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The Different Qualities of Silicone


While silicone, the substance and compound itself, is a polymer composed of silicon and other materials, many people don't know that silicone comes in many different types with different qualities. Flex Technologies prides itself on offering the highest-quality flexible silicone hoses and tubing for your various needs, from automotive to textiles and pharmaceutical. Below, we'll take a look at all of the different silicone material qualities. Shop all of our silicone tubes online today!

Different Qualities of Silicone Rubbers

Silicone itself has many amazing qualities, such as flame retardancy, resistance to hot and cold temperature changes, and thermal conductivity. However, by adding different base polymers, fillers, and additives, you can change its properties to meet your specific needs. Here are some of our favorites below.

General Purpose Silicone Rubber

As the name implies, general purpose silicone rubber is great for many uses for your business's and individual needs. It offers a great conglomeration of many different properties, such as heat and flame resistance, and shows up for use in products such as kitchenware.

Low Hardness Silicone Rubber

Low hardness silicone rubber is characterized by being super soft and pliable. It is commonly used in baby bottles and baby nipples, anti-flip mats, and shoe insoles.

High Hardness Silicone Rubber

The opposite of low hardness silicone rubber, high hardness silicone rubber is designed to offer rigidity. You'll find this type of silicone used in thermoplastics and thermosets.

Flame Retardant Silicone

As a plastic, silicone can catch fire. Flame retardant silicone is designed to reduce that chance. You'll find flame retardant silicone used in areas where high heat is often found, such as in consumer electronics, subway systems, and wire and cables. You can also put in self-extinguishing characteristics, so if they do catch on fire, they won't burn that long.

High Tear Strength Silicone

Silicone is prone to rips and tears, so the high tear strength silicone is designed to reduce ripping and tearing. It is stronger than other types of silicone. You'll find it on silicone stretch and seal lids and in bands.

Thermal Conductive Silicone

The ability to conduct thermally is important for many applications, as well as offering heat resistance simultaneously. From computer central processing units (CPUs) to power supplies and thermal gaskets, thermal conductive silicone is a boon to many industries.

Oil Resistant Silicone Rubber

Silicone tubing and hoses are known to be not the best when it comes to oil and gas because of their porous nature. However, there are special oil resistant silicone rubbers that have been made specifically for use with oil. You'll find these in O-rings and sealants in many industries and applications.

The Benefits of Using Specialized Silicone Hoses

Since every industry is so different from one another, it can be impractical to make a one-size-fits-all silicone product for all applications. Here at Flex Technologies, we offer you many different types of our flexible silicone products so that you can have peace of mind. From building construction to aerospace, you'll notice the difference these specialized silicone products make.


Flex Technologies prides itself on offering the best silicone tubes and hoses for your needs. With so many different qualities, it's easy to find the one that will fit your needs. Our team is here to help answer any questions you may have and ensure you have the right flexible silicone tubing for your needs. To get started, browse our selection online today!