And the winner is…take a journey along our red carpet and enter the star-studded realm of Professional Builders Top Products
Professional Builder’s much coveted annual industry accolade is bequeathed by the best judges in the business – and that’s you, the builders with the breadth of knowledge and hands-on experience that will ultimately determine the success of a manufacturer’s solution. This article showcases the products that have attracted your attention through our multiple platforms – in print, online via social media and from our e-newsletters.
The Charles Godfrey Award 2020
Flexi Block Spot
Professional Builder’s Charles Godfrey was always supportive of tradesmen who had turned inventor, so it is fitting that the award that bears his name should be bestowed on a bricklayer who has developed his own building product. A spot board is as much a fixture of a building site as a mixer and a trowel, and more often than not it’s nothing more complicated than an off cut of ply. Trouble is they’re normally heavy to lift onto scaffolds, absorb the water in the mortar – drying it out in the process – and are rarely quite the right size.
The answer is the Flexi Block Spot, a high-quality rubber cover which sites over a standard pile of bricks or blocks and provides a perfect, clean non-absorbent surface for the mortar. They are extremely pliable and light – a labourer can easily carry up to ten in a bag onto the scaffold – and, of course, at the end of the day can be washed down and left in place for the next day’s building, at the same time providing frost and driving rain protection overnight.
“After working through a number of designs and approaching some potential manufacturers we came up with prototypes which I used on my own sites and put out to some other builders I know in the area,” enthuses inventor, Mar Foley. “The feedback was tremendous, with the usual stuff of being so simple why didn’t we think of its ourselves. Of course, I am under no illusions that we can change so many years of practice overnight. Bricklayers are a conservative bunch, and with good reason, but I really think we have something which will improve their ability to lay more bricks per day which in turn means greater productivity and profitability on the job.”
For further information on the Flexi Block Spot visit flexiblockspot.co.uk/
Top Products- Editorial
Mirka Dual Voltage LEROS
Make it a double with the Dual Voltage LEROS from Mirka. All that needs to be changed to switch this machine from a 230V to a site-work compatible 110V is the lead. There’s no more shifting a heavy transformer around or having to invest in two separate tools.
For further information on the Dual Voltage LEROS visit mirka.com/
Magply Magnesium Oxide Boards
It’s the strength, durability, stability and fire resistance of this Magply product that has builders flocking to Magnesium Oxide Boards. The product can boast superior frost, moisture and mould protection, along with some important sound insulation qualities, whilst they’re easy to cut and fix.
For further information on the Magply Magnesium Oxide Boards visit magply.co.uk/
Makita 40V MAX XGT
Makita has taken power and torque to the MAX with a new 40V battery platform that can rival corded tools in performance, with the added convenience of fast charging times. The tools currently available in the XGT range include an impact driver, rotary and combi-hammer drills, angle grinders, combination hammers, circular and reciprocating saws.
For further information on the Makita 40V MAX XGT visit makitauk.com/
Roman Products Jo Blox
Meet Jo Blox – an entirely new concept in Structural Insulated Blocks from Roman Products. Quicker and easier to assemble than SIPS – and requiring no specialist skills – this is a completely dry system, requiring no mortar, with pegs and screws used to fix the units into place, whilst U-Values and acoustic characteristics are also superior.
For further information on Roman Products’ Jo Blox visit romanproducts.uk/
Bond It Reload
Stick with the sustainable choice with Bond It’s Reload range of silicones. Three of the manufacturer’s most popular silicones and sealants – WP100, Frame-Mate and Multi-Mate – are currently being offered with special sausage refills, reducing waste, providing up to twice the shelf life, and a lighter, more space saving solution.
For further information on Bond It’s Reload visit bond-it.co.uk/
Peugeot Partner Overload Indicator
This simple device helps you stay the ‘light’ side of the law and avoid heavy fines. Exceed the payload capacity of your Peugeot Partner and a warning light will flash on the load bay control panel and on the dashboard.
For further information on the Peugeot Partner Overload Indicator visit peugeot.co.uk/
Artex Gyproc EasiFiller
If you’re in a hole reach for one of the three-strong Gyproc EasiFiller family from Artex. Alongside the original EasyFiller, there’s now EasiFiller Light, with lightweight air balls in the mix that dramatically reduce shrinkage, and resists slump. Completing the trio, EasiFiller Finish is designed to allow decorators to cover larger areas.
