Fournier Rubber supplies many different types of sheet rubber with a wide variation of thickness, hardness, and temperature range to meet any application you may need. Our sheet rubber can be sold in bulk by the roll, or to be cut to specific size by length and width, or to be Die-Cut into customized gaskets.
The durometers and thicknesses listed below will be only what we stock but other sizes can be special ordered through Fournier Rubber. Call and speak with a Customer Service Representative to find out pricing for your specific application.
In general, most types of rubber can be ordered in the ranges below:
Thickness range – 1/64″, 1/32″, 1/16″, 3/32″, 1/8″, 3/16″, 1/4″, 3/8″, 1/2″, 3/4″, 1″, 2″
Durometers range – 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90
Sheet rubber refers to sheets made from rubber. It is available in many elastomers, such as EPDM, neoprene, nitrile, and silicone rubber, to suit different application requirements. For example, natural gum rubber sheets are used for sealing applications, while silicone rubber sheets are used for extreme temperature applications. These materials are generally sold in rolls, which can be cut to standard or custom lengths depending on the needs of the customer.
Sheet rubber can be made from a wide range of rubber materials, which can be classified into four broad categories:
- Recycled rubber comes from recycled rubber products recombined with an adhesive.
- Reclaimed rubber is also made from recycled rubber products but undergoes vulcanization to return to sheet form.
- Synthetic rubber encompasses a variety of rubber materials, all of which are derived from a combination of butadiene and styrene.
- Natural rubber is produced from materials extracted from Hevea Brasilinesis trees.
These groups can be further broken down into specific materials, such as EPDM, neoprene, nitrile, and silicone, produced by combining various compounds that change the qualities exhibited.
Since each material offers unique properties that make it suitable for different situations, it is important to consider how the finished component should perform before deciding on which type of sheet rubber to use for the intended application.
Once the base material is selected, manufacturers can proceed to the sheet manufacturing stage. The two primary methods for creating sheet rubber are molding and extrusion. Molding relies on a premade mold to shape the rubber material into the desired form. It is a cost-effective solution for producing custom and/or complex components.
Extrusion involves forcing the raw material through a die to produce longer pieces. It is a cost-effective solution for producing components in longer lengths.
Neoprene rubber is a synthetic rubber made by polymerizing chloroprene. It is characterized by its chemical and thermal stability. The forms available include solid sheet, open-cell, and closed-cell, all of which offer nearly identical chemical qualities but suitability for different use cases.
The applications for sheet rubber are virtually limitless. The material is widely used throughout the industrial, commercial, and residential sectors for the manufacture of a variety of parts and products.
Some of the industries that regularly utilize sheet rubber for their components include automotive, chemical, consumer appliances, defense, laboratory research, medical, pharmaceutical, and more.
Fournier Rubber & Supply Company supplies a broad selection of sheet rubber with various durometers, thicknesses, and operating temperature ranges. They are available as bulk rolls, sheets with custom-cut lengths and widths, or custom die-cut gaskets. We offer both solid and sponge rubber materials, including:
- Butyl rubber
- EPDM rubber
- Neoprene rubber
- Viton® rubber
- Nitrile rubber
- Natural gum rubber
- SPR rubber
- Cork rubber
- Hypalon® rubber
- PORON® urethane foam