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UltraFloor takes further steps forward in sustainability

Sustainability and environmental impact has always been a high priority for UltraFloor. They are committed to being as sustainable as possible and are delighted to announce that all UltraFloor bottles are now made from 100% recycled material – a huge step forward for UltraFloor and the flooring industry as a whole.

UltraFloor pride themselves on their sustainability practices and what better testament than achieving zero waste to landfill since 2014. This means that 100% of manufacturing waste is recycled and not sent to landfill.

This is just one initiative UltraFloor have successfully implemented with the aim of creating a truly sustainable future.

Are pallets taking up space in your yard? UltraFloor can take them back! Their experienced Drivers can collect your unwanted pallets and return them to Instarmac to be reused – reducing waste to landfill, freeing up valuable space in your yard or storage area and helping to further protect the environment.

What’s more, all collections and deliveries are made on UltraFloor’s state-of-the-art privately owned fleet, all of which now feature AdBlue. AdBlue is an additive which is used alongside diesel to reduce mono-nitrogen oxide emissions produced from the exhausts of vehicles. AdBlue transforms the harmful mono-nitrogen toxins in diesel into nitrogen and water vapour reducing the negative impact vehicle emissions have on the environment.

Other initiatives include intelligent lighting, a grey water system, the use of solar energy and climate control across their entire building.

All of UltraFloor’s environmental practices have been acknowledged by ISO 14001 – an independent accreditation which UltraFloor have been awarded with for the past 14 years.

ISO 14001 is an internationally recognised standard which ‘sets out the criteria for an environmental management system’. Every year, for the last 14 years, UltraFloor have had their environmental practices audited by an independent third party. This thorough audit investigates how their manufacturing processes impact on the environment and the steps they have taken to address this.

The ISO standards allow UltraFloor to reflect a good level of professionalism and demonstrates best practice. This accreditation is a great accomplishment for UltraFloor as it shows customers their intent to continually improve all aspects of their business and how committed there are to providing sustainable solutions.

For further information on UltraFloor’s sustainable and environmental policies, please visit Instarmac.co.uk or contact their experienced team by calling +44 (0) 1827 254402.

ProLevel Two makes light work of underfloor heating

Underfloor heating is as popular today as it was the day it was first commissioned. Installing underfloor heating can pose a set of challenges for fixers, however using expert levelling compounds, such as ProLevel Two, makes light work of such projects.

ProLevel Two, from tiling experts UltraTileFix, is a two part, mid-strength smoothing underlayment that is proven to work perfectly with both warm water and radiant electrical underfloor heating systems over multiple substrates.

The flexible and moisture tolerant characteristics of ProLevel Two are what makes this much-loved levelling compound ideal for underfloor heating and timber floors. Suitable for tackling tasks of 2-15mm depths, ProLevel Two has been formulated for internal use and has a set time of just 2.5 hours – you will soon be moving on to the next step of your project!

Due to its handy sizing, ProLevel Two is convenient for contractors and fixers to carry, and with its 1 bag to 1 bottle mixing ratio, it is very simple to mix.

ProLevel Two is a two-component system consisting of a powdered blend of cements, graded fillers and additives and a pre-gauged polymer liquid. It conforms to CT C25 F5 EN 13813 classification and comes with the UltraTileFix Lifetime Guarantee for peace of mind.

Jason Reid, National Sales Manager for UltraTileFix, commented: “If you are installing underfloor heating, this is the product for you! It is proven to save you time, but not only that, it can sustain daily trafficking, whether that be foot traffic in a domestic installation or heavy wear and tear in a commercial environment. The strength of the product can sustain heavy, large format tiles but also has the flexibility to accommodate movement in the subfloor – ideal for underfloor heating installations – and, of course, like all UltraTileFix products, it is trusted to last a lifetime.”

For more information on ProLevel Two or for advice on installing underfloor heating systems, please contact UltraTileFix by emailing ultratilefix@instarmac.co.uk or calling +44 (0) 1827 254402.

You can also visit their website, ultratilefix@instarmac.co.uk, or send a message on any of their social media platforms.

UltraCrete Permanent Pothole Repair certified for 10 years

UltraCrete, manufacturer of specialist highway maintenance materials, are celebrating after their world renowned Permanent Pothole Repair received BBA HAPAS Certification for the 10th year.

