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Trusted heritage delivered through manufacturing excellence

Granfix’s innovation and dedication has enabled them to produce top quality tile adhesives, grouts and ancillary products for over 20 years.

Established in 1992, Granfix Products has serviced the retail and contracting tiling sectors for over 20 years with wall and floor tile adhesives, grouts and ancillary products.  The Granfix brand joined the Instarmac Group at the beginning of this year and now all products are manufactured at their plant in Tamworth, Staffordshire, using state-of-the-art and award-winning production facilities.

Under the Instarmac umbrella, the brand now offers a streamlined product range, which is compliant with all applicable CE performances from S1 to CG2.  New and improved formulations have been launched containing improved polymer levels and higher quality cement content.  What’s more, grout colours and adhesive working times have been improved across the range.

Now available from Instarmac, Granfix offers a complete service package – placing an order is ordering with confidence.  The intelligent and sophisticated internal ordering system will acknowledge your order with an email confirmation within minutes of purchase order receipt.  Their own 34 strong vehicle fleet, complete with tail lifts and company drivers, ensure uncompromised deliveries throughout the UK.  All vehicles are constantly tracked so live updates can be provided at any time via text message, including a 30 minute delivery arrival warning.

This complete service package enables efficient stock control, saving you time and delivering peace of mind allowing you to service your customers’ needs effectively.

The brand is also benefitting from increased investment in PR and Marketing with new collateral, point-of-sale and online activities, including a responsive brand website and social media channels.

If you would like more information on opening a direct Granfix account or stockist details, please call 01827 254402 or email granfix@instarmac.co.uk.  Full product information, including datasheets, can be found by visiting www.granfix.co.uk.

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Only HAPAS approved Overbanding can be used on our road network!

Overbanding in the past has received bad press and has not always been a popular repair solution with reports of accident claims due to skidding or unsightly images of bitumen creeping out from the sides of a patch in hot weather.  Well things have certainly changed with new materials providing all of the benefit with none of the risk.

New overbanding solutions are quick and easy to heat apply and can be trafficked instantly, minimising the need for traffic management.

Overbanding materials provide an excellent method of preventative maintenance. Designed for application to asphalt roads they prevent water ingress and progressive fretting, which is a prime reason for failure of the reinstatement.

To ensure road safety is maintained it is compulsory to choose a solution that is HAPAS approved, as per the requirements of the SROH S11.7, ‘All materials used for overbanding shall have a current HAPAS approval certificate’ and that offers ‘a minimum skid resistance value of 55.’ This is especially important for motorcyclists, cyclists and horses. Failure to comply can lead to early failure and contravene SROH requirements.

Materials such as UltraCrete’s Instaband ECO have been tested over time to ensure compliance to those SROH requirements.  They are proven to provide a waterproof seal on asphalt and are an excellent method of preventative maintenance. The product’s simple application method provides contractors with an effective way of protecting new and in-situ reinstatements as well as repairing joints and cracks in older wearing courses.

For further information call 01827 254402 or click here

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UltraCrete – Keeping the rail network on track

A leading railway infrastructure contractor is using UltraCrete product’s to install level crossing systems for major facility owners nationwide.

Premier Rail, one of the UK’s leading multidisciplinary railway infrastructure contractors, is using UltraCrete’s refurbishment solutions to install and repair level crossing systems for key clients such as Carillion, Babcock Rail and Amey Sersa.

The work is part of ongoing maintenance and includes the installation of signs, signals, track and access platforms as well as reinstating safety lines. Work is being carried out overnight, when traffic levels are low and disruption can be kept to a minimum.

UltraCrete’s HAPAS approved Instant Road Repair cold lay asphalt 10mm grade is being used for surface repairs around rail tracks once installation has taken place. The easy work formula enables patches to be filled with ease with effortless compaction once in-situ.  The straightforward application provides a cleaner, more efficient repair method.  It can be used in all weathers at any time, day or night and is particularly suitable for small works. Furthermore, the  25kg resealable tubs eliminate any wastage, helping budgets go further.

Signals and signposts are being installed using UltraCrete’s Post Fix  rapid hardening concrete. Post Fix is a 10mm concrete formulated for sub-surface use and fast installation. Combining strength and durability, it significantly reduces the likelihood of movement damage at the point of fixing. It sets in 15 minutes and achieves a final compressive strength of 41N/mm².

