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Patio

A Patio is an outdoor space generally used for dining or recreation that adjoins a residence and is typically paved.

Construction
Patios are most commonly paved with concrete or stone slabs (also known as paving flags). They can also be created using bricks, block paving, tiles, cobbles, or gravel. Other kinds of patio materials these days include alumawood, aluminum, acrylic, and glass.

Patio options include concrete, stamped concrete, and aggregate concrete. Stamped concrete costs more, is known to be slippery, requires being resealed, and dyes typically fade in time.

Other common patio features include additional reinforcement for hot tubs and additional steps from the home.

Driveways

Driveways may be decorative in ways that public roads cannot, because of their lighter traffic and the willingness of owners to invest in their construction. Driveways are not resurfaced, snow blown or otherwise maintained by governments. They are generally designed to conform to the architecture of connected houses or other buildings.

Some of the materials that can be used for driveways include concrete, decorative brick, cobblestone, block paving, asphalt, gravel, decomposed granite, and surrounded with grass or other ground-cover plants.

What is the best paving for driveways?
It is always recommended that you use Block Paving on your driveway. Block paving is specifically designed for vehicle overrun and is very durable. We also believe it’s the most attractive option to give your home kerb appeal.

Block Paving

Block paving is one of the most visually appealing materials you can use on your new driveway.

There are dozens of different types of blocks and these can be laid into thousands of different patterns.

Tarmac Driveways
Traditional, simple and affordable. Tarmac had been the material of choice for decades

Gravel and Stones
A gravel driveway is by far the cheapest and quickest to install, especially if the existing driveway sub-base is sound.

PIC Driveways
PIC stands for pattern imprinted concrete and this type of driveway is becoming more and more popular.

You can choose from hundreds of patterns and colours for a truly unique driveway.

Make it decorative and add character to your driveway, patio, or sidewalk

CONCRETE, THE EASY CHOICE

Decorative concrete delivers advantages and value in a number of ways. With the wide array of colors and textures to choose from the owner is virtually limited only by his or her imagination. There are also options regarding the method used to obtain your pavement enhancements. A brief list of those options is provided below.

Integrally Colored Concrete – In this option the color of the concrete is distributed completely through the material. If the surface of the material is scarred or chipped the color of the concrete is still visible. The concerns of the past regarding fading and batch to batch consistency have been mitigated by the advent of today’s new color admixtures.

Textured Finishes – The look of concrete may also be changed by texturing it’s surface. The texturing may be achieved through the use of chemicals or by sandblasting. These methods offer a variety of textures and provide the user with greater control over the amount of exposure and increased uniformity in appearance. Exposed aggregate concrete is an example of this technique. With an exposed aggregate finish the color of the concrete may be controlled to match or contrast with the type of aggregate in it. The slip resistant finish produced through exposing the aggregate allows for greater security for pedestrians in the case of inclement weather.

Stamped Concrete – Using this method the concrete surface can be made to replicate the pattern and texture of brick, slate, flagstone, cobblestone, stone, and even wood. The color is typically produced through the use of some type of shake on powder. These shake on colors produce concrete with an extremely hard, mar resistant surface. The advantage offered by stamping can be found in the savings realized during the installation process (as compared to laying brick or stone) and the long term performance of the pavement.

Stenciling/Staining – These processes provide yet another avenue for the owner to consider to spice up the project. Stenciling involves masking off an area of the concrete and sand blasting, coloring, or etching the exposed area to produce a finish that leaves a pattern or faux finish. Stains, which penetrate to pavement surface, may be applied to produce a unique mottled finish to the surface of the concrete.

Are you currently working on a project that could benefit by using concrete? Perhaps the better question is what project wouldn’t benefit from using concrete?

