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Damp Injection Cream: The Builder's Box

Unsightly, unhealthy and damaging, the negative effects of rising damp are well documented. Damp walls provide a unwelcoming environment and the increased conductivity of the walls leads to heat loss, creating un­com­for­tab­le conditions and un­ne­ces­sa­rily wasting vital money and power resources.­  Although more common in older buildings due to the porous lime mortars and often the lack of a damp course, rising damp affects many newer buildings as well; if inferior materials have been used or a careless bricklayer employed the problem can affect almost any property.

We are surrounded by natural moisture, both in the air as vapour and in the ground as liquid. This moisture naturally seeps into porous mortar and brick or stonework. Groundwater in particular can contain soluble salts which collect on the wall surface as moisture evaporates; these salts then draw further moisture from the atmosphere, aggravating the problem. The water rises through the pores of the masonry by capillary action until, unless it evaporates, gravity cause it to sink again. This height varies but does not generally exceed 1.2 metres; the deposited salts and clear line of demarcation are classic signs of rising damp.

Rising Damp Injection Cream is a low-cost, low-waste way to create a damp proof course. Twistfix supply a professional option which is a  silane/­­siloxane formula without the addition of any thickening agents,delivering a highly active solution in the form of a cream that utilises advanced emul­­si­­fica­­ti­­on technology to achieve the required consistency.

The Damp Injection 8000 Box is a refill pack designed with professional builders in mind. This genuine, reliable, BBA-approved product contains 8 litres of the injection cream and is supplied in a compact, recyclable box. As is the case with the Twistfix trademark, you can also expect to pay the most competitive market rate as compared to any similar product that meets the same standard.

Find out the tech specs of the Damp Injection 8000 builder’s refill pack on the product page. If you need advice on this or any of the other many products available on our website, then simply give our experienced team a call to receive prompt, reliable and expert attention.

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Where's the Wall Ties?! New Estate Fails Inspection

The NHBC (National House Building Council) carry out detailed inspections of new properties, in order to ensure everything has been built and finished to a safe, habitable standard. If inspectors discover any issues, the new properties are considered to have failed the inspection and must be brought up to standard before being deemed acceptable for habitation.

Timber Frame Ties

A new housing estate in South Wales recently fell foul of an NHBC inspection, which found that the timber frame wall ties in the properties were inadequate. The developers of the new estate got in touch with us here at Twistfix; our experts were quick to recommend one of our long-term, regular customers (NBS) as the best contractor to rectify the situation.

The new estate comprises 160 timber frame properties; these were found to be structurally unsound due to their brick facades being ineffective­ly secured to the frame. Instead, the facades had simply been nailed to adjacent plywood sheeting, ne­ces­si­tating the installation of high-quality timber frame wall ties.

Perhaps surpri­sin­gly, this is a common defect encountered with newly built timber frame properties; the main structure of the building effectively forms a self-contained frame discrete from an external brick facade. These two elements must be joined securely by installing timber frame wall ties at regular intervals; this ensures structural stability and prevents bricks falling away from the building and posing a health and safety hazard.

Contractors at NBS are highly experienced in this type of remedial work and make full use of the Twistfix product portfolio to facilitate their professional work. The company know that they can trust the consistent high quality of our diverse array of Twistfix materials, tools and ancillaries to get the job done and our specially engineered, self-tapping stainless steel wall ties are no exception to the rule.

Experts at NBS describe Twistfix timber frame wall ties as ‘incredibly efficient’ and as ‘the most flexible available on the market today’. CE Marked and fully compliant with all relevant health, safety and quality standards, the tried and tested wall ties provide an extremely secure connection between the brick facade and timber frame, with the added benefit of being an invisible remedy and thus not affecting the aesthetic of the new properties.

For all wall tie requ­ire­men­ts, Twistfix is the name to trust. Discover more on our website.

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It's Time to Insulate

There is already a taste of winter in the air, with darker nights quickly drawing in and a bracing, exhilarating chill in the air. It won’t be long before that chill becomes biting and breathtaking so it’s time to check your insulation and make sure you have a warm home throughout.

