How Teflon Is Used in Building Construction

For many, the word “Teflon” typically conjures images on nonstick pans. While the Teflon brand can be accredited for making cooking more convenient, Teflon products owe their non-stick properties to polytetrafluoroethylene (but we’ll call it PTFE for short).

PTFE may be used in the kitchen, but with the evolution of engineering and environmental standards, there has been an increase in demand for Teflon in steel construction too. Learn the characteristics of Teflon and PTFE and just a few of the ways the material is being used in building construction below.

Characteristics of Teflon

Teflon and PTFE have numerous appealing characteristics that make them great materials when used in building construction, including:

  • Low coefficient of friction
  • Corrosion resistance
  • Unaffected by almost all acids, caustics, and solvents
  • Excellent machine-ability
  • Can handle temperatures from -100° F to 500° F
  • Easily resists abrasion
  • Nonporous

What is Teflon used for in construction?

Thermal Breaks: Teflon is a great insulator when it comes to the prevention of thermal bridging (which is essentially the energy path from a heated environment to a colder environment). The use of Teflon in thermal breaks is increasing as designers and engineers adapt to LEEDS standards and more environmentally-friendly practices.

Gaskets: Carbon steel to carbon steel connections don’t typically require gaskets. However, when connecting dissimilar metals, a gasket is used to eliminate galvanic corrosion.

Electrical Insulation: PTFE is an excellent electrical insulator that can insulate 500 volts per thousandth of an inch!

Bearing Pads: Working with bearing pads? White Teflon can be used as a bearing pad for light loads, while Teflon Bearings made with Fluorogold can be used for heavier loads.

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