Affordable Bathroom Makeover

Category: Home Improvements, Splashbacks

A beautiful bathroom is the stuff of daydreams. It’s where luxury meets ultimate utility. But if your funds and time are limited to invest in remodelling your perfect bathroom you might be interested in taking a look at the acrylic bathroom splashbacks and shower panels.

acrylic splashbacks are perfect for shower cubicles

Acrylic bathroom splashbacks and shower panels are a fantastic, affordable way to makeover your bathroom because installation is quick and simple and these bathroom splashbacks come in an amazing array of colours and finishes – standard, gloss or matt – to suit all tastes. They also make great shower panels and can be used to cover shower walls.

According to experts in plastic, The Plastic People, acrylic splashbacks and shower panels are so light to handle that fitting them yourself is easy.  Solid colour acrylic splashbacks can be fixed to bathroom and shower walls using adhesive such as Serious Stuff. Translucent or tinted acrylic splashbacks can be screwed to bathroom walls (to avoid any adhesive showing through). 

pistachio acrylic splashback protects a bathroom wall from splashes

Top of the makeover wish list is for new improvements to look the same as they did on day one and this is where acrylic bathroom splashbacks and shower panels score highly too.  Because they are cut from one acrylic sheet there are no joins or grout to clean.  Effective cleaning couldn’t be easier: acrylic bathroom splashbacks and shower panels simply wash clean with warm soapy water and a soft cotton cloth.

Take a look at some acrylic splashbacks in customer homes for inspiration or find out more by following this link.  If you have any questions about measuring up for an acrylic bathroom splashback the friendly staff at The Plastic People will help you. Prices for acrylic splashbacks cut to the size or shape you need can be seen on their site here.

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How To Fit An Acrylic Splash back or panel

Category: Home Improvements, Recycle

If you are considering an acrylic splashback or an acrylic shower panel, read our comprehensive guide below to understand how to fit your splashback.

There are 4 key checks to complete before a trial fit then installing for real.

Acrylic splashbacks are light to lift, shatter proof and easy to fit

Check No 1: Are your walls flat ?  Before you start to install an acrylic splashback your walls should be flat.  Now is the time to fill in any holes or damage.  Place a spirit level horizontally and vertically over several random places on the wall and look along the level to see if your walls are flat.  If there are gaps,  fill them and sand them back flat. Top tip from us – if you find gaps greater than 6mm deep it is worth considering having the wall area re-plastered.

Check No 2: Are your walls clean:  ?  Take time to remove any wallpaper, flaking paint, tiles, adhesives, dust and dirt from your wall. Top tip from us – Sugar Soap helps with this task.

Check No 3: Do your walls need to be sealed ?  If you’re fixing your acrylic splashback or shower panel to plasterboard or if your wall has been replastered you will need to seal the surface first to ensure your  acrylic splashback / splash wall sets properly.  That’s because the plaster will be porous if it isn’t sealed and it will suck the moisture from the bonding.  Brushing a watered down PVA solution onto your wall and once dry should do the job.

Check No 4: Are your worktops sealed ?  use a silicon sealer to seal along where your worktops meet the wall area.  This is to stop moisture penetrating and running down the back of your worktop and units which might cause damp.

You’re Ready To Do A Trial Placement of Your Acrylic Splashback

Before anything else, isolate any electrical supply to the wall your are fixing your acrylic splashback to.  Next remove anything that is in the way, eg) socket faceplates.

acrylic splashbacks glue or screw into place giving a quick update to your room

Take your acrylic splashback and do a trial run of placing it onto the wall. While acrylic splashbacks are very light and easy to handle, a helper might make this job easier.

Once you are happy that the acrylic splashback goes into position nicely, apply your adhesive bonding or screw it into place if you are mechanically fixing to your wall.

Bonding Your Splashback To The Wall With Adhesive

Use warm soapy water and a soft cotton cloth to clean your splashback, ensuring any dust or grease is wiped off.

Next, apply the adhesive in evenly spaced horizontal lines along the reverse side of your acrylic splashback.  Keep your lines a maximum of  30cm apart and avoid putting any adhesive too close to the edges of your splashback – it could seep out when it spreads.

Fix Your Acrylic Splashback On For Real

Having your helper on hand to fit your splashback will make it easier.  When ready, lift your splashback and position its base exactly where it needs to be but keep the rest from the wall at about a 45° angle for just a moment. Have your helper push the acrylic splashback into the wall from the bottom, working upwards.  Press the whole splashback firmly against your wall keeping pressure until the bonding has cured enough to keep your splashback in place – so it neither falls or creeps from your wall.   This is a good time to screw socket faceplates back on as they will help to hold your splashback in place as well.

It should take around 24 hours to cure properly.

