All posts by Sarah Instarmac

Why take the risk?

There are a number of manufacturers in the highways industry all claiming their products and services are the best available but with over 40 years of experience in supplying the sector with high performance maintenance materials, Instarmac has the evidence to back up its claims!

It can often be tempting to try an alternative repair material, especially if it’s being offered to you at a lower price, however, without any proof of product performance, is it really worth taking the risk?

Repair and maintenance products that fail once installed cause no end of problems. Contractors have to be moved from other projects to carry out the repairs, decreasing productivity and potentially putting you behind schedule on other projects – and let’s not forget the costly fines you could be subjected to by having to re-open the site!

Instarmac have been manufacturing world renowned highway maintenance products for over four decades. They understand the needs of the industry and the importance of using products that are guaranteed to perform, reducing the strain on already tight budgets.

By listening to the needs of the industry and their customers, Instarmac have developed a suite of products that have been thoroughly tested by an independent third party and are proven to provide a first time, permanent repair every single time.

Over recent years, the market has been flooded with repair and maintenance products all claiming HAPAS Approval. This approval provides you with the assurance that your chosen repair material is designed to last, but if you have recently switched to an alternative supplier, do you have the same assurances that the materials will be delivered to the correct location at the agreed date and time? Is it worth taking a gamble and being at risk of costly fines because you were unable to complete the project on time?

Instarmac’s high quality products are delivered on their privately owned, FORS Silver accredited fleet that is fully tracked in-house, offering you accurate deliveries, reduced damages and peace of mind that products will be delivered on time allowing you to complete the project as scheduled.

Instarmac have been supplying trusted and proven products to national highway agencies, contractors, local authorities and commercial organisations in the UK and around the world since 1977. Every one of their clients benefit from their personal, efficient and award-winning customer service that includes free text updates, email confirmation, Product Planner App and dedicated field and office based customer support.

What’s more, Instarmac’s free on-site training and product demonstrations will help you make the most of their high performance products, reducing failures, increasing productivity and saving you money.

Next time you consider changing your supplier of highway repair materials, ask yourself, are you willing to risk your reputation?

For further information on Instarmac’s award-winning products and services, please visit or contact the UltraCrete sales team by emailing or calling 01827 254402.

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Network Rail to modernise signalling system

Earlier this year, Network Rail began the next phase of their much anticipated Railway Upgrade Plan, a project that involves modernising the current system by updating a number of signals across the Norwich, Yarmouth and Lowestoft network.

The ambitious £68 million investment programme includes the installation of 22 power operated points, a computer based signalling control system as well as 66 new colour-light LED signals.

UltraCrete offers a range of rail maintenance and installation products such as QC10 fast set rapid strength concrete, which is ideal for the installation of heavy duty signals, like the LED signals being used by Network Rail. Independently tested by an approved third party, QC10 is proven to provide a first time, permanent installation, can be applied from depths of 30 – 250mm and is trafficked in as little as 2 hours, allowing contractors to move on to another project quickly, increasing productivity and helping to meet tight deadlines.

The Railway Upgrade Plan also involves upgrading the current manual operated level crossings with a modern, remote controlled system. To guarantee an effortless and lasting installation, UltraCrete advises installing rail bolts with HF high flow precision grout.

Suitable for the infill of voids from 10 – 100mm, HF can be pumped or poured for ease of application and boasts an impressive compressive strength of 29N/mm² in just 24 hours. What’s more, HF’s formulation doesn’t contain any reactive materials which eliminates any possibility of corrosion, giving you peace of mind that rail bolts installed with HF are designed to last.

Should any concrete sleepers become damaged during signal improvements, UltraCrete QC10 F flowable fast set rapid strength concrete is on hand to carry out quick and permanent repairs. Fibre modified for added strength, QC10 F achieves a 20N/mm² compressive strength after just 90 minutes, is easy to mix and literally pours from the bucket facilitating a speedy application.

QC10 fast set rapid strength concrete, HF high flow precision grout and QC10 F flowable fast set rapid strength concrete are just three products in UltraCrete’s Rail Refurbishment Solutions range. Each product in the range can be found on the London Underground compliance register, have been independently tested and are proven to provide first time permanent, fast setting properties to minimise your possession time and save you money. Download a free copy of UltraCrete’s Rail Refurbishment Solutions brochure.