Shed And Outbuildings

An outbuilding is any permanent structure within the boundary of your home – this can include sheds, garages, summerhouses, greenhouses and guest houses. A shed is typically only used to store objects, whether it be work tools or yard tools; while a garage typically is meant to store a car, and can store other objects

A shed is typically a simple, single-story roofed structure in a back garden or on an allotment that is used for storage, hobbies, or as a workshop. Sheds vary considerably in their size and complexity of construction, from simple open-sided ones designed to cover bicycles or garden items to large wood-framed structures with shingled roofs, windows, and electrical outlets.

Sheds are used to store home and garden tools and equipment such as lawn tractors, and gardening supplies. In addition, sheds can be used to store items that are not suitable for indoor storage, such as petrol (gasoline), pesticides, or herbicides. For homes with small gardens or modest storage needs, there are several types of very small sheds. The sheds not only use less ground area but also have a low profile less likely to obstruct the view or clash with the landscaping.

These small sheds include corner sheds, which fit into a corner (3 ft tall × 3 wide × 2 deep, or about 1 m tall × 1 m wide × 50 cm deep), vertical sheds (5 ft × 3 ft × 4 ft deep, or 1.5 m × 1 m × 1 m), horizontal sheds (3 ft × 5 ft × 4 ft or 1 m × 1.5 m × 1 m), and tool sheds. When a shed is used for tool storage, shelves and hooks are often used to maximize the storage space.

Many sheds have either a pent or apex roof shape. A pent shed features a single roof section which is angled downwards to let rainwater run off, with more headroom at the front than the back. This is a simple, practical design that will fit particularly well next to a wall or fence. It is also usually lower than the typical apex shed, so could be a better choice if there are any height restrictions. A pent shed may be free-standing or attached to a wall (when it is known, unsurprisingly, as a wall shed).

A pent shed is distinguished by its single sloping roof. The highest point of the roof is usually located on the same side as the door offering the maximum height available. If you have a reverse pent shed, the highest point of your single sloping roof will be on the opposite side of the door.

Additional info for Outbuildings

Outbuildings are separate structures used for a purpose incidental to the enjoyment of the dwellinghouse (that is they are not attached to the dwellinghouse), and may include structures such as:

  • Sheds
  • Greenhouses
  • Garages
  • Swimming pools
  • Sauna cabins
  • Kennels
  • Tennis courts
  • Containers used for domestic heating oil or petroleum gas.
  • The keeping of poultry, bees, pets, birds or other livestock for the domestic needs or personal enjoyment of the occupants of the dwellinghouse.

 

Outbuildings may be considered permitted developments, not requiring planning permission if:

  • They are not forward of a wall forming the principal elevation.
  • They are single storey with a maximum eaves height of 2.5 m and maximum overall height of 4 m with a dual pitched roof or 3 m for any other roof.
  • They have a maximum height of 2.5 m in the case of a building, enclosure or container within two metres of a boundary of the curtilage of the dwellinghouse.
  • They do not have verandas, balconies or raised platforms.
  • No more than half the area of land around the original dwellinghouse would be covered.

Building Regulations approval will not normally be required if the floor area of an outbuilding is less than 15 sq. m and it does not contain any sleeping accommodation.

If the floor area of an outbuilding is between 15 sq. m and 30 sq. m, Building Regulations approval will not normally be required if it does not contain any sleeping accommodation and it is either at least 1 m from any boundary or it is constructed of substantially non-combustible materials.

Helpful Info about Outbuildings security

Thefts from gardens and outbuildings has been on the rise in recent years. Which? reported that between 2012-14, 342 laptops, 387 computers and 447 phones were stolen from sheds in the London area alone. (Ref. https://conversation.which.co.uk/home-energy/shed-theft-home-insurance-valuables/)

An outbuilding can be a greenhouse, garden shed, workshop, and so on. They should all be made as secure as possible to protect from crime. Being a victim of crime can be made worse by being subject to higher insurance premiums. If correct security measures are in place, property owners can benefit from around 5% reduction in premiums.

