5 tips for choosing rubber tiles for walkways, summer cottages and playgrounds

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To cover children’s and sports grounds, garden paths, adjoining territories and parking lots, a material is needed that would be wear-resistant, resistant to moisture and sunlight, injury-free, durable, non-slip, and at the same time cute and easy to clean. Finding the best option is not easy, and even 15-20 years ago, you would have to be content with only more or less suitable material, but today there is a rubber tile that will withstand the most difficult operating conditions. Since the material is new, not everyone understands well how to choose a rubber tile, and which one is better suited for arranging playgrounds and sports grounds, adjoining territories or garden paths. Let’s figure out the main aspects of a smart choice.

# 1. Features of production

The idea to produce a completely new type of floor covering arose when there were too many used and already unnecessary car tires in the world. The production technology involves the processing and grinding of automobile tires to obtain rubber crumb (fraction size 1-5 mm). Colored and modifying fillers and a special composition of polyurethane are added to it, the mass is processed under the influence of high temperature and pressure, and as a result, a strong and durable material is obtained. Those who care about the state of the environment can be doubly pleased with the purchase of rubber tiles: they helped save the planet and received high-quality flooring.
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# 2. Advantages of rubber tiles

The popularity of rubber tiles is growing rapidly: it quickly went from an unknown material to a hit of sales. The reasons lie in the many benefits of rubber tiles:

  • record wear resistance. The material does not wear out, is not prone to chipping, does not deform under the influence of loads and when heavy objects fall. After several years of use in public places with heavy loads (playgrounds and sports grounds, entrance lobbies), the material does not lose its original appearance;

  • durability. Rubber tiles will last about 10 years, and this is in the open air and under constant loads and negative influences;

  • water resistance allows you to use the material for arranging areas around the pool;

  • the anti-slip effect is achieved due to the rough surface, so it will be impossible to slip when moisture accumulates on the tile. In winter, ice does not form on its surface, so this is an ideal option for arranging steps and paths;

  • shock-absorbing properties. Since the surface of the tiles is slightly bouncy, impacts against the material are softened, reducing the risk of injury. That is why it is so often used to equip children’s and sports grounds;

  • ease of care. The cleaning cover can sometimes be washed with a hose — nothing else is needed;

  • resistance to temperature extremes, ultraviolet light, aggressive media, biological resistance;

  • attractive appearance, variety of shapes and colors.
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Among the minuses is only fire hazard, therefore it is not recommended to use the material near open sources of fire.

All the listed advantages apply only to quality products manufactured in accordance with all requirements and standards. Unscrupulous manufacturers sin using cheap dyes and poor polyurethane adhesives, so the durability and wear resistance of the resulting coating suffers greatly. You need to buy products only after studying the quality certificates. Another proof of the manufacturer’s reliability is the guarantee. One of the leaders of the domestic market for the production of rubber tiles EcoSpline, for example, provides a guarantee for all rubber tiles for a year, supplying products with certificates of compliance with GOST.
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No. 3. Rubber tile thickness

If the length and width of the tiles largely depend on the chosen shape and, in principle, do not affect anything other than purely aesthetic perception, then a lot depends on the thickness of the material. Today manufacturers offer rubber tiles with a thickness of 1 to 4 cm, sometimes products with a thickness of 4.5 cm are found.The choice depends on the scope of use:

