A paver’s guide to Flowpoint: 9 expert landscaping tips

Most landscaping contractors have their all-time-favourite grouting products, using them time and time again for ease and a consistently professional finish. We spoke to expert paver, Mark Talbot from MPave Ltd, to ask about his preferred grouting material – Flowpoint – and his essential landscaping tips for using this popular grout.

11 tried & trusted materials for manhole reinstatements

Almost 1.7 million potholes were repaired in England and Wales during the last tax year alone, a chunk of which were due to failures involving manhole covers or ironwork. Discover the tried, tested and independently approved materials for manhole reinstatements, together with the finer details for upskilling your landscaping or civils team to repair them.…

A cold weather guide to repairing potholes

During winter, a combination of rain and frost can create havoc for Britain’s roads in the form of potholes. But can you fix potholes during wintertime? Read our guide to repairing potholes during cold weather to find out how to store and handle tarmac mix, the minimum temperatures for patching reinstatements and whether cold-lay asphalt…

A circular paving solution for war memorial’s 100th Remembrance Day

As many landscaping contractors will agree, there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to choosing the right paving materials for a job. This was certainly the case for the paving contract to renovate a Staffordshire war memorial in Rugeley, which needed to accommodate up to 200 gatherers for this year’s 100th-year commemoration on Remembrance Day. Mike Thorley…

Pothole repair 101: an essential guide for commercial contractors

If you’re in the business of resurfacing and landscaping then repairing potholes is likely to be your bread and butter. But no matter how much you’re accustomed to pothole repair, there’s no harm in a recap of industry tips and the latest materials for permanent repairs and keeping your clients happy.  Read our pothole repair…

Trade secrets for permanent pothole repairs from UK surfacing specialist

As a hardscape surfacing specialist and manager of the UK’s biggest civils and Tarmac social media group, Dan Cloke is no stranger to repairing potholes for major civil projects, large-scale commercial clients and highways authorities. We have a chat with Dan to discover his trade secrets for permanent pothole repairs and the best approach for…

Best stain removers for pavers, including efflorescence cleaners

Once your driveway or patio is looking tip-top, there’s nothing worse than noticing the slow development of paving stains. Rust, mould, lichen, spills, calcium deposits and reflective staining are all blemishes that can affect the aesthetics and longevity of a patio or pavement. Read our review of the best stain removers for pavers, plus our…

How to seal block paving driveways

Sealants have become a popular necessity for prolonging patios and driveways by offering extra protection against the elements, contaminants and weeds. Find out how to clean, prepare and seal block paving driveways and the essential advice about using sealants. Block paving sealer for driveways and patios Although a popular decorative option for driveways and patios,…

New Flowpoint calculator! Calculate how many bags you need

Wondering how many bags of Flowpoint flowable grout are needed for your paving project? Well help is at hand! As recommended Flowpoint stockists, we’ve developed a quick and easy Flowpoint calculator to work out the exact number of bags you need.  There can be nothing worse than being mid-way through grouting a patio and realising…

How to prevent staining and efflorescence on paving

Why have my pavers turned white in patches? Also known as efflorescence or reflective stains, these types of blemishes can create a long-lasting dilemma for patios and pavements. Discover the expected causes of this staining, which pavers are most affected and the ultimate question: how to prevent staining on paving.  What is efflorescence? Efflorescence refers…

Can I use Flowpoint in the rain?

A common question asked by landscapers and paving contractors is whether they can use Flowpoint in the rain. Find out from the experts about the ideal weather conditions for applying this popular flowable grout and our best-practice advice on creating long-lasting patios and pavements. Flowpoint is a cement-based flowable grout used to fill the joints…

Ultrascape Flowpoint used at Caernarfon Castle!

Ultrascape Flowpoint makes its debut at Caernarfon Castle, just like Charles did at his investiture in 1969! Beautiful Caernarfon Castle, one of the top tourist attractions in Wales is known as one of the most impressive castles in the United Kingdom.  The castle itself is protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its small…

What is the Ultracrete BBA/HAPAS Approved Ironwork Reinstatement System?

