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Stylish new bathroom WOWS homeowners after UltraTile makeover

Unique Bathrooms & Tiles completed a room refurbishment using UltraTile adhesives, grout and matching silicone. 

Another successful tiling installation has been completed between Unique Bathrooms & Tiles and UltraTile.  This longstanding partnership has an excessive back catalogue of projects and Unique Bathrooms & Tiles now only use UltraTile materials for their work.

Porcelain tiles were fixed to the walls and floors in this bathroom using sister adhesives, ProFlex SP and ProFlex SP+ES.  Both boast S1 classified flexibility for use on timber floors and with underfloor heating.

ProFlex SP is rapid setting and allows a working time of 60 minutes, setting at 2.5 hours after application.  ProFlex SP+ES has an extended open time of 2 hours and the product sets in 16 hours.  Both are available in a grey or white, and may be used internally or externally.

The bathroom was grouted using UltraTile’s best selling grout, FlexJoint.  Complimenting the tiles perfectly, colour shade Titanium was selected.  FlexJoint has been specifically formulated and polymer modified for tiles with joint widths of up to 20mm, and for most tile types and applications.

It has excellent joint filling properties and a super fine texture, allowing for joints to be filled in one simple application making it an ideal choice for fixers, and providing a smooth, non-coarse finish.  The product has an efflorescence-free formulation for consistency of colour and is mould resistant and water repellent for a durable hygienic finish.

To add that final professional finish and complete watertight seal, UltraTile ProSeal IT silicone in matching Titanium was applied to all sanitary joints.  The product is fully ISO compliant and boasts non-shrink high flexibility.  Suitable for a wide variety of sanitary and construction joint applications, this sealant accommodates high movement and temperature changes.

If you would like 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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UltraCrete Brings Joy to Students at Portuguese School

Instarmac’s Portuguese partner, Asfaltovia, have supplied UltraCrete Instant Road Repair® Red to a local school to help them create a new playground for their students.

Domus Social – Empresa de Habitação e Manutenção do Município do Porto, E.M. required a red asphalt to complete their new playground at local school EB Caramila in Oporto, Portufal. The required asphalt needed to provide a permanent finish and cause minimal disruption as possible to the daily routine of the school.

In previous projects of this size, CCR Engenharia – Construçõ Corte Recto, the chosen contractor for this project, had used hot asphalt as the finishing surface. However, access to the playground was very limited and therefore was not possible to get the machinery needed to lay hot asphalt – an alternative product was required!

UltraCrete Instant Road Repair® Red is available in 25kg buckets which allowed the contractors to gain access to site easily, without the need for large equipment. The bucket can also be re-sealed and used another day which meant that no product goes to waste.

What’s more, Instant Road Repair has been independently tested and approved by the Highways Authority Product Approval Scheme (HAPAS) for over 10 years, and is proven to be a quality, flexible and durable solution for first time, permanent repairs.

Applied in 3 easy steps – clean, pour compact – UltraCrete Instant Road Repair® Red can be applied in all weathers – including the sweltering temperatures in Portugal – and can be trafficked instantly which meant the students of EB Caramila school could enjoy their new playground in no time at all!

Not only is UltraCrete Instant Road Repair® Red suitable for repairs in roads and footpaths, the colour of this cold lay asphalt means it is also ideal for repairs to cushions and ramps, bus lanes, cycle tracks, bus stops and colour coded car parks.

UltraCrete Instant Road Repair® Red is one of the many first time, permanent cold lay asphalts available from Instarmac. To find out more, please email international@instarmac.com or call the International Sales Team on +44 (0) 1827 254402.

To contact Asfaltovia, please please www.asfaltovia.com or email grimnir@asfaltovia.com.

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Weatherproof your Road Network with Maintenance Solutions from UltraCrete

Potholes are inevitable after periods of wet and freezing weather. They form when rainwater gathers in cracks in the road surface. When they freeze, they expand, effectively forcing the road open. The more this process is repeated, the larger the hole becomes.

Wet weather adversely affects pothole repair too! Hot mix asphalt (HMA) is difficult to lay in wet weather, the rain cools the mix too soon to finish compaction and this can cause premature failure. Furthermore the water will most likely soften the base, weakening its structure.

Traditional HMA and associated equipment is difficult to transport to remote sites too, especially in poor weather conditions. Although HMA is a popular method, cold mix asphalt is an effective alternative since it can be used all year round for pothole and patch repairs. It can be delivered and applied in a broad range of environments, using minimal equipment.

