What are Building Adhesives?
Adhesives are binding agents that are used to repair or bond two parts together. Earlier, this was done through the use of unseemly and bulkier items like cement, nails, and screws or at the most with wood-based glues. Today, adhesives are available in convenient-to-use forms, such as cans, sprays, and tubes. They have several benefits as compared to earlier adhesives, as they are chemically manufactured and come in different types of materials. Modern adhesives join or repair almost invisibly, leaving the surface smooth and even. They are prepped for stress and do not require high heat, the way welding does and nor like it do they warp or affect the materials to be repaired. Benefits of adhesives include –
- Increased Durability
- Better Product Performance
- Design Retaining
- Enhancing of Quality and Aesthetics
- Faster Processes
- Overall Reduction In Costs Directly and Allied
Some of the areas where construction adhesives can be used include concretization, floor underlaying, cement joints, manufactured housing, resilient flooring, roofing, ventilation and more. Adhesives are also used in the last stage of construction, i.e. during interior décor. A good example of this is wall-papering, which requires a strong glue to ensure the wallpaper stays on for years and also withstands any pressures from internal or external heat, water, or moisture.
One important area where Adhesives are highly beneficial is in acoustics. Noise pollution is a major problem, especially in urban areas. There are several solutions to block external sound or prevent internal sound from escaping, such as in a studio. Most of these solutions involve Acoustic Adhesives, which are used in creating acoustic panels, foams, and fabrics.
Both, building adhesives and acoustic adhesives do come from the same family of glue-chemicals, but have different compositions and are used for two different purposes. Building adhesives are for basic construction or repairing, while the latter is mainly for noise-control.
Choosing the right adhesive is vital for a thorough and long-lasting job. Some points to keep in mind while choosing the right adhesive for your need –
- Properties of Material To Be Bonded: Will the bonded area be used for load later and require strength? Wood or metal will require different adhesives than wallpaper. Additionally, will the bond face any extremes of weather, such as heat or water?
- Bond Point: Is the bonding point of the same material or are they two different materials? What kind of materials are these? Is the bond area small or large?
- Application Type: After studying the above, choose the best adhesive, i.e. spray, tube, or roll that suits the bond as far as durability and aesthetics are concerned