All posts by Sarah Instarmac

valentine's day holiday

Win a Holiday of a Lifetime

UltraTileFix are spreading the love this Valentine’s Day by giving you the chance to whisk your loved one away for a romantic 10 day all-inclusive holiday to the Caribbean.

If that’s not your cup of tea, why not take up to 3 friends to Las Vegas for 3 nights or take your family to Disney World Florida instead?

So what do you need to do to have the chance of winning of these phenomenal holidays?

Simply purchase £250 worth of UltraTileFix products from your local retailer or distributor and send UltraTileFix proof of purchase by visiting ultratilefixcompetition.co.uk and uploading a photo of your receipts / invoices for your chance to win – it couldn’t be easier!

For every £250 you spend you will receive one entry into the competition and if you spend £1,000 in one transaction, or between now and the 31st March 2019, you will receive 4 entries.

There’s no limit to the number of times you can enter which means the more you spend, the higher your chance of winning one of these amazing prizes.

Each of these unbelievable holidays includes flights, accommodation plus spending money – and that’s not all! There’s an additional 5 pallets of UltraTileFix products and 5 Makita DAB Site Radios also up for grabs, plus everyone that enters the competition will automatically receive an UltraTileFix t-shirt.

This incredible competition closes on 31st March 2019, with the winner announced live on UltraTileFix’s Facebook page at 2pm on 3rd April 2019.

For full terms and conditions and for further information on each of the holidays and prizes available, please visit ultratilefixcompetition.co.uk or call 01827 254455.

kerb repairs

Kerb and Patch Repair saves Council time and money

UltraCrete have worked with Worcestershire County Council to carry out a number of kerb repairs using UltraCrete Kerb and Patch Repair.

The current method for repairing kerbs in Worcestershire involved removing and replacing the entire kerb – a costly and time-consuming task as parked cars often restricted access to the repair site.

With this in mind, Worcestershire County Council began looking for an alternative repair product that would be suitable for sites with limited access and provide an efficient and permanent repair.

After careful research Worcestershire County Council trialled UltraCrete Kerb and Patch Repair for the repairs and UltraCrete are pleased to announce that as a result of successful product trials, Kerb and Patch Repair is now the chosen repair method throughout Worcestershire.

On this exciting development, Chris Hollingshead from Worcestershire County Council commented: “UltraCrete’s Kerb and Patch Repair is a quick and efficient solution enabling us to carry out repairs to kerbs instead of replacing them. This has saved us time and money.”

Kerb and Patch Repair is a high strength concrete repair specifically formulated for reinstating smaller areas such as kerbs and steps – a feature Worcestershire County Council found particularly appealing as any costs associated with their existing repair method, such as purchasing kerbs and the extra resource required to install them, are all eradicated.

Pre-measured to eliminate on-site mixing errors, Kerb and Patch Repair has a set time pf 25 minutes and can be opened to traffic in 2 hour allowing contractors to move on to other projects quickly increasing productivity.

Available in contractor friendly 10kg units, Kerb and Patch Repair is the ideal product for sites with limited access, such as this one, and because the tubs can be resealed and used another day, there is no wasted product leftover.

For more information on Kerb and Patch Repair please contact the UltraCrete sales team by emailing ultracrete@instarmac.co.uk or calling 01827 254402.

Tiling mercedes benz

UltraTileFix excels at Mercedes-Benz Showroom

Experienced tiling contractors, Great Northern Tiling Company, have used UltraTileFix to install over 3,000m² of wall and floor tiling at the esteemed Mercedes-Benz Showroom in Birmingham.

With a market share of 7.12% and selling 5,000 more cars than any other premium car manufacturer, it is unsurprising that Mercedes-Benz has become synonymous with luxurious, superior and top quality cars.

The Central Birmingham Mercedes-Benz car showroom required new wall and floor tiling throughout the branch in order to retain the high standards their customers have come to expect.

The Great Northern Tiling Company (GNTC), TTA members and skilled tiling contractors with almost 20 years experience in the commercial sector, secured this exciting project and used UltraTileFix materials to complete the job.

Before any floor tiling could commence, GNTC needed to prepare the substrate by priming the entire area with ProPrimer, an advanced polymer primer for exceptional bond and multiple substrates. Designed for both porous and non-porous substrates, ProPrimer enhances the adhesion of all UltraTileFix floor levellers and is proven to reduce substrate porosity.

Once ProPrimer had been applied and fully dried, GNTC used ProLevel Fibre reinforced flexible floor leveller to create a strong, sound and even base, ready for tiling to commence.

