At AllRotors we offer ceramic and semi-metallic (aka metallic) pads. Both types are common, however you may prefer one over other, depending on particular driving conditions and your personal driving style.
Semi-Metallic brake pads
The metallic pads is the most versatile option for the widest range of driving conditions. The metal content allows for a high thermal threshold, wider thermal operating range, and the superior cold bite in comparison to ceramic pads.
- Greater versatility, from casual commuting to aggressive racetrack driving
- Higher thermal threshold and wider operating temperature range
- Strong performance in extreme cold conditions
- Dusty and noisy in comparison to ceramic pads; metallic dust tends to stick to the wheels
- Metallic pads are more abrasive in comparison to ceramic pads, resulting in higher wear of rotors
Ceramic brake pads
Ceramic pads is a better option for a casual city driving. They are quitter, less dusty, and longer-lasting than their metallic counterparts. However, the ceramic pads have a lower thermal range and less grip in comparison to metallic pads.
- Consistent all-around braking performance
- Quieter in comparison to semi-metallic pads
- Ceramic brake dust less prone to sticking to wheels
- Higher lifespan in comparison to metallic pads
- Generally more expensive than metallic pads
- Not suited for heavy-duty or racing applications
- Not ideal for cold climates