Neoprene vs Urethane

Are you choosing between Neoprene and Urethane? Read about the qualities of both in today's post.

Cost

Urethane material in its solid format has very high abrasion resistance and it will withstand very harsh chemical environments. Therefore, Urethane will have superior performance characteristics to Neoprene in these environments. It will, however, prove to be extremely expensive in comparison to Neoprene.

Applications

Neoprene has suitable qualities and attributes in applications requiring good resistance to Oils, Chemicals, Hydrocarbons and Solvents. 

Urethane in an expanded or foam format is generally processed as Polyurethane - this quality of material is extensively utilised in the Furniture and Automotive markets for use in seating and cushioning applications. 

Properties

Polyurethane materials have good resistance to temperature in hot or cold extremes. Polyurethane foams are normally open cell materials to provide softness, comfort and fast recovery after compression. Neoprene foams are only manufactured in closed cell format to provide sealing properties in application which Polyurethane foams cannot offer.

So, now you know the differences between the two! Should you require any more information about our Neoprene and Polyurethane products do not hesitate to contact us (tell us about your Polyurethane open cell foam requirements and your Neoprene closed cell sponge requirements!).