Felt Gasket Materials
Felt is a textile material made from natural and synthetic materials including wool, acrylic and rayon. It is widely used to manufacture felt gasket materials and to create architectural felt for sound and vibration dampening, and decorative purposes. Felt gasket materials are versatile and provide a range of advantages including:
- High strength
- Resistance to tearing, unraveling and fraying
- Sound insulation
- Vibration dampening
- Thermal insulation
- Flame retardant properties
- Easily cut to the shape, thickness and size needed
- Environmentally friendly – renewable resource
At Accurate Felt & Gasket, felt is our specialty—it’s right there in our name! We manufacture custom gaskets using wool felt and a wide range of synthetic felt materials, and are also a master distributor supplying felt in large or small quantities for all your needs. View our felt material specifications for individual product details.
Wool Felt (SAE)
Wool felt, or pressed felt, is manufactured from premium wool fibers. Using a technique called “wet processing,” these fibers are mechanically pressed into continuous layers using heat, moisture, and pressure. These layers can then be cross-lapped and combined to create felt with varying density, thickness, and wool content.
Wool felt offers many unique features and benefits. It does not fray or unravel, and maintains its other physical properties as it wears. It is highly absorbent, offers good chemical resistance, and will generally maintain its original form, even after long periods of stress. Wool is also an excellent sustainable resource because it grows back quickly after being sheared. In other words, our wool felt is LEED® certified as a rapidly renewable resource.
In addition to the advantages listed above, wool felt gaskets are useful for filtration, polishing, fluid reservoir applications, oil wiper rings, and more.
Wool felt manufacturing is mandated by SAE standards (ASTM D2475-01) that specify strict guidelines for wool content, density, and other physical and mechanical properties. Pressed wool felt is specified by SAE standards F-1 through F-26. View or download our felt material specifications for detailed information about our wool felt products.
Accurate Felt & Gasket (AFG) offers wool felt in SAE grades to meet your needs, with each grade offering unique properties.
098419 Architectural Felt Wall Covering and 098415 Acoustical Wall Panels
Architectural felt and acoustical wall panels are used on walls, ceilings and floors for aesthetics and to provide sound deadening. Wool felt also provides superior sound and vibration dampening, and therefore is excellent for acoustical applications.
We offer SAE wool felt for use in a variety of architectural applications including wall coverings, ceiling panels, hanging panels or floor tiles and runners. Our architectural felt is available in off-white or gray color or can be custom dyed to match pantone or other color samples.
Needled Wool Blend Felt
Wool blend felt, or needled felt, is made by combining wool, synthetic, and/or other fibers in varying percentages. These fibers are matted, condensed and pressed together using a needle punch process to create a more condensed material. In general, needled felt contains a lower percentage of wool fibers than SAE felt (see above), but can be produced in comparable thicknesses and densities. The lower wool content of needled felt makes it a less expensive alternative.
Wool blend felt is commonly used in a wide range of applications where higher quality SAE wool felt is not needed, such as packaging, crating, dunnage, and anti-squeak applications.
Synthetic felt is made from polyester or other man-made fibers that are combined into felt material using a needle punch process or heat. It has a soft texture and is manufactured using different types of fibers to produce varying levels of harness and strength. Coatings and laminations may also be applied for flame resistance or to enhance the surface finish. Synthetic felt is available in comparable densities and thicknesses to SAE wool felt, and represents an inexpensive alternative.
In many cases, this general purpose material provides better performance and value than wool felt. Synthetic felt is commonly used for dunnage, anti-squeak applications, crating, filtration, padding, wipers, and a wide range of other applications.
Because it is 100% synthetic, this material is highly mildew and wear resistant, and can withstand higher temperatures than wool felt. Synthetic felt can be brushed or vacuumed to remove debris, and spot cleaned using water and mild soap.
Learn More About Available Felt Materials from AFG
AFG stocks a large and varied selection of wool and synthetic felts and can fulfill your material requirements, whether large or small.