To ensure compliance, UltraCrete are audited every 6 months by the British Board of Agrément (BBA) according to an agreed quality plan which includes production surveillance. A full review of the certificate is then completed every 3 years. This review involves visiting UltraCrete at their state-of-the-art manufacturing facility to confirm formulations, conduct literature reviews and visit a number of repair sites to ensure Permanent Pothole Repair is performing within specification.

Each repair site must be at least 2 years old, is chosen at random from a list of twenty and is assessed for signs of weathering and deterioration. Only once the BBA are satisfied that all these targets have been met, and the repair sites are still in excellent condition, is a certificate re-issued.

This approval shows UltraCrete’s customers that they are committed to supplying them with products that are proven to stand the test of time.

This approval is not the only cause for celebration at UltraCrete. In Autumn 2020, their market-leading Instant Road Repair also received BBA HAPAS Certification for the 19th year.

UltraCrete Permanent Pothole Repair is the ideal solution for repairing potholes in roads, pavements, driveways and car parks. This much-loved cold lay asphalt concrete can be trafficked instantly in wet, freezing and hot conditions and at the same time, is compatible with the existing road surface.

Ready to use straight from the bag or bucket, Permanent Pothole Repair doesn’t require any special preparation and is easy to apply and compact. To watch a short application video of Permanent Pothole Repair, please visit Instarmac.co.uk/support/videos.

Choose UltraCrete for materials that are tested, proven and trusted. For more information on Permanent Pothole Repair and the other approved and certified materials available from UltraCrete, please contact their team of highway experts by calling +44 (0) 1827 254402 or emailing ultracrete@instarmac.co.uk.

 

NOTE: PICTURE TAKEN AT TRAFFEX 2011

Geo-Fix® provides long-lasting results at London Art Gallery

In 2003, Geo-Fix® Original jointing compound was used to install paving at the iconic Jerwood Space Art Gallery in London. After a recent visit to the gallery, Geo-Fix® were delighted to see the paving still looked as great as the day it was installed – even over 18 years later.

Background

The Jerwood Foundation, Jerwood Space and Jerwood Arts is a family of organisations committed to supporting and nurturing excellence in the Arts.

The Jerwood Space Art Gallery was first refurbished in 1998, with a further rejuvenation taking place in 2003.

The Challenge

Satellite Design, the architects working on the 2003 refurbishment, requested the use of blue square edged pavers in the entrance and throughout the entire ground floor of the gallery.

In addition, Satellite Design required a jointing material that was durable, easy to use, suitable for joint widths of 5-7mm and in a colour that complemented the blue paving.

The Solution

Market-leading Geo-Fix® Original jointing compound was chosen to complete the installation as it is suitable for both internal and external use and is quick and easy to apply.

Geo-Fix® has been trusted by professionals for over 25 years, and after receiving a sample of the unique blue paving, they were able to colour match the paving perfectly.

Geo-Fix® Original 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® Original offers huge time saving benefits and unlike mortar joints, it is totally resistant to freeze-thaw cycles and will not crack or pop out with frost.

Geo-Fix® jointing compounds are proven to offer a permanent, durable and weed resistant solution that is suitable for all paving projects.

Results

Satellite Design were delighted with the original results and the thousands of people who have visited the Jerwood Gallery over the last 18 years, have been able to enjoy the long-lasting results of Geo-Fix® Original jointing compound.

For more information on jointing solutions from Geo-Fix® or to receive a free colour swatch of each stunning colour, please email info@geo-fix.org.uk, call +44 (0) 1827 908510 or send a message on any of their social media channels.

Build your screed with speed with UltraFloor Screed IT UltraCem

UltraFloor are delighted to present the flooring market with Screed IT UltraCem – the time saving alternative to sand and cement.

Traditionally, sand, cement and water are used to build a new screed from scratch. By using these materials, screeders are able to build up an even, deep concrete slab which is ready to receive a floorcovering after approximately 28 days.

Time is money and waiting 28 days for the screed to be ready is often too long if project deadlines are to be met. Screeders are usually the last trade on site and therefore feel the most pressure to save time and meet the desired completion date.

With this in mind, UltraFloor are excited to announce the launch of their latest flooring innovation – Screed IT UltraCem – a product that is guaranteed to save you time and money.

