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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.
Before You Buy: How to Cut Rubber Mats
You can easily cut our rubber flooring rolls to your desired length using a sharp utility knife, a measuring tape, and a metal straightedge. Before cutting, make sure you're working on a clean surface before spreading out your rubber roll. You may want to lay down some cardboard padding underneath so that your knife won't scrape against the floor when cutting. This will minimize any damage to either the knife or the floor.
Using a measuring tape, measure the length of matting you intend to cut, and place the straightedge at the place where you will cut. Make sure to measure the length on both sides of the matting so that the straightedge is positioned correctly at each end. This will prevent you from cutting at an angle, ensuring that the mat is the right length on each side. To be safe, you may wish to check the mat's length a third time down the middle.
When you are ready to cut, run a sharp utility knife across the rubber, keeping along the straightedge to ensure a clean, deliberate cut. While cutting, press down firmly on the straightedge to keep it in place as this will prevent the straightedge from shifting and offsetting your knife's path. The thicker the rubber the most likely you will have to score the surface a few times before cutting through the rubber flooring rolls. A good quality blade makes cutting through products an easier task.
While this method may be one of the fastest and by far the most affordable way of cutting rubber, it does come with its downsides. Because it is done by hand and by a human, it is the least precise of all the methods.
What Is It Made Of? Coir Mats
Coir mats are made from coco coir, the fibers that make up a coconut husk. These strong fibers protect the coconut from abrasion, seawater, and ultraviolet light.
Coir fiber (also known as coco fiber or coco coir fiber) is categorized in two ways. One distinction is based on whether the fiber is removed from ripe or immature coconut husks. The husks of fully ripened coconuts yield brown coir. This brown coir is highly resistant to abrasion and ultraviolet light. Due to its dark brown color, it is used primarily in brushes, floor mats, and upholstery padding. On the other hand, white coir comes from the husks of coconuts harvested shortly before they ripen. This fiber is softer and not as strong than brown coir. It is usually spun into yarn, which may be woven into mats or twisted into twine or rope.
Although coconut palms grow throughout the world's tropical regions, the vast majority of the commercially produced coir comes from India and Sri Lanka. India and Sri Lanka are listed as the top two global producers of coir fiber, accounting for approximately 90% of all coir fiber production in the world—and global exports of coir fiber have only grown since 1990.
India accounts for more than two-thirds of the world’s production of coir and coir products. Kerala is the home of the Indian coir industry, accounting for 61 percent of coconut production and over 85 percent of coir products.
During harvest, a coconut's husk is separated from the hard-shelled seed, the part usually thought of as a coconut. These pulpy husks are stored in fresh water for six months in a process called retting, which softens the pulp. After retting, long coir fibers are extracted from the pulp, combed, and dried (Madehow.com). Once dried, they can be woven and bundled for export.
Like the coconut husks they came from, the brown coir in our door mats are highly durable and resist damage from sunlight or water. Their strong bristles excel at scraping dirt off your shoes. Coir mats are sustainably sourced and resistant to abrasion, allowing them to remain functional for a long time.
Before You Buy: Why Buy Recycled Rubber Floors?
Recycled rubber is an excellent flooring choice for the environmentally conscious. They are manufactured from used tires that would otherwise be sent to landfills. These old tires are taken from scrap yards and shredded into a fine rubber particle called "tire crumb." Tire crumb is then glued together with polyurethane adhesive to form recycled rubber. By buying recycled rubber flooring, you support the recycled rubber industry's efforts to reduce the volume of non-biodegradable material that ends up in landfills!
Recycled rubber is cheaper than virgin rubber, as recycled rubber is less expensive to produce than natural and synthetic virgin rubbers. Natural rubber comes from the sap of Hevea brasiliensis, also known as the rubber tree, so natural virgin rubber is costly to produce due to the resources needed to farm rubber trees. Synthetic rubber is petroleum-based, so likewise, synthetic virgin rubber is costly to produce due to the resources needed to drill for petroleum. Since recycled rubber comes from used tires—otherwise considered trash—it does not require new tree sap or new petroleum to be harvested, and is thus more cost-effective. This also makes recycled rubber more environmentally friendly to produce than virgin rubber, as it mitigates soil depletion from extensive rubber tree farming or environmental damage from oil drilling.
Unlike virgin rubber products, which must be vulcanized before they can be used, the tire rubber in recycled rubber was already vulcanized when the original tires were first manufactured. Since recycled rubber consists of multiple pieces of vulcanized rubber, it offers several advantages as flooring. Recycled rubber flooring is softer than a solid piece of vulcanized rubber, and thus provides more cushioning. It is also porous, allowing it to absorbs noise and vibration well.