When you attach the beams to mounting blocks, we often recommend using traditional wood screws; and our beams are perfect for that. The dense polyurethane foam is easy to drill into, and secures screws tightly; ensuring a snug, permanent bond.
However, there are reasons why this isn't great for attaching one beam to another - especially because foam can crumble and once a screw has been disturbed or dislodged, it often ruins the screw-hole (and leaves a hole in the beam.)
That's why I'd recommend using screws only for final attachment, and then only into a solid material underneath like a wooden mounting block. If you're going to want to remove the beams at any point, try a more resilient option like using magnets.
- Wood glue
What you know of as Wood Glue or Elmer's Glue is the delicious white stuff we used to eat at pre-school (wait, what do you mean that was just me?) It's actually called Polymer glue, and is a versatile type of adhesive that is especially good for gluing (you guessed it) wood. That's because it actually seeps into the porous surface of wood to really create a secure bond.
That being said, wood glue is not the perfect choice for gluing our beams. It has its uses, sure, but the way it dries - into a clear, white and shiny bond - isn't always the best-looking or most versatile finish.
- Construction adhesive
There are a variety of different products sold as 'construction adhesive' but all are generally a good match for using with our beams. Some are polyurethane-based themselves, while others are made from similar materials.
Depending on the type of adhesive you buy, it can work especially well with our faux products. Check the spec sheet to see if the glue is 'foaming' or 'non-foaming'. Foaming means it expands after application; which can be great when you're touching up spots like old drill holes - but not so great when you're trying to seamlessly join two beams.Our beams help keep your options open, and that gives you a world of possibilities to explore. Whether you're building a truss, attaching corbels, or applying beam straps, you have a good range of materials to help you achieve your goals; and our beams are durable enough to support all of them. If you have any tips or hints you've discovered during your faux wood projects, don't be shy - let us know about them in the comments section below. Even after all these years, we're still learning new ways in which people are using our products; and we're always eager to share what we learn here. Because real corbels are poking through the surface of the wall, our faux corbels have to not show any obvious attachment points. That's why attaching them with construction adhesive is a good option.