The Best Decking Materials of 2019

Have you decided to build a new deck this summer? Well, before you crack out your toolbox, read on to find out more about all the best material options for your deck in 2019 and the pros and cons of each.

Plus – look out for the incredible savings you could make on decking materials at eDecks!

Decking Materials: Get to know your material options

So what are your options for decking materials? In 2019, there isn’t just plain wood – you can choose from softwood, hardwood, composite and antislip decking materials. Below is a brief outline on each decking material, and what they are most suited for.

Softwood Decking

Softwood is the cheapest decking material you’ll find; it has a beautiful natural aesthetic and is most commonly cut from either redwood or larch. It doesn’t, however, usually last as long as hardwood and requires much more maintenance to help it last as long as possible. Having said that, with proper care and maintenance, your softwood decking could last up to 25 years.

You can find softwood decking here.

Hardwood Decking

Hardwood is the most expensive option when it comes to decking, but it’s also usually seen as the most beautiful choice. Hardwood decking is most commonly cut from either Balau or Walnut trees. It’s not just chosen because of its beautiful finish; it lasts far longer than softwood with much less maintenance required – usually up to 50 years.

You can find hardwood decking here.

Composite Decking

Composite is a relatively new decking material that boasts some incredible features. It’s a combination of real wood fibres and plastic that allow your deck to have a natural wood finish, while also having some incredibly long lasting and waterproofing features that you wouldn’t get with completely natural wood. It’s also the lowest maintenance option – whereas all woods will require at very minimum annual cleaning and finishing, composite doesn’t need any refinishing to help it last. It should also last up to 50 years.

Composite decking can even come along with some cool features, like built-in lighting with solar panel charging.

You can find composite decking here.

Antislip

While probably not the most attractive option, antislip decking is a great choice if you either want to use your deck in wet weather, if you have a hot tub or if you want to minimise your chance of slips and falls. It’s definitely one of the safest decking options and with the many available finishes, it’s a very popular option.

You can find antislip decking here.

Decking Materials: Product Options

Finding the right decking doesn’t end at picking a material – the materials come in a variety of product types. Again, each decking product has pros and cons to consider. Here is some information on the three main forms of decking:

Decking Boards

The most common way to buy decking is to simply buy decking boards. It allows for complete versatility; you can have any size or shape of decking you choose. It does require you to plan everything out to work out how much decking you’ll need, but eDecks can help you with boards that are cut to your specified size in many decking material types.

You can find all types of decking boards here.

Decking Kits

If you are hoping for a square or rectangular deck, it might be even simpler to order a cut to size decking kit. It will not only come with the exact boards you need but also pre-cut joists and a fixing kit to make your life as easy as possible. You can even buy decking kits that come with fencing and pergolas!

You can find decking kits here.

Decking Tiles

Decking tiles are likely the simplest to install; some even featuring interlocking systems. You can also buy some decking tiles with built-in features, like LED lights. You can also install decking tiles over an original deck to refinish it, as long as it is structurally sound. You can also create a ‘checkerboard’ pattern, which is an attractive look on some decks.

You can find decking tiles here.

Want to know more about decking materials?

Not only do eDecks often run incredible offers on decking materials, but we also offer plenty of support and expert advice for anyone who’s looking to build their own deck at any level. Contact eDecks here for personalised advice on your deck 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

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.

Garage Roofing Options: The Garage Roof Materials Guide

Whether you’ve hit a leak and want to replace your current garage roof, or you are setting out to build an entirely new garage – we know it’s vital that you understand all of your garage roofing options.

In this short guide, we hope to help you understand all of your garage roofing options, so you choose the perfect material that fits both your major requirements and budget.

Garage Roofing Options: Different Styles of Roofing Material

Corrugated Sheets

Corrugated sheets are a popular choice in the UK for any outdoor building. This is simply because it can be cheaper to buy large sheets of roofing materials rather than small tiles, but also because the corrugated design creates channels that encourage water to flow off the roof, which is a huge benefit when outdoor buildings in the UK have to withstand rain many days of the year.

These sheets are most commonly made from galvanised steel for its strength and longevity, but new materials are now available in corrugated sheets so you can get the benefits of the water channels with a more modern look, that may be a bit quieter than the traditional steel sheets.

They now come in Coroline and Onduline options (which we’ll explain further later) as a well as clear PVC. The new variety of materials opens doors to mix and match and even add transparent panelling to let in light through sections of your garage roof.

