As one of the country’s leading manufacturers of shims, washers, and gaskets, here at Stephens Gaskets we are proud to work with a wide range of materials. We understand that each and every application is different from the next. Therefore, we are commit ourselves to manufacturing components that offer the exact properties, you require to meet any specific application. Our washer manufacturing service is no exception to this. So, you’ll be able to choose from many different washer materials – including neoprene washers.
The material Neoprene, is a durable type of rubber that is used for a range of different applications such as:
- Wet suits
- Roofing membranes
Neoprene washers have a set of unique properties that make them suitable for a range of applications and industries. Read on to find out more about what a neoprene washer is, and where you can use them.
What Is Neoprene?
Neoprene was the first synthetic rubber to be created successfully, back in 1930. As natural rubber was high in demand. Therefore, the prices increased, which created a demand for a cheaper alternative. Neoprene is a type of polymer. It starts off as polychloroprene which is made up, mainly of carbon and hydrogen atoms. The chloroprene binds all of the molecules together to create polychloroprene chips. These chips are then melted and combined with foaming agents and carbon pigments before being baked. During the baking process, the mixture expands, and the result is sheets of neoprene.
Why Use Neoprene?
Neoprene is incredibly versatile which is why people use it in many different products. It does not degrade as quickly as natural rubber. Therefore, it is the ideal choice if you are looking for rubber washers or gaskets. Neoprene is flame resistant, waterproof, and flexible.
Using A Neoprene Washer
People commonly use neoprene washers in plumbing applications to create a tight fitting seal. Due to the washers being highly flexible, the bearing surface is able to be compressed to achieve a tight fit. Neoprene is also corrosion resistant, making it very reliable in such applications.
Neoprene washers are also used alongside polycarbonate panels on roofs and in windows, when the panels are acting as a glass replacement. The washer is a highly effective seal between the panels and around any edges and corners. Alongside acting as a seal, the washer also helps to distribute the load of the fasteners that are holding together the panels.
Stephens Gaskets | Neoprene Washer Suppliers
As a neoprene washers manufacturer, we can supply in any shape of form to meet your requirements. Whether you are looking for simple round rubber washers, large neoprene washers, or square designs, we can assist you in creating a bespoke washer that meets all of your requirements.
If you would like to find out more about our neoprene washers or the material itself, then explore our website today. Alternatively, you can call 0121 544 5808 to speak to a member of our helpful and friendly team.
If you have found this blog helpful, then you may wish to read our previous blog: Everything You Need To Know About Large Rubber Washers.