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Level IT Pro30 revolutionises traditional subfloor preparation methods and turnaround time

Level IT Pro30, from subfloor preparation specialists UltraFloor, has been formulated to refurbish existing floors in previously unachievable timescales, without removing old adhesive residues first – revolutionising traditional subfloor preparation methods.

Level IT Pro30 is a premium ‘one product does all’ solution for today’s busy contractor. Suitable for use with most common subfloors, this high performance, high tolerance, free-flowing smoothing underlayment can also be used over old adhesive residues, without the need for priming first. This key feature makes Level IT Pro30 ideal for areas in need of quick turnaround, particularly time sensitive projects that require returning access same day to vulnerable residents or key public services.

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.

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. Level IT Pro30 is completely protein and ammonia free, making it ideal in healthcare and domestic setting without need for worry.

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 your productivity.

What’s more, Level IT Pro30 is unaffected by moisture, maintains excellent flow and boasts an impressive set time of just 30 minutes even in cold temperatures. Never before has a smoothing compound been so versatile and reliable in such a rapid time.

Arm your team with Level IT Pro30 and revolutionise your next flooring job. For more information on Level IT Pro30, to place an order for your store, 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 any of their social media platforms.

72% of drivers have performed a dangerous manoeuvre because of a pothole

A recent study of UK road users has found that 72% of drivers have had to perform a dangerous manoeuvre to avoid the many potholes blighting the road network – and this was not the only chilling statistic National Pothole Day uncovered.

National Pothole Day has surveyed over a thousand road users, including motorists, cyclists and motorcyclists, to understand how potholes affect the everyday road user.

Worryingly, they found that 7% of drivers have been involved in an accident because of a pothole and that 66% of people have had their vehicles damaged because of potholes, with 69% spending over £100 to repair the damage.

Seeing potholes on our daily commute has become commonplace, but National Pothole Day has found that a shocking 72% of drivers see at least 5 potholes on their daily commute and 70% of motorists have experienced delays on their journey because of them. It is therefore unsurprising that over 20% of road users list potholes as the most annoying aspect of their daily commute – ahead of tailgating, speeding and road rage.

One of the aims of National Pothole Day’s survey was to truly understand what changes need to be made to make a real difference to the pothole crisis and to give people the opportunity to express their opinions on the state of UK roads.

On the materials being used to repair potholes, one participant commented: “Cheapest of the cheap. Usually it doesn’t last long. We have one stretch of busy road (about a mile long) where there are 15 large deep potholes on one side of the road and 10 on the opposite side.”

Despite the additional funding for pothole repairs released last year, with statistics like these, it is clear that the pothole crisis isn’t going away any time soon. The question then emerges, how do make the best use of the additional funding to try to repair the country’s crumbling road network once and for all?

UltraCrete, proud sponsor of National Pothole Day, have been researching and manufacturing pothole repair materials for over 40 years. They have established strong relationships over the past four decades with local authorities and highway contractors up and down the country to develop a suite of first time permanent pothole repair materials.

UltraCrete’s Technical and Site Support Team also carry out regular training with contractors to educate operatives on the best way to apply their materials to guarantee a first time permanent repair.

For more information on National Pothole Day and the results of their survey, please follow #NoMorePotholesUK on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

For further information on UltraCrete and their range of approved first time permanent pothole repair materials, please contact the UltraCrete team by calling +44 (0) 1827 254451, emailing ultracrete@instarmac.co.uk or visiting ultracrete.co.uk.

21% of cyclists have been involved in an accident due to potholes

A recent study of UK cyclists has found that shockingly, 21% of cyclists have been involved in an accident because of a pothole with 22% resulting in a personal injury – and this was not the only chilling statistic National Pothole Day uncovered.

National Pothole Day has surveyed over a thousand road users, including cyclists, motorcyclists and motorists to understand how potholes affect the everyday road user.

Worryingly, they found that a staggering 88% of cyclists needed to perform a dangerous manoeuvre because a pothole and that 63% of cyclists’ have had their bikes damaged because of potholes, with 35% spending over £100 to repair the damage.

Seeing potholes on our daily commute has become commonplace, but National Pothole Day has found that a shocking 46% of cyclists see more than 15 potholes on their daily journey and 69% of cyclists have had their journey disrupted because of them. It is therefore unsurprising that over 19% of cyclists list potholes as the most annoying aspect of their daily commute – ahead of inconsiderate drivers, punctures and road rage.

