Adhesives, sealants and tape are primarily used for sealing, bonding, mounting and attaching applications. Adhesives such as epoxies are a combination of resin and hardener which need to be mixed prior to application. Epoxies produce high strength bonding and are extremely resistant to abrasion. Cyanoacrylates are structural adhesives that have low viscosity and set quickly – better known by the brand name Super Glue.
Pressure sensitive adhesives are more suitable for non-structural and non-industrial applications. This is due to them not requiring any heat for joining, as they bond to substrates when light pressure is applied. Putties, silicone sealants and pipe thread sealants provide a barrier against air, moisture and gas. Sealants are often used in plumbing, bathrooms and kitchens as they offer durability and flexibility.