Recycled Rubber Pavers
Today, one of the most valuable applications of recycled tires is in recycled rubber pavers that are used for sidewalks, large animal flooring, fitness center flooring, playground tiles, and decorative patios. The pavers are made from tires that are ground into crumbs before being formed into large rubber tiles for city sidewalks and flooring, or into brick-type pavers for decorative patios and walkways. Though they are more costly than concrete, they last three times as long or more. They can also be recycled.
In addition to being a useful solution for disposing of old tires, recycled rubber pavers can help to save trees in urban areas. Concrete sidewalks significantly diminish the water and air supply to tree roots so the roots need to be larger and extend upwards to get the nutrients they need. This cracks the concrete sidewalks, creating a hazard and requiring sidewalk repair or replacement. The seams between the rubber pavers allow water and air to get to the tree roots, and the pavers can be lifted if necessary to maintain the roots.
These eco-friendly pavers are extremely durable and versatile. They offer a slip resistant, cushioned floor that prevents injuries in sporting activities and playgrounds. This flooring is an excellent choice for barns and stables to relieve stress and prevent leg injuries to livestock. The easy-to-install decorative pavers provide those benefits along with being an easily maintained and visually attractive choice for patios and walkways. They also help to prevent the “heat island" effect due to their insulating qualities.
Recycled rubber pavers from auto tires turn the tires that were rolling under you yesterday into the sidewalk you will be walking on tomorrow.