Roofing Sheets

One of the most popular garage roofing options is the flat roofing sheet. These sheets don’t offer the same design as corrugated sheets, so some flat sheet materials are more highly recommended than others depending on how much waterproofing you require and how steep the pitch of your roof is. After all, you don’t want any leaks in your new garage roof!

A major benefit of flat roofing sheets is that, whether you choose a rubber option for super waterproofing or a more attractive felt option, you can take sheets and literally melt them together to form a single well-bonded roof material. The major advantage of this is that the sheets become incredibly waterproof for many years as they act as a single piece of waterproof covering over your entire roof.

Tiles, Shingles & Shakes

You can also buy tiles, shingles or shakes as a garage roofing material. The major benefit is that the finished roof can look more attractive and tie in well with your own home’s roof. Tile will usually last longer than some materials like Coroline and Onduline, although these options do tend to last up to 30 years and are far more affordable.

Tiles do require more skill to install than sheets, but luckily there are some very simple options that can give you a full tile appearance without having to install clay tiles. Lightweight roofing sheets have options that come in strips of steel tiles that can then be easily layered onto each other so you can benefit from the major perks of roof sheeting without losing the beautiful tile design.

If you are keen to have individual shingles and shakes for your garage roof, there are plenty of options to choose from, with a range of woods on offer and even strips of felt cut to single shingles.

Garage Roofing Options: Pros and Cons of Different Materials

Coroline and Onduline

Coroline and Onduline are a form of bitumen roofing, which is a synthetic material which is usually melted together at the seams to form an impenetrable waterproof roofing sheet. Coroline and Onduline are at the forefront of bitumen roofing; allowing the excellent properties of the waterproof shield over your garage, while reducing the less desirable features bitumen roofing used to be known for, which included overheating the room below.

They also come in many forms, not just simple flat sheets – including shingles and corrugated sheets.

PVC & Polycarbonate

PVC and Polycarbonate roofing allows a lot of light into your garage. If you’re looking for your garage space to be light and airy, but you don’t want to fork out for a window, it’s the perfect option. Not only does the honeycomb structure of this sheeting allow a significant amount of light into your garage, but it also acts as an excellent insulator with multiple layers of air pockets working to hold heat in your garage.

Wood

Wood shingles and shakes are one of the most attractive options and can last a long time if well cared for. Although a little trickier to install than a sheet roof, they also have some significant benefits – adding a great amount of insulation to the garage as well as reducing your carbon footprint. If you’re unsure about whether or not you can install these yourself, you can always download a handy instructional guide for any of our products on our website – just look to the right-hand side of any product page.

Galvanised Steel

Galvanised steel has come a long way – not only is it an affordable option that will last a great deal of time, you can even get roofing materials made from steel created to look like real clay tiles. The tile and corrugated options are incredible if you have a low pitch roof, as the shape is designed to encourage water to drain off.

Rubber

Rubber roofing is a great option, especially if you have a flat roof. Flat roofs are particularly prone to drainage problems, and as such, having an entirely waterproof membrane over your garage will help to keep your garage free from leaks for a very long time.

Garage Roofing Options: The Conclusion

There are plenty of garage roof materials you can choose from, but ultimately, the most important thing to consider are the needs you have for your garage roof – including waterproofing, appearance, light and heat insulation. Once you know your base priorities, we hope you’ll be able to easily tell from this guide which roofing material is right for your garage.

Before you buy your garage roof materials from just anywhere online, you might be interested to know that here at eRoofs you can expect:

Super fast FREE delivery on orders over £100*

48 Hour delivery on many products

Handy FREE installation guides (and even instructional videos!)

Incredible prices on all of our roofing products

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

DIY Roofing Materials: The Ultimate Guide

Here at eRoofs, we sell all kinds of roofing – for small projects, like your garden shed, to big projects, such as industrial flat roofing. If you’re looking for roofing that isn’t traditional tiling, eRoofs can help.

We’ve been writing about all sorts of roofing materials for years, and in this guide, we’re going to break down the pros and cons of all the DIY roofing materials so you can choose which is the perfect fit for your project.

Please Note – All prices were correct at time of writing.

PVC Roofing

PVC roofing is a type of plastic roofing (also known as polyvinyl chloride roofing) that is most commonly transparent (but is available in various finishes) and is often used for applications such as carports. It’s incredibly durable, lightweight and weatherproof while remaining incredibly affordable. People often choose a transparent PVC (or polycarbonate) to weatherproof an area while avoiding blocking light.

