20 Mar 2018

Take a look at our new product – bathroom wall panels. Roomliner panels are an easy and inexpensive way to update and modernise your bathroom, shower or kitchen.

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Roomliner Wall & Shower Panels are waterproof, easy to fit, durable, hygienic and suitable for any room in the home, office or commercial building. Made of durable, 5mm or 10mm thick PVC boards. They come in a range of marble and sparkle panel colours including Oyster, White Diamond, Black Diamond, Travertine Diamond, Galaxy, White Marble, Storm, Pergamon, Lightening, Sand Dune, White Gloss and Icelandic.

The wall panels are 1000mm in width an 2400mm in length and also sold are a range of trims including end caps, internal and external corners in white, black, beige and chrome.

Panels are designed for easy installation and quick fitting. They may be fixed to damaged, damp walls by fitting 38mm x 19mm horizontal battens at 400mm centres – a breathable membrane is recommended. They can be fitted to a clean wall or over the top of tiles with a neutral cure silicone or moisture cure/solvent free adhesive. The bathroom wall panels can be fitted behind hot water pipes and radiators and in rooms that reach up to 60 degrees C.

02 Nov 2017
  1. Have a sort out

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To make way for all the extra items in your house such as presents, food and furniture, it’s time to have a good sort out. Be ruthless – sell or donate items you don’t use. Get the kids to sort through their toys and donate the ones that they no longer play with.

The week before Christmas day you won’t feel like cleaning the cooker so get it done early! Clean all appliances that will get more use, including the fridge and microwave. Defrost the freezer. As boring as these jobs may seem, your future self will thank you!

 

  1. Illuminate!

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With the clocks going back and shorter daytime hours, it’s a good time to pay attention to the lighting in your home. Replace any bulbs and batteries and consider lowlighting such as extra lamps or LED candles to help create a cosier feel.

  1. Heat it up

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If you have a traditional fire it’s time to get the chimney swept! For other gas and electric fires, carefully clean them using the manufacturer reccommended method and make sure there is no dust and the fire is working correctly.

Creating heat of course isn’t the only way to keep warm – old windows and doors will let draught in to your home. Consider better energy rated windows and checking under doors and around glass panes for draughts. This will also help ease your energy costs over the busy festive period.

 

  1. Pick a theme

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Instead of buying random decorations that catch your eye – save money and effort by picking a theme and sticking to it. Why not go for a rustic theme using natural decorating materials such as pinecones, driftwood, foraged greens and dried oranges.

 

  1. Make some space

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Every year the Christmas decs box seems to get bigger and the loft seems to get more and more cluttered. If you struggle getting up and down in to the loft you may want to consider a new loft hatch and ladder – they are surprisingly inexpensive. They have great practical and safety features to ensure safe and simple loft clearing. Don’t leave boxes in the loft gathering dust and damp, sort through the boxes and get rid of anything you don’t need.

 

  1. Don’t forget about seating

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This may seem like an obvious one but people will often forget at the last minute until extra family members and friends arrive. Invest in some fold up seating and make sure the dining room is cleared and ready for all those extra visitors!

 

  1. Get the little DIY jobs done

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Now is the best time to get those niggling DIY jobs done. At this time of year, lots of tools are on sale so it’s a great time to grab the power tool you’ve had your eye on!
If it’s not done already, make sure any furniture in your garden is weather proofed by repainting, varnishing, cleaning or covering. Alternatively you could invest in no-maintenance furniture to save yourself time and money on those big jobs. Check your gutters are clear and free of debris and clear space in sheds and outhouses for storage.

20 Apr 2017

After Spring has sprung and with Summer fast approaching, this often brings the inspiration to refresh your home. Here are some simple tips to help you without breaking the bank and offer some inspiration.

  1. Declutter

When you de-clutter your home you remove any distractions to your interior and give the illusion of more space and light. Ask yourself if you really need everything out in the kitchen or all of your products in the bathroom next to the sink. If you are short on space use shelves instead of cupboards to keep your things looking organised and creating a feature instead of clutter. Be strict with yourself and donate or sell items that serve no purpose.

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2. Maximise space

There are a few tricks of the trade to help maximise the space you already have or how to make your conservatory feel like another room that flows with the rest of your house. An Equinox roof is a light-weight solid roof is that is ideal for modernising an existing conservatory and helps to define a clear, large space. These roofs can be supplies with gorgeous spot lighting and roof lanterns to keep the light flooding in.

