0800 316 1217



How to Clean and Maintain Your Gutters | Kents Direct | UK

How to Clean and Maintain Your Gutters

Your gutters are a humble part of your home, but they play an important role.

Without them, water wouldn’t be redirected to where it will do the least damage, and you’d soon be living with a soggy roof and foundation.

It’s important, then, that you take care of them, so they can take care of you. Here’s how to look after your gutters and keep them working.

Remove any debris that’s collected in your gutter

The first thing you’ll have to do is get up on your ladder and inspect your guttering. Many gutters end up inoperable because they’ve become clogged up with debris.

Leaves and other matter have a way of finding themselves in your gutters, especially in the autumn.

Check to see what’s been caught in your gutters. If there’s any debris, remove it by hand. This is usually the best way to get them clean, so invest in a good pair of gloves.

While you’re up there, take a look and see if where the roof meets your gutter is suffering any damage.

If the shingles are warped or cracked, they may need some attention before they start letting water in.

Ensure your downspouts are placed correctly

Now you’re looking at your gutters, look at where the downspouts are redirecting water.

Some are attached to underground drainage systems, so the water is sent directly into the underground drains to be carried away.

If yours simply deposits water on the ground, ensure that it does so at least five feet away from the foundation.

Any closer, and it could cause damage that will cost a lot more in the long run.

Maintain your gutter regularly

Now you have your gutter clean, make sure you keep on top of keeping it clean. Regular maintenance will help you catch problems quickly, and stop them becoming bigger problems.

It’s worth considering having a mesh installed over the gutters, to catch most of the debris before it makes its way into the drains and pipes.

Here at Kents Building Plastics, we offer the amazing Hedgehog Brush gutter guard, which is another great way of keeping leaves out of the gutter.

Replacing your gutters

If you’re in need of new gutters, Kents Building Plastics have a great range for you to choose from. We have round, square, ogee and deep flow gutters. They’re available in lots of different colours, so you can match them to your home.

The best part is that they’re easy to install. Get them up, keep them maintained, and you need never worry about them again.

What Are Soffits

What Are Soffits?

When it comes to roofing, there’s a lot more to the process than just putting the roof tiles on and calling it a day. You also need to finish the roof properly. We often get a strange look when we ask people what size soffit they need, and get the answer “what are soffits?”

Go outside and look up at your roof. That siding you can see around the lip? That’s your soffit. Here’s everything you need to know about soffits and your home.

What are soffits, and what do they do?

Your roof has a trim to it that finishes it and keeps the rafters enclosed. The front ‘lip’ just under the roof is the fascia. Running parallel from the fascia to the exterior wall is the soffit. This part of the roof keeps the roof beams enclosed, away from the elements.

When you looked at yours, you probably saw that your roof has vents in it. This is vital to the maintenance of your home.

This is because your roof needs ventilation in order to stop the build up of moisture. Without it, the roof beams and surrounding woodwork can start to rot. If that happens, it’s an expensive job fixing the roof back up. It also stops mould from building up in your home.

Anyone who’s had to deal with mould knows that it can be a nightmare to remove, so you want to make sure your home is properly ventilated.

When should a soffit be replaced?

It’s worth checking your soffits regularly, in order to check that they’re still working efficiently. That means making sure nothing’s blocking the vents and stopping the airflow to your home.

The soffit is somewhat exposed to the elements, meaning it can take damage from snow, hail or rain.

Be sure to check them for weather damage, as again, this can stop them working properly and cause more problems in your home.

What should you look for in soffits?

The most important thing you want to look for when replacing your soffit is the material used.

There’s several different options available, such as aluminium and wood, but PVC soffits are usually the best for your home. There’s several reasons for this:

– It’s the most affordable option for most homeowners. This is the deciding factor for many people who are choosing new soffits.

– It’s an excellent material for insulating your home.

– You can customise the look of PVC, for example engraving it with wood grain, or having it made in different colours.

– It’s a man made material and so will not rot.

– PVC is completely water resistant, important when you’re keeping water out of the house.

– It’s very easy to clean. Give it a wipe every so often, and it will look as good as new.

