Ceramic or Semi-metallic, what is the best Pad?
Organic Brake Pads
Organic brake pads also known as NAO were created as an option to asbestos which have fibres held together by binding resins. Some of the basic materials used as part of the organic brake pads incorporate glass, fiber, rubber, carbon, and Kevlar. The cost of these materials and tools is relatively low, that’s why most of brake pad sold in the world is NAO.
-Quiet and easy on brake rotors
-Requires less heat for friction
-Produce less dust than metallic pads
-Low manufacturing cost
-Suitable for driving over many conditions
-Perfect for every vehicles and drivers
-Temperature range is limited
-Wear out quickly compared to different types of brake pads
-High compressibility – can cause “mushy” brake pedal feel
-Overheating damages the friction coefficient
-Not at all proper for performance driving
Semi-Metallic Brake Pads
Like the name suggests, semi-metallic pads contain 30-65% metal. They are made up of steel, iron, and copper which are combined with friction modifiers and fillers as well as a graphite lubricant. In addition to being versatile and accessible, they are long-lasting and durable, which makes them resistant to heat from the rotor and aid in brake cooling.
-Increased braking performance over organic pads
-Have a higher thermal threshold
-Still offer good cold bite
-Temperature range is wider
-Low compressibility – will offer a firmer brake pedal feel
-Much more resistant to brake fade than organic pads
-Suitable for anything from Daily Street driving to extreme track use
-Tend to be noisier than organic or ceramic pads
-Produce more brake dust
-More abrasive than other types of pads
-More expensive than organic pads
-Require careful and proper bedding-in for best performance
Ceramic Brake Pads
Being the newest kit on the block when compared to the rest, Ceramic brake pads are made out of pottery fired in a kiln and embedded with copper fibres. They have been in use since the 1980s and have served as an alternative replacement for organic and semi-metallic brake pads. In addition to producing less noise and dust, Ceramic pads are also generally easier on rotors than semi-metallic pads.
-Quieter than semi-metallic pads
-Produce finer, lighter-colored brake dust which does not stick to wheels
-Longer lifespan than organic or semi-metallic
-Stable under a range of temperatures for consistent performance
-Typically the most-expensive type of brake pad
-May not be ideal in extremely cold climates
-Do not absorb heat as well as semi-metallic pads
We offer a variety of solution to meet each customer, please let us know your requirement, and will provide you some advice.
The right one is the best for you.