Materials Materials used in the production of Steigner products

PVC

PVC

PVC is one of three (besides polyethylene and polypropylene) of the most popular plastics in the world used in almost all branches of industry. Polyvinyl chloride is characterized by high flexibility and easy manufacture. Due to the low production costs and the unprofitability of reprocessing, PVC manufacturers are constantly improving its composition and extending its life. PVC is a material with many advantages. Due to the connections of atoms within the construction of this material, it is protected from oxidation process. The advantages of PVC make it a perfect material for the production of shower seals.

EPDM (ethylene propylene diene monomer)

EPDM (ethylene propylene diene monomer)

EPDM, also known as synthetic rubber, is a material formed in the vulcanization process. This unique elastomer is distinguished by its flexibility, durability and hardness in the range of 40° – 90° Sh’a A. It can withstand any weather condition, high or low temperatures, UV radiation or detrimental effects of ozone. It is so-called shape memory. Despite stretching, it always returns to its original form. No processes of decomposition takes place after the vulcanization process in EPDM materials. It does not lose its properties in contact with aggressive cleaning agents or after many years of use. Synthetic rubber is maintenance-free and provides high water resistance, making it an excellent insulating material. It is also neutral for the environment.

Polypropylene (PP)

Polypropylene (PP)

One of three (next to polyethylene and PVC) most popular plastics in the industry. It is a very strong material with versatile applications. Polypropylene is resistant to cleaning agents and abrasion. At room temperature, it is almost completely resistant to acids, alkaloids, solvents and salts. However, despite high resistance to weather conditions and cleaners, constant contact with UV rays, low temperatures and detergents, it requires stabilization. Polypropylene can be recycled. Polypropylene is already present almost everywhere – from fabrics and clothing through medical equipment to containers that store aggressive chemicals. Because its water resistant it works perfectly as a waterproofing material.

Styrofoam (fraction polystyrene)

Styrofoam (fraction polystyrene)

Styrofoam is one of the most popular insulation materials that is completely harmless to man and the environment (it can be recycled). Protects from cold, mold and other negative external factors. It permits steam to go through it, but at the same time it is waterproof. The higher the material density, the greater its strength. Steigner shower trays are produced using EPS 200 polystyrene, the strongest available on the market, whose weight resistance is at least 32 kg/m3. Strengthened with additional layers of supportive materials it becomes a reliable barrier-free shower tray.

Acrylic

Acrylic

Fully ecological and flexible plastic. Acrylic is odorless and non-toxic, therefore it is often used in the production of adhesive tapes. The specific properties of acrylic result from its molecular structure, thanks to which it adheres well to the surface and does not leave any marks after its removal. Acrylic has extremely strong adhesive properties. It is resistant to UV rays, ozone, acids and alkaloids. It is weather resistant. Foamed acrylic is used in the production of Steigner adhesive tapes. It can be used in bathrooms effectively protecting it from moisture, dirt, insects and chemicals. Foamed acrylic is such a versatile material that the possibilities of its use are almost limitless.

Polyurethane (PU)

Polyurethane (PU)

Polyurethane is a material with great possibilities. It is an extremely flexible and widely used plastic. It does not get dirty, it burns slowly and is even 6 times lighter than steel. It is characterized by high tensile strength, resistance to tearing or abrasion. Products made from polyurethane do not react to lubricants, oil compounds, dilute acids, inorganic bases and organic solvents. Polyurethane is resistant to chemicals, including ethanol, ether, gasoline and sulfuric acid. It is a great insulating material that dampens vibrations. The properties of polyurethane make it more popular in industry, thus replacing other traditional materials. Polyurethane is used in the production of Steigner profile I seals.

 TPE (thermoplastic elastomers)

TPE (thermoplastic elastomers)

TPE, short for thermoplastic elastomer, also called thermoplastic rubbers, is a mixtures of hard thermoplastics (polypropylene, polyamide) and soft rubber. Various modifiers and fillers are often added. Depending on the composition used, there are different types of soft and hard TPE. Thermoplastic elastomers are easy to process, and the production itself requires much less energy than in the case of thermosetting plastics. Thermoplasts are recyclable. The characteristics of a particular material depend on the combination used, which is why TPE types can differ in resistance to temperatures, chemicals and deformation.

 

Silicone

Silicone

Silicone rubber is an inorganic synthetic elastomer. It is extremely popular, universally used  material. It does not react with other materials, does not emit odors or toxins, it is completely safe for people and the environment. Silicone is an extremely flexible material characterized by high resistance to harmful effects of UV rays, ozone and atmospheric factors. It is also indifferent to water. It retains its flexibility and elasticity even in extreme temperature conditions. Thanks to its strength and flexibility, silicone rubber is widely used in any industry. It works perfectly as a material for the production of waterproof seals. As a completely non-toxic and odorless material, it is often found in the kitchen in contact with food.

Aluminosilicate

Aluminosilicate

The aluminosilicate fibers are formed from fused silicon and aluminum oxides in a centrifugation process. Due to their properties, they are often used as insulating elements for places exposed to extremely high temperatures or as roof insulation. The aluminosilicate fibers are strong and durable. This insoluble in water and fire-resistant material (can withstand temperatures up to more than 1200°C or 2192°F!) works well as an insulate. This product is both light and flexible. Elements made from aluminosilicate fibers can be used in thermal insulation, production of heat shields and wherever else there is contact with high heat.

Polyethylene (PE)

Polyethylene (PE)

Polyethylene (PE) is probably the most popular and most often used plastic. Human and environmentally friendly, it can be recycled and in contact with food. The polymer is characterized by high resistance to abrasion and to acids, salts and other aggressive chemicals. Suppresses vibration and reduces noise. Polyethylene has waterproof properties, thanks to which it is often used in waterproofing a bathroom or rooms with high humidity. Steigner sealing membranes/mats and tapes are made of high quality modified polyethylene.

Fiberglass

Fiberglass

One of the most popular insulation materials. Often used in dentistry, car parts, fabrics and sports equipment. Due to its structure contact with fiberglass should be limited as it may cause irritation to the respiratory tract, eyes and skin. The use of protective gloves is recommended. Fiberglass is characterized by non-flammability, durability and flexibility. It does not age. Therefore, it is often used as a sealant for fireplaces, furnaces, etc. The fiberglass sealant withstands a constant temperature of up to 550°C or 1022°F (softening temperature is 840°C or 1544°F).

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