Zippers are everywhere. They make their way into boat covers, patio enclosures, cushions, recreational gear, and apparel. With so many variants, it can be difficult to decipher which type is the best choice for a specific job.
To shed some light on this, we’ve broken down and explained some of the most common zipper components and types below.
YKK is the world’s largest supplier of quality zippers as well as other fastening products. Because their products are so ubiquitous, it’s useful to know how to read their product names.
YKK zippers and sliders are named based on a certain set of criteria. Item #280085, for example, is listed under YKK® VISLON® #8 Separating Zipper Automatic Lock Short Single Pull Metal Slider #VFUVOL-86 DA E 5/8” 60" Black. Here’s what that means:
The zippers and parts outlined above can all be used in custom projects or for zipper replacements and repair.
For industrial purposes, plastic zipper chains and sliders with polyester tape are generally the most stable. Plastic is lightweight, corrosion resistant, and weather stable while polyester offers high strength and low stretch. However, choosing the right zipper will depend on your specific application.
The following is a basic guide and is not intended to be a comprehensive list:
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