6 Garden DIY Projects Ideas To Try While You’re Social Distancing

During these difficult times, it can be stifling to be stuck indoors so much of the time. For those of us lucky enough to have garden space, it is truly satisfying and relaxing to get to work in the garden, enjoy some sun and feel a great sense of satisfaction when you complete a project.

We’ve put together this list for those of you hoping to get out there and turn your hand to a garden DIY project, whether you’re a complete novice or you’re an old hand looking for a new challenge.

To make things easier, we’ve put them in order of difficulty below.

Neaten up your flower beds with some wooden edging

If you’ve been out in the garden and have weeded everything in sight, you may now be wondering how you can take things up a notch. Popping in wooden edging around your flower beds helps create some visual boundary lines which helps neaten up an outdoor space. They’re straightforward to install too – you can get straight edging boards with attached posts or wire backed log rolls that you can use to create curved edges. 

You can also use this type of edging to build a raised flower bed, or if you fancy a challenge, you can create a more professional raised bed using decorative sleepers.

Break up a paved or decked space with garden planters

If you have a paved or decked space outdoors, although it’s much easier to maintain than a lawn, it can also feel a bit soulless when there’s no plant life around. A great way to breathe life back into your garden is to build a garden planter. You can add herbs or your favourite flowers – or even a mixture of both.

Our favourites are this herb wheel and this corner planter, which are both very easy to build. If you can handle flat-pack furniture, these will be a doddle!

Bring a new lease of life to your fence with a change of colour

A fence often feels like it blurs into the background of your garden, but you can make some serious visual impact by painting or restaining your fence. There are always the classic wood shade stains you can go for, but if you’re feeling bold, a pop of colour might just make all the difference in your garden.

Just like in a room, lighter colours can help make your garden feel bigger and more open – you might want to try a very light grey, green or blue, depending on what works best with the colour of your home and plant life.

Greys have certainly seen a surge in popularity in recent years; you can find some of our favourite paints that work well for both outbuildings and fences here.

Get a year-round “perfect lawn” look with artificial grass

Artificial grass has grown in popularity in the past few years as it’s technology has advanced from old rubbery AstroTurf to a grass that often looks more beautiful than the real thing!

Artificial grass comes in a huge range of colours and styles and offers one huge benefit – no more mowing the lawn (find out more about the benefits of an artificial lawn here and how to choose the right type here).

It’s also much easier than you might think to install. Be prepared to put in a good amount of elbow grease in the ground preparation, and remember depending on the size of your lawn it could take a fair number of days to complete, but it’s not a difficult project and it is an extremely rewarding one once it’s complete!

You can find some great deals on artificial grass right here.

Create an eye-catching feature with a garden structure

If you have a nice garden, but you can’t escape the feeling that something’s missing, you’re likely in need of a garden ‘feature’. A garden feature draws eyes to a focal point and creates “interest” in your space.

We particularly like garden structures as features – they’re low maintenance and can be an impactful addition to your garden. Arbours, arches and pergolas create shaded areas of retreat in your garden, along with providing the perfect support for vining plants such as wisteria, roses or sweetpeas. They also make great additions to garden walkways.

Our favourites are this chunky village walkway pergola and this stunning free-standing flower circle.

These can be a little trickier to install than the previously mentioned projects, as it does take a bit of work to make sure the structure is supported correctly but if you’re keen to have a go don’t forget there are free instructions on our site and we have an online chat service if you have any questions about installation – we’re here to help you make it happen!

Build the ultimate outdoor entertainment space with a new patio or deck

If you’re looking for a big garden project that you can really throw yourself into, we’d recommend creating the ultimate outdoor entertainment space with a new patio or deck.

Like artificial grass, a patio or deck reduces the time you need to spend on maintenance so you can spend more time doing what you enjoy most in your garden – whether that’s relaxing in the sun, having a bbq or hot-tubbing in the great outdoors. 

Building a deck may even be easier than you first thought; you can buy decking boards individually if you prefer, but you can also now get decking kits with everything premeasured or decking tiles which slot together similar to laminate flooring!

If you are hoping to go for an Indian stone patio we can also help with installation tips online.

