How to replace your shed windows


Category: Glazing, Greenhouse Panels
 

Replacing shed windows is a task that most of us at some point will have to sort out.  Unless your shed windows are made from indestructible glazing – more about that below – then chances are those windows have broken more than once whether from a football, storm or wayward bird.

shed window glazed with clear polycarbonate with UV filter protection

If you are replacing a broken window or installing a new window, glass is not your only option.  Looking just like glass but much stronger and longer lasting are plastic glazing panels.  They’re so much stronger, in fact, they’re virtually unbreakable. Which might be music to your ears if you’re fed up replacing broken window panes.

clear acrylic used for window glazing in this summerhouse

Here’s a 10  point plan from The Plastic People to replacing shed windows with plastic glazing yourself:
1. Measure your window frame. Top tip: measure twice and check your measurements to the mm to make sure your new frame will fit perfectly.
2. Order your plastic glazing to the size you need.  You can do this in a local DIY store or online.  You can cut the plastic to size yourself but our top tip is to take advantage of a complementary online cutting service,  have it done for you and safely delivered to your home.  (If you’d like to include The Plastic People in your search, see their glazing here.)
3. When you have your plastic glazing and you’re ready to fit it, pop on eye protection and heavy duty gloves
4. Remove the broken glass from the  window frame, starting with the largest pieces first .  If it’s tricky to get all the pieces out by hand, then duct tape the window pane outside of the shed and punch the glass out with a hammer.
5. Gather up pieces of broken glass with duct tape too – top tip if those pieces are too small to pick up by hand
6. Use a knife or razor blade now to remove any  putty or trim that is there, used to hold your original window in place.  If it’s trim, you can re-use this to  install your new pane. Top tip: work gently and slowly so you don’t damage anything inc yourself.
7. Ensure your new window is the correct size – the most important thing of all.
8. Apply new putty to the borders of your frame, shaping it so there are no gaps and it covers top to bottom
9. Press your new window into the putty -  making sure it is held in firmly so it doesn’t fall out of the frame when your hands are not there to support it
10. Put some extra putty to secure and weatherproof the window. Top tip: downward slope the putty so rainwater will run off it.

clear acrylic makes an excellent alternative to glass for shed windows

polycarbonate glazing for shed windows

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Stop draughts (the lagom way ?)


Category: Glazing
 

As winter sets in it is natural that we look forward to the warmth of a comfortable home.  While 2016 was all about hygge, the concept for 2017 looks to come from Sweden: lagom –‘not too much, not too little’.  Translating to ‘enough, sufficient, just right’ lagom is an ethos of moderation. If you’re looking to strike the balance of a cosy home with rising energy costs and production then turn your attention to the two main offenders for heat loss: your roof and windows.  Once roofs are insulated, the popular next treatment is for windows, and because it’s so well known, double glazing – but it’s far from an automatic choice.

secondary glazing – use either acrylic or polycarbonate

Double Glazing
Usually factors which influence whether to go ahead with the double glazing option are the fitting process as sometimes this can involve the removal of existing windows and sometimes not permissible at all, aesthetics (some residents prefer to maintain feature windows rather than change them to double glazed units) and costs.  Costs of double glazing vary depending on supplier but some typical guidance is below.
 

 

 
Type of double glazed window 90cm x 120cm
- UPVC casement - £800
- UPVC sash - £1600
- Hardwood casement - £1300
- Hardwood sash - £1900

 
For residents looking to spend less or those living in rented properties or listed buildings, double glazing may not be a viable option and other considerations are needed.

Other options

If you’re after a ‘not too much, not too little’ lagom approach then Secondary Glazing is worth a look as it will provide some of the same benefits of double glazing at a considerably lower cost (both are said to prevent around 60% of window heat loss)

 

fitting acrylic secondary glazing

Where double glazing removes a single glazed window and replaces it, secondary glazing adds a pane of glazing to the existing window on the interior side.  The addition of this pane provides energy insulation and soundproofing. Typically this glazing pane is made from clear acrylic or PET which is a recyclable plastic.  The plastic looks just like glass but is much, much stronger and is half the weight of glass making the plastic a practical solution.
The secondary glazing pane is usually held in place with a lightweight frame which doesn’t really alter the look of the original windows and building – a great plus for residents with feature windows (which are often the draughtiest of all!).
If you are interested in secondary glazing take a look at some of the secondary glazing kits available.  Secondary glazing can easily be installed as a DIY project where the secondary glazing panel fits to your existing window with screws, adhesives or magnetic fixings.  Magnetic choices are probably the quickest and easiest to fit and take down again when the weather warms up – because the glazing is simply held securely in place by magnetic strips.
The key success factor for Secondary Glazing seems to be installing it so it achieves a thermal seal. So, DIYers / lagomers everywhere, check out installation instructions that are available for any Secondary Glazing kit you are considering. If you’d like some advice, talk to our helpful team at the Plastic People on 0113 249 2222 or via service@theplasticpeople.co.uk.

Curtains and draught proofing
Simpler solutions all have a part to play too.  Draught proofing strips can work well around windows and are another easy DIY choice.  Cracks can be filled with sealant to further reduce any draughts coming in.  Thick, thermal lined curtains  can block draughts too though perhaps an evening solution since they will block out light at the same time.