Outbuildings security
Thefts from gardens and outbuildings has been on the rise in recent years. Which? reported that between 2012-14, 342 laptops, 387 computers and 447 phones were stolen from sheds in the London area alone. (Ref. https://conversation.which.co.uk/home-energy/shed-theft-home-insurance-valuables/)

An outbuilding can be a greenhouse, garden shed, workshop, and so on. They should all be made as secure as possible to protect from crime. Being a victim of crime can be made worse by being subject to higher insurance premiums. If correct security measures are in place, property owners can benefit from around 5% reduction in premiums.

Some measures to improve security for outbuilding entrances and property boundaries include:

  • Regularly checking for damage and repairing it as soon as possible.
  • Installing an alarm.
  • Installing a CCTV system.
  • Installing external doors with a minimum thickness of 44 mm, with securely-fixed frames.
  • Ensuring the boundary is of an effective height to be secure, e.g. around 2 m high.
  • Increasing fence security with anti-climb paint or ‘prickler’ strips along the top (these measures will require a warning sign to be visible).
  • Gravel driveways and/or a driveway alarm.
  • Motion sensor lights on a driveway.
  • Filling gaps or extraneous access points with planted trees, a bollard or some other means of blocking.
  • Tall hedges can enhance privacy, but in front gardens they can help to make intruders less visible from the street.
  • Prickly plants under ground floor windows can act as a deterrent.

Some measures to improve security for outbuilding doors and windows include:

  • Securely locking doors with strong padlocks (with Kitemark).
  • Securing door hinges with coach bolts or non-returnable screws.
  • Ensuring that exterior hinges are inaccessible from outside.
  • Perspex or polycarbonate can be used as a more secure alternative material for windows.
  • Net curtains or coloured film can prevent a clear view inside.
  • Checking regularly for wear and tear. Replace rotten timber doors or window frames.
  • If possible, consider using a mortised deadlock midway on the door, with a latch lock above it.

Pergola

A pergola is an outdoor garden feature forming a shaded walkway, passageway, or sitting area of vertical posts or pillars that usually support cross-beams and a sturdy open lattice, often upon which woody vines are trained. The origin of the word is the Late Latin pergula, referring to a projecting eave. As a type of gazebo, it may also be an extension of a building or serve as protection for an open terrace or a link between pavilions.

A pergola extends your living space and increases the amount of time you can spend outside. Designed and oriented correctly on your lot, a pergola can cast enough light shade to make even a warm afternoon enjoyable or if you still need additional protection, you can install a retractable shade cover for more shade.

Spacing the rafters 16 to 20 inches apart is common. The most important rule in spacing is to keep the distance consistent between all the rafters. Install the front and rear rafters first, fastening them to the face of the support posts above the girder.

Putting your pergola on a deck sets it up higher than it would be in your yard, making it a bit more vulnerable to movement from the wind. Because of this, the most important thing is to make sure you’re using thick galvanized steel fasteners, preferably with an extra coating to protect them.

A pergola adds market value to any house. Since outdoor living has become more popular than ever, the value of properties with a pergola or a comfortable outdoor space has been on the rise. A pergola can definitely be a cost-effective way to give your property a more unique and personal look.

How long does a pergola last?
10 to 12 years – Since they are made of wood, which is vulnerable to both rot and mold, you’ll need to re-stain any wood pergola every year to keep it at bay. How much maintenance you do determines how long your pergola will last. If you stain it every year, you can expect it to give you 10 to 12 years of performance.

Why are pergolas so popular?
Low maintenance — Vinyl pergolas are so popular because they don’t require being re-painted or re-stained to look great! Add property value — Since you’re not the only one who loves pergolas, having one on your deck or patio can entice a buyer to your home.

A pergola is a great addition to an existing deck, but you’ll need to keep a few things in mind so that your pergola stays safe and sturdy.

Modern pergolas
Modern pergola design material including wood, vinyl, fiberglass, aluminum and chlorinated polyvinyl chloride (CPVC) rather than brick or stone pillars, are more affordable and are increasing in popularity. Wooden pergolas are either made from a weather-resistant wood, such as western redcedar or, formerly, of coast redwood, are painted or stained, or use wood treated with preservatives for outdoor use. For a low maintenance alternative to wood, vinyl, fiberglass, aluminum and CPVC can be used. These materials do not require yearly paint or stain like a wooden pergola and their manufacture can make them even stronger and longer-lasting than a wooden pergola.