One of the aims of National Pothole Day’s survey was to truly understand what changes need to be made to make a real difference to the pothole crisis and to give people the opportunity to express their opinions on the state of UK roads.

On the materials being used to repair potholes, one participant commented: “The problem with potholes and surface defects is they are usually repaired with substandard materials, or workmanship, with the result being in a few weeks or months, the repair breaks up and it’s back to a pothole. About five years ago a 200 metre section of road was resurfaced – lovely!… only within a week it was dug up in several places. Now it looks like a patchwork quilt! On a bike you need to weave to avoid the worst irregularities.”

Despite the additional funding for pothole repairs released last year, with statistics like these, it is clear that the pothole crisis isn’t going away any time soon. The question then emerges, how do make the best use of the additional funding to try to repair the country’s crumbling road network once and for all?

UltraCrete, proud sponsor of National Pothole Day, have been researching and manufacturing pothole repair materials for over 40 years. They have established strong relationships over the past four decades with local authorities and highway contractors up and down the country to develop a suite of first time permanent pothole repair materials.

UltraCrete’s Technical and Site Support Team also carry out regular training with contractors to educate operatives on the best way to apply their materials to guarantee a first time permanent repair.

For more information on National Pothole Day and the results of their survey, please follow #NoMorePotholesUK on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

For further information on UltraCrete and their range of approved first time permanent pothole repair materials, please contact the UltraCrete team by calling +44 (0) 1827 254451, emailing ultracrete@instarmac.co.uk or visiting ultracrete.co.uk.

68% of Highway Contractors think their employers need more funding for pothole repairs

A recent study of Highway Contractors across the UK, has found that 68% of those surveyed think their employers need more funding for pothole repairs – and this was not the only unsettling statistic National Pothole Day uncovered.

National Pothole Day has surveyed Highway Contractors up and down the country to understand how inferior materials and lack of funding has impacted on the country’s pothole crisis.

Seeing potholes on our daily commute has become commonplace. Road users are sick and tired of trying to dodge potholes to avoid causing costly damage to their vehicle or bicycle. It is easy to blame the contractors working on our roads for poor quality repairs, but is that fair?

As part of their 2021 campaign, National Pothole Day surveyed over 50 Highway Contracting firms to truly understand what changes they feel need to be made to make a real difference to the pothole crisis.

Worryingly, National Pothole Day found 22% of Highway Contractors list inferior materials as their greatest concern when repairing potholes – a statistic that may explain why 6% of pothole repairs are revisited on a weekly basis by contractors.

Despite the additional funding for pothole repairs released last year, with statistics like these, it is clear that the pothole crisis isn’t going away any time soon. The question then emerges, how do we help Highway Contractors to select the best materials for first time permanent pothole repairs to try and overhaul the country’s crumbling road network once and for all?

UltraCrete, proud sponsor of National Pothole Day, have been researching and manufacturing pothole repair materials for over 40 years. They have established strong relationships over the past four decades with Local Authorities and Highway Contractors across the country to develop a suite of first time permanent pothole repair materials.

UltraCrete’s Technical and Site Support Team also carry out regular training with contractors to educate operatives on the best way to apply their materials to guarantee a first time permanent repair.

For more information on National Pothole Day and the results of their survey, please follow #NoMorePotholesUK on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

For further information on UltraCrete and their range of approved first time permanent pothole repair materials, please contact the UltraCrete team by calling +44 (0) 1827 254451, emailing ultracrete@instarmac.co.uk or visiting ultracrete.co.uk.

81% of Local Authorities believe the pothole crisis has worsened over the last 5 years

A recent study of Local Authorities across the UK, has found that 81% of those surveyed believe the pothole crisis has gotten worse over the last 5 years – and this was not the only unsettling statistic National Pothole Day uncovered.

National Pothole Day has surveyed over 40 Local Authorities up and down the country to understand how a shortfall in funding, selection of materials and the support, or lack of, from Central Government has impacted on the country’s pothole crisis.

Seeing potholes on our daily commute has become commonplace. Road users are sick and tired of trying to dodge potholes to avoid causing costly damage to their vehicle or bicycle. It is easy to blame Local Authorities for the state of the country’s roads, but is that fair?

