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Prepare for summer!

Remember,  remember a hot September ? Yes we
have had them! What better way to celebrate
another glorious summer than with a new deck!

Questions, questions, yes you’ve asked more!

 

Can I use a composite deck all year round, yes! It’s slip
resistant so ideal for those autumn/winter parties,
no need to fear you’ll drop that beautifully cooked
burger or sausage on a wet deck!

Can my children and or pets play on composite deck,
yes! Especially as no treatment is required, you don’t have
to worry about chemical residue or splinters.

Don’t forget to stop the weeds! It’s so disappointing when
those pesky weeds start appearing! Use a weed
barrier, and I like to put a good layer of gravel or bark over the top too.

Have fun during the winter building snowmen,dogs and
people on your decking! If your really brave, you can
even dine alfresco in December. Enjoy that decking for
years to come!

Mud Runner

Your all wondering how the oblivion mud runner team are shaping up!
Let me introduce you to the team members of “muddy minions”!

The instigator, Clare Kent otherwise know as “fruit loop”,
Strengths-as nutty as a box of frogs, loves mud and swimming
Weakness-as nutty as a box of frogs! Hopeless on monkey bars!

Jon Bulmer alias “cider man”
Strengths-seen regularly in the gym, has height advantage
Weakness-not seen outside gym, muddy mudness will be a shock!

Michael England our very own ” Tee Man”
Strengths-regularly plays football and golf, nifty foot work
Weakness-not sure golf will help in 3 foot of water!

Hannah otherwise know as “style guru” a friend of Kents
Strengths- determination, quick on her feet and gorgeous
Weakness- gorgeous (defiantly a mud target!)

Freddie alias “the Freddster” also friend of Kents
Strengths-runner, long legged and as a Yorkshire man used to the wet
Weakness- those long legs may get stuck in the “spiders web” obstacle!

Vicky our very own “Master of Persuasion!”
Strengths-cycles long distances, adventurous and not afraid of mud monsters
Weakness-cycled in Thailand colds going to be a real shocker!!!

Why are we doing this? To raise funds for Marie Curie Cancer Care, and to encourage this mottle crew, go to our just giving page …..lookup KentsHomeImprovements 

Spring is Coming

Spring is here and a young mans/ladies thoughts turn to those beautifully drawn out plans on graph paper, or if your like me the back of an envelope!

But before we get to excited and start, let’s make sure the items we saved from the last DIY jobs are fit for purpose. I personally love to hang on to bits and bobs just encase!

What about the silicone lurking at the back of the shed/cupboard we didn’t use? Is it still in date? Look at the bottom of the tube, you’ll see either a date of manufacture (it’s good for a year from the date) or a use by date.

Remember silicone like us hates being kept in the cold.

You’ll need some screws and or nails, a quick check to make sure you have enough will save time in the long run. I speak from experience! There’s nothing more frustrating than discovering your 1 or 2 short!

Check your tools too! Hopefully they went away clean and in the case of saws and screwdrivers ect silicone sprayed. If any tools look well past there best, treat yourself to some shiny new ones!

Last but not least order your fascias, gutter, windows, doors ect … In good time.
Happy DIYing!

Yates February Champagne Winner

 

Congratulations to Matt of Fascia Lift, the Februrary winner of our Champagne in Yate, one of our regular trade customers over the last 25 years Matt was quoted to say “The quality of product and service has been excellent over the years which in turn allows me to offer such a good service to my customers”

The champagne is a great start to another great year with Kents’

Yate’s January Champagne Winner

Congratulations to our first Yate Champagne winner Greg Everson of GE Services

Mud or “Mad” Runners

 

January 2014

January brings a new year along with those resolutions, you know the ones! Whether you thought yours through or just leapt in without thinking, have you kept yours?

Here at Kent’s we are up for a challenge and made our 2014 resolution in December! 

 

clean running shoes

 
In the past with your help, we’ve raised money for various charities, sponsoring Clare our “fruit loop” director to run “Mud-runner” although it’s more run, slide slip, trip run! With a good helping of mud, smiles and cheers!
 

Clare mud running

 
A fabulous £4700 was raised running the “London Marathon”, a warm day, with music dancing and a little running in-between! I seem to remember it rained towards the end, ruined the old makeup!
 
clare mud running dirty

So what was the resolution, I hear you say! Clare has persuaded Jon Bulmer and Michael England to run “Oblivion” 7 miles cross country with her! What is this crazily named run? Think of Mud, add more mud (oh joy!) and throw in some obstacles!

clare mud running very dirty
So with your help we hope to raise at least £2500, so look out for cup cake sales, raffles etc….and more blogs on our training regime soon. Our Charity this year is very close to our hearts after losing two very close friends at the end of 2013. We will be donating all monies raised to “Marie Curie Cancer Care”

 
marie curie cancer care logo
 

First Hereford Champagne Winner

We are pleased to announce the first winner for our 25th year Champagne celebrations!

