When you think about resurfacing the driveway, walkways, pool deck or other areas around your property, materials like concrete, brick, stone or asphalt are probably what come to mind. However, rubber surfacing is an alternative that you might want to consider.
Rubber surfacing (also called Rubber paving) has come into the spotlight in recent years, as Canadian homeowners look for more sustainable ways to maintain the look and safety of their homes.
Touted as one of the home improvement industry’s most versatile surfacing options, rubber brings an element of safety that can’t be achieved with other materials. It’s also versatile, attractive, and easy to maintain. But, is it the paving solution that’s right for your needs? Take a closer look and decide for yourself…
What is Rubber Paving?
Rubber paving is a technology originally intended for running tracks. It was developed in Europe over 70 years ago, and slowly made its way to North America in the late 80’s. Rubber “pavement” is typically made up of either new or recycled rubber granules that have been combined with a binding agent. This mixture can then be applied to an existing surface, such as asphalt, concrete or brick, or directly onto a prepared dirt area.
Rubber surfacing is an excellent choice for numerous applications on residential properties. Some of the many applications include:
- Pool Decks
- Basement Floors
- Garage Floors
What are The Benefits of Rubber Paving?
Safety –The number one benefit of rubber paving is the fact that it provides optimal slip resistance, even when wet. In fact, it is often known as safety surfacing, and is quickly becoming the go-to option for playgrounds. It’s also a softer, more flexible surface than other options. Meaning, that if a fall should happen, the impact will be more forgiving than with something like concrete or stone.
Maintenance –Rubber paving is incredibly easy to maintain. Since it can be put down on top of an existing surface, there’s no need for costly demolition. Depending upon the use of your surface, rubber paving can be long-lasting, doesn’t crack or dip due to temperature changes, and resists both mold and mildew. Plus, you know those annoying weeds that can sprout through cracks or between the interlock? Rubber paving pretty much eradicates them!
Good Looking –Rubber paving is available in a white assortment of colours, from the traditional black to red, yellow and even purple. It can also be put down to form patterns, allowing you to add interest and personality to throughout your home’s exterior grounds.
Are There Problems Associated with Rubber Paving?
Of course, no surface material is perfect, including rubber. So, while there are numerous benefits to choosing rubber for your pool deck, walkways, and other areas, there are also a couple of potential shortcomings to consider.
Driveway Difficulties–While many people have enjoyed great success with rubber driveways, there are some who report having to reinstall within 2 to 3 years of installation. The thought is that the rubber isn’t as able to sustain the wear and tear associated with vehicle traffic as it is with foot traffic. However, we have heard of a few rubber paving companies that offer up to a 5-year warranty on their driveways. So, ensuring that your driveway lasts may be simply a matter of finding the right contactor.
Not Skid Steer Friendly –While this isn’t a worry for most Canadians, there are some homeowners with substantial properties who clear their driveways of snow in winter using a skid steer. It should be noted that this isn’t a good way to clear a rubber-paved driveway.
Are you a rubber paving (or surfacing) contractor in Canada? If so, be sure to create your listing with eieihome.com, today!
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