When it needs to stick, it needs to stick fast and tight. That’s what all adhesives & sealants claim to do, but Builders FirstSource carries only the sealants and adhesives that deliver on that promise time after time. You’ll find brands that you know you can trust—including DAP, Great Stuff, Lexel, and Big Stretch. We carry brands with complete lines that will take you from windows and doors to walls and floors, down to the masonry and up to the roof.
We carry them all because, while some products come close, we’re all still searching for that single perfect goo that does everything, anywhere, every time no matter what. In the meantime, we rely on the dependable workhorses we’ve all come to trust for specific jobs:
Sealants need to stick fast and tight because their purpose is to protect against air, moisture, and other substances or environmental conditions. They have to be able to form a seal between surfaces. That often entails filling any gaps, cracks, or other irregularities, as well as being able to bond to varied surfaces and remain fast despite the processes of expansion and contraction due to heat and cold.
Sealants are typically the silicones, polyurethanes, acrylics, latexes, and a host of other hybrids and materials neatly packaged in caulk tubes.
Adhesives need to stick fast and tight, much like sealants, but were created to do it under greater levels of stress or force and for longer periods of time. Adhesives have to do more than form a seal. They must bond surfaces together with a tensile strength that will hold—often for a lifetime. While nonstructural adhesives are designed to hold decorative or finishing elements in place, structural adhesives must bond essential components such as concrete, ceramic, masonry, steel, or glass. That’s a wide range of stress; adhesive products range widely, too—from nonstructural spray, foam, and contact adhesives to structural epoxy, polyurethane, silicone, and acrylic adhesives.
Long aisles of adhesives & sealants can be confusing, but the experts at your Builders FirstSource locations are knowledgeable and ready to help. Tell us about the job and trust us to guide you from quote to completion with everything you need right down to the last detail.