Monthly Archives: March 2018

Infinity Decking Range: New for 2018

Brand new for 2018, we are proud to bring you our Infinity Solid Composite Decking, available in three different colourways – Graphite, Island Mist and Vintage Russett. Infinity Solid Composite Decking is manufactured from a unique combination of wood and plastic and our highly developed unique composition combines the traditional appearance of timber with the durability of an engineered composite.

vintage russett

Infinity composite decking is a mixture of recycled wood and plastic and is a high-performing composite which has a weather-resistant shell that protects the walking surface from staining, scratching and mould and has been created and engineered to outlast the elements.

island mist

This brand new exclusive decking has been co-extruded and exclusively to us is 24.5mm thick. Not only is this pleasing to the eye, but gives the boards incredible anti-slip properties, even when wet. On the reverse of the boards, you will find a simplistic castle design if you prefer to go with this.

graphite

Infinity composite decking will not rot, fade, split or splinter and offers the best qualities and minimal weaknesses and because we are so confident in this product, we also offer a 20 year warranty.

With regards to the colour shades, we regard Graphite as a dark charcoal grey, Island Mist as a mid warm beige and Vintage Russett as an even mid to dark toned brown. Therefore, whatever look you are wanting from your decking, you are sure to find a perfect match, of the highest quality.

sample pack

We also stock Infinity Composite Solid Stainless Steel Clip & Screw sets, which are concealed stainless steel fixings to hold your decking down without being intrusive and the Infinity Stainless Steel Starter Clip and Screw duos which are essential for getting your composite decking started and acts as a buffer to lay your first board against. We recommend that these composite clips are laid every 300mm and a single screw is supplies with each starter clip.

infinity steel clip screw

eDecks offers some of the best deals on our Infinity Decking, 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.

 

Fence Panels: Pressure Treated vs Dip Treated

There are two main types of treatment that are commonly used with timber fencing and fence panels – dip treated and pressure treated. Both of these are very effective methods of protecting your timber and today we will be discussing the most important differences.

Dip treated fence panels are often a darker brown or golden colour. The dip treating process is fairly quick to do, resulting in a lower price compared to pressure treatment which takes longer. However, dip treatment does not last quite as long and may require additional applications of a brush on preservative in order to give the timber the longest life possible.

dip treated

Pressure treated is a method that forces preservatives into the timber, through to the middle and is done by putting the timber in a vacuum and then large amounts of pressure applied to force the chemical preservatives in. These preservatives, like those in dip treatments, are very effective against insects and fungal decay. Due to this process, pressure treated fence panels are slightly more expensive because they last longer than dip treated, but you need to weigh up the importance of the initial costs against the length of time you expect the timber to last.

When pressure treating fence panels, we take the timber, after it has been cut to size, and place it on a pallet. The panel is then placed into a large circular tank which is underground and sealed before the air is removed via a vacuum. By removing the moisture within the timber, you are left with more space deep within it, and so after the air has been removed, the tank is flooded with a preservative. Once the tank is full, the air is removed again which forces the preservative deep into the grain of the timber. Pressure treatment is so deeply enthused into the grain of the timber that reapplication is rarely needed and provide far more protection against rot and fungal decay. When you purchase the majority of pressure treated fence panels from eDecks, they come with a ten year guarantee against rot and fungal decay, meaning that the initial cost may be higher, but will save you time and money in the future.

pressure

Dip treatment, which is sometimes referred to as dipping, is kind of like a fake tan for fence panels – as with a pressure treatment, there is a tank underground, however instead of being sealed within a deep chamber, the timber is simply immersed in a bath of treatment for a period of time and then left to dry. This adds a colour and protection to the fence panels like a fake tan would, however it will fade over time. Dip treated fence panels are initially cheaper to purchase than pressure treated timber which is due to the dip treating process taking less time and therefore incurring lower labour and storage costs, however this therefore means that retreatment is necessary, meaning the cost will increase year and year.

pressure treated

eDecks offers some of the best deals on Dip Treated and Pressure Treated Fence Panels 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.

