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Condensation, one of the major causes of damp within properties, becomes a more likely occurrence during the winter months. One of the most effective solutions is to install a positive input ventilation fan and Twistfix are proud suppliers of just such a product: the Dri-Eco-Heat-HC.
The Dri-Eco-Heat-HC positive input ventilation fan can be quickly and easily installed in any property with internal roof space. When operating at ordinary temperatures, the fan uses heat in the loft to take advantage of solar thermal gain; if the temperature drops particularly low, it is a matter of simplicity to activate the integral heating facility, distributing fresh, warm and filtered air.
The installation of the Dri-Eco-Heat-HC delivers immediate benefits, one of which is its ultra-low power consumption. An intelligent system, it monitors evidence of condensation and, if none is detected, automatically goes into standby mode to save even more energy. The unit operates at a whisper-quiet level to avoid disturbance and is supplied with a comprehensive 7-year warranty.
Air quality within a property equipped with a Dri-Eco-Heat-HC is significantly improved. The unit encourages movement of moisture-laden air, directing it out of and away from the property, reducing air pollutants and helping to combat damp caused by condensation. Complying strictly with Parts F & L of Building Regulations Ventilation requirements, the Dri-Eco-Heat-HC is currently available from Twistfix at the extremely competitive price of just £325.01 exclusive of VAT.
Since Twistfix introduced the Damp Check Mesh Membrane Kit to our portfolio of products, it has been a key element of the professional waterproofer's kit. Its consistent popularity rating comes from a combination of excellent quality, 100% reliability and always-competitive Twistfix price.
Following the installation of a remedial damp proof course, the internal finishes of a room are susceptible to damage from any water vapour and accompanying salts given off as walls dry out. The Damp Check Mesh Membrane Kit contains materials to create an immediately effective moisture barrier that will protect against this problem.
Mesh membrane is absolutely ideal to accompany the process of creating showers and wet rooms. It features a mesh face designed to easily accept a wide selection of adhesives, plasterboard dabs and cement renders. On the reverse side, the membrane has stand-off studs which, separated by protective air gaps, allow natural 'breathing' of the wall while still preventing water ingress.
Achieving professional results is easy with the Damp Check Mesh Membrane Kit. As well as 10m of mesh membrane, each kit contains 10m of butyl rubber tape and 100 hammer-in fixing plugs, allowing you to create the perfect waterproof seal. The material can be cut to size easily by simply using a standard knife or pair of scissors: no other special tools are required.
Discover more about the Damp Check Mesh Membrane Kit on our website!
The Twistfix Crack Stitching Kit is the perfect solution for any contractor repairing cracks in brick, block and stone walls. Containing everything required to achieve professional results every time, the kit offers incredible value for money and is one of our best-selling products.
At the heart of the crack stitching kits are our helical crack stitching bars. Fabricated from high-grade (304) stainless steel, the high-tensile precision profiled bars are strongly bonded into horizontal slots that have been pre-cut into bed joints, stitching the cracks and restoring structural integrity. The retrofit brick reinforcement solution causes minimal disruption and is permanent once installed and will continue to evenly redistribute tensile forces across the structure, guaranteeing its stability.
Crack stitching bars are a particularly popular solution to the cracks that become apparent in older buildings, thanks to the minimal level of disruption caused while installing. Also, upon completion, both the bars and the grout used to cover them will be completely concealed, retaining the original character and aesthetic of the structure.
The Twistfix Crack Stitching Kit's contents have been specially selected by experts in the field of remedial masonry work and centre around 10 helical crack stitching bars of 1 metre in length; two thicknesses are available (6mm and the stronger 8mm) to suit the project at hand. Along with these, a tub of specialist WHO-60 masonry repair grout is included in the kit, with a yield of approximately 3L of smooth, effective polymer-modified product. The grout is used in conjunction with the supplied Grout-Master applicator which features a unique Hi-Flo nozzle. To allow for ease of use, a Helix mixer paddle and brick jointer are all supplied in this comprehensive kit. A mini crack stitching kit is available for smaller jobs.
All kits are available singly at a most competitive price or, to further enhance their cost effectiveness, in wholesale packs of 6 or 12. Please contact us for details regarding larger orders.
For more information on our range of crack stitching solutions for brick, block and stone walls, please contact us on 0845 123 6006 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Though the warm weather means that damp is probably the last thing on our minds, the summertime is in fact the best time to carry out damp proofing work. With the walls and the ground beneath at their driest levels, damp proofing work can progress with more rapidity and success.
Ground water at the footings level of a structure is absorbed into walls via capillary action. The level of the water usually tops out at around one metre high, leaving a tell-tale line; this is the classic symptom of rising damp. As water evaporates, it leaves salts behind which draw more and more moisture from the air, exacerbating the problem.
