All posts by Sarah Instarmac

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UltraCrete and the battle against car theft

Every year, over 370,000 cars are stolen in the UK – a figure which has increased by 30% over the last 3 years and is continuing to rise.

A recent study found vehicle thefts are more likely to occur in car parks and so it is unsurprising that sales of anti-theft devices, such as steering wheel locks, have increased by 60% in the last year alone.

With car thefts accounting for a third of all reported crimes, now is the time to act. As a manufacturer of premium security installation materials, UltraCrete can provide you with the finest products to keep your car park as safe as possible and help reduce the number of vehicle thefts.

For backfilling and surface repairs around impact tested, high security bollards and crash tested barrier systems, UltraCrete recommends the use of a fibre modified concrete such as QC10 F rapid set flowable concrete.

UltraCrete’s QC10 rapid strength concrete has been designed for backfilling around fixed telescopic bollards, surveillance cameras and lighting – all proven theft deterrents.

Also available is a high precision grout for installing dowel bars and safety railings and a 10mm grade rapid hardening concrete formulated for the fast installation of posts, signs and security gates.

Available in contractor friendly 25kg units, each product can be trafficked within 24 hours, with some open to traffic in as little as 90 minutes, enabling security measures to be installed quickly and effectively.

Every product in the range provides a first time permanent repair so you can be assured that once the installation is complete, the area won’t crack and break out, guaranteeing your safety measures stay in place to help keep your car park safe and eliminating costly repeat visits to site.

UltraCrete has been providing concrete repair solutions for planned and reactive repairs for over 40 years. For further information on their Post, Bollard and Sign Installation materials and  the other products available in the security maintenance range, please call their team of technical experts on 01827 254402.

Minimising Risk. Maximising Performance. Delivering Confidence. 

Source: Staveley Head, Just Landed, The Telegraph, Autoexpress

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Popularity of LVT is set to rise by 15%

Over the past 10 years, luxury vinyl flooring has undergone a complete transformation. Advances in manufacturing techniques have meant luxury vinyl tiles (LVT) have become the fastest growing category in flooring – an area that is expected to grow by 10-15% in the next year.

Its versatility is perhaps LVT’s most appealing characteristic. Consumers can create beautiful floors that are easy to care, clean and maintain – perfect for today’s busy life – and at a fraction of the cost. Ideal for both domestic and commercial projects, it is clear to see why LVT flooring has become a firm favourite.

Luxury vinyl tiles always look their best when laid on a beautifully smooth sub-floor. It is important, that when installing LVT, you choose a smoothing underlayment that dries with an extremely finish, as any bumps or lumps will be obvious once the vinyl is laid.

UltraFloor Level IT Smooth has been specifically formulated to do just that. Pump or trowel applied from 2mm to 30mm, Level IT Smooth has an extremely smooth finish and boasts a superior flow – perfect for larger flooring projects.

With a coverage rate of approximately 5.5m² at 3mm, Level IT Smooth is suitable for underfloor heating systems, has a working time of 20-30 minutes and can receive foot traffic after just 2-3 hours – allowing you to move on to the next part of the project quickly.

There are many benefits to using Level IT Smooth. Interested in finding out more? Why not get in touch with the UltraFloor sales team to arrange a free product demonstration. You can contact UltraFloor by email or by calling 01827 254402.

Level IT Smooth really is the only choice for installing luxury vinyl tiles. Find out more information on Level IT Smooth, and the other products available in UltraFloor’s range of subfloor preparation materials.

Keep up-to-date with the latest news and competitions from UltraFloor by following them on Twitter @Ultra_Floor.

Source: Floor Trends Magazine and Flooring Inc.

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Visit Traffex Seeing is believing to win a four ball at The Belfry

Traffex Seeing is believing, part of Transport Network, combines indoor conferences and exhibition hall with outdoor product demonstrations – the perfect opportunity for you to see the latest road and traffic safety products in real life conditions.

With a focus on maintenance, safety, technology, lighting, signage and road marking, Traffex Seeing is believing is a must see for anyone involved in the highway industry.

As well as live crash demonstrations, Skills Zone and a programme of CPD certified seminars, Traffex Seeing is believing also includes a full  timetable of free to attend outdoor demonstrations.

Head over to plot 31, located in the Maintenance Matters area, and join Nick Holmes, UltraCrete’s Technical Field Support and Training Manager, as he demonstrates the exceptional capabilities of QC6 anti-vandal surface reinstatement concrete and Tough Patch® Rapid hybrid pothole repair solution.

For HAPAS Approved highway maintenance materials, move inside to stand 1 where UltraCrete will be showcasing their world renowned cold lay asphalts and Manhole Installation System.

Experts will be available each day to offer advice and guidance and to help you find the perfect product for your highway maintenance needs.

