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Founded in 1994, Rubber-Cal is a distributor of industrial rubber products. The company provides 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.
Ingrained 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.
Goodyear Rubber Flooring
Sheetrubber.com – Coming Soon
In the Media
Rubber-Cal's quality products have garnered attention for the company from the media. Recently, in 2016-17, our products appeared on prime time TV shows such as Sweat Inc., The Biggest Loser, Strong, and Save Our Shelters. Over 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.
Rubber 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.
New Product Release
The Shark Tooth II – Crazy named product but our customers love it! We are coming out with another version of this tough rubber mat. Keep an eye out for it in the first quarter of 2021.
Upcoming Trade Shows
We are planning on showing at the National Hardware Show in Las Vegas in May of 2021. Keep your fingers crossed and get vaccinated!
What Does EPDM Stand For?
EPDM stands for the chemical compounds, ethylene, propylene, and diene monomers, which are the primary chemicals used in the production of the material. The chemicals used to production of EPDM allows it to be the superior outdoor rubber compared to other elastomers, even synthetic. When these solvents are put through vulcanization, they come together to form its excellent resistance to chemicals, heat, and damaging environmental factors.
EPDM was named after ethylene, propylene, and diene monomers because they play a large role in its unique environmental resistance properties. The monomers ethylene and propylene, in particular, combine to form a saturated polymer backbone, allowing it to stand up well against abrasive temperatures, oxidation, ozone, and weathering. Additionally, as a synthetic elastomer, EPDM is stronger than natural rubber variations, offering excellent surface protection.
Due to these properties of EPDM, it is often used for industrial applications involving chemicals and extreme temperatures. Neither the chemicals nor the outside environment will damage EPDM, making it the ideal material for outdoor industrial usage. A common use for EPDM is in the production of industrial seals and gaskets as it is a resilient and long-lasting material that is able to provide a reliable and safe industrial application.
How to Install EPDM
EPDM can be installed using a polyurethane-based adhesive or a pressure-sensitive adhesive. These forms of adhesion are ideal for installing EPDM because they are resilient and flexible enough as to not restrict the movement of the elastomer. Pressure-sensitive adhesives are offered for closed cell EPDM; however, because pressure-sensitive adhesives are not permanent, outdoor use of pressure-sensitive adhesives is not recommended.
As an outdoor rubber, EPDM is often used for outdoor industrial applications and, because of this, polyurethane-glue is the best option for installing this elastomer. Harder and denser glues are not able to flex and bend with an elastomer and can end up causing tears and breaks in the material. In addition, it is important to use a polyurethane-based glue as some industrial glues may deteriorate the elastomer over time.
When installing an EPDM rubber part, it is important to do so on a clean surface that is free of dust or debris to ensure a throughout adhesion. The location and type of installation should also determine the type of adhesive used. Since EPDM is an outdoor rubber, the use of a polyurethane-based adhesive is the most recommended method of installation due to its ability to flex with the elastomer as well as offer all-weather durability.
EPDM vs Nitrile
The main difference between EPDM and nitrile rubber can be seen through their chemical and physical properties. EPDM is regarded as a weather-resistant rubber whereas nitrile rubber is valued for it use in oil or petroleum-related applications. While both elastomers are extremely durable and resistant to numerous chemical solvents, they each have properties that surpass that of the other elastomer making each material better suited for separate applications.
Both nitrile and EPDM are highly chemical-resistant elastomers that are ideal for industrial applications involving harsh chemical solvents. EPDM retains excellent resistance to most caustic chemicals, but it will swell and lose its strength in an application when exposed to oil. Although it is not resistant to oils, as nitrile rubber is, EPDM will still provide long-lasting applications and perform well when exposed to chemicals.
EPDM is capable of resisting degradation caused by direct sunlight and cracking caused by ozone. Contrastingly, nitrile rubber can be severely damaged by ozone cracking when exposed to outdoor environments. Both EPDM and nitrile have wide operating temperature ranges that allow them to hold up well in the face of abrasive temperatures; however, EPDM is a more versatile material that can be used both indoors and outdoors without deteriorating.