Silicone Thin Coat
Whether your customers are looking to weatherproof a building or simply freshen up exterior walls, render is a great way to update any project. For 30 years, K Rend has offered a huge range of external silicone renders and finishes designed to protect from the elements and add a touch of style.
Its Silicone TC (Thin Coat) is a self-coloured render and can be hand or sprayed applied. The ready-to-use organic resin render is applied to provide a low maintenance textured finish and is available in different textures (TC 05, 10, 15 & 30) and 20 standard colours. Prior to application, the substrate should be primed using K Rend Primer TC.
Thanks to the permeable surface of K Rend Silicone Thin Coat render, the manufacturer also reports that “damp can be a thing of the past” as the product’s breathability means that water vapour passes through the building instead of getting trapped in the walls and “creating those dreaded damp patches”.
Forticrete has launched the large format, thin leading edge roof tile, SL8. Combining a visual aesthetic that is said to replicate real slate with the technical features of an interlocking tile, SL8 is designed to provide improved coverage and a better-looking roof.
The tile, which is 420 by 390mm with a hanging length of 396mm, is claimed to offer excellent coverage by requiring just eight tiles per m². This, according to the company, is a 20% reduction on the industry standard of 10 per m². With four colour options, SL8 is easy-to-lay as the tile includes two nail holes to provide contractors with better fixing flexibility.
Vita compact range
Responding to customer demand, Stelrad has extended a number of its popular ranges by adding new sizes and types to meet the requirements. The Vita Compact range, for example, has been extended whilst the Vita and Softline Concord ranges have been introduced. The popular Concord Vertical is also now available in a K2 version.
The Vita and Softline horizontal Concord range will be available in two heights — 444mm and 592mm — and in lengths from 500mm up to 1400mm, and in outputs from 1338 Btu/hr up to 8,107 Btu/hr.
Dulux Trade Diamond Satinwood is now said to be available in over 14,000 colours from the Dulux collections, with decorators able to create bespoke shades with the new colour match.
Made for use on woodwork and trims, the water-borne paint is said to be scuff, scrub and stain resistant — offering long-lasting protection against stains, grease marks and day-to-day wear and tear. The company also claims that the paint dries twice as fast as solvent-borne paints and is recoatable in just six hours.
Crown Trade has introduced an upgraded Ultimate Opacity formulation to its range of Clean Extreme Stain Resistant Scrubbable Matt emulsions, which are said to offer excellent coverage, increased scrubbability and a flawless finish.
The new water-based high opacity formulation is also available in the matt versions of its Clean Extreme Anti-Bacterial and Mould Inhibiting paints, offering quick-drying and low-odour performance. The company states that the new matt paint has been specifically designed to cover existing paint colours, stains and imperfections and to provide a hardwearing, washable and long-lasting white finish.
Geberit Mapress copper fittings
As the wholesaler’s first press-fit range, Primaflow F&P has launched Gebrit Mapress copper fittings. The collection is available exclusively to independent merchants through the company with the majority of fittings being available for next-day delivery.
The new range, suitable for gas and potable water installations as well as open and closed heating and cooling circuits, comprises a stock of Geberit’s core Mapress copper fittings, including copper bends, couplings, T-Pieces, adaptors and caps. The press-fit connection system includes coloured pressing indicators, no need for lubrication, and joints that will weep until pressed to show incomplete pressing during pressure testing.
D4 Hybrid PVA
Using hybrid technology, Bond It has introduced a new D4 classified PVA Adhesive. A premium grade, solvent-free formulation, this product is said to offer waterproofing properties even under constant water immersion. Suitable for interior and exterior applications, it has a high bond strength, improved heat resistance and boasts a 10 minute open time.
The hybrid PVA is suitable for a number of applications and is available in four sizes — 125ml, 250ml, 500ml under the Glue Monster banner, and as a 1L under Bond It’s adhesive range.
Already widely used across Europe, Samac is releasing Rooftec Flex to the UK market for the first time. Made from the extremely durable EPDM (ethylene propylene diene monomer) and with a core of expanded aluminium mesh, it is said to have exceptional strength, flexibility and life expectancy, as well as being lightweight.
Available in long roll lengths, the product is suitable for use anywhere that lead would have been the traditional option, such as chimneys, dormers, ridges, roof abutments, valleys and skylights and is a described as a suitable choice to add to sustainable product ranges.
79025 Aluminium Professional Work Platform
This new professional work platform is said to be suitable for all types of jobs around the worksite. The lightweight 79025 Aluminium Professional Work Platform features a load capacity of 150kg and an Easy-Grab handle in the centre of the platform. Slim fold dual locking legs, meanwhile, ensures that the work platform closes to a compact depth of 8cm for easy transportation and storage.
The large slip-resistant work surface provides tradesmen with suitable space to move while working whilst the non-marring feet provide slip-resistance and protect the floor from any damage.
The line-up of new work trousers takes the Scruffs’ range from four to seven products, with the introduction of stretch fabric technology which allows for slim and regular trouser fit options. The abrasion-resistant trousers are made from 2-way or 4-way high-quality stretch fabric, which reportedly allows for freedom of movement and flexibility, even in tough or tight working conditions.
The Trade Flex Trouser, 3D Trade Trouser and Pro Flex Plus Trouser benefit from Cordura reinforcement knee protection and also feature secure holster, knee pad and phone pockets as well as tool and hammers loops, providing ease of access and ensuring that each trouser is equipped for a variety of jobs and requirements.
Symmetrically designed ‘Snap-Off’ Knives are the newest launch from Hultafors Tools. With 13 different knives and four precision blades, the ergonomic knives have been designed and built to suit a wide range of jobs on site. The company claims that the knives are adaptable for both left and right hand use so that left handed craftspeople can adapt the knife, rather than their own usage.
The blades are available in three widths of 9, 18, and 25mm, with different blends of sharpness and long life built in to suit regular hard work on site.
Pony Hand Clamp
The 115 year-old American brand Pony Jorgensen, has launched the Pony Hand Clamp. With an adjustment mechanism, and innovative box-joint design that prevents the jaws twisting and soft, pivoting jaw pads, the Pony Hand Clamp is reportedly ideal for holding delicate work.
The hand clamps are available in 1½”, 2″ and 4″ sizes and are suitable for use in carpentry, woodworking, general construction and metalwork.
Controls specialist SALUS upgraded its RT510 thermostat range to now include Internal Temperature Load Compensation (ITLC) to become the RT510+ range.
According to the company, the RT510+ and RT510RF+ are stylish, simple to install room thermostats that come with a five year warranty and range of features and selectable modes. The RT510RF+ uses RF communication with the boiler receiver and with built in ITLC (Internal Temperature Load Compensation) it is fully compliant with Boiler Plus. The company also states that the RT510+ range’s installation is speedy and fuss-free.
According to the company, the Knipex Alligator water pump pliers now have 30% more grip and nine adjusting positions to fit even more comfortably into the hand and its slimmer head shape allows better access to workpieces in confined areas.
The pliers grip hexagon nuts and boltheads with widths of up to 46mm. The expanded gripping has a capacity up to 2” pipes. The pliers are self-locking on pipes and nuts, which means there is no slipping on the workpiece and only low force is required by hand while a guard prevents operators’ fingers being pinched.