If you have any more questions about soffits, or want to look into buying some for your home, get in touch with us at Kents Building Plastics.

We’re the experts when it comes to a soffit, a fascia, or any other plastic you need for your home. Give us a call and find out more.

Our soffits and fascia boards can be found here for more information.


How To Choose The Right Fascias For Your Home

Fascia Choices – How To Choose The Right Fascias For Your Home

There’s lots of small jobs that need to be done when you’re renovating your home. You often don’t even discover most of them, or why they’re needed, until you’ve already got started on your project. Fascias are one such thing you’ve discovered that you need to think about. What are they, what do they do, and what should you know before installing them? What are your fascia choices?

This guide has all the details.

What is a fascia, and what does it do?

A fascia is something that doesn’t stand out much on your home, unless you want it to. However, it has a big part to play in keeping your home in good shape.

It sits just under the edge of your roof, and looks like a small lip that runs around the edge. It’s quite unassuming, but this part of your roof is what’s keeping moisture out of your attic.

It does this by covering the wood and stopping rot from setting in. Without it, your roof would be in danger of breaking down due to water damage.

When would you need to install it?

Your home more than likely already has some installed, so if you’re doing work to your roof, you may want to install newer fascias.

You can also change them if you’re changing the look of the outside of the house.

How to pick the right fascias for your home – What are my fascia choices?

There’s a few different things to keep in mind as you look for the right fascia. They are:

– Decide on a colour: You’re more likely to find a fascia in white, as that’s the basic colour that most builders use. However, it is possible to pick them up in different colours, too. There is also a range of wood effect grained colours. If you want it to match colours that are already on your home, such as your doors or window frames, it is possible.

– Pick a style: A fascia is considered a trim product, so the style that you pick can have a big effect on the look of your home. Most fascias are fairly basic, so they’ll sit under your roof and look unobtrusive. You can pick more varied styles too, if you want something that adds to the look of the home rather than hides away. It’s really up to you. Want to make a statement and stand out, or need to match up to a more elaborate style, there are a few different shaped boards and mouldings available to do just this.

Do you need more information on fascias? Still having trouble deciding on all the fascia choices? Want to know more about how to choose and fit them to your home? Ask us here at Kents Building Plastics.

We know everything there is to know about fascias, so give us a call or pop into one of our home improvement stores. We’re sure to be able to help you out.

How to fit fascia boards

Want to know how to fit Fascia Boards? Find out here

Professional fitters develop their own techniques for whatever jobs they specialise in, but it is important to follow a few standard safety procedures when carrying out any job.

With fitting fascia boards, one of the most important things to consider is that the property has been inspected for asbestos, as this material was often used in fascia boards and soffits.

If you’re in any doubt, you should contact your local authority for guidance.

Second, this type of work is not easily or safely carried out from a ladder and it is recommended that scaffolds are erected and used.

Not only will it ensure things are safe, but it makes the job a lot easier!


Getting started – How to fit fascia boards

Push back the second row of tiles, then lift and stack the first row to allow access to the fascia boards.

Once this has been done, check the condition of the felt along the top of the fascia. If it has dropped back, it could allow moisture to get to the exposed timberwork and this should be addressed.

The next step is to remove the guttering.

When it comes to refitting the guttering, it makes sense at this point to replace it with new; replacing old guttering can often lead to leaks and other problems.

Once the guttering is out of the way put back undamaged felt. Towards the end of the job, a section of damp course material or rigid PVC eaves tray will need to be fitted under the cut edge to allow moisture to run over the fascia and into the gutter.

The fascia boards can now be removed, but be aware that this is a heavy board with many nails sticking out. It needs to be done safely and isn’t a one-person job.

Fitting the hangars and soffit board

Sometimes the timber legs attached to the rafters will need to be knocked out so the soffit wall plate can be loosened.

Whilst this is off, check the rafters for damage and rot and then replace anything as needed. Failing to do this at this stage is a false economy.

There are several different techniques for providing a solid and well aligned set of fixing points for both the fascia and the soffit board.