A single part, high strength, rapid drying and curing concrete floor leveller, ProLevel Fibre boasts a 3 hour set time and can be tiled after just 8 hours, an important feature for projects where downtime needs to be kept to a minimum, such as this one.

What’s more, ProLevel Fibre has been formulated using FibreBond Technology, a process which involves  the addition of fibre particles for superior strength, creating the ideal substrate to support the weight of the cars on display in the showroom and the constant footfall of visitors.

Completing the project, GNTC used ProFlex SP and ProFlex SPES adhesives to fix 2,621m² of floor tiles and 400m² of wall tiles throughout the showroom.

ProFlex SP rapid set flexible tile adhesive and ProFlex SPES standard set flexible tile adhesive are both classified as S1 in accordance with EN 12004 and have a high level of deformation for greater tolerance to movement. The S1 properties of ProFlex SP and ProFlex SPES make them the perfect choice for timber floors, swimming pools and underfloor heating systems.

ProFlex SP and ProFlex SPES, along with every other product available from UltraTileFix boasts a lifetime guarantee, giving you complete confidence that UltraTileFix products are designed to last.

For further information on UltraTileFix’s range of adhesives, grouts, floor levellers and ancillary products, please contact their team of experts by emailing ultratilefix@instarmac.co.uk or calling 01827 254402.

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UltraCrete helps prevent potholes on Northamptonshire’s roads

UltraCrete Surface Defect Repair has been used to repair a number of defects and cracks across Northamptonshire’s road network, helping to prevent dangerous potholes from forming.

After a long and harsh winter, Northamptonshire’s already vulnerable road network and deteriorated even further, causing Northamptonshire Highways to look for alternative and permanent highway maintenance solutions.

UltraCrete’s Area Sales Manager for the Midlands, Dave Youell, visited Kier’s Highways Department, the contractor chosen to complete the repairs, to carry out a demonstration of Surface Defect Repair – a product developed to address specific areas of preventative maintenance.

Following a successful demonstration, product training was carried out, which resulted in Northamptonshire Highways and Kier adopting and using this innovative repair system as part of their ongoing approach to maintain the road network.

Through consultation with contractors and clients, UltraCrete identified that early treatment of defects in carriageways of thin surface asphalt repairs, would prevent the formation of costly potholes and their associated risks.

As a result, UltraCrete’s team of in-house Development Chemists embarked on months of extensive product testing to present Surface Defect Repair to the market – a product that is applied to minor surface defects in footways and carriageways which then stops potholes from forming.

Durable and easy to use, Surface Defect Repair is a granular thermoplastic material with anti-skid dressing and is perfect for use on contracts where asset management allows for early identification of minor defects and can be built into the ongoing maintenance programme.

Surface Defect Repair has been used on Northamptonshire’s roads since November 2017. On adopting this innovative product, Stuart Mann Highways Depot Manager at Northamptonshire County Council, commented: “We are very pleased with the results and will continue to use Surface Defect Repair across the network.”

For further information on Surface Defect Repair or to request a free product demonstration, please contact UltraCrete’s team of experts by emailing ultracrete@instarmac.co.uk or calling 01827 254402.

UltraFloor ancillary products

Protect your floors and enhance bond with UltraFloor’s ancillary products

UltraFloor’s range of much-loved subfloor preparation materials includes DPM IT and Prime IT Multi-surface Primer, ancillary products designed to protect your floors and enhance bond.

UltraFloor Prime IT Multi-surface Primer is a moisture tolerant, water based polymer primer, sealer and bonding aid, formulated for both porous and non-porous substrates. Designed to promote the adhesion of UltraFloor smoothing underlayments, Prime IT Multi-surface Primer is proven to reduce pinholing, minimising the risk of costly failures.

What’s more, UltraFloor Prime IT Multi-surface Primer is now pigmented pink for easier application and coverage control as well as product identification. 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.

UltraFloor’s range of ancillary products also includes DPM IT – a two component, solvent free epoxy resin system for use as a surface damp proof membrane and as a screed bonding aid (primer) for industrial flooring applications.

Designed to provide protection against subfloor moisture, DPM IT has a pot life of 45-75 minutes, a cure time of 5 hours and boasts a 98% RH floor moisture tolerance. Watch a short application video of DPM IT.

Prime IT Multi-surface Primer and DPM IT are just  two products available in UltraFloor’s range of subfloor preparation materials. To view their entire range of smoothing underlayments, repair and finishing compounds and moisture protection products, please visit ultra-floor.co.uk.

For further product information, pricing enquiries, or to find your nearest stockist, please contact UltraFloor’s team of experts by email or by calling 01827 254402.

