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Ceramic Vs Semi-metallic Brake Pads

June 19, 2019

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.

Pros:

  • Greater versatility, from casual commuting to aggressive racetrack driving
  • Higher thermal threshold and wider operating temperature range
  • Strong performance in extreme cold conditions

Cons:

  • 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.
Pros:

  • 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

Cons:

  • Generally more expensive than metallic pads
  • Not suited for heavy-duty or racing applications
  • Not ideal for cold climates
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