Caulks & Adhesives
When caulking, consider what materials the joint is made of and how much movement it is likely to encounter. Silicone, for example, adheres well to glass and tile but poorly to wood. Although products with different chemistries claim to be flexible, some are better suited for frequent joint movement. Remember, too, that caulk generally is not recommended for gaps that exceed 1/2 in. wide at their midpoint.
Construction adhesive is waterproof, so it's useful for mounting tile. Use a trowel to spread it evenly over the surface. Don't use too much adhesive, or the tiles will be uneven. Polyurethane adhesive is used to bond metal, wood, glass and almost any other material. It's especially good for securing glass to wood, for example, when mounting a windowpane. Carpenter's glue and wood glue are the best adhesives for attaching wood to wood, such as when repairing a piece of furniture. Contact adhesive is good for laminate jobs. When using this type of adhesive, wear a respirator for protection from harmful fumes. Contact adhesive should be rolled onto both surfaces with a small paint roller to ensure an even layer. Allow the glue to become tacky before bringing the two surfaces together.
- DAP – Alex Plus White Acrylic Latex Caulk Plus Silicone – 10.1 oz, 12 Case
- DAP – Alex Painter's All-Purpose Acrylic Latex Caulk – 10.1 oz, 12 Case
- Liquid Nails – Heavy Duty Construction Adhesive – 10-oz.
- Titebond – Greenchoice Fast Grab FRP Adhesive Pail – 3.5-gal
- Loctite – PL 500 VOC Landscape Block Adhesive – 10 fl.-oz.
- Gorilla – Construction Adhesive – 9 oz.
- Sika – Pro Select Anchoring Adhesive
- 3M Fire-Barrier Sealant Caulk