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How To Quickly Get Your Bathroom and Kitchen On Trend


Category: Splashbacks
 

While 2016 isn’t over yet, the designers are looking ahead to the 2017 trends, colour palettes and combinations to use in our homes.

This year metallics continued to add a feel good factor into our homes, with gold hues providing a little touch of glamour.  Our acrylic gold mirror became a popular choice as the trend surged. (You can still snap gold acrylic mirror up here!)

Looking ahead to 2017 colour specialists anticipate a fresh take on life with shades of blue being the must have colour for the year.   Whether you are looking for fresh and playful, soft and tactile or are designing boundaries in a home that also serves as your work space,  the tones, hues and shades that we will apparently be searching for will be blue.

On a practical level, if you’re like us, changing and updating needs to be made easy.   Often the social hub that is the kitchen and the sanctuary that we wish as our bathroom are key areas for updating.  And that is where the magic of cut to size acrylic splashbacks come in as a inexpensive way of a quick, easy and on trend transformation.

Acrylic comes in fabulous colour choices and we’re expecting the acrylic made here into a kitchen splashback and a shower panel, to be popular colour choices in 2017 !

blue pearlescent acrylic splashback

acrylic shower splashback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Made into a splashback, acrylic works marvellously because it is seam free (read here ‘no more grouting’), easy to clean (read here ‘rinse with warmy soapy water or wipe with a soft cotton cloth) and best of all is light to lift and glue or screw to the wall you wish to cover yourself !

Acrylic splashbacks can quickly and easily transform your shower, bathroom or kitchen.  Find out more about acrylic splashbacks online here or speak with the friendly team at The Plastic People about having one cut to the size and shape you need to cover your walls.

 

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Acrylic Mirror – Stylish Serving Idea


Category: Mirrors
 

It’s National Chocolate Week and we’re taking part here at The Plastic People:).  We’ve managed to tuck into wrapped chocolate, melted chocolate and baked chocolate.

It has to be said, we all do love our chocolate, nearly as much as our plastic.  In an effort to combine the two we came up with this stylish idea which we thought made a rather impressive way to serve up and present tasty treats. (Remember, we are plastic people not designers!)  So, drum roll, here it is… our acrylic mirror serving suggestion  for chocolate rocky road, made by one of our team.

Acrylic mirror serving suggestion….rocky road!

Let us know what you think !  Like it ? Love it ? Think mirror is best left for our own reflections ?

If you’re a fan, the look is easy to put together.  You only need a piece of acrylic mirror, have it cut to the size you’d like for your display.  We used an off cut from our plastic stock but you could beef up the style factor and have acrylic mirror cut to the shape and proportions of your table!

Our friendly team are happy to help. Reach them via email or phone 0113 249 2222.  You can have acrylic mirror cut to size and shape on The plastic People site too – check it out here.

 

 

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Get The Art Gallery Look With Floating Picture Frames


Category: picture framing
 

If you’re a fan of contemporary, clean design, then this is the type of framing you’ll love in your home.

image:architectsandartisans.com

Floating acrylic picture frames give any space that sleek, art gallery feel, and as we’re about to show you, the look is surprisingly easy and inexpensive to achieve.

Two clear acrylic sheets cut to the size of your choice is all you need along with a drill and your chosen artwork or photograph. You can easily buy acrylic cut to size on the internet and we can always help you with that at The Plastic People.

Expert tip: Be sure your chosen acrylic comes with a protective film on it to keep your acrylic perfect until you are ready to hang it on your wall.

How to create your floating frame: 

Firstly, mark on your acrylic where your screws will go.  Do this by measuring  15mm to 25mm in from each corner of your acrylic and marking the acrylic with a pen.

Now, secure your two sheets of acrylic together by clamping either side of the corner. Position the clamped corner over the edge of your work surface and drill a hole through both sheets of acrylic. Drill where you have marked your screw hole to be.

Repeat until you have drilled screw holes in all corners.

If you’re unsure about drilling holes into your acrylic, buy your cut to size acrylic with the holes already drilled in for you.  You can do this here.

Expert tip:  It’s best to drill a little bit into the acrylic to get the hole started, but then switch the drill into reverse and press down to complete the hole.  Think of it as melting your way through the acrylic sheet.  Keep switching to bigger and bigger drill bits until you have the right hole size drilled for your fixings.  Keep the film on your acrylic until you’re ready to hang!

Adding artwork to your floating frame:

Stick a small piece of double-sided tape to the back of your artwork or photo and place it in the middle of your sheet of acrylic.  Place your other sheet of acrylic over your artwork or photo to ‘sandwich’ it in place.

Expert tip: Use conservation, acid-free tape so the tape won’t damage the photo over time.

Hanging your floating frame:

Check your floating frame looks good by holding it up to your chosen wall spot.   When you’re ready, hold one of your fixings flush with the wall and carefully drill the screw into the wall using a drill with a hex bit.

Wall fixings like these will make your acrylic frame stand away from the wall

Hold your fixing on the opposite corner up against the wall. Place a level on top of the frame to ensure it’s straight.  Once the frame is level, drill the second screw into the wall.

Finish off  by drilling the bottom screws into the wall.

Expert tip: Use stand-off wall fixings like the ones shown here for a polished look.

If you’d rather buy acrylic floating frames ready cut, drilled and with stand off fixings, The Plastic People do have a range of popular sizes as well as producing bespoke sizes that you need.  Check them all out here.

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