Instarmac launch online Training Academy

Workplaces have changed dramatically over the last 12-18 months with everyone rapidly adapting to the ‘new normal’. We have all had to adjust to new ways of working and learning, and with the demand for online training ever-increasing, Instarmac have spent the last few months researching and considering new approaches to training.

With this in mind, Instarmac are proud to launch their online Training Academy. Visitors to the Instarmac Training Academy will be able to continue their learning regardless of whether they are working from home, in the office, or out on site.

The Instarmac Training Academy has it all. Visitors can take part in webinars, complete CPDs, download podcasts, watch a variety of ‘how-to’ videos and access a huge library of technical and educational resources.

Prefer your training in-person? Visit instarmactrainingacademy.co.uk to book your place at one of Instarmac’s extremely popular Academy Days, held at Instarmac’s bespoke indoor and outdoor training facilities in Tamworth, Staffordshire.

Whether you are a highway contractor, tiler, flooring contractor, or an architect looking to earn CPD points, the Instarmac Training Academy has tailored training perfectly suited to you.

For further information on Instarmac’s Training Academy, to see the calendar of events, or to book your place on an upcoming event, please visit instarmactrainingacademy.co.uk.

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Is your home décor out of date?

In a recent issue of House Beautiful, interior designer Zoe Warren revealed her top ’10 things that make a house feel outdated’. In at number six was popcorn ceilings – a bumpy texture that was once used to create statement ceilings but is now seen as outdated and unappealing.

Fortunately, if you are looking for a product to smooth over unwanted textured surfaces to help modernise your home, there is a simple solution available!

Suitable for both walls and ceilings, prem texture is a decorative finish that is easy to work with, has an extended working time to reduce wasted product and can be mixed with both warm and cold water for your convenience.

Available in 25kg bags from internal finishing experts Wondertex, prem texture has been designed to cover the roughest and most abstract of patterns without the need to pre-smooth first.

Wondertex has been providing internal finishing solutions for over 50 years. Their portfolio of professional products also includes a filler and smoother designed for filling and finishing plasterboard joints as well as repairing any accidental damage, a high grab adhesive for fixing all cove and cornice systems as well as expert drylining solutions.

Every product in the Wondertex range of easy to use decorating solutions, has been expertly formulated to provide professional results every single time.

Wondertex prem texture is available from builders and decorating merchants up and down the country. For details of your nearest stockist, or for further product information, please contact Wondertex by calling +44 (0) 1827 254461 or emailing wondertex@instarmac.co.uk.

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UltraScape – tried, tested and will not let you down

UltraScape have been successfully providing the industry with high quality paving installation materials for over 20 years. Their specialist materials are proven to work alongside all stone manufacturers with excellent results every single time.

Over the last 20 years, UltraScape have established themselves as a force to be reckoned with. They have built longstanding relationships with architects, specifiers and contractors, and have listened to the changing needs of the industry to develop a suite of proven and trusted paving installation materials.

Building the right foundation for your paving is critical to success. UltraScape’s bedding mortars will provide the ultimate laying course for all types of paving. UltraScape perma-bed is a permeable bedding mortar specifically designed with permeability in mind. Formulated to drain away any water migrating into the pavement via cracks or damaged areas, perma-bed reduces water related pavement failures as rainwater will drain away rather than sit on top of the stone.

What’s more, the free passage of water through the cured product ensures that correctly laid paving will not suffer from reflective staining emanating from the underside of the paving elements.

If you are looking to achieve an ‘Excellent’ CEEQUAL award, or are due to have a BREEAM assessment, then UltraScape eco-bed is the bedding mortar for you. UltraScape eco-bed is proven to provide the performance you would expect from a BS 7533 bedding mortar but also contains 20% recycled material, significantly reducing the consumption of virgin aggregates.

Priming is an important part of any paving installation but is something that is often overlooked. Neglecting to include a primer such as UltraScape pro-prime slurry primer, can have disastrous consequences for your project and as a result, the reputation of your business.

UltraScape pro-prime is a slurry primer manufactured to meet the demanding requirements of BS 7533. Suitable for use with all paving types including stone and porcelain pavers, UltraScape pro-prime is simple to use and is proven to increase adhesion, preventing failure and prolonging the life of your project.

