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Choosing the Right Trim Material

Edge trim is used in many industries and applications. It is a highly versatile product that can be used for both aesthetic and functional purposes, depending on its application.

To fully benefit from installing edge trim, it’s important to choose the right type of trim material. In this article, we will explore the different types of trim material available, discussing where they are commonly used to help you with trim material selection.

Types of trim material and their applications

Let’s learn about the different types of trim material that we stock here at Seals Direct.

PVC trim

PVC edge trim is the most common and multifunctional type of edge trim. It is extremely durable and can withstand and absorb impact without losing its shape. It is also flexible and resistant to most substances.

Applications: Your average PVC edge trim is most commonly used to protect surface edges from damage and the people who come into contact with it from harm. It helps to increase the longevity of the surface it is applied to and can also create a smooth and aesthetically pleasing finish.

EPDM trim

While PVC is a synthetic plastic polymer, EPDM is a synthetic rubber. Like PVC, it is extremely durable and flexible. It is also waterproof and can resist extreme conditions, making it ideal for outdoor applications. 

Applications: EPDM trim is used extensively throughout the automotive industry to seal doors, windows, and windshields. It is also commonly used to seal windows and doors in buildings. Its waterproof qualities make it the ideal trim material for sealing against water ingress and providing protection against the weather.  

Silicone trim

Silicone is a highly flexible and resistant synthetic rubber. Many silicone edge trims are FDA-approved and can be used by organisations to meet important industry health and safety regulations. It has excellent water and heat resistance and chemical stability.

Applications: Silicone trim is often used in environments where food and drugs are processed or stored, such as kitchens and healthcare and pharmaceutical organisations.

Plastic-reinforced trim

While most edge trims feature a self-gripping metal spine, some trims feature a plastic-reinforced spine instead. Using plastic over metal offers several advantages. Plastic is lighter than metal, corrosion-resistant, and non-conductive.

Applications: Plastic-reinforced trim is often more suitable in automotive and aerospace applications where reducing weight is important. It is also a good choice in environments exposed to moisture, chemicals, or salt because of its corrosion resistance.

Factors to consider when choosing the right trim material

Ultimately, the right trim material for your project depends on the material the trim is being applied to, its function, and the environmental conditions it needs to withstand. Other factors to consider are the dimensions of the surface to which it is being applied and any aesthetic requirements.

Need help with trim material selection? Contact our team today by calling 01425 617722 for help or advice with selecting the right edge trim material for your project.

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