Construction Adhesive – The Ultimate Guide

The Ultimate Guide To Construction Adhesive – With reducing build time and maximising strength as our mission, we have now compiled a guide for the construction industry.

Construction Adhesive – Some quick wins to put into practise today :

  • Don’t use blobs – For virtually every adhesive available using blobs increases curing time. Applying adhesive as strips means curing time is decreased through the adhesive having more surface area.
  • Elasticity is vital – No matter whether it is construction of a commercial complex or a residential home, most projects experience movement of some time. For example, the joining surfaces of a ceiling and wall can experience movement meaning an adhesive which dries brittle and hard will increase the likelihood of cracks. An adhesive with elasticity will allow for movement while reducing the appearance of these visual cracks.
  • Versatility – Use a construction adhesive which works with virtually all materials. As well as saving time from swapping between adhesives you will increase your buying power through using larger quantities of the same product.
  • Consider an instant grab adhesive – As well as saving time and therefore costs, an instant grab adhesive means the the need for visible fixings is reduced. The instant grab feature means that the material is less likely to move during the curing process. A small tip with instant grab adhesives – be careful of the colour; the instant grab aspect means that you won’t find a clear instant grab construction adhesive. Specific elements need to be used to give the adhesive the instant grab feature and those elements have colour. An ideal instant grab adhesive is Ritetack.

Removing adhesives which have already cured on construction projects can be time consuming and a restraint on meeting deadlines. Saying that, here are some tips on removing cured adhesives:

  • Use piano wire – Using a thin wire in behind in a sawing motion can cut through most adhesives. Once the product is released, the dried adhesive can be mechanically removed from both surfaces. This method is an efficient way of removing mirrors which have been glued to a wall.

Application of construction adhesive is another bottle neck in projects. Using the right application tool can be the answer to stress free project completion. Use the wrong tool and you can have mayhem.

  • Choose your caulking gun carefully – Yes, not all are the same. There are even key differences such as the trigger ratio. One option worth looking at is the Ritepro Caulking Gun.

When it comes to adhesives there are a wide variety of terms to describe properties and performance. To make things easier for you we have prepared a Construction Adhesive Glossary:

  • Elasticity / Modulus – Elasticity refers to the property of being able to resume a standard position after being stretched. This test is done on dry adhesive. Adhesive with a high modulus means that the adhesive will dry very stiff and rigid. Low modulus adhesive means that it will dry more flexible. High modulus adhesive will have a high level of resistance to being stretched vs low modulus adhesive which will have low resistance. Stretch is another term which is used when describing modulus. Being able to stretch an adhesive will mean that the adhesive has a low modulus.
  • Hydrophilic – Having a strong affinity and the ability to attract water.
  • Hydrophobic – Having no or a little affinity for water and the ability to repel it.
  • Initial tack – Initial tack is a term relating to the initial strength of adhesive bond. It doesn’t relate to the final strength of adhesive once it has dried. An adhesive with high tack means less fixings are required to hold materials in place while the adhesive cures. This is a very important aspect in terms of saving on labour and fixing costs. An adhesive with probably the best instant grab adhesive is Ritetack – widely used by the signage industry in Australia. This product can be viewed at Ritetack.
  • MS Polymer – It is a type of hybrid adhesive known as silyl-modified polyethers. They are solvent-free and isocyanate free. Mostly they offer good value due to the properties of combining the strength of polyurethane with the weather resistance of silicones.
  • Shore hardness – This property relates indenting the dried adhesive. If it is higher in level of shore hardness it is less susceptible to scratching and denting.
  • Tensile strength – Adhesive tensile strength relates to the adhesive once it is cured. When this adhesive specification is tested, it looks at the vertical force on the adhesive until it breaks apart. A high tensile strength means a strong adhesive.

Construction Adhesive Options


Ritetack Instant Grab Adhesive

The high performance, all in one, multi-purpose construction adhesive.

Power-X Construction Adhesive and Sealant

Power-X Adhesive and Sealant

Power-X is a versatile adhesive and sealant. A performer in industrial adhesives. Works with virtually all materials.

construction adhesives

Rite Secure and Seal Polyurethane Adhesive

A versatile adhesives and sealant. Supplied Australia Wide from Perth to Sydney. It is a one component composition.

Who Sells These Adhesives In Australia

New South Wales

Sign Sheet Distributors


Bi Wize

Western Australia



Adaptable Displays

South Australia



Marsden Bros

construction with Ritetack construction adhesive