What rubber do I choose for my gasket?
Not all rubber is equal, especially when we consider the environment you are placing your gasket.
Here is a super quick overview of which polymer is for which situation – it’s fairly generalised and each rubber type has different grades. There are always many questions and giving us a call with your gasket environment will also get you to your answer quickly!
Nitrile – the most commonly used polymer for gaskets – has good temperature resistance and is very resistant to oil and fuel.
EPDM – potable water? EPDM is a great drinking water option with low taste and taint, it doesn’t leach into drinkable water sources.
Silicone – High temperatures, food grade? Silicone is probably what you need.
Non-Asbestos Fibre – High temperatures, fuel, and oil, steam – this is the modern version of using asbestos.
Viton – Trying to seal strong chemicals with a rubber seal? Viton might just do it.
Neoprene – a good value all-round rubber, with average temperatures, not requiring food grade or potable water, neoprene is used as a good all-rounder for less tricky environments.
Rubberised Cork – all the epic capabilities of cork (expansion, longevity) mixed with either neoprene or nitrile depending on how oily your environment is. Lots of grades of this material, are excellent for long-lasting industrial gaskets.
Looking to be more specific than this list? – Take an in-depth look at our gasket materials here
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