For further information on UltraCrete’s rail approved materials, pricing enquiries, or to place an order, please contact UltraCrete’s team of experts by emailing or calling 01827 254402.


Source:, Rail Engineer

UltraFloor scores a century at Old Trafford Cricket Ground

UltraFloor customer, Branagan Flooring Services Ltd, have completed subfloor preparation at the prestigious Old Trafford Cricket Ground – home to the Lancashire County Cricket Club.

With a stadium capacity of 26,000, Old Trafford Cricket Ground is one of the largest cricket venues in the UK and has played host to international matches since 1884.

Lancashire County Cricket Club – one of 18 first class county clubs within England and Wales –  had their first match at Old Trafford Cricket Ground in 1864 and have been playing there ever since.

The current flooring in the Home and Away balconies had failed and needed to be replaced. With fixtures scheduled months in advance, it was crucial that the new flooring was installed in between games to eliminate any disruption to the thousands of spectators.

In light of this, CFA member and commercial flooring specialists, Branagan Flooring Services Ltd, had just 6 days to complete the 80sqm flooring project.

With such a small window of time to complete the project, Branagan Flooring Services Ltd needed confidence that their chosen subfloor preparation materials would perform without any issues. With this in mind, they selected UltraFloor’s Level IT Bond and DPM IT to complete the installation.

Once the failed flooring had been removed and the concrete subfloor scabbled, Level IT Bond was applied at 6mm before the application of DPM IT.

The exceptional adhesion characteristics of Level IT Bond make it ideal for use over a wide variety of subfloors and substrates, including old adhesive residues, in both commercial and domestic environments. Its low odour formulation mean Level IT Bond is equally suited to confined areas proving particularly popular in the education, health and hospitality sectors.

With a set time of 90 – 120 minutes, Level IT Bond can receive bonded floor coverings after 4 hours, making this an ideal floor leveller for projects with a tight deadline, such as this one.

What’s more, because Level IT Bond is available as a two component system, it takes the guesswork out of mixing, reducing site errors and guaranteeing a perfect application every time.

DPM IT is a two component, solvent free epoxy resin system for use as a surface damp proof membrane. 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.

View an application of Level IT Bond and DPM IT.

Branagan Flooring Services Ltd are pleased to announce that the project was completed on time and both Level IT Bond and DPM IT performed really well.

For further information on Level IT Bond and DPM IT, pricing enquiries, or to place an order, please contact the UltraFloor sales team by emailing or calling 01827 254402.

UltraTileFix adhesives are guaranteed to perform every time

UltraTileFix, part of the multi award-winning Instarmac Group plc, is home to a portfolio of contractor-friendly, premium floor tile adhesives perfect for the flooring industry.

For the installation of ceramic and porcelain floor tiles, UltraTileFix recommends the use of a standard set tile adhesive such as ProSet SS. Formulated with extended workability, ProSet SS can receive light foot traffic within 18 hours and is suitable for installations where speed of set isn’t essential.

UltraTileFix ProRapid PB is a rapid setting, cementitious floor adhesive with increased bond strength. Polymer modified for an enhanced performance, ProRapid PB is ideal for use with ceramic, mosaic and natural stone floor tiles, has a 60 minute pot life and can be applied at depths of 3-12mm.

The flexible properties of ProRapid RS rapid set tile adhesive makes it ideal for use in wet areas and with underfloor heating. Polymer modified and formulated with enhanced adhesion, ProRapid RS is suitable for use with most common substrates and has a set time of just 2.5 hours.

Also available are ProFlex SP rapid set flexible tile adhesive and ProFlex SPES standard set flexible  tile adhesive. Both adhesives are 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.

If you’re looking for a floor adhesive which boasts ultimate S2 flexibility then ProFlex S2 is the adhesive for you! The superior flexible properties of ProFlex S2 makes it  the ideal choice for areas where movement or vibration can occur including plywood, chipboard overlays, swimming pools and underfloor heating.

What’s more, ProFlex S2 has been formulated using FibreBond technology – a process which involves the addition of fibre particles for superior non-slip properties and thixotropic behaviour.

Completing the range is ProFlex CSA – a Calcium Sulphate Aluminate based adhesive for compatibility with calcium sulphate substrates. This compatibility ensures low tension throughout the curing process without the need for barrier primers.

