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The Benefits of The Right Fascias | Kents Direct | UK

The Benefits Of Choosing The Right Roof Fascia

When looking to make repairs to your roof, you’ll need to pick a roof fascia that’s up to the job. It’s an important part of the roof, and one you certainly can’t skimp on. That’s why you need to think carefully when picking a fascia or plastic fascia for your home.

Here are the benefits of using a good quality roof fascia for your roof, and why you should do your research before buying.

PVC Makes Your Fascias Hardier

Your roof takes a lot of abuse, day after day. High winds and rain can pelt it for hours or days on end, and it’s got to stand up to it. If it can’t, then water can get into the roof itself and cause a lot of problems later down the line. That’s why you need a material that can take that amount of pressure.

These days, PVC fascias are considered to be some of the best on the market. They’re hardwearing, and won’t need replacing for years to come once they’re installed. You can use them and be safe in the knowledge that your roof is protected.

Good Fascias Are Easy To Install

If you’re looking to go the DIY route, then you’re going to need a good quality fascia to work with. These will come in long lengths and will be easy to cut if you need to. If you need some advice on installing them, the experts at the store you buy them from can walk you through the process.

Here at Kents Building Plastics, we’d be happy to walk you through any of the installation process. Just ask, and we’ll help you out.

Have Any Colour Or Pattern You Like

Many people choose to go with wood for their roof fascia, as they can paint it to any colour they like to match the rest of the house. This will look good for a while, but it can start to peel and fade away. This means you would have to get back up to the roof area and repaint it.

Modern, good quality fascias come in as many colours as you can think of. If you need a shade to match the rest of your home, just ask. You’ll be amazed at how much choice there is. The real benefit of this is the PVC won’t fade or peel or rot, so the colour will stand up to the years with ease.

Have A Roof You Can Be Proud Of

A roof that’s well constructed is one that will last for years to come. Your roof fascia plays a vital role in keeping the roof in good shape. Make sure you’re using the best quality fascias, and you know you won’t have to worry about your roof for years to come.

If you’re looking to replace your roof fascia, then you’ll need to talk to us at Kents Building Plastics. We’ll help you find the right fascia for you, and get it installed on your home. You’ll be amazed at how good your roof can look!

There is still time to fit decking before the year is up…

You might think that now if a mad time to try and fit decking, but you would be wrong.

 

Decking sales have been strong as the year comes to an end, take this twin decking installation in Bristol for example, recently finished the customers have the chance to enjoy the sun should it peek through the clouds again. With it being brilliant in the wet for slip resistance, any time spent out on it will be perfectly safe.

 

More images of this ace install can be viewed here

New Opening Hours at Iron Acton

We are reducing the opening hours at our Iron Acton Branch from today until early next year.

We will be open in the week from 10am-2pm

Weekends will be unaffected – Saturday 9am-5pm and Sunday 10.30am – 4.30pm

 

Don’t forget our other branches will all be open as per usual, Mon – Fri 7.30am – 4.30pm and Saturday 8.30am – 12pm

Fascia Boards Can Improve Your Home | Kents Direct | UK

How The Right PVC Fascia Board Can Improve Your Home

If you’re a new homeowner, you’ll have come to realise that there’s a lot more to keeping your house in good condition than you first thought.

This is especially true if you’re looking at maintaining the roof. There’s so much you need to know and replace if the roof is in need of updating.

This guide will tell you everything you need to know about PVC fascia boards, and how the right one can really improve the look of your home.

What Is The Fascia Board?

Put simply, the fascia board is the board that runs just under the tiled section of your roof. You need one on your roof as they’re designed to protect the timber eaves inside the roof itself. If they’re not present, then water can get into the roof, leading the mould and mildew. If this continues, then it can lead to serious damage to your roof.

The fascia board works in conjunction with your soffit boards in order to protect your roof. The soffit is the board that runs between the bottom of the board and the wall, protecting the roof from underneath.

Why PVC Fascia Board?

In all modern homes, you’ll see that most fascia boards are made from PVC. This material has a lot of advantages over the wood that was traditionally used. As it’s a resilient material, it can stand up to a lot of bad weather without taking any damage. As well as this, it can cope with temperature changes without problem, where wood would crack under the pressure.