SuperQuilt Multi Foil Insulation

SuperQuilt Multi Foil Insulation

SuperQuilt Multi Foil Insulation

Insulation is one of the basic components of a well-built house yet it is surprising how little many people know (or seem to care!) about the type of insulation they currently have and how effective that insulation really is. In just a few simple steps, you could make sure you have the answers to these questions - and extremely pleasing answers they are too.

Judging by the high volume, reliable consistency and repeated sales of SuperQuilt, our customers can’t get enough of it! This is due to its many impressive features and benefits, which include:

Simplicity: installing SuperQuilt is so easy and provides immediate ef­fec­tive­ness. Lightweight, flexible and convenient to work with, the insulation is a DIYers dream

Efficiency: SuperQuilt comprises 19 layers of insulation material to provide one of the most effective thermal barriers available on the market today. When installed with air-gaps of 25mm, a thermal resistance of at least  2.50m2K­/W is achieved

Versatility: whatever the temperature outside, SuperQuilt keeps on working. Infrared heat is continually reflected, meaning warmth is kept in during winter and out during summer. Ideal for both refurb and new-build projects, this product will be with you all the way

Economy: by reducing the need for artificial cooling or heating in a property, SuperQuilt multi foil insulation saves you money and improves your green credentials too. Don’t forget our 23% discount, only available for for a limited time!

Reliability: the innovative insulation solution has been in­de­pen­den­tly tested and has received Building Control cer­ti­fication so you can order with complete confidence from us

A warm, welcoming home is always inviting but becomes even more so when you’re arriving there after a day spent shivering! Faulty, old or even non-existent insulation is not an option during the winter. What are you waiting for? Order SuperQuilt today and start saving straight away!

 
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The Strongest Bond

Crack Stitching GroutThe essential process of masonry crack repair is facilitated with high-performance grout, which is often specified for its superior quality. Twistfix are proud suppliers of WHO-60 grout, used to effectively bond retrofit helical bars into position. Our products are the only proven bar and grout combination with load tables issued by the BRE (Building Research Es­tab­lis­hme­nt) following extensive testing.

When crack stitching bars are installed into walls and brickwork, they must be firmly anchored into place. This calls for the use of WHO-60, which has an innovative formulation of polymeric resin powder/­liquid components combined expertly with cement to produce a cohesive, smooth and easily-worked grout.

WHO-60 masonry repair grout is thixotropic, meaning that its viscosity prior to solidifying decreases with stress, for example when stirring and applying. This makes it incredibly easy to work with and, as such, it can be effectively applied with trowel or mortar gun.

When mixed according to the given specifi­cati­ons, the WHO-60 brick stitching grout supplied by Twistfix renders three litres of product. As with all of the masonry repair, damp proofing, cellar tanking and insulation solutions we offer, all necessary precautions should be taken when using WHO-60 masonry stitching grout.

Through our many years of experience, we have learned to recognise that speed is often key in renovation and construction work and so we endeavour to deliver all of our products, including WHO-60 masonry grout, as quickly as possible. WHO-60 masonry repair  grout is included in many of our 'everything - you - need' kits including our Arch Repair Kit, Brick Pinning Kit and our best selling Crack Stitching Kit.

A regular purchaser from Twistfix left a review after buying this product that states they ‘ordered stitching grout one day, received (it) the next’. This swift and efficient delivery also led the reviewer to add that we were ‘spot on’ with our service!

Find out more about the many superlative qualities possessed by WHO-60 masonry repair grout by calling 0845 123 6006 or email sales@­twistfix.­co.­uk.

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Insofast and the Super 7s....

Contractors all over the UK are gearing up for the annual increase in orders for waterpro­ofi­ng and insulation projects that are caused by the onset of cold, windy and wet weather. Make sure your business is ready with two of our best-selling professional solutions — Super-7 and Insofast.

