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Tanking Kits made compulsory in latest British Standard

Earlier this year, BSI made important updates to British Standard 5385-1:2018 Design and installation of ceramic, natural stone and mosaic wall tiling in normal conditions – code of practice. Changes included the exclusion of plywood as a suitable background material for fixing tiles to walls as well as guidance on fixing and grouting large format tiles.

The newly published British Standard also recommends the use of a tanking kit in areas subject to wetting, such as showers, wetrooms and steam rooms. In clause 6.1.1.3, the standard states that ‘In wet areas … substrates should be protected with a suitable proprietary tanking membrane system’. It further declares that ‘the weight capacity of the tanking system should be capable of carrying the load of the tiles and adhesive’.

To ensure best practice, it is vital that everyone working in the tiling industry understands and implements this important change and choose materials that are fit for purpose. Working outside of the British Standard could have disastrous consequences for the project and the reputation of your business.

UltraTileFix have always prided themselves on listening to the needs of their customers and providing solutions for today’s tiling challenges. Their range of high performance tiling products includes ProShield, a tanking kit designed to provide complete protection from moisture in wetrooms, domestic bathrooms, kitchens and showers – the perfect product for guaranteeing your tiling installation complies to the latest British Standard.

Suitable for internal walls and floors prior to tiling, ProShield tanking kit is flexible, easy to use, compatible with underfloor heating and can be  tiled after just 24 hours, allowing you to move on to another part of the project quickly.

Each 8kg bucket of ProShield boasts a coverage of 8sqm and includes flexible waterproof coating and membrane tape. This membrane tape is also available to purchase separately from UltraTileFix, saving you money.

For further information on ProShield and for advice on the revised British Standard, please contact Alan Collins, UltraTileFix’s Technical Field Support and Training Manager, by calling 07825 427654 or emailing ultratilefix@instarmac.co.uk.

Wondertex provides Pristine results in County Derry

Experienced dryliners, Pristine Drylining, have used Wondertex prem filler and prem finish to complete a number of residential projects throughout County Derry.

With over 20 years experience in the industry, Pristine Drylining have earned an enviable reputation for providing exceptional drylining services in both the UK and Ireland. They are known for providing their customers with first class service backed up with high performance and professional materials, with Wondertex being their products of choice.

Throughout their career, Pristine Drylining have built a remarkable portfolio of work and have most recently used Wondertex’s specially formulated products to prepare wall surfaces on a number of detached and semi-detached properties throughout County Derry.

Pristine Drylining’s team of contractors used prem filler and prem finish on plasterboard walls throughout the properties and on a typical week were working on areas up to 1200m².

Before prem filler and prem finish were applied, the plasterboard walls were prepared using Wondertex Metal Angle Tape – a specialist jointing tape designed to create precise and robust corner joints. Available in 30m rolls, Metal Angle Tape can be cut to your exact requirements eliminating wasted product.

A favourite of Dryliners, Metal Angle Tape has been created using 2 x 12mm steep strips which make this superior joint tape the strongest on the market.

Plasterboard joint filler, prem filler,  is the perfect product for bedding and filling tapes such as Metal Angle Tape. 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 the next part of the project quickly.

Wondertex prem filler’s perfect partner is prem finish plasterboard finishing compound. Suitable for the finishing of all plasterboard joints, prem finish 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. Furthermore, 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.

On the success of these projects, Johnny Millar at Pristine Drylining commented: “Wondertex are a big part of my day to day life and I’ve been using and loving their materials for a long time.” To find out more about the services available from Pristine Drylining please visit pristinedrylining.co.uk.

For further information on the Wondertex range of internal finishing solutions please contact their experienced sales team by email or calling 01827 254402.

Level IT Super Flex 30 – your solution for substrates with vibration and movement

Choose UltraFloor Level IT Super Flex 30 for a speedy installation even on floors where movement and vibration is likely.

Specifically designed for use over a wide variety of subfloors including steel mezzanine decks and flooring grade plywood, Level IT Super Flex 30 is a rapid setting and drying, fibre reinforced flexible smoothing finishing compound.

Developed with a high polymer content, Level IT Super Flex 30 boasts superior flexible properties, making it the perfect smoothing underlayment for floors where movement is likely.

What’s more, subfloors prepared using Level IT Super Flex 30 are available to receive foot traffic in as little as 30 minutes, bonded floor coverings after 1 hour and resin finishes and fork lift traffic after just 24 hours, allowing you to move on to another project quickly, increasing productivity.

Level IT Super Flex 30 is suitable for depths between 2-10mm, is compatible with underfloor heating systems, boasts a coverage of 6.5m² when applied at a 2mm thickness, and can be used as a finished wear surface – the perfect smoothing underlayment for all types of flooring installations.

