Polycarbonate Sheets: On Clearance!

Here at eDecks, we are forever sourcing and providing our customers with new products, and so to make room for these, we often have clearance items which allows you the customer to get a high quality product at a bargain price! This week we are taking a look at some of our clearance polycarbonate sheets.

We have the Blue 6mm Corotherm Twinwall Polycarbonate Sheets (1220mm x 610mm), which have been designed to give exceptional strength and high levels of insulation. These sheets are ideal for applications such as greenhouses, cold frames, shed windows and much more. Our polycarbonate sheets are cost effective – as the sheet weight is low, support structures can be lighter providing a cost effective option. This particular sheet starts at a bargain price of just £1.30 and this is also available in the size option 1220mm x 1220mm and both sizes are available in a green colour.

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When choosing polycarbonate roofing sheets, it is important to make careful measurements and get the correct size because the sheets need to fit between your roof joists, however, our helpful eRoofs Sales Team can assist to ensure you get the measurements you require. You can either opt for polycarbonate sheets suitable for roofing and cut them, or buy them at the sizes you need, already cut. Additionally, polycarbonate sheets can be cut to any shape or size making it suitable for all kinds of roofs, including gable end roofs, lean-to roofs, Edwardian and Georgian roofs as well as canopies.

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We also sell Corotherm Anti-Dust Breather Tape, which is a self-adhesive tape for sealing and protecting polycarbonate roof sheets to prevent build-up of moisture while keeping dirt, debris and insects out.

breather tape

Another options are the Polycarbonate Super Fixing Buttons, which allows you to secure polycarbonate sheets to timber rafters to reduce the risk of the sheets becoming dislodged in windy conditions. They also come with a rubber compression gasket to stop water ingress and allow a natural expansion and contraction of the sheets.

fixing buttons

With all of our polycarbonate sheets, please ensure that you have chosen your lengths correctly as we cut this product especially to your requirements, hence we cannot accept returns.

eDecks offers some of the best deals on Polycarbonate Sheets around, including all of the installation supplies and tools you may need. Not only do we provide plenty of unbeatable deals but also:

Super-fast FREE delivery on orders over £100*

48 Hour Delivery on many products

Handy FREE installation guides and instructional videos

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

Composite Decking Area: How To Work Out The Components Needed

Here at eDecks, we are the Kings of Decking, with more and more decking styles and varieties appearing on our website, as we always strive to better ourselves and keep our customers happy. Therefore we have put together a guide on how to work out the components needed to create your perfect composite decking area.

evergrain composite

Fixing Clips: You will need 23 clips per square metre.

Formula: Square meterage x recommended amount

For example, if you have 45 square metres x 23 = 1,035 fixing clips.

Or, you can also work it out as roughly 12 clips per board.

fixing clip

Starter Clips: You will need 12 starter clips to run on the first board.

If you have over 50 decking boards, we recommend doubling the amount of starter clips and so on.

starter clip

Angle Brackets: If you are using composite joists, please see below.

To find out the amount of brackets you require you will simply need to have double the amount of joists you have.

Each angle bracket requires 4 screws.

If you are using timber joists you will not need the brackets.

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Joists: Because composite deck boards are heavy, the joists will need to be laid every 300mm.

If you have an area of 3.6m x 3.6m, the total area would be 12.96 square metres.

To work out the joists for this, you would calculate it as 3600 ÷ 300mm = 12.

You will also need to add on an extra 4 joists to go on the outskirts of the frame to complete the area.

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Decking Boards: No matter what size decking you use you will need to add on 5mm to the width of the decking to factor in the recommended gap.

For example, if the width is 145mm (Real Groove), you will need to do the calculation as 151mm in width.

Formula:
1000 ÷ by the width of the board (plus the 5mm gap)

1000 ÷ 151 Times this by your square meterage and then divide by the length of the board you are using.

If you have an area of 12.96 square metres and are using the Real Groove decking, please see below.

1000 ÷ 151 x 12.96 ÷ 3.6m = 26 boards at 3.6m lengths.

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eDecks offers some of the best deals on Composite Decking around, including all of the installation supplies and tools you may need. Don’t forget that if you need any further help figuring out your decking, then our friendly and professional sales team are always on hand to take your calls on 0844 474 4444. Not only do we provide plenty of unbeatable deals but also:

Super-fast FREE delivery on orders over £100*

48 Hour Delivery on many products

Handy FREE installation guides and instructional videos

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

Grass: Sprucing Up Your Garden For Summer

With Summer not too far away now, we wanted to showcase the different types of grass seeds, grass seed spreaders and weedkillers we have to get your garden looking stunning this Summer.

