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UltraScape takes paving to the ‘Next Level’

Next Level Landscapes Ltd have used UltraScape’s BS 7533 Mortar Paving System to transform a private garden in Bolton into an outdoor utopia.

Background

Experts in driveway and garden makeovers, Next Level Landscapes Ltd were given the exciting task of transforming the outdoor space of a new build property in Bolton.

The Challenge

The homeowners dreamed of remodelling their lawn to create a garden paradise. They wished for a modern and relaxed seating area to entertain guests around a state-of-the-art gas fire pit.

The Solution

Next Level Landscapes Ltd used UltraScape’s BS 7533 Mortar Paving System to install the beautiful smoky grey porcelain and silver picture frame paving border, both of which were supplied by Sandstone Supplies.

Comprising of pro-bed HS bulk bedding mortar, pro-prime slurry primer and flowpoint rapid set grout, UltraScape’s paving installation system is the number one choice for all domestic and commercial projects.

Pre-blended for ease of use, pro-bed HS fine bedding mortar provides the ultimate laying course for all types of paving – including the porcelain paving chosen for this project. “pro-bed HS is an amazing product not only for its strength benefits, but it’s also fast setting which helps speed up the job by allowing you to walk on the paving a lot sooner than usual” – Jordan at Next Level Landscapes Ltd.

Formulated to provide an exceptional bond between your paving elements and pro-bed HS, pro-prime slurry primer eliminates costly failures caused by general wear and tear. Next Level Landscapes Ltd have used pro-prime a number of times and understand how important this step is when installing paving. Jordan remarked: “I love the fact that it gives me peace of mind that the paving slabs aren’t going to come loose over time”.

To complete the installation, flowpoint smooth in Charcoal was used to joint the porcelain pavers. With an initial set after just 15 minutes, and a walk on time of one hour, it is unsurprising that flowpoint has become synonymous with fast application, cost-effective and robust jointing.

On finishing the project, Jordan Clayton, Owner of Next Level Landscapes Ltd. commented: “flowpoint is our go to product when it comes to jointing all our paving. Like the rest of the materials, I love how it gives me confidence that the products will stand the test of time, allowing homeowners to enjoy their garden for years to come.”

Results

The homeowner was over the moon with their garden makeover. With a beautifully stylish area for entertaining and relaxing, the owners are sure to be the envy of all their guests.

Choose UltraScape’s proven and certified BS 7533 Mortar Paving System for the outstanding performance and assurance that comes with a UKAS seal of approval – you can’t afford not to!

For more information on UltraScape’s BS 7533 Mortar Paving System please email ultrascape@instarmac.co.uk or call +44 (0) 1827 254402.

UltraScape launches recycled packaging

Recycling is a crucial component of the circular economy, and is a vital tool in the fight to reduce waste to landfill. UltraScape are proud to have been ‘Zero Waste to Landfill’ since 2014, but their ambitions have not stopped there.

100% recyclable packaging is UltraScape’s goal, and they are getting there one product at a time. With this in mind, UltraScape are delighted to announce that prem-prime slurry primer and premjoint jointing compound are now both available in tubs made from recycled material and are fully recyclable* – a great achievement for UltraScape and the construction industry as a whole.

Recycled packaging is just one of many recycling initiatives UltraScape, and the wider Instarmac Group offer. By April 2022, Instarmac aim for all single use plastic packaging to contain between 50% and 100% recycled material – an achievement that is sure to be met ahead of schedule with a number of product lines already being supplied in recycled packaging.

And that’s not all! UltraScape also collect pallets from their customers free of charge so they can be reused and recycled. Throughout 2020, UltraScape collected 15,000 pallets, that’s 193 tonnes of recycled wood, saving 1,900 trees a year.

Sustainability and environmental issues are very important to UltraScape and are always considered when making business decisions. UltraScape continue to improve their initiatives and policies with the aim of creating a truly sustainable future.

For more information on UltraScape’s environmental commitments and aims for the future, please visit their website to download a copy of their Environmental and Social Responsibility Report.

Alternatively, you can contact them by calling +44 (0) 1827 254402, emailing ultrascape@instarmac.co.uk or sending a message on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.

*UltraScape always recommend you seek advice from your local recycling centre about how best to recycle this packaging.

UltraFloor forges ahead with industrial flooring project

Experienced industrial flooring experts, Floor Painters Limited, have used a number of UltraFloor materials to complete a 2,100 sqm industrial flooring project at a historic steel forge in Lincoln.

Background

Built over 100 years ago, the existing floors in the steel forge were damaged and unsafe. After careful consideration, it became clear that replacing the original concrete floor was not a practical option in terms of time and cost.

The Challenge

The steel forge remained fully operational throughout the project and so the challenge was to find a range of flooring materials perfectly suited for industrial use and that could be trafficked quickly so as not to disrupt any work being carried out.

The Solution

With decades of expertise, Floor Painters Limited knew UltraFloor materials were key to a successful outcome.

After removing the damaged concrete floor, the concrete substrate was sealed using UltraFloor Prime IT Multi-surface Primer. Formulated to promote adhesion to all UltraFloor smoothing underlayments, Prime IT Multi-surface Primer is pigmented pink for excellent coverage control and is proven to reduce pinholing, minimising the risk of costly failures. With a coverage rate of 200sqm at 3:1 dilution, Prime IT Multi-surface Primer is a must-have product for all flooring installation projects.

The following day, Level IT Base was applied, via pump, at an average depth of 50mm.  Level IT Base is a heavy duty, deep fill smoothing underlayment, formulated to build depths of up to 50mm thickness. Level IT Base also boasts a high compressive strength – an important requirement for all industrial flooring applications.