UltraCrete’s HAPAS approved Permanent Pothole Repair is a flexible cold lay asphalt that can be used in all weathers and is the ideal solution for the repair of potholes in roads, driveways and car parks. The product’s flexibility means it is compatible with the existing road surface ensuring a durable repair that removes the burden and expense of return visits. Permanent Pothole Repair comes in handy 25kg re-sealable tubs, eliminating waste and can be trafficked immediately.

Potholes aren’t the only problem for motorists in severe weather! It is also one of the main causes of ironwork failure, in particular manhole covers. Poor installation and quality of bedding material is also to blame in some cases.

UltraCrete offers a fully HAPAS approved reinstatement system for the installation of all types of access covers. It comprises of a range of bedding mortars, backfill flowable concrete, cold lay asphalt, bitumen seal and tack coat spray and a thermoplastic overbanding.

The system includes UltraCrete’s Envirobed HA104® high performance bedding mortar, the cementitous alternative to resin based products. It contains a special blend of cements, polymer graded aggregates and recycled glass and is particularly suitable for use in wet weather conditions. It achieves an impressive 53N/mm² compressive strength in just 3 hours too, providing significant resistance to the elements! Furthermore, installations made using UltraCrete’s reinstatement system are ready to receive traffic in little over an hour, great for sites that require a quick turnaround which is especially advantageous for those contractors working in severe weather conditions!

UltraCrete’s fast track, weather proof repair products mean that work doesn’t stop just because of poor weather conditions prevail. Moreover, their longevity offers a lasting solution and eliminates repeat visits, reducing maintenance costs, traffic management outlay and disruption to motorists.

For further information please call 01827 254402 or email ultracrete@instarmac.co.uk

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Grab an Apple Watch with Instarmac at Traffex

Join us at Traffex 2017, 4th-6th April, Europe’s largest dedicated traffic management, parking, highways maintenance and transport event.

The exhibition will be held in hall 5 at the NEC in Birmingham and will showcase the latest advancements that will shape the future of the UK’s road network.

Visit us on stand G10 where we will be showcasing our innovative range of HAPAS approved highway maintenance solutions from our UltraCrete brand.

Fed up of costly failures? Want better value? UltraCrete’s repair materials can save you time and money!

Find out how to combat the pothole blight with UltraCrete’s Permanent Pothole Repair cold lay asphalt. It is ideal for planned and reactive maintenance of potholes in roads, driveways and car parks. It is instantly trafficable and can be applied in all weathers. Use with UltraCrete’s SCJ Seal and Tack Coat spray for a permanent repair. See it being demonstrated in our Instarmac Live! area adjacent to our stand. Our programme also includes practical demonstrations of our range of fast setting concretes for backfilling, surface repairs and post installation. All products offer early trafficking, helping you to achieve project deadlines and avoid unnecessary fines.

Instarmac are offering visitors to the stand a chance to win an Apple Watch! Come along to find out how you can take part in our fantastic competition and see how we can help you to reduce your whole life costs. Register for free by clicking here. We look forward to seeing you there!

For further details on any of the products mentioned in this release, please call UltraCrete on 01827 254402, email ultracrete@instarmac.co.uk or visit www.ultracrete.co.uk.

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Helping Deliver a Good Night Guarantee

King’s Cross Premier Inn has been refurbished using smoothing underlayments from UltraFloor.

HSB flooring contractors finished the hotel refurb in 2016, following several weeks of work whilst the hotel remained open. When a building remains operational during a project additional challenges are always presented. This project ran without issue or delays due to the versatile UltraFloor Level IT Bond and speedy Level IT Super30 being selected for installation.

Level IT Super30 is the original ‘level and lay in a day’ product which utilises specially blended cements and a high quality polymer liquid. This speedy products sets in 30 minutes and can be overlaid with bonded floor coverings after 2 hours and unbonded in just 45 minutes!

Level IT Super30’s formulation is free from ammonia and protein, creating a very low odour material suitable for confined areas, proving particularly suitable for schools, hospitals and the hospitality sector. In addition, the product is designed to compensate for shrinkage and is polymer modified, both adding to high performance and compatibility.

Level IT Bond is a rapid curing, high performance two-part smoothing underlayment. It has exceptional adhesion characteristics making it suitable for use over a wide variety of subfloors and substrates.