For further information on Artex’s Gyproc EasiFiller visit artexltd.com/
Buckler Boots BuckzViz Boots
Comfort and safety combine with a new concept in footwear from Buckler Boots. The manufacturer’s BuckzViz Boots are high vis for your feet and have been sight tested to in excess of 150metres. In addition, a composite toe cap and non-metallic anti penetration midsole both protects and keeps you light on your feet.
For further information on Buckler Boots BuckzViz Boots visit buckbootz.com/
Builders could be raising a glass to a specialist in wine storage thanks to the opportunity to purchase a kit form of its Spiral Cellar as part of an assisted install. Whether it’s an extension, new build, or retro-fit, offering the ultimate in ‘wine upmanship’ home improvements to a client could well represent a commercial advantage over the competition.
For further information on the Spiral Cellar visit spiralcellars.co.uk/
Dunlop Powdered Tile Adhesive range
Improvements to formulations and two brand new products are part of the refinements to Dunlop’s range of powdered tile adhesives. The new S1 solutions have increased deformation, which means they can be used on substrates where limited movement or vibration is possible.
For further information on Dunlop’s Powdered Tile Adhesive range visit dunloptrade.com/
Top Products- Advertising
Wundatherm rapid response floor heating system
Our readers were quick to see the benefits of the Rapid Response Wundatherm Floor Heating System. This water-based UFH can be installed by any good tradesman, is compatible with all current heating technologies – as well as alternative fuels – and is suitable for extensions, renovations, lofts, basements & new builds.
For further information on Wundatherm visit wundatrade.co.uk/
The trades continue to warm to the high output and fast heating times of the OMNIE TorFloor. This original, and only, structural tested UFH chipboard is lightweight, moisture resistant and environmentally-friendly, with a multi-direction pipe channel pattern that reduces the need for hand routing.
For further information on the OMNIE TorFloor visit omnie.co.uk/
With insulation and airtightness properties combined – and fast installation times – when it comes to this manufacturer’s Hybrid range it should be Actis on instinct. The total system solution includes the HControl Hybrid multi-foil, Hybris reflective insulation, and Boost Hybrid, with its built-in breather membrane.
For further information on the Actis Hybrid range visit insulation-actis.com/
TuffX fixed flat roofs
With bespoke sizes at no extra cost, Tuffx are taking the tough out of specifying roof lights. Choose from double 1.2 U-Value or triple 0.7 U-Value options, with clear, solar and privacy glass available, all within a delivery time of three-four working days as standard.
For further information on TuffX fixed flat roofs visit tuffxglass.co.uk/products/fixed-rooflights/
Celebrating a quarter of a century as a brand, builders are sticking with Everbuild. EB25 is described as its most advanced sealant and adhesive ever, benefitting from an advanced formula, superior flexibility and bond strength. Not only that, it works on virtually anything, in all conditions – even underwater.
For further information on Everbuild EB25 visit everbuild.co.uk/eb25/
Getting involved in the installation of the ERA DoorCam smart doorbell is a clever move for tradespeople. With this device the homeowner can see, hear and talk to a caller remotely via their smartphone, with additional functions including adjustable motion detection video recording and photo snapshots.
For further information on the ERA DoorCam visit eraeverywhere.com/doorcam/
Eclisse Pocket Door System
It’s the 100 per cent galvanised steel frame and super strong profiles that means the durable and space saving Pocket Door Systems from Eclisse can be supplied with the reassurance of a 15 years warranty. Installers can count on expert support on the job, and there’s next day working delivery.
For further information on Eclisse Pocket Door Systems visit eclisse.co.uk/
Let RWC take you on a journey from boiler to point of use. From JG Speedfit plastic pipe connection technology, to the SharkBite push-fit system – and Reliance Valves – with this company’s family of brands there’s everything you need to complete the job.
