What is an adhesive’s shelf life?

Published: 24 August 2021
Updated: 10 May 2023

The shelf-life of an adhesive is the length of time from the date of manufacture for which it remains fit for use and will still behave according to the technical data sheet. It is the time it can be stored without any changes to its properties.

If an adhesive is used after its stated shelf-life, it may lose its effectiveness.

The shelf-life will generally be on a product label in the form of an expiry date (when the shelf-life runs out), or date of manufacture (where the shelf-life is needed to calculate the expiry date).

How to ensure the stated shelf-life

Adhesives must be stored under specific conditions to ensure there are no changes to its properties.

Apollo Roofing’s products should be stored unopened in a dry condition at a temperature of 5-25°C to ensure the stated shelf-life. The adhesive will have a limited life once the container is opened. Refer to the technical data sheet for specific product information.

Importance of stock-rotation

You should ensure your adhesives are stored to adhere to a ‘first in, first out’ (FIFO) stock rotation. This will ensure you are always using the product with the shortest remaining shelf life first and will reduce the risk of waste or using products that have will not perform as expected.

If you have any specific questions about your adhesives, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Our infographic below summarises the key points:

Shelf Life Infograhic

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