There are ample of zippers available for choice in the market today. At times you may have no idea what type of zippers are the most suitable for your products.

Given below are the main kinds of zippers based on the manufacturing materials and their respective applications. We hope this guide is helpful.

1. Coil Zippers

Coil zippers have a lot of flexibility in terms of designs as they can be painted to any colour. Moreover, the elements of coil zippers are much smaller when compared with metal and plastic zipper teeth, making them perfect for such applications that require zippers in small size. Their cost effectiveness also makes them a popular choice.

Coil zippers are recommended for those applications that don't require much durability, hidden or small openings as well as waterproof and water-resistant products, like blouses, skirts, pants, outdoor gears, luggage, tents, raincoats, etc.

Coil zippers are less rigid than plastic and metal zippers, despite being available at the most affordable prices.

2. Plastic Zippers

Plastic zippers are moulded with plastics, basically polyacetal resin, which makes them more expensive. The plastic material can be painted to any colour to match with the surrounding fabric. Their high durability and easy treatment also make them preferred for water resistant products.

Plastic zippers are highly suitable for such applications that require more durability and flexibility or colourful and dyed to-match finishes as well as water resistant applications, like outdoor gears, child wear, jackets, raincoats, waterproof boots, etc.

Although plastic zippers can achieve various colouring effects, these looks are not the same as the metallic finishes produced by metal zippers.

3. Metal Zippers

Invented in the early 1900s, they are the oldest zippers made. However, they are still very popular. One of the main advantages of metal zippers lies in the metallic finishes and bold looks they create. Thus, metal zippers are deemed to be the identity of fashion products.

Metal zippers are generally suggested for applications without frequent opening or closing, fairly straight openings and such applications that require bold designs, like bags and luggage with straight fastening areas, fashion-oriented boots/shoes, leather jackets, jeans, etc. They are not preferred for outdoor applications, as their anti-rust finish will still weaken with prolonged exposure to water.

Just the contradiction to the belief that metal zippers are durable and strong, they are less flexible and are actually more susceptible to damages.

Bottom Line

You can always opt for custom zippers as per your specific requirements, regardless of the type of zippers. Contact us should you have any questions.


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