Garden: The Perfect Easter Egg Hunt Hiding Places

The Easter Bunny will soon be gracing us with his presence, and so to get you well prepared, today we are giving you plenty of ideas of where to hide all of those glorious chocolate eggs in your garden ready for the best Easter Egg Hunt your children could wish for.

easter rabbit

Planters: Our Planters start at just £10.39 and are an excellent place to hide your child’s favourite Easter egg! Of course, they are also an excellent product to grow colourful flowers, plants and herbs all year round. You can read more about our full range of Planters here.

planters

Sheds: If you fancy more of a challenge, then how about building your very own shed? This way you can create the size and design to exactly your requirements and just think of the hiding place possibilities for those Easter eggs – or even the Easter Bunny depending on the size of your shed. You can find eDecks’ guide to building your own shed online here.

shed

Water Butts: Now these probably wouldn’t be the best hiding place when full of water, but once you have finished hiding those treats, water butts are perfect for collecting and storing rainwater. We offer two different sizes to suit your needs and offer a whole variety of accessories including stands upon which to put them.

water butt

Composters: Our wooden compost bins are a garden essential and are available in small, medium and large. They are manufactured from pressure treated timber and can hold a whole range of things, whether it be compost, eggs, or even as a storage unit for your gardening bits and bobs.

compost bin

Pergolas/Arches/Arbours: Our wide range of pergolas, arches and arbours provide a numerous amount of hiding places, as well as offering a peaceful haven within your garden to sit and relax and enjoy your garden, especially in the upcoming Spring and Summer months. You can read our recent blogpost on these online here.

arbour

Log Stores: If you are lucky enough to have a cosy log fire in your home, then you may want to consider our Log Stores. They are available in three different sizes and keep your logs dry, organised, tidy and free from damp. Our log stores are made from pressure treated timber which helps protect against fungal and insect decay. They make excellent hiding places too – whether for an Easter Egg Hunt or simply for yourself when the kids are driving you mad!

log store

Aggregates: If you want to make your Egg Hunt slightly more challenging, then how about burying them under some of our stunning aggregates and gravels? They come in all colours, textures, sizes and shapes and you can read more about them in our Aggregates and Gravels blog post online here.

aggregates

Log Roll: Whilst hiding gifts and treats amongst your flowers, how about adding a log roll to your flowerbed? They are available to buy in different sizes and keep compost, flowers and plants neatly in order without spilling out onto your grass or paving area. They come ready FSC treated and wire backed ready to lay down in just minutes!

log roll

These are just a few examples of excellent Easter Egg Hunt hiding places, but we have many, many more online at eDecks. We hope you have a very enjoyable Easter weekend and we thank you for being our customer, whether new or old!

Love from Everyone at eDecks xxx

Our Easter opening times for placing orders are:

Good Friday 8am-5pm

Saturday 31st March 8am-4pm

Easter Monday CLOSED

Tuesday 3rd April 8am-5pm

Pointing and Sealing Indian Stone

When it comes to Indian Stone, pointing is one of the last and most important stages of getting your patio looking spic and span, and finished professionally. There are quite a few options with pointing and each one has their advantages in certain applications, and today we will take a look at the traditional method of sand and cement, along with air-cured pointing products and kiln dried sand.

As the hardest wearing method, a sand and cement joint is often considered the best way of pointing in on patios, especially on Sandstone Paving, and quite often Slate. Pointing is undertaken when slabs have been laid and given time to dry (24-48 hours) and must be done in dry, frost-free conditions, to allow the mortar adequate time to dry and harden.

grey paving

First of all, you need to make sure that all gaps which are to be pointed, are dry and clean, and then the mortar can be mixed. An average ratio of sand to cement is 5 parts sand to 1 part cement – you can go stronger than this but not weaker. We recommend only mixing one wheelbarrow or bucket full at a time as it will harden if left for too long. Mix the sand and cement together adding water as you go to get a near-liquid consistency and then you can begin pointing the area.

It is advisable to have two trowels – one for removing mortar and the other for pushing it down into the joint and firming it down. Work along each joint feeding mortar in off one trowel with the other and pushing it down to fill the joint thoroughly, aiming to evenly fill each joint without overloading it, as getting any wet mortar on to the surface of the slab will prove difficult to get off later on.

trowel

Gradually fill all of the joints with the mortar, mixing more as and when needed, until all of them are filled and then you are ready to smooth down the joints for a nice, tidy finish. The best way to smooth down the joints is with a pointing iron, or the end of a trowel handle, or for an alternative finish, a pointing trowel can be used to groove the pointing the create a rain channel in each joint.

Once all the of the pointing is neatly finished, there will be some debris which should be swept off with a soft brush, sweeping across the joints so as not to disturb the wet mortar if you sweep along them. Once the area is completely clean, wait around 12-24 hours for the pointing to dry, which will depend on the weather conditions.

paving

Another method is to use an air curing pointing compound which can be very easy to install and can last just as long as traditional pointing. Just with original pointing, ensure the area is clean and dry, and then it is a simple task of opening the bags and sweeping the compound in using a soft brush, and once swept in press into the joint with a trowel or pointing iron, leaving to cure, and sweeping off any residue that has hardened after a few hours with a stiff brush. You will find this a very simple and effective way of pointing, but ensure you always follow manufacturers’ guidelines and it is also worth checking the suitability of the area to be pointed in this way before starting work.