PVC is often corrugated in order to allow water to run off at an angle easily, but you can also purchase a completely flat option, which is popularly used as a glazing sheet to let in light or add a plastic window to your project.

PVC roofing at eRoofs starts from just £6.10 for 6ft of roofing, making it incredibly affordable, and you can choose from a variety of thicknesses for longer lasting roofing. If you’re looking for roofing that can withstand the great outdoors but is incredibly cheap and easy to install, PVC is likely your most affordable option.

You can find great deals on PVC roofing here.

Polycarbonate Roofing

Polycarbonate roofing, similar to PVC roofing, is commonly transparent and is durable, lightweight and weatherproof. It comes in a variety of thicknesses to suit most applications – from simple sheds, right up to conservatory roofing. They are incredibly simple to install and maintain – and as with most plastic roofing – are an affordable option.

While very affordable, polycarbonate is typically more expensive than Acrylic or PVC – a flat polycarbonate sheet starts at around £28 per square metre, whereas you can get an acrylic board, 1200mm x 600mm from around £10. The main difference is that polycarbonate is known to be stronger – much stronger than glass – and much easier to work with (you should be able to drill polycarbonate with a very low risk of cracking).

If you have a project that needs an incredible amount of durability and strength, such as a conservatory or tall unprotected building, it can be well worth the extra investment to go for polycarbonate over other options.

Find out more about polycarbonate roofing here.

Acrylic Roofing

So when should you choose Acrylic roofing? Acrylic roofing is much like polycarbonate, in that it is often transparent and much stronger than glass, but it is also cheaper and has much better ‘light transmittance’. Some say it has better clarity than glass. It makes sense then that you’ll hear it often referred to as ‘plexiglass’ – plastics answer to glass.

Acrylic is most likely your best option if you’re looking to create a window for your project, or if you favour light, cost and clarity over strength. Acrylic is still incredibly strong – it has 17 times the impact resistance over glass – it just isn’t as strong as polycarbonate (which is 30 times stronger than acrylic!).

Get acrylic sheets cut to size at a great price right here.

Bitumen (Coroline and Onduline) Roofing

Bitumen roofing is a type of asphalt product that is most commonly used on shed and garage roofs. They are incredibly strong and durable, although in the past they have been prone to cracking over time with changes in temperature. Although it’s not guaranteed that any bitumen product will never crack under extreme temperatures, there has been incredibly huge improvements in bitumen roofing technology in the past few decades that make it a much better product now than ever.

Bitumen is particularly simple to install and should last over two decades when installed properly. It even has the added benefit of heat absorption – making them a particularly good product for cold buildings like garages.

Coroline and Onduline roofing sheets are both types of bitumen roofing products – Onduline is slightly thicker and more costly than Coroline, so it depends on your project as to which might be more suitable. There are a large variety of colours and even helpful advisors to guide you on which might suit your project and how to install bitumen roofing to make sure it lasts as long as possible, right here at eRoofs.

Read more about bitumen roofing here.

Steel Roofing

A good quality metal roof should outlast any other option mentioned here – and unlike bitumen or traditional roof tiles, both plastic and metal roofing will last longer outdoors if you’re in an area where there are a lot of trees or vegetation nearby. This is because plastic and metal are easier to clean and are much less vulnerable to being damaged by moss or lichen.

You can even buy steel roofing precoated in a number of colours with additional benefits to help your roof last even longer, or you can choose the paint and coating yourself which means you can be very particular about any colour you wish to have. It’s also not always the most expensive option, so definitely worth looking into.

Read more on galvanised roofing here.

There are some drawbacks, of course. Metal roofing for one, can be very noisy – if there’s a slight shower, you’ll know about it. They are also not as easy to install as other options mentioned here – for example, cutting a plastic sheet is easier than cutting a metal one – but overall, they are still relatively simple to install for a competent DIYer. You can also reduce noise by investing in good insulation or even buying an insulated sheet, that comes with an insulating layer on the underside of the metal which will reduce noise and help keep heating bills down.

Find affordable metal roofing here.

Wood Roofing Shingles

Wood roofing shingles are easily one of the most attractive looking options you can buy for any roof; but it does come at a cost. Both a little more expensive than other options and deteriorating faster, wood shingles are a great option for a project you want to be proud of but don’t mind spending a little more on.

