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Preparing for the Colder Months

As summer fades to autumn, the weather gets a bit colder, a bit wetter… let’s be honest, a bit worse.

After an incredibly dry few months, the history books are pointing to what could be a very wet September and October. With this risk on the cards, what can you do to prepare for autumn?

Keep Your Tools Fighting Fit

It’s not easy keeping your shed in tip-top shape, let alone all of the tools it might house.

Luckily for you, it’s really easy to solve. Rust that forms after water damage can cause long-term problems if not looked at properly so a quick wipe-over with an oily cloth will help to combat this.

Avoid keeping certain liquids in your shed

Certain paints and sprays can freeze throughout the winter, often permanently changing their consistency.

Roller painting with blue paint

If your shed is properly insulated,  it is best to keep these liquids in your home.

Store your electrical items above floor level

Should your shed ever suffer water damage, any electrical items that were left on the floor may be permanently damaged. One of the best solutions to this is as simple as keeping your tools in air tight boxes above floor level.

This will help protect them for years to come.

Regular checks and inventory

Spring cleaning in autumn? Why not?

You can maximise your shed space by having a clear out. Take an inventory of all of your tools and throw out anything you don’t use. Be ruthless – do you really need five different rakes?

Checklist

This can go some way to making sure your shed is at top quality and functional all year round, not just in those tricky colder months.

Short of that, Challenge Fencing has a spectacular range of sheds available to buy so you can always treat yourself!

Posted on August 24th, 2018 Posted In: Advice, Sheds

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What Is Composite Decking

Ok, so ‘change your life‘ might be a bit of a stretch but we guarantee it will change your garden.

Challenge Fencing are pleased to announce the sale of Smartboard Composite Decking, the future of eco-friendly decking.

What makes composite decking so special?

Alan Titchmarsh is believed to be the person responsible for bringing decking to the forefront of British summer time gardening. Ground Force debuted on BBC 2 in 1997 and needless to say, nothing was the same after.

He has since “apologised” for creating such a huge buzz… but we here at Challenge Fencing don’t think he has anything to apologise for.

After all, because of Mr Titchmarsh, we have sold a lot of timber to people looking to build their own decks. It is and always has been a wonderful addition to any garden. That’s why we are pleased to announce the sale of Smartboard panels; a durable, good looking and eco-friendly composite that is the perfect alternative to traditional timber.

Why is this better than timber?

Decking

Decks are wonderful, they really are… but they can be hard work sometimes.

Maintaining a healthy looking and usable deck requires very regular upkeep, checks, cleaning, the list goes on. It’s a lot of work on something that should be relaxing.

Smartboard decking helps to get rid of all of those nagging jobs by simply being good to go all year round. Easy to clean, less likely to rot, less likely to splinter, more durable and, above everything else, good for the planet.

How is it good for the planet?

SmartBoard is the future of composite decking. The boards are made from residues of engineered oak flooring combined with recycled hard plastic such as shampoo bottles, meaning it is a wonderfully eco-friendly alternative to timber.

It combines all of the benefits of wood plastic composite technology while being designed to look exactly like the wood you would use to build your deck. Save the planet, build a deck!

Should I consider buying some for my deck?

Well… yes. This is the kind of revolutionary material that will become the go-to choice for deck-builders in the coming years so get ahead of the curve.

If you are conscious of the footprint you leave on the planet, opting for Smartboard composite decking will help your efforts to reduce the damage by a considerable way. Smartboard is a reversible decking with an appealing, tactile brushed matte finish creating a more natural surface than most composite alternatives.

Smartboard matt finishWhat’s more… it just looks fantastic. Colour coded and specially designed screws* create an almost completely invisible finish that really ties the whole deck together.

You can order your Smartboards on the the Challenge Fencing website for £8.50 per metre.

*warranty only applies if Smartboard screws are used.

Posted on July 13th, 2018 Posted In: Fencing

 

Six of the Best: Displays and Planters

Over the past few years, we have seen some incredible ways to show off your flowers with DIY displays and planters of all shapes and sizes. Upcycling old materials, using scrap wood… you name it. There have been some absolutely genius uses of thought-to-be-useless items:

There has also been this…

Jeans used as plant container

Right now we want to take you through six of the best planters and displays that we have come across in our extensive research:

1. The Minimalist Flower Wall Hang

Source: SugarAndCloth

Starting off, this is one of the simplest yet most wonderful ways to add a bit of colour to your home. Pick your favourite flowers and display them with a beautiful, minimalist “vase”. We love how eye-catching it is, despite how little there is. Call it reductionism, minimalism, modernism, whatever you want, it’s one of our favourites!