Screed IT UltraCem is a fibre modified hydraulic binder, which can replace general cement, and when mixed with graded aggregates and water will produce a rapid drying high strength screed which is ready to receive floor finishes such as ceramic/natural stone tiles, wood, lino, carpet etc. between just 24 hours and 4 days – a huge difference compared to the 28 days needed for traditional methods.

Suitable for both internal and external applications, Screed IT UltraCem is fibre reinforced for added strength, which means you don’t need to purchase fibres separately to get the same structural benefits.

What’s more, Screed IT UltraCem has been tailored to meet the needs of the UK flooring industry and is approved for use with 4mm graded aggregate if following our recommended mix designs.

Screed IT UltraCem is widely available through UltraFloor’s extensive distribution network. For further details of this innovative product, to place an order, or to find your nearest stockist, please contact UltraFloor by calling +44 (0) 1827 254402, emailing ultrafloor@instarmac.co.uk or sending a message on any of their social media channels.

UltraFloor renovates 2,000sqm warehouse in just 10 days

UltraFloor are delighted to have provided Specialist Screed (Flooring) Solutions with expert subfloor preparation materials to complete a 2,000sqm flooring project at DHM Plastics in Kent.

Background

Specialist Screed (Flooring) Solutions are known nationally for their floor zone expertise within the commercial, industrial and domestic sectors. Their extensive knowledge and experience put them in perfect place to install 2,000sqm of Vebro EP Epoxy High Build Coating System at DHM Plastic’s warehouse in Lenham, Kent.

The Challenge

The biggest challenge facing this project was the tight timescale Specialist Screed (Flooring) Solutions had to work to. The clients needed the project to be completed during their Christmas shutdown which meant there was only 10 days to complete the work before the machinery needed to be moved back in.

The Solution

After securing the project, Steve Fincham, Head of Specialist Projects, sought professional advice from UltraFloor’s Area Sales Manager for the South, Crystal Hopkins.

After visiting site, Crystal recommended the use of Prime IT Multi-surface Primer and Level IT Top – expert subfloor preparation materials that would meet the clients’ requirements perfectly.

Formulated to promote adhesion to all UltraFloor smoothing underlayments, Prime IT Multi-surface Primer reduces pinholing, minimising the risk of costly failures. With a coverage rate of 200m² at 3:1 dilution, Prime IT multi-surface Primer is a must-have product for all flooring installation projects.

Level IT Top is a polymer rich, high strength, single part, cementitious smoothing underlayment which incorporates recycled raw materials. Formulated for exceptional abrasion resistance, Level IT Top has been designed for use a finished wear surface in both industrial and commercial applications.

Mixed easily on-site with water, Level IT Top can be trowel or pump applied and is suitable for use in heavily trafficked areas such as warehouses, storage areas, corridors and factory units.

What’s more, Level IT Top has a working time of 30-40 minutes, can receive foot traffic after 2-3 hours and forklift traffic after as little as 36 hours – perfect for projects with a quick turnaround such as this one.

The Results

“We, and the client, were impressed with the smooth finish and robustness of the finished project.” Steve Fincham, Head of Specialist Projects at Specialist Screed (Flooring) Solutions.

For more information about UltraFloor and their range of subfloor preparation materials, please contact their team of flooring experts by calling +44 (0) 1827 254402, emailing ultrafloor@instarmac.co.uk or visiting ultra-floor.co.uk.

 

UltraScape reaches for the sky in Dubai

UltraScape’s Mortar Paving System has been used to install and joint 15,000m² of paving at the iconic Residences Sky View in Downtown Dubai.

Designed by the same architects who created the Burj Khalifa, Residences Sky View is set to become the next landmark in Dubai.

The luxurious twin towers are home to a 166 room hotel and 531 serviced apartments with the complex and beautiful Sky Bridge connecting the two towers together. The Sky Bridge is home to world class restaurants, stunning ballroom and infinity pool offering panoramic views of Dubai.

Residences Sky View is the epitome of elegant and grand living and so it was crucial that the materials used to create this development were aesthetically pleasing and could withstand the constant trafficking from tourists, visitors and residents.

UltraScape’s Mortar Paving System, supplied by Instarmac’s partner in Dubai, Tanseeq LLC, was used to install and joint 15,000m² of paving around the base of the complex.

UltraScape’s Mortar Paving System is made up of tested, trusted and proven materials including Pro-Bed HS bedding mortar, Pro-Prime slurry primer and Flowpoint Smooth rapid set flowable grout.