They also have a very low carbon footprint and a high degree of thermal insulation so they aren’t just for show. When installed well and maintained properly, they can last up to thirty years so you shouldn’t be completely put off if you can’t face replacing your roof quickly.

They can be relatively easy to install and aren’t just used for roofs either – people have been known to use them for walls of buildings, even their homes, for a beautiful natural looking project.

Find everything you need to create your wood roof (or siding) right here.

Felt Roofing

Felt roofing is usually a bitumen roofing product that is ‘torched on’ to your roof. It’s most commonly used for flat roofs as it’s extremely weather-proof – it can be sealed at the seams during the torching on process. It’s incredibly easy to repair and low maintenance as well as being super low cost. It comes in a wide variety of colours which is appealing to some. High traffic areas, however, may benefit more from rubber roofing.

Find out more about flat roofing options here.

Rubber Roofing

Rubber roofing is also a common choice for flat roofs. It’s slightly more expensive than bitumen felt, and some don’t much like the look of it, but it’s much more hardwearing and is highly recommended for flat roofs where you’re expecting a lot of footfall. It’s incredibly durable and repairs are incredibly easy should you need to fix any splits – you can even buy liquid rubber to simply fill in any tears.

Get everything you need for your rubber roofing project here.

Coatings For Roofing

Once you’ve chosen the right roofing material for your project, you can also decide on which coating, if any, that you’d like to use. For many roofs, simply adding a good coat of paint can provide some much needed protection, but here at eRoofs, we have professional roof coatings to provide that next level of protection you might need.

Allweather roof coat

All weather roofing coats are used for exactly what they say – weatherproofing. Unlike bitumen paint, they’ve been specially designed for weatherproofing and can be applied to all types of roofs, from wood shingles to rubber.

Bitumen paint

Bitumen paint is often used as an extra protective layer for porous materials like concrete and brickwork, but also metal roofing. It can be used on wood too and provides a layer of waterproofing protection to help your roof last longer.

Aluminium paint

Aluminium paint is often used for protection against sun damage on roofs, notably on bituminous felts and exposed steel to provide a reflective quality to your roof which helps avoid problems with extreme temperatures, especially with felt products.

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.

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

Flat Roofing Materials: Should You Use Felt or Rubber?

Looking to find out more about flat roofing materials? You’ve come to the right place. Here we go through the most popular flat roofing materials, the pros and cons of each, the prices, ease of installation and when each one might be the right solution for your flat roof.

Flat Roofing Material One: Torched Bitumen Felt

What is it?

Bitumen felt is a waterproof membrane you can apply to any type of roofing. Though often used as a flat roofing material, it is also found as an underlay beneath traditional slate and tiled roofing as extra weatherproofing. Torching the felt helps bond it to your roof and ensures there are no gaps between the felt that could allow water through.

Pros and cons?

Price

Bitumen felt roofing is an incredibly cheap option; right now at eRoofs it costs just £3.90 per m2 (8m2 is just £31.19, down from £48.99 including VAT). You can upgrade and also get a base felt that will make your roofing last even longer – and it doesn’t cost much to add either at just £5.09 per m2. Considering it should last in excess of 15 years with the base felt, it’s a very affordable option for your flat roof.

Easy to repair

Torched on bitumen felt is incredibly simple and fast to repair; you can simply paint on a weatherproofing bitumen roof coat to add extra protection or seal over small cracks.

Nice finish

Felt roofing felt leaves a nice aesthetic finish to your roof, especially as it is torched on and can therefore be moulded to your roofs shape smoothly.

Application is seamless

Torching on a felt roof means you can avoid creating any open seams very easily. Overlapping the base felt when torching on will melt the felt together, avoiding any potential holes appearing.

Low maintenance

A torched on felt roof requires very little to no maintenance; repairing the odd bit of wear and tear is incredibly easy and very infrequent.

Recyclable

At the end of the lifespan of the felt (usually over 15 years) you can easily recycle the felt, making it a very eco-friendly option.

Lifespan

Many felts are guaranteed up to 10 years, which can seem like a short lifespan. However, when properly maintained and in a low traffic area, torched felt roofing can last beyond 30 years.

Can warp and crack

Unfortunately, felt roofing can be prone to warping in very hot summers and cracking in very cold winters, especially when it is not installed properly.

