulating properties.

Warm, quiet and longest-lasting – sounds perfect right?

Do bear in mind though that unlike PVC and bitumen, metal roofing sheets are a little more difficult to cut to size if you have an awkward shape to deal with. But certainly not impossible – check out how you can cut metal roof sheets here.

Pros:

  • Most hardwearing option
  • Won’t crack or tear
  • Longest lasting
  • With coatings, unlikely to rust or grow algae
  • Variety of colour options
  • Can be bought with insulation, which is the best possible insulating and soundproof option of all three types

Cons:

  • Can be a little harder to install – not as easy to cut as PVC or bitumen
  • If you don’t get an insulating layer can be noisy
  • Can be more expensive than the other two options

You can find great deals on metal roofing sheets here.

Need More Help Choosing Your Roofing Materials?

Check out any of the following roofing articles for more information on which might be the best option for you. If you’re still unsure, feel free to speak directly with one of the eRoof advisors who are often available on the eRoofs website directly on online chat, or you can call or email via our contact page here.

DIY Roofing Materials: The Ultimate Guide

Garage Roofing Materials

Flat Roofing Materials

Porch Roofing Materials

Shed Roofing Materials

Metal Roof Coatings

Vistalux Roofing

Fixing Coroline Roofing

Installing Onduline Roofing

Last, but not least, If you’re looking for any of the above options for your roof, eRoofs doesn’t just offer incredible prices on all roofing materials, but they also offer:

48 hour express delivery on many products

Super-fast FREE delivery on most orders over £100

Unbeatable prices                                                                                                                    

FREE help & advice – just call 0844 474 4444

The Complete Guide to Pergolas: All Your Questions Answered

This month we’re getting involved in everything ‘Pergola’ – why should you get a pergola? What are they used for? Where can you buy them? Are they hard to install?

Well, sit tight because today we’re bringing you all the answers to your questions on pergolas!

What is a pergola for?

Pergolas are beautiful garden structures, sometimes found on decking, sometimes patios and sometimes are built directly onto a lawn.

They are great for:

  • Providing shade and a little protection from the elements
  • Adding an elegant design feature to your garden that attracts the eye
  • Creating a more relaxing dining or reading space
  • Providing a frame for vining plants to grow over (we love Honeysuckle and Wisteria which provide extra shade and smell wonderful)
  • Creating a car port with a bit of protection
  • Adding a pergola walkway as a feature
  • Adding extra privacy to your outdoor space – especially great for hot tubs!
  • Creating a structure for lights, heaters or fans to be added so you can enjoy your space for longer on hot or cold evenings

Sound great? We think so too!

Why buy a pergola?

Alongside all the great benefits listed above that pergolas offer, they are an excellent investment if you ultimately want to spend more time in your outside space. Most people would agree that they look attractive and if you create an inviting space underneath (with a deck or patio and furniture) you will find that your outdoor space starts to feel like more of an extension of your home.

Not only can you add creature comforts to make your garden more enjoyable – such as heaters, fans and lights – it can even increase the saleability of your home by making your garden a bit more inviting than your neighbours.

It’s also a surprisingly affordable upgrade (they start at just £89!).

Which way should my pergola face?

If you want your pergola to offer maximum shade for the majority of the day, we would recommend running the rafters from north to south. Other than midday, when the sun is directly overhead, this should offer the most shade for the longest parts of the day.

If you’re placing your pergola next to your home, bear in mind where your windows are; a pergola will likely shade any window below it from the sun for at least part of the day. If you prefer to bring more light into your room, it might be a better idea to go for a smaller pergola that doesn’t cover your window or to buy one that primarily opens out onto the garden rather extending too far along the side of your house.

Consider the direction the sun travels over your home during the day and whether facing the rafters a different way may offer less or more shade.

If you’d like extra protection from the elements, you can also consider building your pergola closer to trees or fences – which offer extra privacy as a bonus too.

You can also attach a hessian coverto the pergola for a bit more natural protection the sun and very light showers – with the added benefit that they look great too!

What are my design options with a pergola?

There are several options when it comes to the pergola designs – from modern to rustic, and straight, curves or angles, so you are bound to find one that suits your style.

There are even beautiful circular flower walks or shaded car ports– they have an incredible amount of design functions and looks.

Should I buy a pergola kit or custom build?

If you custom build a pergola you have the freedom to draw out your plans and design your pergola exactly as you want. The only major drawback is the planning and difficulty – if you’re a particularly keen DIYer though, it’s certainly not the hardest home project.

If you’re not the handiest however, but you have a really specific idea in mind, you can always call in a contractor to offer some help.

(PRO Tip: Remember that sourcing your own materials can save you a lot of money on any quote – ask your contractor and see if this is an option).

Often the most popular option is to buy a kit – they’re ready to go, they come with everything you need (except tools!) and have already been cut and measured out for you. Not only do they come in a variety of designs, you can even get them complete with decking and fencing if you like!

How much do pergolas cost?

