No two jobs are completely alike. On one hand, there are the standard types of commercial and industrial applications that require only the basic kinds of material. At other times, however, a project or need may be more physically demanding than usual. For these harsh conditions and challenging applications, Rubber-Cal offers a complete line of heavy-duty rubber products that can protect both your floors and your equipment from costly damages. Not many people stop and think about it, but flooring and surfacing supports virtually every facet of our lives. The protective rubber items offered by Rubber-Cal are great at resisting physical abrasions and can endure in harsh indoor and outdoor environments for extended periods of time. Since they are often made using recycled tires, our hard rubber materials are both eco-friendly and cost-effective options for America’s consumers.
Heavy Duty Rubber
What is Heavy-Duty Rubber?
Heavy duty rubber is always designed with protection in mind; for both your floors or equipment and for anything or anyone on its surface. Heavy duty rubber mats are made of high durometer rubber which are denser, allows them to be used in rougher conditions. In addition, recycled rubber products are generally a great choice for abusive uses. Recycled Rubber are far less expensive that their natural and synthetic counterparts. This makes them a great choice for any application that expects the rubber part to be of short term.
Properties of Heavy-Duty Rubber
These heavy products are bigger and harder to move around than other products, but the protection they offer to an area is worth it. Our line of heavy-duty rubber mats is made of high durometer rubber. Durometer is a measurement of a material’s durability, density and elasticity. When a material possesses a high durometer rating, as in the case of our heavy protective rubber, it can be considered a hard rubber that is better able to endure harsh physical conditions. Additionally, heavy duty synthetic rubber is more chemical resistant than regular rubber materials. These synthetic versions of protective rubber offer resistance to grease/oils and most chemicals and alkalis allowing them to be used where chemicals may be used or stored. Overall, our heavy-duty rubber products are denser, sturdier and more resistant to damaging forces and materials than most other low or medium-grade durometer elastomers.
1. Types of Heavy Duty Rubber
Rubber-Cal offers a wide range of different heavy-duty rubber products to make sure every need is met. These products include everything from thick protective rubber mats to extremely dense, solid and hard rubber sheets that have cloth inserted within the rubber to add an extra level of strength. This cloth-inserted rubber is especially useful when a strong material is needed for mechanical fastening within industrial applications, because the material prevents the rubber from stretching and warping.
1(a). Recycled Rubber
This superior level of protection can also be attributed to the recycled rubber material used in our hard rubber products. Recycled rubber is made from used vehicle tires, products that would otherwise simply be deposited in landfills. The rubber in these tires is very strong and designed to handle very harsh conditions. This quality is transferred over to our recycled heavy-duty rubber material. While the recycled tire rubber aids in protecting against physical harm, it also keeps the protective rubber safe in the outdoors. It can withsatnd moisture and UV rays better than non-recycled rubber products. This abrasion resistant rubber will function just as well outdoors as it will indoors. Consumers can benefit from recycled rubber products in two ways. First, it is an eco-friendly material that helps reduce non-biodegradable waste in the environment. Secondly, it is available at more affordable rates than non-recycled competitors. Investing in heavy-duty rubber protection at competitive rates is a sound idea for your application.
With some products, such as commercial grade neoprene, the heavy-duty rubber is available in extremely thick gauges. Neoprene is also an abrasion resistant rubber that has a durometer range of 65-75 allowing it to take a heavier beating without damage to the material. Available in open or closed cell forms, neoprene rubber is a hard rubber that that can withstand high-stress industrial settings as well as resist the damaging effects of outdoor variables including UV rays and ozone. Neoprene is a compound and is offered in a variety of solid and cellular forms.
1(c). SBR Rubber
SBR rubber, also known as styrene butadiene rubber, is a synthetic rubber material that is generally used to replace natural rubber. However, unlike natural rubber, SBR is a more durable hard rubber that is also resistant to grease/oils. It is resistant to some mild chemicals such as common household chemical cleaners but, like natural rubber, extensive exposure to chemicals can deteriorate the material. SBR rubber is also highly abrasion resistant and has excellent resilience towards wear and tear. Additionally, cloth inserted SBR is available. The cloth insertion in this SBR rubber product is included to provide added stability when mechanical fastening is necessary.
What is Heavy Duty Rubber Used for?
Heavy duty flooring is generally used for two main purposes: floor protection and safety of whatever is on its surface. An abrasion resistant rubber can save you hundreds, or even thousands, of dollars in repairing expensive flooring such as hardwood. Beyond saving money and protecting the floors of an area, high durometer rubber products also provide a denser material for equipment to stand on or rest against. As thick as our hard rubber products are, they are still softer than hard concrete or asphalt. This level of pliability is important when you are talking about a material to suit industrial applications. This combination of durability and flexibility is better for equipment because it will not suffer any structural damage, as it might if there is friction created between completely rigid parts. Since our heavy-duty rubber is so good at dispersing force and impact across its surface, a moving/vibrating machine can carry on functioning without any concern for damaging the floor or itself.
If you have a heavy-duty industrial or commercial application you will want the protective qualities of our strongest abrasion resistant rubber. Our heavy duty rubber is eco-friendly and very affordable, making it a great alternative to other synthetic materials. This recycled hard rubber is strong enough to withstand the pressure of heavy weights. A heavy duty rubber barrier will protect both your equipment and existing surfaces from any potential harm they may do to each other. It can also be placed outdoors because recycled tire rubber resists the degrading effects of moisture and sunlight. When you need a heavy-duty solution to a challenging or demanding job, look no further than our line of heavy duty rubber products.