We’re up and running as normal to serve you

Luckily we have a great supply and fast delivery service for all of our products during this tough time, so if you are looking for garden supplies for your next project and want to order online to avoid going into a store in person, we’re here to help.

We even have samples available of artificial grass, decking and Indian stone paving that you can have delivered so you can see your options at home before making a big purchase.

What projects have you been trying out in your garden?

We’d love to hear which projects you’ve been trying out in your garden; please let us know in the comments below.

If you want a great price on your garden project materials make sure you check out our latest offers on eDecks.

We also want to remind you we offer plenty of support and expert advice for most garden projects so don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions. Contact eDecks here for personalised advice for your 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!)

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

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

The Best Fence Panels For Windy Areas: Pro Tips & Products

We’ve had some pretty windy weather recently and, unfortunately, that’s meant some severe damage across the UK. From entire trees being blown over and houses being badly damaged, we’re seeing the fallout of the storm everywhere. And that includes our fences.

If your fences have been blown over or damaged in the recent storms, you may now be having to replace them – and so we’re being asked more frequently than ever – which fence panels are best for windy areas?

In this article, we’ll run through your best options so you can replace your old fence with one that should be able to withstand strong winds a bit better next time.

Let the wind pass through your fence

Our top tip for choosing a fence that can withstand wind is to choose one that allows the wind to “flow through”. The more air you can let pass through your fence, the less pressure your fence will be under in windy conditions.

If you imagine a kite as one full piece of material it will catch the force of the wind and fly pretty easily. If your kite has a small hole in it, it will take more wind force to fly – and if there are large gaping holes in it, it’s unlikely to ever get enough wind force to fly.

It’s the same principle with fences; more space for air to flow through means your fence takes much less pressure.

With that in mind, you have a wide variety of options for fences that will allow different levels of wind through, depending on your requirements.

Slatted Fence Panels

Slatted fence panels are a great choice if you need privacy and like a sleek modern look. With horizontal fence rails, our slatted fence panels are ultra-strong and don’t have huge gaps between the rails, allowing wind through but offering a good amount of privacy too.

We offer Elite & Supreme slatted fence panels starting from just £40.93 per 1.8m panel, including a ten year warranty. 

Trellis Panels

Trellis panels offer plenty of gaps for wind to pass through as well as places for climbing plants to grow. If you’re looking for the ultimate combination of privacy and windproofing, a trellis fence is an excellent choice as you can add vining plants to cover gaps, but plants won’t often completely block wind from passing through.

There are plenty of options with trellis fencing from modern to traditional, starting from just £10.51 per panel.

Wall and Trellis

If you want something private and robust, you could always use a combination of a small brick wall to replace your fence and top it with a short piece of trellis fencing. It could be far cheaper than you think – our bricks start at less than 50p each.

Short Open Fence Panels

If you don’t have a great need for privacy but want to use fencing solely as a boundary, you can consider using short open fence panels. Being shorter they shouldn’t catch the wind as much and they offer vertical open rails with plenty of space for air movement.

Shadow Box Panels

Shadow box panels, also known as double sided paling, offer the most privacy while still allowing airflow. They won’t allow as much wind to pass through as some of the other options above, but they will offer much more windproofing than a standard block fence panel, while keeping complete privacy, with each fence rail blocking light from one side to the next (which creates a ‘shadow’ on the adjacent panel). These are a particularly great option if you need a tall secure fence for pets and children while having your garden in a windy area.

There are so many options for shadow box fence panels, from horizontal and vertical to chevron and top trellis styles. Starting from just £31.56 per 1.85m panel, you’re bound to find one to suit your style and budget.

Ensure your fence has a strong base

Other than allowing wind to flow through your fence more easily, the other important safeguard you should take is to make sure your fence has a strong base. A strong support should help keep your fence grounded – the stronger the base, the more likely your fence will be to withstand high winds.

Dig your posts in deep

It may not come as a surprise, but it’s vital to dig your fence posts in as deep as possible to leave your fence with the best possible foundational strength. We recommend digging your posts a minimum of one-third of the length of the post deep, if possible, half or more. Three feet is the minimum we would recommend for any fence being placed in a highly windy area.