Keep up-to-date with the latest product developments, news and competitions by following UltraFloor on Twitter @Ultra_Floor, Liking them on Facebook or connecting with Instarmac Group plc on LinkedIn.

Excellence in wellbeing

Instarmac achieves Great Place to Work Excellence in Wellbeing award

Instarmac Group plc, a leading UK manufacturer based in Tamworth, Staffordshire, are delighted to have been presented with the Great Place to Work® Excellence in Wellbeing award.

Great Place to Work®, in partnership with the Guardian and Sunday Telegraph, is recognised worldwide and celebrates trust and engagement within an organisation. The Excellence in Wellbeing award is only given to companies who are committed to creating a happier and healthier work environment – values Instarmac have always prided themselves on.

Great Place to Work® describes wellbeing as a “complex blend of the physical, psychological, social and financial aspects of people’s working lives. When optimised, these dimensions provide a sustainable platform for all employees to flourish both in and out of the workplace.”

In Autumn 2018, every Instarmac employee was given the opportunity to complete the Great Place to Work Trust Index® Survey – a questionnaire that seeks employees experiences and views on six dimensions that underpin wellbeing, as well as other topics including Strategy, Direction, Values, Recognition, Reward and Career Development.

To measure the levels of wellbeing in an organisation, all employees were asked questions about their work environment, financial security, mental and physical health, inter-personal relationships, work-life balance and fulfilment. These responses were then analysed to determine whether or not a company really is committed to their employees wellbeing.

On winning the Excellence in Wellbeing award, Instarmac’s Managing Director, John Holcroft, commented: “Wellbeing has always been important to everyone at Instarmac. We believe wellbeing goes further than just being happy. It’s about being able to cope when things get tough in our lives or when our health suffers. We provide a range of benefits to support staff wellbeing such as private medical and dental care, three  holiday homes which can be used by staff all year round free of charge, the Employee Benefit Trust to support employees through difficult times, as well as the many initiatives we carry out throughout the year.”

He went on to say, “I am thrilled that Instarmac has been presented with this prestigious award as it shows our employees, and future colleagues, that we are committed to creating the best work environment possible.”

The Great Place to Work®  awards take place in May 2019 and Instarmac are delighted to be attending.

For further information on what makes Instarmac a great place to work, please call their experienced team on 01827 254402.

Would you like to join a Great Place to Work? Instarmac are hiring! View our latest vacancies.

Manholes repaired at Niagara Falls

Instarmac saves the day at Niagara Falls

Instarmac International’s Canadian partner, Da-Lee Pavement Products, have supplied Instarmac’s Manhole Installation System to the City of Niagara Falls Water Department to repair several failed manholes in the area.

The current method of repairing and reinstating failed ironwork in Niagara Falls involves installing a pre-cast concrete riser under the frame and cover and using bulk concrete and hot asphalt as the surface finish. This method of repair posed a number of problems for the City of Niagara Falls Water Department. Not only are concrete risers very brittle and prone to cracking – a costly and time-consuming activity to repair – hot asphalt can be difficult to source during the winter months which meant carrying out emergency repairs was difficult.

The City of Niagara Falls Water Department were in urgent need of a repair system that could withstand extreme temperatures, would provide a permanent first time repair to avoid costly repeat visits to site and could be sourced at short notice to help keep up with demand.

Da-Lee Pavement Products introduced the City of Niagara Falls Water Department to Instarmac’s Manhole Installation System as the perfect solution to their problem. In January 2019, Instarmac’s Technical Field Support and Training Manager, Nick Holmes, and Da-Lee’s Territory Manager, Rod Benito, visited the City of Niagara Falls to carry out a product demonstration of the system and training with the client.

The City of Niagara Falls Water Department were extremely impressed with the capabilities and performance of Instarmac’s Manhole Installation System, particularly the speed in which the materials can be applied and the long-term durability the products offer, and have since used it to repair several manholes in the area.

On the success of the installations, James Sticca, Manager of Environmental Services for the City of Niagara Falls Water Department, commented: “One of the jobs came in on a Friday and needed to be fixed immediately. The reason we chose Instarmac was because of the speed in which we could open the road back up to traffic. Traditional methods would have meant that the road would have stayed closed over the weekend, however with Instarmac products we had the road back open within 4 hours of traffic management being put up which meant the road was open for the busy Friday afternoon traffic.”

He went on to say: “During the summer we have lots of traffic sensitive areas and we will be using these products for all manhole repairs in these locations.”

Instarmac’s Manhole Installation System is made up Envirobed HA104® high performance bedding mortar, QC10 F rapid set flowable concrete, Instant Road Repair cold lay asphalt and SCJ Seal and tack coat spray. Each of these products has been independently tested and is proven to provide a first time permanent repair in all weathers, allows sites to be opened to traffic in as little as 2 hours, exceeds a 5 year service life and reduces costly failures.

