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.

31 Jul 2017

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THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO GUTTERING

Gutters collect water running off the roof and  channel them away from the building via a downpipe. Our guttering shapes come in a few options such as half round – a semicircle shape, square, ogee, deep – a deeper version of half round, miniflow – a small version perfect for smaller builds or greenhouses and finally cast iron effect. This guide will inform you on how guttering works and the purpose of each part.

Running Outlet
A running outlet creates a channel to connect the gutter to the downpipe

Gutter Union
A union can be used to connect separate lengths of gutter

Offset Bend
Offset bends are at an angle enabling guttering to travel from the fascia  and adjoin to the downpipe to ensure a flush fit to the wall They come in a 67.5  (112) degree angle

Stopend
A stop end caps off the gutter to prevent water escaping. There are internal or external options.

Gutter clip / support bracket
Clips adhere either the downpipe to the wall or secures in place gutter to the fascia, keeping it sturdy.

Shoe
The shoe directs water in to a gullt

Downpipe Connector
Connects two lengths of downpipe together

Downpipe branch
Connects two downpipes together and an angle

Gutter Angle
Supports gutter around an angle

For further information please visit our resources page, contact us or view our guttering products!

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.

06 Apr 2017

Welcome to the glorious month of April widely thought to be named after “aperire” a latin word meaning to “open” because it represents the opening of buds and flowers in spring.

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What an inspiring way to approach this time of year by opening up all the home improvement possibilities. Why not replace your windows, fascia and guttering.  You could add a Roof lantern to a flat roof and transform your living space. Maybe construct a Polycarbonate Lean to Roof and create instant cover providing shade in the hot summer.

Take a look at your gutter is it directing rainwater away from your house? Is it filled with debris and leaves? If so the perfect solution is to flush out the gutter and install “The amazing Hedgehog” a continuous polypropylene ‘brush’ which prevents the build-up of wind-blown debris. Hedgehog is a sound investment avoiding irreversible damage to down pipes, roof tiles and gutters.

To help you celebrate Easter our Pre-Stocktake sale is still available offering products to help you with all your building improvement projects.

We at PBS are very proud to have supported East Anglia’s Children’s Hospice (EACH) for over 20 years. We are continuing to fulfil our commitment of raising £15000 over the next three years, towards the ‘Nook Charity Appeal’. This is helping EACH develop their new state of the art hospice in poringland and the services they provide. It is hoped that this sum will be raised by both staff and company activities and promotions.

We are helping with fundraising ideas such as raising money by having a charity cake sale or by cycling around Snetterton Race Circuit.

We are also taking part in EACHs ‘Bag it’ bring it Boost it’ scheme. This works by letting all our staff bring in any charitable items such as clothes, shoes, books DVDs, toys, and bric-a-brac into the work place. We then arrange for it to be collected. So if you would also like to bring your charitable items into one of our branches we will gladly give you a bag to fill and pass it on to EACH on your behalf.

Don’t forget our in store Easter Lucky Dip for purchases made in any of our branches which runs until the Easter Weekend you will be able to draw from our Lucky Dip to win a chocolate surprise.To qualify for a free lucky dip: Account and Trade Cash customers’ one draw per customer visit per day. Cash sale customers’ one draw for purchases of £100 + VAT (and above)

 

‘What happened to the Easter Bunny when he misbehaved at school?’

‘He was egg spelled.’

 

Ray

27 Feb 2017

The key factors of guttering are fairly basic – gutter forms a trough which is designed to funnel any water and dirt which comes down the roof, away from the building. It protects the building, foundations and exterior, keeping water from entering the space thus preventing damp.
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One of the best and most widely used materials for gutter is PVCu (sometimes referred to as uPVC). It’s totally water resistant, strong and keeps its colour. It comes in a range of colours and profiles to suit any building. The type of guttering you need will vary on the building and appearance you wish to achieve, however the main variant in the way the gutter performs is the water capacity – otherwise it may just come down to a decision on aesthetics.

Types of gutter

PVCu Half round gutter & Square gutter
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Half round refers to the profile of this gutter which is simply a semicircle or half a circle. They are most commonly used and can easily cope with lots of water, perfect for residential buildings.
Square guttering has the same characteristics but with a sharp, square shape.