UltraCrete’s Instaline road marking is being used to reinstate double yellow lines along the carriageway once maintenance work has taken place. It is made from long lasting thermoplastic material especially suitable for heavily trafficked areas and has a much greater life span than that of traffic paint. It is heat applied to asphalt and macadam surfaces and cools in minutes.

‘UltraCrete products are easy to work with, convenient to store with a great shelf life!’ David Claridge, Director, Premier Rail.

If you would like to know more, please call 01827 254402 or email ultracrete@instarmac.co.uk.  Full product information, including datasheets, can be found by visiting ultracrete.co.uk.

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Get a grip with UltraScape’s SlipBond

New flexible cladding adhesive available!

Urban regeneration specialist UltraScape now offers an adhesive for internal and external wall and floor applications. It is ideal for installing decorative features such as raised flower beds and can also be used for fixing brick slips and natural stone to vertical areas.

SlipBond is formulated with extended workability allowing large intricate areas to be covered on a range of substrates including sand and cement renders and brick and block work. It can be applied from a thickness of 3mm-20mm up to 1m² at a time and its frost resistant formulation makes it ideal for use in all weathers.

SlipBond is polymer modified for increased strength and has exceptional bond and flexural capacity. It can also be used to apply large format, porcelain and natural stone tiles in internal environments and is particularly suitable for areas where vibration may occur.

If you would like to know more, please call 01827 254402 or email ultrascape@instarmac.co.uk.  Full product information, including datasheets, can be found by clicking here.

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New flexible floor leveller for same day tiling!

Adding to the innovative tiling solutions offered by the UltraTile brand, the new Level IT Rapid is now available.

UltraTile Level IT Rapid is a single part, high strength, rapid drying and curing cementitious smoothing underlayment for levelling subfloors prior to tiling.  The specifically formulated UltraTile fibre technology aids application and strength resulting in a even, strong and durable base.

The product can be laid at depths from 2mm – 15mm and can be walked on after only 30 minutes!  Its rapid drying properties allow for tiling after just 45 minutes providing you with the ultimate fast-track levelling solution.

Level IT Rapid is suitable for application onto most common substrates including timber floors, anhydrite screeds and tile backer boards.  It is also compatible for use with electrical and warm water underfloor heating systems where its flexible properties and superior flow both help to ensure a successful installation.  Once dry a variety of decorative floorcoverings may be applied from ceramic, natural stone or porcelain tiles to vinyl.

Available in 20kg bags, Level IT Rapid will cover an exceptional 5m² when laid at a 3mm depth.  Its protein free formulation makes it ideal for use in biologically sensitive areas making it ideal for use on health, leisure or hospitality projects.  It is also perfectly suited to highly used areas such as corridors, atriums and lobby areas due to its rapid setting properties.

If you would like any more information, please call 01827 254402 or email ultratile@instarmac.co.uk.  Full product information, including datasheets, can be found by visiting ultratileadhesives.co.uk.

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Instarmac 2016 Team Challenge – Win a home nation’s shirt of your choice!

Now’s your chance to play the role of Roy Hodgson!

In a one off event, our Instarmac brands are working together to create the ultimate football team for an exclusive 6 a side tournament, and we need your help in selecting our very best squad members.

Starting at the bottom of this post, follow clues, find our six team members (which you will find on product pages), collect their shirt numbers and submit in order for a chance to win a Home Nations shirt of your choice!

The competition will close on Sunday 10th July 2016 and our winner will be announced the following Wednesday.

 

How to take part in Instarmac’s 2016 Team Challenge

Starting with the clue below, simply click your answer, which will take you to the product page where (hopefully) you’ll find our first team player. Make a note of his shirt number – you’ll need it later on – and move on to the next clue which you’ll find on the same page.

There are six players to find, six clues to answer and six numbers to jot down!

Once you’ve found our complete team, head to any of our branded Twitter accounts – UltraFloor, UltraTile, Wondertex, UltraCrete, UltraScape, Granfix – hit follow, and tweet us with your team numbers. If you’ve got them all in the correct order, you’ll be entered into a prize draw for a Home Nations Football Shirt of your choice.

