Plumbing washers are disks made from rubber with a hole in the middle. We use a rubber washer to bear the load of a threaded fastener. Additionally, we can use them as a spacer, spring, wear pad, pre-load indicating device and also as a locking device.

Generally, washers come in a range of materials such as aluminium, brass, copper, neoprene and cork. Plumbing washers at Stephens Gaskets are made from rubber. As a result, you can use them in taps or valves and as a sealant to prevent or close the flow of liquid or gas.

Rubber washers vs rubber gaskets

As a general rule, washers will have an outer diameter around twice their inside diameter. Rubber gaskets are often referred to as washers because they look similar. However, washers and gaskets are made differently and have different applications.

Types of rubber washers

There are several different materials that can be used to create rubber washers. These materials include:

Styrene Butadiene Rubber (SBR)
Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer (EPM, EPDM)
Silicone Rubber (SiR)
Nitrile Rubber (NBR)
Fluoroelastomers (FKM)/Viton

Advantages of Rubber Washers

People often prefer rubber materials for washers due to the material’s superior properties. These include:

Varying thicknesses
Varying hardness
Easily customisable

Rubber Washers and their applications

Rubber washers are a good choice when you need flexibility. Some applications include machines, automotive parts, and household appliances. Neoprene washers are the go-to choice for most industries including construction, automotive, aerospace, electrical, plumbing and many more.

Why Stephens Gaskets?

Stephens Gaskets are industry-leading rubber washer suppliers. Every product we make is to ISO9001 standards. Therefore, all of our materials, including our thick rubber washers, are fully traceable. Additionally, we have a range of rubber washer sizes available. As a leading rubber washer manufacturer, we can create bespoke washers too.

Also, we have a dimension report for every job that we produce in our plant. Additionally, we aim to quote within a matter of hours when receiving your inquiries for rubber washers in the UK. We also offer a fast turnaround and will dispatch your goods on time, to anywhere in the world.

Get in touch today

Plumbing washers have plenty of advantages. So, if you’re looking for quality washers that offer cost-effective solutions, contact us today on 0121 544 5808. Alternatively, head to our website for more information. With a wide range of washers and the option to custom make washers, we can help you with anything you need.

You might also find our blog on the Advantages Of Using Thick Rubber Washers useful.

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