It can be difficult to ask people about your questions on gaskets since it can be a bit technical especially when you start discussing about the different types of gasket material available in the market. The best way to know about which gasket type you need is to simply go to a reliable manufacturer or supplier and get a one-on-one about the gasket materials or gasket types they have for sale.
In order to help you have an overview about gaskets, we have compiled the different types that are most common and hope that it can serve as a quick guide for the next time you might have some questions about this subject.
What’s a Gasket?
Gaskets are also known as “joints” or “seals”. They can be grouped in a lot of different ways. For example, you can have gaskets based on the type of material, the application, and the function of the particular piece. A gasket is basically a small part that is cut from a usually flexible material, which sits in between two other surfaces. When you buy gaskets, you will observe that they are made from typically soft materials such as rubber. If you look at your plumbing systems, you will see that a gasket is that small ring or sealer that is used to seal pipes to prevent them from leaking. Gaskets also have other common applications in construction and industries such as mounting and anti vibration.
Common Types of Gaskets:
Gaskets will basically have the same properties as the materials they were made from and are usually made to resist chemicals such as acids and they are also able to withstand temperatures and pressures. This qualities make them really ideal for construction uses and home repair/maintenance.
- Rubber Gaskets – Rubber gasket is a soft material that is usually used for piping, sealing doors, cabinets and other small gaps. When making rubber gaskets, there can be a wide range of materials that can be used like nitrile, EPDM, neoprene, and natural rubber and a bunch of other types of elastomers. This type of gasket is really one of the most popular or common one and most construction supply shops or home DIY stores will have a good supply of this type of gasket.
- Non-asbestos Gaskets – Non-asbestos gaskets are made from a compressed fibre with an elastomer binding. They are important for applications involving a lot of moisture and grease and other chemicals. For example, most construction and home/property remodeling companies use non-asbestos gaskets for areas where there’s acid, steam, water, and oil.
- Cork Gaskets – Cork gaskets are made from natural cork combined with elastomer bindings. This type of material is able to give a very high flexibility and compression for cork gaskets. Because of their inherent quality to be very flexible, a cork gasket are highly used in applications where oil, gas, or solvents need to be sealed or controlled or contained.
These are some of the most common types of gaskets so that you can have an idea of the type you need for your specific application.