The warm weather means that groundwater is down to its lowest levels. A lack of moisture allows the walls to dry thoroughly, making conditions perfect for installing damp proof courses. Shorter drying times mean that painting and plastering can be carried out quickly after the damp treatment is implemented.
Treating rising damp is made easy with the Twistfix Rising Damp Kit. Our specialist damp proofing cream is fabricated using an emulsification process before being separated into handy cartridges for your convenience. Once applied, the cream migrates quickly and evenly into the pores of damp walls, delivering an effective, lasting chemical damp proof course. Plastering additive is included in the kit and acts as a salt-inhibitor.
The warm weather encourages us all to get outside but it is not only people who enjoy it: woodworm beetles are starting to emerge as well! Cases of woodworm are once again on the increase and professional builders should be ready to deal with upcoming contracts by stocking up on woodworm treatment from Twistfix.
If you are a home or business owner, you can use our Find-A-Contractor service to make sure that your property is treated using Twistfix products. The term 'woodworm' covers a variety of wood-boring insects; the most widespread is the common furniture beetle. As well as furniture, these creepy-crawlies will also readily infest floorboard, rafters and skirting boards. Here's how to spot the issue:
- Holes in timber.
The larvae of wood-boring insects burrow deep into the timber, remaining there for many months. They survive by eating the timber as they burrow through it, before pupating and emerging as adult beetles during the warmer months. The beetle exits the timber to breed, leaving a small yet easily-visible hole.
This is the second sign to look for if you notice holes in timber. As a beetle eats its way out of the timber, it will bring with it a small amount of frass, a fine powder like sawdust. This can be found near to exit holes and is a telltale sign of an active infestation.
- Damaged timber.
The burrowing of larvae through timber weakens the material and can cause it to become brittle and flaky.
Though occasionally spotted alive from May to October, it is just as common to find dead beetles in the area of infestation.
Twistfix supply a collection of woodworm treatment options. Each option is based on a micro-emulsion insecticide which comes in concentrated form. The product is registered for use by professional builders only and can only be supplied to addresses on the UK mainland. For the ultimate in cost-effectiveness, we recommend our comprehensive kit.
Find out more about our woodworm treatment options on the website.
The summer weather has got the whole of the UK in a good mood but spare a thought for your brickwork. Though it can't complain about the heat, it will nevertheless show its displeasure if not properly cared for!
Hot sunshine causes thermal expansion pressure to build up within the bricks, causing cracks to appear. These fractures, if left untreated, will steadily deteriorate, possibly resulting in a loss of structural integrity and the ingress of moisture. Filling cracks in brickwork is vital task that reduces the risk of dampness and instability. The task is made easy with Crack Injection Mortar from Twistfix; each kit contains 250g of pre-coloured injection mortar and a syringe with extension tube. Check out our step-by-step guide below.
- Prepare the area by making sure that there is no dust, dirt or other debris in the cracks to be filled. The product works best when bricks are pre-wet but not soaked.
- Mix the specified ratio of water and powder together
- Fill the cracks using the product; this operation is facilitated with the supplied syringe and nozzle.
- Once dry, the product leaves bricks ready to be sanded, shaped and modelled; this can be done up to 12 hours after application
- Clean tools and spillages using fresh water
Crack Injection Mortar is available from Twistfix in a range of different colours in order to match any style of brickwork. Only natural pigments are used and the product displays excellent adhesive characteristics.
Foam fillers are used in abundance across the construction industry, offering a quick and efficient solution. An ever-growing number of foam-filling specifications require fire-resistant properties to be included and Twistfix now supply fire-rated foam to meet these requirements.
To be properly effective, fire retardant foam must be of the correct specification and type, as well as being installed with precision by a qualified professional. The tough demands of current Building Regulations must be met, ensuring that the foam-filling application will provide a high level of protection in the case of fire.
Twistfix offer cost-effective access to industry-standard fire-rated foams, namely B1 Handheld and B2 Gun Grade foam. Both of these products adhere strictly to the specifications laid out in IN 4102 Part 1 for Construction Materials and BS476 Part 20. When used as a component within a fire-resisting joint, the foams are intended to be combined with fire-rated intumescent sealant; this will ensure that the maximum fire rating is achieved.
One of our most popular products is the B2 Gun Kit, which delivers the very best value for money and contains everything required for professional, reliable results. The kit includes an applicator gun and cleaning kit along with Everbuild B2 Firefoam; this superior formula comes loaded with special features, including:
The ability to expand to 50 times the original volume
A fire-rating of up to 2 hours in specific joint configurations (combined with intumescent sealant where applicable)
Curing time of just one hour, after which the foam can be sawn, plastered over or cut as required
High level of fire rating protection, offering considerable retardation of flames and smoke compared to standard grades such as B3
Added insulation and acoustic properties
For all the tech specs, check out the individual product pages and, if you need advice on making the right selection, then contact the expert technical team at Twistfix.