This doesn’t mean that PVC boards are less attractive than wood. You can still have the look of wood and the resilience of PVC, thanks to wood grain style engraving on them. You can also have PVC boards in almost any colour you can think of, so it matches the rest of your home and looks just how you want it to. The additional bonus here is that you’ll never have to keep repainting it, as it will keep its colour without peeling or flaking.

The Benefits Of PVC Fascia Board

As you can see, there are a lot of reasons you’d want to install PVC fascia boards on your home. Here are just a few of them to consider:

  • It’s easy to install
  • Lots of colours and styles to choose from to match your home
  • Keep your roof well protected from the elements and prevent expensive roof repair bills
  • Will last for years to come

If you have any questions about installing PVC boards on your home, talk to an expert such as us here at Kents Building Plastics. We can help you pick the right board for your home.

PVC boards are often the best way to protect your roof and keep your home looking good for years to come. Now you know what they can do, you can pick the right one for your home.

Open As Usual in Yate

OPEN AS USUAL – Those of you local to our Yate branch in Bristol will have no doubt heard about the devastating fire that a nearby business suffered nearly two weeks ago.

Currently Waverley Road which you may use to get to us is closed.

We are still here and sill trading as usual but you will need to enter the estate from either Station Road or North Road. Study our map here http://ow.ly/ZLnG30grrXq for more info.

 

 

No one likes waiting in Newport

We now what its like, nothing ever goes to plan and dates can creep up on you quickly. It doesnt take much to miss an order deadline and push a job back in the diary.

At Kents we understand that no one likes waiting, and use suppliers that offer quick turn arounds.

 

We can supply UPVC Door and Windows from just 5 days, including most woodgrains and the popular Anthracite Grey.

Composite doors can be ordered up and be ready for collection or delivery in just 5 days also

Bi folding doors in White or Anthracite Grey are available from 7 days, amazing when you consider the size and logistics of moving them about.

Aluminium Windows can be had from 5 days.

 

All of these quick leadtimes may give you the ability to squeeze in another job before your next big job, and of course your customers will be massively impressed when you tell them their Bi folding doors could be fitted at the end of next week!

 

Finally, don’t forget we are the best priced window and door supplier in Newport – We will endeavour to beat any like for like quote! Try us on your next job, you wont be disappointed.

To get more info speak and to take advantage of these prices, ring the Newport trade counter on 01633 287567 or email maxine.bosley@kentsdirect.com

If you are not familiar with the full range of products we offer now is the perfect time to look around, you’ve made it this far, now go and browse the other areas of our site.

 

Quoted leadtimes do not include weekends or public holidays.

Chairmans Announcement

Sit tight for a few words from our Chairman, Mike Kent

 

I am delighted to announce that Kent Building Plastics will open its 5th Outlet on 16th October in Newport, South Wales.

When I left Marley Extrusions in 1987 to set up a plastics builder’s merchant business I did not plan to have multiple outlets and indeed numerous recessions and challenges along the way did not encourage growth!

However, in 2012 we relocated to our Yate branch to huge premises and then moved the Hereford branch to triple its size in 2014. Bath was added in 2016 and Iron Acton at the start of this year. These developments have allowed us to grow continually and we have more than double our turnover within the last 4 years.

I am very proud that all our growth in the last decade and more has been made without any borrowing – it is all funded from sales within Kent’s.

The Newport branch will open up more opportunities for us and will also assist with our growing internet sales as South Wales customers will have a local pick up point.

Michael England our Managing Director has been a brilliant at working with our loyal and committed staff and with organising so much of the detail at Newport and I thank him and everyone at Kents for their belief – it is that belief that drives Kent’s onwards.

Regards 

Mike Kent

Know Your Roof and the Importance of Soffits in Kents Direct

Getting to Know Your Roof: Soffits

 

In order to keep your roof in good shape, you need to understand the role that each component plays in preventing water damage.

 

Most people will be familiar with roof tiles, but do you know what roof soffits are used for?

 

The Role of Soffits

 

The soffit board can be found tucked away behind the fascia board on the lower part of the roof. They are used to connect the roof overhang that is found at the side of the building.

 

The soffit can be seen at street level, even though it is under the fascia and it is usually ventilated so that air can flow into the loft area. If your soffit does not have ventilation then it is likely to be in the fascia.

