This is one of the most common questions many people ask when they need to replace their brakes. What is the difference between them and why should I choose one over the other.
Semi-Metallic Brake Pads Semi-Metallic brake pads contain 30-65% metal by weight, they are usually steels, iron or copper combined with friction modifiers and fillers. Although they tend to be noisier and produce more brake dust, they have a much higher thermal threshold due to their metallic content.
Ceramic Brake Pads Ceramic Brake Pads compose dense ceramic material with embedded copper fibers. They are quieter and produce finer brake dust than semi-metallic pads which will keep your wheels looking cleaner. Although they are usually more expensive but for most daily application a lot of people prefer them and they are also easier on the rotors.
These are the main differences between ceramic and semi-metallic brake pads. Depending on your application, in general for trucks and heavier vehicles semi-metallic is a popular choice. If you are driving a sedan looking for low noise and cleaner wheels, you may want to give ceramic brake pads a try.