Category Archives: Home Protection

Fire Door Safety Week

 

 

This week running from 24th September to 30th September is fire door safety week here at eDecks we have pledged to help spread the word. Why you might ask is there a whole week dedicated to fire doors? Well now, more than ever, it’s a very important subject especially with the Grenfel towers disaster and at eDecks we want to pass on some knowledge we have to help keep you safer.

 

Remember safety is everyone’s responsibility, if you see it report it!

 

Some fire door facts

  • In 2015-16, there were 614 dwelling fires per million people in Great Britain.
  • Dwelling fires are the most common type of primary fire, accounting for 43% of primary fires in 2015-16 and almost a fifth of all fires.
  • There are about 3 million new fire doors bought and installed every year in the UK, the vast majority made from timber. (Source: British Woodworking Federation)
  • A dodgy fire door is a sure sign of an unsafe building generally, yet two thirds of parents with children living away from home admit that even they would not know what to look for. (Source: Atomik Research, September 201540)
  • A recent survey of 2000 UK adults by Ironmongery Direct has revealed that a quarter of people are unaware that fire doors must be kept shut at all times.

Common Fire Door Failures

  • Over 61% of fire doors inspected had problems with fire or smoke seals.
  • More than a third had incorrect signage.
  • 230 fire doors inspected had gaps bigger than 3mm between door and frame.
  • More than 20% had unsuitable hinges.
  • Almost 1 in 6 had damage to the door leaf. (Source: FDIS18)

As stated above the below link was created by fire door safety week, to be able to arm you with the knowledge to known if you need a new one? The 5 step check is easy to follow just click the link to view. You can even print it too. 

 

 

Now we have informed you of a few common faults and mistakes lets help you choose 

a new fire door. All our fire doors are 30 minutes fire rated all are 44m thick. We have a variety of styles from walnut doors to white doors  a complete collection of oak doors and introducing our brand new Grey range of fire doors to give you, a little bit of something different.

Whatever you choose you can rest assured that our 30-minute fire rated doors are tested to the required BS 476-22:1987 standard.

 

Vistalux Roofing: A Guide

Here at eDecks, we have our sister site eRoofs, which showcases a wide variety of roofing materials, suitable for all projects, and today we are going to discuss Vistalux Corrugated PVC Roofing sheets. Vistalux PVC is a versatile, corrugated rooflight sheet suitable for car ports, canopies and gazebos. They are economic and lightweight and are super easy to cut, drill and install with standard DIY tools.

Vistalux sheets are available in a choice of corrugated profiles in both clear or translucent tint options as well as being UV resistant for durability. As mentioned, Vistalux are lightweight roofing sheets, and on average, the lightweight sheets are 0.8mm, Heavy Duty 1.1mm and Superweight 1.3mm, which does vary by profile.

vistalux

How to Install Vistalux Roofing Sheets

  • For a car port or lean to installation you will need:
    • Vistalux PVC Sheet
    • Vistalux PVC Wall Flashing
    • Vistalux PE Eaves Fillers
    • Vistalux Super Fixings
    • Flashing Tape
    • A minimum slope of 5 degrees is essential in any structure to ensure water run-off: 10 degrees or more is better.
  • To Cut the Sheets:
    • Arrange the sheets loosely on the roof and mark hole positions and any necessary saw cuts with a felt tip pen.
    • Sheets should overhang the roof by 60mm to allow a rainfall to run-off into the gutter and should be wide enough to cover the barge board at the side.
    • If cutting is required use an angle grinder with a metal slitting blade or fine tooth saw at a shallow angle with pressure. Support the sheet to minimise vibrations.
    • A good tip when cutting, is to sandwich the sheet between other sheets with the part to be removed protruding.
    • If a sheet has to be cut to a finished width, make the cut in the slope of the corrugated sheet.
    • Avoid drilling and cutting sheets in very cold weather as warm sheets will be less prone to damage.
  • Drilling the Sheets:
    • Pre-drill the sheets before fixing. Holes for fixings must be drilled larger than the fixing to allow for expansion – around 10mm for a 3mm sheet.
    • Drill the sheets singly with a masonry bit, using a low speed drill and light pressure. Then support the sheet securely under each hole position when drilling.
    • There should be at least 5 fixings per support across the width of the sheet.
  • Flashing:
    • Vistalux wall flashing to match the sheet corrugation is installed at the top of the slope. The Wall Flashing is then fixed firmly into position with Butyl wall flashing tape which then forms a watertight seal between the sheet and the wall.

wall flashing

  • Fixing:
    • Start fixing the sheets – Eaves Fillers are used under the sheets at all support positions to prevent roof ‘chatter’ and to support the sheets when fixed.eaves
      • Use screws, caps and washers to secure the sheet – the screw is sufficiently tight when the washer under its head can just be rotated with finger and thumb.fixings
  • Joining the Sheets:
    • If the sheets need to be joined end to end, ensure an overlap of at least 150mm for a ten degree slope or 300mm for a five degree slope.
    • Use a strip of Butyl Sealing Tape to prevent dust and dirt getting between the sheets.flashing tape

It is important to remember:

  • Vistalux can be used in temperature conditions from -20˚C to +60˚C
  • Any paints or preservatives applied to the supports must be thoroughly dry prior to fixing the sheet to avoid any damage
  • We recommend that any surfaces of support immediately under the sheet is light in colour or white
  • False ceilings, insulation or any other opaque material must not be placed under the fixed Vistalux sheets, as the temperature in the gap between these and the sheet could rise to over 60˚C, which could then cause distortion or discolouration
  • To clean the sheets, use warm soapy water and a soft sponge or cloth
  • Before use, ensure you store the sheets indoors on a flat dry surface in cool surroundings

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Handy FREE installation guides.

