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How to Build Your Own Covid Screen

The COVID pandemic has hugely impacted day to day life for all of us; especially in the workplace. Whether you’re dealing directly with customers daily in retail or in daily contact with co-workers in an office, it’s been hard to get back to business as usual. We know the strain businesses across the UK are going through; and with COVID screens costing from around £90 upwards, it can’t help to have extra costs as well as lower footfall. We have put together this short guide on how to build your own COVID protective screens. That way you can save money AND protect your staff and customers!

For our design we made a transparent, large COVID protective screen that would be perfect for separating desks or protecting a till area. We designed a screen that would be freestanding to allow it to be easily moved at any time and to avoid damaging any permanent fixtures in your business.

Read on below to find out how we did it and what you’ll need to make yours.

What you’ll need

Measuring your COVID screen

Before you begin, you’ll want to start by measuring out the size of screen you would like, preferably at the area you’re hoping to protect.

We chose a screen width of 800mm and height of 750mm, with two supporting feet of 240mm by 100mm, based on other large freestanding models currently on the market. This should be a good size for either separating desks or protecting a till area. You can even cut out an open area at the bottom for exchanging goods or money. If you’d like a screen larger than this, you may want to consider getting additional feet for extra support.

Once you’ve measured the right size for your screen, you’ll want to decide which material you’d like to use.

Material options

For our screen we chose to use Liteglaze Acrylic Perspex, used most commonly as secondary glazing. We chose the “Cut to Size 2mm” option for our screen which is only £25.29 per SQm, and the “Cut to Size 6mm” for the feet for extra support.

Acrylic Perspex is a great option for basic protective screens – most COVID screens on the market are acrylic Perspex, but you can also choose a slightly more affordable material called ‘Styrene‘. Styrene would also work, but unfortunately, it doesn’t come cut to size. That shouldn’t completely put you off, however, because you can easily cut and drill Styrene in the same way you can Acrylic Perspex (see more on cutting below).

If you’re looking for a COVID screen with extra strength and protection from impact (for example if the screen is needed in a manufacturing environment), you may want to consider upgrading your screen by using flat polycarbonate. It’s 200 times more impact resistant than glass at only half the weight and is already commonly used in protective materials in many hazardous workplaces.

Using the same measurements as we’ve used with our acrylic Perspex screen, using 3mm Cut to Size Flat Polycarbonate for the screen and 6mm for two feet, you can get an even stronger screen for just a little more investment.

Cutting & assembly

Once you receive your Perspex, all you have to do is a little DIY, and you’ll be set.

First thing you’ll want to do is to measure to the centre of each ‘foot’ piece (if using our measurements, this should be 120mm in). You’ll need to cut out space for the screen panel to fit in; we’d recommend trying to be as precise as possible, as you can easily sand to increase the space further later, but cutting too large of a space may be harder to remedy. Once you mark the middle of the foot, you can add millimetres in either direction to ensure the screen will sit properly in the centre (for our screen, which is 2mm thick, you would mark out a cut at 119mm and at 121mm).

You’ll then want to decide where to place the feet; for stability, we put ours 20mm in from either side. You can add additional feet along the screen as needed, depending on the width you’ve chosen.

For cutting the screen, remember you’ll want to make a cut wide enough for the feet (which should be a larger thickness of glazing for support) in our case we marked out a cut 6mm wide.

For stability, we’d suggest making each cut half the height of the foot (50mm in our example). We added an additional 1mm of depth to the cuts in the screen panel to ensure it sat fully flush to the surface.

Once you’ve marked it all out, you’re ready to start cutting. 

Cutting Tips

Acrylic Perspex and Styrene normally only require a cutting knife with a scoring blade to cut through; you can simply score into the material until you’ve made an incision about half of the thickness of your sheet then simply apply pressure to break off a section cleanly. However, for the thin cuts required here, we would recommend using a saw, either a jigsaw or fine-toothed handsaw.

If you have a cutting knife with a scoring blade, it is beneficial to start by scoring on a flat surface following your markings against a straight edge, with the material held firm with a clamp. This will make it easier to saw accurately.

Once you’ve scored your lines into the material, simply use your saw to finish off the cuts. If using a handsaw, you will likely need to saw along your vertical markings and score along the small horizontal edge to cut the piece out. You can use a file or emery board to file down any areas further if needed.

Once you’ve finished cutting, you can simply slot together the feet and screen panels, and you’ll have finished building your COVID screen.

Need More Help Building Your COVID Screen?

You don’t needto be limited to our screen design above. You can use acrylic Perspex, flat polycarbonate or Styrene to build any COVID screen you like; from a hanging screen to full length and anything else, the only limit is your DIY skills! It’s far cheaper to make you own than to buy a premade option, and you can even use your savings to upgrade to stronger more protective materials and still save money.

Our advisers at eRoofs are always on hand to help in any way they can with your project, so don’t hesitate to get in touch with any queries you may have about building your own COVID screen – or you can call us directly on 0844 474 4444.

Last, but not least, if you’re looking to buy any materials for your protective COVID screen, remember eRoofs doesn’t just offer incredible prices on all glazing materials, but they also offer:

48 hour express delivery on many products

Cut to size options on many glazing materials

Unbeatable prices                                                                                                                                       

FREE help & advice – just call 0844 474 4444

*Prices correct at time of writing. They do not include delivery costs.

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.

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

The Complete Guide to Pergolas: All Your Questions Answered

This month we’re getting involved in everything ‘Pergola’ – why should you get a pergola? What are they used for? Where can you buy them? Are they hard to install?

Well, sit tight because today we’re bringing you all the answers to your questions on pergolas!

What is a pergola for?