Every floor tile adhesive in the UltraTileFix range is available in a 20kg contractor-friendly bag, features a handy product selection table, which makes choosing the perfect product swift and easy, and boasts a lifetime guarantee – giving you complete confidence that UltraTileFix products are designed to last.

Manufacturing premium products and delivering first-class service has always been at the heart of Instarmac. With this in mind, Instarmac were delighted to receive the ‘Excellence in Supply and Services’ award at the 2018 TTA Awards.

For further information on UltraTileFix’s range of premium adhesives, or for further assistance on selecting the perfect adhesive for you, please contact the UltraTileFix team by emailing or calling 01827 254402.

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Instarmac Permanent Pothole Repair now available in Canada

Instarmac’s Canadian partner, Da-Lee Pavement Products, have recently began production of world renowned Instarmac Permanent Pothole Repair® at their state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Ontario, Canada.

Da-Lee Pavement Products opened the doors to their 11,000 sq ft factory in April 2018 and have been flooded with orders of Instarmac Permanent Pothole Repair® ever since.

Instarmac Permanent Pothole Repair® is a cold asphalt technology which has been continuously developed and perfected over the past 40 years to provide a first time permanent pothole repair.

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 the perfect repair product for heavily trafficked roads.

Instarmac Permanent Pothole Repair® has provided permanent repairs on some of the world’s busiest roads, including the German Autobahn, Gardiner Expressway, along Stage 17 of the Tour de France, UK motorways and on New York Bridges and Tunnels.

Applied in 3 easy steps – clean, pour, compact – Instarmac Permanent Pothole Repair® can be applied in all weathers including hot, cold and wet and even provides a permanent repair in freezing temperatures and in areas of turning and braking.

Independently tested and approved by the British Board of Agrément for over 7 years, Instarmac Permanent Pothole Repair® is proven to be a quality, flexible and durable solution for first time instant and permanent pothole repairs.

Instarmac Group plc is a UK company who are behind its enormous success and Permanent Pothole Repair is available for you to manufacture under licence. With licensees worldwide already manufacturing 3 million units of this technology every year, this is an unmissable opportunity to build a profitable business.

Becoming an Instarmac Licensee allows you to manufacture a truly global and innovative product in your own country. You will benefit from a protected territory and will receive technical, commercial and marketing support to help promote your latest business venture.

For further information on becoming an Instarmac Licensee or to place an order of Instarmac Permanent Pothole Repair® please contact Instarmac’s International Sales Team by email or by calling +44 (0) 1827 254402.

UltraFloor is an Inspired choice at residential property

Experienced floor contractor Inspired Floors, have used UltraFloor Suppress IT, Prime IT Multi-surface Primer and Level IT Smooth to complete subfloor preparation at a residential property in the south east of England.

Inspired Floors is a family run business with over 15 years experience in the flooring industry. With extensive knowledge and an impressive list of accreditations and certificates to their name, it is unsurprising that they were chosen to install 90m² of Moduleo Flooring at this property.

Moduleo Flooring is a stylish, design-focused brand known for its luxurious vinyl flooring. Luxury vinyl tiles always look best when laid on a beautifully smooth sub-floor and so, it was crucial that the chosen smoothing underlayment dried with an extremely smooth finish, as any bumps or lumps would be obvious once the vinyl was laid.

Inspired Floors have completed a number of projects using UltraFloor’s subfloor preparation materials and so they knew Level IT Smooth was the perfect smoothing underlayment to install the beautiful Moduleo Flooring.

Pump or trowel applied from 2mm to 30mm, Level IT Smooth has an extremely smooth finish and boasts a superior flow – perfect for larger flooring projects such as this one.

With a coverage rate of approximately 5.5m² at 3mm, Level IT Smooth is suitable for underfloor heating systems, has a working time of 20-30 minutes and can receive foot traffic after just 2-3 hours – allowing you to move on to the next part of the project quickly.

This 90m² residential property also required the use of Prime IT Multi-surface Primer and Suppress IT moisture vapour suppressant.

Prime IT Multi-surface Primer is a moisture tolerant, water based acrylic primer, sealer and bonding aid. 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. Watch an application video of Prime IT Multi-surface Primer.

Designed to suppress residual construction moisture – allowing the earlier installation of floor coverings – Suppress IT is a ready to use single component rapid drying moisture suppressant primer membrane. Applied in 2 coats, Suppress IT provides up to 95% RH protection, removes the need to prime and is pigmented orange so you can see exactly where you have applied it.