What’s more, visitors to the UltraCrete stand will have the chance to win a four ball at the prestigious Belfry Golf Club, by taking part in their ‘Strike a Light’ game.

Traffex Seeing is believing will be held at Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground in Leicestershire from 27th – 28th June 2018. The event is free to attend, so why not visit http://sib.uk.net and book your tickets today?

For more information on UltraCrete’s highway maintenance materials or their calendar of events, please contact their  team of experts by email or by calling 01827 254402.

Minimising Risk. Maximising Performance. Delivering Confidence.

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Want to achieve perfect paving every time?

Visit the UltraScape team at Specifi Landscape held at Crypt on the Green in London on 21st February 2018. Specifi Landscape is the ideal event for architects, designers and specifiers involved in all aspects of landscaping to connect face-to-face with over 100 fellow professionals.

The event includes entry to the Specifi TH!NK TANK where topics including green infrastructure will be discussed, the chance to connect and network with the industry’s leading suppliers and experts, plus the opportunity to hear Claire Thirlwall, chartered landscape architect at Thirlwall Associates give a talk on ‘Landscapers, the unsung heroes’. The event concludes at 8.45pm with a relaxed 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. UltraScape’s Mortar Paving System includes Pro-Bed HS ECO fine bedding mortar and Flowpoint ECO rapid set flowable grout, both of which contain 20% recycled material. The addition of recycled material significantly reduces the consumption of virgin aggregates – an important feature for any projects aspiring to achieve a CEEQUAL award or those looking to improve their BREEAM rating.

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 (RIAI). ‘Paving the Way: The Benefits of BS 7533′ CPD seminar can be delivered at their state-of-the-art premises in Tamworth, on location or online, 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 by calling 01827 254402.

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Report finds UK’s aggregate reserves are dangerously low

The Mineral Products Association (MPA) have once again, raised concerns over the country’s shrinking aggregate reserves in their Annual Mineral Planning Survey Report (AMPS 2017).

Based on information provided by MPA members, AMPS 2017 revealed that whilst sales of sand and gravel increased by 2.5% and crushed rock by 5.3%, reserves have remained worryingly low. Sand and gravel has reserves of just 60% and alarmingly only 6% of crushed rock sales were replaced during 2016.

These worrying statistics confirm that the demand for raw materials continues to far outweigh any new reserves, which in turn, raises an important question for the industry – what can we do to help? One solution is to reduce the use of virgin aggregates by using a soil stabiliser.

UltraCrete Perma-Soil is a sol stabiliser which turns excavated spoil into usable backfill within minutes. This not only eliminates the need for virgin aggregates, and therefore lessens the pressure on the country’s natural reserves but also eradicates all the costs associated with hauling away spoil.

Ideal for small utility repairs, such as backfilling poles, water metres and water tobies, Perma-Soil is available in 25kg and 12.5kg units – the perfect size for most utility excavations – and is A9 Approved, which proves its use across the entire UK network.

Furthermore, Perma-Soil vastly reduces the amount of materials that would traditionally be sent to landfill – a fundamental requirement set out in the Utility WRAP (The Waste and Resources Action Programme) Agreement. Find out more about Perma-Soil’s environmental capabilities.

The benefits of using Perma-Soil soil stabiliser are easy to see. For further information on Perma-Soil and how you can reduce the use of virgin aggregates, please contact UltraCrete’s team of Technical experts by email or by calling +44 (0) 1827 254402.

Source: Aggregate Business and Mineral Products Association

Minimising Risk. Maximising Performance. Delivering Confidence.

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How can NBS Plus benefit me?

As a manufacturer of premium bedding, priming and jointing materials, developing long lasting relationships with architects and contractors is of key importance. Architects need to trust in the products they are specifying and to understand how they are best applied and used. 

For many years, UltraScape has worked in partnership with contractors, designers and architects to create exceptional projects across the UK and worldwide. UltraScape recognises  the importance of these relationships and by understanding architect requirements, they can tailor products, services and training accordingly.

With this in mind, architects are able to find a selection of UltraScape products on the RIBA Product Selector. This industry-leading online resource allows users to research and select construction products and service information for all types of building design projects.

The RIBA Product Selector works in conjunction with NBS Plus – a library of technical product information, written in NBS format and linked to specific clauses within the market-leading NBS specification software.

By using NBS Plus, you can specify products quickly and accurately with just one click, importing the relevant information directly into your specification – a handy feature which will not only save you a huge amount of time but makes your job so much simpler.

UltraScape’s range of BS 7533 compliant bedding, priming and jointing materials are all available in NBS Plus.

Pro-Bed HS is a fine bedding mortar manufactured to meet and exceed the strict requirements of British Standard 7533. Designed for depths from 10mm – 75mm, Pro-Bed HS is available in 3 different sizes – the perfect amount of material for all project sizes – and can be opened up to foot traffic in just 12 hours.