Super-7 Warm Roof Fixings

The Super-7 Warm Roof Fixing was specifically engineered to be used in thicker layers of over-rafter insulation and is the strongest, most cost-effective helical fastener available on the market. It is also the only warm roof batten fixing to be assessed and approved in­de­pen­den­tly; this thorough testing was carried out by CERAM and the results applied to a BRE-approved design method.

Designed to give optimal performance while reducing materials and labour time, up to 40% fewer Super-7 helical fasteners are required in comparison to standard 6mm helical fixings when calculated using the BRE-approved HeliCalc software. Fixing spe­cifi­cati­ons provided by this calculator comply strictly with BS:6399 Parts II and III and have the relevant Eurocode safety factors applied, putting an end to the risk of choosing a manufacturer that delivers spe­cifi­cations based on unpublished design criteria and test data.

Insofast Insulation Fixings

Making expert use of the Super-7 helical system, Insofast flat roof insulation fixings are primarily used to secure laminates above roof deck rafters. Each fixing is based on a Super-7 helical shank which has a dome-reinforced head welded above. This allows the fixing to be easily and accurately driven using an SDS driving tool or ordinary hammer, strongly affixing insulation boards to the deck joists of the roofing structure. The innovative fixing is available in either a stainless steel or zinc-plated carbon steel format and can be supplied in a com­pre­hen­si­ve selection of lengths ranging between 145 - 225mm.

Whether protecting a flat or pitched roof, a rigid foam or mineral fibre insulation material, we can quickly supply your firm with professional quality solutions at the most competitive price. Get ready for the Winter with Twistfix and make those roofs water tight.

Want to find out more about how you can raise your company profile by working with Twistfix? Call us now!

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The Perfect Brick Face Repair

The face bricks of buildings are the first line of defence against the elements and can become damaged over time. Replacing these bricks can be costly and, particularly with older bricks, sourcing the right match almost impossible. The solution is brick face repair and Twistfix make it easy with our brick-coloured repair mortar, available in a wide selection of colours.

Brick Face Repair Mortar

Damaged brick face

Brick Face repair with coloured mortar

Repairing damaged face bricks with our colour matching repair mortar is far less disruptive than replacing them. The method also ensures a high level of cost-effec­tive­ness both in terms of material and labour costs. The appearance of the damaged brickwork is immediately improved when repaired using the mineral-based mortar, which has been specifically designed for restoring damaged brick surfaces.

Colour matching brick repair mortar is vapour permeable. This means that salts and moisture are allowed to freely migrate to the surface, a quality which creates strong resistance to salt expansion and prevents the freeze/thaw cycle that causes spalling at the brick face. Showing the most outstanding bonding cha­rac­te­ris­tics, coloured repair mortar has been formulated to be wholly compatible with oven-fired masonry units and each colour-matched compound promises to deliver the most robust, durable finish with a natural aesthetic.

Using the mortar is easy and fast, giving professional results. Full instructions are provided with the product but here is a brief guide of how to use;

  • Clear damaged bricks of all dust and dirt

  • Lightly wet the substrate

  • Mix the repair mortar with water. Use 1 part of water with 4 to 5 parts of powder

  • Apply in layers up to 20mm thick; final layer should stand proud of brick surface and given time to cure

  • After curing and for up to 48hrs after application, mortar can be sanded and shaped as required

  • Wash tools and spills with clear water

  • Note; product should not be used in temperatures below 5°C

There are 11 different colours to choose from in our selection and each is guaranteed to provide a professional level of brick repair. Enjoy browsing the collection and contact our experts for further advice and information.

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Tea, Rain and Membrane

Grumbling about or showing an inclination to talk more than passingly about the weather is such a common trait among people from the UK that it has developed into an inter­nati­onal stereotype (along with the fact that we drink tea at any possible opportunity).

Damp Check – Mesh Membrane Kit

Damp Check – Mesh Membrane Kit

Damp Check – Mesh Membrane Kit

It’s interesting to note that, when compared to many other countries, our climate is actually one of the most agreeable on the planet. But enough of the science, let’s have a cup of tea and talk about that rain!