Selecting the correct bedding mortar and primer to install your chosen paving is paramount for success but the finishing is also crucial. When making such an integral design decision, it is vital that you don’t compromise the aesthetics with poor jointing.

UltraScape have jointing options suitable for all designs and tastes. Their range of flowable grouts and brush in sand will make light work of any installation – the hardest decision you will make is choosing between the beautiful colour options available.

Available in three varieties – Original, ECO and Smooth, and two stunning colours – Natural Grey and Charcoal – UltraScape flowpoint rapid set flowable grout, provides a decorative, natural-effect finish every single time.

UltraScape flowpoint is easy to mix and apply, and once grouted, can be walked over in just 1 hour, minimising disruption and allowing you to move on to another part of the project quickly.

Completing the UltraScape jointing range is premjoint – the next generation in decorative, brush-in jointing solutions. Using popular natural paving stones as a guide, premjoint is available in three attractive colours – Cosmic Black, Natural Cashmere and Storm Grey. Furthermore, premjoint eliminates the need for hand pointing, can be used in all weathers, is frost resistant, and once applied, can be walked over in just 24-48 hours.

UltraScape have always prided themselves on providing the industry with quality paving materials. Each of the products that make up UltraScape’s BS 7533 Mortar Paving System has been put through rigorous independent testing by an UKAS accredited laboratory to assess their performance capabilities and to ensure they give the best performance possible in real time situations.

To find out more, or for assistance in selecting the perfect products for your next installation, please contact UltraScape by emailing ultrascape@instarmac.co.uk or calling +44 (0) 1827 254402.

Transform your patio and driveway with Geo-Fix® NEW colour range

Paving trends are changing. The rise in popularity of 20mm porcelain paving has created a demand for sophisticated and aesthetically pleasing jointing. With this in mind, Geo-Fix® are delighted to enhance their range of All Weather colours by introducing three new spectacular shades of brush-in sands.

Already available in two striking colours – Slate Grey and Mid Grey, Geo-Fix® All Weather paving jointing compound is now available in Anthracite, Graphite and Stone – a shade perfectly suited to all tastes and designs.

Pair Geo-Fix® All Weather in Anthracite with black paving for a stylish and high-end design that is truly out of this world.

Graphite is guaranteed to make a real statement when teamed with sophisticated dark grey tiles, or why not choose a lighter stone to create a dramatic monochrome effect.

Life isn’t black and white – it’s a million shades of grey. All Weather in Mid Grey is breath taking when used to joint lighter shades of paving. The contrast between the jointing and paving is a modern take on a classic design.

Create contrasting or complimentary jointing with Slate Grey. The unique blend of colours that make up Slate Grey is certain to transform your patio into a unique and desirable outdoor space.

If sandstone and limestone is your paving of choice, then Stone is the colour for you. A truly remarkable colour that perfectly complements natural paving to create a classic design that will never go out of style.

Geo-Fix® has been trusted by professionals for over 25 years. Geo-Fix® All Weather is a ready mixed jointing solution that can simply be brushed into joints with minimal effort. Joints are easily finished by compacting with a pointing tool, saving you valuable time when compared to traditional wet pointing methods.

Geo-Fix® All Weather offers huge time saving benefits, is totally resistant to freeze-thaw cycles and is proven to be a durable and weed resistant solution that is suitable for all paving projects.

To find out more about Geo-Fix® All Weather and to request a free colour swatch of each beautiful colour, please contact Geo-Fix® by calling +44 (0) 1827 905510 or emailing info@geo-fix.org.uk.

UltraFloor creates a safe environment at Retirement Village

Westbury Carpets & Floor Coverings have used UltraFloor’s latest product innovation, Level IT Pro30, to install 400sqm of LVT flooring at Queen’s Court Retirement Housing in Bedford.

Background

Located a short walk from Bedford town centre, Queen’s Court Retirement Housing provides its residents with a comfortable home within a vibrant community. Creating a safe and pleasant environment is paramount at Queen’s Court, and so, with this in mind, 400sqm of old carpet was removed throughout the property and replaced with Universal Distinctive Flooring LVT.

The Challenge

A quick installation with minimal disruption was paramount to the success of this project. The project also required a rapid setting floor leveller that would be suitable for use over old adhesive residues.

The Solution

Experienced flooring contractors, Westbury Carpets & Floor Coverings. knew that UltraFloor Level IT Pro30 was the perfect floor leveller for the job ahead.

