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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Polycarbonate / Glass Walls For Decks and Patios

Category: Glazing, Polycarbonate, Recycle

Want to chill out on your deck without the chill of the wind ?  Take a look at creating a windwall using glass or clear as glass plastic such as polycarbonate.  A polycarbonate or glass windwall can shield you from the wind while protecting your view.

Wind walls can be made from glass or clear as glass plastic – glass and plastic specialists can provide you with advice. For plastic advice, The Plastic People have a friendly team of experts who can assist with polycarbonate to make a wind wall.

Whilst glass is the traditional choice for glazing, polycarbonate is perhaps a lesser known option although polycarbonate is commonly used  to replace glass when a much higher-impact resistance is required.  That’s because whilst polycarbonate looks as clear as glass it is 290 x stronger than glass and polycarbonate is practically unbreakable.

Balcony with a windwall made from polycarbonate, courtesy of customer of The Plastic People

For example, polycarbonate is used for windscreens of small planes, lighting applications, car headlamp lenses, lighting lenses and safety glasses/goggles/visors – even police riots shields (which demonstrates just how unbreakable polycarbonate is).

Polycarbonate walls require very little maintenance. They only need to be cleaned with water and a soft cotton cloth. They’re a perfect upgrade for your decking.  And a fairly easy DIY task. Measure up what size polycarbonate you need to create your windwall and have it delivered cut to the sizes and shapes you need.  Make it easier to fix into place by ordering polycarbonate with holes ready drilled in.   For advice about getting started using polycarbonate contact The Plastic People on 0113 249 2222.

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Lawn edging – how to choose

Category: Gardening

One thing that you should remember when you are redesigning or maintaining your garden is that you should have good edging. A good, strong barrier that separates your lawn from your garden is extremely important. You can use any material though, just make sure that the barrier is a strong one.

The array of choices can be overwhelming and each comes with merits and disadvantages. Here are some helpful factors to consider in choosing lawn edging:

1. Your garden design – this will play a part in the style of lawn edging you choose.  Decide how much of the show your lawn edging can steal……or do you want a subtle choice ?

2. Climate- another likely consideration for you.  Your chosen lawn edging may have to withstand sea salt, boggy shade or full sun.

3. Maintenance – how much or how little time is to be spent on maintenance of the lawn edging itself. For those looking for a no maintenance at all, this quickly narrows down the array of choices given wooden edging needs treatments.

5. Substance  - is the edging you are considering substantial enough to keep grass roots and weeds from invading your beds  or will you need to trim the bed border frequently ?

6. Factor in family friendly / safety – do you need a safe lawn edging in case of trips, children, pets etc ?

7. Weigh up installation  – easy to install edging is usually flexible plastic edging which can look unsightly and can crack and split easily.  Stone, concrete and brick can be expensive to buy and transport and laborious to install; metal edging can be dangerous if fallen on.

Plastic experts at The Plastic People have turned from plastic to rubber for lawn edging!  That’s because they have found a no digging, quick to install, maintenance free solution that can be re-used time and time again. For these many reasons The Plastic People have found space between the plastic sheets to include rubber based lawn edging, Flexi-edge.   This lawn edging is  made from recycled tyres giving it the strength of stone with the flexibility of rubber and a very, very long life span.  It’s virtually indestructible whilst looking modern and subtle.  Flexi-edge is completely weather proof in all weathers and checks in at a substantial  7.5cm wide and 8cm high. It comes in 1m lengths which connect together with the connectors provided.  Flexi-edge is safe: because it is made from recycled rubber there are no sharp edges or possible cuts should anyone fall onto it. Flexi-edge is easy to install(it hammers into place, no digging needed) and safe for everyone (it’s made from rubber). And it’s completely maintenance free.  You can even mow over it:)

Flexi-edge hammers into the ground with stakes provided


Lengths of Flexi-edge connect easily together with pins provided so your lawn edging can be as long as you need

lawn mowers can mow straight over flexi-edge

If you are considering lawn edging and would like to see more about Flexi-edge visit The Plastic People for more information and pictures or email them for help.

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