Rubber Floors - Tough, Protective, Affordable
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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.
Tips Before You Buy: Why Install Rubber Flooring With Double-Sided Tape?
Rubber flooring is simple to install with double-sided tape, making it great for do-it-yourself home projects. This method of installation is less expensive, quicker, and makes for a floor that can easily be removed.
Unlike with glue, you do not need special tools or expert professionals to install rubber flooring. Rubber flooring is also quicker to install with double-sided tape.
Simply apply heavy-duty carpet tape along the perimeter of your rubber flooring and apply it to the subfloor. Make an error in placement or you notice air pockets developing? When installing with double-sided tape, unlike the use of adhesive, these concerns can quickly and easily be addressed without damage to the flooring or the subfloors.
Rubber flooring installed with double-sided tape is also easy to remove. This ease of removal makes double-sided tape ideal for indoor and temporary installations of rubber flooring, such as basements and kitchens, as the floor can be easily removed. As long as the room is dry and the subfloor is clean of dust or dirt, indoor rubber flooring is very effective with double-sided carpet tape.
This Season: Why Snowplows use Rubber Cutting Edges
Snowplows use rubber cutting edges to avoid damaging pavement or ground cover that is of value, such as brick, cobblestone, or synthetic turf. Rubber cutting edges are also used on important pavement that needs to be handled with extra care, such as runways at airports or rubber playground floors.
Because a snowplow's metal blade is very sturdy, when it comes into direct contact with pavement, it can mar its surface. A rubber cutting edge extends slightly over the edge of a snowplow's metal blade and prevents the blade from damaging the pavement. This saves property owners the cost of replacing damaged flooring. To extend the lifespan on a rubber cutting edge, snowplow owners rotate the rubber edge as needed until both sides are worn out.
In addition to protecting the pavement, rubber cutting edges also reduce noise from snowplows. Normally, the metal blade causes a loud scraping noise when grinding against the pavement. By preventing the metal blade from coming into direct contact with the pavement, a rubber cutting edge mutes the blade's scraping noise. In turn, metal scraping noises indicate that the blade is making direct contact with the pavement and the rubber edge is worn out.
Rubber Insights: Frictional Coefficients and Anti-Slip Surfaces
In physics, slipperiness can be expressed through the "frictional coefficient" between two surfaces. A frictional coefficient indicates how much friction one surface exerts on the surface of an object, or how much one surface prevents another surface from moving across it.
The frictional coefficient between a shoe and the floor, for instance, is calculated by dividing the "frictional force", the force that the floor exerts on the shoe's surface to prevent movement, by the "normal force", the force that keeps the shoe in contact with the floor (Simple Wikipedia). Since the shoe is on top of the floor, the normal force is the shoe's weight. Friction and weight increase proportionally, so the frictional coefficient between the floor and a pair of shoes is the same as the coefficient between the floor and someone wearing those shoes.
A high frictional coefficient means that the shoe finds it harder to slide across the floor, while a low frictional coefficient means that the shoe slides more easily across the floor. Slippery surfaces such as glass or ice tend to have very low frictional coefficients, while rubber or dry asphalt have higher frictional coefficients.
A rubber floor functions well as an anti-slip surface because the frictional coefficient between an object with a rubber surface and a dry rubber floor is 1.16. In other words, a person wearing rubber-soled shoes needs greater force to slide across a rubber floor than the force of the person's own weight—the very force that causes them to fall. This is crucial for preventing slips and falls, since most shoes have rubber soles. The friction between rubber soles and a rubber floor prevents people from slipping and counteracts the force responsible for falls.
Rubber-Cal Customer Care is Now on Twitter
A new era is upon us. Our customers are now using social media for customer service more than ever. Twitter in particular is a very popular choice. When our customers reach for their phone, they are as likely to tweet as they are to call customer service. Why is using Twitter for customer service so critical? With more than 800 million registered users, Twitter has become one of the main ways that people communicate.
It is only natural that people use it to share frustration or ask for help. Rubber is not an easy compound to know and understand. Not everyone has a familiar working knowledge of the product. That is why we are here. We hope that through Twitter, we can respond to your questions and needs quicker. We want to show the world that we are a responsive company that cares about customers.
Twitter is public and that is a good thing. It is one-on-one interaction, but with an audience. If we respond quickly, then everyone can see an issue being resolved in real time.
Sure, Rubber-Cal may need to have some private discussion with the customer – which can be done through Twitter’s Direct Message feature – but once the problem is resolved, we can come back and publically thank the customer for the opportunity to serve him or her. Sometimes multiple customers ask the same question at one time. And others might be wondering but not asking. Twitter gives us the opportunity to jump in and solve the problem for 2-3 (or more) people at one time. It is a win-win for everyone involved!
By using Twitter, Rubber-Cal is an accessible 21st century company. When we converse via Twitter, customers such as yourself can get answers more quickly since they only take a minute or two for customers to compose. Send us a Tweet now @RubberCalHelp