Pergolas vary a lot in price depending on what you’re looking for – from basic kits that start at £89, up to larger kits with decking and handrails that start at £312, pergolas certainly don’t have to break the bank.

There are large kits that can run up to £1000+, but it very much depends on the features you would like and size of pergola.

If you’re building a pergola from scratch, rafters start at £7.59 per metre and posts from £10.24 per metre.

Want to get the best deal your new pergola?

Whether you’ve decided to go with a basic pergola, or one that comes with decking and fencing, you could get the very best deal on pergola kits and pergola building materials right here at eDecks.

We also offer plenty of support and expert advice for most pergola installation projects – and definitely any products we sell online. Contact eDecks here for personalised advice for your artificial grass project today.

At eDecks you can not only expect a good deal but also:

Super fast FREE delivery on orders over £100*

48 Hour delivery on many products

Handy FREE installation guides (and even instructional videos!)

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

PLEASE NOTE: Prices were all correct at time of writing, current pricing available at eDecks.co.uk

Fake Grass vs Real Grass: Which is better?

Fake grass (aka artificial grass) is fast becoming a popular option for both front and back gardens in the UK. In this article, we’re going to explore which is better – fake grass or real?

Fake grass was originally engineered to replace real turf for use in sports, and as such, boasts major features that real grass can’t:

  • no maintenance
  • no reseeding
  • no need for irrigation
  • no mending muddy patches
  • no lawn mowing
  • very hardwearing
  • looks bright and green all year long

Fake Grass vs Real Grass Aesthetics

In the beginning, it remained only popularly used on sports pitches, likely because it was an expensive new technology and didn’t quite have the same aesthetic as a ‘real lawn’ can give you. However, in recent years artificial grass has become more “lifelike” in the way it looks and as such has become far more popularly used in gardens.

New designs mean that rather than a single green colour throughout the grass, they now come with multi-tonal blade colour options which mimic real grass astonishingly well. They also come with different ‘pile lengths’ so you can have a short, “freshly cut” look lawn or a longer, “natural look” lawn.

You can now be extra picky with the exact colour lawn you’d like for your garden too, rather than worrying about which grass type might grow well in a particular part of your garden. With free artificial grass samples, you don’t have to guess from a photo online either – you can really see the colours in situ before you buy.

Because artificial grass now has so many great looking options, it is fast replacing real grass in popularity – it looks neat, never has patches, gets boggy or full of weeds.

You might even have some neighbours with an artificial lawn already and not realise it!

Fake Grass vs Real Grass Care

A huge reason people now opt for fake grass is simply low maintenance.

You can throw away your lawn mower, stop worrying about watering your lawn and fixing patches and simply enjoy your beautiful, perfectly green garden 365 days a year.

As you may well know, upkeep of a real lawn can be a nightmare – you can get weeds, your lawn can dry out and die (often in patches), you may need to reseed areas (especially if you own pets) and if you live in an area where there’s not quite enough sun, or too much water, you can face a whole host of problems with grass dying back and muddy patches left in their place. Fake grass simply takes away all the hassle and leaves you with a great looking, clean lawn.

Fake Grass vs Real Grass Use

Some people prefer the feel of real grass but, surprisingly, fake grass can actually be the softer option. It’s manufactured using a similar method to carpeting and the different thread types make it very soft underfoot.

If you’d like a luxury extra, you can even get a soft, bouncy underlay which makes your grass feel incredible to walk on. Most artificial grasses already come designed with some lower ‘brown’ threads that mimic the softness of grass really well, so the underlay isn’t entirely necessary – but it does feel great!

Although fake grass doesn’t have that freshly cut grass scent, it is kinder to hayfever sufferers which means everyone can lay out on the lawn without coming up in a rash.

Artificial grass boasts excellent drainage too so if you have pets it’s the perfect option. If you love your house to be spotless you can even wash your fake grass if you like!

As it was initially created for use with sports, fake grass often stands up better to hard wear and tear than a natural lawn, so if you use yours for sports, or have kids playing on it a lot, it might be your best chance at keeping a beautiful lawn year-round.

Overall, we think artificial grass is the best option – it is far more economical in the long run, with much less maintenance and, let’s face it, zero stress. The only thing fake grass can’t give you is that freshly cut grass smell – but we certainly feel never having to mow, patch or water again far outweighs that drawback!

Which artificial grass should you buy?

If you’ve got your heart set on a new fake grass lawn, you’ll be glad to know there are many options you can choose from. However, if you find that the options become a bit overwhelming, you can get some quick tips and guidance before you buy with our guide to help you choose which artificial grass is right for you.

Want to get the best deal on artificial grass?

Whether you’ve decided to go with a soft, natural-look long pile grass or a short, hardwearing nylon version, you could get the very best deal on artificial grasses online right here at eDecks – we offer artificial grass starting from just £5.16 per square metre**.

We also offer plenty of support and expert advice for most artificial grass installation projects – and any products we sell online. Contact eDecks here for personalised advice for your artificial grass project today.

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

Handy FREE installation guides (and even instructional videos!)

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

**Prices all correct at time of writing