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Eco-friendly Building Materials: Trends to Watch in 2024

The building industry is rapidly evolving, with an increasing emphasis on sustainability and minimal environmental impact. In 2024, expect to see a surge in the use of eco-friendly building materials on the global stage. Here’s a look at the key trends to watch in the coming year.

Recycled Metal

With the concern for deforestation growing, the construction industry has begun to look for alternatives to wood. Recycled metal has become a popular choice due to its strength and durability. It’s made from old cars and machines and is perfect for large buildings where a lot of metal is needed.


Bamboo is a highly sustainable building material due to its quick growth rate and exceptional strength. It’s found extensive use in tropical climates and is slowly gaining acceptance in the western world. Bamboo can be used for flooring, walls, and even structural frames.

Precast Concrete

Precast concrete panels are made in a factory and then shipped to the construction site. The process reduces waste and ensures a high level of quality control. Precast concrete is strong, durable, and provides excellent insulation.


Cork is not just for wine bottles. This renewable material is harvested from the bark of the cork oak tree. It provides excellent insulation and is resistant to rot and fire. Cork is ideal for flooring and wall coverings.

Reclaimed Wood

Reclaimed wood and reject wood is reused wood that comes from old barns, factories, warehouses or off-cuts/slightly damaged pieces from projects or suppliers. It’s beautiful, durable, and has a history that new wood can’t match. Plus, using reclaimed wood helps preserve forests by reducing the demand for new wood.

The eco-friendly building materials trend is not just a fad. It is an essential part of the construction industry’s responsibility to the environment. By embracing these materials, we can create buildings that are sustainable, efficient, and aesthetically pleasing. Keep an eye on these trends in 2024 as we continue to build for a better future.

Which decking is perfect for you?

Decking is an easy way to transform your garden and make it more unique. With so many different kinds of decking on the market, it can be difficult to know which is right for your garden. Every home needs something different and here at Kennings, we are here to help with a comprehensive guide. Whether your garden is small or just needs a facelift, there is a decking type for you!

Softwood decking

Softwood Decking Boards are extremely easy to work, with making them the obvious choice for those wanting to create a deck that friends and family can enjoy for years to come. If you love to customise your garden, softwood can be stained or treated with our wide range of specialist products to make your decking as unique as you are. Softwood is perfect for all gardens, particularly in seating areas alongside pergolas thanks to their matching shades.

You can shop our wide range of softwood decking kits and individual boards on our website today!

Hardwood decking

Balau Hardwood decking has natural anti-slip qualities as well as a built-in resistance to fungus and decay. Balau hardwood decking kits are a sound investment for any garden, thanks to their resistance and durability in all weather conditions. Whilst it does require yearly maintenance with a good clean and occasional treatment, hardwood decking is extremely resilient and not demanding. This means it’s perfect for families and areas with lots of foot traffic.

You can shop our range of hardwood decking kits and individual boards on our website today!

Composite decking

Solid composite decking kits are a fantastic way to inject new life into your garden. The boards are low maintenance, anti-slip, and perfect for families. While wood is a popular choice for decking, it doesn’t last forever. Composites can be more durable, have a wide range of colours available, and require much less maintenance. Whilst natural wood requires periodic staining, painting, and replacing sections that have begun to decay, composite decking only requires a yearly deep clean!

You can shop our range of composite decking kits and individual boards on our website today!

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We also offer plenty of support and expert advice for most projects. Just pick up the phone or visit any of our 3 sites located in Goole & Gilberdyke.

At Kenning’s, you can not only expect a good deal but also:

Superfast FREE local delivery on most orders *

Handy FREE installation guides (and even instructional videos!)

Incredible prices on composite decking (and frequent big discounts!)

*Free delivery applies to most of the East Riding, but some areas may incur a charge. Minimum charge applies, contact us for more details.

**Prices all correct at the time of writing

A Trip Down Memory Lane for Kennings

Here at Kennings, we’ve been around for quite a while, and if you have lived around the Goole area, there is no doubt you will have received one of our many amazing promotion leaflets. We have been digging through the archives and we’ve found some fantastic old leaflets guaranteed to give you some nostalgia and make you wonder why you didn’t stock up on fence panels in 2002…

Fence panel launch

When we launched our first kind of European Style panels, they were all the rage. They’re still as popular today, but the prices are a little different! Who remembers when you could get a 6’x6′ panel for only £39.75 (INC VAT)? It would cost more than that in timber in 2022! Nowadays our 1.8m x 1.8m Elite St Lunair Panels are still a bargain at only £99.29 each (INC VAT). Our panels are made from specially selected FSC timbers and manufactured to a very high standard, planed and pressure treated with a pale green finish that allows the beauty of the wood to show through, not just screwed and treated! Our selection of fence panels has grown exponentially over the past 35 years, we now offer a wide range of panels to suit any need or budget with our cheapest panel being only £20.89 each (INC VAT) – even cheaper than on our retro leaflet!

Ordering hotline 01405 720127

Wheelbarrow Nostalgia

Speaking of bargains, take a look at this poster for our wheelbarrows, only £20 (+VAT) You can still get an amazing deal on our wheelbarrows down at our Hook Road yard, but don’t bring this leaflet, the price won’t be honored, unfortunately! We have also continued stocking work boots at a substantially reduced price, our fantastic team can vouch for that! But luckily, we have hired a fantastic graphic designer – so our posters no longer look like the below…

Us here at Kennings are happy to let you know, that our posters are much more pleasing to the eye in 2022.