Further information and advice about acrylic splashbacks can be found at plastic experts, The Plastic People.

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Make a garden balcony

Category: Gardening, Glazing, Home Improvements, Recycle

Did you know that balcony glazing does not have to be glass ?

fabulous garden balcony made from polycarbonate

As we enjoy more time outdoors in warmer, lighter weather our efforts focus more upon making the most of our outdoor space whether that be a garden, a yard, a roof top terrace or a balcony.  And creating an outdoor space for living and relaxing in  – one of the top wishes for many people -can be made easy with the addition of some boundary markers or walls.  To protect our views and space, glass partitions or walls make an ideal solution yet a much more practical solution can be polycarbonate partitions or walls.

polycarbonate is used to create these balcony walls

Glass has been the traditional choice for glazing yet lesser chosen polycarbonate is a much stronger option.  Polycarbonate is commonly used  to replace glass when a much higher-impact resistance is required because of its super strength.  At 290x stronger than glass polycarbonate is virtually unbreakable yet looks just as clear as glass.

Use polycarbonate cut to size (and shape) to create a boundary for your outdoor space.  It can be bought with holes ready drilled in so all you need to do is screw it to some fixings to hold it in place.

For further advice about using polycarbonate for outdoor spaces contact plastic experts,  The Plastic People.

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DIY Tips for a Landscaped Look Garden

Category: Gardening, Recycle

One thing that will always help achieve a landscaped look in a garden is good edging.

Good edging can bring neat, tidiness, order and structure to a garden quickly.  For a DIY lawn edging installation, the array of choices can be overwhelming but the key is to be sure the lawn edging will provide a good, strong barrier which separates your lawn from your garden. You will have a choice of materials and your decision will depend on a number on considerations.

1. Your style of garden  – do you want a subtle lawn edging or should it steal the show ?

2. Climate-  does your chosen lawn edging have to withstand sea salt, boggy shade or full sun ?

3. Time and money -  how much are you prepared to spend on future maintenance of the lawn edging itself. There are no maintenance at all options which quickly narrow down the array of choices given wooden edging needs treatments.  For a maintenance free option, take a look at Flexi-edge lawn edging.

5. Safety  – do you need a safe lawn edging in case of trips, children, pets etc ?  For those looking for safety, metal and stone edging may not be a good option as it can be dangerous if fallen on.  For a safe lawn edging, take a look at rubber lawn edging.  There are rubber lawn edging products which look like stone too.

7.  DIY ease – how easy does installation need to be for you ?   Stone, concrete and brick can be expensive to buy and transport and laborious to install. An easy to install without digging options are available.

8. Longevity – how long do you expect your lawn edging to last ?  The shortest lifespans are probably with plastic edging which can crack and split more easily than other materials. Check out options that are virtually unbreakable or indestructible.




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How To Save Money On Greenhouse Repairs

Category: Greenhouse Panels

Replacing greenhouse glass can become an annual – and expensive – task.  Here’s how you can make it a job of the past and save yourself some money in the process. It’s one simple change: use polycarbonate instead of traditional option glass.

4mm twinwall polycarbonate greenhouse

Here’s why:

  • Polycarbonate lasts much longer than glass.  Because polycarbonate is 290 x stronger than glass it is really incredibly hard to break.  It is practically indestructible. (Police riot shields are made from it – that’s how tough it is.) So, once your greenhouse panes are made from polycarbonate you’ll not need to replace your greenhouse glazing anytime soon.


Polycarbonate can come with a UV protective film in it – helpful for when you’re working in the greenhouse and growing in the greenhouse.

Polycarbonate can be delivered to your door cut to the sizes – and shapes – that you need to fit straight into your greenhouse.  And because polycarbonate is so tough, it will arrive safely:).

On other important criteria such as light and heat retention, polycarbonate stands up well in comparison to glass.  Gardening experts rate polycarbonate for use in greenhouses - learn more about that from them here.

Single-skin polycarbonate lets around 94-96% of the light into your greenhouse. 3mm glass allows 97-98%.  A twinwall  polycarbonate choice offers lower light transmission at around 84% but an advantage in that this light diffuses and penetrates into areas that light usually does not pass when glass is used.

Polycarbonate greenhouse glazing will retain heat from the ground. Single-skin polycarbonate retains slightly less heat (an R value of 0.83) compared to 3mm glass which is usually 0.93, meaning perhaps bubble wrap or fleece on tender plants.  A 4-mm twin-wall polycarbonate however, offers much greater heat (R value 1.42) which could also  help reduce electricity bills.  And, a small electric heater will keep polycarbonate greenhouses frost free.

For further advice about using polycarbonate for greenhouse glazing, contact plastic experts, The Plastic People.





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