Formulated to provide an exceptional bond between Pro-Bed HS and your paving element, Pro-Prime slurry primer eliminates costly failures caused by general wear and wear and heavy load bearing.

Flowpoint rapid set flowable grout has been used in a variety of environments for over 20 years. Available in 3 varieties, including Original, ECO and Smooth, Flowpoint rapid set flowable grout is synonymous with fast application, cost effective and robust jointing. Open to foot traffic in just 1 hour, Flowpoint is available in 2 stylish colours and is ideal for use on large scale projects.

Completing UltraScape’s NBS Plus listing is Paving Guard, a versatile solution for joint protection in both commercial and public realm projects. Available in a 25 litre container, Paving Guard is solvent free, protects paving from staining and limits chewing gum adhesion for easier cleaning.

UltraScape is not the only Instarmac brand available on NBS Plus. Their highway maintenance, tiling and flooring materials are also available for specification through NBS Plus. View the complete list of registered products.

For more information on how you can benefit from using NBS Plus and UltraScape’s BS 7533 compliant Mortar Paving System, please contact their sales team by email or by calling 01827 254402.

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UltraFloor supports NHS specialist accommodation

Valued UltraFloor customer, G J Flooring Specialists Ltd., have used Suppress IT and Level IT Two to complete a 1,000m² subfloor preparation project at a specialist accommodation project in Blackburn.

The NHS facility has been built to provide accommodation for young adults with disabilities in Blackburn. The £900,000 project included 12 one-bedroom apartments, a quiet room and sensory room and enables young adults to live independently with support.

Before work began on the new building, UltraFloor’s Technical Field Support and Training Manager, Alan Collins, visited Apple Street to carry out a detailed site specification. This invaluable service is just one of many available from UltraFloor. Find out more about UltraFloor’s Site Support Team and their other offerings.

In order to recommend the correct materials for the project, a Hygrometer was used to measure the moisture in the concrete substrate. After 72 hours, the readings were between 80% and 85%RH, and because the project needed to be completed within 6 weeks, a moisture suppressant was recommended to reduce the moisture reading to 75% to allow Level IT Two to be laid.

Designed to suppress residual construction moisture – allowing the earlier installation of floor coverings – Suppress IT is a ready to use single component rapid drying moisture suppressant primer membrane. Applied in two coats, Suppress IT provides up to 95% RH protection, removes the need to prime and is available in a resealable 5 litre bottle so you can pop the lid back on and use the rest another day. Not only that, Suppress IT is pigmented orange so you can see exactly where you have applied it.

As soon as the second coat of Suppress IT had dried, Level IT Two high flow smoothing underlayment was applied by trowel to the substrate. There are many reasons why Level IT Two has become UltraFloor’s most popular floor leveller. Its exceptional flow characteristics make it a very easy material to apply to a variety of subfloors in both commercial and domestic flooring projects and due to its low odour formulation it is equally suited to confined areas proving particularly popular in the education, health and hospitality sectors.

With a set time of 2.5 hours, Level IT Two can receive bonded floor coverings after just 12 hours, making this an ideal floor leveller for projects with a tight deadline, such as this one.

What’s more, because Level IT Two is available as a two component system, it takes the guesswork out of mixing, reducing site errors and guaranteeing a perfect application every time.

Watch an application video of Level IT Two.

For further information on Suppress IT, Level IT Two and the other materials that make up UltraFloor’s range of subfloor preparation materials, please contact their team of experts by email or by calling +44 (0) 1827 254402.

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Manufacture your own pothole repair solution!

Come along and join Instarmac International at the second PPR Summit – the number one summit for pavement preservation and recycling.

Visit Instarmac International at the Palais des Congrès in Nice Acropolis where they will be showcasing world renowned UltraCrete Instant Road Repair® and their independently tested and approved Manhole Installation System.

UltraCrete Instant Road Repair® is the number one solution for first time permanent pothole repairs. Suitable for use in all weathers and climates – it even provides a permanent repair in freezing temperatures and wet conditions – this cold lay asphalt is certainly revolutionising traditional road repair methods.

Suitable for use in heavily trafficked environments, such as congested city centres and highways, UltraCrete Instant Road Repair® has been independently tested and is proven to be a quality, flexible and durable solution for first time permanent pothole repairs, even in areas of turning and braking.

Experts will be on hand each day to offer advice and to present the benefits of manufacturing this innovative pothole repair in your own territory by becoming an Instarmac Licensee.

Becoming an Instarmac Licensee allows you to manufacture a truly global and innovative product in your own country. You will benefit from a protected territory and will receive technical, commercial and marketing support to help promote your latest business venture.

