It might be hard to imagine having a rubber driveway, but it’s the next big thing for those environmentally conscious people. Millions of old tires are thrown out each year, filling landfills around the world. Trashed tires are a breeding ground for mosquitoes and rats, slowly leak toxins into our water system, and generate methane gas, one of the chief contributors to global warming. Choosing a rubber driveway is one of the best ways to save tires from the landfill and put them to good use. Plus, a rubber driveway is more affordable than one made of traditional materials.
Since paved road became the norm, asphalt has been the material of choice to turn a pathway into a roadway. Asphalt is the glue that holds our roads together, binding particles of rock and stone into a smooth, level surface. Unfortunately, asphalt is also a nonrenewable resource. With global warming and oil depletion, now is the time to look for options other than asphalt to pave your road or driveway.
We humans are as creative as we are industrious. In just the past few decades, people all over the world have come up with new and improved ways to pave roads – without asphalt. By grinding old tires into crumbs, engineers have created a highly effective repurposing outlet for old tires. Instead of pulling oil out of the ground, combining it with particles and then plastering it onto the ground, rubber driveways use materials that have already been created.
The aesthetic options of rubber driveways are also noteworthy. Different colors of rubber are available, including standard black, dusty red, bright blue, turf green, dirt brown and subtle grey. You can also choose to have your rubber driveway installed in a tile or cobbled formation, lending texture and intrigue to a heavy duty, durable material.
Recycled tires are an extremely versatile reused material. Home owners are using the same recycled tires used for rubber driveways for patios, sidewalks, pool sides and gardens. Because recycled tire surfaces don’t crack, even during weather extremes, less maintenance is required. Rubber also offers more slip resistance than asphalt, plus it’s water resistant and notably durable. Cars drive more smoothly on rubber because it naturally absorbs more shock than a material like asphalt, a feature that
While nonrenewable asphalt remains the most prevalent material for driveways, homeowners seeking a high quality, green alternative are finding that a rubber driveway is exactly what they need. With easier maintenance and increased safety, a rubber driveway is a great alternative to asphalt. Maybe, someday, we’ll get all the tires out of the landfills and, instead, every home will boast a rubber driveway.
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