tires play an essential role in modern life. Since tires wear out
relatively fast, recycling tires began some time ago as re-treading,
which is the retention of the tire interior and application of new tread
to the exterior. This has helped to recycle some of the millions of
tires discarded annually.
retreading process, the old tread is removed by grinding and the
resulting dust is termed buffings. These buffings are non-laminated
polymerically bound black SBR rubber. To give more aesthetic appeal to
the material, colorful non-recycled EPDM rubber granules are added along
with a 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. Heat and pressure convert the mixture into either a block 37”
square by 6” thick or a cylinder approximately 48” in dia. by from 30”
to 60” long.
slices the block into sheets in thicknesses such as,
The sheets can then be die or water-jet cut into tiles, 36” square being
the most common or other tile sizes including interlocking. The cylinder
is peeled like a veneer log. A knife slices material from the cylinder
to produce sheets that can be up to 280’ long depending upon the
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.
used as a resilient interior and exterior environmentally responsible
flooring material. 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 any high traffic area.
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. 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
Veneer is a completely safe, non-toxic material that causes no harm to
the environment during its manufacture or use. By making a recycled
material look and feel desirable, Tire Veneer takes a step forward,
transforming an environmental problem into an appealing solution.
inquiries are welcome.