Caulks and adhesives are applied wet, and then dry or cure in place. During that process a carrier evaporates, leaving the active agents in place. For most products this carrier was traditionally a volatile organic solvent that turned into an airborne volatile organic compound (VOC) as it evaporated. Air quality regulations and health concerns have driven a shift toward waterborne products. Evaporating water isn’t a health concern, though other components of the coating or adhesive still generally release some VOCs.
Caulks and adhesives have their greatest effect on indoor air quality during and immediately after installation. The health hazard is particularly acute for installers.
Caulks & Adhesives Subcategories
Products in Caulks & Adhesives
3M Industrial Adhesives and Tapes Division
Fasten Seal Products, LLC
Berry Plastics Corporation