Rubber tires play an essential role in modern life. Yet, they are among the largest and most problematic sources of waste. When the tire tread wears off, the tire becomes unsafe and must be changed. Approximately 1 tire per person per year is discarded in the US. The useful life of a worn tire is often extended by a process called retreading. Most tires contain synthetic rubber components that are largely oil-based. It takes about 1/3 the oil to retread a tire than to make a new one. This economic factor has helped to make tire retreading a significant solution to the waste problem
Retreading is the process where the old tread is removed by grinding; the resulting dust is called buffings. These buffings are non-laminated polymerically bound black SBR (Styrene Butadiene Rubber). In the creation of Tire Veneer, the SBR is mixed with a polyurethane binder, then heat and pressure are applied to create a solid block or cylinder of rubber. These are then sliced into thin sheets.
Aesthetic appeal is given to the material by adding colorful non-recycled EPDM (Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer) rubber granules to the SBR and urethane binder. A typical homogenized mixture is approximately 80% black rubber and 20% colored rubber although this percentage can be varied. The percentage of black rubber indicates the post-consumer content.
Sliced and Peeled: The rubber blocks are sliced with a bandsaw like knife resulting in sheets that are then die-cut or water-jet cut into square or interlocking tiles. The rubber cylinders are peeled like a wood veneer log into long continuous rolls of various gauges.
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Resilient flooring: Tire Veneer is often used as a resilient interior and exterior environmentally responsible flooring material. It is ideal for heavily traveled environments such as locker rooms, weight rooms, gym floors, laboratories, workshops, garage floors, entrance ways, commercial kitchens, walk-in coolers, factory and plant floors, multipurpose floors and as a temporary gym floor cover. This material when used as floor covering reduces fatigue and noise. It is also used for a variety of other applications such as consumer products, vibration dampeners and furniture surfaces. Tire Veneer has many exterior applications such as sports & recreation, animal housing, truck beds and weed control.
Cuts easily: Tire Veneer cuts with a utility knife, saw, router, die cutter, laser or water jet. It can be installed bonded or unbonded to any flat, clean, hard and dry surface. Tire Veneer will not shrink, buckle, warp or crack and it has minimal off-gassing. It is readily available in several thicknesses, in tiles or rolls and in many color patterns. Custom color patterns and combinations of colors are available upon request. All coloration penetrates throughout the material.
Easy to clean: Tire Veneer is easy to clean and maintain when a finish is applied. The material will resist stains, chemicals, weather, impact and punctures. It is also non-corrosive. The non-skid, resilient surface reduces noise.
Extended life: Though few man-made materials can claim to be completely safe, the use of Tire Veneer is not any more harmful than the ubiquitous tire. Using Tire Veneer is a way to extend the useful life of an already extracted natural resource. It is a relatively safe material that is manufactured under rigid environmental controls. By making recycled rubber look and feel desirable, Tire Veneer takes a step forward, transforming an environmental problem into an appealing solution.