 

Ventilation from soffits is essential as the air that is allowed to flow around the roof area will help prevent condensation and rotting of the timber used in the main body of the roof.

 

 

Soffits Materials

 

The most common material used for soffits is uPVC or aluminium, each of which is durable and has their own benefits. uPVC is relatively cheap compared to traditional wood soffits or aluminium soffits, but it lasts a long time and will by no means put you at more risk of leakage than choosing more expensive materials.

 

One of the main benefits of using uPVC soffits is that they offer better insulation, which means it is a great choice for older houses.

 

Aluminium is slightly stronger and will last longer when used for soffits and it will not discolour like uPVC can do when subjected to intense sunlight. Aluminium is highly water resistant, so it is a good investment if you live in an area that experiences a lot of rainfall.

 

With so many high-quality materials available for your roof, often the choice comes down to aesthetics, which means that each and every person will have a preference.

 

Some people will want their house to maintain a traditional look, while others prefer a more contemporary look that makes their house stand out. Whatever material you choose for your soffits, it is sure to last for many years.

 

Installing and Maintaining Soffits

 

If you are good at DIY and can reach your roof safely, you may be able to install and replace soffits, fascias and guttering yourself. If, however, you feel unsafe and inexperienced, then a reputable roofing company will do it for you.

 

Once you are happy with the installation of your soffits you must check them on a regular basis as small cracks can appear that, left unchecked, can cause a lot of damage. While uPVC is very durable as it does not rot, you must ensure that there are no cracks that appear or there is no debris caught up in it after a bad storm

 

If you are looking to buy new soffits or you need advice on any aspect of roofing, contact Kents Building Plastics today for expert advice from our friendly team.

Know Your Roof | Importance of Facias | Kents Direct

Getting to Know Your Roof: Fascias

 

As a homeowner, one of the most important things that you need to do is to look after your roof. A leaking roof can cause a lot of damage to both the inside and the outside of your house, and could really leave you out of pocket.

 

With this in mind, it is important to carry out regular roof inspections to ensure that it is in full working order.

 

Read on to find out what you should be looking out for in order to maintain your roof.

 

 

The Role of the Fascia

 

One of the most important parts of a roof is the fascia, otherwise known as the roofline. A fascia board is mounted at the point where the outer walls of the house meet. Although, most people will refer to the main board that carries your gutters as the fascia (or fascias).

 

You will recognise the fascia as the long board that runs along the lower edge of the roof and will see that is directly fixed to the roof trusses. As the fascia has the gutters running from it, it plays an important role when it is raining.

 

An average house will see gallons of water wash from the roof into the gutters when there is a heavy downpour, so they need to be in top condition in order to function properly.

 

Without fascias and guttering, the water from the downpour will penetrate your walls and may eventually leak through your roof tiles.

 

Fascia Materials

 

The most common material that you will hear about when describing fascias is uPVC. uPVC, previously PVC, fascias is a thick and rigid material that is very durable and will keep your roof looking great for many years.

 

Other common materials for fascias are wood or non-corrosive metal. The most common fascia colour is white, but black boards and coloured boards are available at a higher cost.

 

Installing and Maintaining Fascias

 

Fascias will need to be fitted by a professional roofing company unless you are a very good at DIY and can install them yourself. Once installed, you will need to carry out regular checks to ensure that they are in working order.

 

As a rule, you should ensure that your roof is ready for winter each year, particularly when it comes to your gutters. Leaves and debris collect on your roof and gutters all year round, and if they are clogged up the rain will not be able to run off your roof effectively.

 

You can buy accessories to clean your roof and gutters or you can also hire a team of professionals to do it for you.

 

If you think that your fascias need replacing or you have any other concerns about your roof, contact Kents Building Plastics today and our friendly team can offer you all of the advice that you need.

Fascia Board Replacement | Install Your Own | Kents Direct | UK

How To Install Your Own Fascia And Save Money

When your roof needs maintenance, you’ll instantly start thinking about how much the job is going to cost.

After all, roofing services don’t come cheap.

In fact, you can do the fascia board replacement for much cheaper than you’d think if you go the DIY route. Here’s how you can install them yourself and save cash.

Which part is the fascia?