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A bonus with Equniox roofing is that it stays cooler during the summer and retains heat during the winter – perfect for all year round enjoyment.
Another tip is to define areas by activity – clearly separate seating and dining areas, little nooks or comfy corners. Adding feature walls or rugs and carpet can help with this effect. Your space will feel warm, purposeful & well arranged, giving the illusion of more space.

3. Don’t forget to clean the exterior

The outside of your home can accumulate dirt and debris over the course of the winter. To minimise cleaning there are a few preventative steps that you can take. New PVCu windows don’t get misty or gather condensation like old or wooden windows do. Not only do dry clean windows prevent damp but they also help to prevent the accumulation of dirt.

When it comes to guttering you can add a bristly brush (often known as a hedgehog gutter guard) to prevent debris clogging them up, thus eradicating the need to deep clean so often – hurrah!
For more information on cleaning guttering check out our step by step guide here!

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PVCu windows and doors can be gently cleaned using a soft cloth and specialist PVCu cleaner. Its a good idea to seek advice from your window supplier as they will be able to recommend you the best cleaning products for their materials.

4. Let the light in

Roof lanterns are a perfect way to make use of otherwise wasted roof space. Roof lanterns serve as a cost-effective alternative to aluminium skylights or conservatory roof systems. They are contemporary PVC-U system designed specifically to add height, volume and natural light to uninspiring flat-roofed rooms. They have excellent energy efficiency and increase the height of your room whilst flooding it with light, creating an illusion of added space.

Light coloured curtains made of a thinner material can help to add to the illusion of light as can adding plants and bright coloured room accessories.
Bi-fold doors bring the outside, in. Check out this gorgeous example of a bi-fold door by Plastic Building Supplies!

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Plastic Building Supplies offer a wide range of PVCu solutions to the trade and DIY. For more products information and additional ideas on home improvement, give us a call on 01603 484589 or start an online chat.

17 Oct 2016

Cladding  refers to the external layer of the building which provides the aesthetic effect. Apart from the external appearance of the building, its main use is to protect the building structure from the weather and helps with the property insulation. Traditionally timber products were the way to go, but nowadays, the availability of PVCu  is taking over, as it offers low maintenance material and an interesting alternative to timber.

It comes in a range of hard-wearing materials that are designed to withstand the elements and to improve the aesthetics of any building. Giving an old style look or a clean contemporary look to commercial or residential properties, cladding is the perfect solution for buildings that need to be simple to maintain

There are a number of different types of cladding on the market and each has its strengths. At PBS we are specialists on PVCu Cladding and we can help you decide which is best for you and the building you are working on.

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PVCu cladding

PVCu is exceptionally durable and very attractive. It will never rot like and is far more resistant to extreme weather conditions than timber. It will also keep the timber look without its downsides. It can be recycled making it environmentally friend and because it doesn’t need painting, it’s very  simple to maintain.

At PBS we offer a wide range of stylish PVCu cladding, from tongue and groove effect to shiplap and open V. Available in white and foiled woodgrain to create a variety of visual effects.

We offer a nationwide delivery for all our Cladding products.

20 Jun 2016

Building a home or doing a renovation to your house is never easy.  It is a big investment where you need qualified contractors that can carry out the project that you have decided to do, but you also need high quality materials. This is where PBS Limited can help. We have been trading since 1988 and we are one of the leading specialist suppliers of quality PVCu building materials in the East Anglia region, offering a wide range of quality materials for contractors, tradesmen, to the DIY. We can offer you advise on your order, get the materials you need and get them delivered to the  location you want  or you can come and collect them from one of our depots.

Choosing the right builders merchant is important

We all dream of having a beautiful and functional property that will be our forever home, or that at least it will serve us for many years. This is the reason you should always choose a supplier that is fully knowledgeable of the products and the materials you need to get the results you want. At PBS we have been leaders for over 20 years and we have gathered the experience needed to advise our customers in everything they need to know when they are working in the house of their dreams.

Even though we don’t actually do any work on your property, we are experts in many areas. This includes guttering, fascias, soffits, cladding, tools and many more.  We can advise you on the best materials for your property and we can give you a price on the cost of the products you need for your project. It will come in handy when you are negotiating with your contractor and it will help you avoid being quoted more than necessary.

The materials and the equipment that is used during the construction process is very important. We are the builders merchant you are looking for. As we will provide you the best materials and products that you need for your construction. we are also able to advise you on the choices you are making, as we are certified professionals and we work hand by hand with contractors that will make your dream home come true.

21 Apr 2016

Draught proofing is one of the cheapest and effective ways to save energy and money in any type of building.

The way to draught-proof your home should be by blocking up unwanted gaps that let cold air in and warm air out. Saving warm air means you’ll use less energy to heat your home, so you’ll save money as well as increasing the lifespan of your boiler.