With regards to grass seed, we have many different varieties, available in 1kg increments up to 10kg and then also a 20kg option.

eDecks Economy Grass Seed: This is aimed at keeping the cost low for the consumer without affecting quality. A low maintenance mixture producing a yield that will look good all year round. It is perfect for large landscaping projects where value for money is priority.

economy seed

eDecks Hardwear Lawn Seed: A very hard-wearing lawn mixture with Dwarf Amenity Ryegrass. It is fast-growing with an outstanding degree of water tolerance and is ideal for gardens which need extra protection against wear and tear and is especially suitable for family use. Hardwear Lawn Seed produces a superb surface suitable to a range of recreational uses.

hardwear seed

eDecks Quality Fine Lawn Seed: A ryegrass-free ornamental lawn mix which offers quality at an affordable price. This mix produces an exceptionally thick, dense turf which provides a good year-round colour.

quality fine seed

eDecks Low Maintenance Grass Seed: A slow-growing mixture which requires minimum upkeep. This seed gives a stunning fresh green colour across the seasons, combined with a good wear tolerance. We recommend this as a superb choice for surrounds within urban or rural developments, housing or industrial estates. An economical purchase needing very little maintenance once established.

low maintenance seed

eDecks Shady Area Lawn Seed: This grass seed has been created for a lawn which is deprived of light. This mix uses ingredients which are tolerant to low light areas, enabling you to still have a successful yield all year round.

shady area seed

eDecks Childs Play Lawn Seed: The child’s play mixture is a dual purpose mix, which offers durability with an excellent appearance. You will find it quick to grow and it will put up with anything and everything a child can throw at it.

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eDecks Renovator Mix: If your lawn is looking tired and you are wanting to bring it back to life, then this is the lawn mixture for you! The Renovator Mix is easy to establish and has rapid germination.

renovator seed

eDecks D.O.T. Verge Grass Seed: A quick way to establish a mixture that offers drought tolerance and soil stability on slopes and embankments. This mixture will tolerate road salt and exhaust fumes so is safe to use on grass verges etc.

dot seed

eDecks General Sports Pitch Seed: This is a versatile mixture containing both fine leaved perennial ryegrasses and fescues that will not only perform well under close mown management but will leave a dense and even sward. This is vital where consistent bounce is a pre-requisite, such as tennis and cricket. General Sports Pitch Seed also performs well under wear and is ideal for football, hockey and more.

sports seed

Here at eDecks, we like to make your life as easy as possible, and so along with our wide range of grass seed, we also offer two different grass seed spreaders. The first, our Budget Grass Seed Spreader is a domestic year-round broadcast spreader and allows you to cover large areas quickly. It is suitable for the distribution of seed or fertiliser.

budget spreader

The second one we offer is the 36.5kg Seed Spreader, suitable for spreading seed and fertiliser with a 36.5kg capacity hopper with an adjustable flow rate and pneumatic tyres. This all-round broadcast spreader is suitable for applying fertiliser and seed and the polypropylene hopper sits on a black powder coated frame, with enclosed gearing, a folding handle and a multiple feed setting control which gives a maximum spreading width of 3m.

36.5kg spreader

In order to rid your garden of those pesky weeds, we offer many different weed killer products, the first being the Bayer Garden Weedkiller Sachets. This is a systemic weedkiller which kills most tough and deep-rooted weeds including brushwood, bracken and ivy. These simple soluble sachets can be dropped into water and applied using a watering can or a sprayer. The ground will be suitable for immediate replanting once the weeds have died.

