Bostik, Inc., a manufacturer of adhesives and sealants, recently introduced Climb,™ a one-component, easy gunning, non-sag adhesive specifically formulated for hardwood flooring, planks and blocks on interior, above-grade walls and installation of stair tread caps.
“Climb™ has a superior green grab (grab strength while wet) making it ideal for any vertical application in addition to tread caps and risers. Finally, there is a product that makes it easy to utilize the beauty of hardwood for accent walls or remodeling staircases without the difficulty, risk, or aesthetic issues typical of common fasteners or glue,” says Eric Kurtz, LEED® Green Associate, Bostik’s Market Manager – Hardwood, Resilient & Surface Preparation Systems.
While Climb™ cures quickly to form a tenacious bond to wood, it is designed not to bond with most finishes on pre-finished hardwood, tread caps or risers making it easy to remove from the finish even after cure. Additionally, Climb™ remains tough yet flexible for extreme durability for the life of the installation. It helps reduce stair squeaking and minimizes the sound of footsteps on stairs as well. Climb™ has 0% solvents, low VOC, and low odor, and may contribute toward LEED® points.
Applications can include solid or engineered hardwood or bamboo installed on plywood, OSB, or existing wood floor treads and risers, or drywall (gypsum panels), brick, cinderblock, or concrete for interior walls.
Climb™ offers superior elasticity allowing the adhesive to move with the wood as it expands and contracts with changes in humidity and temperature over the life of the wood plank or stair tread.