by Sonny Hager
What commercial building product has a positive impact on any unwanted sound, air, light, smoke, and improves energy efficiency? Adding gasketing to your next project can provide these benefits. But how do you know which gasketing product is the best for you?
Hager Companies offers a complete line of gasketing products for nearly any type of door application, but not all products are created equal. We’re breaking down the good, better, and best options for gasketing products.
First up, is Vinyl (Polyvinyl Chloride) or PVC for a “good” option. Vinyl is a good material for gasketing because it is made of a synthetic polymer that can withstand various environments. Vinyl is flame and moisture resistant, as well as working well in many temperature ranges. However, product performance can be reduced when subjected to extremely high temperatures and extended sunlight exposure. Vinyl is an excellent choice if you are looking for an economical solution. However, if your door opening needs additional gasketing qualities, keep reading for a “better” choice.
Next, Neoprene (Polychloroprene) is a “better” option. Made from synthetic rubber polymer, Neoprene is flame resistant and works well in more temperature ranges than vinyl. Neoprene is an excellent choice as a door bottom seal due to its resilience to abuse and abrasion. However, product performance can be reduced when subjected to extremely low temperatures and extended sunlight exposure. If you’re looking for an option that has it all, keep reading for the “best” choice.
Finally, Silicone (Polychloroprene) is considered the “best” option. Made from synthetic rubber polymer, Silicone is flame resistant and works well in all temperature ranges. Silicone has excellent flexibility when subjected to extreme temperatures. It is not affected by sunlight exposure or cleaning chemicals resulting in little to no performance loss over time. Silicone has excellent flexibility and memory providing the best air infiltration resistance. Lastly, silicone can be infused with anti-microbial properties.
What do you think is the best gasketing option, Vinyl, Neoprene, or Silicone? Let us know in the comments below.
Sonny Hager is the Product Manager for Thresholds and Weatherstripping. He has been with Hager Companies for 2 years. When he’s not working, he enjoys oil painting, playing guitar, and walking his sheepdog Moses.