 

Champagne winner

 

Congratulations to Oliver Kamester of Three Counties Flat Roofing Ltd

Clares Hints & Tips-New Years Gardening

Tasty parsnip, beautiful rainbow chard, wonderful winter cabbages and a mound of straw and earth protecting beautifully taste carrots and potatoes! Welcome to 2014 in the garden

Old timber decking compost bin

Things may be quiet, but there’s lots to do! A big pile of old wooden decking is asking to be made into a new double compost bin!

 

new compost bin

And what to do with the bamboo canes I cut down in autumn? Using some left over pieces of drainage and down-pipe,  I’ve got cane holders!

Bamboo in Downpipe

Last of all, a dear little Wendy house, from off cuts of wood, cladding and gutter and I think we may have enough off cuts, of the new composite decking to make a veranda!

Who is the “Bob the Builder” in my garden I here you ask?

Mr. K from Kent's gardening

Yes it’s Mr K!

Happy New Year

Happy New Year!

Phew! Now we are all full of Christmas cheer and pudding, and we’ve cleared away the heaps of wrapping paper, it’s a great time to sit back sharpen those pencils and make plans for the New Year.

pencil and plans

Which DIY project to start first? What will I need? Do I have the tools? Can I do it myself? So many questions and we have all the answers, alright most of them! What we don’t know we will find out!

half built deck

Whilst we have our feet up and are gearing up for the New Year, visit our web pages www.kentsdirect.com for products, sizes and ideas!

finished deck

Wishing you all a brilliant and busy New Year

Glasses

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Celebrate with us 25 years, champagne give away every month 2014!

Happy Xmas

Christmas is almost here!

What an incredible years it’s been, with getting settled into our new premises, which enabling us to have more products and huge stocks.

Kent's warehouse

Not to mention acquiring a fork lift and the training involved. There were many worried faces and whispers of it will never get through that gap!

Kent's forklift

With Mr Kent doing his best Bob the Builder the showroom gradually evolved and grew. Giving you all a chance to say “I never knew you sold that or those!”

 

Mr. K working hard

We are also very pleased to welcome new members of staff Ben, Dave, Austin and our apprentice Jay.

 

New showroom

So a huge thanks to everyone, staff and customers alike for helping to make this year a year to remember. Have a wonderful christmas.

Christmas Tree

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Look out for our 25 year celebration in 2014 , give always, competitions and great discounts!

Clare’s Hints & Tips-breathable membranes

 Clare’s Hints & Tips-when using externally cladding remember to purchase some breathable 

membrane too. This will help the timber batons and brick work breath, also helps prevent 

water penetration. This is particularly important if you are cladding a north facing wall and 

in view of the particularly wet windy weather we have had over the past 24 months! Fixing 

is easy, first fix batons on wall at intervals recommended by manufacture apply membrane 

Then fix second row of batons, you can usually fix to the first set, then clad. Top tip don’t 

over tighten screws, you will not only distort the cladding, but also prevent a small amount 

of movement the cladding needs..

Clare’s Hints & Tips-saving water

 Clare’s Hints & Tips-Save water with a water butt! Check your gutters and down pipes 

first, making sure there’s no leaks and the fixings are placed close enough together and 

strong enough for the job! Clear any debris from the gutter and down pipe, now your 

ready to fit the water butt, this is very easy, check that the water butt you purchased has a 

stand, tap and diverter included. Set up the water butt on its stand in its final position, now 

your ready to mark the down pipe the instructions given for your product will tell you how 

much needs to be removed, place diverter this is sometimes a tight fit. Attach hose to 

water butt (you may need to make the hole, this is usually marked by a round shallow 

indent) remember to use all the washers/screws provided. If you think you have the space 

I would consider putting two water butts on one down pipe, all you need to do is join the two 

together using just the pipe section from the diverter (on the main butt, you will need to make 

LAN extra hole a similar hieght to the original rain diverter.

Clare’s Hints & Tips-Panels

 Clare’s Hints & Hints

Replacing door panels, or the panels below windows. Often these panels are very flimsy with little or no strength or insulating properties! When you order a  replacement panel ask for one that is reinforced, this will not only give you much better  security (and peace of mind) but is also much thicker adding some much needed insulation to this area. It will cost more than the old style panel, but in my opion is defiantly worth paying out for.

