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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…

Are you making the most you can?

Are you maximising your profit as a buy-to-let landlord?

Buy to let has become an increasingly popular form of investment in the last 10 to 15 years. However, being a property landlord does not just mean buying a property, renting it out and waiting for the money to roll in.

As a landlord you have certain responsibilities in relation to the property you have bought and rented out, in particular maintenance of the exterior. While the tenant may be responsible for internal maintenance, you are responsible for making sure that the property is dry and sound. While you can certainly offset the cost of property maintenance against rental income in order to reduce your tax liability, this doesn’t mean maintenance is free.


It goes without saying that to maximise your investment, you not only need to look after the property, but you also don’t want it to be a money pit where you are continually spending good money after bad trying to keep it in reasonable condition.

One of the mistakes a number of property landlords make is to continually repair tired and rotting fascia boards, leaking guttering and dodgy downpipes. If you do the maintenance yourself, this can eat up valuable time, time you could be better spent doing something else. If you have to employ somebody to do this maintenance, then it is your pocket that hurts afterwards. So, the best plan, is to minimise your annual maintenance budget.

Where the outside of your property is concerned, replacing wooden fascia boards and old cast-iron guttering and downpipes with plastic fascias, plastic guttering, plastic downpipes and using plastic building materials wherever possible will drastically reduce your maintenance liability and, over not too long a period of time, will save you time and money.

If you’re a property landlord you would do well to either call us or pay us a visit at our outlets in Yate, near Bristol, Bath, and also in Hereford where you may be surprised to see just how economical building plastics are.

Gutter 101

Everything You Need to Know about Guttering for your Home

Installing a gutter system on your home is not the most glamorous of tasks, but it is an essential one. If you have a downpour and inadequate guttering in place, you will soon realise this fact, when you start seeing damp patches on your walls.


Each and every house will have its own individual guttering needs, for example, some homes with large overhangs that allow the rain to drip off may not need gutters, but the majority of houses will benefit from good gutter installation.


Think about materials


There are a few things that you need to consider when purchasing a gutter system, including which material you should opt for. Some are listed below:


uPVC is easy to cut and is cost-effective for those on a budget. Suitable for mild climates this is easily the most popular material. With a good range of colour and shapes.


Steel is a popular choice for those living in an area where the weather is particularly brutal. It is long-lasting, but can be expensive.


Aluminium is easy to work with, and reasonably cheap compared to steel gutters. Its a good looking material that will last well.


Once you have decided on what material you would like your gutters to be, it is now time to think what shape and size you would like.


The best shape and size


Square guttering offers good flow and is one of the most popular styles of guttering for houses that live in areas that experience lots of rain.


Ogee guttering has decorative sides and a flat bottom to maintain a steady flow and it is one of the most attractive styles of gutter. It can take a higher volume of water that square and half round.


Half-round guttering is the most traditional, but not as popular as square or Ogee guttering, as they tend to overflow and do not perform as well during heavy rain.


Deep Flow guttering is a useful style for buildings that are more exposed to rainfall. They have the biggest capacity over all the other shapes.


All styles of guttering come in a variety of sizes that will need to be chosen dependent on how much rain you generally experience in your part of the country.


Maintenance is important


Once installed, all guttering must be maintained. Therefore it is worth investing in a strong gutter brush that is both easy to use and will clear away leaves and debris.


To reduce the number of leaves that get trapped in your guttering, investing in a leaf guard will save a lot of hassle. Some people prefer to hire a firm to clean gutters professionally, which could also be a wise investment in the long-run.


It may be beneficial to speak to a local guttering specialist to ensure you buy the correct materials for your house. You can speak to one of our customer service experts through our online form, or at one of our UK branches.

Time is precious

Time is precious

While to some degree greater emphasis is being put today on leisure time, it seems that more and more of us are spending more and more time at work and that valuable leisure time seems to become shorter and shorter. Particularly with summer being upon us and the evening’s being longer, we have greater options as to what we can do to enjoy ourselves. As a consequence, the last thing you ideally want to be doing is spending all your spare time on property maintenance.

If you are one who tends to shy away from brand-new modern properties and instead prefers something a little older and with a bit more character, the chances are when you buy the property of your dreams you will be faced with the option of replacing tired and scruffy external fixtures and fittings such as fascia boards, guttering and downpipes. It is surprising how many of these today are still made of galvanised steel, undoubtedly covered with 20+ coats of Hammerite or some other metal paint, making any temporary repairs next to impossible.

Eventually there comes a point where you have to look at the time you spend maintaining external features to your property and it begins to dawn on you that there has to be an easier way. Here at Kents Building Plastics we have all the solutions you need to help you cut down on the external maintenance of your property with an extensive range of building plastics, including plastic rainwater goods, plastic guttering, plastic fascia boards and plastic roofing panels, all at extremely competitive prices.

