Published Oct 15, 2017
When you use tire recycling equipment to properly recycle your old tires, you are not only helping to protect the environment for future generations but you’re also helping to create new products. Tire recycling can give your scrap tires a second life, so what are you waiting for?
And it’s not just new tires that can be made from tire shredding, there’s now a whole range of products that can be made from your recycled tires as well as other innovative uses for the recycled rubber. So now is the time to clean up the environment and get your used tires in a tire shredder to repurpose them for environmentally friendly products that are changing the construction industry.
New uses for recycled rubber are being brought forward all the time and using tire recycling equipment to create new roofing materials is just one of the bright new ideas to hit the market in recent years.
Companies, such as Euroshield and Enviroshake are creating roofing tiles made from recycled rubber tires, meaning they are giving a second life to the millions of scrap tires that are discarded every year.
Not only are these rubber roofing materials helping to protect the environment by reducing landfill and toxic waste from entering the atmosphere, they are also bringing a durable new material to the building industry.
The recycled tires can be crafted into a range of tiles for your roof, so that they look like traditional roofing tiles. They can be created to replicate the look of authentic cedar shingles as well as traditional slate, with products coming in different colors to help you get the best look for your home.
As well as giving your home that authentic looking traditional tiled effect, these new rubber roofs are extremely tough and waterproof. A rubber roof won’t rot or need to be replaced as often as a wooden or slate roof would, giving you a maintenance free option on your home that will outlast a wooden roof as much as three times over. They are also impact tested to withstand heavy hail and falling tree branches, as well as walking on the roof. Not only that, they are extremely weather resistant and won’t crack or erode in freezing temperatures like wood often does and they are fire retardant. The rubber tiles are also wind resistant, so there is less chance of you losing a tile or two in a storm, like you would with genuine slate tiles on your roof.
Another benefit that a rubber tiled roof can give you is that it will be resistant to mold and mildew, as well as insects, meaning you might have less to worry about compared to if you have a wooden roof, which can become home to mold, mildew and insects.
With the rubber tiles being manufactured using recycled tires, this means that any unused parts of the tiles from roof installation can also be put back through the tire shredders and recycled to be used all over again, so there’s less waste.
There are now a number of companies producing rubber bricks as an alternative to traditional building materials. The rubber bricks are made from recycled tires, so they are an environmentally friendly option, as well as being a durable alternative to real bricks.
The most common use for the rubber bricks is for paving stones. They can be used to create traditional looking sidewalks that are safer and easier to walk on. Because they are made from recycled tires, the bricks are non-slip and flexible, which means they’re safer to walk on in wet weather and won’t crack in extreme conditions. The flexibility of the rubber gives them that extra durability for all-season use and they are even tough enough to withstand snow plows in winter.
The rubber bricks provide an ideal surface for wheelchairs, bicycles, strollers and pedestrians. Plus, the bricks are easy to lay, remove and move if need be. Additionally, because they don’t require the traditional setting methods, they’re ready to be walked on almost as soon as they’re laid.
Another benefit to having a rubber pathway is that it’s comfortable, and even bouncy, to walk on. With rubber bricks you can create a decorate, eco-friendly path through your garden to boost your landscaping or create a safe, non-slip driveway that has the look of traditional stone bricks. Because the bricks can be easily trimmed to size, you can create paving and patios in your yard to suit your style. Rubber paving around a swimming pool can boost safety for all the family, as well as adding a classic brick effect.
Made from recycled tires, rubber mulch can be produced using a tire shredder and other tire recycling equipment. It is a versatile product that is free of toxins and extra durable.
It can serve the same purposes as wood mulch, so it can be easily incorporated into your landscaping. But it has a few benefits over tree bark. For one thing, rubber mulch is an all-season warrior. It is waterproof and drains very quickly. Its waterproof composition also means it’s resistant to mold and mildew and other fungi that can grow easily on wood. It’s a popular choice for anyone looking for maintenance free landscaping, as gardeners will appreciate that it inhibits the growth of weeds. This means your planters and borders will look tidy and well-maintained without as much work. In addition to this, the rubber mulch will also hold itself in place more than wood, so it’s less likely to blow all over your yard in the wind or float away in a rain storm.
A popular use for rubber mulch is also on children’s playgrounds, as it can provide a safer surface for them to run around on, and for when they fall. Having a rubber surface in your playground is also cleaner than other alternatives, which will come in particularly handy in wet weather, so you’ll have less muddy shoes trampling through your clean home.