  • rubber tiles 1 cm thick are suitable for arranging the area around a house or summer cottage, walking areas, as well as parking lots. It is necessary to mount such a tile on a previously prepared base of concrete screed or asphalt with polyurethane glue. Despite its small thickness, the material has excellent wear-resistant properties and can actually be used wherever there are no large and industrial loads;
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  • rubber tiles with a thickness of 1.6 and 2 cm can be used in areas with more significant point and distributed loads. These are gyms, pool areas, warehouses, bike paths, sidewalks, and parking lots. Tiles are laid on a pre-prepared base of concrete, asphalt or wood, fixed with polyurethane glue;
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  • rubber tiles 3 cm thick have pronounced shock-absorbing properties, and, therefore, increased injury safety. In addition, the material has good vibration and sound insulation qualities, copes with large loads of various types (long-term and short-term, point and distributed). Such tiles are used to cover sports grounds, running tracks, production and storage facilities, and can also be used to decorate playgrounds. The material is laid on a finished solid base, which may not be ideal – small potholes, cracks and other defects will be hidden by tiles of this thickness;
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  • rubber tiles with a thickness of 4 cm are suitable for children’s playgrounds and school grounds for which there are requirements for increased injury safety. The material has unique shock-absorbing, sound- and vibration-insulating properties. The peculiarity lies in the possibility of laying such a tile not only on a solid pre-prepared base, but also on a loose, well-rammed base (sand, crushed stone, soil). In the latter case, special bushings are used for fastening, and the lower part of the tile has a pronounced relief for maximum adhesion to the base surface;
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  • rubber tile 4.5 cm thick is a material that is difficult to find an analogue in terms of performance. Available from EcoSpline and a few other manufacturers. It can be used for arranging sites with significant loads of any kind, mounted both on a prepared solid base, and on an unprepared bulk.

No. 4. Appearance and color

There can be no specific advice on choosing a tile color – focus on your own preferences and the color of the adjacent buildings. The most common shades are dark red, blue, terracotta, black and green, but manufacturers are ready to offer a lot of other shades and even make tiles of the required shade for an individual order, but this will cost more than the standard version. Multiple tile colors can be used within a single site to achieve interesting effects.

As for the form, there is also a rich variety here, and you can choose from the following options:

  • square tiles – a universal option for arranging sites of any type;

  • the “coil” and “wave” tiles have an interesting shape and from a distance resemble ordinary paving slabs, they are mounted with the offset of each new row relative to the previous one. The result is a highly decorative coating that is optimal for arranging sites around the house;
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  • “brick” tiles have laconic forms, similar to paving stones, ideal for arranging garden paths, entrances and areas;

  • the tile “grid” has a characteristic pattern, is used for arranging small areas, as well as paths;
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  • the cobweb tile is so named due to the characteristic pattern that is formed when four tiles are laid. It is covered with playgrounds and sports grounds, terraces, courtyards, exhibition halls;
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  • rubber curbs are 4.5 cm thick tiles that can be used to fencing areas and paths, preventing them from creeping, or as an independent covering for arranging areas with increased stress.
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No. 5. The largest manufacturers of rubber tiles

The safest and easiest way to choose really high-quality and durable rubber tiles is to give preference to products from reputable manufacturers. Among all the companies on the domestic market, it is worth highlighting the following products:

  • EcoSplineEcoSpline is a metropolitan company operating since 2009. The production of crumb rubber flooring is the main activity. Since 2015, the company has independently processed tires into crumb rubber, which allows you to control all stages of production. We are developing our own equipment that would fully meet the production technology used. The assortment includes tiles of different shapes, thicknesses and colors, it is possible to manufacture to individual order. Deliveries are carried out to all regions of Russia, as well as to Belarus and Kazakhstan, the products are certified;

  • LLC “Dmitrovsky RTI Plant” is another capital enterprise. Founded in 2012, it carries out tire processing and rubber tile production. The company is equipped with modern equipment allowing to work with large volumes of raw materials. The products meet all hygienic and sanitary standards. Tiles are produced in different colors and shapes; the range also includes anti-slip pads and stair systems;

  • Good Deed LLC produces rubber tiles under the Artprime trademark. The enterprise is located in the Tver region, delivers to the nearest regions. The range of manufactured products is wide, including tiles of all shapes described above. The advantages include a long warranty period and services for the development of a design project;
  • EcostepEcostep, a subsidiary of Ekponenta LLC, manufactures rubber tiles using a unique patented technology. The quality of the manufactured products is the highest, and the assortment includes, in addition to standard forms of tiles, also products with drawings, intended for the arrangement of playgrounds;

  • Festen Halt is a company with a wide sales geography that produces rubber tiles of various thicknesses, colors and shapes. It is inferior to competitors in assortment, but not in quality.

Finally, we note that the installation of rubber tiles is a simple process that does not require special preparation, and this is another advantage of the coating and a significant reason for its popularity.

Material source: http://www.ecospline.ru/product/rezinovaya-plitka.

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