Neoprene vs Urethane

How much do Neoprene and Urethane cost?


Urethane material in its solid format has very high abrasion resistance and 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 of Neoprene and Urethane


Neoprene has suitable qualities and attributes in applications requiring good resistance to:

  • Oils
  • Chemicals
  • Hydrocarbons
  • Solvents

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

Neoprene properties and uses

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 applications which Polyurethane foams cannot offer.

Neoprene manufacturers

So, now you know the differences between the two! Should you require any more information about our Neoprene and Polyurethane products, do not hesitate in contacting us on +44 (0)1922 723740 to tell us about your Polyurethane open cell foam requirements and your Neoprene closed cell sponge needs.

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In addition, Neoprene can be blended with a range of materials including the popular polymer, EPDM.