31 Aug 2017

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LEAKING GUTTER SEALS
The most common problem that causes guttering to leak are seals that have perished. Most gutter joints, outlets etc will come with rubber seals to keep your guttering water tight and to allow for heat expansion.

To replace or repair seals you will need to:

  • Clean out any debris, dirt, moss or leaves from your guttering and pat dry with a towel. Make sure there are no blockages that could be attributing to the problem.
  • Carefully unclip the gutter bracket or joint that is leaking. If it is joined to the wall, carefully unscrew it.
  • Inspect the part you have removed. Check that there are no splits or holes in the joint itself and that the part is up to standard. To check the seal, remove it by peeling it away from the top. A flat head screwdriver or flat utensil may help in this instance.
  • Check the seal for damage or signs of wear. If there is a build-up of muck or grime you will need to clear this all away. If there are any cracks or chips in the seal you will need to replace it. If not, after a clean you can put it back.
  • Replace the seal if needed. Cut to the correct length and ensure it is pressed back in to the gutter part.
  • Ensure the gutter lines up with the bracket once you put it back.

 

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CLOGGED GUTTERING

Over time your gutter may get clogged. After all your roof faces the elements and with rain fall will direct leaves and dirt in to your gutters. Obviously the best way to solve this is to clean your guttering at least twice a year and before and after particularly rainy seasons.

An even more efficient way to combat it is to prevent the accumulation of dirt in the first place, and there are a few ways to do this.

  • ‘Hedgehog’ style gutter guards. These gutter guards are the most densely-packed guard on the market that still allow for complete flow of water through the gutter. They trap all sorts of dirt, leaves and grime, thus preventing the need for unblocking gutter or drains. The best thing about gutter brushes is that they are easy to install and are an inexpensive solution.
  • PVC gutter grids are a great option because they are soft and non-abrasive so they won’t damage guttering like traditional metal grids, they also won’t rust. PVC gutter grids are clip in so like a gutter brush they require no expert knowledge to install.
  • To protect the downpipe and drains, you may consider a drain cover or balloon outlet.
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!

07 Jul 2017


^ Watch our Norfolk Show highlight reel!

The Royal Norfolk Show is an annual agricultural event which spans over two days and attendance is a rite of passage for Norfolk dwellers… and beyond! The only thing that let us down over the couple of days was the weather – the first day was torrential from set up at 7am. Luckily, the sensible folk of East Anglia were well prepared armed with wellies and golf umbrellas. Unfortunately someone joked with our marketing lady suggesting wellies were overkill – she showed up in fabric flats and soon became extremely muddy.

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You may have noticed the return of the Rimba Tunes/tubes to our stand this year – these are a series of pipes arranged in such a way they are able to echo specific musical notes in the arrangement of a piano. The best Rimba Tubes musician won a hamper. This contraption was devised by the ever-musical Lee Gibling (web manager and pro-beatboxer) and was painted in EACH corporate colours. EACH our PBS’ chosen charity of whom we support all year round and have taken a pledge of support to help fund their NOOK campaign. More info on that can be found here.

To further assist in awareness of the NOOK campaign we brought along some of our newest products – plastic recycled furniture – and one of these benches were also decorated in EACH’s blue and orange colours. A percentage of each sale of these items of furniture will be donated to EACH. These products are available in our Norwich store and will make a debut to our web store shortly so keep your eyes peeled!

We had a wonderful two days despite the weather and would highly recommend the show to anyone who hasn’t visited before.

Thank you to everyone who visited our stand, see you next year!

12 May 2017

The clocks have gone forward and spring is with us at last bringing with it gloriously fresh days that seem to last forever. What an ideal time for making your home that bit more comfortable by making some small additions.

Looking back over previous blogs all the improvements features  are ideal for this beautiful and uplifting time of year.

Why not clean out your gutters and fit some Hedgehog. Bring wild life to your garden by adding a Water Butt to your garden and avoid trudging back into the house to fill up your watering can. At the same time you could save money on your water bills. Firm up that part of the garden that has heavy foot traffic by fitting Bodpave our cellular interlocking paving system designed for vehicle and pedestrian use.

This month we are promoting our stunning high quality affordable supply only conservatories. All styles and sizes are catered for from a simple lean-to style or a more spacious Georgian or Victorian style to create a more spacious and bright feature.  You can create everything from an Edwardian style and Gable ended conservatories!

All our frames and roofs are manufactured in our local factory and are mostly delivered on our own transport ensuring you receive your purchase in pristine condition. Why not contact us for more details.

The Royal Norfolk Show is fast approaching make a note in your diary June 28th & 29th June. Look out for the Plastic Building Supplies Flag flying proudly above our marque and make your way towards it and expect a friendly welcome.

Hope to see you there.

