18 Apr 2018

Single-use plastic is a hot topic right now regarding items such as drinking straws, cups, plastic bags, packaging and bottles. Single-use plastics, are utilised just once before they are discarded.

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These single use plastics can be harmful to the environment as they pollute our oceans, threaten marine life (also entering our food chain), have a large carbon footprint and take hundreds of years to break down.

275,000 TONNES of plastic are used every day in the UK, that equates to 15 million plastic bottles – a lot of plastic items aren’t recycled so they end up at landfill.

Plastic Building Supplies offer a sustainable solution to our single-use plastic problem in the UK by actually saving plastic that would otherwise end up at landfill and supplying quality recycled plastic furniture.

 

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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.

31 May 2016

The first impression of your house is your entrance door. It’s the first thing you see when you get home from work and it’s the first thing your guests see.

We all want to be proud of our homes, and this starts on how it looks from the outside. If you know your entrance door isn’t working or looking as it once did, maybe you should start considering replacing it, and at PBS we might be able to help you out!

How to tell if your door needs replacing…

It may not be necessary for you to replace your front door, unless you are looking to change your home style, but we can help you with some signs that may point out that your door  is not functioning correctly:

Opening and closing

One of the most effective and easiest way homeowners can tell whether or not their current entrance door needs replacing is by how it opens and closes.

Do you have any large gaps between the frame and the door? Is it an effort to close it? Does the door sash stick when pushed? Some of these problems can be solved, sticking is due to a larger problem,warping.

Old entrance doors are prone to warping, it means that when they are exposed to extreme weather conditions or are being constantly used, they have the potential to expand. Which eventually will cause gaps between the door and its threshold. Modern doors from PBS use PVCu that doesn’t have these attributes, granting that the new door will have a longer lifespan and will be highly functional.

Weathered and peeling

If your current door is cracked, peeling or weathered it may actually need a bit more than just a brush of paint. Your door is susceptible to harsh weather elements on a daily basis, as it’s exposed to cold, heat, sun, rain and wind. Every old entrance wooden door will eventually need to be replaced.  If you think yours can’t be repaired or fixed, you should start looking for options to replace it with one of our PVCu or composite doors.

Are you feeling draughts in  your home?

If you aren’t planning in renovating your home but you feel a draught or you are suddenly feeling regular cold spots in your home, replacing your old door with a new one may be a solution. The threshold, frame and door jamb contribute with the functionality of your front door, and these can also become faulty overtime.

Our doors and services

If you suffer from any of these issues or you are just looking to renovate the style of the exterior of your home, at PBS we offer a wide range of REHAU PVCu doors. We manufacture in our local factory and are a popular option for homeowners, due to their modern and sleek appearance. We offer a wide range of colours and styles, that will give you the ability to customize your new door to your personal style.

PLASTIC BUILDING SUPPLIES

Deciding to replace your old wooden entrance door will not only change the style of your home, but it will also help make it energy efficient. At PBS we have over 20 years of experience and we are one of the leading specialist suppliers of quality PVCu building materials in the East Anglia region offering a wide range of products to both tradesmen and DIY enthusiasts. We manufacture our doors in our local factory.

Our experienced staff are fully conversant with the extensive range of products held in stock and provide excellent customer service regardless of the size of the order, they are always on hand to assist customers from the large contractor to the DIY person.

For more information on how our range of bespoke uPVC entrance doors can help to enhance your homes style call us on 01603488428

 

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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.

 

Are you feeling that your house is looking a bit dark? Do you want your house to have an extraordinary contemporary look? Looking to add light to your house?

 

Reasons of getting a Skypod

  • Add height, volume and natural light to uninspiring flat-roofed roomsskypod1
  • Skypods are designed with a unique ridge and spider bar arrangement, offering contemporary aesthetics.
  • They are the perfect match for existing PVCu windows
  • Looks more modern than a conservatory
  • Sleek design, the simple clean lines eliminate the necessity for crestings or finials. The unique ridge bar cover cap maintains a minimalist appearance
  • It is more cost effective than aluminium skylights or conservatory roof systems
  • You will save energy as more light is entering your home
  • It will add value to your property
  • It doesn’t matter if your roof is too big or too small, we offer six standard sizes.
  • If they are still too small we can make larger sizes through skypod2order.
  • Cleaning its not an issue as the fixed roof is supplied with a self cleaning, temperature controlling glass
  • 5 different colours available and 5 different glass coloured options!
  • At PBS we offer a 1o year guarantee
  • All our Skypods are manufactured locally

 

 

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If you are looking to add a skypod to your property we are currently offering a 10% off on all our products, please don’t hesitate to contact us on our free phone 0800 015 0326 or at [email protected]