Decking

A deck is a flat surface capable of supporting weight, similar to a floor, but typically constructed outdoors, often elevated from the ground, and usually connected to a building. The term is a generalization of decks as found on ships.

Functions and materials
Wood or timber “decking” can be used in a number of ways: as part of garden landscaping, to extend living areas of houses, and as an alternative to stone based features such as patios. Decks are made from treated lumber, composite lumber, composite material, and Aluminum.

Historically, the softwoods used for decking were logged from old growth forests.

Decks are often built from pressure treated wood. Pressure treated wood is long-lasting and holds up to wet and icy weather conditions. Pressure treated wood however is treated with chemicals. It is also important to note that both softwood and hardwood decks will need to be finished after installation using either an oil or varnish to prevent weathering, wear, mould, algae and wood boring insects.

Construction
The deck of a house is generally a wooden platform built above the ground and connected to the main building. It is generally enclosed by a railing for safety. Access may be from the house through doors and from the ground via a stairway. Residential decks can be constructed over steep areas or rough ground that is otherwise unusable. Decks can also be covered by a canopy or pergola to control sunlight.

Typical construction is either of a post and beam architecture, or a cantilever construction. The post and beam construction relies on posts anchored to piers in the ground. Typically, these types of structural decks are engineered and require an experienced construction company that specializes in structural decks. Cantilever decks rely on floor joists that protrude out further than the wall of the house. While this type of construction is common, it raises significant safety issues if the decks are not properly waterproofed and flashed.

Typical railing assemblies must meet structural strength requirements of 200lbs of load force per foot. In short, decks are complex load bearing structures that most often require structural engineering, plans, and permits.

Wood Decks vs. Composite Decks

A deck can last anywhere from 10 to 30 years if made from untreated wood and can last as long as 50 years for treated wood or composite materials. Because a deck is a long-term investment and you will be enjoying it for decades to come, it’s important to understand your choice of materials before starting your building project.

Both wood and composite materials come in low and high quality, so cost or quality is not the only factor. It’s commonly known that composite materials require less maintenance, hence, their cost is usually higher. But they do require some maintenance, and other factors come into play as well. Let’s look at some of the issues involved in choosing the right deck material for your deck.

Wood Decks
Many people prefer real wood for their decks because of its natural, warm appearance. It just feels good.

But there’s wood…and then there’s wood. The type of lumber you choose for a wooden deck is critically important to the longevity and level of maintenance of your deck.

A common and inexpensive option is to go with treated lumber, also called PT for pressure-treated. PT wood is made of fir soaked in anti-rot and insecticide agents. Its natural color is a somewhat brown-green, but you can stain it for a more attractive color. But there’s a reason that this is the most inexpensive option for decking: it’s susceptible to warping, splitting and cracking, so it requires regular maintenance.

If you want the natural route, go with a weather-resistant wood such as cedar or redwood. These types of decks have a beautiful look-and-feel and resist warping, cracking or other weather damage. Redwood is usually more expensive than cedar and in general, these types of decks come in at about three times the price of treated lumber.

A very expensive hardwood also used for decks is Brazilian ipe wood, which is also naturally resistant to rot but is a harder wood and therefore more durable than either cedar or redwood. Ipe can cost up to four times the price of the cedar/redwood option because it is imported from South America.

Composite Decks
Gaining in popularity are composite decking materials, composed primarily of a mix of recycled plastic and wood fibers. While a deck built with these materials is clearly not “natural” and won’t have the potential beauty of a real-wood deck, you can choose from an array of colors to mimic a more natural look. Further, advancements in this type of decking have made its look-and-feel downright attractive, by many accounts.