 Where to look for draughts

Draughts happen where there are unwanted gaps in the construction of your home, and where openings are left uncovered.

You’ll find draughts at any accidental gap in your home that leads outside, such as:

  • Windows
  • Doors – including keyholes and letterboxes
  • Loft hatches
  • Electrical fittings on walls and ceilings
  • Between floorboards
  • Pipework leading outside
  • Ceiling-to-wall joints

But be careful in areas that need good ventilation like:

  • areas where there are open fires or open flues
  • rooms where a lot of moisture is produced, such as the kitchens, bathrooms and utility rooms

 Reducing Draughts

Windows

Upgrading or replacing your existing windows can have a big impact on your home, with some PVCu windows being able to achieve a rating of A+.

The best way to insulate existing windows with draught proofing materials are:

Make sure the strip is the right size to fill the gap in your window. If the strip is too big it will get crushed and you may not be able to close the window. If it’s too small there will still be a gap.

For sliding sash windows, foam strips do not work well. It’s best to fit brush strips or consult a professional. For windows that don’t open, use a silicone sealant.

Doors

Draught-proofing outside doors can save a lot of heat and will only cost you a few pounds. There are four main things to consider.

  • Keyhole – buy a purpose-made cover that drops a metal disc over the keyhole.
  • Letterbox – use a letterbox flap or brush, but remember to measure your letterbox before you buy.
  • Gap at the bottom – use a brush or hinged flap draught excluder.
  • Gaps around the edges – fit foam, brush or wiper strips like those used for windows.

Inside doors need draught-proofing if they lead to a room you don’t normally heat, such as your spare room or kitchen. Keep those doors closed to stop the cold air from moving into the rest of the house. If there is a gap at the bottom of the door, block it with a draught excluder – you can make one stuffed with used plastic bags or bits of spare material.

Inside doors between two heated rooms don’t need draught-proofing, as you don’t lose energy when warm air circulates.

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Floorboards and skirting boards

You can block cracks putting filler into the gaps. Floorboards and skirting boards often contract, expand or move slightly with everyday use, so you should use a filler that can tolerate movement,

these are usually silicone-based. Look for the following:

  • Flexible fillers.
  • Decorator’s caulk.
  • Mastic-type products.

Fillers come in different colours, and for indoor and outdoor use. They block gaps permanently so be careful when you apply them – wipe off any excess with a damp cloth before it dries. Fillers may break down over time, but can easily be reapplied.

 

Loft hatches

Hot air rises and gets lost into the cold space in your loft or attic, so it’s worth blocking off draughts around your loft hatch. Use strip insulation, as you would on a door.

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Pipework

You can fill small gaps around pipework with silicone fillers, similar to the fillers used for skirting boards and floorboards. Fill larger gaps with expanding polyurethane foam. This is sprayed into the gap, expands as it dries, and sets hard.

Ventilation

Air needs to flow in and out of your house so it stays fresh, dry and healthy. Make sure you don’t block or seal any intentional ventilation such as:

  • Extractor fans – take out damp air quickly in rooms where lots of moisture is produced (kitchens, bathrooms and utility rooms).
  • Under-floor grilles or airbricks – help keep wooden beams and floors dry.
  • Wall vents – let small amounts of fresh air into rooms.
  • Trickle vents – modern windows often have small vents above them to let fresh air trickle in.

Currently at PBS we are offering a 10% discount off on all of our products that you can use to improve and to eliminate the draughts in your property

03 Mar 2016

Cladding refers to the external layer of the building which provides the aesthetic effect. Apart from the external appearance of the building, the main use is to protect the building structure from the weather and helps with the property insulation. Traditionally timber cladding was the way to go, but nowadays, the availability of PVCu materials is taking over, as it offers low maintenance material and an interesting alternative to timber.

External cladding planks should be installed horizontally so that rain flows down the face of the wall, placing the planks vertically will possibly increase the amount of moisture penetration as water will flow down and through the joints. There should be at least a 25mm (1 inch) gap to ensure that there is air circulation  to avoid that moisture getting trapped between the cladding and the wall. This should be taken in consideration when insulation is needed, as the majority of insulation materials will need to go behind the vapour barrier membrane.

PVCu Cladding offers similar  appearance to timber products but is generally thinner as PVCu can be easily moulded. PVCu is easier to work than timber because planks are identical, you will not find the knots or twists that you can get in timber. In general, PVCu is very easy to maintain, as a good wash every now and then will keep it looking fresh for years.