Before you get started, make sure you know which part of your roof is the fascia. The roof is made up of several different parts, and so you want to make sure you’re buying the right parts. Go outside and look at your roof.

You’re looking for the boards that run just underneath the roofline itself. If the boards that run perpendicular to the walls are what need replacing, then you’ll be looking at installing new soffits. The board under the roof that’s visible from the front is the fascia.

Choose the right materials

Now, you’ll need to head out and buy replacements for your old boards. Many older boards are made of wood, and so eventually rot in bad weather. If you’re looking for a replacement, the best thing to do will be to buy a newer metal or uPVC board.

These can stand up to the British weather better, meaning they’ll last much longer. Also, choose what colour you want. Modern fascias come in a huge range of colours and styles, so pick one that will look good on your home.

Measure to see how much you need

Like any home improvement job, you’ll need to measure the roof first to see how much fascia you’ll need to get the job done.

This shouldn’t take you too long, as you can simply measure the existing fascias. Then, just take those measurements to your local DIY store or you can also order online if you prefer to.

Check your roof before starting

Before you get started with replacing your fascias, you’ll need to inspect your roof to see if there’s any other damage. Waterlogged or rotten fascias can be a sign that there are issues in the roof itself. Check that all your roof tiles are in place, and that there’s nothing excessive growing on them.

Check there’s no blockages in the gutters, which could be overflowing water into the roof. Next, get into the attic and take a look. Are any of the beams bowing, or can you see light through the roof? If you can, fix these issues before you start on the fascia.

Get a friend to help

Finally, ensure that you have a friend to help you get the job done. They can hand up pieces to you to install, making it a lot quicker. They can also keep you safe as you work, meaning that the job is as risk free as possible.

With these tips, you can install your own fascias. It’s a lot easier than you think it is, so get out there and save some cash on your roof.

Fascia Boards | What You Need To Know | Kents Direct | UK

Everything You Need To Know About Fascia Boards

Ever thought about maintaining the roof of your home yourself? The good news is that it’s not as hard as it looks.

There is a basic process that should be followed and a lot the maintenance comes down to the type of roof that you already have installed – including the fascia boards.

Here’s everything you need to know about fascia boards, something that’s vital to the well-being of your roof.

What is the fascia board?

First of all, you’re going to need to know exactly where the fascia board is on your roof. Go outside, and look up at your roof.

There’s the main tiled section of your roof, then there’s a board that runs directly under the roof line. This is the fascia board, and it should run the entire way around the roof.

Attached underneath this will be the soffit, which attaches at the bottom and covers the space between the fascia and the wall.

What do fascia boards do?

So, what’s the point of a fascia board? There’s several reasons why they’re installed:

– Fascia boards support the roof tiles at the eaves level, ensuring that the roof is supported properly.

– They provide a place to attach guttering and direct water away from the roof.

– They serve a cosmetic purpose, as a well kept fascia can make a house look more attractive.

– They serve an important purpose of keeping water out of the roof, avoiding rot, mould and other water related issues.

What are they made out of?

Traditionally, fascia boards were made out of wood. These did look very attractive, and they were used for decades. However, your roof can be vulnerable if you’re using wooden fascia boards.

In more recent times, metal and uPVC boards have become much more popular. These are an improvement over wooden boards, as they can repel much more water and poor weather than older boars can.

They can also be made in any colour or style that you require. They can even be given a wood grain finish, if you want a wooden look without the risk. They last much longer, so they’re a much more attractive replacement.

 

 

Why should you maintain your fascia?

There’s several reasons why you’d want to maintain the fascia on your roof. These include:

– A well maintained fascia will keep water out of your roof, prolonging its lifespan and avoiding large spending on repairs.

– They look much more attractive, meaning that your home looks better to buyers if you’re looking to sell.

– They’re much more able to support gutters properly, meaning water is directed away from the roof effectively.

If you inspect the fascia boards regularly then your roof will last for a substantial period of time, saving you money in the long haul. Get in touch with us at Kents Building Plastics if you want to find out more information about purchasing fascia boards.

Composite Fencing and Other Ideas | Kents Direct | UK

Methods to Update Your Garden

Use Composite Fencing And four Other Methods to Update Your Garden

Summer may be gone,but you may want to to use your garden to enjoy any leftover sun. After a winter of neglect, though, it may look unwelcoming.