In addition, Level IT Super Flex 30 is available as a two-component system, eliminating on-site mixing errors and guaranteeing a perfect application every single time.

The superior performance capabilities of Level IT Super Flex 30 were particularly appealing to LGM Flooring, who were looking for suitable subfloor preparation materials to complete a tiled floor installation at two brand new Next stores.

Experienced flooring contractor, LGM Flooring, secured both the Cardiff and Tamworth projects at the end of 2016 and worked on the large stores for several weeks before handing them over. The project was completed successfully and on time, and both stores have now been open for 2 years with hundreds of shoppers walking over the floors daily.

Developing products and solutions for today’s flooring problems has always been extremely important to UltraFloor and they are delighted to have received a number of Tweets from contractors, like this one from RL Flooring, praising the performance of Level IT Super Flex 30.

“Well @Ultra_Floor I’m very impressed with Level IT Super Flex 30!!!!”

Find out how you can benefit from Level IT Super Flex 30 by contacting the UltraFloor Sales Team by email or by calling 01827 254402.

Keep up-to-date with all the latest product developments and news from UltraFloor HQ by following them on Twitter @Ultra_Floor and connecting with Instarmac Group plc on LinkedIn.

Potholes bring traffic to a standstill on major Indian highway

In recent months, the news has been full of reports on potholes and the damaging effect they have on road infrastructure, cars and local government budgets – UltraCrete, from the award-winning Instarmac Group plc, can help!

The Times of India has reported that as a consequence of heavy rainfall, a number of crater sized potholes have appeared along the NH 66, turning the must used road into a ‘death trap for motorists’.

What’s more, these dangerous potholes are causing severe congestion as motorists attempt to navigate their way through pothole riddled roads – some motorists have reported daily delays of up to 3 hours.

Worryingly, it’s not just happening here! Potholes are causing chaos on many expressways across India – quite a disruption for a population of 1.3 billion.

Road repair is a topical issue in India with the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) still actively working on their 2012 US$70 billion road highway expansion programme. As well as building new roads and bridges across India, the programme also involves repairing potholes on the existing highways and this is where UltraCrete can help!

UltraCrete Permanent Pothole 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’s used on a daily basis in many countries around the world including Malaysia, Japan, Africa and most of Europe.

There are many cold lay asphalt repair products available, but Instarmac backs up its technical claims! Strength is gained by compaction becoming stronger the more traffic travels over it, making it perfect for heavily trafficked roads and areas of turning and braking.

Due to its hardy nature, UltraCrete Permanent Pothole Repair® is also suitable for repairing damaged asphalt in car parks, footpaths, cycle paths, railway stations and driveways – potholes don’t just appear in roads!

With a skid resistance value (SRV) of ≥ 88, UltraCrete Permanent Pothole Repair® provides a safer repair for cyclists and other road users as the repair is compatible with the existing road surface and offers maximum grip for tyres – even in wet weather.

Applied in 3 easy steps – clean, pour, compact – UltraCrete Permanent Pothole Repair® can be applied in all weathers – it can even be used in freezing temperatures. Furthermore, potholes repaired with UltraCrete Permanent Pothole Repair® can be trafficked instantly making it ideal for environments where potholes are currently causing severe delays to motorists.

To find out how you can benefit from using UltraCrete Permanent Pothole Repair®, please contact Instarmac’s International team by email or calling +44 (0) 1827 254402.

 

Source: The Times of India

Reduce your environmental impact with UltraCrete Instaline

Sustainability and environmental impact is extremely important to UltraCrete and a significant consideration when developing products and solutions for today’s highway maintenance problems.

UltraCrete are constantly investing in research and development to continuously decrease their use of raw materials by testing new recycled materials. Many of  their high performance repair products contain recycled material or are manufactured using renewable sources and UltraCrete Instaline is no different!

Products containing binder material are, more often than not, manufactured from natural sources  that cannot be replenished – an issue we should all be concerned about. However, Instaline thermoplastic road marking is different from similar products on the market. More than 70% of its binder material is made from renewable sources, helping to lessen the pressure on the country’s plummeting natural resources.

Manufactured using over 90% recycled glass particles to deliver an impressive Skid Resistance Value (SRV) of 55, UltraCrete Instaline is also phthalate free. This dangerous chemical has received negative press coverage over recent months after researchers linked phthalates to asthma, obesity, Type II Diabetes and even some forms of cancer – a worrying though for anyone who regularly comes in to contact with the chemical.

What’s more, all coloured pigments used in Instaline thermoplastic road marking are 100% organic.

As well as its significant environmental properties, Instaline also boasts a number of high performance qualities.