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Another option is the Long Lasting Ground Clear, which is great for killing weeds prior to laying decking. It is a unique systemic broad spectrum residual weedkiller that can be used to clear overgrown areas of the garden as well as around woody ornamental shrubs and trees such as roses and on gravel paths and driveways. It is classed as a modern alternative to sodium chlorate.

long lasting ground clear

We also offer the Weedol Spray Gun Root Killer which is a ready-to-use solution which gives fast-acting visible results and effective, systemic root kill, so that the weeds don’t return. This effective and easy premixed weedkiller provides economical control of large areas of weeds all around the garden.

weedol spray

Another spray option is the Roundup Spray Ready To Use Weed Killer, which kills quick-growing annual weeds as well as tougher deep rooted perennial weeds such as ground elder and bindweed and fully degrades in soil allowing replanting. Roundup Spray is a pre-diluted ready-to-use glyphosate weedkiller that kills weeds right down to the roots so that they don’t re-grow and sprayed lightly onto weeds leaves it starts working in hours and kills most garden weeds and grasses with a single application.

roundup weedkiller

eDecks offers some of the best deals on Grass Seeds, Grass Seed Spreaders and Weedkillers around, including all of the installation supplies and tools you may need. Not only do we provide plenty of unbeatable deals but also:

Super-fast FREE delivery on orders over £100*

48 Hour Delivery on many products

Handy FREE installation guides and instructional videos

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

Indian Stone Paving: Installation Guide

Here at eDecks we have a wide range of Indian Stone Paving and so we have put together an installation guide to help you with your project.

Step 1: Digging the Foundation

You will need to allow 150mm for foundation mix and paving, and if you are laying the stone directly next to a house then the finished patio should be at least 150mm below the damp proof course. This means that you will need to dig out the area to a minimum depth of 300mm below the damp proof course.

To ensure that water does not collect on the stone, the foundation needs to have a fall of 1 in 60, which means a one centimetre of fall for every 60cm of width. For example, a 3m wide patio will need 5cm or 50mm of fall.

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Step 2: Preparing the Foundation Base

To create the firm foundation, use a concrete mix of 6 parts all in one ballast with 1 part cement. Mix and add enough water to dampen the mixture just enough so that it binds together. Cover the entire area with the mix to a depth of 75mm, level it out with a shovel and then tamp down using a length of timber or trample down with your shoes.

Step 3: Mortar Preparation

Lay the Indian Stone Paving slabs on a full mortar bed, which should support the whole slab, and not just the corners. You must ensure that there is contact with the whole of the back of the slab and the mortar. To create the mortar mix, use 6 parts sharp sand to 1 part cement and mix together with just enough water to make it damp and workable, but not overly wet and runny. It is important that ALL granite paving must have a cement and SBR liquid slurry mix painted on the entire back on the slab before fixing. If you do not do this, it may result in the slabs drying out at different rates and causing patchiness or effect the surface of the slabs.

Step 4: Laying the Paving

Begin by setting up 2 taut string lines to guide both the line and the level of the paving. One line should run down the length of the patio and the second line side to side, with one including the fall for drainage. Start from the corner and work your way outwards from there. All paving must be mixed and blended together and laid dry before any installation. If you have several sets of Indian Stone, we recommend you using slabs from all sets to ensure you have an even blend.

string line

Spread out mortar to cover an area slightly larger than the paving slab you want to lay and high enough to allow you to tap down the flag to the correct level. The bed should be approximately 30-40mm which will squash down. Lift and lower the slab into place and be careful not to catch the corners. Use a rubber mallet to start tapping it down and hit the paver, firmly but not too hard, at a point which is roughly midway between the centre of the paving slab and each corner along imaginary diagonals. Move around the paving, tapping in succession until the flag settles down to the correct level.

rubber mallet

Ensure you check that the paving is level by using a spirit level and that you have included a fall, and then start to lay the rest of the paving, leaving joints as required. Once laid, the area should then be left for at least 24 hours to allow for the bedding mortar to harden and should not be walked on.

spirit level

Step 5: Jointing the Paving

To joint the paving, use a mortar mix of three parts soft building sand to one part cement and mix it slowly adding a little water at a time until you reach a smooth, damp consistency – not wet or sloppy. A plasticiser can be added to make the mortar easier to work with. Use a trowel or pointing gun to put the mortar into the joints, pressing it down and smoothing over using a pointing bar if necessary. Be careful to avoid any mortar going onto the surface of the paving slab as this could end up staining the slab. If this does happen it should be wiped off immediately.

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Once the mortar has hardened, all you need to do is then give the area a good sweep and that’s the job done!

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eDecks offers some of the best deals on Indian Stone Paving around, including all of the installation supplies and tools you may need. Not only do we provide plenty of unbeatable deals but also:

Super-fast FREE delivery on orders over £100*

48 Hour Delivery on many products

Handy FREE installation guides and instructional videos

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

Guttering: Installation Guide

When it comes to guttering, you can save yourself some money by taking part in a little DIY, however you must ensure you research the best practice for installing your guttering as otherwise it could end up costing you more money than originally planned. Today we will be sharing our tips and knowledge on how to install guttering.