2002 Prices anyone?

While our prices are unbeatable in 2022, they were eye-watering in 2002! Just look at those aggregates for only £3.88 (+VAT), if only we had a time machine like Nigel the Martian. While we would love to still offer the crazy 2002 prices, we still have the same core principles, supplying the customer what they want, delivered on time, at unbeatable prices! Nostalgia aside, we pride ourselves on these core principles and our excellent team of staff is excited to prove that we have what it takes to make your garden dream, a reality. Whether you like to shop online from the comfort of your own home, or would prefer to come to see us in person at any of our sites.

Definitely out of this world prices!

Has all the nostalgia left you inspired? Shop Building Supplies today!

We also offer plenty of support and expert advice for most projects. Just pick up the phone or visit any of our 3 sites located in Goole & Gilberdyke.

At Kenning’s, you can not only expect a good deal but also:

Superfast FREE local delivery on most orders *

Handy FREE installation guides (and even instructional videos!)

Incredible prices on composite decking (and frequent big discounts!)

*Free delivery applies to most of the East Riding, but some areas may incur a charge. Minimum charge applies, contact us for more details.

**Prices all correct at time of writing

Christmas information

This year has been a long one, and here at Kenning’s, we’re taking a much-needed break. In this blog, we’ll tell you all you need to know about our Christmas operations!

Our Christmas hours

We close down our sites on Wednesday the 22nd of December, all our sites and shops will be closed and our staff get time with their friends and family to reflect on the year. We’ll be back on Tuesday the 4th of January at 7:30 am ready to help out with those new years resolution projects! We’ll also be back to opening at 7.30 – 16:00 on Saturdays at Hook Road from the 8th of January, keep your eyes peeled for the other yards too!

Placing an order with us

You can still order online on our website after the 22nd of December, but it won’t be scheduled for delivery until after we all return on the 4th of January. In the meantime, you can browse and get your wishlist ready! Summer will be here soon, so make sure you’re prepared. Please also note that our customer services won’t be available on social media or through phone, but we will still have some posts going up for you to enjoy.

Have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the team here at Kenning’s, and thank you for all the support this year!

Goole’s beautiful tribute to our Armed Forces

Here at Kennings, we recently supplied materials to a group of veterans and students from Delta Acadamey Goole. They have kindly dedicated their last two weekends to building and painting the fantastic Remembrance Day memorial for our Armed Forces at Goole’s clock tower.

Some of the fantastic volunteers with their work.
Credit: Ross Turner on Facebook

The process took a long time, but it was worth it! We can tell the group put in some fantastic effort. We could not be prouder to be part of this community!

What is Remembrance Sunday?

Remembrance Sunday always falls on the second weekend of November, it takes place on the 14th of November 2021 this year. The nation has the opportunity to remember those who sacrificed their lives to defend our freedom and way of life. We remember those who served in the Armed Forces from Britain and the Commonwealth, the vital role played by the emergency services and those that have lost their lives due to conflict or terrorism.

Alongside Remembrance Sunday, every year on the 11th of November, the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that marked the end of the First World War in 1918, we traditionally hold a one or two-minute silence recognising the precise time that the hostilities ceased in 1918 – the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.

The display looks even better at night.
Credit: Ross Turner on Facebook

How can I donate or contribute to the Poppy Appeal?

The Poppy Appeal stock recently arrived in the Goole and Howden branch of the Royal British Legion. You can buy directly from them to contribute to the charity so they can continue the fantastic work they do. The RBL help members of the Royal Navy, British Army, Royal Air Force, veterans and their families with care, physical and mental wellbeing, financial support and local community connections.

You can donate directly through their website here

Alternatively, by purchasing a poppy from a local retailer, or their merchandise here

New Website Launch For Family Run Builders Merchants.

Operations director Sean Bond presents first customer Mr Gawthorp with a bottle of champagne.

Local builders’ merchants Kenning’s Building Supplies have launched a new ecommerce website this week, enabling trade customers and members of the public to place orders and take delivery from all over the East Riding.

Traditionally a retail only business, previously if a customer was further afield than the Goole & Gilberdyke sites they could only place an order over the phone. Now the new website will offer a more seamless and efficient transaction for both the customer and for the Kenning’s staff.

Mr Gawthorp (picture attached) was lucky enough to be the first customer through the checkout on Monday, bagging himself a celebratory bottle of champagne. He said “I found the website through Google, it was really easy to place my order and delivery was the next day! I will definitely use the website again, although I do like to call or drop in if I need advice on my building project”

The increase in orders has resulted in 11 new jobs being created, which is great news for the local community following the pandemic.

Kenning’s Building Supplies are an independent builders’ merchants based in Goole. Founded from humble beginnings in 1986, it now has three sites with two retail stores providing building and DIY supplies to trade customers and the public across The East Riding and beyond.

Sean Bond, Operations Manager at Kenning’s said:

“It’s an exciting time for us and we are proud that our new ecommerce website has now been launched, making our products more accessible to trade and public customers across the East Riding”

You can visit the new website here