Squeeze some construction adhesives onto a surface, and you might also release potentially hazardous chemical substances into the air inside your home.
Like many products around the house, solvent-based adhesives typically contain high levels of volatile organic compounds, or VOCs.
These compounds play a role in the formation of smog and pose a health risk when trapped indoors.
For these reasons, a growing number of states regulate VOC amounts. And people across the nation seek green alternatives to VOC-laden products, including adhesives and sealants.
Environmentally Friendly Adhesives
Fortunately, many manufacturers of construction adhesives have developed products that either contain no VOCs or meet state limits for VOC content.
This makes it easy for you to find the right green adhesive for most of your home repair and remodeling projects.
The products you pick will depend in part on how green you want to go. You might search for a product that contains negligible or no VOCs and is sold in sustainable packaging. Or, you might choose one that is VOC-compliant.
Since solvent is the source of many VOCs, you aren’t likely to find this ingredient in greener adhesives. Many eco-friendlier options are water-, not solvent-based, formulas.
If you are looking for a water-based option, you might want to try Titebond GREENchoice, from Franklin International.
The line includes seven water-based construction adhesives, plus a polyurethane-based adhesive and an advanced polymer formulation that are equally eco-friendly.
They come in earth-friendly cartridges that are applied with a caulk gun or in recyclable gallon buckets.
The ‘PROs’ of Solvent-Based Adhesives
Some DIYers just like the way solvent-based construction adhesives work.
Among other things, they prefer the way these formulations “grab” the material to be bonded. (The pros call this “good green grab.”) It makes it easier and quicker to stick things, like wood flooring, in the right spot.
They use a proprietary solvent formulation that relies less on oil derivatives and easily meets the most stringent state and regional regulations.
After all, everyone shares responsibility for taking care of this shared home: Earth.