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Wooden Roof Shingles

Do You Know the Difference between Shakes and Shingles?

“Whats the Difference Between Shakes and Shingles?”

If you hear people talking about “shakes” and “shingles” and think they are talking about obscure Motown acts then you’re probably not going to get the answer to this question right…

But if you’ve ever thought about re-roofing an existing structure, or building your own home or garden shed, it’s a good idea to know that Continue reading

Coruline Roofing

Roof sheeting: What material should I use?

From corrugated to coroline, we look at your options when it comes to choosing clear, coloured and plastic sheeting for your new prefab structure.

There is nothing quite as important as the roof over our heads.

Neglecting your tiles, choosing unfit material or settling for poor installation can only lead to one thing – a leaky roof, that’s not fit for purpose.

And it’s not just our homes we have to think of when it comes to roofing. Sheds, garages, bike huts and porches all use different forms of roofing, and are all equally as important when it comes to keeping the weather at bay.

So, if you’re thinking of building a new outdoor structure, where do you start when it comes to the roof? Here, we look at the different easy-to-install material options available to help you choose the right fit for your frame.

Option one: Corrugated sheets

You won’t have to walk too far down the street to spot a bike shed or garden porch fitted with corrugated sheeting for the roof.

But way back in the early 1800s when it was first invented, corrugated galvanised iron – to give it its proper name – was widely used for everything from warehouses and factories to simple homes and water tanks.

Originally made from wrought iron, corrugated sheets are now usually made from steel. And their popularity remains thanks to unique qualities, which include:

• Lightweight yet heavy duty by nature
• Easy and simple to install
• Cost-effective and affordable when bought in both large and small batches
• Corrosion-resistant
• Easy to transport.

Corrugated sheets are available in a range of widths, lengths and thickness – perfect for fitting the materials to your job, not the other way around. Corrugated sheeting can also be used for completing a variety of structures and will stand the test of time.

Option two: Polycarbonate sheets

Polycarbonate roof sheets are essentially made from shatterproof, strong and durable plastic. Due to the see-through properties, temperature resistance and impact resistance, polycarbonate is ideal for building greenhouses, cold frames, shed windows and simple wall structures.

The benefits of using polycarbonate sheeting include:

• Strong, tough and durable even in poor weather conditions
• Impressive heat and sound insulation power
• Easy to install
• Cost-effective due to both the material price and the fact that you can use lighter support structures.

Polycarbonate roof and wall sheeting is also cut to exactly to your requirements, making it even easier to install.

Option three: Coroline and onduline sheets

If you are hoping to build a structure with eco credentials, you won’t have to look much further than coroline sheeting / onduline sheeting.

Made from recycled cellulose fibres – which are saturated with bitumen under intense pressure and heat – coroline and onduline are great options for anyone looking to be kind to the environment, while still getting all the benefit of a durable material.

As well as utilising recycled material, these sheeting options also benefit from being:

• Easy to install
• Durable and strong
• Lightweight and easy to handle
• Multi-use, including for summer houses, sheds and workshops
• Able to withstand high weathering
• Affordable

Additionally, you won’t have to forget about style when you opt for substance. Coroline and onduline roof and wall sheets are available in a range of different shades and finishes, so you can add a little colour to your new shed, bike port or porch – you could even add green while being green (see what we did there?).

As well as colours you can also find transparent coroline or onduline sheets if you want to let in a little light.

composite-decking

Why Composite Decking is The Perfect Upgrade

Five Reasons Why Composite Decking is the Perfect Choice For Upgrading Your Garden

From eco-friendly properties to hard-wearing endurance, we look at why composite decking is a worthy investment for any gardener.

Everyone wants a beautiful garden to relax in when the sun finally gets around to shining. And for most people, this means a lawn of manicured grass, complete with trimmed edges and carefully cut blades. But grass can take a lot of patience, time and money to keep looking its best. That’s why decking is a great alternative option for your garden.

Here, we look at why you should invest in composite decking when you upgrade your outdoor space.

Composite decking is durable and sturdy

The number one reason to choose wooden decking for your garden is the ease of upkeep. And composite decking is the best choice for anyone who wants to enjoy both high quality and low maintenance. Composite decking is made from recycled timber and plastics, creating a durable, sturdy and weather-resistant material – perfect for all the rainy days here in the UK.

Unlike solid wood planks, composite decking is also resistant to warping, ensuring your decking will look as good as the day it was installed, all year round. Additionally, we provide a 15-year warranty on many of our composite decking options, so you know the quality is first-rate.

You’ll save money

Money is always a concern when it comes to home renovations. But when you choose decking made from composite materials, you can make incredible savings. Made from recycled materials, composite decking planks and tiles cost less to produce than solid wood, allowing that saving to be passed onto you.

As composite decking is hard-wearing and resistant to wear and tear, you also won’t have to replace damaged boards after a particularly bad bout of weather, saving you any further expense.

There are eco-friendly composite decking options

As we’ve mentioned above, composite decking is made from recycled materials. This is a much more sustainable way to produce decking for the garden, as acres of trees are not required for raw materials. Recycled timber and plastics form the basis of your composite decking, adding to your garden’s eco-friendly status.

You won’t have to spend every weekend maintaining it

One of the drawbacks with garden decking is often the need to treat, paint and reseal with the change of the seasons. But with composite decking, there is no need break out the varnish and brushes every few months. Our decking is designed and treated by us, leaving you with no after-care to worry about.

Plus, those with children and pets can rest easy knowing there is no risk of splinters, and the boards of composite decking are also slip-resistant. Better safe than sorry!

There are finishes and styles for every taste

Just because composite decking is affordable and easy-to-maintain it doesn’t mean you have to compromise on style. The planks and tiles for your decking are available in a range of effects, including oak, teak, grey and ebony. So once you order, buy and install your decking area, the compliments will keep flooding in after each barbecue, dinner party and family event.