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What is EPDM Rubber?


EPDM rubber is widely used in TopJoy rubber flooring, but what is EPDM rubber? Why we use it?

EPDM rubber was one of the successful synthetic innovations of the 20th century. Ever since it’s discovery, rubber had been a mainstay of the world economy. So many products used natural rubber that it was impossible not to come across one on any given day. However, despite the strengths of natural rubber, it could not keep up with the increasingly complex and demanding industrial needs of manufacturers around the world. It was not long before manufacturers realized that they needed a UV-resistant rubber, something that could be used outdoors for extended periods of time without degrading under UV rays the way natural rubber did.

EPDM rubber was developed in the early 1960s as companies and chemists set out to produce unique synthetic elastomers. After it’s first initial discovery, the DuPont chemical company was the first to refine the rubber into the product that we know today. These days, an increasing number of industries use EPDM sheet rubber in products that need both elasticity and UV and ozone resistances. EPDM’s resistance to weathering is the material’s defining feature that sets it apart from most other elastomers.

Ethylene propylene rubber is commonly produced as EPDM sheet rubber, which is used to create gaskets, seals, protective pads, and other various products. This rubber essentially mirrors many of the physical properties of natural rubber and adds the all-important functional property of weathering resistance. 

As awareness about the environment and UV rays grew, so too did the need for a UV-resistant rubber. Sure enough, where there is a demand, a supply will soon follow. Much like nitrile butadiene rubber was a gift to manufacturers during the years prior to World War II, so too was EPDM rubber a gift to industry in the 1960s. Continuing to be popular ever since it’s arrival onto the manufacturing scene, there will always be an EPDM product near you.

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