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Our MissionEducate and Deliver Value to our ClienteleIncrease Efficiency of our OrganizationBring to Market “Living Brands” That Evolve with our Client’s Changing Demands
Establish 1994Founded in 1994, Rubber-Cal is a distributor of industrial rubber products. The company brings to market and inventories a wide range of rubber mats, rubber flooring, sheet rubber, flexible ducting, coir doormats, pavement maintenance parts and other specialty rubber products. Our large inventory and 24-hour fulfillment of stocked products makes us a great partner to agile OEMs and retailers by reducing their need to inventory parts and raw materials. Most of our rubber goods can be purchased in small custom-cut lengths, decreasing both the cost and time of installation and onsite fabrication.
Eco-Conscious ProductsIngrained in our basic philosophy is the mission to offer “Green” products, whenever possible, to industry and consumers alike. Natural, reclaimed and recycled rubbers are not only a practical substitute but also a far more affordable option. Firstly, by using eco-friendly materials like natural and recycled rubber we help to reduce the presence of non-biodegradable rubber waste in the ecosystem. In the US, there are approximately 245 million tires discarded annually. Our products help reduce the presence of these tires in dumpsites. Secondly, consumers directly benefit from recycled rubber products because they are more affordable than their synthetic counterparts. This has been a distinguishing hallmark that has served Rubber-Cal well over the years. In fact, it is a point of pride for us. Products using eco-friendly recycled rubber, such as our interlocking rubber floor tiles, are very popular with consumers because they offer superior protection and durability at a competitive price.
BrandsDucting.comCoirmat.comFloorMatCompany.comRubberFlooringExperts.comSheetrubber.com – Coming Soon
In the MediaRubber-Cal's quality products have garnered attention for the company from the media. In 2016-17 you will see our products appearing on prime time TV shows such as Sweat Inc., The Biggest Loser, Strong, and Save Our Shelters. In the past ten years our rubber products have appeared on The Martha Stewart Show, ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, NBC’s The Biggest Loser, US Open of Surfing, VH1’s Money Hungry, Mr. Olympia, Designed to Sell, DIY TV’s Run My Renovation, Extra Yardage, Man Caves and Grounds for Improvement. Rubber-Cal is proud to have been involved in the success of these shows. As the company continues to grow, consumers and industry can expect to see more of its products showcased in the media.
Our StaffRubber products can be complex and hard to understand. All of Rubber-Cal's success would not be possible without the dedicated expertise of its staff. Whether you need sheet rubber, rubber flooring, or custom-made rubber gaskets, our friendly and knowledgeable staff is on hand to help you find the right elastomer for your needs! The experts know that browsing through our product line may be intimidating for some, but they are here to guide you. With a firm belief in providing quality customer service, they make it their mission to educate and inform customers about rubber products.
Upcoming Trade ShowsRubber-Cal is excited to announce its presence at two upcoming trade shows in 2017! Come find us at the following shows:
National Pavement Expo – February 1-4, Nashville TN - This is the go-to event for companies and contractors involved in America’s pavement maintenance industry. Rubber-Cal will be at this show in Nashville’s Music City Center from February 1 to 4 showcasing our lineup of rubber snowplow blades, street sweeper curtains kits, and sweeper hoses.
National Hardware Show – May 9-11, Las Vegas NV – This trade show is the prime hub for sourcing and education for everyone involved in the home improvement and DIY markets. Hosted at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Rubber-Cal will be exhibiting rubber mats and flooring products at booth 4424.
Rubber Insights – From Tires to Rubber Floors
Americans generate about 290 million scrap tires each year. Because rubber tires are bulky, durable by design, and nonbiodegradable, they would rapidly fill up space if sent to landfills. In 2015, the State of California recycled 35.8 million out of 44.2 million scrap tires into new rubber products to divert them from entering landfills.
When recycling tires, scrap tires are shredded into rubber fragments, typically 1/4" to 3/4" in size. During this shredding, steel belts and nylon cord (also referred to as "fluff") are extracted from the tire. These rubber fragments are further shredded down into a fine rubber particle referred to as tire crumb or crumb rubber, which sees frequent use in rubberized asphalt concrete. Crumb rubber is then passed through a series of fine wire meshes and graded based on particle size, which may be as small as 1/40th of an inch or even smaller. Some recycling plants use a 200-mesh particle screen—a mesh screen with 200 holes per inch, which produces rubber particles less than 1/200th of an inch in size.
Once filtered and graded, rubber crumb is mixed with a polyurethane-based binder to produce what we call recycled rubber. This material can be shaped into a variety of recycled rubber products, including flooring rolls and modular tiles. Since many tires are designed to absorb vibrations from the road, tire rubber is considered a poor conductor of acoustics. This property of tire rubber allows recycled rubber flooring to absorb vibrations and sound, a desirable quality for flooring material. In turn, the production of tire crumb and use of recycled rubber flooring keeps tires out of landfills, benefitting the environment.
Before You Buy - Custom Cut Parts
We offer specialized rubber parts for various industrial purposes, including gaskets and bumpers.
Rubber gaskets are used to provide seals between hard, often metallic, parts to prevent leakage. For instance, plumbing often includes a ring-shaped rubber seal where two pipes connect. Since two rigid metal pieces may have microscopic gaps even when tightly screwed together, the gasket forms a complete, watertight seal between the two pipes. Similarly, many machines rely on gaskets to seal in gases or liquids. Additionally, gaskets and seals prevent machine parts from coming into direct contact, protecting them from friction and damaging each other. Since gaskets need to be solid pieces of rubber, they are often made from synthetic rubber, such as neoprene or EPDM.
Like gaskets, rubber pads and bumpers serve as spacers that protect the floor from being scratched or scuffed by the weight of machines or furniture. Furniture and other heavy objects often have rubber pads (sometimes referred to as "feet") on the bottom which prevent the underside from coming into direct contact with the floor. In industrial settings, these rubber pads are especially crucial for heavy machinery with moving parts, which may rock from side to side and damage the floor. They are often made from recycled rubber, which is durable and environmentally friendly.
All custom produced industrial rubber products are made to order. They can be cut from our sheet rubber products via hand cut, die cut, laser cut, or water jet cut.
Before You Buy - Why Buy DIY Rubber Floors?
Flooring can be very expensive when hiring a professional to install it for you. Professional flooring companies base their rates on the cost of the flooring material, the equipment and labor needed for installation, and the total flooring area. They also charge fees for removing and disposing of old flooring material. Because of labor and material costs, wood and stone floors tend to be the most expensive types of flooring to install.
For rubber flooring installations, professionals tend to charge at a rate of $3 to $9 per square foot depending on the quality of the rubber, with an average of $5 per square foot. Damaged subflooring, remote locations, and other factors increase the cost of labor, and thus the total installation cost as well.
Consider a scenario where a homeowner wants to convert a garage into a home gym and plans to outfit it with rubber flooring. A typical 2-car garage is 24 feet long and 24 feet wide, for a total of 576 square feet. If the homeowner hires a professional to install the flooring in this garage, the professional may charge anywhere from $576 to $5,184, with an average cost of $2,880. This total also does not include sales taxes or permit fees.
On the other hand, if the homeowner chooses to install the rubber flooring themselves, the costs of installation include only the cost of the rubber flooring and the adhesive—double-sided tape or glue—for an average of $3 per square foot. The homeowner can install rubber flooring in the same 576-square-foot garage for an average total of $1,653. By choosing rubber flooring that is easy to install, homeowners can eliminate the need to hire professionals and save on flooring installation costs.