As part of their 2021 campaign, National Pothole Day surveyed over 40 Local Authorities to truly understand what changes they feel need to be made to make a real difference to the pothole crisis.

Worryingly, National Pothole Day found 57% of Local Authorities state that they have had their funding for pothole repairs cut over the last 5 years and that 55% do not believe Central Government fully understand the impact the funding gap has had on the pothole crisis.

The survey also uncovered that 23% of Local Authorities receive 51-100 pothole complaints every single month – a figure that has the potential to increase as the pothole crisis worsens.

Despite the additional funding for pothole repairs released last year, with statistics like these, it is clear that the pothole crisis isn’t going away any time soon. The question then emerges, how do Local Authorities make the best use of the additional funding to try to repair the country’s crumbling road network once and for all?

UltraCrete, proud sponsor of National Pothole Day, have been researching and manufacturing pothole repair materials for over 40 years. They have established strong relationships over the past four decades with Local Authorities and highway contractors across the country to develop a suite of first time permanent pothole repair materials.

UltraCrete’s Technical and Site Support Team also carry out regular training with contractors to educate operatives on the best way to apply their materials to guarantee a first time permanent repair.

For more information on National Pothole Day and the results of their survey, please follow #NoMorePotholesUK on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

For further information on UltraCrete and their range of approved first time permanent pothole repair materials, please contact the UltraCrete team by calling +44 (0) 1827 254451, emailing ultracrete@instarmac.co.uk or visiting ultracrete.co.uk.

UltraCrete supports National Pothole Day 2021

UltraCrete and passionate campaigner Mark Morrell, otherwise known as Mr Pothole, will once again join forces on National Pothole Day to raise awareness of the state of the nation’s roads and the need for additional funding from central government to tackle the growing pothole crisis.

Established in 2015 by StreetRepairs.co.uk, National Pothole Day was created to provide a place for road users to report road damage to their local council. Over the last 5 years, this movement has gained in momentum and is now a key platform for road safety awareness and education.

As a result of the publicity surrounding National Pothole Day 2020, when a bright orange tank drove through London, UltraCrete and Mr Pothole helped to secure an additional £2.5bn of funding from central government to fix potholes and resurface roads.

Building on that success, in 2021 National Pothole Day will  take the pothole crisis to the people by giving them the opportunity to express their opinions on the state of UK roads by completing the National Pothole Day 2021 road user survey.

National Pothole Day has surveyed over a thousand road users, including motorists, cyclists and motorcyclists, to understand how potholes impact the everyday road user and to truly understand what changes need to be made to make a real difference to the nation’s crumbling road network.

The campaign also extends to questioning local authorities and highway contractor firms up and down the country on their opinion on the pothole crisis, the use of quality and approved repair materials and, ultimately, how to generate much needed further funding from central government. The results of each survey will be shared in January 2021.

With over 40 years of experience of working alongside local authorities and highway contractors to develop a suite of first time permanent road repair materials, UltraCrete have plenty of expertise to ideally place  them as sponsor and champion of National Pothole Day 2021.

National Pothole Day will take place on 15th January 2021. Be the first to find out the results of their survey by following #NoMorePotholesUK on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram.

UltraCrete will also host a Pothole Awareness Day on 8th January 2021. To take part in the Awareness Day, or for further information on this exciting event, please email lynnef@instarmac.co.uk.

For further information on UltraCrete and their range of approved first time permanent pothole repair materials, please email ultracrete@instarmac.co.uk or visit ultracrete.co.uk.

Level and lay in a day, even over old adhesive residues, with Level IT Pro30

UltraFloor are known for providing expert and quality subfloor preparation materials specially curated to handle a variety of flooring environments. UltraFloor are proud to extend their offering to include Level IT Pro30 – a premium ‘one product does all’ solution for today’s busy flooring contractor.

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 guaranteed to buy you more time. 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.

What’s more, Level IT Pro30 is unaffected by moisture, maintains excellent flow and boasts an impressive set time of just 30 minutes even in cold temperatures. Never before has a smoothing compound been so versatile and reliable in such a rapid time.

The benefits of Level IT Pro30 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.

Working in a hospital, care home, school or other commercial setting where old floors have been ripped up but the adhesive still remains? Level IT Pro30 allows you to lay the floor in the same day.

Have you got a domestic job coming up? By using Level IT Pro30, your client can leave home in the morning and return later that day to brand new floors without any disruption.