Repairs can look bad

Although repairs are simple to do, if your flat roof area is going to be in view very frequently, basic repairs like patches and paints can look off-putting.

Not good for high traffic areas, especially in summer

Torched roofing felt is not the best choice for a high-traffic area as it is not scoff or tear resistant. It likely won’t last as long as EPDM rubber, nor look as good, if the flat roofing area you’re wanting to cover is often used as a balcony, for example.

Flat Roofing Material Two: EPDM rubber

What is it?

Rubber EPDM roofing is a very common type of flat roofing material, favoured because of its low cost and incredible weatherproof nature. Unlike torched roofing felt, you apply rubber roofing with a rubber adhesive making it a fast and simple installation.

Pros and cons?

Price

Rubber roofing does cost a little more than felt (at the time of writing it is £9.57 per m2 from eRoofs) but it doesn’t require a base felt, so overall it is in a similar price bracket to felt. It usually lasts a little longer, some claiming it lasts over 50 years and manufacturers often stating that 20 years is the minimum lifespan they would expect.

Easy to repair

Repairs are quite rare with rubber roofing, however, when they do occur repairing can usually be done by the average DIYer with some simple liquid rubber.

Fire resistant

Rubber roofing is extremely fire resistant and because you install the roof without a torch (instead using a rubber roofing adhesive) installation is very low risk compared to torching on felt.

Reduces energy costs

Rubber roofing reflects heat and has some insulating properties, helping your home stay cool in summer and warm in winter, which could help reduce your energy bills.

Can move with your house

Rubber is known to be flexible which means, unlike most other roofing materials, rubber roofing can literally “move” with any new structure as it settles making it a great option for any new building.

Lightweight

Rubber roofing is extremely light and as such, requires little structural roof reinforcement before installation. It also has the added bonus of being easy to carry during installation.

Durable

Unlike felt, rubber roofing doesn’t scuff or mark easily. It also is less likely to crack or warp in the sun, less likely to blister or rot; probably the reason why it’s claimed to have such a long lifespan!

Improper installation can cause leaks – quickly

Installation should be incredibly simple; however, if you have any obstructions on your flat roof, such as chimneys, lanterns or vents, things can get a little more complicated, requiring cuts and flashing tape to be used. If you don’t have experience in working around these obstacles, you may need a professional installer to help, which can be costly. If these areas aren’t installed properly, there’s a high likelihood of your roof leaking as soon as the next rain comes.

Finding a good installer can be tough

Rubber roofing has only been around for roughly 40 years, meaning there aren’t many experts in the arena as there will be for more common flat roofing materials like felt. This means that you could struggle to find an installer that has a lot of experience in rubber roofing. If you do need a good installer, we’d recommend looking for one with a good number of positive reviews so you know that they’ve got the experience you need.

Appearance

One of the biggest drawbacks that some people outline is the appearance of a rubber roof – it’s not always the most attractive option, being that it is a simple black rubber covering. However, it’s a great solution for high traffic flat roofs and can even be a moss deterrent so can be kept clean very easily. You also have the option to paint a rubber roof, which can not only improve its appearance but could even prolong it’s lifespan.

If you’re looking for the an affordable option for your flat roof, eRoofs doesn’t just offer some incredible flat roofing felts and rubber roofing materials; 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

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Christmas 2018 With eDecks

Christmas Essentials

With Christmas looming over our heads once again, it’s always best to prepare for it early. So we’ve put together a full list of our must-have Christmas items!

Rocksalt for Christmas

Ice and snow are the biggest causes for concern around this time of year. Rocksalt is designed to help prevent these things from becoming a problem, hence why it’s one of our best sellers. A lot of people still use hot water to melt the ice around there house & drive, not knowing that this is one of the main causes of black ice.

Shovel

These shovels are designed to help move and lay out the Rocksalt. Even if you aren’t prepared to lay down Rocksalt before the snow falls, it’s always best to have a shovel to hand to make sure that you’re never unprepared. Clearing the snow on your drive is always vital during this time of year and these shovels make it remarkably easy to do so!

Grit/Rocksalt Bin

If you were looking for a storage place for the Rocksalt you were potentially going to store, we have the perfect one right here for you. We have different sizes of these bins to fit wherever needed in/outdoors for you.

Whatever you do this Christmas, just make sure that you’re prepared!

Happy Christmas, from the eDecks team.