For example, thick pieces of PVC can be attached to the rafter boards at either end of the run to act as hangars, but some installers use seasoned or treated timber instead.

Whatever material is used, it is important to set up a string line to check that all hangars in the run are in line, otherwise the soffit board won’t fit straight.

Each hangar should be set 10mm above the height of the last brick course, so the soffit board can be positioned between the bricks and the hangars.

Once each rafter has a hangar fitted to it, the soffit board is ready to be attached. Ensure a good fixing with plenty of nails or screws to prevent rattling during winds and always allow an 8-10mm expansion gap between boards.

Finish with soffit joint trim to cover the gaps. Once the soffit is firmly secured to the hangars, the fascia board can be attached.

Attaching the fascia boards to the soffit

Whilst the protective cover is still on the fascia boards, mark two parallel lines where the plastic nails will be attached to each rafter foot.

This ensures that when the fascia is fitted, the nails will be as uniform as possible to give the best overall appearance. Remove the protective cover and nail into place.

Finishing up

With the fascia boards now attached to the soffit, the guttering can be refitted.

Ensure the position of the running outlet above the downpipe is correct and attach the end bracket to the fascia boards at the point slightly higher than the outlet. To aid with lining these two pieces up you can post a plumb line through the outlet and get it perfectly lined up with the middle of the drain.

Next, mark out the intermediate gutter bracket positions at no more than 1m intervals, then attach and fit guttering.

Finally, fit the over-fascia drainage system.

Some installers will use a rigid plastic section underneath the felt that was cut away, which will allow any moisture to drain into the gutter efficiently. With this in place, refit the tiles and admire your work!

Do you need to purchase fascia boards? There is a variety to choose from at Kents Direct.

Different Types of Fascia Boards

Different types of fascia boards

The fascia that runs around the top of a property below the roof, to which the guttering attaches, plays a much more important role than just looking good.

It protects what is a vulnerable area from the elements and without a sturdy fascia board, the weather can wreak havoc causing all kinds of problems.

Not only that but ensuring it is well fitted and maintained can prevent other issues, such as bird nesting and insect infestation.

With the colder months approaching, now is the time to give your fascia a little TLC if it’s looking a little worse for wear.

There are four main different types of fascia boards and choosing the correct type for your property can sometimes be a bit of a minefield for the uninitiated.

This brief read will point you in the right direction and help you to make an educated decision.


Capping fascia

If you already have well maintained fascia board in place, capping fascia may be what you need, as they are perfect for attaching to existing wooden boards.

This means that you won’t have to go through the process of removing the old board, saving time and expense.

What’s more, capping fascia is one of the cheapest options so if you have a larger property or lots of area to cover, it could equate to quite the saving.

Capping fascia is ideal for quickly upgrading the appearance of the outside of your property.

Ogee fascia

An alternative to capping fascia is ogee fascia boards. These are much the same as capping fascia in how they are fitted, but it is important to ensure, just as with capping fascia, that the existing wooden fascia is in good condition.

Ogee fascia differs in that it has sculpted edges instead of square and therefore offers a different design element.

Of course, this is a matter of preference but just as with capping fascia, it offers a quick upgrade that can add character to your property.

Rounded fascia

Usually backing board is not necessary in order to fit rounded fascia boards and they can be attached directly to the foot of the rafters.

Often used in new build properties, rounded fascia boards will give a more contemporary look, so if that is your preference, you’d do well to start looking here.

Square fascia

As the name suggests, square fascia has a square edge. Just as with rounded fascia, it doesn’t usually require any backing board to fit, making this an easy option for fitting.

Finally, because this type of fascia is usually the smallest, it is often best suited to properties on the smaller side.

Final thoughts

Of course, much of this all comes down to personal preference, so you’d be well advised to look at all the options before making a decision.

If there’s only one piece of advice you take from reading this though, let it be to make sure that all of your timber, rafters and any fascia that will remain un-replaced is in good condition.

Fitting anything new on top of neglected or perished fascia is a temporary patch up at best and instead of sticking a plaster on the wound, it’s better to fix it up properly.