The final method is only suitable for paving which is to be butt jointed (as you would with block paving, for example). This is simply brushing in a fine kiln-dried sand over the area to fill small gaps in between the paving slabs and is only suitable for patios laid on a full mortar or concrete base as there is then little chance of weed growth in between slabs. The sand simply acts as a filler, preventing the gaps filling with dirt and debris over time.

Natural stone is an extremely hard-wearing and low-maintenance paving, yet it may often contain minor imperfections and foreign materials as part of its inherent make up. This does not affect the performance of the paving and being a natural stone product means that no two stones are the same and can result in a wonderful and random burst of colour and pattern, giving your garden a unique look. After laying, you may find that some natural stone products may show a brown colouration, where oxidation of any iron content occurs, which is a natural occurrence in all stone and may bleed from the stone after installation. We recommend that once any oxidation has been removed that the area is left to settle and dry followed by being sealed using an appropriate sealant.

If you have more than one pack of paving to lay then you must fix them using slabs from each pack to ensure you get an even blend of paving. All natural stone products should be laid on a full mortar bed and granite paving must have a cement and liquid SBR (primer) slurry mix applied to the back of the slab before installation.

seal

We highly recommend that natural stone paving is sealed using the appropriate sealer, but we do also recommend that paving is left for a season before sealing and that it is completely dry, that any efflorescence has disappeared and the area be bone dry before applying a sealant. Sealing natural stone paving helps prevent the build-up of lichens, algaes, dirt etc and will also help make the paving easier to maintain. Regular maintenance is required to keep the overall appearance of the product in pristine condition and we recommend washing paving areas with warm soapy water and brushing off with a stiff broom three or four times a year.

eDecks offers some of the best deals on Indian Stone Paving and Pointing and Sealing Tools 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: Cleaning Advice

Although, here at eDecks we know a lot about guttering, we realise that for many people it can be completely foreign to them and so throughout this blog post we will be explaining terms which some people may not be familiar with and shall be offering professional advice and tips. Today we will be talking fascias and soffits, which are fairly simple products to understand.

The fascia is the long board running the length of the lower edge of the roof and its purpose is to cover and protect the roof rafters from the elements and your guttering will be directly attached to it. Fascias are commonly made from PVC which makes them much more durable and easier to clean, although there are some fascias which are made from wood, but we do not recommend these as they will eventually rot which would mean your gutter is no longer safely secured and a new installation would be necessary.

Underneath the fascia, you will find the soffit, which is again usually made from PVC so that gutter cleaning can be kept as quick and simple as possible. Soffits are designed to ensure that nothing can get inside your roof such as birds, insects, water and other debris. Regular maintenance of fascias and soffits is recommended to keep them in tip top condition and to spare the expense of having to have a whole new gutter installation fitted.

soffit fascia

Leaves and other debris can get deposited in the gutter and prevent the efficient flow of rainwater. If you regularly maintain your gutters and downpipes this will help to reduce the risk of rainwater blockage and increase the longevity of them. If gutters and downpipes are left blocked then it could end up causing severe damage in the long run. If water is not removed, it can break the gutter and even weaken the house, façade and foundations.

To unblock a gutter safely, you will need gloves, a ladder, a bucket, a trowel and a water jet. There are also some alternative tools you could use to complete this kind of job, including cylindrical brushes which scrape the insides of the pipes, a pair of pliers with a handle that can be attached to a telescopic wand and brushes and scrapers which can be attached to a handle and used from the ground. Simply follow these instructions to safely unblock your guttering;

  • Remove the leaves from the gutter
  • Stand the ladder up against the brickwork making sure it is safe and steady
  • Clear the gutter of the residue using the trowel to unstick any leaves or mud and then place them into the bucket
  • Unblocking the downpipe is possibly the hardest part of the cleaning process. You can try to run pressure water through the pipe but this can potentially aggravate the blockage. When using the pressure hose ensure you unravel the hose allowing you enough room for movement and reach
  • The easiest way to clean your drains can be to dismantle the downpipe and clean it by hand. Take off the bends which is where the blockages normally are and clean them with your tools
  • Another option would be to use a plumber’s snake which is essentially an endless screw with a flexible tube allowing you to drill through the blockage.

soffit

It is advisable that whilst cleaning your guttering, to also check the general state of the gutter because this may alert you to any underlying problems such as leaky or cracked gutters, broken fascia brackets, faulty connecting joints etc. You will then need to tighten the screws or complete repairs in case of cracks, holes or lack of stability.

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.