Arm your team with Level IT Pro30 and never face delays again. For more information on Level IT Pro30, to place an order for your store, 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 any of their social media platforms.

Are you ready for winter?

At UltraCrete, our priority is to ensure that you always have the information and support you need to help make the best use of our quality road maintenance materials. With the cold weather upon us again, UltraCrete are on hand to help you choose the right products for each application to guarantee an uninterrupted workflow over the next few months.

All cementitious products are affected by temperature. The cooler it is, the slower the setting time. So in the winter months, why not upgrade to a high performance mortar? UltraCrete provide a number of different grades and their team of industry specialists are on hand to advise you on the best product to suit your project and to maintain speed of application.

For perfect workability, it is important to protect all cement-based products from wind, rain and moisture by storing them in dry, frost-free conditions. Cover your products with a waterproof sheet and stack any bags or tubs above ground, preferably on a pallet, to prevent contact with a damp and cold floor.

For wet weather conditions, when resinous products cannot be applied, why not try UltraCrete’s high performance bedding mortar – Envirobed HA104®. This superior bedding mortar has been specially formulated for bedding ductile ironwork, covers and frames, boasts exceptional tensile, compressive and bond strengths and has been HAPAS approved by the BBA as part of the UltraCrete Manhole Reinstatement System.

All UltraCrete asphalts are manufactured using the latest technology available to ensure easy working and application even in colder temperatures. However, if you experience a slight firming this can be very easily remedied by applying light pressure to the side of the bag. This will restore material to its normal consistency, allowing you to continue with your repair without delay.

What’s more, many of UltraCrete’s world leading maintenance materials can be used in temperatures lower than 5°C, allowing work to be completed all year round.

Don’t be left out in the cold. Book a free consultation with one of UltraCrete’s highway experts for a review of your winter maintenance needs and to find the perfect solution for you. Contact the team  today by calling +44 (0) 1827 254402 or email ultracrete@instarmac.co.uk.

For advice on storing, handling and preparing UltraCrete materials throughout the winter, please download a free copy of their Cold Weather Working Guide.

Christmas Opening Hours 2020

During the Christmas period, we will be open on the following days:

  • Monday 21st December
  • Tuesday 22nd December
  • Wednesday 23rd December
  • Thursday 24th December
  • Tuesday 29th December
  • Wednesday 30th December
  • Thursday 31st December

We will be closed on the following days:

  • Friday 25th December
  • Monday 28th December
  • Friday 1st January 2021

We will resume normal business hours (8.00am – 5.30pm) from Monday 4th January 2021.

We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

UltraFloor support Distribution with point of sale that works

Engage with your customers, build their loyalty, grow sales and increase your profit with UltraFloor’s bespoke range of point of sale.

UltraFloor have been supplying stockists and distributors with expert subfloor preparation materials for over 15 years. During this time, they have built long-lasting relationships with branch managers up and down the country and worked alongside them to truly understand the role point of sale plays in increasing sales and profit.

UltraFloor are pleased to offer a range of eye-catching point of sale to maximise exposure to your customers, drive your sales and to help reinforce UltraFloor’s position as one of the market-leading brands of subfloor preparation materials.

The items available from UltraFloor are endless. You can choose from pallet skirts, external banners, large format posters and shelf edging. UltraFloor’s in-house marketing team are also able to design and supply you with bespoke items to suit your needs.

UltraFloor appreciate the needs of the flooring industry can be extensive and that’s why they have created a handy product selector guide to help your team recommend the most suitable materials for the job.

What’s more, UltraFloor’s ‘ready for retail’ packaging is vibrant, impactful and conveys a clear message, allowing your customers to make a quick and informed decision.

UltraFloor’s offering doesn’t end there. Their team of flooring experts are available to carry out product training with your team, giving them the knowledge and confidence to help sell the UltraFloor range and maximise your sales. Become an UltraFloor product expert by emailing ultrafloor@instarmac.co.uk to book your free training course.

Choose UltraFloor for confidence and peace of mind that you are representing a reputable and sought after brand. For more information on the range of point of sale available from UltraFloor, or to become a stockist, please email ultrafloor@instarmac.co.uk or call 01827 254402.

Keep up-to-date with the latest news from UltraFloor by following them on Twitter @Ultra_Floor, liking them on Facebook, connecting with them on LinkedIn and following them on Instagram.