Wherever they are found, from roads and footpaths to driveways, patios and car parks, potholes are dangerous and unsightly. They are a particular problem for motorists, a fact which has recently been highlighted by local authorities after the results of Freedom of Information disclosures were revealed last week.
The results of the UK-wide survey have revealed the worst roads in Britain in terms of potholes, based on the number of complaints received. With a massive 545 complaints, Mellor Brook By-pass in Lancashire is by far the worst in the UK, though none of the roads in the top ten have less than 150 complaints. Other notable pothole-filled roads include the A345 in Wiltshire, Attercliffe Road in Sheffield and Main Road in Cheshire.
Edmund King is the President of the AA. When shown the results of the survey, he said. "...our potholed roads are a national disgrace. We are rescuing record numbers of drivers whose vehicles are damaged by potholes. Insurance claims for damage caused by potholes is soaring. The lack of investment on local roads means highway authorities are doing little more than papering over cracks, with drivers picking up the pieces.”
Tarmac Pothole Repair from Twistfix is one of the best ways to restore order from the chaos created by potholes. A versatile cold-lay asphalt of highway-quality, the product delivers immediate repairs to any pothole-damaged surface whatever the current weather conditions.
Find out more details about this amazing product on our website.
The summer months are the perfect time for carrying out roofing projects. Work can proceed rapidly and, when finished, the roof will be ready to protect the property for the coming cold, wet weather in the following seasons. Twistfix are proud to number among the carefully-chosen distributors of the Firestone EPDM Rubber Roofing System, a hugely-successful product that has been on the market for more than four decades.
Since its launch is the USA more than 40 years ago, more than a billion square metres of Firestone EPDM has been sold. This impressive figure makes Firestone EPDM the most popular type of roofing membrane in the world, testament to its superlative levels of quality, safety and efficiency.
Unsurprisingly, Firestone EPDM has received a number of awards and accolades in its time. Greenpeace, the environmental organisation, conducted an in-depth study of the material and shared the results in a publication entitled 'Building the Future'; the study concluded that EPDM is an 'environmentally-friendly choice of roofing membrane'. In a published list of roofing membranes, the Association of Community Technical Aid Centres (ACTAC) named Firestone EPDM as 'the best-buy roofing membrane'.
EPDM, which stands for Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer, is a hugely innovative material, designed to exhibit robust resistance to water, extreme temperatures, ozone and UV radiation. It delivers powerful insulation and can be installed quickly and easily, creating a seamless finish that provides total protection.
Firestone EPDM rubber roofing is available as separate pieces from Twistfix but, for a more cost-effective choice, we recommend our comprehensive EPDM kit. As well as a piece of membrane in your chosen size, the kit contains all of the fixings, adhesives and trims required to achieve a professional, lasting result.
As one of the largest suppliers of damp proofing and tanking products in the UK, Twistfix boast superior purchasing power.
This enables us to command a highly-competitive market price, the savings from which we are delighted to pass on to our customers, allowing them to source great value, high-quality products in a cost-effective manner.
We have recently secured a deal with the only UK manufacturer of cavity-drain waterproofing membranes and, as a result, we are happy to announce that a number of British made membrane products are now available at a new and permanently reduced price. These include:
This high-performance waterproofing membrane is especially suited to civil engineering and construction projects, where it can be used to successfully waterproof basement floors and combat seepage. Designed with robustness in mind, Baseline 20 has an especially-enhanced drainage capacity and, once installed, provides an impermeable waterproof surface upon which can be directly laid floors and screeds.
Type-C compliant, Baseline 20 is approved for use in Grade 3 or 4 dry environments, is available both a 40 m2 & 20 m2 roll and is ideal for manual handling.
Designed for tanking basement walls, the Baseline mesh membrane kit contains a tough, long-lasting HDPE mesh membrane, with a surface that allows the direct application of adhesive dabs or wall plaster.
The membrane has a load-bearing capacity of 150 kilo-newtons per square metre and the kit contains all of the necessary ancillaries such as fixing plugs, butyl rubber tape and waterproof seals.
Baseline 8 is a cavity drain membrane which allows the attachment of timber-frame studs. This permits unencumbered services, including electrical wiring, which can run safely between the membrane and a stud wall, preventing compromised effectiveness.
The kit includes brick plugs with ready-mounted seals and either waterproofing tape or butyl rubber rope; these seal the system and isolate masonry from internal finishing.
Get all the details on the tanking membrane product pages and contact our team if you need advice or information.