The UltraCrete BBA/Hapas approved ironwork reinstatement system is a range of specialist products that comprises of approved bedding mortars, backfill flowable concrete, hot and cold lay asphalt and bitumen seal and tack coat spray that have been independently tested by a UKAS accredited laboratory and approved for use by the British Board of Agrément. The…

What is the UltraScape BS 7533 Mortar Paving System?

Historic square of Castle Green, Taunton. Image Courtesy of Instarmac. Over the last 20 years UltraScape an Instarmac Group plc brand has developed a trusted reputation across the world for quality paving and landscaping products. Providing specialist construction materials that meet the British standard BS 7533, which deliver results time and time again. Specified by contractors, architects,…

What is a slurry paving primer?

A slurry paving primer like UltraScape Pro-Prime manufactured by award winning Instarmac Group plc is used to provide a secure and strong bond between the paving slab or sett and your bedding mortar. It is an essential part of creating a long-lasting patio. A slurry primer is typically used to help strengthen the bond between…

What is Flowpoint?

Ultrascape Flowpoint is a flowable, wet slurry paving grout, made from Portland cement and a blend of special aggregates. Flowpoint paving grout is ideal for quickly pointing joints between slabs in patios, terraces and paving. Flowpoint is simple to use and has an initial set time of just 15 minutes, meaning that your patio can…

How do you grout a patio?

There are a few different products on the market to grout a patio, but the process in principle is not dissimilar. If your patio is looking a little tired and neglected and in need of some serious TLC, if there are weeds and moss and your outdoor space is feeling a little shabby, it’s not…

What are the different types of paving grout?

Paving grouts to anyone who isn’t an experienced landscaping contractor can appear mighty complex as they come in many different types. There are brush-in grouts like EASYJoint, flowable slurry grouts like UltraScape Flowpoint, epoxy resins or traditional sand and cement. When you’ve spent huge amounts of time and money selecting the ideal Indian sandstone pavers,…

Beautiful Stone labyrinth created using Pro-Joint V75-WT

More than 60 kits of ProJoint V75-WT were used to create this stunning stone labyrinth and the time involved in the team sizing and placing each limestone sett to their exacting standards was extensive. ProJoint V75-WT was trialled on a test area for the aesthetics as well as saving on labour time. Using over 60…

Flowpoint Used at Fire Station’s New Apartments

Birmingham’s historic Central Fire Station has been brought to life following a multi-million pound redevelopment. All paving was grouted using Flowpoint, the renowned rapid setting grout from UltraScape. The £35 million redevelopment has given the disused Grade II listed 1930’s fire station a new lease of life as apartments for students of Aston and City…

Top Tips for Planning Your Low Maintenance Garden

Pavestone Paving The first step to creating a beautiful, low maintenance, paved garden is choosing the right paving. Ideally you want something that needs minimal cleaning and maintenance, that will look as good as the day it was bought for years to come. For modern designs that have a clean finish, choose Porcelain paving as…

Showcasing Pro-Joint Products

Pro-Joint™ V75-WT™ was used on reclaimed French cobbles A client who was importing thousands of reclaimed ancient cobbles from France to be used on a driveway area of approximately 300m2 chose Nexus ProJoint products for his project. He had been recommended to point the attractive 140x190mm cobbles with ProJoint V75-WT, so the technical team worked…

Transformation of Medieval Old Elvet Bridge in Durham

UltraScape’s BS 7533 Mortar Paving System comprising of Flowpoint Eco-Bed bedding mortar, Pro-Prime slurry primer and Flowpoint grouts have been used as part of a £1 million transformation of Old Elvet Bridge, a beautiful medieval bridge located in the heart of historic Durham. Originally built in the 12th and 13th centuries, Old Elvet Bridge is…

Ready to spring clean your paving?

Dirty or moss-covered concrete paving, tiled, and natural stone surfaces have little appeal. By the time spring is around the corner, road salt from de-icing the streets may also have accumulated in the joints. Many people will reach for commercially available high-pressure cleaners to blast away the dirt. However, high-pressure water jets will be deflected…