Category Archive: EPDM

Growing Popularity of Silicone & EPDM Compounds in Architectural Sealing

Those of us following trends in the construction sector have been seeing a lot of positive news lately. Workers who are upgrading infrastructure can look forward to about two more months of road work, even as the busy summer season winds down. Commuters may not be pleased with the short-term disruptions caused by this effort, but it is a necessary and beneficial action to ensure long-term safety and reliability.

In addition to these public sector construction projects, residential building is also expected to continue to increase. In particular, multifamily housing units are in high demand, with construction projects growing more than 100% over the past 5 years. According to Charlie Stewart of DC Building Group, a rise in residential construction usually signals a rise in overall construction activity. And today, that seems to be the case as more office buildings, housing options, hotels, and retail spaces are being built.

Roofing Example

Sealed Shingle Roof

And all of this activity is heightening demand for EPDM compounds and silicone in architectural sealing applications. EPDM (ethylene propylene diene terpolymer) is a durable and flexible material often used in roofing due to its resistance to wear – even in extreme temperatures and climates. So as the seasons change, it’s an ideal option for roofing that needs to withstand temperature fluctuations.

At Vanguard Products, Inc., we’re seeing more lightweight clear span roofing systems that are using our silicone and EPDM sealing products because of their inherent resistance to UV aging and superior cold weather flexibility, along with the ability to color match.  They  are currently being used in installations such as sporting coliseums, water treatment facilities, sewage plants, and more. By using these weather resistant architectural seals, contractors can create buildings that are better insulated from outside temperatures, which can result in lower energy costs down the road.

To learn more about EPDM elastomers for architectural sealing, and the benefits of other materials like silicone, visit Vanguard Products online for a full product review.

EMI Shielding Gaskets and Vanguard

At Vanguard, we know a thing or two about EMI shielding and conductive gaskets. Customers from around the world come to us not only because they’ve learned how no one does EMI shielding quite as well as Vanguard, but because our shielding gaskets can be cost-effectively customized to your exacting requirements. Sizes range from 0.010 in cross section to 3”. In addition, we also offer custom finishing services that include PSA application, cutting, bonding, and a wide variety of other secondary operations. Some of the biggest names in telecom, computers, high-speed electronics, automotive control systems, military electronics, and avionics wouldn’t think of trusting anyone other than Vanguard with their EMI shielding and conductive gasket needs.
We pride ourselves on the fact so that so many of our customers are long-term clients. It boils down to trust in our quality, selection, and 45 years of expertise.  Vanguard can offer you high precision, not to mention cost effective production in our ISO 9001:2008 certified facility. We employ only the best grade silicone, fluorosilicone, and EPDM available to create your EMI shielding gaskets. Perhaps most importantly of all, you know you’re getting the best because everything we make is made in the USA. No off-shoring, no outsourcing: you get EMI Shielding gaskets that are 100% Made in America.
If want to learn more about our broad range of standard EMI Shielding gaskets and Conductive gaskets, visit our website or contact one of Vanguard’s experts today.