The product’s exceptional formulation enables it to be used over adhesive residues, eliminating the need for priming. Its rapid setting properties allow for floor coverings to be laid after only 4 hours, both helping to reduce dramatically valuable down time of areas in the hotel.

For further product information including the datasheet, please click here or to please an order call +44 (0) 1827 254402. Keep up-to-date with the latest news, competitions and much more from UltraFloor on Twitter, follow @Ultra_Floor.

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Instarmac tiling solutions used to create bespoke mosaic masterpiece

A community project headed by mosaic artist, Tracey Cartledge has been completed using Instarmac adhesive and grout.

Chorlton Central Church commissioned the striking external focal point to be designed by Tracey, who holds weekly mosaic classes at the church. Manchester based tiler and Instarmac advocate, Andy Carroll was asked to support the mosaic installation with his expertise and product knowledge.

Extended set tile adhesive, ProFlex SP+ES was used to fix the mosaic tiles creating a piece which was inspired by a Bible passage centred upon the themes of peace and harmony. This adhesive is a firm favourite of Andy’s, boasting a 2 hour pot life, an application thickness of 3-20mm and a S1 classification making it ideal for use on timber floors.

Flexible Instarmac grout was used to finish the piece off. This product is available in a choice of 9 colours including Tracey’s selected Grey. It boasts mould and water resistant properties, and can be used with underfloor heating.  It is fast setting and suitable for wall or floor joints up to 20mm.

Members of the local community are now enjoying the stunning detail and vibrant colours of the mosaic feature.

For further product information please call +44 (0) 1827 254402.

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UltraFloor helps Showcase a Legendary Brand in Gateshead

Aiken Flooring Contractors have completed subfloor preparation using UltraFloor materials on a Harley Davidson showroom project in Gateshead.

The project was secured by CFA member, Aiken Flooring Contracts who worked to a tight deadline and finished the showroom floor in only 4 weeks. The work included floor prep, priming, damp proofing, bulking out and levelling prior to floor covering application. The UltraFloor range of materials were chosen due to their reliable performance and helped to secure a successful and cost-effective project.

UltraFloor Multi-surface Primer was used to prior to the application of the damp proof membrane and leveller. This popular primer is suitable for porous and non-porous substrates, enhancing adhesion and reducing pinholing for a bond-proof installation.

Rapid curing primer membrane, DPM IT is designed to provide protection against subfloor moisture. Boasting a 98%RH floor moisture tolerance the two-part epoxy resin system cures in 5 hours.

High flow, two-component smoothing underlayment Level IT Two can be applied at depths between 2mm and 12mm. For deeper sections up to a maximum or 30mm, as required in the showroom, a graded aggregate filler can be used to bulk out prior to levelling. Low odour and protein free, Level IT Two can be overlaid after 12 hours with bonded floor coverings.

For further product information including the datasheet, please click here or to place an order call +44 (0) 1827 254402. Keep up-to-date with the latest news, competitions and much more from UltraFloor on Twitter follow @Ultra_Floor.

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Flowpoint Performs on the most Prestigious Square Kilometre in the World

Instarmac’s partner in Dubai, Tanseeq LLC, have secured a 9,000m² paving project at the beautiful Dubai Opera.

Located in what is known as “the most prestigious square kilometre in the world”, the Dubai Opera is the number one destination for performing arts in the Emirates. The 2,000 seat theatre is home to world famous productions as well as a stunning rooftop restaurant and sky garden where diners can enjoy views of The Dubai Fountain and the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa.

Flowpoint rapid set flowable grout was specified and chosen to grout 9,000m² of paving surrounding the iconic Dubai Opera. Part of the UltraScape Mortar Paving System, Flowpoint has been independently tested to British Standard 7533 and has been developed over a number of years to provide a durable finish which will not crack or stain – even in the extremely high temperatures in Dubai.

Flowpoint is a flowable grout which allows for large areas of paving to be grouted quickly. It can be used to grout joints from 3-5mm to 50mm and as deep as 200mm in one application. What’s more, Flowpoint can receive foot traffic in 1 hour and vehicular traffic in 4 hours – ideal for projects where minimal disruption and early trafficking is essential – such as this one.

Flowpoint is available in 3 varieties – Original, ECO and Smooth and 2 colours – Charcoal and Natural Grey.

