There are so many different types of washers now available these days. Therefore, it makes sense to enlist the help of experts when it comes to your next project. Because, it is important to ensure that you are buying the best shim washer for the job to maintain high levels of efficiency. 

Stephens Gaskets has over fifty years of experience in this specialised field. Thus, we can offer invaluable insight into the different types of washers and their applications. In fact, we offer a wide selection varying in size, thickness and material. As a result, we can work with as many industries as possible. 


Why do you need a shim washer?

Used as a space filler between parts in a mechanical device a shim washer plays a very important role in the efficient running of your equipment and its lifespan. If an unwanted gap occurs, it can damage the machinery through unwanted moving parts and cause unnecessary wear and tear. Washers are used to fill these excess gaps, preventing unwanted movement, creating a tighter fitting of the parts and enhancing the performance and lifespan of the machine.


Choosing the right shim washer

The type of shim washer you require will depend on the intended environment. The intended use will determine which properties are most important in your washer such as corrosion resistance or fire retardancy. Our longstanding exposure to the industry means we have built long-lasting relationships with suppliers all over the world to ensure that we have access to the best resources to work with and all different types of washers for every application. 

Some of our most popular shim washer materials include:

Stainless steel washers – Stainless steel is popular due to its sheer strength and durability. Additionally, its rust and corrosion resistance make it especially suitable for heavy-duty environments. 

Rubber washers–  Rubber washers are used to distribute the load or to act as a spacer, wear pad or to reduce vibration. Due to its flexibility it’s also ideal for preventing the entry of water and conforming to irregular shapes, more readily than washers made from other materials. We have different types of rubber washers so get in touch if you’re unsure which one you need. 

Brass washers – With non-sparking properties, brass is great for chemical and/or explosive gases applications. It’s also suitable for electrical appliance manufacturing too due to its acoustic properties. 

Of course, there are so many options with our list of washer materials including; aluminium, copper, brass, cork, neoprene, PTFE, rubber, stainless steel, metal washers and more. 

If you’re not sure what type of washer material you require then our team of experts will happily help you out. 


Contact Stephens Gaskets today

If you are looking to buy quality washers or would like some more information about our services, head to our website today. We have years of experience and as leading washer manufacturers we can give you everything you need to know, we can even tell you how washers are made if you want

Call us today on 0121 544 5808 to speak to a member of our team or email

If you have found this blog helpful, you may wish to read our previous blog on Neoprene Gasket Suppliers.

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