Gaskets are used in so many industries, and in so many ways, that the term “gasket” is usually not descriptive enough for person to know what you’re talking about. Rubber gaskets are not only one of the most popular types of gaskets, but they’re also one of the most varied types of gaskets. In fact, if you tried to name all of the uses for rubber gaskets, you’d be talking long after even the most enthused listener left the room. So, in order to develop at least a cursory knowledge of rubber gaskets, let’s explore 3 of the most common types.
1. Chloroprene Gasket
Chloroprene is more commonly known by its brand name, Neoprene, and it is the first synthetic rubber. It’s extremely versatile and can be used in harsh environments because it has a strong resistance to oil and other petroleum solvents. Neoprene is also popular for its durability against aging, sunlight, and other weather conditions.
2. Silicone Gasket
Silicone is considered a high performance rubber, and it is often used in products that are exposed to extremely high or low temperatures. Silicone’s flexibility at temperatures as low at -75 degrees Fahrenheit is unmatched by any other type of rubber, so it’s a common material used in gaskets at research facilities in the Arctic.
3. EPDM Gasket
EPDM (Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer) rubber is one of the most popular and versatile rubbers available today. It’s extremely resistant to sunlight and extreme heat, and it fights aging very well. It also helps to stabilize color even through harsh weather conditions, so it’s a popular choice for outdoor equipment.
While there are countless types of rubber gaskets used today, these three are among the most common. But like every manufacturer knows, even the most common types of gaskets aren’t right for each project. At Automatic Gasket Corporation, we specialize in custom gasket work that produces gaskets with the precise size and functional capability that you need. No matter what kind of gasket you’re looking for, we can help. Contact us today!