The Dubai Opera is the latest in a long line of prestigious projects for Flowpoint in Dubai. UltraScape’s Mortar Paving System has also been specified and used to grout 9,000m² of paving at MBR City and 40,000m² of paving at City Walk.

Flowpoint is available throughout the UAE through Tanseeq LLC. To contact Tanseeq please call +971 (04) 361 7199 or visit www.tanseeqllc.com.

For further information on Flowpoint and the other materials in UltraScape’s Mortar Paving System, please email info@tanseeq.com or international@instarmac.com or call Instarmac’s International Sales Team on +44 (0) 1827 254402.

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UltraCrete is Proven to Provide a Permanent Repair in the French Alps

Instarmac’s French partner, Vert Bleu, have carried out a progress report on a number of failed manhole frames and covers they reinstated in 2015 using UltraCrete PY5 and Instant Road Repair. 

In the summer of 2015, Vert Bleu completed a number of manhole reinstatements along the busy lakeside road that runs along France’s third largest lake, ‘Lac d’Annecy’, in Haute Savoie in the French Alps.

18 months and over 5 million vehicles later, Vert Bleu re-visited the repair site and were pleased to announce that the reinstatements were undamaged and remained as good as the day they were installed – proving that UltraCrete really does provide a permanent repair, even in Alpine conditions!

Vert Bleu used PY5 flowable resin bedding mortar and Instant Road Repair cold lay asphalt for these reinstatements.

Part of UltraCrete’s range of high performance bedding mortars, PY5 is ideal for anchoring bolts or bars, bedding lights in carriageways and backfill of manhole covers. PY5 is able to withstand extreme wear and tear and boasts an impressive compressive strength gain of 85N/mm² after just 1 hour. What’s more, failed manholes reinstated with PY5 can be opened to traffic in just 40 minutes.

Independently tested and approved by the Highway Authority Product Approval Scheme (HAPAS), UltraCrete Instant Road Repair® has been used to repair potholes and failed manhole systems around the world for over 35 years.

Applied in 3 easy steps – clean, pour, compact – Instant Road Repair can be opened to traffic immediately allowing for roads to be opened quickly, minimising disruption. Instant Road Repair has been used to provide a permanent repair all around the world and in a number of climates, further proving its high performance capabilities.

For further information on UltraCrete’s high performance, permanent, highway reinstatement materials, please click here or email international@instarmac.com.

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UltraScape Features in Multi-million pound retail development

UltraScape’s BS 7533 compliant mortar paving system has been used to install over 10,000 square meters of paving in Newport’s major new shopping and leisure scheme, Friars Walk.

The multi-million pound development provides a major landmark for the city centre’s regeneration after an economic turndown. The complex is home to well known retailers and eateries such as Debenhams, Marks and Spencer and Prezzo as well as housing an eight screen cinema and tenpin bowling alley and has created 1200 jobs.

Work was carried out by primary contractor Bowmer & Kirkland and sub-contractor, Davisons, who laid a range of paving throughout the site using UltraScape’s Pro-Bed HS fine bedding concrete, Flowpoint rapid set flowable grout and Pro-Prime slurry primer.  All materials conform to the British Standard BS 7533. Their fast-track and high specification characteristics were an ideal addition to the site’s development.

Pro-Bed HS was supplied in 30 tonne bulk silos, perfect for large scale projects such as this where site storage was limited. It offers the ability to mix the product on-site at the touch of a button. The bulk silo offers a significant cost saving over traditional bagged material and also the added benefit of reducing packaging waste to zero. This was a welcome addition to the project which was designed to achieve a BREEAM rating of ‘Excellent’ for energy consumption.

Construction was carried out in challenging circumstances as contractors worked to tight time frames and with access restrictions as sections were finished. UltraScape’s rapid set materials facilitated a speedy installation, with Pro-Bed HS able to receive foot traffic in as little as 12 hours  and Flowpoint in just 1 hour.

Projects incorporating BS 7533 compliant materials benefit from a reduction in failures and considerable whole life cost savings.  The materials have been independently and rigorously tested by UKAS accredited laboratories to assess their performance capabilities. This method removes the uncertainty of site batched mortars and offers a minimum construction life of 40 years

The Friars Walk redevelopment has helped Newport city centre to re-emerge as the both the premier retail district in this region and the centre for social and cultural entertainment and UltraScape is proud to have played a part.

For further information on Ultrascape’s  BS 7533 compliant mortar paving system, please visit ultrascape.co.uk or call 01827 254402.