We Offer A Variety Of Fender Shapes & Sizes
In order to ensure that you get the perfect product to match your unique requirements we offer a selection of different fender shapes and sizes. The primary focus of all of our fenders are to provide a protective barrier. However, the different shapes enable the fender to provide protection to a specific area. Another aspect to take into consideration is that the larger size fenders are better suited to absorb heavy impacts.
To help you decide which fender is perfect for your application we have created this guide detailing the different fenders we offer. This will inform you of the strengths and weaknesses of each design as well as the ideal applications for each shape.
D Shape Fenders:
D fenders are the most common type of fenders available. As a result of this, they are probably the shape most people refer to when talking about fenders. They are available in both hollow and solid formats. Solid D fenders typically provide superior tensile strength which makes them more suitable for use in heavy impact applications. However, they are usually heavier than hollow fenders due to the extra material which can make them more difficult to install. While hollow D fenders offer greater compression rates under pressure. This helps them to absorb the kinetic energy from the impact and transfer it away from the object they are protecting.
D shape fenders are ideal for use on sea vessels from medium to large size. You can also use them on jetties and marinas, however a larger format fender may be preferable.
B / Double D Shape Fenders:
B fenders, also known as double D fenders are highly versatile as well as easy to install. They typically come with a metal fixing strip which enables you to install the fender using bolts to provide a secure connection. The easy installation solution makes them popular for use in warehouse and interior applications. They don’t offer the same impact absorption properties that the larger D fenders offer but still provide a protective barrier to protect walls and objects from damage.
The smaller sizes of the B fenders make them perfect for use in applications which require protection but don’t want to compromise on space.
U Shape Fenders:
U fenders are predominantly used in marine applications as they are designed to easily fit a wide range of plain flange sizes. This enable them to protect the hull join which typically a high contact area. The design of the U fender enables it to easily “clip” over the desired area without the need for screws or adhesive.
Aside from marine applications, U fenders also offer protection to anything from furniture and vending machines to running boards as well as, the contours of glazing.
Large cylindrical fenders as the most popular type of fender for use on quays, docks, jetty’s and ports. The large size of these fenders enable them to absorb impacts from even the largest shipping contains and cruise ships. The fenders are firm by design, however under the pressure of a large sea vessel the fender can compress. This enable them to frequently absorb heavy impacts without deterioration. These fenders are usually installed using heavy duty chains which enable them to move with the direction of the ship. It also makes them easier to install, which is crucial with a product of this size and weight.
Cylindrical Fenders are most commonly used for Marine applications, however can be used for protection sleeves, anti vibration pads, etc.
Rectangle and square fenders are available both hollow with a circular or D bore, or in a solid format. These fenders are perfect for use in applications with require a high degree of protection from contact damage. These fenders can be pre-curved, drilled, chamfered and cut to specific lengths to assist installation and improve application
Square fenders are typically used tug boats, barges, work-boats as well as barriers. However they can also be used on smaller jetties or as a pontoon buffer.
Key Hole Fenders:
Key hole fenders are very tough by design, however they can still be curved around the hull allowing fixing of this product to be very simple. We manufacture them from a high abrasion resistant material which enable them to be in frequent contact with objects without deterioration. We can produce these particular fenders with a UHMW-PE surface plate, which provides a low friction surface. We can also produce these fenders with either smooth or grooved face surface, the grooves providing a better grip.
Key hole fenders are perfect for use on tug and work boats but also used on quay and harbor sides.
Ball fenders are excellent at providing protection to smaller boats and ribs. They are typically lightweight which enable you to move them around as you desire. They don’t offer the same degree of protection as the larger fenders. However, for use on smaller boats this is more than enough.
Ball fenders are ideal for use on smaller boats, ribs and yachts.
The Rubber Company offer a wide variety of fender shapes and sizes to suit any application. If you are unsure about which format is best suited to your requirement, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us.