There are plenty of options to bring it back up to speed. Here’s five ways you can update your garden and make it ready for any warm weather (I’ve been told we will get some).

  1. Turn the shed into a summer house

You’ve got a shed at the bottom of the garden that’s housing a few old tools, and is covered in cobwebs. At the moment, all it’s doing is taking up space. You can make it worth keeping though, by turning it into a summer house. All you need to do is clean it out, paint it, and enjoy it! You can place chairs in there for a cosy retreat, or let your children use it as a playhouse. How you use it is very much up to you.

  1. Invest in composite fencing

If your fencing is looking tired, it’s time to invest in composite fencing. This type of fencing is a blend of wood and uPVC, so you’ll have a hardier fence that looks just like a regular one. They come in a variety of colours, so you can pick the right one for you and not have to deal with painting it yourself. These fences can stand up to strong winds and stress, so even if the kids are repeatedly kicking balls into the fence, you have nothing to worry about.

  1. Use a mirror to maximise natural light

Plenty of homeowners have a more compact garden, that doesn’t get as much natural light as they’d like. There is an easy way to remedy this. Use a mirror in a corner of your garden, and boost the light you get. It’ll bounce light around, making your garden much more appealing. You can buy a mirror in any style you like too, meaning that you can have one that suits the style of your garden.

  1. Install an artificial lawn

Are you sick of the garden looking like a jungle every summer? Then an artificial lawn could be the answer. Modern lawns look and feel just like the real thing, but without all the maintenance. You’ll never have to mow or water it, but it’ll stay green all year round. They’re not hard to install yourself either, so you can have an artificial lawn on a budget.

  1. Update your garden furniture

If your garden furniture is looking a bit tired, it’s easy to update it and make it ready for the summer. You can buy colourful new cushions to cheer up an old bench, or use metal paint to update metal furniture such as tables and chairs.

If you’re looking into composite fencing, talk to us at Kents Building Plastics. We have fences in a wide variety of colours and styles, so there’ll be something that’s perfect for your garden.

Gutter Fixing | What you need to know | Kents Direct

How to Take Care Of Your Guttering

You probably almost never think of your guttering, but it’s vital that you keep it in good condition. If they’re blocked or broken, your house can suffer water damage, leading to more expensive repairs later down the line. Although, if you do require your gutter fixing; we can help with that too.

To avoid this, use these tips in order to keep your guttering clear, allowing it to redirect water effectively.

Inspect your gutters

To know what kind of shape your guttering is in, you’ll need to inspect it first. Grab your ladder and get up to take a look at them. You’re looking for anything that’s clogging them, leaks and holes, and anywhere where water damage is occurring. Once you can see where the problems lie, you can get started.

Clear any debris

Debris, such as leaves, can easily get trapped in gutters. This causes them to back up, and water overflow into places it shouldn’t. This is especially bad for your roof, as any water damage can lead to rot and mould, meaning you could have to replace sections of it.

Wearing gloves, remove any debris that you see in the gutters. Once they have been totally cleaned out, consider installing a guard to keep the debris out in the future. These guards stop debris from falling into the gutter, but don’t impede the flow of water. They’re well worth buying if you find your gutters get clogged up frequently.

Check your drainpipes

If you’ve cleared all the guttering but still have a clog somewhere, check your drainpipes. These can easily get clogged too, so don’t neglect them. The best way to check them is to take apart the elbow joint and inspect the drainpipe that way. You can unclog it with a garden hose, by snaking it through and blasting it with water to break the clog apart. If this doesn’t work, a broom handle or plumber’s snake will do the job.

Repair your gutters

If you’ve found any small leaks or holes in your gutters, don’t worry. They’re easily repaired, and you won’t have to replace any of it. Use a gutter patching kit to fix these holes and have your gutters leak free again. The instructions in the kit will tell you exactly how to use it.

Replace your gutters

If your guttering is old or badly damaged, you’ll need to replace them. This sounds difficult, but in actuality isn’t all that hard.

You’ll first have to decide what kind of guttering to buy. The most popular type right now is uPVC, as these gutters can stand up to heavy weather conditions, and won’t rust like metal gutters. You can buy them in all kinds of colours and styles too, so you can have gutters that complement the look of your home.

