Custom Adhesives Vs Welding – A Case of No Contest?

Written by Bruce Hughes on . Posted in Family

Here’s a question – is it really possible that we will one day enter an era where traditional welding is replaced entirely by custom adhesive products? It certainly sounds far-fetched, but the reality is that we are already taking steps into exactly such a time. It may be quite a while before welding disappears entirely, but there’s really no ignoring the incredible strides being made in the world of custom adhesives.

According to the experts at, much of this comes down to accessibility. Thanks in no small part to the Internet, it has never been easier to place orders for outstanding custom adhesive products for largely any purpose imaginable. Not only this, but associated costs are coming down all the time and product quality is continually increasing. In so many instances where traditional welding was turned to instinctively as the most effective and obvious joining method, custom adhesives are slowly but surely taking over.

But if this is the case, exactly why is it that custom adhesives ore beneficial over and above welding? What is it specifically that adhesives can improve upon from a contemporary business or industry perspective?

1 – Incompatible Metals

Well, first of all there is the way in which the right adhesive has the potential to solve the age-old struggle when it comes to bonding incompatible metals. There are certain metals which for a wide variety of reasons simply cannot be bonded using traditional welding techniques. This usually comes down to the way in which different melting points make it impossible to use standard welding to create this strong physical bond. Mechanical fixings are of course an option, but are entirely unnecessary when the right adhesive can deliver a superior result with ease.

2 – Efficiency

It’s worth noting that on a join by join basis, custom adhesives have the potential to be significantly more cost effective than welding. It’s not as if welding in its own right is a particularly expensive job to carry out, but it is still even cheaper to go with the adhesive option. Not only this, but when you think about the initial setup costs involved with welding, you are inherently looking at a considerable outlay to get things up and running in the first place. When it comes to custom adhesives however, there are absolutely no initial setup or equipment costs to worry about whatsoever – aside from the cost of the actual adhesive itself.

3 – No Additional Finishing

One of the biggest drawbacks when it comes to traditional welding is the way in which it is almost impossible to create flawless or even acceptable results without the need for additional finishing. The simple fact of the matter being that the extremely intensive nature of the welding process can lead to the materials joined being damaged, discoloured or in some way aesthetically altered. Which in turn means that when the welding process is finished, the actual finishing process often only just gets underway. With custom adhesives on the other hand, it’s quite to the contrary. No damage or impact whatsoever on the appearance or quality of the materials being bonded in turn means that no additional finishing of any kind is required.

4 – Stronger Bonds

Another key benefits can be found in the physical strength and reliability of the bond created. In the case of welding, it really isn’t as if the entire surface of both materials being joined are bonded in the process. Instead, they may be welded around the edges, or in another limited/localised manner. When custom adhesives are used, the adhesive can be applied to the entire surface area of the materials to be bonded, meaning that they are summarily bonded across their entire surfaces. This not only creates a bond that is inherently stronger, but also creates an effective seal which can play a role in reducing corrosion and rust.

5 –Fragile Materials

Last but not least, for reasons that are perfectly obvious there will always be certain types of materials that are simply not suitable for welding. Which in turn means that when it comes to combining and joining metals with other materials, the best way of going about the job is with a quality custom adhesive. In any instance where any given material is incompatible, fragile or in any way likely to be harmed during the welding process, it simply makes sense to switch to a custom adhesive which can offer a superior result for a lower price.