Are you tired of the usual sidewalk? Do you want garden paths to be both beautiful and safe? Then listen to the advice of specialists. They have long been proposing to abandon the classic paving, which are used for children’s playgrounds and recreation areas. What is offered in return? Rubber tiles – this is what will provide comfort and maximum safety! This material has high wear resistance, as well as convenience in the process of further operation..
- Scope of coatings
- The main advantages of the material
- Technological stages of production
- Rubber Tile Myths
- Pros and cons of hot and cold production
Scope of coatings
Unique technical characteristics and attractive appearance make this coating truly universal. We can talk about the scope of its application for a very long time, since it can be considered practically unlimited. This material, ideal in many respects, is widely used at registration:
- personal plots, paths and sidewalks;
- school grounds and kindergarten areas;
- pools and moorings;
- decks of yachts and garages.
The main advantages of the material
Paving of crumb rubber has undeniable advantages and is distinguished by:
- a variety of colors and textures;
- aesthetically pleasing appearance;
- high strength;
- year-round practicality;
- high soundproofing properties;
- excellent drainage characteristics;
- convenience of storage and transportation;
- simplicity in the installation process;
- long service life.
Perhaps now you will learn something new. Surprisingly, this modern material is made from car tires. Rather, from fractional rubber crumb – a product that is formed during their recycling. Considering that the composition of tires includes high quality materials, such as natural and artificial rubber, emollient oils and fillers, rubber paving slabs are durable and durable.
This secondary production also helps in solving a rather topical issue affecting the disposal of used tires. As a result, there is a real protection of the natural environment..
Technological stages of production
The production process of such material includes three successive stages:
- Preparatory. At this time, used car tires are freed from metal side rings. Further, in the process of using cryogenic technologies, they are subjected to mechanical processing. As a result of the grinding process, the final product with a very small size of the fractional crumb – 1-4 mm.
- Cooking the mixture. The production of rubber tiles at this stage involves the use of special mixers. Using a polyurethane binder, a homogeneous mixture is prepared from the resulting crumbs. Colored pigments are added to it, due to which the coating can be of different colors.
- Pressing. It uses a curing press, which allows you to make tiles of the desired thickness and density. Currently, there are two methods of pressing – hot and cold. There are several myths associated with this production phase. They will be discussed further..
Rubber Tile Myths
- Myth number 1
Hot crumb rubber tiles are inferior in quality to similar products obtained by the cold process. Such a statement cannot be considered correct. He was refuted by companies that use both methods in their production..
- Myth number 2
Is cold pressing really cold? Not. During hot pressing, the tile is exposed to a temperature of 140 ° C for 15 minutes. In the cold method, a heating cabinet is used, in which a constant temperature of 80 ° C is maintained. Products are in it for 4 hours or more. In both cases, the highest quality products with excellent structure and excellent appearance.
- Myth number 3
The cold pressing method can significantly save energy consumption. This statement is incorrect. The difference does not concern the quantity, but the nature of energy consumption. During hot pressing, it is cyclical. This is due to the mode in which the hydraulic press operates. With the cold method, there is a need to maintain a constant temperature of the heating cabinets throughout the entire time of their operation.
Pros and cons of hot and cold production
Nevertheless, the equipment for the production of rubber tiles has its own differences. With the hot pressing method, the following advantages can be distinguished:
- production lines cost 4 times less than when cold forming tiles;
- in the process of increasing production capacity, it is enough only to purchase an additional press or mold.
The main advantage of the cold pressing method, which also uses rubber forms for paving slabs, is a high rate of productivity.
- Preliminary work includes surface leveling. For this, as a rule, they make a concrete screed. In the case when there is an asphalt surface or well-compacted soil, preparation can not be done.
Note! Tiles more than 30 mm thick can be laid on any flat surface. As an additional fixation, the sides are made.
- Laying rubber tiles is not associated with special preparation and use of any special tools and devices. It can be easily adjusted with an ordinary knife. As a fixing substance, polyurethane adhesive or rubber-bitumen mastic can be used..
- The coating material is laid end-to-end in even rows or offset using metal and plastic pins. There is a form of tiles in which the castle connection.
You can walk on the rubber coating 24 hours after installation is completed.
Finished coating care
Rubber tiles are easy to keep clean. It can be vacuumed or washed with water from a hose without the use of special detergents..
Adhesive particles are removed using a broom or soft brush. Snow is removed by working with plastic, wooden shovels or snow machines are used.
It’s nice when new technologies enter our lives and comfortable rubber coatings are made. We will be glad if they facilitate your life and decorate the world around you.!