You can find out more information on Instarmac’s exclusive licensing opportunity by visiting Instarmac’s International Sales Manager, Angus Longward, at PPRS. To pre-arrange your meeting with Angus, please contact him by email or by calling +44 (0) 7855 268154.

Not sure becoming a licensee is for you? Instarmac International are also seeking innovative distributors to build a successful business selling their proven, durable and quality products and systems. To find out more, please visit instarmacinternational.com.

Visitors to Instarmac’s stand will also discover their independently tested and approved Manhole Installation System. Made up of high performance bedding mortars, high strength backfill concretes, surface finishes and overbanding to prolong the life of your repair, UltraCrete’s Manhole Installation System is the number 1 choice for utility companies and municipalities worldwide.

PPRS will be held at the Palais des Congrès from 26th – 28th March 2018. To register for tickets, please visit www.pprs2018.com.

For further information on UltraCrete Instant Road Repair® and Instarmac’s exclusive licensing opportunity, please contact their team of experts by email or by calling +44 (0) 1827 254402.

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A visit to Intertraffic could provide your next business opportunity!

Visit Instarmac International at Intertraffic Amsterdam and discover the world’s number one pothole repair product – UltraCrete Instant Road Repair®.

UltraCrete Instant Road Repair® is a first time permanent repair which has been continuously developed over the past 40 years and used all around  the world with excellent results. It is being used on a daily basis in all climates across each continent, from the snow bound island of Hokkaido in Japan, to the tropical monsoon hit roads of Malaysia, in the freezing cold Scandinavian winters, the heat of the Namibian desert and the temperate climates of Europe – a pothole repair like this is always needed, no matter the time of year or climate.

Applied in 3 easy steps, UltraCrete Instant Road Repair® can be trafficked instantly making it ideal for environments where delays and disruption are not an option! This innovative material conforms to rigorous European Testing, has been independently tested by the British Board of Agrément and is proven to be a quality, flexible and durable solution for first time permanent pothole repairs, even in areas of turning and braking.

UltraCrete Instant Road Repair® is available for you to manufacture under license. Instarmac Group plc is a UK company who are behind its enormous success. With licensees worldwide already manufacturing 3 million units of this technology every years, this is an unmissable opportunity to build a profitable business.

Becoming an Instarmac Licensee allows you to manufacture a truly global and innovative product in your own country. You will benefit from a protected territory and will receive technical, commercial and marketing support to help you promote your latest business venture.

You can find out more information on Instarmac’s exclusive licensing opportunity by visiting their experienced professionals at Intertraffic Amsterdam on stand 05.436.

Visitors to Instarmac’s stand will also discover their independently tested and approved Manhole Installation System. Made up of high performance bedding mortars, high strength backfill concretes, surface finishes and overbanding to prolong the life of your repair, UltraCrete’s Manhole Installation System is the number 1 choice for utility companies and municipalities worldwide.

Intertraffic Amsterdam will be held at RAI Amsterdam from Tuesday 20th – Friday 23rd March 2018. To register for free tickets, please visit www.intertraffic.com/Amsterdam by 12th March.

For further information on UltraCrete Instant Road Repair® and Instarmac’s exclusive licensing opportunity, please contact  their team of experts by emailing international@instarmac.com or by calling +44 (0) 1827 254402.

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The Dynamic Duo

Drywall systems require drylining to prepare the surface prior to decorating and involves filling, taping and finishing joints between plasterboards. prem filler and prem finish, known as The Dynamic Duo, provide cost-effective and time-efficient solutions.

Looking for a reliable product for bedding and filling tapes? prem filler plasterboard joint filler is the perfect product for you. This plaster-based compound has been developed to provide the strength that’s needed when bedding tapes on external corners.

Available in contractor friendly 12.5kg bags, prem filler boasts a working time of 60-90 minutes – enough time for you to complete the task at hand – and is fast setting for early sanding allowing you to move on to your next project quickly.

prem filler’s perfect partner is prem finish plasterboard finishing compound. Suitable for the finishing of all plasterboard joints, prem filler is  easy to apply and provides a seamless feathered finish for easy and professional over painting.

The advanced formula of prem filler and prem finish ensures both products have excellent workability and dry smooth for effortless sanding – elbow grease definitely isn’t required here! What’s more, both products have minimal or no shrinkage so you can be assured that once the material is in, it won’t crack or come out.

Did you know the Wondertex Drylining range also includes three specialist tapes? They have tapes for creating robust corner joints, reinforcing joints and angles and for plasterboard crack and hole repairs.

prem fill and prem finish are the ideal products for all Drylining projects. For further information on Wondertex’s Dynamic Duo, their specialist tapes and the other materials in their internal finishing range, please email wondertex@instarmac.co.uk.