Christmas Opening Hours



We would like to take this opportunity to make you aware of our opening hours over the Christmas and New Year period.
We will be closed from 12.30pm on the 23rd of December
We will reopen at 7.30am on the 3rd of January.

All internet orders placed between these dates will be dealt with upon our return.

And likewise any voicemails and emails sent between these times will be replied to in January.

As always, thank you for your business, loyalty and support.


Kents Building Plastics

Delivery where ever you want it!

Things are changing and we need to keep up with the trends.


Our newest offering is bound to make your and our life easier. We are now allowing goods to be sent to an address other than the card holders address.


So now you can order the goods in the comfort of your own home and rest assured that they will be delivered to an address which is most convenient for you.


Straight to site, or your work address, the choice is yours. Just look for the option under the billing address page on checkout.

Redecorate on a budget!

How to Redecorate your Home on a Budget

If you feel that your home needs a makeover but you do not have the cash to splash, there are lots of things that you can do to spruce up your home with a small budget.

The old “lick of paint” trick is one the many simple ways to freshen up your home. Other ideas include:


Bargain Hunting

Being thrifty is very on-trend at the moment with more and more people heading to second-hand shops and vintage warehouses to pick up furniture and home ware bargains.

You can also find cheap or free items on auction sites or recycling websites such as Ebay and Freecycle.


The Small Things

Sometimes the smallest of changes can go a long way into making your home look differently. A few new cushions for instance or even a new light fitting can make a room look different.

Another example of this is to change door accessories.

You may not be able to afford new internal doors, but if the handles and hinges are looking a little tired, they are usually cheap enough to upgrade and make the whole door and room look better.


Do It Yourself

If you have been putting off decorating as you do not have enough money to pay for a decorator or workman, why not have a go yourself?

There are lots of online tutorials to help you learn how to do everything from wallpapering to installing new shower panels.

If you think you may need help ask a friend or family member over and offer to help them out with your skills in return.

Kents have a wide range of home improvement and building supplies on offer at a price that will not scare your bank account.

So why not browse our website and give your home the just moved in look?


Feature Walls

If you cannot afford to decorate your whole sitting room, a feature wall can go a long way into making the room look a lot more stylish.

Bold wallpaper patterns or a bright coloured paint will add impact to the room and instantly woo guests when they come to visit.



Upcycling and recycling are very popular at the moment so don’t be tempted to throw all of your furniture away.

Check out sites such as Pinterest for inspiring ideas on how to turn a broken chair into a shabby chic stunner, or the pallet that is in the shed into a trendy coffee table.

New furniture does not always have to be expensive, you just need to bring out the frugal side of yourself!


Focus on One Room

If you are really strapped for cash but feel the urge to decorate, you should focus on decorating one room at a time.

If you spend most of your time in the kitchen then decorate that first. Or if you are worried about people seeing your tired looking bathroom, then spend your money there to give you peace of mind.

Get your roof ready for winter

Getting Your Roof Ready for Winter

If you know exactly what condition your roof is in and you want to get it ready for winter, you can browse the roofing section of our website or call us today for advice and information.

While we may be experiencing an Indian summer at the moment we should not be lulled into a false sense of security when it comes to UK weather.

As we head into autumn and then into winter, it is important that your roof is ready to withstand the strain of the cold and wet weather.

If you have recently had a new roof installed, you may feel that there is no work to be done, but there are always checks to carry out each year.

It is also important to understand that just because you were ok last winter does not mean that your roof can withstand another year of heavy rain or snow, especially if you live in a cold part of the UK.

If you are experienced in home repairs, you will be able to visually check your roof to check for any damage, missing tiles, or blocked gutters and take action to rectify the problem.

However, if you are unsure about what you are looking for, you may need to call a roofing contractor to carry out a full inspection.

If you have never hired a roofer before it is best to look online for reviews of businesses and call a few people out for free estimates, to ensure that you get good value for money.


What do you need to do?

