What is an adhesive?
Adding construction adhesives is an ideal way to build durability, performance, and long-term holding power into applications where two surfaces need to come and stay together. Construction adhesives provide an efficient and effective way to bond multiple materials, often reducing the number of fasteners required and providing a more uniform distribution of load and stress than fasteners alone. Some of the more common adhesive applications include subfloor installations, stair assemblies, molding and paneling, bathroom installations, and landscaping. Adhesives can also fill gaps and cover wide and uneven surfaces.
Are adhesives and sealants the same?
While both technologies share some similar characteristics, adhesives and sealants are inherently different in what they do and how they do it. Think of it this way: adhesives are formulated to provide bonding power while sealants are designed to provide long-term protection against the elements by filling gaps and flexing through seasonal changes. For this reason, high-performance sealants typically have lower bond strength and higher elongation. Adhesives, on the other hand, provide high strength with less flexibility.