Clare’s Hints & Tips-Decking types

 Clare’s Hints &. Tips-Types of decking,

there are various materials you can use for decking my least favourite would be soft wood, as even with regular treatment it is not a product  that lasts I prefer to use a product with some longevity to it. Composite decking made from  upvc and a mixture of wood shaves is a good looking, long lasting product, slip resistant,  doesnt require treatment and gives a natural look. Hard wood is another good choice  although this will need to be regularly treated, if you want to keep its good looks. All are relatively easy to fit, don’t forget that if you are laying decking over gravel or pebbles it is best to put a weed supprecent membrane in, you don’t want weeds appearing through your decking! Last thought, don’t be afraid to have a deck area in two colours and a shape other than square or rectangular! Then enjoy the fruits of your labours!

Clare’s Hints & Tips-Tools

 Clare’s Hints & Tips-Tools, having spent your hard earned cash on some DIY tools, 

make them last longer and work better, clean after use and for saws chisels screw drivers 

ect… Spray with silicon spray before putting them back. Keep silicon spray handy when using 

your saw, spray regularly, this will make sawing smoother and easier! Don’t scrimp on nails 

screws pins ect… Buy the best, you only want to do the job once!

Clare’s Hints & Tips-conservatories

 Clare’s Hints & Tips-My conservatory gets to hot what can I do?

One very good remedy is to have a least one roof vent, which can be designed to open when a certain temperature is reached, you can also restrict how much the vent opens. Personally I would have two vents. You can also add blinds or curtains to reduce heat build up. If you haven’t ordered/built your conservatory yet nows the time to add some vents and plenty of opening windows. I see many conservatories with just a couple of top opening windows! This isn’t enough! If the budget will  allow it make every other window open, this will help with air movement and heat. Also consider heat solar control activ* glass, especially if your conservatory is south facing!

I would even  go so far as to have the new style plastic roof tiles especially if your conservatory will have  the benefit of the sun for most of the day.

For any further advise or for a more than competative price call or email us, we’ll be happy to help.

Clare’s Hints & Tips Grass

 Clare’s Hints & Tips- what can I do about a small area of grass I don’t want to cut? I 

would think about artificial grass, especially if you have a small or unusual shaped area 

of grass. Looks very natural, no maintance, hard wearing and easy to revert back to grass!

If you love your garden but want low maintance this is for you. There are various types of 

artifical grass to suit various tastes from immaculate bowling green to natural lawn with 

thatching! For more hints and tips listen to Sunshine Radio 106.4fm Thursday and Saturday 

mornings

Clare’s & Hints-Conservatories

 Clare’s Hints & Tips-Conservatories, I’m often asked what size should  go for? This is a 

matter of personal choice, but one tip I can give is always go for as big as you can afford! 

Once you start using a conservatory it’s amazing how quickly it can be filled. Top tips- think 

carefully about how you are going to use this new room, will it be open to the rest of the house 

and or garden? You can have various roofing materials, polycarbonate is light weight, strong 

comes in various thicknesses and tints ( especially good for a sunny spot), glass strong, long 

lasting can be tinted, gives good insulating values, can be supplied as self cleaning or 

insulated roof tiles, excellent insulation values, looks like a traditional roof. Windows and doors 

next, top tip, have plenty of openers , it doesn’t cost much extra but you ll be so happy 

when its hot! For more hints and tips listen to sunshine radio 106.4fm Thursday and Saturday 

mornings

Clare’s Hints & Tips-Decking around caravans

 Clare’s Hints & Tips-want decking for around your caravan? Look for a fire rated decking, 

which we at Kents can provide, easy fit, in a range of complementary colours, easy care. 

Which we can help you with at Kents. Top tips remember to allow for steps and think about 

what you would like to surround your decking? We can provide plastic or glass balustrades. 

For more Hints & Tips listen to Sunshine Radio 106.4fm Thursday and Saturday mornings

 

Clare’s Hints & Tips, decking surround

 Clare’s Hints & Tips-I’ve been asked what can I put around my decking?

This is partly a matter of personal taste and what you want to achieve. For example if you are lucky enough to have  a wonderful view then a glass balustrade is for you, a stylish, long lasting, effective barrier  that still allows you to see that view. If that is not your priority then think about plastic fencing  again hard waring, long lasting and effective barrier that doesn’t need, rubbing back, priming  painting or preserving. If you need more of a wind break consider plastic fence panels, again  hard wearing, long lasting and no treatment needed.