A relatively new roof will need little maintenance in the early years so you will want to carry out basic checks, including:

  • Checking if your gutters are clogged, this can be an issue as the leaves start to fall during autumn. Investing in a gutter brush would make your job a whole lot easier
  • If you have not installed a leaf guard, it may be time to do so
  • Check for any damage to gutters as they are reasonably cheap to replace
  • Visually check your roof on the exterior and interior to check for missing or loose shingles
  • Keep an eye out for damp patches on your wall, which could indicate a problem with your roof or guttering system
  • Don’t forget to check the roof on your conservatory, shed or outdoor building too, as you may need sheeting replacing.
  • Check any roof windows or skylights to ensure that there are no breaks to the seal and locks are ok.


Why get ready now?

You may be tempted to wait until the heavy weather sets in during winter, but this could be a bit too late.

If you leave small issues in the hope that they will not turn into a big problem, you may end up finding yourself out of pocket.

In addition to checking if your roof is ready for the cold weather, you may want to consider upgrading your roof by adding a roof light or renewing insulation.


The Benefits of Bathroom Cladding

The Benefits of Bathroom Cladding

When it comes to updating our bathrooms, a simple lick of paint and a few tiles may seem like the easy option. However you really need to think about the long-term when it comes to bathroom decorations.

Whatever materials you use to decorate your bathroom, you need to ensure that they fully insulate your walls so no trapped water seeps inside, which would lead to damp.

After spending all that time and money designing your bathroom, you do not want to be relaxing in your bath with the imminent fear of growing damp.



Cladding is a very durable material that is commonly used in bathrooms and wet rooms. Traditional bathroom cladding is relatively inexpensive and is made from uPVC and, more recently, Geopanel shower cladding.

Bathroom cladding can benefit your home in the following ways:


Simple to install

Unlike bathroom tiles, cladding is very easy to install and there is no messing with grout and adhesives.

Once you have decided where you are going to put your cladding, it clicks together easily enough for an experienced DIY expert to fit.




A variety of styles

White high-gloss cladding may not be to everyone’s taste, but that is not a problem as there are many styles on offer from Kents Building Plastics that can be used on walls and ceilings.

You have the freedom to design your bathroom in whatever way you like as cladding can be cut to fit most room shapes.





Easy to clean

Easy cleaning is one of the main benefits of having cladding due to the wipe clean nature of the uPVC.

As cladding can be fitted without using grout, there are no hard to reach areas that are prone to the build-up of dirt and mould.


Reduces mould

As well as reducing the risk of damp, good shower cladding can prevent mould. This in return will reduce redecoration costs.

You will also not have to worry about getting that stale smell that comes along with mould which will put you off your pampering sessions.


Great insulation

We have already mentioned the benefits of great insulation, which is great in terms of retaining temperature and sound-proofing, as well as preventing damp.

If you fail to follow these measures, you could end up losing a lot of money by forking out for a damp course and/or having to redecorate once again.

Kents Building Plastics want you to relax and enjoy your bathroom with the peace of mind that you have invested well in your bathroom decor.

If you need support in buying the best quality products, give us a call today and we will be happy to help.

Why you should invest in a Polycarbonate Canopy

Why you Should Invest in a Polycarbonate Canopy



Looking for protection for your car or front door? Investing in a polycarbonate canopy can give you the peace of mind that you need.

Rather than choosing traditional roofing materials, such as slate – polycarbonate offers the following benefits.


  • Very high resistant and will withstand high impact, making it virtually unbreakable
  • Comes in a variety of style and sizes, making it more versatile than glass
  • Comes in a variety of finishes
  • Can last for up to 25 years
  • Contains UV filters
  • Extremely cost-effective in comparison to more traditional roof covers
  • Good structural performance
  • Easy to clean and does not look tired after a couple of years
  • Self-extinguishing, so fewer worries about fires
  • Weather resistant
  • Low heat transmission will keep you cool in summer but will offer shelter during winter


Having shelter from the elements is one of the main reasons that people choose a door canopy or a canopy attached to their house.

Whether you want an extra few hours enjoying the outdoors during summer or you want to protect your car over winter, investing in a polycarbonate canopy is a great way to enhance your exterior decoration.