Pre-blended for ease of use, Pro-Bed HS fine bedding mortar provides the ultimate laying course for all types of paving. It can be laid from 10mm – 75mm, is shrinkage compensated and can be opened to foot traffic in just 12 hours, allowing contractors to move on to the next part of the project quickly.

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

To complete the installation, Flowpoint Smooth rapid set flowable grout was used in Charcoal to joint the selected pavers.

Flowpoint Smooth is a flowable grout which allows for large areas of paving to be grouted quickly. Suitable for joints from 3mm to 50mm and as deep as 200mm, Flowpoint Smooth has been developed over a number of years to provide a durable  finish which will not crack or stain – even in the extremely hot temperatures in Dubai.

With an initial set after just 15 minutes, and a walk on time of one hour, it is unsurprising that Flowpoint Smooth has become synonymous with fast application, cost-effective and robust jointing.

Residences Sky View is the latest in a long line of prestigious projects for UltraScape’s Mortar Paving System in Dubai. Other projects include MBR City, City Walk and Dubai Opera House.

Pro-Bed HS, Pro-Prime and Flowpoint Smooth are available throughout the UAE through Tanseeq LLC. To contact Tanseeq please call +971 (04) 361 7199 or visit www.tanseeqllc.com.

For further information on UltraScape’s Mortar Paving System please email international@instarmac.com or call Instarmac’s International Sales Team on +44 (0) 1827 254402.

Choose UltraFloor for the latest in flooring innovation

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

UltraFloor, part of the multi award-winning Instarmac Group plc, have been providing contractors with trusted and proven subfloor preparation materials, suitable for all types of commercial and domestic flooring applications for over 15 years.

In the last 6 months, UltraFloor have enhanced their already extensive portfolio to include Level IT Pro30 – a premium ‘one product does all’ solution.

Level IT Pro30 is a high performance, high tolerance, free-flowing, rapid setting and drying two-part smoothing underlayment, which can be used over most common subfloors, including old adhesive residues, without the need for priming.

This superb and versatile product has extra tolerance for on-site imperfections, which reduces the need for intensive subfloor preparation and is ideal for prepping awkward subfloors for luxury finishes in record time.

Thanks to the rapid setting properties of this fantastic product, Level IT Pro30 is ready to receive foot traffic in 30 minutes and floor coverings in just 90 minutes. 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 and increasing your productivity.

Level IT Pro30 has been named by its vast user network, as the ‘game changer’ and its easy to see why. Level IT Pro30 has revolutionised traditional subfloor preparation time by combining ease of use with reliable speed.

UltraFloor are passionate about innovation and driving change in the flooring industry. This is why they constantly assess the performance of their materials to look for further improvements. With this in mind, UltraFloor recently announced that the much-loved Level IT Renovate, is now approved for use externally and as a final surface finish.

Developed for the renovation of existing floors, Level IT Renovate is fibre reinforced for added strength and to minimise the risk of hairline cracks – reducing a common cause of costly failures.

Suitable for deep applications from 3-40mm, Level IT Renovate is multi-purpose for extensive use and boasts excellent flow properties, making this flexible and versatile floor leveller ideal for a wide range of flooring substrates.

Over the last 2 years, UltraFloor have strengthened their relationships with screeders and worked alongside them to develop Screed IT UltraCem – the cost-effective alternative to sand and cement.

If you need to build a screed from scratch, there really is only one option. Screed IT UltraCem is a fibre modified cement binder that is fast drying, allowing you to install floor coverings from just 24 hours. Approved for use with 0/4mm aggregate, Screed IT UltraCem has been tailored to meet the needs of the UK market.

Build your screed with speed with Screed IT UltraCem.

The entire UltraFloor range 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.

There are many reasons why UltraFloor is the number one choice for flooring contractors. All of their products are widely available through their network of distributors, their team of dedicated Area Sales Managers are on hand to help with specification and product selection, and their in-house technical experts are there to support you at every stage of your installation.

For more information on how you can benefit from UltraFloor’s extensive flooring portfolio, please contact their team of flooring experts by calling +44 (0) 1827 254402, emailing ultrafloor@instarmac.co.uk or visiting ultra-floor.co.uk.

UltraFloor is Try-umphant at Widnes Vikings Rugby League Club

G J Flooring Specialist Ltd have used expert subfloor preparation materials from UltraFloor to complete a 300sqm refurbishment of Halton Stadium, home to The Widnes Vikings Rugby League Club.