2. The Hanging Vineyard


Hanging VineyardSource: InHabitat

Everything about this makes us feel like we’re on holiday in Italy. Although a little bit more work than the Wall Hang, the end product is still absolutely wonderful! Repurposing empty wine bottles into hanging herb gardens not only saves space but will give your garden a beautiful, rustic feel. Perfect decorations on a summers evening.

3. The Chair Planter

Source: Garden Therapy

You would think that a chair without a seat is good for very little. Well, we’ve got some news for you! If you have a garden chair that you are on the verge of throwing out, we urge you to try out the chair planter. Put your most prized succulents on a throne… where else would they deserve to be put?

4. Colander Planter

Colander Planter

Source: Country Living

A very similar project to the hanging wine bottles, this is a great way to repurpose your old kitchen utensils. The colander offers a number of benefits, not only because of them being so easy to personalise but also because they offer great drainage by their very nature! Above all else, the handles on the side will make a colander the perfect hanging planter for your garden.

5. Vertical Pallet Planter

Source: Upcycle That

A heavy duty, no-nonsense planter. A great way to hold a lot but take up minimal space is to build up. The website we found this planter on has a very helpful guide on how to build it, getting the dimensions right etc. But if you’re thinking ‘I don’t have any pallets so how can I do this?’ don’t worry. You can pick up pallets for free from any of our branches! Just give us a call and ask a team member to give you a hand.

6. All of ours

Wooden Plant Containers

We don’t want to sound biased when we say this but we have some of the best planters on the market. Not quite as “DIY” as the others, they aren’t upcycles but Challenge Fencing produce planters that look spectacular and are built to last. Check out our full range on our website!

Posted on June 22nd, 2018 Posted In: Fencing

 

Taking Your Garden to the Next Level

Whether it’s the perfect watch or the right bag, an accessory can make or break an outfit.

The same also applies to gardens. Too much and it becomes busy and difficult. Too little and it becomes boring and plain. But with the right amount of adjustments and additions, you can add a whole lot of character to your garden. Here are some of the best garden accoutrements available for you at Challenge Fencing:

Railway Sleepers

Easily one of the most versatile items we offer. We have seen these used as steps for people who wanted to add levels to their garden, we’ve seen them make up flower beds and we’ve even seen them be used to make a garden swing.

We wrote about some of the best uses that our customers had found for their railway sleepers, not too long ago. Check it out here!

Railway Sleeper Hamac

Buy your railway sleepers here!

Trellis Panels

It’s not just good looking, it’s also really helpful for your wildlife. Give climbing plants the support they need with our great selection of panels.

Not just for the plants, though. A trellis panel can act as a divider between separate areas of your garden, meaning you’ll have your space to grow your vegetables and your children have another place to play.

Buy your trellis panels here!

Arbours and Arches

The perfect addition to a garden for spring and summertime but still wonderful all year round! Both offer similar things to trellis panels but they work in very different ways. While the trellis panels, arbours and arches all offer support for wall-climbing plants, arbours and arches provide more of a focal point for your garden.

An arbour gives you a great place to sit outside and enjoy the peace and quiet. An arch, though, can be the addition that really completes your garden. Both work well, but which is best for you?

Buy your arbours or arches here!

Garden Furniture

If you think yourself as something of a Gatsby, garden parties are probably going to be one of your biggest interests. As such, it’s important to offer your guests a place to sit.

Challenge Fencing has a very wide range of furniture for you; picnic tables, rocking chairs, garden benches and much more! Long lasting and versatile, you’re guaranteed to find something that fits your needs and wants!

Garden table and benches

Buy your garden furniture here!

Your garden is your garden so you can put whatever you want in it. But we’re confident that we’ve given you the right guidance and advice for you to take your garden to new heights and create a space that you and everyone that visits it will thoroughly appreciate.

Posted on May 30th, 2018 Posted In: Advice

 

5 More things that are not as tough as a Challenger Shed

Some things in life are tough. Difficult to understand, hard to get right, difficult to break down, it’s not easy. But when it comes to Challenger Sheds, there is no competition. Nothing is tougher than them. We’ve got 5 ‘tough’ things that pale in comparison to the Challenger.

1. Understanding BitCoin

Is it up, is it down? Do you buy now, sell later? Trading ‘cryptocurrencies’ is the hottest trend right now but getting started is confusing and scary. All of these numbers and complexities, it’s too tough.

