EPDM is an abbreviation for Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer. It denotes high-quality, modern rubber which is used for technically demanding applications. For example, in daily life, window and door seals are made of this rubber, it is also widely used in car industry. EPDM is rot-resistant and permanently resistant to UV-rays (sunlight).
Floor tiles manufactured from EPDM rubber have a particularly long life (even up to 50 years), which is a desired quality in terrace and balcony flooring. What is important, terrace tiles from EPDM rubber can be placed directly onto roof foil or other sealing because EPDM rubber is chemically neutral. It is also resistant to chlorine, and that is why we recommend terrace flooring around swimming pools, too.
WARCO safety tiles and mats are manufactured from tyre rubber granulate, that is granulate obtained from recycling old tyres. The dominant rubber types used for safety tiles are NR (natural rubber) and SBR (styrene-butadiene rubber). Tyre rubber has outstanding fall attenuation properties, that is why it is primarily used to manufacture safety flooring for play and sport areas.
Floor tiles made from tyre rubber granulate have a durability of 10 - 15 years. They are only partially resistant to UV-rays (sunlight) and may embrittle over the years. Typical rubber smell can be noticeable but it goes away relatively quickly and in outdoor use the smell is not disturbing at all.
Recycled tyre NR/SBR, as well as EPDM rubber granulate tiles are practically recommended for all types of flooring including public and private terraces, balconies, playgrounds, safety sports and leisure areas. Nevertheless, we should bear in mind that the choice of the material strictly depends on the intended use of the flooring. Both NR/SBR and EPDM constitute robust, protective, impressively durable and low-maintenance modern surfaces. Both make anti-slip and water-permeable floor which ensures thermal and acoustic isolation. At the same time, WARCO tiles are eco-friendly (they do not seal the ground and may be recycled), non-toxic and perfectly safe for our health.
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