Nature gave us one of the best gasket materials possible — rubber. Natural rubber can stretch and has the same elasticity in all directions, something wholly unique to the material.
But the problem with natural rubber is that it can degrade over time — just like anything from nature — and while it does offer certain resistances, it can be vulnerable to oils and chemicals. That means it doesn’t always make the best choice for gasketing material. That’s where neoprene steps in.
Neoprene is a hugely popular and widely used material for gasketing material. You’re probably experiencing it in your house or workplace at this very instant. Neoprene gasket chemical resistance in particular is quite impressive, which is one of its biggest draws.