You know what is tougher though? A shed made of premium quality Scandinavian Redwood that is 100% pressure treated to protect it against wood decay and insect attack for up to 25 years.

Gold and Silver Bitcoins

1-0 Challenger.

 

2. Figure Skating

If you’ve ever been to your local rink, it’s hard enough just standing upright without the complete lack of friction throwing your body all over the shop like a ragdoll! But compared to a Challenger Shed, executing a perfect Salchow and double Lutz is a walk in the park!

 

3. Bowling a perfect 300

If you ignore the ridiculous shoes, bowling is fantastic. But bowling well? That’s a different story. We’d be lying if we said we don’t still need the barriers and that slide thing to get the ball going down the lane.

However, we have had a good, long look at the Challenger Shed.  We reckon we have more of a chance of bowling a perfect game than we do of the Challenger Shed losing a fight against nature.

activity, alley, ball

300? It’s been done.

4. Evenly slicing cheese

You’re making a sandwich, it’s going brilliantly and then you think about adding some cheese to it, assuming that you can cut a perfect slice of Emmental off no problem. What happens next? You end up with differently sized slices because knives don’t do what they’re supposed to.

A Challenger Shed, however, is supposed to improve the appearance of a garden while acting as a shelter for garden tools and other items you have. And what does it do? Exactly that.

 

5. Reading Ulysses by James Joyce

Allegedly one of the most difficult books to read that was ever published, Ulysses uses a number of different styles, voices, languages… You need a working knowledge of Latin, Greek, Shakespeare, Catholic theology, all manner of subjects!

We read a few pages and it was tough but not “Challenger Shed tough.”

 

The Challenger Shed is among the finest quality garden buildings on the market. Made with Scandinavian Redwood, and treated to last for years to come, you can find yours here.

Posted on April 17th, 2018 Posted In: Sheds

 

Why you should build a deck for the summer

If your garden is a theatre, your deck is the stage!

There are a number of advantages of having a deck in your garden from the social bonus to the aesthetic benefits. Let’s have a look at what a deck could offer your house this summer:

Your own outdoor entertainment space

Group brunch on the deck? Maybe a barbecue with drinks in the evening? A deck offers you an area of your garden designed to host events! Or perhaps you’d rather sit outside in the sun with a good book? Either way, you’ll feel like royalty in maximum comfort.

Increases the value of your home

If you are considering selling your house in the future, it’s worth knowing that adding a deck to your garden can increase the value! The state of a garden plays a huge impact on a buyers decision, so imagine a potential buyer seeing a perfectly constructed deck.

They are family-friendly spaces and could be what swings their decision…

Make it yours!

Your deck is your deck. It can be as wide as your whole garden, as narrow as a catwalk, it can be as short or as long you want! An extra something in your garden that you can customise and decorate with all manner of deck accoutrements will make your gardening life so much more enjoyable.

Add your own personal touch to your deck with Challenge’s wood-care products which can be found here!

A deck creates spaces

To re-use the stage metaphor, you can create a scene on your deck that allows you to assign set spaces to your furniture, your barbecue, ceramic flower pots, whatever you have. No longer will these things be strewn across your patio where you are unsure where they actually belong.

By keeping all of these extras off of your lawn, you will have more room and opportunities for landscaping. Planting some flowerbeds maybe?

Minimal cost, maximum reward

Compared to a new bathroom or re-doing the kitchen, a garden deck is one of the most cost-effective ways to add value to your house. Of course, a larger deck is going to be more expensive, but as long as your deck is made with finest timber that Challenge Fencing has to offer, you will have the best deck for years to come!

It is only finished when you say it is!

Because a deck is such an easy extension to put together, you can change it as often as you like!

Decking boards can be purchased on the Challenge website here!

Whether it’s adding extra appeal to your property or concealing unsightly drains and other necessities in the garden, there are a whole host of advantages to building yourself a deck for the summer.

 

Posted on April 13th, 2018 Posted In: Decking

 

What to do with your Bank Holiday Weekend

With the Bank Holiday coming up on the 30th March, you have got a long weekend to relax, do some pottering around the garden, just about anything you want to. We have a few suggestions on how best to spend the time:

Organise your shed

If your shed is a mess, this is your chance to make a difference! You don’t have to keep putting off sorting it out – you have the long weekend to have a clear out, tidy up, do some real spring cleaning. If you are wondering how best to tackle it, you might want to look at our organisational tips.

Organised shed

If your shed has seen better days and you think it is beyond help, don’t worry! In April, Challenge Fencing may be running a promo for our Challenger sheds… so keep your eyes peeled.

