When searching for the most appropriate rubber sheets for various commercial and industrial purposes, two words are likely to resurface again and again — neoprene and EPDM. While these two elastomers can be used interchangeably for many commercial and industrial applications, they both are generally more favorable for certain purposes.

Chemical Properties & Common Applications

Either EPDM or neoprene rubber sheets are excellent choices for general, all-purpose applications when certain chemical and environmental factors aren't in play. EPDM has a higher resistance to both low and high temperatures, UV light and ozone exposure. EPDM also fares extremely well when exposed to oxygenate compounds, mainly alcohols and ethers. Common uses of EPDM are:

Sharing similar properties, neoprene is another prime choice of non-selective purposes. Neoprene should be greatly considered if you require a higher degree of resistance to gasoline, kerosene or other similar oils, and is markedly more flame resistant than EPDM. Applications in which you'll want to choose neoprene are:

  • Chemical resistance to oils and fuels
  • Roofing applications
  • Flame resistance

Choosing a Reputable Manufacturer

It is imperative that not only do you recognize which elastomer is a more appropriate fit for your needs, but that you also choose a reliable and transparent manufacturer, as well. Central Plastic & Rubber Co, Inc, located in Phoenix, Arizona, has focused on quality and superior service for well over 50 years. For honest, accurate and economical advice on selecting many kinds of rubber and plastic products, contact us today!