With units in Bristol, Bath and Hereford, why not call in and see us or call us for a price on any of the products we sell.

Make Gardening Easier by using Artificial Grass

Make Gardening Easier by using Artificial Grass


Artificial grass offers an easy and quick way to transform your outdoor space, without having to hire a gardener or spend precious hours striving to keep on top of unruly grass.


The grass can be laid on top of almost any surface, including concrete, decking, and tarmac, which is great if you have just moved into a new home and want to get it up to scratch quickly.


Make use of our 50% off offer throughout August to upgrade your garden.


Benefits of artificial grass


Here are just some of the benefits of installing artificial grass in your garden:


  • No need to worry about hosepipe bans as the grass doesn’t need watering
  • Perfect for underneath children’s swings and trampoline, with little wear and tear
  • No tiring mowing the grass
  • No slippery mud patches when it rains heavily
  • No need for weed killers filled with toxins
  • Low maintenance and easy to clean
  • Pet friendly
  • Good for the environment
  • Looks attractive
  • Comes in a variety of sizes to suit all gardens
  • Perfect for public spaces


If you spend a lot of time making your house look perfect when you have friends over, the same attention to detail should be paid to the outside. Just think of long summer evenings with the BBQ on the go and a glass of wine in hand, without the hassle of having to cut the grass before you can kick back and relax.


Suited to everyone


If you have been holding back on purchasing artificial grass as you think it will look ‘too fake’, you can rest assured that you can choose from a variety of natural looking grasses of varying piles, so that you can mix several kinds of grass to achieve an authentic look.


Artificial grass is now so popular that is has been making appearances at the Chelsea Flower Show over the past few years, and it is adored by celebrities across the globe who love its low maintenance appeal.


Whether you are a young couple with a busy schedule, a family that likes to be outdoors as much as possible, or an older person who cannot garden as much as you would like to, artificial grass is a perfect option.


Custom grass options


Kents Building Plastics offer our customers four different grass options—a natural look and garden look in two different sizes. All of our grass is fire retardant and has been checked for UV stability and comes with a guaranteed level of durability. With competitive pricing and an easy installation guide, what are you waiting for?


To discuss your artificial grass needs in more detail, do not hesitate to get in touch with us today to find out how you can achieve your dream garden in a matter of days.

More choice…

The Oak Fitrite decking has been a huge hit instore since we introduced it. We have it on display at our Bristol branch and people love it.


So now we are pleased to offer 3m lengths of it online, and until the end of August it will remain at our fantastic 50% off rate!


Whats not to like?


Back by popular demand…

We’ve gone and done it again!

This month we are running our 50% off RRP discount on our composite decking.

We have a wide range of colours and styles to choose from, from the awesome Fitrite Evolution deck boards to the ‘as seen on TV’ Trex decking which has proved to be very popular.


Both have long warranties on them so you can spend more time doing the things you love. You wont even need to panic if you spill your red wine on them.

There’s more!!

During July we have decided to offer our Artificial Grass with a 50% off RRP discount too!!



Choose from 4 different styles and pile heights to suit your garden.


Want the most luxurious looking garden that is comfortable to sit on? Pick the Clumber 35mm

Want a freshly cut realistic look? Go for the Rufford 30mm

Want that showgarden look? Go for the Newstead 30mm

Let the light shine in…

Mardome Rooflights are new to Kents

Have a flat roofed room that doesnt get much light? Sat in a dim office?


Fit a Mardome Rooflight from Kents.

Available as complete kits, in a range of sizes and glazing options to match any building requirement.

These are affordable and well built units and are easy to fit. Need ventilation? We can supply manual opening versions too.

Browse the full range here


More info on our Mardome Rooflights can be found here.

Revised PVC Cladding range

Freefoam have launched a new range of Exterior PVC cladding.


Fortex Clic has arrived. Whats the benefit over the standard Fortex cladding? No butt joints!

The end of each board has a tongue and groove which click together and seal against the elements. Apart from that it is fixed by the same methods as any other PVC cladding. Also these boards come as a 3.2 metre length, in a pack of 6. This means the boards are less flexible, lighter and easier to fit. In stock now and ready for dispatch!

Also, as well as the introduction of a new cladding, we are pleased to announce that the rest of the Cladding range is being updated too. We now offer the full range of Fortex cladding and the very popular Anthracite Grey shiplap cladding. The must have colour of the year.

Want to change the look of your house or even build a new shed? Make a custom one and cover it in PVC cladding and it will outlast any Timber shed!