If you need replacement gutters, here at Kents Building Plastics we have a huge range for you to choose from. Our high quality products will help protect your home from water damage, and look good for years to come. Get in touch to find out more.

Bathroom Wall Panels – Save 60% off the RRP

Bathroom Wall Panels are now a massive 60% off RRP.

 

This means you can really make a huge saving and clad your bathroom with some of our fantastic range of Shower Panels.

We have an ever increasing range, from top notch suppliers such as Nuance from Bushboard, Geopanel from Freefoam, Showerwall and Splash Panel. Each with their own range of colours and textures there is plenty of choice at all price ranges.

Whats the benefit to using wall panels?

Simple, its 100% waterproof to start with. Its quick and easy to cut and fit, simply measure, cut and stick in place with the relevant adhesive.

No grout lines means no dirty grout! These panels are straight forward to clean and have less joins compared to tiles which there is less areas for mould growth and less chance of the joins breaking down and spreading back through to your wall and creating an in wall swimming pool.

For tradesmen, these sheets can be used to fit into a shower quadrant in a day, and be ready to fit Taps, Radiators and shower screens to the very next day, without the need to wait for adhesive to fully harden before grouting, and cleaning. Saving much time for you and the customer. You” enjoy how quickly they go up.

Depending on which board you go for, some have aluminium or pvc premade corners and joints available in a range of colours, meaning corners are strong, bump resistant and look smart.

The textures on offer this year have grown rapidly, from gloss finishes we now offer matt finishes, faux concrete textures and hugely realistic marble and stone effect textures. A tile of the same type would cost a fortune and take a lot longer to fit.

Surf through our online range of bathroom wall panels, or come instore and pick your favourite.

 

 

Composite Decking Sale – Buy Online Today and save £££’s

Our composite decking sale is currently on

That’s right, Kents range of composite decking is for a limited time period on sale at 50% off rrp, that means for the average sized deck you can save a lot of money £££.

We supply some of the most highly regarded Composite Deck boards on the market from manufacturers such as Trex, Fitrite and Twinson.

Why Composite Decking?

Quite simply, its a fantastic product and is so very easy to live with. Once fitted all you have to do is make sure you keep it clean, that is it when it comes to maintenance.

Yeah, sure, it costs more that softwood timber decking, but how many times do you have to sand and repaint or protect timber decking in 20 years? How many times have you slipped or skidded on the wet mossy surface? How many times have you pressure washed the timber decking to get it back to an acceptable look again?

With Composite Decking from Kents you can be assured that you will have more time to spend doing the things you want to do.

Whats is like in the wet though, isn’t plastic slippy?

You’ll be amazed how much grip there is on these deck boards when wet, it’s a world apart from the slipperiness of a wet timber deck. Come into one of our stores to feel the texture on the top of the deck boards that makes sure you remain vertical!

I can’t make it in to view it, can I get a sample sent to me?

Of course you can, email us at info@kentsdirect.com making sure you include your name, address and phone number and we will gladly supply a sample of your choice.

Ok, i’m in, where do I find it?

We have 3 styles available online

  1. Fitrite Evolution Decking – 3 or 6m Hollow Decking Boards
  2. Trex Composite Decking – 3.66m or 4.88m Solid Decking Boards
  3. Twinson Composite Decking – 3m or 4.5m Hollow Decking Boards

The Importance of Fascia Boards | Kents Building Plastics

What Are Fascias And Why Are They Important?

A roof is much more than the tiles on top. It’s made up of several different parts, all which work to make sure your roof is able to do its job properly.

As a homeowner, you need to be able to recognise the different parts of your roof, and what they do.

In this article, we’re going to tell you all about fascias, and how they work in your roof.

What is a fascia?

If you go out of your home and look at your roof, the fascia is easy to spot. The fascia is the board that runs just below your roof line, and it serves a couple of different uses.

Most importantly, it helps seal the roof’s exposed rafters from the elements. This means that no water can get inside, causing rot or mildew that can seriously damage your roof.

As well as this, it can serve a decorative purpose. If you look around your neighbourhood, you’ll see that there a wide variety of colours, materials, and designs that a fascia can come in.

Why caring for fascias is important

There’s two reasons why you should keep a close eye on your fascia, and repair or replace them when they need attention.