Ideal for the reinstatement of line areas on car pars, roads and carriageways, Instaline thermoplastic road marking is the only material that provides a skid resistance value in excess of 55, straight from the box.

Available in 3 colours, Instaline is delivered pre-beaded, without ‘difficult to remove’ plastic backing and will remain flexible and easy to un-roll in temperatures as low as 5°C – facilitating an easy and straightforward application.

What’s more, Instaline is available in 5m rolls and can be cut to your exact requirements, eliminating wasted product.

Can you current provider offer the same?

For further information on Instaline and the other materials in UltraCrete’s trusted and proven highway maintenance range, please contact UltraCrete’s team of technical experts by email or by calling 01827 254402.

Minimising Risk. Maximising Performance. Delivering Confidence

 

Source: TheGuardian.com

UltraCrete completes transformation of Art Nouveau capital

Over the last few years, some of Riga’s most beautiful Art Nouveau streets have undergone a complete transformation and UltraCrete is delighted to have been involved at every stage.

The third and final stage has now finished and involved the installation of water and sewerage systems, air conditioning and ventilation systems as well as reinstating and levelling hundreds of manhole covers.

UltraCrete has been the number one ironwork solution in Riga for more than 10 years. Following on from their earlier success in Riga, UltraCrete’s world renowned reinstatement materials were the ideal choice to install the several hundred manholes across Brivibas Street, Merkela Street, Kalpaka Bulvaris and Krasta Iela.

Instarmac’s Latvian partner, Delta Urban, supplied the chosen contractors, ACB, Celu Parvalde and Roadex, with world renowned M60 rapid strength bedding mortar and QC10 F rapid set flowable concrete for the repairs.

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

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

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

For further information on M60, QC10 F and the other materials that make up UltraCrete’s HAPAS Approved Manhole Installation System, please contact Instarmac’s International Sales Team by email or by calling +44 (0) 1827 254402.

M60 and QC10 F are available throughout Latvia through Delta Urban. To contact Delta Urban please visit deltaurban.lv or email info@deltaurban.lv.

UltraScape graduates with honours at Lancaster University

UltraScape’s PaveJoint plus jointing compound has been used as part of the £320 million redevelopment of Lancaster University.

Lancaster University’s 10 year master plan demonstrates their commitment to providing world-class teaching and research facilities by emphasising the surrounding landscapes, developing a new campus entranceway, superior access roads and greater public spaces – walking around campus will now be easier and more enjoyable for students, visitors and teachers alike.

UltraScape PaveJoint plus jointing compound was specified and used by main contractor Henry Boot Construction, and subcontractor PP O’Connor Ltd., to install paving in a number of locations around the campus including the newly designed courtyard.

PaveJoint plus is a specialist jointing compound which offers a flexible and durable  finish when cured. Suitable for almost all types of paving, including natural stone, concrete, slate, terracotta and granite, PaveJoint plus is perfect for use on pavements, pedestrianised spaces or areas with occasional vehicle use – an ideal choice for this state-of-the-art university campus.

Available in a 25kg resealable bucket, eliminating wasted product, PaveJoint plus can be applied in all weathers, is resistant to freeze-thaw weather patterns and is available in natural and grey – the latter of which was used for this project.

For more information on PaveJoint plus and the other materials in UltraScape’s world renowned BS 7533 compliant Mortar Paving System, please contact their experienced team by email or by calling 01827 254402.

Keep up-to-date with the latest projects and product developments by following UltraScape on Twitter @UltraScape_UK or connecting with Instarmac Group plc on LinkedIn.

UltraScape is king of the hill at Yorkshire beauty spot

UltraScape’s BS 7533 compliant Mortar Paving System has been used as part of the refurbishment of Crescent Hill in North Yorkshire.

Wilf Noble Construction, the chosen contractors for this exiting development, used Pro-Bed HS fine bedding mortar, Pro-Prime slurry primer and Flowpoint rapid set grout to install paving along Crescent Hill – a street that connects the local town to the beautiful 5-mile  golden beach and along the seafront promenade.

The project required paving to be installed on a steep incline which made choosing the perfect suite of products challenging.

There are many reasons why Wilf Noble Construction chose to use UltraScape’s BS 7533 Mortar Paving System. Projects incorporating BS 7533 compliant materials benefit from a reduction in failures and considerable whole life cost savings. Every product in UltraScape’s Mortar Paving System has been independently tested by an UKAS accredited laboratory to assess their performance abilities. This method removed the uncertainty of site batched mortars and offers a minimum construction life of 40 years.

Pre-blended for ease of use, Pro-Bed HS fine bedding mortar provides the ultimate laying course for all types of paving. Available in 3 sizes, 25kg, 30 tonne silos and 1 tonne bulk bags – the latter of which was used on this project – Pro-Bed HS provides you with the perfect amount of material for all project sizes.