Polycarbonate roofing is also a great option for businesses who use some of their outdoor space for work or who prepare or store goods outdoors.


Polycarbonate maintenance

It is true that polycarbonate can be expensive, but, as we have said, it will last for many years and should not need to be replaced on a regular basis.

As long as you clear your canopy of heavy debris that will land during poor weather you should not see any major problems. A simple clean from time to time, either by yourself or by a professional cleaner, should suffice.


Choose from a variety of polycarbonate canopy kits

Kents Building Plastics have a variety of polycarbonate canopy kits so that you can choose the perfect size to fit your outdoor space.

With canopies to fit your driveway space as well as over door canopies, you can trust in us to provide high-quality products that will stand the test of time.


Excellent value for money

Our range of door canopies come in Tornillo, Miento, Aquila styles and we offer six sizes of carport style canopies.

All of our designs offer great value for money and we always do our best to keep our materials affordable, whether that be for homeowners or businesses.


We offer excellent advice

For advice on designing your polycarbonate canopy or to order yours today, contact Kents and you can get on with renovating your home as quickly as possible.

If you are looking to overhaul more of your outdoor space, we offer high-quality roofing materials, guttering systems and fascias that will make your home winter-proof. Don’t waste time and get started today.

Want to free up some time? Try Eco Fencing

Do you find that you spend more and more time doing boring maintenance on your fence? Wish you could spend more time with the kids or relaxing in the garden? (By the way you cant relax in the garden when you have kids!)

We are passionate about selling the best low maintenance goods here at Kents. Which is why we are please to once again offer Composite fencing. Known as eco fencing elsewhere, it is a fantastic low maintenance product which is guaranteed to last 20 years, and still look good year after year. Find me a timber fence that looks like the day it was installed after 20 years.

Read more about our composite fencing here

New wheels!

We are pleased to share that our Bristol branch has now taken delivery of our newest vehicle.

With a 5.1m bed its suitable for most of our goods and will take much taller doors and windows than our last ‘window’ van. We can slide big bi-folding doors onto the back easier due to its tall door and low bed. This means that it reduces the risk of damages, scratches and accidents even more. We can load quicker, we can unload quicker and we can now do more deliveries!

Business Expo – 3 Counties Show Ground Malvern

Thursday this week was great success for us at the Business Expo at the 3 Counties Show Ground in Malvern.


We displayed on a small stand some of our most popular and low maintenance products and they proved to be very popular. So much so that we didn’t have to bring any samples back with us.


Glee Show 2016

We are proud to have Mike Kent exhibiting at this years Glee show in Birmingham with a new garden product that will shake up the industry.


More details to follow, but its already winning awards

John Banbury receiving prize for innovative new product at GLEE the garden trade exhibition at the NEC for the modular wall system that Mike Kent helped design and develop. Fab-Brix will be available from Kents soon!


60% off – Shower panels this month

For all this month all of our shower panels are 60% off. Save big at Kents, just what you need before Christmas!


The range has recently been expanded, and even more styles are due shortly! There is a colour for everyone and a price range to suit all.

The Diamond range is one of the most popular and now boasts 5 colours in total

Another range that has been a bit hit is the newly released Tile range. Available in Big or Small sizes.


Make sure you check back on other colours, due to hit shelves later this month!


Island Mist in situ

One of our best sellers in the Trex range is the Transcend Island Mist.

It seems to come into stock as quickly as it goes out!

This customer seems to like it

I can see why, a stunning colour which can help to make your dream garden!



Bank Holiday Hours

Its that time of year again, kids are off, sun is out and its August Bank Holiday again.

We will be open as normal over the weekend, but will be closed on Monday 29th.

We will be open as usual from 7.30am on Tuesday 30th August.



We hope to see you then.

Dont shy away, use it like its meant to be used!

Worried about staining or damaging your new Trex deck? Don’t be, watch these

What colour are you going for?

Trex Transcend Composite Decking from Kents is still on offer.

We are giving it away at 50% off rrp until the end of the month.

No rotting, splitting, staining, fading or slipping. Hardest decision is what colour to go for…