Background

Experienced flooring contractors, G J Flooring Specialist Ltd were contracted to replace 300sqm of flooring throughout the Karalius Suite at Halton Stadium. The 10 day refurbishment project required new flooring to be laid in the suite’s main floor area, the standing area in front and behind the bar and all toilet floors.

The Challenge

This exciting project required all existing flooring and debris be removed and the subfloor cleaned before installing a combination of carpet tiles, luxury vinyl flooring and slip resistant vinyl across the expansive suite. A product that would prepare the subfloor for a variety of floor coverings was therefore essential to the success of this project.

The Solution

Long-standing UltraFloor customer, and CFA members, G J Flooring Specialist Ltd knew that UltraFloor Prime IT Multi-surface Primer and Level IT Two would make easy work of the 300sqm job.

Prime IT Multi-surface Primer was applied to the concrete substrate in preparation for levelling with Level IT Two.

Formulated to promote adhesion to all UltraFloor smoothing underlayments, Prime IT Multi-surface Primer reduces pinholing, minimising the risk of costly failures. With a coverage rate of 200m² at 3:1 dilution, Prime IT multi-surface Primer is a must-have product for all flooring installation projects.

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. Its low odour formulation means this fantastic all-rounder leveller 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 it an ideal choice for projects with a tight deadline. 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.

Results

G J Flooring Specialist Ltd completed the project on time and received excellent feedback from the customer.

For more information about UltraFloor and their range of subfloor preparation materials, please contact their range of flooring experts by calling +44 (0) 1827 254402, emailing ultrafloor@instarmac.co.uk or visiting ultra-floor.co.uk.

 

UltraFloor scores at Peterborough United Football Club

UltraFloor are delighted to have provided Stanground Carpets & Flooring with expert subfloor preparation materials to complete a 650sqm renovation at Weston Homes Stadium, home to Peterborough United.

Background

Experienced flooring contractors and CFA members, Stanground Carpets & Flooring had been commissioned to lay 650sqm of flooring throughout the Network Lounge Bar, Tommy Robson Bar, all corridor areas and 15 Executive Boxes in the BGL stand at Peterborough United football stadium.

The Challenge

Before the new Moduelo flooring could be installed, the concrete power floated substrate required a flooring compound that would smooth over any areas of unevenness and dry completely level to allow the chosen floor covering to be laid correctly.

The project also required a repair mortar to restore the stairs to their former glory after becoming damaged through constant trafficking

The Solution

Long-standing UltraFloor customers, Stanground Carpets & Flooring chose to use Prime IT Multi-surface Primer and Level IT Renovate to complete the £25,000 project at this exciting location.

Formulated to promote adhesion to all UltraFloor smoothing underlayments, Prime IT Multi-surface Primer reduces pinholing, minimising the risk of costly failures. With a coverage rate of 200m² at 3:1 dilution, Prime IT multi-surface Primer is a must-have product for all flooring installation projects.

Developed for the renovation of existing floors, Level IT Renovate is fibre reinforced for added strength and to minimise the risk of hairline cracks – reducing a common cause of failure.

Suitable for deep applications from 3-40mm, Level IT Renovate is multi-purpose for extensive use and boasts excellent flow properties, making this flexible and versatile floor leveller ideal for a wide range of flooring substrates.

Level IT Renovate is protein free, reducing the risk and spread of bacteria, and is low odour providing a pleasant environment for contractors, homeowners and any staff working within the project area.

What’s more, Level IT Renovate has a working time of 20-30 minutes, can be walked on in as little as 2-2.5 hours and can receive floor coverings in just 4 hours.

To complete the project, Stanground Carpets & Flooring used Patch IT to repair the damaged stairs. The slump free characteristics of Patch IT repair mortar make it the ideal product for repairing small cracks in walls and floors, concrete stair edges and for creating coves and ramps.

The Results

Everyone involved in the restoration of the BGL stand were delighted with the finished flooring. Thanks to the rapid setting properties of the UltraFloor materials, and the expertise of Stanground Carpets & Flooring, this project was completed 2 days ahead of schedule.

For more information about UltraFloor and their range of subfloor preparation materials, please contact their range of flooring experts by calling +44 (0) 1827 254402, emailing ultrafloor@instarmac.co.uk or visiting ultra-floor.co.uk.