Can You Turn Drywall Into An Air Barrier?

Bill and Clay test the Spray Pods Gun and try to find out

Welcome a brand new Spray Sealant Blog post and today we are excited to show you our new video format where we are attempting to give our viewers a more complete picture of how our ground breaking spray technology works. It’s one thing to talk the features and benefits of how something works. It’s an entirely different challenge to actually go out into the real world and make it happen. It was once said that everyone who has ever taken a shower in the morning comes up with a great idea. The question is whether you can towel yourself off, put your clothes on and then go out and actually execute that idea to see if it works in the marketplace.

On this post you will watch Bill and Clay and they take the Spray Pods Gun out to a job site to see if they can use a 24oz can of Drywall Spray Adhesive to create an air barrier using common, every day dry wall or sheet rock. Since dry wall is one of the last building materials that is installed in a new residential house that is in the conditioned space, the opportunity to air seal the entire wall means that areas that may leak air that were not addressed during the assembly of the wall could in fact be sealed when the dry wall is installed. This possibly opens up a new opportunity for dry wall companies that want to add air sealing to their business revenue. For additional information regarding the Spray Pods Gun or the Drywall Spray Adhesive, please visit the Spray Sealant Store website.

How Strong Is Your Sealant?

Adhesive Testing Can Give You That Answer

Adhesion is the bond strength measurement of a coating to a substrate. When an adhesive is bonded to an item or surface, numerous physical, mechanical and chemical forces come into play, which may have an effect on each other. These need to be tested before a product can be used. One of the primary features of closed cell polyurethane chemistry is the adhesion strength on almost any substrate.

Determination of the failure point can be critical for the final use of the material and the adhesive. There are a large number of different adhesive products, which require different testing methods to characterise the properties of the material. Some examples include substrates, glue, creams, gels, paints and varnishes and bonding of different materials together in layers, which all require a different adhesive test, some times called pull testing. We decided to test the Dry Wall Adhesive and the Black Can Foam to show you how strong these polyurethane foam sealants are.

Determination of the failure point can be critical for the final use of the materials, depending on the final product they have been designed for. Tests can also be done at different temperatures to simulate real world use for the materials. Material characteristics can change at high or low temperatures due to expansion and contraction. Hopefully this Spray Sealants Blog post can help you to determine which sealants you should choose when considering your next air sealing project.

TYTAN PRO Drywall Spray Adhesive

Drywall Nail Pops No Longer A Problem

We are pleased to announce our new partnership with Selena USA, maker of TYTAN brand foam’s, adhesives and sealants. They have some very exciting new chemistry which we will integrate into many of our spray platforms and we see a tremendous opportunity to bring a new way of air sealing to drywall installation.

Rudy Ruiz, owner of RR “Drywall and Painting” in Yorkville, Illinois, regarding his experience with TYTAN’s Drywall Spray Adhesive, and he says it has performed better than he could imagine. He’s been in the drywall and painting business for 40 years and has seen it all with drywall installation, taping and painting issues. He does a lot of drywall installation and painting work for D.R. Horton, one of the biggest residential builders in the country.”

There are two problems he’s had to deal with that are the most important quality issues on any drywall job: screw pops and visible seams. As he said “they can make or break a drywall company like mine.”

In the past, he was using a solvent-based adhesive that worked pretty well, and kept the screw pops and seams to a minimum. But when the VOC regulations changed, it forced drywall contractors to use latex-based drywall adhesives.

Moisture immediately became a problem and it meant screw pops and seams were a big problem as the latex-based glue just didn’t perform anywhere close to the solvent-based adhesive. He said “we were seeing up to 200 screw pops per house and visible seams everywhere. And this was happening after only a couple of weeks. It used to be six months, after the house had settled, before you would get the screw pops, but with the latex adhesive, we were seeing them before we had even finished painting. It was really affecting the bottom line.”

But the good news is once he started using TYTAN Drywall High Yield Adhesive, he found that it has eliminated his screw pop and seams problem. He says “I’m not easily impressed with the performance of any product I have to use, but I am very impressed with this TYTAN drywall adhesive.”

By using TYTAN Drywall High Yield Adhesive he has seen a reduction of screw pops from 200 per house to just 10! And he doesn’t blame the adhesive for those. And No Seams! He says this adhesive has eliminated the seams he used to see all the time.

He also says “we’ve done enough drywall installation now with TYTAN that it works very well, truly much better than any other adhesive I’ve tried since the EPA regulations came down.”

And, yes, it saves him money. It is less expensive than the solvent glue, and he doesn’t need to use nearly as many screws so he’s saving there as well. And, of course the call backs are way down. For this drywall contractor TYTAN Drywall High Yield Adhesive has been a game changer, and he’s even recommending it to others in the industry.