Both Prime IT Multi-surface Primer and Suppress IT are available in resealable 5 litre bottles so you can pop the lid back on and use the rest another day, eliminating wasted product.

For more information on Prime IT Multi-surface Primer, Suppress IT, Level IT Smooth and the other materials in UltraFloor’s range of subfloor preparation materials, please contact the UltraFloor team by email or by calling 01827 254402.

The Artistry of Drylining

Drylining is the art of creating walls and rooms in a building, holding pipes and wires, forming space for insulation and smoothing out uneven surfaces during renovation work – all of which require an experienced Dryliner to complete them.

Drylining is a highly skilled job that can take years to learn and an artistry that is often underrated. If done incorrectly, drylining looks terrible and can cause structural problems for a building. These are just two reasons why it can take years for accomplished Dryliners to hone their specialist skills.

As part of their training, Dryliners learn how to measure and cut plasterboard to the right size and angle, fix boards to ceiling joints using specialist studs, cut boards to fit perfectly around doorways, as well as learning how to tape over joints both by hand and taping machine – skills which sound easy on paper but are much more difficult to master in real life situations.

Whilst it can take time to master the artistry of drylining, the benefits of these skills are limitless. Your clients will have the confidence that their new walls and rooms will have a long lasting, professional finish whilst at the same time, eliminating any concerns about cracks in the plaster appearing in the future.

When these highly tuned skills are teamed with first class joint filler and finishing compound products the results really are second-to-none.

prem filler plasterboard joint filler is an ideal, and reliable, choice for bedding and filling tapes. 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 job at hand – and is fast setting for early sanding allowing you to move on to your next project quickly.

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 – elbow grease definitely isn’t required here! What’s more, 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.

Did you know the Wondertex Drylining range also includes specialist tapes? They have tapes for creating robust corner joints and for plasterboard crack and hole repairs.

prem filler and prem finish are the ideal products for all professional and expert Dryliners. For further information on Wondertex’s Drylining range, their specialist tapes and other materials in their internal finishing range, please email or call 01827 254402.

£100 million – is it enough?

In March 2018, Transport Secretary Chris Grayling announced a further £100 million would be given to local authorities in an attempt to repair dangerous potholes caused by this year’s freezing and wet winter.

At the announcement, Grayling commented: “We are giving councils even more funding to help repair their roads so all road users can enjoy their journeys without having to dodge potholes.” The intention is that this extra funding will repair approximately 2 million potholes across the country’s road network and protect our roads from any future damage. However, with roads deteriorating and potholes appearing at a faster rate than ever before, is it enough?

One way to help budgets stretch further is to only use pothole repair materials that are proven to provide first time permanent repairs and UltraCrete’s range of cold lay asphalts have been designed to do just that.

Tough Patch® Rapid hybrid pothole repair and Instant Road Repair 6mm and 10mm cold lay asphalts, have each been rigorously and thoroughly tested by an independent third party and are proven to provide a first time permanent repair, eliminating costly repeat visits to the same site and helping budgets stretch further.

Quick and easy to apply, Tough Patch® Rapid and Instant Road Repair can be used to repair defects in pavements, driveways, car parks and on high speed roads – they even provide first time permanent repairs in wheel turning locations such as junctions, traffic lights and roundabouts.

Ready to use straight from the bag or bucket, UltraCrete’s range of cold lay asphalts, require no special preparation and can be trafficked instantly, meaning costly traffic management can be removed swiftly, keeping costs to a minimum, and allowing contractors to move on to another project quickly, increasing productivity.

What’s more, Tough Patch® Rapid and UltraCrete’s Instant Road Repair 6mm and 10mm grades are now available in pioneering new packaging. Made from foil and complete with an integrated valve to draw out excess air, this premium packaging is completely waterproof and keeps asphalt as fresh as the day it was manufactured.

The innovative one-way valve also ensures that, once filled with product, air doesn’t become trapped inside and packaging won’t pop open when in transit.

UltraCrete’s state-of-the-art packaging provides a barrier against external moisture and air penetration preventing the product from deteriorating, resulting in an extremely pliable product which pours easily from the bag and boasts improved mobility during application – even in the winter months!