Create a garden gnome story

If you’ve got garden gnomes or other ornaments, this is a great outdoor activity for you and your children.

Take pictures of your figures in different situations and begin crafting your story. Sherlock Gnomes comes out in UK cinemas in May so be sure to watch it and see how much better your own short story is!

Sadly you’ll just miss the awards season but hopefully come next year you will get the Oscar nod!

Fix your fence

Did your fence take a big hit during the treacherous weather a few weeks ago? Take the time to repair the damage using our concrete repair spurs. You can add years to your fence’s life with one of these. Have a read of our blog if you want to know how to use them!

Or maybe your fence survived the weather but just needs a bit of TLC. Give it a makeover with something from our excellent range of woodcare products.

Trip to Virginia Water

A personal favourite, the Savill Gardens at Virginia Water and Windsor Great Park is one of the most beautiful places to visit on the weekend.

As Spring slowly comes out to play, see the flowers begin to bloom, have tea in the café, visit the Totem Pole, it is a wonderful day out and we can’t recommend it enough.

https://www.windsorgreatpark.co.uk/savillgarden

Come to Challenge Fencing

We are open to 4:00pm on Good Friday and Easter Saturday so you are more than welcome to come down and have a look at all of the great timber garden products we have to offer.

Do you want to get a head start on your busy summer of garden parties? Come on down and get your hands on some of our excellent garden furniture.

Eat a lot of chocolate

Well… it is Easter.

Easter bank holiday is a great time for relaxing so whatever you do, make sure you have a lovely and enjoyable time doing it. Whether it’s spending time in your garden, planting some flowers or just enjoying the time away from work, destressing should be your number one priority.

Posted on March 23rd, 2018 Posted In: Fencing

 

How to Fix a Wobbly Fence with a Concrete Repair Spur

Your fence has been through a lot over the past year – very strong winds, endless torrential rain and other such terrible British weather. Even if it’s survived through to 2018, there’s still a high chance that it may have lost a lot of its stability. This doesn’t mean that you need to replace your whole fence!

Challenge Fencing are proud to announce the saviour of fences: The Concrete Repair Spur. What’s even better is that our spurs are now only £9.99 for a limited time! Why replace when you can make a quick, easy and long-lasting repair in less than half a day?

Setting up your spur is incredibly easy, made even easier with our handy guide:

1. Dig a hole for the spur

First you need to make some space for your new spur. We recommend digging a hole around half the depth of your selected repair spur next to the fence post that needs the support.  You may have to chip away some of the existing concrete around the wooden fence post so your concrete repair spur sits flush to the wooden post. While you’re there – it’s a pretty good idea to give your fence & the newly exposed post a coat or two of wood preservative to help prevent any future decay.

Give your fence a new look with our range of shed & fence treatment in these attractive colours – Dark Brown, Evergreen, Harvest Gold & Red Cedar.

2. Make adjustments

Once you’ve placed the spur into the new hole and you’ve check that it fits well, you can work out the height and distance between the points where you will be drilling. The screws will be what keeps the spur in place, so it’s very important to get this as accurate as you can.

We recommend holding the fence post straight with some wooden braces whilst you mark out the holes for the repair spur.

3. Measure twice, drill once

Once you’ve double and triple checked to make sure that your measurements are all correct, it’s time to drill! Make a pilot hole using your drill for the coach screws. These will go through both the spur and into the fence post to ensure maximum stability.

4. Secure your spur!

Ensure your screws are tight and now comes the fun part! It’s time to secure the spur and the post with concrete. If you’re not sure what aggregate will be best for your fence, you’ve come to the right place. Say goodbye to a long boring job, our post mix is pre-mixed for ease of use – no more mixing ratios and mind-numbing mathematics! You just need one bag of post mix per fence post under normal soil conditions. An extra couple of bags is always handy to have just in case!

Once you’ve got your spur firmly in place, fill the hole with your post mix and allow it to settle. After some time, the spur will be in place and as steady as a rock.

5. Marvel in your solid fence

So, let’s recap: rather than spend around £135 on two new posts, gravel board and a fence panel, you now have a solid fence that’s as good as new from a £9.99 spur, a bit of concrete and some fixings!

Normally a damaged fence has to be replaced in its entirety, but not anymore. The Challenge Fencing Concrete Repair Spurs can fix the problem for years to come and with an ergonomically designed backweather top, your steel reinforced spur won’t lose any durability from rain weather.

Pick up your spurs today and get to fixing that fallen fence in your back garden this weekend!

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Posted on February 9th, 2018 Posted In: Fencing, How To Do

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