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Sealants And Adhesives That Can Improve Heat Retention

August 21, 2014

There are a huge variety of adhesives and sealants that claim to improve the energy performance of buildings by plugging troublesome gaps and improving heat retention. Lili Wang, product manager at IronmongeryDirect, guides tradesmen through the products that are currently proving popular across the building trade. Across the board, the performance of sealants and adhesives has improved radically over the last few years. Today’s tradesmen have a choice of sealants and adhesives that can effortlessly carry out tasks that used to be incredibly frustrating and time-consuming. The top adhesives on the market, for instance, can bond together a variety of materials ranging from MDF and wood to plastics and ceramics. And the best sealants can fill gaps and create weatherproof or waterproof joins between windows and walls in even the tightest of spots. However, with new products coming out all the time, it can be tough for tradesmen to work out which adhesives and sealants are the true market leaders and which are destined to be used once and immediately discarded. One way of separating the good from the bad is to see what other tradesmen are buying currently. Let us start with contact adhesives, which are employed in strong bonds with high-shear resistance. Bond It’s Mitre Kit adhesive is proving extremely popular at present. This is capable of bonding MFDF, wood, rubber and most plastics, and works especially effectively on porous surfaces. Now let us move onto grab adhesives, which are multi-purpose construction adhesives used for both bonding and gap filling. One of the locations where this category really shines is on window sills. Evo-Stik’s Yellow Gripfill is a best-selling grab adhesive and is completely free of solvents, meaning it is able to bond substances that are sensitive to solvents. The speed at which new products are entering the market in the sealant category, meanwhile, is remarkable. These days it is possible for tradesmen to purchase sealants and silicones for an array of settings, not least for windows, mirrors and roofs. And demand is soaring for fire- and heat-resistant sealants, which more often than not are required to meet building regulations. Two products that are particularly highly valued among the building trade are Fischer’s Fire Stop Foam and Bond It’s Fire Resistant Foam. Kitchens, showers and bathrooms typically require a very different type of sealant though. A number of specialist sanitary and anti-fungal sealants, which are intended to provide long-lasting protection from discolouration and mould, have established their own growing niche. A popular example of this category is the White for Life sealant by Evo-Stik. Away from the specialist sealants, multi-purpose sealants are also building up a loyal customer base. The Multi-Mate Multi-Purpose Silicone from Bond It is a high modulus sealant, which is more than capable of sealing window frames in humid spots. The WP70 Low Modulus Silicone from Bond It, by way of comparison, is softer and more flexible making it ideal for perimeter fixing of doors and windows. Let us not overlook the hybrid products either. These items combine the best characteristics of sealants and adhesives in one handy package. A perfect example is Evo-Stik’s 007 Adhesive & Seal. This greatly simplifies life for tradesmen by combining a number of commonly required functions into one convenient tube, including mirror adhesive, all-weather silicone, general-purpose silicone and wood glue. On a similar note, Bond It’s PVA Adhesive and Sealer is a useful and much sought-after all-rounder. It is quick-drying and compatible with all of the main construction materials, and works just as well as a bonding agent, primer and sealer. When it comes to determining which sealant and adhesive is best suited to the task in hand, ultimately tradesmen need to make their own decisions. But by looking at what their peers are buying, they can gain a valuable insight into what products may be able to get them out of a tight spot on their next job. For more information, please visit www.IronmongeryDirect.co.uk

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