Green Wednesday: 5 Ways to Use Recycled Rubber in Your Remodel

From on July 16, 2008 in Green Remodeling

rubber-mulch.jpgRubber, that miraculous material that carries us around our world, be it on bicycle or in a car. Rubber, those old tires that pile up at the garbage heap or burn incessantly, like a pyre for old Buicks and Cadillacs. Thankfully, in accordance with the inventiveness of the surging Green Building movement, recycled rubber now has several uses for the eco-friendly remodeler. Here are five ways you can incorporate recycled rubber into your remodel:

  1. Rubber Flooring. Although recycled rubber flooring is usually found in a commercial setting, there is no reason you couldn’t utilize it in the home. It is incredibly durable, resistant to both water and extreme temperatures, fully recyclable itself, and emits very low VOCs.
  2. Roofing Tiles. A very popular use for recycled rubber, synthetic roofing tiles or slates make for a more durable and flexible alternative to natural stone slates. Rubber roofing slates’ flexibility is especially beneficial because it can withstand foot traffic from painters, siders, and anyone else who might have reason to tread the roof.
  3. Rubber Mulch. For the landscaping side of home improvement. Rubber mulch is made from 100% recycled material and, in addition to keeping weeds at bay, provides a safe play surface for children, does not attract insects, and allows water to easily flow through it.
  4. Rubber Paving. Recycled rubber paving is becoming more common, especially in city sidewalks and bike paths. Yet it is moving into the home with innovations like rubber pavers consisting of recycled rubber with a stone aggregate topping to achieve the look of natural stone.
  5. Rubber Floor Mats. Recycled rubber products can be manipulated into a wide variety of colors, from monochrome to intricate patterns. They are porous and water resistant, making them ideal for both indoor and outdoor use.