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The first clue

England player, Wayne Rooney recently splashed out a whopping £150,000 on a brand new Clive Christian kitchen which includes porcelain mosaic backsplash tiles. Which of UltraTile’s ready mixed wall tile adhesives in off white would be ideal for fixing his mosaics in place in an intermittently wet area without the risk of mould and slippage?

Hint: It comes in a handy yellow tub for easy transportation!

A. ProStick BS

B. ProGrip HG

C. SuperWhite WR Flex

Good luck!

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How to prevent a sticky situation!

We have all done it!  Walked down the pavement and then realised our shoes have started sticking to it.

Chewing gum is a real nuisance in our town centres and public spaces.   It is estimated to cost local councils up to £60million a year to remove gum from Britain’s pavements.

The Local Government Association Environment spokesman Cllr Peter Box said: “Chewing gum is a plague on our pavements. It is a blight which costs councils a fortune to clean up and takes hours of hard work to remove. It’s ugly, it’s unsightly and it’s unacceptable”

Discarded gum is an epidemic in our towns and city centres. Westminster Council says almost three million pieces, amounting to six tonnes, are dropped on the streets in the West End of London each year and there are an average of around 25 pieces on every metre of pavement.

Ed Argar, Westminster Council’s cabinet member for city management, transport and infrastructure, said: “Dealing with the sticky mess of discarded chewing gum on our streets swallows a huge amount of resources, in terms of both money and man-hours”.

While UltraScape cannot stop the public littering they can help councils with the cleanup operation.  UltraScape’s Paving Guard acts as a sand stabiliser, joint protector and more importantly a chewing gum inhibitor.  Paving Guard reduces the ability of the chewing gum to adhere to the paving surface.  It will not prevent chewing gum sticking altogether, which generally is not desirable due to the subsequent risk of carriage into shops and other internal areas.  It is intended to facilitate easier removal during normal cleaning cycles.

An average piece of gum costs 3p to buy but according to the LGA it can cost up to £1.50 (fifty times that price) to clean up.  By using UltraScape’s Paving Guard that cost can be significantly reduced and will help councils keep our pavements spotless.

For further information on UltraScape’s Paving Guard please contact us on 01827 254402, email ultrascape@instarmac.co.uk or visit www.ultrascape.co.uk

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Hard Landscaping Shouldn’t have to be Hard

When designing an outdoor space it is very easy to visualise and concentrate on the planting scheme before considering the construction of the space. This is a big mistake – you have to get the hard landscaping right before even thinking about the plants.

Hard landscaping is often the most expensive item in a landscaping plan and one of the most permanent, so selecting the right material for your scheme is extremely important.

You will need to consider how the space is going to be used, the style, the materials and the maintenance requirements.

Firstly think about how you are going to use the space, some materials are better suited for particular areas or applications. For example slate paving stones are excellent for paving a patio but are not durable enough for a driveway.

Which pattern arrangement do you prefer? This is a very important decision, for example if you have a small space and you want to make it feel bigger, simple patterns work best. Small pavers look effective and can be used to create beautiful designs but only really work well in large open spaces.

There is a wide choice of materials available for projects of all size so in theory you should have no problem finding one that fits your needs and budget. Shop around and do your research, the internet holds a wealth of information and design ideas.

Maintaining your scheme; this is often overlooked but should play an important role in choosing your materials. Cleaning, sealing and weed control all need consideration.

Another question to ask yourself – are you going to install permeable or non-permeable paving? Permeable paving is environmentally friendly as it reduces surface water running off into drains, however it is more expensive to install and comes with higher maintenance costs.

So have you answered all these questions and picked landscaping materials that compliment your space? It is now the time to consider your bedding materials.

At UltraScape we have been providing high specification products that are durable, proven and independently tested. Our mortar paving system has been developed to the British Standard BS 7533 and offers a range of high performance, rapid strength bedding, priming and jointing materials.

UltraScape also offers adhesive solutions for decorative features. SlipBond is a flexible cladding adhesive ideal for installing decorative features such as raised flower beds and can be used for fixing brick slips and natural stone to vertical areas.

For flexible paving there is PaveJoint plus, an all weather jointing compound resistant to freeze/thaw conditions and that protects from weed growth.

