Neoprene vs Polyethylene
Neoprene is a type of plastic that is a type of synthetic rubber. It is used for a variety of purposes, including the production of wetsuits and other water-repelling products. The water-repelling properties of the material make it ideal for use as a gasket sealer. Neoprene gaskets have many benefits, but may cost more than other gasket types. Some people may wonder what the differences are between neoprene and polyethylene gaskets.
Both neoprene and polyethylene can withstand high heats. This makes them ideal for use in fittings that get hot, like gas pipes or hot water pipes. However, neoprene is slightly better at resisting higher temperatures. On the other hand, polyethylene gaskets are ideal for colder temperatures, as they stay flexible in cold temperatures longer.
Neoprene gaskets are ideal in use in larger applications, such as in engines, cars, boats, and airplanes. Neoprene is ideal for withstanding high heat and high pressures, which all of these applications have. Polyethylene, on the other hand, is better as a sealer for colder applications, like sealing around doors, windows, gaskets in refrigerators and freezers, and for sealing jars or lids.
Another main difference between the two gaskets is that a seal from a neoprene gasket maintains a permanent seal. A polyethylene gasket is designed to produce a seal that can be broken and sealed multiple times.
As you can see, while the two products are similar, there is not one material that is better than the other. Both have their places and uses in which the properties of each unique product can shine.