Level IT Pro30 has been formulated to refurbish existing floors in previously unachievable timescales, without removing old adhesive residues first – a fantastic ‘one product does all’ solution for today’s busy contractor.

UltraFloor Level IT Pro30 is a high performance, high tolerance, free-flowing smoothing underlayment, suitable for use with most common subfloors without the need for priming first. This key feature makes Level IT Pro30 ideal for areas in need of a quick turnaround, particularly time sensitive projects that require same day returning access to vulnerable residents or key public services, such as Queen’s Court.

The benefits don’t end there. All subfloors prepared using Level IT Pro30 can accept foot traffic in as little as 30 minutes, and are ready to receive unbonded floor coverings after 45 minutes and bonded floor coverings after 90 minutes, including LV and Vinyl, a popular and luxury floor covering with no room for error.

With less time spent on prep and less time to set, Level IT Pro30 will save you more time twice over, leaving the client happy, deadlines met and increasing productivity.

Results

On completing the project, Ross Campbell, Partner of Westbury Carpets & Floor Coverings commented: “Queen’s Court were over the moon with the job. We completed on time with minimal disruption to residents. We installed the flooring during the winter months, but the colder weather had no effect on the performance of Level IT Pro30 – it ticked all the boxes.”

To find out more about Level IT Pro30, to place an order, or for details of your nearest flooring distributor, please contact the UltraFloor team by calling +44 (0) 1827 254402, emailing ultrafloor@instarmac.co.uk, or sending a Direct Message on their social media platforms.

 

UltraTileFix adhesives are guaranteed to perform every time

UltraFloor’s sister brand, UltraTileFix, is home to a portfolio of contractor-friendly, premium floor tile adhesives perfectly suited for the flooring industry.

For the installation of popular ceramic and porcelain floor tiles, UltraTileFix recommends the use of a standard set tile adhesive such as ProSS Flex. Formulated with extended workability, ProSS Flex can receive light foot traffic within 16 hours and is suitable for installations where speed of set isn’t essential.

Today’s popular large format tiles demand an adhesive with exceptional grab and ProGrip FX does just that. ProGrip FX is a fibre reinforced, single part, semi-rapid setting, flexible tile adhesive that is just the job for this type of tiling task. The fibres within the ProGrip FX formula aid the adhesive capabilities of the product making it a stronger bond, as well as providing superior non-slip properties.

UltraTileFix ProRapid PB is a rapid setting, cementitious floor adhesive with increased bond strength. Polymer modified for an enhanced performance, ProRapid PB is ideal for use with popular floor tiles such as ceramic, mosaic and natural stone.

The flexible properties of ProRapid RS rapid set tile adhesive makes it ideal for use in wet areas and with underfloor heating. Polymer modified and formulated with enhanced adhesion, ProRapid RS is suitable for use with most common substrates and has a set time of just 2.5 hours.

Also available are ProFlex SP rapid set and ProFlex SPES standard set flexible tile adhesives. Both adhesives are classified as S1 in accordance with EN 12004 and have a high level for deformation for greater tolerance to movement. The S1 properties of ProFlex SP and ProFlex SPES make them the perfect choice for timber floor and underfloor heating systems.

If you’re looking for a floor adhesive which boasts ultimate S2 flexibility then ProFlex S2 is the adhesive for you! The superior flexible properties of ProFlex S2 makes it the ideal choice for areas where movement or vibration can occur including plywood, chipboard overlays, swimming pools and underfloor heating.

What’s more, ProFlex S2 has been formulated using FibreBond technology – a process which involves the addition of fibre particles for superior non-slip properties.

Completing the range of ProFlex CSA – a Calcium Sulphate Aluminate based adhesive for compatibility with calcium sulphate screeds. This compatibility ensures low tension throughout the curing process without the need for barrier primers.

Every flooring adhesive in the UltraTileFix range is available in a 20kg contractor-friendly bag, features a handy product selection table, which makes choosing the perfect product swift and easy, and boasts a lifetime guarantee – giving you complete confidence that UltraTileFix products are designed to last.

For further information on any of the materials within the UltraFloor and UltraTileFix ranges, or for help with product selection, please call +44 (0) 1827 254402 or email enquiries@instarmac.co.uk.