What makes recycled rubber a good material for outdoor patios?
How does that translate to being eco-friendly? Every year, nearly 300 million tires are discarded after being deemed unusable. Wasted tires are extremely hard on the environment. They are not biodegradable and contain toxic chemicals that are released into the ground when put into a landfill. Tire waste is a serious global problem due to the large size of tires, the enormous number of them that go to waste (nearly 300 million each year), and their long-lasting durability.
Many tires are burned for fuel. Although this is argued to be better than tires sitting in a landfill, burning tires releases emissions that are also damaging to the environment.
Recycling and repurposing tires is hands down the best option for solving the issues presented by tire waste. Greatmats is dedicated to reducing tire waste and environmental harm by utilizing recycled materials as much as possible.
Safety of Recycled Rubber
You might be asking yourself, if tire waste is damaging to the environment, won't it be damaging if used in other products?
Research based on shredded tire products such as rubber mulch and rubber crumbs has shown, however, that these products likely do not have a harmful effect on the environment.
When used above ground, recycled rubber materials do not have the capability to leach into soil the way tires buried in a landfill do. Further, in surface products there isn't enough concentration of chemicals for rain to cause chemical leaching.
Quality of Material
At Greatmats, using recycled material never forsakes quality. In fact, it's exactly the extreme durability of tires that allow for premium rubber paver tiles.
Just as tires are made to be tough and weatherproof, rubber pavers are as well. Even though rubber paver tiles are relatively thin, they have a life-expectancy of nearly 20 years. They are guaranteed to remain resilient against the damaging effects of heavy rains, moist soil, harsh winters, and intense sunlight (although high heat can cause rubber to expand slightly). Rubber paver tiles are non-absorbent, UV resistant and won't ever crack or freeze.
Use and Design
Rubber pavers that are lightweight and straight-edged require adhesives for installation. If installing over a wood surface, staples can be used. Otherwise, lightweight rubber paver tiles require a polyurethane adhesive.
That being said, installation is still a quick process. Their size and weight makes them one of the easiest rubber tiles to handle, pick up and transport. You can find more details on proper installation techniques on the Greatmats website or by contacting Greatmats with any questions.
Greatmats recycled Rubber Patio Paver Tiles come in brown, terra cotta, red and grey. They feature a brick design on one side and a trapezoidal, architectural design on the other. With reversible tiles, you can choose the design you like best or mix and match.
Recycled rubber patio pavers are not only eco-friendly but budget-friendly as well. Even with the Green label, Greatmats offers incredible pricing. You can find rubber pavers on sale at Greatmats.com, and you can always be in touch to inquire about volume discounts.
For more on this topic please review our Rubber Paver Tiles product page.
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