October 15, 2009

New Adhesives Make Home Improvement Projects Simpler

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Any home owner that has been in tenure long enough to have tackled a home improvement job knows that these kinds of projects—no matter what area of the home they are focused on—can turn into nightmare jobs, even in the least likely of cases.  The most seemingly innocuous and straightforward task can build up (via some sort of snowball effect) into a gargantuan home improvement nightmare of a project, demanding major investment, lots of man hours, and the patience of a saint.  This reality is what generally makes so many home owners leery of tackling home improvement jobs in the first place: they are simply afraid of what could end up happening!  However, technology provides us with new solutions to our age-old house problems every day, and so the faster the rate of innovation the more at ease home owners will begin to feel when the issue of a home fix-it project inevitably arises due to one circumstance or another.

For the purposes of home repair and even home construction, a very crucial element that is necessary in a broad variety of projects is some sort of industrial adhesive.  Wherever you look in your home, there is an adhesive silently and secretly doing its part to keep everything in its place and in working order.  Your floors and carpeting need adhesive to keep from shifting about; your walls include adhesive during their construction; your moldings and fittings are all put into place using adhesive; all the finishings in your kitchen are installed using some kind of adhesive or another.  Basically, there is not a home improvement project that won’t involve adhesives at one point or another in its realization.  But how is a home owner supposed to know when and what kind of industrial adhesive to use?  This can be a confusing question to answer, and we will try to bring a few revealing examples to light to help home owners with imminent home improvement projects in the works get things done in the right order, with the best results.

Thankfully, with the advance of technology, there have been many new adhesive technologies released on the market over the last few years that are helping make home improvement jobs a lot easier and simpler.  Through the latest discoveries in the fields of chemistry and physics, industrial adhesives are becoming much stronger, much more versatile, more affordable, and best of all easier to understand and use!  But let’s take a step back and start from the beginning, addressing the very matter of industrial adhesives per se.

What exactly are industrial adhesives, you may be wondering to yourself?  That’s simple: they are products used in industrial processes that help bond one surface with another.  It couldn’t be much more straightforward than that!  To give a few examples that people can relate to, some of the most common industrial adhesives are plain old mortar and cement.  These veterans of the construction industry are among the most widely used industrial adhesives and have been so for several centuries already.  Today, however, there are scores of other industrial adhesives that have only been around for the last few decades or less thanks to modern scientific knowledge.

In particular, the advances in the area of synthetic adhesives have been of enormous utility to construction workers and people busying themselves with home improvement work.  For hundreds and indeed thousands of years, natural adhesives were pretty much all that people had to work with, and despite their effectiveness in a wide variety of applications they simply cannot meet the stringent demands of modern applications.  Hence, scientists have developed numerous technologies to serve as improved adhesives for use in and around the home and in a wide variety of industrial processes.  Principally, these adhesives have consisted of materials derived from polyvinyl acetate, polyurethane, epoxy, and cyanoacrylate polymers, each of which offers peculiar advantages over the other.

Without getting bogged down in details regarding individual chemical ingredients—something home owners eyes-deep in a home improvement project won’t be too interested in in the first place—let’s focus on varieties of synthetic adhesives.  To start, there are the drying adhesives, which are usually polymers that are included in a solvent; examples of drying adhesives include rubber cements and plain old white glue.  These adhesives are not high performance and are used for low-stress jobs, such as putting household applications together or in place.

Emulsion adhesives are very commonly put to use in woodworking projects, and they are based on polyvinyl acetate.  When fixing wooden furniture or finishings around the home, consider using this modern industrial adhesive as it will provide a very strong bond that will be unlikely to break in the long term.

A highly peculiar variety of synthetic adhesive to appear on the market in the last few decades has been light curing and UV adhesives.  These adhesives, as the name implies, become stronger and more solid with exposure to UV rays and light in general in some cases, and they have the peculiar quality of being able to be used not only to bond materials but also to seal or coat them.  These adhesives are more expensive than most, yet their quality is absolutely irreproachable when properly applied; they are often used within the home for projects that involve electronics equipment and glass panes.  They have the virtue of being able to bond very dissimilar materials, something that many other adhesives are unable to do.

Separately, pressure sensitive adhesives (PSA) use anything from the slightest application of pressure to the firmest vice grip to “marry” the material to be bonded and the adhesive.  These adhesives can be found in and around the home in a variety of capacities, such as part of the duct work in HVAC units, and are normally intended for either permanent bonds or for applications which can be removed in their entirety.

Before choosing a specific kind of glue or adhesive for a given home improvement project, make sure to check with an expert in the field or at least somebody that has more experience in such matters than yourself.  Finally, be sure to get the right kind of modern industrial adhesive so that you can save time and make your entire project that much simpler to execute!

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