Set your posts in concrete

You can’t choose the soil in your area, but you can choose what you set your post in. We highly recommend using concrete to set your fence posts in to give them the greatest chance at withstanding high winds in stormy weather.

Use Concrete Posts

Better yet than concreting in your wooden fence posts is to get posts made out of concrete too. Concrete posts are your strongest option for holding your fence up against blustery winds.

Looking for the best offers on fence panels for windy areas?

eDecks offers some of the best deals on all types of fencing online. What’s more is, we even offer online support and expert advice to help you pick the right fence for your space and even tips on how to install it. We can get your new fence to you fast, with no hassle and often delivery is completely free!

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

ONLY FSC certified sustainable wood products

Handy FREE installation guides (and even instructional videos!)

Incredible prices on all of our fencing 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.

Gazebos and Pergolas: The Ultimate Garden Upgrade for 2020

You’ve seen them in the most beautiful places, from botanical gardens to luxury holiday resorts, gazebos and pergolas stand out as a high-end design feature only found in the most eclectic of open spaces.

And now you can have that same luxury design feature without the “high end” price tag!

Here at eDecks we have pergolas of all kinds, including kits that come along with decking – you can read all about our pergolas here.

Not only that, we now have Gazebos on offer, with full gazebo kits starting at just £279.99!

With all that in mind, here’s why we think it’s going to be the big garden trend for 2020.

We all need a little shade

Let’s face it – in the past few years, we have experienced some intensely hot summers. Although it’s been wonderful to see the sun shining more often, the heat also has the bad habit of sapping your energy – fast.

With 2020 set to be another record-breaker for hot climates, now is the perfect time to start getting your garden prepared.

The best way to enjoy the beautiful summers for longer is to get a little respite from it all, and we think pergolas and gazebos are the perfect solution. After all, it’s a shame to waste the summer staying indoors in air-conditioned spaces if you don’t have to.

With the obvious shade advantage and the ability to attach further cooling devices like fans, it’s an elegant and practical solution to our heat waves!

They keep us in holiday “relax mode”

Gazebos and pergolas are so often associated with high-end resorts and 5-star hotels and spas that when we see them, we click into “holiday relax mode”. With that little extra protection from the elements, and the often beautiful flowers and plants that are grown around these structures, it’s hard not to feel the weight of the world leave you when you take a moment to read or relax underneath.

Putting a seated area underneath makes the area a little quiet escape perfect for putting your feet up and enjoying the sound of the world around you from bird song to gentle breezes.

They offer a stable construction for extras

As we’ve mentioned earlier – heatwaves are something to be contended with, and it doesn’t look like they’re going to stop any time soon. Gazebos and pergolas offer a great opportunity to enjoy the outdoors for longer in the stifling heat as you can use the structures to attach cooling gadgets like fans to help make that midday sun more bearable.

If you also find you are avoiding the outdoors in the chilly winter months, you can start using your garden far more often by installing outdoor heaters, easily attached to our pergolas and gazebos.

You can also easily add solar lighting which means you can sit outside enjoying dinner or drinks with friends, well into the evening in complete comfort.

They have a stunning aesthetic

There’s a good reason why so many high-end outdoor spaces have gazebos and pergolas – they draw the eye to a natural point in any space and offer ‘structure’ to your garden’s design. Most lines in a garden are hardly straight because of plant life, so structures like these draw the eye to a less chaotic point. The lack of ‘chaos’ makes them the perfect place for relaxing in your space.

They are (finally!) affordable

Unlike their common settings, in high-end, luxury resorts, pergolas and gazebos no longer have to run into the thousands – you can pick up your own kit and easily build one yourself from just £279.99!

With everything measured out for you, and such a low price tag, it’s easier than ever to add one of these stunning structures to your outdoor space – so what’s holding you back?

Want to get the best deal on your new pergola or gazebo?

If you want a great price on your new pergola or gazebo make sure you check out our latest offers on eDecks. We have easy to assemble Pergola kits with decking starting at just £312.45, gazebos kits starting at just £279.99, and completely free delivery for both for most of the UK!

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 outdoor 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

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