frequently asked questions about Thermoplastic Rubber

  • What are the advantages of extruded thermoplastic rubber compared to masticated rubber?
  • The extrusion process mixes and blends the raw materials together providing a product that has a more uniform appearance and increasing the strength of the material.  Our material, a blend of finely-ground rubber and plastics, can be recycled again and again.  All scrap generated can be recycle back into the product.  On the other hand, masticated rubber is manufactured by grinding up rubber, pouring the crumbed rubber into a tray and applying pressure and heat to create a sheet of rubber.  This sheet is still in a vulcanized form which means that the products will still end up in a landfill and all the scrap generated in the manufacturing process will most liekly end up in a landfill as well.
  • What is the cost?
  • Because we are a customer extruder having a variety of surface patterns and material blends available in thicknesses from .045″ to .500″, we cannot provide generic pricing.  Please contact us by phone, fax, or email to discuss your specific needs.
  • What is the widest sheet I can get?
  • Depending on the surface pattern and the thickness of the material, widths up to 96″ are available.
  • What is the longest roll I can get?
  • Depending on the width ordered and our customer’s handling constraints, we are able to supply material in rolls up to approximately 2500 lbs.  Surface pattern, thickness, and width are all factors to be considered.
  • How thick is the rubber?
  • Depending on the surface pattern desired, the thinnest is .045″.  We can run any thickness up to 1/2″ (.500″).  Grooved or ribbed patterns have a higher minimum thickness that is determined by the depth of the groove or rib.
  • How hard or soft is the rubber?
  • We have varying degrees of hardness.  On a Shore A measurement, we can supply durometer from 68 to 95+.
  • What is the material used for?
  1. Matting applications:
    Various floor mats and runenrs
    Wall coverings
    Floor coverings for heavy duty trucks
    Truck bed floor covering
    Van floor covering
    Protective covering
  2. Agricultural applications:
    Livestock/horse trailers wall liners
    Flaps for livestock feeders
    Floor mats for tractor cabs
    Canal lining
  3. Step Pads:
    Lawn, garden and ATV equipment
    Boats & RV’s
    Shock absorbing pads
    Non-skid surfaces
  4. Automotive:
    Splash guards
    Anti-vibrations pads
    Gas tank straps
    Shields – close out panels
    Various die cut parts
  5. Various:
    Notebook Covers
    Walking cast foot pads
    Grill mats