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Guide to Hot Melt Flooring Adhesives and Equipment

Hot melt adhesives and equipment used in construction play a vital role in ensuring the durability, integrity, and safety of the structure. From the roof to the flooring, specific applications require the appropriate adhesives and applicators. With flooring specifically, the right products depend on the materials.

Advantages of Hot Melt in Flooring Applications

There are many applications for using hot melt adhesives in flooring. When there isn’t enough space for a nailer, hot melt adhesive is the perfect solution for starter or finish rows. It also offers effortless flow into carpet fibers when seaming. Many available hot melt adhesives are flexible and won’t crack upon cooling. For track strips, nailing can increase your time and energy. As an alternative, hot melt adhesive is a quicker way to bond track strips to a variety of surfaces, including metal and stone. Hot melt adhesive is particularly useful for complicated applications, like seamlessly applying carpet runners to stairs.

What are the best hot melt adhesive and equipment for vinyl flooring?

Some brands of vinyl flooring come in the form of self-adhesive tiles. This means that installation requires that you peel the release liner off and stick them in place. However, other forms of vinyl flooring require hot melt adhesive and equipment. To choose the best of both, you must first consider the substrate. Since vinyl is a synthetic plastic material, hot melt adhesives that work well with plastics are the best. Permanent EVAs work well with all standard hot melt machinery, including extrusion, fiberization, and roll coater systems. Permanent EVAs can also provide excellent adhesion to versatile surfaces.

What are the best hot melt adhesive and equipment for wood flooring applications?

For wood flooring installation, hot melt adhesive provides a quick tack and set time. Industrial hot melt stick glue guns are best for wood flooring. They allow you to use hot melt adhesive sticks, which provide a strong bond and aggressive tack. Industrial glue guns only take a few minutes to warm up. The precise application ensures that there will never be any waste of adhesive.

Hot Melt Solutions for Carpet Installation

There are two distinct approaches to carpet installation. In direct gluing, the carpet is glued directly to the subfloor. In this case, it’s efficient to cover large commercial or residential areas using hot spray guns.

The second method is called double glue down installation. Rather than gluing the carpet directly to the subfloor, a pad is installed first and then the carpet is glued to the pad. Hot melt pressure sensitive adhesive is best for this application because it retains the ability to form a serviceable bond under light pressure at room temperature.

What are the best hot melt adhesive and equipment for laminate flooring?

Whether you’re installing planks or tiles, the adhesive should be applied to the laminate itself rather than the subfloor. Using an industrial hot glue gun allows you to precisely apply the hot melt adhesive between each plank or tile. For laminate, urethane-based adhesive contains less moisture, which is ideal because laminate absorbs moisture.

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