Once Level IT Base had cured, Level IT Top was pump applied to an average depth of 10mm and left to cure. Ideal for use with Level IT Base, Level IT Top is a heavy duty, abrasive resistant surface finish, designed for use as a wear surface, and can receive forklift traffic after only 36 hours – the ideal product for warehouses and manufacturing facilities where downtime is not an option!

Both Level IT Top and Level IT Base can be pump or trowel applied for ease of application, are moisture tolerant, have a 30-40 minute working time and can receive foot traffic after just 3 hours.

To complete the installation, the cured floor was then prepared by industrial grinding before the application of two coats of a solvent free epoxy coating – resulting in a flat, hard-wearing, safe and fit for purpose floor.

Results

The project was completed in six stages, over 36 days, carrying out between 300 and 500 sqm a day, depending on the work space made available. On completion of the project, Terry Rossington, Director of Floor Painters Limited, commented: “Our client was very happy with the standard of the finish and the upgrades made to their working environment, which has improved both visual appearance and functionality of the floor.”

For further information on UltraFloor’s range of industrial flooring products, please contact their team of flooring experts by emailing ultrafloor@instarmac.co.uk or calling +44 (0) 1827 254402.

Level IT Bond now goes even further

UltraFloor are delighted to announce that contractor’s favourite floor leveller, Level IT Bond, now includes extra polymer liquid so each bag and bottle now goes even further!

Instarmac’s team of in-house product development chemists constantly assess the performance and capabilities of UltraFloor’s range of subfloor preparation materials to look for further improvements.

With this in mind, Level IT Bond now includes extra polymer liquid, enhancing the flow of this fantastic smoothing underlayment, even further.

What’s more, all UltraFloor 5 litre bottles, including Level IT Bond, are now made from 100% recycled material – a huge step forward for UltraFloor and the flooring industry as a whole.

Level IT Bond is a rapid curing, high performance free flowing two-part smoothing underlayment. It has exceptional adhesion characteristics making it suitable for use over a wide variety of subfloors and substrates, including old adhesive residues without the need to prime first.

This versatile and moisture tolerant floor leveller has a set time of 90 – 120 minutes, can receive foot traffic in as little as 1.5 – 2 hours, and can receive bonded floor coverings after just 4 hours.

With a coverage of approximately 5sqm at 3mm and an exceptional flow, it is unsurprising that Level IT Bond is a firm favourite for today’s flooring contractor.

Level IT Bond is suitable for all flooring environments and has been used at wide variety of projects including Wembley Stadium, Old Trafford Cricket Ground and The Gym Group.

Learn more about Level IT Bond, and the other products in UltraFloor’s range of expert subfloor preparation materials, by booking a place on one of UltraFloor’s popular Academy Days. Hosted by Alan Collins and Martin Pouncey, Technical Training and Site Support Managers with a combined 45 years of experience in the flooring industry, UltraFloor’s Academy Days provide the perfect opportunity for those working within the industry to brush up on the latest flooring techniques, get hands-on practical experience and receive a one-to-one consultation.

To book your place on upcoming Academy Day or to register for an UltraFloor webinar please visit instarmactrainingacademy.co.uk.

For pricing, stockist information, or to place an order, please contact UltraFloor by emailing ultrafloor@instarmac.co.uk or calling +44(0) 1827 254402.

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UltraFloor makes light work of industrial flooring applications

With so many products available on the market, and the requirement of projects more demanding than ever, choosing the perfect products for your industrial flooring installation can be an intimidating prospect.

Manufacturing facilities need floors that are durable, can bear the weight of heavy machinery and are resistant to spillages. Similarly, with the constant trafficking from forklift trucks, warehouses need subfloor materials that won’t crack and become uneven, causing serious health and safety risks.

UltraFloor have been providing contractors with trusted and proven subfloor preparation materials suitable for industrial flooring applications for over 15 years. Their range of smoothing underlayments, primer and surface finish have had their performance capabilities tested at Instarmac’s state-of-the-art laboratory – giving you peace of mind that UltraFloor materials are designed to last.

Level IT Top heavy duty, abrasive resistant surface finish has been designed for use as a wear surface, and can receive forklift traffic after only 36 hours – the ideal product for warehouses and manufacturing facilities where downtime is not an option!

Ideal for use with Level IT Top, Level IT Base heavy duty, deep fill smoothing underlayment has been formulated to build depths of up to 50mm thickness and boasts a high compressive strength – an important requirement for all industrial flooring applications.

Both Level IT Top and Level IT Base can be pump or trowel applied for ease of application, are moisture tolerant, have a 30-40 minute working time and can receive foot traffic after just 3 hours.

UltraFloor’s industrial flooring range also includes Level IT Super Flex 30, a rapid setting and drying fibre reinforced, flexible finishing compound. Designed specifically for screwed and fixed plywood floors where vibration and movement is likely, Level IT Super Flex 30 can receive bonded floor coverings after 1 hour and resin finishes after 24 hours.

What’s more, Level IT Super Flex 30 can receive foot traffic in as little as 30 minutes and forklift traffic after 24 hours, allowing you to move on to another part of the project quickly, increasing productivity.

Completing UltraFloor’s industrial flooring range is Prime IT Multi-surface Primer. Designed to promote the adhesion of UltraFloor smoothing underlayments, Prime IT Multi-surface Primer is suitable for both porous and non-porous substrates, is moisture tolerant and reduces pinholing, minimising the risk of costly failures.

Choose UltraFloor for products that are proven, trusted and designed to last. For more information, our latest case studies, pricing enquiries, or to place an order, please contact UltraFloor by emailing ultrafloor@instarmac.co.uk or calling +44 (0) 1827 254402.

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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.

Be the first to hear about upcoming events and the latest resources available, by following Instarmac’s Training Academy on LinkedIn and on Twitter @InstarmacTech.

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.