Firstly, a damaged fascia can let moisture in, which will cause damage to your roof. If this is left unchecked, you can end up paying a large bill to have sections of your roof replaced or rebuilt. Keeping an eye on the fascia of your roof can avoid this.

As well as this, you should keep an eye on whether your fascia is looking tired or worn out. Changing a fascia due to appearance is usually down to personal choice, but if you’re looking to sell your home, it’s a job that’s well worth doing. It can improve the appearance of your home more than you may think.

How to know if your fascia needs replacing

To know if your fascia needs attention, the best thing to do is grab a ladder and check it out at close quarters. You’re looking for:

– Rotting or peeling wood: This shows that the fascia is nearing the end of its life, and will need replacing.

– Broken guttering: If your gutters are dumping water on your fascia, it could need replacing prematurely.

– Flaking paint: Most of the time this is an aesthetic issue, which can be fixed by repainting the fascia.

Replacing your fascia

If you’re looking to replace your fascias, you’ll notice that many stores, including ours, are now selling uPVC fascia products. This is because wood looks good, but can rot and break over time. uPVC will last for years without any issues, keeping your roof safe. You can even buy them in wood grain effects if you want to keep the wood look.

If you need new fascias, come check out our selection at Kents Building Plastics. We’ll have the right fascia, just for you and your home.

Why Composite Fencing Makes Sense | Kents Building Plastics | UK

Here’s Why Composite Fencing Is The Best Option For Your Garden

Garden fences have it rough. They’re battered by bad weather, constantly under fire from kicked balls and other garden toys, and generally will wear down over time. If you feel like you constantly have to make repairs, there is another way.

Composite fencing can look just like the wooden fences you love, but they’ll be able to take the strain of everyday life.

Here’s why they’re the best choice for your home.

What are composite fences?

A composite fence is made using plastic, wood, and a binding agent. This means that you’ll get the look and feel of a regular fence, but without the drawbacks.

They’re available in a huge range of colours, so you can have one that suits your tastes. There are all kinds of benefits to having them installed in your back garden.

Your fencing will be much more durable

While a wooden fence may begin to rot or bend with bad weather, a composite fence will still be standing proud. It can also stand up to the footballs that are kicked at them, day after day.

This is the reason most customers go with composite fencing. You’ll pay once, and then you won’t need to replace any of your fence panels for years to come. You’ll be saving a fortune in repairs.

Splinter proof

As composite fences are both plastic and wood, there’s no risk of splinters from your new fences. That’s good to know with kids in your garden, who may run their hands across the wood or jump up on the fences to look over them.

No more having to get the tweezers out to pull splinters on a summer’s day.

As natural looking as a wooden fence

Composite fences sound as though they can look quite fake, when erected in your garden. When customers have seen the fences for real, though, they can see that they’re almost indistinguishable from pure wooden fences.

That means you can have any look you want in your garden, without your fence spoiling the view. Want to go for a rustic look? No problem! Composite fences will fit right in.

Summer’s just around the corner, and you need to start thinking about replacing your garden fencing. Now’s the perfect time to consider getting a composite fence.

Here at Kents Building Plastics, we have a huge range on offer. We have every colour you could imagine, so you’ll find the fence that’s perfect for your home.

Come drop in and have a look for yourself. Our friendly staff will be happy to answer any questions that you may have about composite fencing.

Choosing the best guttering | Kents Direct | UK

How To Choose The Best Guttering

The guttering on your home is more important than you would think.

It needs to direct rain and water away from your home, avoiding issues with the building work. It also needs to fit in with the look and feel of the building, so you’ll need to choose carefully when you’re buying new gutters.

Here’s what you need to know when shopping around.

The building regulations for guttering

Simply speaking, your gutters need to redirect the rainwater down a downspout, where it can be collected in a water butt, or down a drain to be carried away.

If you’re making minor repairs to your home, you shouldn’t need any planning permission to do so.

If you’re building a new home, you’ll need to speak to your local authority, in case there’s anything you need to know.

Buy the right gutter to cope with the weather

The best gutter for your home will be one that’s strong and deep enough to cope with the rainfall in your area.

To work out what you’ll need, you’ll need to find out what the average rainfall in your area is. Use this to speak to a specialist, who can then advise you on what kind of gutter you will need.