For further information on RWC visit rwc.com/uk/family
Bosch GRL CHV Professional Rotary Laser
Get the measure of outdoor levelling with the Bosch GRL 600 CHV Professional Rotary Laser. There’s a working range of 600m variable speed controls for maximum visibility, all protected by IP608 dust and splash resistant housing. This Bluetooth compatible device can even be controlled via you smartphone.
For further information on the Bosch GRL CHV Professional Rotary Laser visit bosch-professional.com/gb/en/
Permaroof Firestone Rubbercover
Generations of roofers have now given this trouble-free flat roof solution the rubber stamp. A one-piece answer, Firestone RubberCover is easy to install, cold applied, and enjoys a 50-year life expectancy. There’s no specialist tools required and Permaroof offers comprehensive training and technical support.
For further information on Permaroof Firestone Rubbercover visit permaroof.co.uk/
Top Products- Social Media Campaigns
HiKOKI power tools Catacomb tools
Get a head on site with the SKULL range from Hikoki. This collection of limited-edition tools includes the DV18DBXL 18V Brushless Combi Drill, the WH18DBDL2 18V brushless Impact Driver and the WR18DBDL2 18V Impact Wrench.
For further information on HiKOKI’s Catabomb tools visit hikoki-powertools.co.uk/
Ariston Velis Evo Wi-Fi
Professional Builder’s Ariston Velis Evo Wi-Fi competition gave off all the right signals for you on Instagram. It is the only electric water heater of its kind currently on the UK market with Wi-Fi controllability.
For further information on Ariston’s Velis Evo Wi-Fi visit ariston.com/uk/
Tracer Professional Marking Products
Tibby Singh Chodha’s review of the Tracer range ticked every box on Facebook. This extended marking tool family includes the Deep Hole Construction Pencil, designed to reach to a 100mm depth in a 3mm hole, and up to 145mm depth in a 6mm hole.
For further information on Tracer’s Professional Marking Products visit tracer-tools.com/
Toupret Joint, Skim and Fill range
One coat, no shrinkage, no need to spot prime and easy sanding – that’s the promise for Toupret Joint, Skim & Fill. Our branded hoodie giveaway introduced a collection that also includes Quick Dry products and Ready To Use fillers.
For further information on Toupret’s Joint, Skim and Fill range visit toupret.co.uk/
Bosch GSB 18V-55 Combi Drill Driver
The Bosch GSB 18V-55 Combi Drill Driver was the ‘torque’ of the town on social media. It’s the manufacturer’s Pro CORE18V 4.0 Ah battery that provides the performance, whilst this compact power tool benefits from the control of a two-speed gearbox.
For further information on the Bosch GSB 18V-55 Combi Drill Driver visit bosch-professional.com/
Top Products- Email Campaigns
Snickers workwear 4-way stretch trousers
Let Snickers Workwear do the leg work with the latest in slim-fit stretch trousers. The hi-tech fabrics and body-mapping design delivers maximum freedom of movement, ventilation and comfort, with the Cordura in the KneeGuard system ensuring protection.
For further information on the Snickers workwear 4-way stretch trousers visit snickersworkwear.com/
The brains behind drains have developed a new solution for level-access showers. The Dallmer DallFlex system separates the drain body from the shower channel, allowing for easier cleaning, precision fit and more flexibility in installation.
For further information on the Dallmer DallFlex visit dallmer.com/en/
It’s as easier as 1,2,3 with a trio of new tools from Knipex. Whether it’s the TubiX Pipe cutter, the cable cutting PreciStrip16, or the compact Cobra XS water pump pliers, the manufacturer promises quicker, easier and smarter additions to your toolbox.
For further information on Knipex Tools visit knipex.com/en/home/
It will be the smart move to choose this structural grade, incised, premium treated 4”x2” or 6”x2” softwood from Hoppings. Designed for use in high risk situations, such as deck posts and framing, garden structures, fencing and sole/binder wall plates, there’s the added reassurance of a 25-year performance warranty.
For further information on Hoppings SmartFRAME visit hoppings.co.uk/
Tracer Clog Free Marker
With Professional builder’s eNewsletters we’re hitting your smartphones and tablets with all the latest time-saving solutions. The Clog-Free Construction Marker from Tracer is available in black, blue and red and will work on almost every surface.
For further information on Tracer’s Clog Free Marker visit tracer-tools.com/