When planning your guttering installation, you must allow for some room for expansion that can take place in warm weather so plan out a gutter insertion depth mark. Use this depth mark as a guide to allow at least 5mm on each gutter length joint. Begin with fitting the outlet to the guttering so you can connect it to the downpipe. The outlet will be positioned directly on top of said downpipe.

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Depending on the positioning of your drainage points you may have stop ends at the end of each gutter run with a running outlet placed centrally or stop end outlets at either end with the high point of your gutter run in the middle.

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Fascia Bracket

Step 1: Fit a fascia bracket to the fascia board at the opposite end to the stop end and put it near the top of the fascia board, leaving room for expansion. The guttering needs a fall or slope to enable the water to flow, and this should be 10mm for every 6m length of gutter.

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Fascia Board

Step 2: Mark out and fit the outlet using a plumb line, holding it directly over the drainage point. This must be no further than 50mm out from the roof tiles.

Step 3: Once these two parts are in place, you can then draw a straight line (or use a string line) from the outlet point to the stop end as a guideline for the other fascia brackets.

Step 4: Next, mark up the positioning for the other fascia brackets and space them out leaving no more than 1m between them or no more than 150mm from any other fitting or union. Your outlet may be in the middle of the gutter so repeat the above steps on either side, not forgetting the fall or slope of the gutter run.

Step 5: Then it’s time to fit the other fascia brackets along the line and add the stop ends to the first piece of guttering and so clip the first gutter length in the fascia brackets.

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Stop End

Step 6: Connect a union bracket to the other end of the first gutter (on the opposite end to the stop end) and then attach the next length to this and carry on this process until you connect the guttering to the outlet and downpipe length. Use a stop end after the outlet to complete the gutter run. If the last length is too long then use a hacksaw to cut it to the correct length.

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Union Bracket

Once these steps are completed, it is then time to install the downpipes. The installation technique is similar to the guttering however it is fitted vertically.

Step 1: Using a spirit level, draw or mark out a vertical line with string from your outlet to the drain.

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Spirit Level

Step 2: Measure the points for the downpipe clips and mark with a pencil no more than 1m apart all the way down the wall. Drill a hole where you have made the marking and insert wall plugs into the holes.

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Downpipe Clip

Step 3: Begin by fitting your first length of downpipe starting at the top where the outlet is – ensure you leave a 10mm gap between the outlet and socket for expansion during warmer weather. Once the first downpipe is connected to the running outlet, screw the downpipe clip into the wall plugs to ensure they are securely fitted in place. If you require your downpipe to curve around a soffit board, you will need to use two 112 degree offset bends. Attach the first bend to the outlet pointing downwards and then attach a piece of downpipe cut to the desired length which will connect to the other offset bend. Attach the bend so that it returns the downpipe vertically and into the next downpipe section, forming an S shape.

Step 4: Continue attaching the downpipe lengths and continue to attach them with clips all the way down the wall until you reach the bottom. You may find that you will need to cut the last length if it is too long.

Step 5: Connect a shoe to the last downpipe to send the water in the correct direction into an open gully securing it in place with a downpipe clip.

If you don’t clean and maintain your guttering you could end up with clogged or damaged gutters which can create problems for your home. If water gets into your home due to a broken gutter or downpipe, you may find that mould, condensation and damp develop which can be costly and disruptive to repair.

It is super easy to clear a blocked gutter – simply take a garden trowel or a piece of wood and scrape away any debris or leaves from the guttering to allow the water to flow correctly again. To ensure the path is clear, use a bucket of water to check that the water flow is back to normal.

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Trowel

A blocked downpipe can be slightly more complicated to clear as you will need to buy a plumbers snake or drain rod to clear the blockage. Use the tool to push any debris towards the bottom of the downpipe and put a bucket at the bottom to collect the debris – be careful not to let it go down the drain!

We recommend you check your gutters and downpipes every few months just to ensure there are no blockages, as catching it early will make it much easier to control.

eDecks offers some of the best deals on Guttering around, including all of the installation supplies and tools you may need. Not only do we provide plenty of unbeatable deals but also:

Super-fast FREE delivery on orders over £100*

48 Hour Delivery on many products

Handy FREE installation guides and instructional videos

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