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Flowpoint paves the way in Bilzen, Belgium

Flowpoint, part of UltraScape’s BS 7533 approved Mortar Paving System, has been used in the construction of Bilzen’s town square and new shopping precinct.

Located in Limburg Belgium, Bilzen is home to over 30,000 residents and spans an area of 75.9 square kilometres. Over the past 10 years, Bilzen has undergone a transformation; a new shopping area has been created and many areas of the town have been refurbished.

Supplied by Instarmac’s Belgian partner Nijst Natuursteen Bvba, Flowpoint flowable rapid set grout has been used at every stage of Bilzen’s redevelopment. Flowpoint was first used in 2006 in the refurbishment of the main town square – an area that, over a decade later, still looks as good as the day it was finished.

Flowpoint has been used on a variety of other projects throughout Bilzen including a parking area in front of the town hall and church, pavements for the bustling cafés, parking areas in the town centre and the installation of paving at the new shopping precinct. Later this year, more pavements will be restored with new cobbles and pointed with Flowpoint.

Flowpoint was chosen for these projects for a number of reasons. Independently tested and approved, Flowpoint is proven to be compliant to British Standard 7533. This standard guarantees Flowpoint’s performance in areas of heavy traffic, turning and braking – a key feature for any areas of paving where vehicles will travel over it.

Available in 2 colours – Natural Grey and Charcoal – and in 3 varieties including Smooth and ECO, Flowpoint is a flowable grout which allows for large areas of paving to be grouted quickly. Supplied in 25kg bags, Flowpoint can be used to grout joints from 3mm to 50mm and as deep as 200mm in one application – ideal for projects where a number of different sized stones will be used.

What’s more, Flowpoint has a design life of over 40 years, can be walked over in just 1 hour and receive vehicular traffic in 4 hours, causing minimal disruption to pedestrians and motorists alike.

Flowpoint is distributed throughout Belgium by Nijst Natuursteen Bvba. To contact Nijst please call +32 (0)89 41 62 9 or email info@nijst-natuursteen.be.

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

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Instarmac turn up the heat on a stunning bathroom refurbishment

TTA member and ‘Tile Fixer of the Year’ finalist, Andy Carroll & Son Tiling were commissioned to install underfloor heating and tiles in a detached Staffordshire home.  All subfloor preparation, fixing and grouting was completed using products from the Instarmac tile adhesive brands.   

Working onto an overboarded timber substrate, Andy installed the Warmup DCM-PRO system.  Taking only minutes to install, this simple to use electric matting system is the fastest heated decoupling solution available.

Following best practice, Andy levelled over the underfloor heating with Level IT Rapid.  This flexible floor leveller protects the heating wires from damage during tiling, creates a uniformed heat across the finished floor, and provides an ideal subfloor especially for large format tiles.

The homeowner chose 600 x 600 porcelain floor tiles to create their desired stylish look.  These were fixed using ProFlex SP+ES, a cementitious adhesive with an extended set for intricate tiling work and large format tiles.  Classified with an S1 rating, ProFlex SP+ES is ideal for use on timber floors and with underfloor heating systems, accommodating any movement or vibration from either.

The bathroom was finished with FlexJoint grout in Jasmine – a soft, delicate neutral tone, which compliments natural stones and lighter coloured tiles.  Its polymer modified formulation provides excellent flexibility and also a super fine texture for easy application.  FlexJoint is available in 11 different colours, including the recently added Taupe, ideal for use with most wood-effect tiles and Mid-Grey.

For sealing edges within the bathroom, ProSeal IT silicone was available in matching Jasmine.  Grout and silicone colour matching is available across the range and makes life a whole lot easier whilst providing the best possible finish to tiling projects.

For further information please visit instarmac.co.uk or to place an order call 01827 254402.

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Potholes cause chaos around the tunnels of Rhône-Alps

Instarmac’s French partner, Vert Bleu, have used UltraCrete Instant Road Repair to repair dangerous potholes in and around tunnels in the Rhône-Alps, France.

Millions of cars and heavy goods vehicles regularly travel through the many road tunnels in the Northern Alp region. Regular trafficking, braking and turning from heavyweight vehicles and trucks had caused severe damage to the wearing course on a roundabout connecting the French highway to such a tunnel.

Numerous cold asphalts had been trialled on the roundabout in an attempt to repair the damage but every product used thus far had failed, causing further disruption to motorists and costly repeat visits for the local municipality.

A new repair product was needed that would withstand heavy and constant trafficking and provide a permanent repair in areas of braking and turning. After careful research, a trial was completed using world renowned UltraCrete Instant Road Repair and Vert Bleu are delighted to report that the repair has now been in place for over 4 months and shows no signs of failing – a significant improvement compared to the previous repair products used.

UltraCrete Instant Road Repair is a cold asphalt technology, which has been continuously developed and perfected over the past 40 years to provide a first time permanent pothole repair.

There are many cold lay asphalt repair products available, but Instarmac backs up its technical claims! Strength is gained by compaction, becoming stronger the more that traffic travels over it, making it the perfect repair product for heavily trafficked roads and areas of vehicle turning and braking, such as this one.

Instant Road Repair has provided permanent repairs on some of the world’s busiest roads including the German Autobahn, Gardiner Expressway in Canada, UK motorways and New York Bridges and Tunnels.

Applied in 3 easy steps – clean, pour, compact – UltraCrete Instant Road Repair can be applied in all weathers including hot, wet and cold – it even provides a permanent repair in freezing temperatures!

Independently tested by the Highways Authority Product Approval Scheme for over 15 years, Instant Road Repair is proven to be a quality, flexible and durable solution for first time instant and permanent pothole repairs.

UltraCrete Instant Road Repair is available throughout France through Vert Bleu. To contact Vert Bleu please call +33 (0)4 79 84 41 or visit www.ultracrete.fr.

For further information on UltraCrete Instant Road Repair and the other materials available in UltraCrete’s highway maintenance range, please email international@instarmac.com or call the International Sales Team on +44 (0) 1827 254402.