For those parts of the country that got the recent rainy weather, and that was most of them, it was a pretty heavy storm even by UK grumble standards. Residents in flood-prone areas, many of whom had only just got their homes back to a habitable state, watched the sky anxiously through the night as the rain continued.

The rain, as it always eventually does, stopped falling and we all went back to our cups of tea, grumbling about it. What many people may not realise is that, while the rain has gone, the damage it has done remains and continues to worsen.  Here at Twistfix, we always try to tailor our special offers to the events of the moment and the Damp Check Mesh Membrane Kit is currently available at an even more competitive price than usual.

A membrane is the only viable method of immediately reinstating wall plaster after a remedial DPC injection, the alternative demands an interval of weeks before plastering is permitted to ensure compliance with British Standards and ma­­nuf­­ac­­turers’ BBA cer­­ti­­ficates. The mesh face of the membrane will readily accept tile adhesives, cement renders and plasterboard dabs while the reverse side comprises stand-off studs with air-gaps between; this latter combination ensures water drains away behind the membrane while still allowing the wall to ‘breathe’.

The Damp Check Kit contains 10m of membrane along with 100 hammer-in fixing plugs and 10m of butyl rubber wa­­ter­­pro­­ofi­­ng tape, everything you need to start, get on with and complete the job to a professional standard.

Get the Damp Check Mesh Membrane Kit at a reduced price and make sure that the only storm is in your teacup

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Guard your Gutters with Twistfix

It is time to say goodbye to summer (summer? What summer?!) as autumn makes its way in. This summer has been particularly rainy and gutters have therefore had a lot of work to do: clean and well maintained gutters have admirably fulfilled their task. Now that autumn has begun and the leaves will soon be falling, the problem of falling leaves blocking gutters is set to become apparent. Not to mention the twigs, branches and other debris that will be blown into gutters by the wind (yes, lots of gales are predicted for the coming month, we are sorry to say).

Gutter Guard

Gutter Guard

When gutters become blocked, excess water cannot be successfully drained to the ground. It spills over the gutter’s edges and drains wherever it can, often causing damp problems in woodwork and masonry. The problems caused by damp and inadequate damp proofing are well documented, ranging from structural damage to mould growth which can have serious effects on human health. Mould removal can often be a costly process and prevention is always better than cure.

Fitting Hedgehog Gutter Guard is an ideal way to avoid the problem of blocked gutters and attendant damp. Quickly and easily installed, this innovative product lasts for years once fitted, providing peace of mind and relief from the yearly ladder-climb to manually clear the guttering. Twistfix Gutter Guard fits around corners and over down pipe outlets easily and can be adapted for use on pathway drainage, fitting below grids to prevent debris blockage. The unique po­lyp­ro­pyle­ne brush filaments are spun around a stainless steel wire spine which makes them strong and durable, with a lifespan of many years.

Twistfix provide this superior product in single lengths of four metres for DIY applications or, if you are a trade customer or carrying out a large project, you can benefit from cost savings by purchasing our 40m Trade Pack. As with all of our products, Twistfix Gutter Guard is guaranteed to meet and exceed ex­pec­tati­ons. We are a leading provider of damp proofing, masonry crack repair, mould removal and crack stitching solutions. Our expert team are always on hand to assist and advise, please do not hesitate to contact us for more information. To guarantee a hassle-free winter, install Twistfix Gutter Guard NOW, right as autumn begins.

All information you need about Hedgehog Gutter Guard

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Moss Issues? Let Microtech Fix it!

Masonry BiocideGetting rid of moss on roof, wall and driveway surfaces is a time consuming task. Unsightly and damaging moss can be removed from tiles, brickwork, and drives using a pressure washer, and regrowth can be prevented with the use of an effective masonry biocide treatment.

Moss is the result of a symbiotic relationship between algae and fungi. The alga gives nourishment to the fungi, which in turn provides moisture and shelter for the algae. The relationship works incredibly well and so moss is found all over the world. Fortunately, moss is quickly and easily removed using the Microtech Moss Removal Biocide available from Twistfix.

