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Specialist manufacturer and distributor of roofing and waterproofing components, InStar, is celebrating 10 years in the industry this year – and a long, successful history selling core adhesive product INSTA-STIKTM.

INSTA-STIK roofing adhesive - used to attach insulation boards and waterproofing membranes to a variety of substrates on flat roofs - benefits from a unique delivery system allowing precisely controlled doses, so less product and time is wasted.

“I’ve seen customers come and go over the years, but what’s really interesting is how many come back time and time again to using INSTA-STIK, especially once they’ve tried alternatives which don’t give them the same application control and speed,” said InStar MD Nick Mills, which distributes INSTA-STIK in the UK for manufacturer Dow Building Solutions.

“Over the last decade INSTA-STIK has proved to be one of my most popular products because it’s a portable, quick, clean and easy to use system,” he continued. “Roofers tell me they like being able to apply the product with the specially designed application wand rather than simply pouring it from a can - they don’t have to rely on guess work which can result in not enough adhesive being applied which can jeopardize performance or too much which will lead to waste.”

INSTA-STIK comes in a portable, pressurized container which needs no external power source, making it easy to use on a high construction site. Unlike liquid polyurethane adhesives, the product is already expanded when dispensed and “cures” within 30 to 45 minutes, resulting in faster installation times.

Other benefits include:
• No primer needed;
• No fumes during application;
• No noise, dust or vibration resulting from use;
• Consistent application thanks to the unique wand applicator, supporting accurate placement of INSTA-STIK beads and visual quality control during and after application.

“Whilst the product might not be the cheapest on the market it’s very effective and just one canister can be used to adhere up to 100m2 of insulation board,” said Nick Mills. “It seems that customers who have been tempted by cheaper alternatives quickly come back to INSTA-STIK because it offers technical advantages and fast application that some other products just can’t match, outweighing the small savings they might have been able to make.”

INSTA-STIK is compatible with a range of insulation boards including extruded and expanded polystyrene, glass fibre tissue faced polyurethane and polyisocyanuarate, mineral and glass fibre, cellular glass, cork, wood fiber and foamed silica. It works with substrates including oriented strand boards, bituminous vapour control layers and existing bituminous built-up roofing, mastic asphalt, concrete decks, galvanized metal decks and plywood.

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