How plumbers and heating engineers can save money with sealants and adhesives


Scarlet McAleese-Banks, Co-Managing Director of HB42, looks at how sealants and adhesives can save time and money for heating and plumbing installers.

From waterproofing a wet room to sealing kitchens and bathrooms – sealants and adhesives can be your best friends out on site. With the multitude of formulas available, you can tackle most jobs quickly and with the confidence that by choosing the right product, you can save time and money.

Bathrooms and kitchens are perhaps the most in need of high-quality sealant and adhesives due to heavy use and the presence of water. Professional grade silicones with a high gloss finish are ideal for bathrooms and wet rooms. The silicones must be made so they are easy to apply and create a long-lasting seal that is waterproof, weatherproof and, importantly, mould resistant. Ultimate Silicone, for instance, is Acetoxy free and produces a neutral cure that is non-staining on stone, granite, marble and non-corrosive on metals.

HB42 Ultimate Sealant & Adhesive will stick and seal your shower tray extremely well and for that high-gloss finish, overcoat with the Ultimate Silicone.

Tip 1: Tanking and bonding

Tanking can help to stop damp and water ingress, especially if you are converting it into an area which will be lived in – for instance a bathroom or wetroom. Traditionally, a tanking slurry is used in cellars and basements, but it may need more than one coat and it can take time to go off.

The HB42 Ultimate Waterproofer, however, can be applied evenly and only needs just one coat at 2mm thick to waterproof an area, straight from the tub, saving time, money and hassle. You can also use the Ultimate Waterproofer in place of backer board in bathrooms and you can also tile directly onto it, while it is wet.

HB42 Ultimate Liquid-Grab uses the latest MS Hybrid Polymer technology, which is ideal for all full surface vertical bonding applications. The polymer technology makes it perfect for bonding wet-rooms and shower panels, splash backs, cladding and tiles.  You can use it in damp and humid conditions too.

Tip 2: Making good

Repairing wooden doors and sills can be time consuming, so choose an ultra-smooth Wood Filler that sets hard to a strong finish in 30 minutes and then sand, drill, carve or plane it. Look out for fillers that can be painted and stained too.

The best wood fillers can cope with wet rot on furniture, window sills, frames, doors and banisters, grain filling and repairs to shakes, cracks, splits and knot holes. You can fill other materials such as Metal, Plaster, GRP and concrete with a rapid hardening polyester filling paste, such as Le Filla.

This is weatherproof and sets in just 20 to 30 minutes, so its suitable for interior and exterior use, such as windows, doors, skirting and holes in plaster and masonry.

Tip 3: Quick fixes

Sealants and adhesives can provide really quick, cost effective preventative fixes to what could become big problems further down the line. For instance, guttering can be repaired with sealants which are water resistant and create a flexible hold to almost any substrate, giving it the strength to withstand building movement in adverse weather.

Over the last few years, the chemical technology in sealants and adhesives has changed to make them stronger and safer to use. Advanced hybrid polymer technology, for instance, gives outstanding trade strength and adhesion that lasts.

Products using this technology, such as Ultimate All-in-One, seals, sticks and fills and it is flexible up to 230%.  As in this case, once you have made guttering repairs with the All-in-One you can then back this repair up with the Ultimate Waterproofer.

Tip 4: Ditch single use plastics where you can

It is estimated that over 2 million single use plastic cartridges are put into landfill every week in the UK.  That is why we launched our bestselling HB42 All-in-One Sealant and Adhesive in 400ml Eco-Foils. For every 20 skips of plastic cartridges, only one skip of used Eco Foils will go to landfill, saving more money and space in your skips. Plus, HB42 stockists offer a free foil gun with a box purchase of foils!

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