The strongest argument for composite materials is their low-maintenance requirement: no sanding, refinishing or staining—ever. Further, it usually comes with at least a 20-year warranty if not a lifetime guarantee. The downside is—as you might expect—its cost, which runs approximately twice that of natural wood decks, depending on the quality and warranty.

Deck Maintenance
All decks, including composite, require some maintenance. Natural wood decks are the most demanding, requiring annual refinishing, which sometimes means sanding, removal of last year’s finish, and application of a new finish. If you love the look of natural wood and you’re up for the upkeep, it’s definitely worth it.

Pressure-treated wood requires refinishing with a clear sealer or stain every other year, just half the maintenance of a natural wood deck.

For composite-material decks, no refinishing is required, but the materials can become hosts for mold if they are not cleaned at least every three or four years.

DuraPost

We would like to introduce this amazing product, a new type of fencing which we also offer professional installation for our customers. It is called DuraPost fence posts.

With the national problem with the delivery of concrete at this moment, this could be the alternative option for you. DuraPost is the stylish, secure and easy to maintain post system suitable for any type of fencing.

DuraPost

● Durapost is stronger than both concrete and timber fence posts and is guaranteed to last up to 25 years.
● Made from galvanized steel, so it is lighter.
● DuraPost doesn’t rot, split, warp, crack or chip and can even withstand winds of up to 110mph!
● It is made within the UK.
● DuraPost has 30 years of industry expertise.
● It is available in four colors, so you can match this in with other items in your garden. These are Galvanized, Anthracite, Sepia Brown, Olive Grey
● Lightweight Composite gravel boards, galvanized steel post caps and aluminum capping rails.

Please do have a look at the two clips below, to see more:

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If you are interested in arranging a quotation or finding out more please don’t hesitate to contact one of the team on 01403 338179 and we would be more than happy to help.

Gates

Swinging Gates

The main benefit of swinging gates is the fact they’re incredibly low-maintenance, particularly if it’s a manual gate. Unlike other gate types, swing gates involve no motor or electronics, making them really easy to use. They’re also cheaper than sliding gates.

Why Are Swinging Gates Used?

  • For safeguarding your front garden, whether you want to keep intruders out, or keep kids and pets inside
  • No concrete work or steel beam is required unlike Sliding Gates
  • Swing gates look elegant offer a more welcoming feeling when entering a property
  • Perfect for lots of different properties, including period to modern homes
  • Quiet and smooth operation
  • Can open internally and externally

What Are the Benefits of Swinging Gates?

  • Less expensive than sliding gates
  • Swing gates are easy to install
  • Require less maintenance than a slide gate

What Are the Features of Swinging Gates?

  • They can be secured by latch, or locked with a deadlock, padlock, or combination keypad lock
  • Railheads could be added as an attractive touch, and to stop people from climbing over the gate.
  • Available as single leaf short gates , single leaf tall gates , double leaf short gates , double leaf tall gates , single leaf framed gates or double leaf framed gates .

 

 

Metal Railing Fencing

A Metal Railing can be placed on any Foundation or Fence Foundation. Railings can be stacked on top of each other to create taller railings or even cages.
The Metal Railing is treated as a metal structure and can only be damaged by explosives.

Mesh Fencing

Mesh fencing is a form of fence that can be made from metal and is used to secure various areas or structures in private and industrial applications, as well as add a unique decorative aspect to any location.

The metal mesh fencing styles are all pieces of fencing that have been woven together to form unique patterns in various shapes and sizes, and they are either secured together by welding or some form of adhesive.

The uses for mesh fencing are endless, and various styles of them can be found throughout the world. Many people use these types of fences to contain flowers and gardens when attempting to keep children and wild animals out of them. For privacy, they are installed around the perimeter of the property to keep children and animals in while keeping unwanted animals and people out.

Rigid mesh fencing panels are extremely versatile as they cater for all security categories. Warefence can supply and install your perfect solution.

