Glue vs. Adhesive: What should you use for your hardwood installation?

Installing your hardwood flooring is prone to failures. Common reasons include improper or no preparation, wrong types of glue or adhesive or improper amounts applied which results in de-bonding of the material from the sub-floor. The success of your Phoenix hardwood flooring installation depends on the crucial decisions you make regarding the use of hardwood glues or adhesives and its application.

Wood glue and adhesives have different formulas. Glues are made from animal and plant products while adhesives are made from synthetic products. Both of them fill irregularities in the bonding surfaces. Although they are almost always used interchangeable, each of them has its own advantages and disadvantages.

Wood glue is more useful when used on two bare-wood surfaces. It is not as thick as some conventional formulas of adhesive. Wood glue is a good option for wood cabinets and joints that cannot be seen.

Glue vs Adhesive What should you use for your hardwood installationHowever, adhesives can be used to bond almost any material. It has an ability to adhere to slick surfaces. It is also more effective in areas where moisture is present and hence is ideal for hardwood floors. Since hardwood has a tendency to flex, expand or contract, adhesive is a better option as it is more pliable. This is a very important characteristic of the hardwood, which also depends on the atmospheric conditions. It retains its grip and fills spaces with its thicker consistency. It also dries slower, allowing time, place larger pieces perfectly.

Most people prefer the feeling of solid hardwood under their feet. A properly glued hardwood floor gives the feel of a traditional solid floor and also sounds very much like it.

Coming down to the type of adhesive that is best, there are many options in the market. Older toxic items are long gone, with newer and more environment-friendly options available now. The Urethane adhesives are used most predominant. However it has the disadvantage of workability- they are much harder to spread.

A good option would be the Water-based adhesives, which is much easier to use to spread than Urethane adhesives. It almost functions like a magnet- once you place something and try to change its position; it immediately springs back to its original position. This could be a problem if the installation process lacks precision.

Solvent based adhesive are also a widely used option for Tucson hardwood flooring. Power adhesives work almost the same way as Water based adhesives, but they have the added advantage of reduced wood-swelling.

A general thumb rule is not to spread more than you can cover in 15- 20 minutes. Many adhesives have a recommended “flash time”- they must be down for a certain amount of time before the wood flooring is installed. Other adhesives are “wet-lay,”

which don’t require any flash time, and you can lay the wood flooring into them immediately.

The concrete slab should be dry, flat and clean for the adhesive to work properly. If the slab isn’t clean, the adhesive will form a bond with the dirt particles instead of the slab.

Hence, if used the right way and according to instructions, adhesives are a better long-term option for hardwood flooring installations.

Glue vs. Adhesive: What should you use for your hardwood installation? was last modified: July 6th, 2015 by Jason Valasek