Several problems are caused when moss is allowed to grow on roofs, patios or wall surfaces. Masonry can become damaged and discoloured by moss and is incredibly unsightly. Damp and water on roof tiles, walls, drives and paths will encourage the growth of the moss or lichens, causing surfaces to become dangerous and slippery. Moss can also have quite an unpleasant smell and so it is essential that the problem is immediately attacked.

Twistfix Microtech Moss Removal Biocide is a powerful treatment designed for the professional removal of moss, algae and lichens. The innovative micro-emulsion formula also includes an effective fungicide that will completely remove dry rot and mould spores from masonry, giving fast, com­pre­hen­sive results.

To remove moss and fungal spores, we recommend diluting the concentrated formula to make 25 litres of product. One litre of this mixture is sufficient to cover 2.5m² of surface though 10 litres per m² should be used for removing dry rot spores. After pressure spraying or scrubbing to prepare the area, the mixture should be applied to the paving, roof tiles, walls or other masonry with a low-pressure spray.

Twistfix Microtech Moss Removal Biocide is supplied as one litre of concentrate. As with all biocides, fungicides and pesticides, protective clothing must be worn while using the product. This should include overalls, rubber gloves, goggles and respiratory protection. Our skilled technical team are always available to offer support and advice on any aspect of using this effective product.

For more information on Twistfix masonry repair solutions, basement wa­ter­pro­ofi­ng systems, insulation fixings and more, please contact 0845 123 6006 or email us at sales@­twistfix.­co.­uk

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Cracks in the Brick? Repair them Quick!

Cracks in walls above windows are a problem experienced by many householders after having new windows installed. The old frame, which may have fortuitously doubled as a lintel, is removed to facilitate the double glazing. The brickwork then settles onto the lightweight frame as it sags and cracks.  The Brick Arch Repair Kit provides everything required to reinforce weakened brick arches, lintels and soldier courses.  

These masonry crack repairs need to be strong and durable.  The brick re­in­for­cem­ent comprises four 3.5m helical bars formed from high-tensile 304-grade stainless steel which are bedded into walls.  The bar and grout combination works with the adjacent brick courses, forming a reinforced brick beam lintel that supports and re­dis­tri­but­es loads. In walls up to 230mm thick the deep masonry beams can carry a factored load of 2.6 tonnes over openings up to 2.5m wide.  Two bars are inserted into a pre-cut slot, forming the bottom chord of the reinforced beam, a second pair of bars forming the top chord.  Between these bars, the masonry forms the web of the beam.

The brick headers are securely pinned to the newly-created reinforced brick lintel with retrofit brick ties.  Six 305mm-long helical wall ties are supplied in the Twistfix Brick Arch Repair Kit along with an essential wall tie setting tool.  These patented self-tapping ties, driven through undersized pilot-holes, effectively securing brick arches and soldier courses to the reinforced masonry panels above them.

This comprehensive kit is incredibly popular due to its versatility.­  It can be used to repair and reinforce sagging lintels and cracked walls or can be used as a preventative measure to strengthen the brickwork prioir to window rep­la­ceme­ent.­  Supplied with the helical bars and remedial brick ties is a large tub of WHO 60 masonry repair grout, a Grout-Master applicator with innovative Hi-Flo nozzle, a Helix mixer paddle and a finger trowel.­  A spe­cifi­cati­on sheet, quick guide and vital BRE load tables for masonry beam reinforcement are available on the Twistfix website and we recommend examining these documents thoroughly prior to using the kit to repair cracks in the wall.

To complete the structural repairs to a professional standard the cracks should be filled to seal against water penetration and the damp which that may cause.  Why not take a look at our extensive range of brick-coloured crack injection solutions.

If you require further information or advice on any aspect of masonry rein­for­cem­ent, crack repair, crack stitching or remedial wall ties, please browse our detailed online guides or contact a member of our experienced and professional team.

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