Choosing the Best Rubber Gasket Materials for Your Needs

When it comes to rubber gaskets, the right materials can certainly go a long way. This is because if your gaskets are going to be exposed to the elements or installed in applications where they’ll receive high-stress, they need to be up to the job. That’s why the team from Expert Gasket has collected some important facts for you here. As one of Ohio’s leading custom rubber gasket manufacturers, we wanted to share some of our years of insight with you.

Here are some things to consider that will help you choose the very best rubber gasket materials.

4 Materials that Stand Up to the Elements

  • Silicone: As one of the most versatile materials, Silicone boasts properties that are highly elastomeric, meaning they function well in both high and low temperatures. Additionally, it’s oxygen-resistant, as well as resistant to other things that can cause damage such as ozone, UV rays, inclement weather conditions, and more extreme temperatures.
  • Polyurethane:  While polyurethane is a plastic, it’s physical characteristics mimics rubber. When compared to many rubber materials, polyurethane outperforms in conditions requiring excellent abrasion resistance. It can also operate in temperatures as low as -22°F and as high as 230°F and offers great ozone resistance.
  • Viton®: This synthetic rubber, a fluorocarbon (FKM)  is most well-known for its chemical and high temperature resistance.  It is also designed to perform well in extreme chemical applications, as well as with synthetic oil, fuels, and aromatic hydrocarbons.
  • Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer (EPDM) Rubber: EPDM rubber is used mostly in hot water and steam applications.  It also is chosen for applications with glycol based brake fluids and some organic acids and alkalis.  EPDM has excellent ozone, aging and weather resistance.

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Want to make certain that your seals and gaskets never fail? Contact the team from Expert Gasket today online or call (330) 468-0066 or 1 (800) 956-8766. In addition to our custom gaskets, we also carry a wide range of mechanical seals, hydraulic seals, and more.