At PBS we offer different types of PVCu Cladding:

Ship-lap

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Ship-lap is moulded PVCu with a shaped front face. The profile of the shiplap cladding is placed so that the bottom edge of each plank, overlaps the top edge of the plank below, which causes any rain to run down the front face of the wall without finding its way behind the planks. At PBS we offer a 15omm Shiplap Cladding in various colours such as: white, blackgrain, mahogany, rosewood and golden oak

Open V

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100mm Open ‘V’ tongue and groove cladding can be used to create a variety of visually appealing effects in horizontal, diagonal or vertical arrangements. Having the groove fitted over the tongue of the plank below keeps the rain from entering the wall. Fixing through the tongue conceals the fixings.  At PBS we offer 100mm Open ‘V’ tongue and groove cladding in different colours like: white, golden oak, blackgrain, rosewood and mahogany 

 

At PBS we offer different types of Cladding so they adapt in the best possible way to your needs.

 

25 Jan 2016

At PBS we have already explained how to fix your guttering when its overflowing or leaking. The main function of guttering is to stop water from running down the walls of your house and eventually causing damage to your property

Here are several reasons gutter maintenance is important.

 

INSECTS

When your gutters don’t have the proper maintenance, water builds up in them and attracts insects. Mosquitoes, earwigs, spiders will nest near your gutters, which can lead to damage to your property.

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ANIMALS

Small animals like birds, mice, rats, squirrels like to nest inside the guttering, creating debris. Small animals like to chew their way through the guttering, looking for the warmness of the house. If you keep you gutters clean, there will be no chance they can nest in them.

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DAMAGE TO THE PROPERTY

  • When water overflows it can make the painting of your walls start peeling off
  • Also overflowing can cause damage to the foundation of your walls, causing cracks. The cracks on the wall can turn into a very expensive repair bill.
  • Leaking near the roof may eventually lead to its collapse. It can also lead to filtering water into the basement, which can cause mold and expensive water damage.
  • Damage to your garden

 

FUNGAL

Moss acts as a sponge,  it holds water close to the structure of your house. Moss, mold and fungus are dangerous to your health and home.  It is a toxic and expensive problem that can be avoided by keeping  your gutter clean.

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ROTTING WOOD

Debris in your gutters can lead to rotting of the fascia boards.  The water level in the gutters doesn’t need to be high for the rotting to take place. That’s because the debris can transfer water from  your gutters to the fascia and soffits.  It’s an expensive problem that simple and easy maintenance can prevent.

 

 

At PBS we offer high quality guttering systems, we have over 20 years of experience in roofing.  For more information on our roofing or cladding services, please contact us

 

06 Jan 2016


EASY STEPS TO UNBLOCK YOUR GUTTERING

The exterior of any house is exposed to the constant inclemency of the weather, especially wind, rain, snow. This can take a toll in your guttering and may be the cause of the block or any issue they are suffering.

If your guttering is over flowing or leaking, you should try to fix it as soon as possible.

 

Step 1: Security first

Secure the structure you are going to be working on.

Stabilize the ladder you are going to work with, make sure there is someone with you when you are working. Security first.

Step 2:

Disconnect the downspout from the underground pipe (if you don’t have an underground system, skip this step)

Step 3:

Once you have secured your ladder. Its time to clean! Find the location in your gutter that is farthest from the downpipe. Use gravity in your advantage.

Be aware that you may find: leaves, mud, insects, dead animals (such as mice and birds) and even debris. An easy way to scoop then out is cutting the base of a plastic bottle, its ideal to take out the debris and the leaves from the guttering.

Step 4:

Work safely along the gutter to remove the debris. Place the ladder safely every time it needs to be moved

Step 5:

To make sure the gutter has been unblocked, run water at full pressure. If water doesn’t run down freely, try to find the part where the water is obstructed and focus on that area.

 

Only if the gutter it’s still obstructed.

 

Step 6:

Dissemble the downpipe. Remove the top pipe of the gutter carefully, separating the pieces that make the pipe with a screwdriver

Step 7:

Remove the debris and the blockage.

Step 8:

Rebuild the downpipe  and attach it to the gutter.

Step 9:

Pour water from the top of the gutter to make sure its no longer blocked.

Another option we offer is to skip all of these steps and prevent of cleaning them in the future its to use one of our Hedgehog Gutterguard. Its a continuous polypropylene brush which prevents the build up of wind-blown debris.  Quick and easy to install, doesn’t need maintenance and its virtually indestructible. It fits 95% of domestic guttering including Standard Half Round and Square, Deep Flow, OG and Classic Profiles. It is available in different colours.