Ray

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

14 Mar 2017

March is a wonderful time of year not only because the evenings begin to get lighter and best of all British summer time begins (26th March). Did you know that around March 20th or 21st the sun shines directly on the equator and the length of day and night are nearly equal in all parts of the world? Not a lot of people know that.

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Why don’t you invest in a water butt save water and reduce your water bill. If you haven’t got a lot of space why not buy a slim space saving water butt available from all our branches.

If you can’t position it close to your house try fitting some mini flow rainwater gutter around your shed. This is a perfect solution to a common problem. We get a lot of positive feedback regarding this alternative solution. Our water butts remain good value and very popular.

It’s Mothering Sunday on the 26th March, a Water butt would be the perfect enhancement to any garden and a smashing surprise present. (Don’t forget to add the flowers and chocolates)

Do you have an area of your garden that overtime becomes muddy and trampled down? Then Bodpave is the solution. We have a strong cellular interlocking paving system designed to reinforce the ground for vehicle and pedestrian use. Bod-pave is robust and is used for wheelchair access, cycle and emergency routes. Golf clubs use it for buggy paths.  You can also grow grass through it or add some shingle. Perfect.

Why not fit a Cat Flap or Dog Door for your beloved family pet we sell a good range and you should find something to suit.

Don’t forget our Easter Lucky Dip which starts in all our branches on Thursday 16th March.

This is just one of the many ways we at PBS want to make your purchases with us a friendly and pleasant experience. It’s also our way of just egging you on to buy from us. Sorry, but who could resist this cracking joke.

Have a happy Easter!

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.

02 Feb 2017

February 2017

Forget the January blues – it’s February. The year is well under way and if you haven’t already done so it’s time to create your vision board and get inspired. We all like a good start to the year and three of our lucky customers have started it with the fantastic news that they have won a prize in our early account payment:

 

Congratulations to all our prize winners!

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1st  place goes to: Vic – winning an Einhell
TH-ID 1000 Impact Drill with accessory
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2nd place: John from 1st Class
Home Improvements for winning a
Faithfull Task 38 watt Task Fluorescent Light.
3rd place: Noel of NJC Property
Maintenance Service who has won a
Black Xpert Glass Thickness Measuring Gauge

During March and April we have our traditional Stock take sale and Easter Lucky Dip.
The pre-stock sale will have lots of exciting offers on our extensive range of products including some very handy tools.  The ever popular free Easter Lucky Dip always goes down well so pop into one of our branches for a chocolate surprise.

Our attendance at ‘The Royal Norfolk show’ on the 28th & 29th June has always been a focal point and is in the planning stage. We are looking at new ideas to make it a more memorable and worthwhile experience for all our customers who visit our stand.

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It’s a fantastic couple of days and there will be lots of freebies and special show offers so note the dates in your diary and come and see us.

Have a wonderful month!
– Ray

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

06 Dec 2016

Its that time of year again – how it has flown by! We would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

As every year we close during Christmas Time, please don’t forget you can still place your orders online over Christmas. The orders will be processed immediately once we reopen on the 3rd of January.

Below you will find our festive opening hours.

 

FESTIVE OPENING HOURS

Our last day open before Christmas will be: FRIDAY THE 23RD OF DECEMBER and this is also be the last day of deliveries.

We will re-open and deliveries will resume on: TUESDAY THE 3RD OF JANUARY

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30 Nov 2016

We love Christmas at PBS!

As a seasonal cheer up we are giving away ‘Lucky Dip’ prizes at all of our branches again this year from Thursday 1st December. For purchases made in one of our branches during December you will be able to draw from our Christmas Lucky Dip.  You could win anything from a chocolate bar to an Argos voucher!

To qualify for a free lucky dip:

  1. Account and Trade Customers – one drawer per customer visit per day.
  2. Cash sale customers – one draw for purchases of £100 + VAT (and above) spent.

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Ray at our Norwich branch

Help yourself to a hot drink from our drinks machine to have with your chocolate bar.

We have a great range of tools and work ware which would make ideal Christmas gifts.

Who’s climbing into the loft soon to take down decorations and the extra chairs?! There is still time to fit a loft hatch with a ladder attached Why not buy a Fakro quality, insulated loft hatch access unit to make your journey into your loft this Christmas a safe and pleasurable trouble free experience.

I love this product; it’s a beautifully tactile 3 section foldaway wooden ladder. We take a working example to ‘The Royal Norfolk show’ each year.  It gets a lot of hands on interest. The ladder is attached to a controlling spring loaded mechanism. This prevents the ladder from falling out of the hatch . It’s so light weight and controllable. It requires very little strength or effort to use.  I operate it with one hand at the show and visitors to the stand are so impressed.

It’s a brilliant design and it would be a great practical and functional addition to your home. Bargain at a special offer price of £115 + vat.

You have to see it to believe it. So pop into your local branch for a demonstration and be amazed or visit our loft section on the website:

Have a wonderful Christmas

-Ray