PVCu Deep gutter & Ogee gutter
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Deep gutter is similar to half round but it is more of half an oval, making it deeper and stronger enabling it to cope with large amounts of water. Due to the gutter extrusion on ogee and deep gutter, they round will suit residential or commercial buildings – they are tough enough to deal water from roofs with large surface areas. Ogee simply differs in visible shape to deep gutter, with a more rigid angled finish which may compliment a more modern building.

PVCu Miniflow gutter
Miniflow
Miniflow, as its name suggests, is a smaller version of guttering which would lend itself to small buildings such as sheds, buildings or greenhouses. With the area of the roofs being much smaller, there is no need to take up space on a small building with standard size gutter.

PVCu Cast iron gutter
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Cast iron effect gutter offers a durable solution to traditional housing but without the downfalls of using cast iron. PVCu cast iron effect gutter is durable and flexible, yet still beautifully compliments any traditional build.

Now that you know the different types of guttering out there, we can help give you a better idea on the actual installation.

Manufacturers of these products have designed them to be simple and effective. We tend to break the products up in to two different sections. That is roofline: the gutter that goes under/across the line of the roof, and downpipe: the downpipe connects to the roofline gutter and provides a vertical funnel where the water can escape. It often connects to a drain, a gully, a water butt or on to the ground. Guttering is held on by a series of clips and brackets. Exits for the downpipe are made using unions. Water is kept in the gutter (so it doesn’t run out at the end) using internal or external stop ends.

To stop leaves or muck building up in the system – often protective measures will be taken such as using a gutter brush, gutter guards (a PVCu grid) or a drain cover.
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Need any more information? No worries – we are here to help. Check out our resources page to view all the product guides created by our key manufacturers. Alternatively, give our head office a call on 01603 484589 and take a look at guttering on our products page.

03 Jan 2017

Happy New year to all our customers!

If you have a little time on your hands why not take a walk around your house and check if there are any running repairs required. Check your gutters have they filled up with leaves again, has the running outlet (that’s the piece in your gutter where the pipe is fixed) become blocked.

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If they have we can help you. We know that blocked gutters can be a constant worry. The lack of regular and often precarious maintenance can cause irreversible damage to downpipes, roof tiles and gutters. This damage can in turn lead to more problems. But now there’s HEDGEHOG – a continuous polypropylene ‘brush’ which prevents the build-up of wind-blown debris. The HEDGEHOG is supplied in 4m a length, the same size as a standard length of gutter. So to judge how many lengths you need just count the lengths of gutter you have. It’s easy to fit just lay it inside the gutter and secure by using plastic clips.

Strata Drain Cover tidyDo you have an exposed drain at the bottom of your rainwater pipe why not fit a pre-cut drain tidy cover. All these easy to do jobs will give you peace of mind and may save you money.

 

 

skypodDo you have a flat roofed room in need of more light? Look no further than a Roof Lantern/Skypod. This is a new contemporary PVC-U system designed specifically to add height, volume and natural light to uninspiring flat roofed rooms. This product has proved really popular with our customers who appreciate a product that is manufactured in our factory and delivered locally using our own transport.

We think this personal service is important giving you the confidence knowing that your purchases will be delivered in pristine condition.

Happy new year and we look forward to working with you in 2017.

-Ray

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.

13 Jul 2016

When it comes to your guttering, PVCu Guttering is a very sensible choice. The advantages of PVCu are: strength, flexibility and resistance, and its price. It is very durable and can withstand years of extreme weather conditions. It’s easy to install and bending is not an issue with uPVC due to its flexibility.

Installation of PVCu guttering is easy, due that is manufactured as one seamless section. The plastic won’t chip or scratch your cladding and the gutter itself is very difficult to damage.

Heavy snow or rain shouldn’t affect your PVCu guttering, as it’s designed to withstand pressure due to the flexibility of the product. Also you won’t have to worry about rusting gutters.

Economically is also more affordable than metal guttering, and the finishing look is neat and clean. Plastic gutters are tough as they are meant to last for many years. The upkeep is minimal and you can reduce it even more by using a hedgehog brush.

No matter what the style of your home, we have the right style to fit the look of your home. From Ogee, rounded or squared guttering to colours like white, black and grey, there are many options to choose from. If you don’t want to lose the style that an Iron guttering can add to your property. We offer the Cast Iron, it is uPVC material with the Iron aesthetics.

Have a close look to our vast range of guttering products and brands that we have in stock and ready to deliver nationwide.

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.

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.