Pro-Bed HS 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 rapid set grout was used in Natural Grey to joint the selected natural stone 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.

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, or  to watch an application video, please visit ultrascape.co.uk.

For pricing enquiries or to place an order, please contact the UltraScape sales team by emailing ultrascape@instarmac.co.uk or call 01827 254402.

UltraScape is an approved CPD provider to RIBA and 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 not to this standard. Email cpd@instarmac.co.uk to book yours!

UltraScape is the ‘Quay’ to success

UltraScape’s BS 7533 Mortar Paving System has been used as part of the £80 million redevelopment of Baron’s Quay in Northwich town centre.

Twenty-six acres of land adjacent to the current town centre has been developed to include a 7 screen cinema, restaurants, bars, retail units, 900 car park spaces, bicycle racks and the latest in electric car charging technology.

Broadway Malyan, the global architecture, urbanism and design practice overseeing this exciting development and main contractor Balfour Beatty, specified and used UltraScape’s BS 753 Mortar Paving System for a range of hard landscaping across Baron’s Quay.

UltraScape’s BS 7533 compliant Mortar Paving System comprises of Pro-Bed HS fine bedding mortar, Pro-Prime slurry primer and Flowpoint rapid set flowable grout.

Pro-Bed HS is a fine bedding mortar formulated to meet and exceed the strict requirements set out in the British Standard. Available in 3 sizes, 25kg, 30 tonne silos and 1 tonne bulk bags – the latter of which was used on this project – Pro-Bed HS provides you with the perfect amount of material for all project sizes.

Pre-blended for ease of use, Pro-Bed HS 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.

Ideal for large scale projects, Flowpoint rapid set flowable grout is available in three varieties and two colours – Charcoal and Natural Grey – the second of which was used to  grout the chosen pavers across Baron’s Quay.

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.

Projects incorporating BS 7533 compliant materials benefit from a reduction in failures and considerable whole life cost savings. Every product in UltraScape#s Mortar Paving System has been independently tested by an UKAS accredited laboratory to assess their performance capabilities. This method removes the uncertainty of site batched mortars and offers a minimum construction life of 40 years.

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, or to watch an application video, please visit ultrascape.co.uk. For pricing enquiries or to place an order, please contact the UltraScape sales team by email or calling 01827 254402.

UltraScape is an approved CPD provider to RIBA and 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. Book yours today!

Important updates to British Standard 5385-1:2018

Following a 5 year review, BSI have made important updates to British Standard 5385-1:2018 Design and installation of ceramic, natural stone and mosaic wall tiling in normal conditions – code of practice.

Published in June 2018, perhaps the most significant change to BS 5385-1:2018 is the exclusion of plywood and other wood-based boards as a suitable background material for fixing ceramic and natural stone tiles to walls.

The British Standard states that “the use of sheets or boards subject to movement from changes in moisture content should be avoided. Plywood and other wood-based sheets or boards should not be used for direct tiling.” In place of  this, the Standard now recommends that use of tile backer boards when tiling directly on to walls. For clarification on the best tile backer board for your installation, please contact UltraTileFix’s team of technical experts by calling 01827 254402.

It is worth noting that, whilst plywood and other wood-based boards are no longer recommended for direct wall tiling, good quality plywood is a perfectly acceptable substrate for floor tiling, providing it is properly braced to be rigid and non-deflecting, and is not being used in wet areas.

Alongside this important update, BSI have also added a number of recommendations to BS 5385-1:2018, which reflect the latest changes in the tiling industry.

Over recent years  there has been a significant increase in tile types and sizes available to purchase, with larger formats and  thin ceramic panels rising in popularity. With this in mind, the Standard has been revised to include guidance on how to best apply these new varieties of tile, for example, tiles of a certain weight, such as 9mm porcelain tiles which weigh over 14kg, “should be solidly bedded regardless of their size.”

Grout widths are also considered in the 2018 Standard, concluding that joint widths should vary depending on the facial area of a tile. For instance, smaller tiles which measure up to 600mm in length require a minimum joint width of 2mm and larger tiles, up to 1200mm in length, should have a minimum joint width of 3mm. The Standard also advises that joints between ceramic panels should increase relative to the panel size, for example, a ceramic panel 3m in length requires a minimum joint width of 5mm.

It is vital that everyone working in the tiling industry understands and implements these important changes. For further information on the revised British Standard or to request a free on-site visit, please contact Alan Collins, UltraTileFix’s Technical Field Support and Training Manager, by calling 07825 427654 or emailing ultratilefix@instarmac.co.uk.