Instarmac’s Manhole Installation System is available throughout Canada and North America through Da-Lee Pavement Products. To contact Da-Lee please call 905 643 1135 or visit daleegroup.com.

For further information on Instarmac’s Manhole Installation System, please contact Instarmac’s International Sales Team by calling +44 (0) 1827 254402 or emailing international@instarmac.com.

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UltraTileFix strengthen their range with semi-rapid setting adhesive

UltraTileFix have enhanced their range of much-loved tile adhesives by introducing ProGrip FX fibre reinforced semi-rapid tile adhesive.

Ideal for use with porcelain, mosaic and natural stone tiles, ProGrip FX boasts an extended pot life of 2.5 hours, offering a greater fixing time, and has been developed to provide an exceptional grab and enhanced body, making this fibre reinforced semi-rapid adhesive the perfect choice for fixing large format tiles.

If you’re looking for a tile adhesive which is proven to provide S1 classified flexibility, then ProGrip FX is the adhesive for you. The flexible properties of ProGrip FX make it the ideal adhesive for tiling areas subject to movement such as overlaid timber floors.

What’s more, ProGrip FX has been formulated using FibreBond Technology – a process which involves the addition of fibre particles for superior non-slip properties and thixotropic behaviour.

ProGrip FX, along with every other product in the UltraTileFix range, boasts a lifetime guarantee, giving you complete confidence UltraTileFix products are designed to last.

In addition, ProGrip FX conforms to C2 TE S1 EN 12004 classification, is ideal for use on most surfaces and substrates and can receive light foot traffic after 3 hours depending on substrate and temperature.

Sold in contractor and retail friendly 20kg bags, ProGrip FX is available in white and grey and is delivered on UltraTileFix’s privately owned, FORS Silver accredited fleet, 54 bags to a pallet.

For further information, pricing enquiries, or to place an order, please contact the UltraTileFix team by email or by calling 01827 254402.

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Bedding mortars now boast enhanced formula

UltraCrete bedding mortar now sets 25% faster

Innovation and product development has always been at the heart of UltraCrete. Listening to the needs of their loyal customers and providing real solutions to highway maintenance problems has provided the backbone to their extensive product portfolio.

With this in mind, UltraCrete’s Research and Development Chemists have developed and enhanced the formula of their market leading high performance bedding mortars to offer faster setting times and improved compressive strengths.

M90,  all-purpose fast set mortar, has been enhanced to achieve an impressive compressive strength of 22N/mm² in just 90 minutes allowing roads to be opened earlier, saving valuable time and money. What’s more, this next generation bedding mortar now sets 25% faster than before and achieves a rapid strength build even when temperatures are as low as 5ºC.

Furthermore, M90 is proven to be stable in wet conditions, has a smooth consistency for excellent workability and will provide high quality installations with faster curing at low temperatures, allowing for repairs to be carried out all year round and opened to traffic sooner than ever before – and all at no extra cost to their customers.

M60, the original rapid strength bedding mortar and repair material that offers BBA/HAPAS certified assurance for all installations, has also undergone rigorous testing and now boasts improved features. As well as boasting a smoother consistency and excellent workability, M60 allows roads to be trafficked after 60 minutes and is 5% stronger within 1 hour at all temperatures.

For further information, pricing enquiries, or to place an order of the new and improved M90 and M60, please contact UltraCrete’s team of experts by email or by calling 01827 254402.

Keep up-to-date with the latest product development, news and special offers by following UltraCrete on Twitter @Ultracrete_UK and connecting with Instarmac Group plc on LinkedIn.

Level IT Renovate

All you need to do is Renovate IT!

UltraFloor, part of the award-winning Instarmac Group plc, are delighted to announce the launch of Level IT Renovate – a flexible and versatile smoothing underlayment ideal for refurbishment projects.

Developed for the renovation of existing floors, UltraFloor’s latest smoothing underlayment 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.

Level IT Renovate is a single part smoothing underlayment, offering a unique alternative within the UltraFloor range, and is suitable for use over most strong and stable subfloors, which makes this semi-rapid fibre reinforced floor leveller perfect for both commercial and domestic applications.

In addition, 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, allowing contractors to move on to another project quickly.

Sold in contractor friendly 20kg bags, Level IT Renovate is compatible with underfloor heating systems and is delivered on UltraFloor’s privately owned, FORS Silver accredited fleet, 48 bags to a pallet.

For further information, pricing enquiries, or to place an order, please contact the UltraFloor team by email or by calling 01827 254402.