Materials on offer

You have a few options when it comes to the materials of your gutters. Most builders tend to choose uPVC gutters, as they’re good value for money and are fairly robust. The other good thing about them is that you can have them made to it the style and age of your home.

Many people choose to buy gutters that are cut or engraved to look like metal or other materials. It’s very versatile, so it’s well worth looking into.

Another option is aluminium metal guttering. This is often used on more modern homes, and is considered to be rather stylish. However, they do need to be maintained regularly to avoid rusting.

If you don’t want to have to deal with that, you may want to avoid metal gutters.

 

 

Taking care of your gutters

Once the gutters are installed, you’ll have to take care of them to ensure that you’re getting the most out of them. To do this, all you have to do is get up to your gutters and visually inspect them.

You’ll probably have to clear out any debris, such as leaves, that may have settled in your gutters. You can buy guards that catch debris and make it easier for you to clean them out.

You’ll also need to check there are no cracks or holes. This is why buying good quality guttering is important, as it will last longer.

If you need good guttering, then come talk to us at Kents Building Plastics. We have a huge selection of gutters for you to choose from, so you’re sure to find something that you want. If you have any questions, fire away! We’re here to help you get the most from your home.

New to our PVC Fencing Range

At Kents we are always striving to bring you new low maintenance products for inside and out, and we have now source a product that we have been asked about many times before.

When we launched our range or Temporary PVC Picket Fence we didn’t realise quite how popular it would become. We have sold all over the UK to companies and individuals using them for a massive range of reasons. To Santa’s Grotto displays to Festivals,  a temporary boundary at football grounds to sectioning off the garden for the safety of little kids.

An area where we have not been able to fulfil until now was a PVC gate for the same fencing system.

But now we can!

It attached seamlessly into the temporary fencing system and to reduce the demand placed on the feet of the fence, the gate runs on a wheel to support itself when open.

Supplied with a latch and pair of hinges these will prove to be popular now we have released them for sale.

Available in one size, 762mm wide (30inch).

Search our new gate and other temporary fence products here

Important info on guttering | Kents Direct | UK

Important info on guttering

Everything You Need To Know About Your Gutter

The gutter on your home is probably the most humble item on it. It does its job every day, but you never pay any attention to it.

However, you need to look after your gutters, so they can look after you. Here’s everything you need to know about gutters, and how to take care of yours.

Keep those gutters clean

The most important thing you need to know is that your gutter needs to be kept clean. This is because it’s very easy for debris to build up in there, stopping the flow of water and even causing water damage.

This is especially dangerous for your roof, as water overflow can cause damage to your roof timbers and create mould.

The best way to keep those gutters clean is to inspect them regularly. Just get up there with a ladder, and look to see if there’s any debris in them. You can simply scoop it out by hand, in order to clean them out and have them working optimally again.

You can also buy guards that stop debris from settling in the gutters in the first place. For example, our Hedgehog Gutter Guard Brush catches debris before it settles.

All you have to do is take it out, remove the debris, then replace it in the guttering. It makes clearing up a lot simpler.

Keep an eye out for broken gutters

If the gutters are getting older, or have taken a battering from bad weather, then they may be more prone to wear and tear. That means that they could break down, come apart or spring leaks.

This is something you want to avoid, as water leaking through your guttering can cause mould and mildew problems with your home as water runs down the brick work.

To avoid this happening, again, you need to check your gutter frequently. Ensure that no joints are coming apart, or that any holes have formed. If they have, you’ll have to have that section of guttering replaced. The sooner you replace it, the better.

Check your drains, too

Most gutters redirect water down into drains in the ground, carrying rain water away. When you’re checking your gutters, you should check your drains too. These can get blocked up with weeds and vegetation.

This means that water ends up seeping into the foundation of your home. This is highly dangerous, as it can cause structural damage.

Ensure this doesn’t happen by cleaning out your drains regularly. It often doesn’t take much time, but it can make a real difference to the look and safety of your home.

If you need new gutters to replace the old or broken ones on your home, come have a look at ours at Kents Building Plastics. We have a wide array in all kinds of shapes and colours, so you’ll find one to suit your home. Chat to our friendly staff and they’ll help you find the right one for your home.