Mesh Fencing Systems range from low height open mesh panels to secure anti-cut, anti-climb systems. Rigid mesh fencing makes the ideal partner to CCTV/surveillance systems, and in situations where supervision is required.

All rigid mesh fencing offers:

  • High through visibility
  • Resistance to vandalism and climbing
  • Aesthetic appeal
  • Minimal impact on surrounding area
  • Long life
  • Low maintenance

Metal Palisade Fencing

WHAT IS PALISADE FENCING?

A Palisade is a popular type of fencing that is widely used for security protection or general barrier among commercial and industrial buildings, residential estates as well as public spaces and school entrance and play areas.

Palisade fencing is constructed by using 2 horizontally running steel rails and connected to vertical steel joists. This type of construction design makes palisade fencing a strong and inaccessible barrier to keep the intruders away and enhance the security protection.

PALISADE FENCES SIZES

Palisade Fencing can be made in a variety of sizes from the standard 1m to 3m tall, it can also be designed and built to meet any specific size to meet your requirement.

TYPES OF PALISADE FENCE AND PALISADE TOPPINGS

There are many different forms of Palisade fencing, it comes in all shapes and sizes that serve different purposes and advantages. Below are some of the Palisade fences and their own benefits:

D shaped Pales – D-shape palisade fencing is designed for low to medium security protections such as for boundary delineation.

W shaped Pales – W shaped palisade fencing is designed to give a stronger or more resistant boundary against vandalization. This type of palisade fences offers higher security protection for the area it surrounds.

Angel steel pales – Angel steel pales is a simple construction that is mostly used for general purposes such as the residential properties.

Palisade toppings – Palisade fencing comes with a wide range of toppings. The most recognisable facets of palisade fencing are the top pointy finishes. Sharp and pointed pales act as an extra layer of security and deterrence. There are single pointed, triple pointed and a rounded finish as well as notched finish, square topped finish or straight cut pales. Each finish will be used for different purposes, please ensure you discuss your requirements with us, in advance.

BENEFITS OF PALISADE FENCING

Palisade fencing have been widely used as a security measure around property, commercial and industrial sites, as well as the dangerous zones that are highly restricted for the safety of public, such as power stations, railway stations and airports etc.

The design and the construction of palisade fencing has provided a number of benefits for protecting and securing properties, including:

Strong and sturdy construction – creates a strong visual barrier that is hard to break down with force. This in turn increases the visual deterrence to put off intruders.

Difficult to climb – Most palisade fences are designed to make it very hard to climb, palisade spiked top finishes increases the risk of injury to an intruder.

Privacy – Creates a high level of privacy as well as security protection around your premises.

High security – Palisade fences can be finished with extra anti-climb features and security measures, such as sharp and pointy toppings, extra height steel pales as well as security cameras and warning signage. This is perfect for the dangerous public hazard’s zones, factories and industrial compounds as well as commercial warehouses alike.

Low maintenance – Steel palisade fences are weather resistant and does not required regular repairs or maintenance.

Wide range of options available – Palisade fencing has a wide range of heights, patterns and top finishes, designed for either security or safety purposes. It can be used on residential properties or commercial premises to suit your specification.

Horizontal Trellis Fencing

Generally a less expensive alternative to solid board fencing, vinyl and ornamental iron, a horizontal trellis fence creates an open and airy feel in a small space while providing a structural boundary to keep pets and children safely inside your yard. You can also hide unwanted views of garbage cans or a neighbors shed or driveway behind a trellis fence.

Horizontal trellis fencing ideas to add a new look to your property are now widely used for giving your garden a beautiful and unique look. Therefore, choosing the right fence is very important. This type of fencing offers the chance to add a stunning contemporary aesthetic to your property.

Horizontal fence is a trend nowadays and widely used around the globe. Horizontal lines can help expand your yard. Not literally, meaning horizontal lines are known to give an illusion of longer width. Visually a horizontal fence will make your yard look more spacious.

Horizontal fences really draw the eye and add variation to your backyard. Most people will use wood for price and availability.