This robust bag has greater resistance to damage and has an extended shelf life of 6 months – all at no extra cost to their loyal customers.

To prolong the life of your repair apply SCJ seal and tack coat spray to all vertical edges and surface base before the application of asphalt, and Instaband ECO thermoplastic overbanding to the edges of the repair once the asphalt has been compacted.

Both products are HAPAS Approved and have been designed to prevent water ingress and progressive fretting – two major causes of failed reinstatements. The addition of these products guarantee a prolonged repair and significantly reduced whole life costs.

For further information on how UltraCrete can help your budgets stretch further by using Tough Patch® Rapid and Instant Road Repair 6mm and 10mm grades, please contact their team of experts by email or by calling 01827 254402.



UltraCrete gets a Royal seal of approval

Shortly after the engagement of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle was announced in November 2017, the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead voted and agreed to bring forward a budget of £2.6 million for improvement works ahead of the Royal Wedding – a project UltraCrete are very proud to have been involved in,

Over 18 million Brits tuned in on the 19th May hoping for a glimpse of the bride-to-be. Who can forget the touching scenes as the newly married Duke and Duchess of Sussex emerged from St George’s Chapel and made their way to the regal Ascot Landau Carriage for an open top Royal procession through the streets of Windsor.

As the sun shone down on the happy couple in the charming carriage, pulled along by four handsome Windsor Grey Horses and flanked by the Escort of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment, Windsor had never looked more glorious.

In preparation for the wedding of the year, a number of improvements were made to the Royal Borough of Windsor – improvements that will last for years to come.

Part of the improvements involved the installation of signs and repairs to a number of footways – essential work for ensuring the safety of over 100,000 people who lined the streets of Windsor to join in with the celebrations.

Volker Highways, the chosen contractor for this project, used UltraCrete RSC rapid setting concrete and Post Fix rapid hardening concrete to complete the repairs.

Fast setting with an early high strength gain, RSC rapid setting cement was the perfect choice for the footway repairs which included kerb and surface concrete repairs as well as bedding slabs. Available in contractor friendly 20kg units, RSC is opened to traffic in just 1 hour, allowing contractors to move on to another project quickly, making it ideal for projects with a quick turnaround, such as this one.

Post Fix provided the perfect professional grade concrete for the installation of a number of signs throughout Windsor. Formulated for sub-surface use and the fast installation of posts, signs, fences, speed cameras and street lighting, Post Fix is fast setting and boasts an impressive compressive strength of 41N/mm² – vital for a permanent installation.

UltraCrete materials have been tried, trusted and used throughout Windsor for a number of years, making RSC and Post Fix an obvious choice for this once in a lifetime project.

For further information on RSC, Post Fix and the other materials in UltraCrete’s range of highway repair and maintenance solutions, please contact their team of experts by email or by calling 01827 254402.

What is ECO?

UltraCrete Instaband ECO® boasts a number of high performance qualities, however the environmental credential of this HAPAS approved thermoplastic overbanding is what really sets it apart from anything else available on the market.

One of the largest components of any overbanding tape is the binder material that holds each of the elements together. More often than not, binder is manufactured from natural sources that cannot be replenished – an issue we should all be concerned about. Instaband ECO® is different! More than 70% of its binder material is made from renewable sources, helping to lessen the pressure on the country’s natural reserves.

Manufacturing using 100% recycled glass particles to help deliver an impressive Skid Resistance Value (SRV) of 60, UltraCrete Instaband ECO® is also phthalate free. This dangerous chemical has received huge press coverage over recent months after researchers linked phthalates to asthma, obesity, Type II Diabetes and even some forms of cancer – a worrying thought for anyone who regularly comes in to contact with the chemical.

What’s more, all coloured pigments used in UltraCrete Instaband ECO® are 100% organic.

It goes without saying that the environmental credentials of Instaband ECO are significant, but let’s not forget the high performance qualities this thermoplastic overbanding can also provide.

HAPAS Approved sine 2012, UltraCrete Instaband ECO® has been designed for the application to asphalt roads to prevent water ingress and progressive fretting, helping to prolong the life of your repair by eliminating two major causes of failed reinstatements.

Open to traffic in just 10 minutes, keeping costly traffic management and disruption to motorists to a minimum, Instaband ECO® can be cut to your exact requirements, eliminating waste.

Can your current provider do the same?

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