Pergolas are beautiful garden structures, sometimes found on decking, sometimes patios and sometimes are built directly onto a lawn.

They are great for:

  • Providing shade and a little protection from the elements
  • Adding an elegant design feature to your garden that attracts the eye
  • Creating a more relaxing dining or reading space
  • Providing a frame for vining plants to grow over (we love Honeysuckle and Wisteria which provide extra shade and smell wonderful)
  • Creating a car port with a bit of protection
  • Adding a pergola walkway as a feature
  • Adding extra privacy to your outdoor space – especially great for hot tubs!
  • Creating a structure for lights, heaters or fans to be added so you can enjoy your space for longer on hot or cold evenings

Sound great? We think so too!

Why buy a pergola?

Alongside all the great benefits listed above that pergolas offer, they are an excellent investment if you ultimately want to spend more time in your outside space. Most people would agree that they look attractive and if you create an inviting space underneath (with a deck or patio and furniture) you will find that your outdoor space starts to feel like more of an extension of your home.

Not only can you add creature comforts to make your garden more enjoyable – such as heaters, fans and lights – it can even increase the saleability of your home by making your garden a bit more inviting than your neighbours.

It’s also a surprisingly affordable upgrade (they start at just £89!).

Which way should my pergola face?

If you want your pergola to offer maximum shade for the majority of the day, we would recommend running the rafters from north to south. Other than midday, when the sun is directly overhead, this should offer the most shade for the longest parts of the day.

If you’re placing your pergola next to your home, bear in mind where your windows are; a pergola will likely shade any window below it from the sun for at least part of the day. If you prefer to bring more light into your room, it might be a better idea to go for a smaller pergola that doesn’t cover your window or to buy one that primarily opens out onto the garden rather extending too far along the side of your house.

Consider the direction the sun travels over your home during the day and whether facing the rafters a different way may offer less or more shade.

If you’d like extra protection from the elements, you can also consider building your pergola closer to trees or fences – which offer extra privacy as a bonus too.

You can also attach a hessian coverto the pergola for a bit more natural protection the sun and very light showers – with the added benefit that they look great too!

What are my design options with a pergola?

There are several options when it comes to the pergola designs – from modern to rustic, and straight, curves or angles, so you are bound to find one that suits your style.

There are even beautiful circular flower walks or shaded car ports– they have an incredible amount of design functions and looks.

Should I buy a pergola kit or custom build?

If you custom build a pergola you have the freedom to draw out your plans and design your pergola exactly as you want. The only major drawback is the planning and difficulty – if you’re a particularly keen DIYer though, it’s certainly not the hardest home project.

If you’re not the handiest however, but you have a really specific idea in mind, you can always call in a contractor to offer some help.

(PRO Tip: Remember that sourcing your own materials can save you a lot of money on any quote – ask your contractor and see if this is an option).

Often the most popular option is to buy a kit – they’re ready to go, they come with everything you need (except tools!) and have already been cut and measured out for you. Not only do they come in a variety of designs, you can even get them complete with decking and fencing if you like!

How much do pergolas cost?

Pergolas vary a lot in price depending on what you’re looking for – from basic kits that start at £89, up to larger kits with decking and handrails that start at £312, pergolas certainly don’t have to break the bank.

There are large kits that can run up to £1000+, but it very much depends on the features you would like and size of pergola.

If you’re building a pergola from scratch, rafters start at £7.59 per metre and posts from £10.24 per metre.

Want to get the best deal your new pergola?

Whether you’ve decided to go with a basic pergola, or one that comes with decking and fencing, you could get the very best deal on pergola kits and pergola building materials right here at eDecks.

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 artificial grass 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

Shed loads of style with the amazing shed race

With sheds becoming more and more fashionable and with, said shed catwalk being of flamboyance, eccentric and elegance they appear to, not be leaving the runway anytime soon.

It seems people everywhere are carving out their own little hideaway, flight simulator, WWII bunker and Dr who phone box. Yes, someone really has transformed their shed into a flight simulator.

If like us, you enjoy amazing spaces’, amazing sheds, and seeing what other people can imagine and create whilst being lets be honest a touch nosey. Then here is a post to get your creativity flowing.

eDecks Do not just sell sheds!

We sell

A space

A space to create

A space to invent

A space to call your own.

They do not just have to be manly tool sheds either! Oh no, there is a new stream of femininity opening up the shed doors and adding a touch of class to the shed race.  Pink sheds, sheds made to look like retro camper vans there is a plethora out there.

Therefore, if you want to create an indoor hot tub area, bar, painting room or even a wizarding world (very much a Harry Potter fan here) then it’s entirely your choice.

All you need is your blank canvas from eDecks and some creativity.

A recent poll on Facebook suggested that a mere 2 % have an amazing shed and the rest don’t really know where to start.

Well let’s resolve that shall we! Build Your Own Shed with eDecks

Free up valuable garden space in a flash when you build your own shed with our collection of quality shed frame timber and shed boarding. Save money by selecting shed building supplies that are unbeatable on price. Whether you are looking to build your own shed or enhance your existing structure, you can find the right timber for the task with eDecks.

Build your own shed with the best timber in the business. Find treated timber products that will keep your shed looking great for longer. From shed boarding and shed flooring to shed roofing and shed glazing, we offer a huge range of timber in sizes and specifications to suit your needs. Whether you are looking for durable shed frame timber or flawless fixings and fittings, you can find everything you need at eDecks.

Just some of the shed construction timber products and accessories we offer include:

Shed Loads of Style from eDecks

We currently have a clearance on polycarbonate, which can be used as a tinted window for that extra bit of privacy and security or just as a final touch to your own amazing space.

 

Email us with measurements and your personal requirements for a quick quote from our amazing sales team.