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The best construction adhesives for heavy duty projects

Ever wanted to know how to properly apply construction adhesives? Here, we’ll cover the basics from application tips to real examples of how to use a construction adhesive like a pro.

Construction adhesives 101

Of all the adhesives, a construction adhesive is the strongest. It’s meant for construction projects and remodelling, jobs that require it to have a variety of elements from being quick drying, water or solvent based, non-shrinking, paintable, and flexible to being able to adhere to a variety of common building materials.

Which projects require the use of a construction adhesive?

Unlike some around-the-house projects, using a construction adhesive requires knowing the specifics of the project and materials you’ll be working with. For instance, if you decide you want to redo your bathroom, you might opt for the LePage PL 200, the best construction adhesive for adding new drywall to expand the size of your space. However, if you decided to add a tub into this renovation, you’ll need a product with different properties, like No More Nails Tub Surround to effectively glue it into place.

Fortunately, LePage has taken all these things into consideration and offers a line of construction adhesives that offer both a multi-tasking approach as well as more specific glues made for:

  • Granite and marble
  • Subfloors and decks
  • Landscape blocking
  • Mirror construction
  • Foamboard

How can I purchase and store construction glue?

Construction adhesives are generally applied either in the form of a bead by way of a caulking gun or as a full coverage glue.

If you’re using a caulking gun, your project is likely for tub surrounds, attaching drywall to studs, or anything that requires a more precise beading method. It is also the most economical way to use a construction glue!

Full coverage construction adhesives are most often used where a completely solid surface is required, such as with most flooring applications. For this method, you will likely purchase it in a bucket format and will require a trowel for application. The trowel method works best as it allows for even coverage, faster drying times, and less shrinking.


Glue has been used throughout history. And what was once reserved for the aristocratic members of society is now used by all of us.

How do I choose the best construction adhesive for each job?

If you’ve narrowed down your project to a specific room, then you can start to gather your glues from there. For instance, if you’re deciding to tackle the kitchen, you’ll want to start with LePlage PL Premium Construction Adhesive. This product is best for applying to subflooring, giving you twice the coverage while being perfect for handling the wear and tear of heavy traffic spaces. Then work your way up from there using options that are low-odour and waterproof, like the LePage PL 620 Granite & Marble Construction Adhesive for a beautiful, clean look for your countertops and sink areas.

Looking to do some landscaping or outdoor projects? No problem! For all-weather performance properties, especially cold weather-durable options, you can finish building that new deck even into the fall season. For bonding strong, rustic materials together like stone, wood, and metal, opt for LePage PL 600 Landscape Block Adhesive. The best part about these glues? They have the flexibility to withstand different rates of expansion, a perfect choice if you’ll be gluing multiple types of materials together in an outdoor capacity.