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Using Rock Salt to Protect Your Home This Winter

Today we are going to be taking a look at how to protect your home using Rock Salt. With temperatures already at freezing point, there are a number of ways we can prepare for cold weather, and today we are going to take a look at different precautions to take in order to protect ourselves and our homes.

Must-Do’s;

  • Keep a supply of Rock Salt handy
  • Keep a Shovel nearby to assist in clearing pathways
  • Never use boiling water to melt snow and ice – this can turn into dangerous black ice
  • Pay particular attention to de-icing steps, decking and slopes
  • Ensure you have a good sweeping brush to hand to brush away large quantities of water to prevent it freezing and forming patches of dangerous ice

Snow and ice can cause a multitude of problems around your home and garden, so it is worthwhile taking the time and effort to put procedures in place to ensure you don’t get problems later on. Be sure to take note of our hints and tips to protect your home against snow and ice, keeping yourself and your family safe this Winter.

Gutters & Downpipes

Anywhere that water isn’t able to flow freely can be a problem in colder weather, as still water ends up freezing which can cause blockages. Make sure that you check that all of your gutters are flowing well, and keep checking every couple of weeks for fallen leaves and other debris. One product which will help to ensure gutters and downpipes are kept clear are Porcupine Gutter Brushes, these sit neatly in gutters and let water flow through without other debris getting stuck, or the build-up of ice.

It is also important to bare in mind that any bathroom pipes which run outside your home can also become blocked with ice. Check for any sections that look flat, or where water or ice may get stuck. If you don’t want to change the pipes, then insulate the flat section to prevent it from freezing, as otherwise this could cause internal problems.

Patios & Driveways

Before the weather turns too bad, ensure you get your patio, decking and driveway cleaned now, as wet and algae can be a bad combination and ice can make it worse. Options include, using an anti-algae cleaner, such as the Ronseal Decking Cleaner & Reviver, and a pressure hose to safely clean those areas so that even when the weather is wet or damp, you will still be able to walk on them. It is also worth investing in a supply of de-icing salt or rock salt, and even keep some inside if possible. If you’re expecting frost, then simply sprinkle a little over pathways, steps and driveways the night before to stop them from freezing, and if you forget, or the ice is unexpected, then you still have some inside to use in the morning.

Rock Salt

Rock Salt is perfect for keeping pathways, steps, and driveways clear from ice and by spreading Rock Salt you can quickly diminish the chance of accidents occurring in the areas surrounding your home. If you have a large area to cover, then a Rock Salt Spreader is ideal for use on footpaths, small car parks and school grounds. They have a fair-sized capacity and a handle bar mounted adjustable flow control to help you achieve a wide spreading throw, and with their pneumatic wheels, it makes for easy use over rough ground and icy surfaces.

Rock Salt is an effective way to thaw ice, and can be used in areas where ice might occur in the garden and build up. By sprinkling Rock Salt over these areas, it will melt the top layer of the ice so that it can easily be chipped away and removed. Businesses and schools will also hugely benefit from using Rock Salt, as it can help to make entrances both accessible and danger-free for its users. Rock Salt usage is an essential way of keeping mobility going during the winter, and by taking care of your premises, you are also taking care of customers, friends, neighbours and family, especially vulnerable adults and children.

So, how does it work? Rock Salt works by lowering the melting/freezing point of water and is often formed when sea water evaporates. It is a natural mineral and so it will never go out of date or lose its ability to function, which makes it easy to store for as long as you need to. To avoid lumpy rock salt, be sure to store it indoors, or in a Rock Salt Bin, which can keep the product safe and away from children. Unlike some de-icing liquids, Rock Salt won’t leak or damage furniture or other products stored nearby.

Buying Rock Salt is reasonably priced compared to other de-icing products and it can be bought in bulk bags or in smaller bags, allowing you to cater to your personal needs. It is often worthwhile, and cheaper, to buy Rock Salt in bulk bags, in the event of running out during particularly bad weather. You could even share the cost of a bulk bag with a neighbour – sharing’s caring! When Rock Salt is sprinkled onto the ground it produces a natural grip under foot compared to other de-icing products which can cause the ground to be slippery and unsafe. Once applied, it begins to reduce the temperature of the ice so that it melts rapidly, making steps, pavements and driveways much safer for all.