Want to see how UltraScape transforms landscapes?

Visit the team at Specifi Landscape held at the CBSO Centre in Birmingham on 16th November 2017. Specifi Landscape is a must-attend event for Architects and Specifiers involved in all aspects of landscaping.

The event includes a seminar with Ecologist Gary Grant and the opportunity to meet leading supplies to discuss new technologies at the Networking and Expo event. The evening concludes with the Specifi Dinner, which is free for all attendees.

Visitors to the UltraScape stand will discover a range of bedding, priming and jointing materials that meet and exceed the strict demands of British Standard 7533. These premium products have been specified by contractors, engineers and architects for an ever-expanding portfolio of major schemes across the UK and around the world.

UltraScape is an approved CPD provider to the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland (RIAI). ‘Paving the Way: The Benefits of BS 7533‘ CPD seminar can be delivered at their state-of-the-art premises in Tamworth or on location and covers topics such as an introduction to BS 7533 and the types of problems which arise when not adhering to this standard. Visit the UltraScape stand to book your CPD.

Specifi Landscape is a free event. You can register for tickets by visiting www.specifi.co.uk.

For further information on UltraScape’s BS 7533 Mortar Paving System please contact their team of experts by email or calling 01827 254402.

Image: www.specifi.co.uk.


New easy to use ‘mix and fix’ tile adhesive solution available from Instarmac

The new ProFix IT is the ideal solution for easy tile fixing.  This powder tile adhesive is sold in a bucket, which is designed to be used as the mixing vessel, making life super easy on the job.  Perfect for both the DIY tiler and professional contractors, ProFix IT is the ideal multi-use product.

ProFix IT is a flexible tile adhesive suitable for use on walls and floors in internal or external environments, including kitchens, bathrooms, living areas, utility rooms and patios.  It may be used with most common tile types, such as ceramic, porcelain, glass, mosaic and natural stone.

To ensure that there is enough time to place and adjust tiles correctly, ProFix IT has been formulated with a 30 minute working time and a 2 hour pot life.  This is perfect for the DIY user and also suits professionals who are completing the more complicated of jobs.  ProFix IT may be grouted after 16 hours.

4.5kg of ProFix IT covers one square metre when applied at a bed thickness of 3mm.  The product may be used up to 12mm and is grey in colour.

ProFix IT has been designed to be used with current popular home features including underfloor heating, structurally secure wooden floors and large format tiles.  Its CE recognised performance classification is C2 TE.

Instarmac have been manufacturing tile adhesives for over 2 decades and sell their products to national retailers, as well as many independent showrooms and direct to tile contractors.  ProFix IT enhances the Instarmac portfolio of tiling products, complimenting their existing range and providing a new, fresh alternative for ease of use.

To access all the ProFix IT product information including data and safety sheets, please visit instarmac.co.uk or download the ‘Instarmac Product Planner’ app.  If you would like any further details including prices then please call 01827 254402 or email tileadhesives@instarmac.co.uk.


Overbanding: The Truth

Overbanding is certainly a contentious subject and its use on our road network has been controversial with reports of accidents due to skidding and unsightly images of bitumen creeping out from the sides of a patch repair.

Sealing the joints of a repair to prevent water ingress and progressive fretting makes sense, so why isn’t overbanding being used on every permanent repair? Is it due to bad press? Are contractors concerned that products are costly and not fit for purpose? Are  the products on the market blighting the roads with unsightly repairs?

With reports in the press of tragedies on our road network, it has never been more important to ensure only certified products are used for repairs. To guarantee road safety is maintained it is compulsory to choose a solution that is HAPAS Approved, as per the requirements of the SROH S11.7. This clause states ‘All materials used for overbanding shall have a current HAPAS Approval certificate’ and offer ‘a minimum skid resistance value of 55′ – particularly important for motorcyclists, cyclist and horses. Failure to comply can lead to early failure and violate SROH requirements.

Overbanding is costly, is an argument put forward and whilst this may be the case in the short term, the long term benefits of using overbanding are much more cost effective. Overbanding materials have been proven to provide an excellent method of preventative maintenance. Designed for application to asphalt roads they provide a permanent repair by preventing water ingress and progressive fretting – a prime reason for the failure of reinstatements.

Using materials that provide a first time permanent repair eliminates costly repeat visits to the same site, which in turn vastly reduces the whole life costs of a repair. New overbanding solutions are quick and easy to heat apply and can be trafficked instantly which minimises the need for costly traffic management,

So the preconceived ideas of overbanding are wrong. These concerns over cost, safety and application have certainly moved forward over recent years with manufacturers developing materials which deliver all of the benefit with none of the risk. Overbanding is safer, more efficient and providers neater and more attractive surface finish than historic methods.

Innovation, listening to the needs of the industry and providing real solutions has always been of the utmost importance to Instarmac Group plc. With this in mind, in 2012, they worked alongside the British Board of Agrément to develop the UK’s first HAPAS approved thermoplastic overbanding tape – UltraCrete Instaband ECO.

Instaband ECO has been tested over time to ensure compliance SROH requirements. It has been proven to provide a waterproof seal on asphalt and is an excellent method of preventative maintenance. The product’s simple application method provides contractors with an effective way of protecting and prolonging the life of new and in-situ reinstatements, as well as repairing joints and cracks in older wearing courses.

Instaband ECO boasts a skid resistance value of 60, exceeding the demands of SROH, and can be opened to traffic in just 10 minutes, eliminating costly Section 84 fines.

Instaband ECO is available for specification via the RIBA Product Selector. Add Instaband ECO to your specification.

Instarmac: Listening, innovating and delivering to the market.

For further information on HAPAS and the benefits of using HAPAS Approved products, please contact our team of technical experts by calling 01827 254402 or emailing ultracrete@instarmac.co.uk


UltraCrete Revitalises Riga’s Streets

Following on from last year’s success at Northern Europe’s Art Nouveau capital, Instarmac’s Latvian partner, Delta Urban, have supplied world renowned reinstatement materials to assist with the rehabilitation of a number of roads and pavements throughout the centre of Riga – a project partly funded by the European Union.

Part of the project required hundreds of gullies and manholes to be repaired on some of Riga’s busiest roads, therefore it was imperative that the materials chosen would withstand constant and heavy trafficking and with minimal disruption.

UltraCrete has been the number one ironwork solution in Riga for more than 10 years. Delta Urban supplied the chosen contractors, Roakdeks and Parvalde, with UltraCrete M60 rapid strength bedding mortar and QC10 F rapid set flowable concrete for the repairs.

UltraCrete M60 is a rapid strength bedding mortar ideal for use with all access covers as well as for the bonding of granite setts, flags and bedding kerbs. M60 boasts superior compressive strength which means areas repaired with M60 can be opened to traffic in just 1 hour – ideal for the busy streets of Riga where traffic needs to keep moving.

Part of UltraCrete’s range of high specification concretes, QC10 F is a rapid setting, fibre modified concrete formulated for the backfilling around manhole frames and gullies. QC10 F has an impressive compressive strength and is opened to traffic in just 90 minutes.

Both M60 and QC10 F have been independently tested by an accredited laboratory and are proven to fully comply with the Highways Authority Product Approval Scheme (HAPAS) – an approval they have met and exceeded for over 10 years. M60 and QC10 F are proven to provide first time, permanent and durable repairs with a service life of at least 5 years.

For further information on M60, QC10 F and the other materials that make up UltraCrete’s HAPAS Approved Manhole Installation System please email international@instarmac.com or call +44 (0) 1827 254402.

You can contact Delta Urban by visiting deltaurban.lv or emailing info@deltaurban.lv.