What is EPDM
EPDM stands for Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer. Its many properties - low thermal conductivity, flexibility, through-coloring, and UV stability - make it a viable solution for a multitude of applications and surfacing solutions. Many daycare playground surfaces are made with layered EPDM to cushion falls due to its shock absorbency.
Is all EPDM the same quality?
In a nutshell, no. Based on the polymer content of the EPDM the durability, color longevity, shock absorbency or texture may be different. The EPDM that we source is the highest possible quality rubber offered at the lowest possible price. Our high color dense rubber will not fade, smell like rubber, and is guaranteed to be a consistent size and texture to achieve consistency. That's why most of our installations come with a 5 year warranty. We also offer lifetime warranties.
Is it easy to maintain?
Yes, because it is a porous material any water or cleaning solution will drain below. Most cleanups only require a broom and a hose. Our rubber is not penetrable by poarticulate matter, but some can get trapped in the pores on the surface. This can easily be cleaned with OTC cleaners and water.
Is rubber flooring the best option for me?
We can't answer that as everyone's needs are different. However, if safety is at the top of your list then EPDM may be your best solution. At the Caesars Palace outdoor pools in Las Vegas, their slip and fall accident report was reduced by 100% after installing EPDM. Our anti-slip properties are great in areas where concrete gets frequently wet, sweat gets accumulated on epoxy floors, and places where oil (cooking/petroleum) spills are common. If aesthetics is what you're after, what is cooler than to have a sports team or corporate logo designed into the flooring as well.
Is it safe and comfortable to walk on?
Yes! EPDM has certain properties that allows it to remain cooler under the sun than the concrete would be and is like walking on a large rubber mat. Conversely, it does not get as cold as concrete would be during the winter. It also has anti-microbial properties and does not conduct electricity. EPDM also does very well around livestock.
Why do I receive some very low quotes?
Unfortunately, some contractors sell a completely different product that costs less than EPDM. Their goal is to not inform you of the difference.
One example is TPV that looks like EPDM but is of lesser quality and less durable. One main characteristic flaw is its elasticity. Over time, rubber becomes brittle. It loses its elasticity, or ability to stretch without breaking. Because of the fact that TPV is made from recycled tires, it is generally more brittle than its competitor, EPDM. The effect that this has on a finished surface is that it is more susceptible to shedding, or breaking away small pieces of rubber as the surface wears. It is also less versatile in terms of settling and shifting, opting to break under pressure rather than stretch.
Another example is SBR, which is simply shredded tires. As everyone knows, when you walk into a tire store it smells like tires. It is the same thing with SBR, the tire smell never leaves the product. With SBR it wears a lot faster, gets hotter, is flammable, but is significantly cheaper than EPDM.