About Rubber Paving
Rubber paving is a low cost, long lasting alternative to replacing asphalt or concrete surfaces in poor condition due to heaving, cracking, or pitting. Rubber paving can be used to resurface most areas with no need to dig up and haul away your existing surfaces, reducing waste in landfills. Since rubber paving is flexible and able to move with shifting soil, it does not crack. If there is a tear in your rubber paving, it is easily fixable.
It is classified as a safety surface as it is incredibly slip-resistant - preventing injuries from occurring. It is also a permeable product, preventing ice buildup and water pooling on the surface. Additionally, rubber paving is a soft product that helps cushion the impact of any fall that does occur, making this product a triple threat when it comes to the winter conditions we face in Regina.
Our rubber paving has been installed in some of the toughest, harshest environments in the world and have been proven to withstand everything from the scorching deserts of Arizona to the harsh winters of Canada. During the winter it can be salted, shovelled, snow blown, and power broomed without damage, and it will remain flexible and grippy during our -50 cold snaps.
We offer a 10 year warranty for our rubber paving because we are confident in the quality of not only our product, but our installation.
All surfaces must be cleared of objects & debris, repaired or filled wherever necessary, and swept or power washed before product application.
Levelling & Embellishments
Borders, detail work, crack fills, and the base layer (for installation on crushed rock surfaces only) must be completed prior to the installation of the main area.
Rubber granules are mixed with a liquid binder (like glue) and hand troweled onto your project area. If you have chosen a color combination to customize your project area, they are combined at this stage. Aliphatic binder is used to keep your colors bright and protected from the sun. Aromatic binder is used on black or dark rubber paving, allowing us to keep your project costs low.
How is Rubber Paving in the winter?
Rubber Paving is very durable. Snow shovels and snow blowers will not damage your rubber paving and any snow or ice is easily removed from the hydrophobic rubber. Salt or ice melt products will also have no effect on the rubber, unlike concrete.
Because snow does not stick to rubber paving like it does with cement, often times you can simply use a snow blower to clear your rubber paving surface. Rubber paving maintains its superior grip properties even when frozen to help prevent slip and fall incidents and injuries. Finally, because rubber paving is permeable, ice does not easily build up on the surface.
Synthetic rubber paving (EPDM) vs recycled (SBR)?
At Pro Surfaces, we use both EPDM and SBR rubber paving in different ways.
We use virgin EPDM rubber paving, meaning the material is made under total control of Stargum, our manufacturer. EPDM is a high quality synthetic rubber that will last longer and perform better than recycled rubber paving for the surface of your rubber paving project. If you're looking at using color in your rubber paving project, our EPDM granules have been extensively tested for color fastness to make sure that they won't fade or wear. Our EPDM rubber paving also has a Class A Fire Rating, meaning that it is effective against severe fire exposure and has a flame spread rating of between zero and 25. It is also safe for human health and the environment.
Recycled SBR rubber paving is made from recycled tires and is important for a variety of projects. It does not last as long as EPDM rubber for the surface of your project, so instead we use it as a base layer when installing over crushed rock, or to build up low spots. This helps to reduce the cost of your overall project while still being safe.
Is rubber paving Eco-Friendly?
Since rubber paving can be applied overtop of the existing surface, it reduces the amount of waste going to our local landfill. Additionally, the SBR rubber paving that we use is made of recycled tires, further reducing landfill waste. The rubber has been chemically cleaned to ensure that no unwanted particulates or carcinogens will affect the surrounding area. The solvents and binders used to bind the rubber chips have a low VOC, preventing harmful chemicals from being released into the air. At Pro Surfaces, we strive to reduce the environmental impact whenever possible.
How long will it last?
EPDM rubber paving is the most resilient product on the market. Like steel, EPDM has many different grades and is used for many different applications. Our EPDM is a perfect combination of flexibility and durability to give our customers the best resilience possible, allowing it to stand up to foot traffic, vehicle traffic, harsh weather, and chlorine around pools. The life expectancy for the wear layer can be as much as 20 years, depending largely on keeping it clean. Once the top layer has become worn out and needs to be replaced, we can simply apply a new top layer instead of removing and reinstalling the entire product.
Will my car damage my rubber paving?
A common misconception is that rubber paving will rip just from turning the wheels of your vehicle. This only happens if your rubber paving is improperly installed, or the materials are of poor quality. Additionally, some types of colored rubber paving will wear off creating black tire marks on your driveway. This is why we use only the highest quality of EPDM rubber paving that has color all the way through the rubber instead of just a coat on the outside.
Finally, if you're someone that does their auto fixes on their driveway you can rest easily. Most common automotive chemicals will have no effect on the rubber paving. Brake cleaner and brake fluid are the only common automotive chemicals that will damage rubber paving.
If I damage my rubber paving, can it be fixed?
In the unlikely event that the rubber paving does get damaged, it can easily be repaired by simply cutting out the damaged section and reapplying rubber. The new section will be shiny and bright for about a year, until it blends in with the rest of the rubber paving.
How long does it take to install & cure?
We can complete most projects in one day and the rubber takes a mere 48 hours to fully cure, making your driveway, garage, deck or sidewalk fully usable in only 2 days! That makes rubber paving much quicker to install than concrete, asphalt or most other products, especially since the substrate needs to be removed. Large projects exceeding 1000 square feet in size take slightly longer depending on the size as we can generally install 1000 sqft of rubber per day.
How do I clean and maintain it?
Generally a simple sweep or leaf blow will keep your rubber paving clean. For stubborn spots, a garden hose or light pressure wash works very well. A mild soap or detergent, like dish detergent or car wash soap, works very well for oil spills.
What is the warranty on my rubber paving?
Pro Surfaces offers a 5 year warranty for residential spaces, but your project could last as much as 20 years depending largely on maintenance. Your Pro Surfaces warranty ensures that any product defect or improper installation is repaired at no cost to you within a reasonable amount of time.
Rubber tires are flamable, is rubber paving flamable?
Yes, recycled rubber paving can be flammable, however our EPDM rubber paving also has a Class A Fire Rating, meaning that it is effective against severe fire exposure and has a flame spread rating of between zero and 25.
Why choose rubber paving over concrete or asphalt?
Rubber pavement is a cost effective, low maintenance alternative to asphalt & concrete. Because the surface is flexible, it offers a great solution to the many challenges we face with shifting soil such as cracked sidewalks, driveways and root heave. Because rubber paving can be applied over existing concrete, there is no costly and destructive hassle of removing the old damaged concrete or asphalt prior to application.
What type of a base does rubber paving need?
Rubber paving can be placed over cement, wood, interlocking brick, aluminum, asphalt, tile, steel, fiberglass & tile. Rubber paving can also be installed on crushed rock, however there will be added costs to create a recycled rubber base.
Can I add borders and designs into my project?
Absolutely! We can do borders, designs and logos right into the rubber paving. If you can dream it, we can deliver it.
How thick does Rubber paving need to be installed?
EPDM rubber paving is installed 1/2" thick on hard surfaces like concrete or asphalt. When installing it directly on crushed rock, we must create a stable base layer using the recycled rubber that is normally between 1" - 1 1/2" thick. We always ensure that the surface of your rubber paving project is level, so thickness may vary to fill in dips or low areas.
Will rubber paving fix sloping and drainage issues around my house?
No. Rubber paving is permeable, meaning that water goes through it. If you have slope issues or low spots that affect drainage of your property, we can build it up with crushed rock or a specialty type of cement product.