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Rubber Sidewalks

Rubber Sidewalks by Rubberway

Bed Bath Beyond Rubberway Rubber Sidewalk

Rubberway Sidewalks are a flexible, porous, eco-friendly alternative to concrete sidewalks, asphalt, and preformed pavers. Made with recycled rubber from post-consumer tires, these rubber sidewalks can withstand heavy rains by providing rapid drainage, making them the perfect storm water management solution for green city infrastructure. The porosity of Rubberway rubber sidewalks also aids in stormwater management, making it a low impact development technology that cities are embracing across the country.

Rubberway Sidewalk has been installed across the United States for over fourteen years and has undergone rigorous testing to ensure its durability, longevity, and cost effectiveness. See our Competitive Analysis for a comparison of costs, installation, maintenance, specifications, and testing of Rubberway compared with rubber pavers, concrete, and asphalt.

This rubber sidewalk system is poured in place, available in a variety of colors and custom design options, and can be designed to curve around corners and down slopes.


A Sustainable Solution to Cracked Sidewalks

City and public works departments are constantly faced with the public safety concerns and financial burdens posed by sidewalks cracked and damaged by tree roots, freeze-thaw, and vehicular traffic.

Rubberway Sidewalks are a great replacement for cracked sidewalks due to their flexible and porous nature. Rubberway will flex with the growth of tree roots rather than crack due to root heave - an issue all too common with traditional concrete sidewalks. In addition, the porosity of Rubberway allows water to penetrate into the subsoil where it nourishes tree roots below ground, encouraging deep rooting, reducing cracking and heaving, and making trees less likely to blow over in strong wind gusts. Rubberway Sidewalks can even be installed directly over tree roots without damaging them or hindering the tree's growth.


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The Rubberway Sidewalk System

Rubberway porous rubber sidewalks are made with post-consumer recycled tires for a modern, environmentally friendly sidewalk alternative. These rubber sidewalks are customizable and can easily be installed on slopes, over mounds, and around curves.

The patented Rubberway Sidewalk system consists of two layers - a base layer made from 100% recycled crumb rubber, topped with a "wear" layer of long lasting, fade resistant virgin colored rubber (EPDM). The rubber granules are small and compact well, yet allow for rapid drainage. The rubber granules for each layer are mixed with our proprietary binders at a specific ratio, and then troweled evenly at a specified thickness.

Rubberway Sidewalk can be installed on top of a layer of compacted/crushed miscellaneous base (CMB), concrete, or asphalt. Using concrete or asphalt as a sub-base will make the system non-porous, but will still capture the other benefits of rubber sidewalks including flexibility, resiliency, and safety.

Sub base requirements vary by region and should be altered accordingly. Please contact us with the details of your project and we will help ensure you get the right specifications for your needs.

Rubberway Rubber Sidewalk stormwater run off

Environmental Benefits of Rubber Sidewalks

  • Permeability allows water filtration and penetration to the substrate and reduces storm water run off
  • Made from post consumer recycled tires, diverts waste from landfills, and utilizes existing materials
  • Aids in habitat preservation by reducing the necessity for tree removal 
  • High coefficient of friction for a safe, non slip surface that will bring people outside
  • At the end of its first life it can be re-topped for a second life
  • Safe, non-toxic, no VOC's, no heavy metal leaching
  • Resistant to freeze / thaw


LEED Green Building Credits for Rubberway Sidewalks

Rubberway Sidewalks and other Rubberway systems qualify for LEED credits in several areas:

1) Heat Island Effect- LEED credit SSc7.1 (2 points possible)

This credit refers to products that contribute to a reduction of the “heat island effect” by affecting solar reflectance, thermal emittance, permeability and tree preservation. Rubberway has a high degree of:

A. Permeability: Allows water penetration through the system which both irrigates and reduces run-off problems. Drains 75 gal/min/yd2

B. Reflectance: Lighter colors increase reflectance and reduce the absorption of heat. Light gray and beige have a solar reflectance index (SRI) value of 31 and reflectance of 42.

C. Thermal Emittance: The same range of colors affects the thermal emittance of the surface and can be selected for particular project requirements. Thermal emmitance of light gray and beige is .83.

D. Tree and Shrub Preservation: Rubberway was developed to provide a superior method of providing protection for tree roots and, by allowing water penetration, to greatly reduce the problems of root heave caused by water starvation - which often results in destruction of the tree. Trees can be left in place providing shade and retaining moisture.

2) Recycled Content- LEED credit MRc4 (2 points possible)

Rubberway Sidewalks, Tree Wells and Softwalk® Paths & Trails utilizes 100% recycled tires when all black crumb rubber is used. If a colored EPDM virgin rubber wear layer is used the recycled content without binder varies between 66-100%. When including the binder the total recycled content varies between 57-65%.

3) Regional Materials- LEED Credit MRc5 (2 points possible)

Rubberway systems in California utilize 100% locally manufactured or produced materials. Elsewhere in the USA, we use locally derived materials whenever they are available.

4) Storm Water Design- LEED Credits SSc6.1 and SSc6.2 (2 points possible)

Rubber Walkway

Rubberway pervious pavement systems allow rain and other sources of water to penetrate through to the subsurface, 

not only reducing the volume of stormwater runoff, but also filtering the water and allowing it to recharge groundwater aquifers. This significantly reduces the amount of heavy metals, chemical, and other pollutants normally picked up and transported by stormwater flows.

5) Innovation in Design- LEED Credit IDc1 (5 points possible)

Rubberway is an innovative green building technology that offers a permeable, resilient, colorful, attractive, and durable surfacing solution utilizing recycled tires. The system is seamless, preventing warping, curling, and dislodging; non-linear, allowing it to follow curves, go around corners, and accommodate contour changes; and resilient, providing safe, comfortable traction, thus reducing liability damages from slipping or falling. Rubberway® is lead-free, non-toxic, and uses no heavy metal content materials.

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Advantages of Porous Rubber Sidewalks

Conformable: can follow curves and undulations without issue and can be poured around obstacles such as trees, hydrants, pipes and other structures

Seamless: no joints or cracks, minor movement of under-strata won’t crack or break the surface

Adaptable: can be modified in place to accommodate varying local conditions and thicknesses

Durable: top layer of colored recycled or virgin crumb rubber provides excellent color retention and long wearability

Consistent: wear layer is consistent in color

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Estimated Life Cycle: 12 years
Completion Time: 2000 sq ft/day
Recycled Material Content: 100%
ADA Compliance: Very Low Vibration
Size: Unlimited
Weight: 9 lbs / sq ft
Mass Changes: None
Appearance Changes: None
Trip Hazard: None
Walking Comfort: Highest
Re-Topping: Easy
Patch Repair: Almost Invisible

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