And for maintenance UltraScape’s Paving Guard is available which acts as a sand stabiliser, surface sealant and chewing gum adhesion inhibitor.

Successful landscape design focuses on how the hard and soft landscaping works in tandem to create a design that is not only aesthetically beautiful but that works in its environment to deliver the owner their perfect space. Spending time planning your scheme and by choosing high quality, proven, trusted products will guarantee you a space you can enjoy for years to come.

For more information on the UltraScape range please contact us on 01827 254402 or email ultrascape@instarmac.co.uk.

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Sustainable Construction – How to Minimise Landfill Waste and Reduce Demand on Primary Aggregates

Recycling has been around for decades but is now an important issue for the construction, maintenance and utility industries. The Government’s Sustainable Development Strategy now includes core indicators to measure the use of recycled aggregates so it is not a surprise to learn that most local authorities now include recycling targets.

4.8 million tonnes (WRAP 2007:1) is removed each year in trench excavations from gas and water asset renewals equivalent to 4.5% of national construction, demolition and excavation waste.

We all have a role to play whether it is local authorities, utility companies, contractors or us manufacturers. We need to –

  • Minimise materials going to landfill
  • Minimise the demand on primary resources
  • Minimise transportation distances and hence costs
  • Maximise recovery and recycling of materials

UltraCrete Perma-Soil, Soil Stabiliser, is an alternative reinstatement material – the perfect solution for the backfill and reinstatement of small utility excavations.

UltraCrete Perma-Soil will help you to reduce the cost of reinstating your excavations by converting unearthed spoil into reusable material thus eliminating the need for primary aggregates. It is mixed with the spoil before being compacted back into the excavation to provide an adequate backfill material/sub-base within minutes.

UltraCrete Perma-Soil minimises the need to haul away materials to landfill sites or backfill on site thus reducing transportation distances, tipping charges and carbon emissions. Using recycled aggregates instead of primary aggregates can reduce C02 emissions by at least 40%.

The amount of useable landfill sites is rapidly decreasing; consequently waste management is a high priority across the board as companies are being forced to comply with landfill regulations. UltraCrete Perma-Soil can help companies to meet these directives.

UltraCrete Perma-Soil meets the requirements as set out in the Utility WRAP (Waste and Resources Action Programme) agreement and SROH (Specification for the Reinstatement for Openings in Highways). It is very versatile and can be used across a range of highway and footpath applications as well as post, fence and utility pole installations.

For further information on UltraCrete Perma-Soil and other products from UltraCrete’s range of highway maintenance, road and pothole repair products, call now on +44 (0) 1827 254402, email ultracrete@instarmac.co.uk or visit www.ultracrete.co.uk.

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UltraCrete Practical Solutions for the Utility Sector

UltraCrete, part of the Instarmac Group, is home to a portfolio of contractor-friendly repair and maintenance products for the Utility sector.

The UltraCrete product offering is ideal for a range of applications including the installation of telegraph poles, signposts, exchange points as well as for the reinstatement of utility excavations and around water meters and access covers and frames. Our bedding, repair and refurbishment materials are independently tested and proven and offer fast setting and time saving advantages.

Contact UltraCrete now to find out why leading utility suppliers, such as BT, Scottish Water and United Utilities have approved our materials for use in their utility reinstatements throughout the UK.

Fast the fast, efficient installation of heavy duty posts, choose UltraCrete’s QC10 F flowable, rapid set concrete. It is fibre modified for added strength and achieves 20N/mm² after just 90 minutes. It is easy to mix and literally pours from the bucket facilitating speedy application.

Eliminate vandalism to concrete repairs with UltraCrete’s QC6 rapid set surfacing concrete. Ideal for the surface reinstatement of ‘picture frames’ or fillets and around access covers, water meter excavations and for general repairs. This product sets in just 15 minutes thus difficult to deface, improving public image and limiting asset liability.

For surface reinstatements to footways, drives and car parks use UltraCrete’s Instant Road Repair 6mm grade, a cold lay asphalt concrete that can just be poured from the tub and compacted to provide a lasting repair. It is instantly trafficable too, so minimal disruption to pedestrians. It is also available in 10mm grade for heavier trafficked areas and comes in a handy 25kg re-sealable tubs, so no waste and great for sites with limited access!