New high quality rubber flooring and paving bricks made from recycled truck tyres.

KwaZulu-Natal’s first manufacturer of eco-friendly rubber flooring and paving for commercial, industrial and residential use, has launched an extensive range of rubber tiles and bricks made from recycled truck tyres.

A joint venture between Jaco Snyman (EnviroBuild Managing Director), Van Dyck Carpets and Hammarsdale-based Mathe Group, has resulted in the manufacturing of high quality rubber flooring and paving that is suitable for the local and international markets. This venture was brought about by Chris Whyte from the local NGO Use-It, responsible for waste beneficiation in the Durban Metropole.

The new products, which include 90% recycled materials, are a perfect fit with the increasing demand for greener flooring options. Internationally architects, interior designers and the construction industry are under pressure to meet their clients’ sustainable building requirements in order to ensure green building certifications; and these products provide exceptional environmentally friendly solutions. As there is not enough high quality products of this nature produced locally, there is definitely a market for it.

The collaboration between the partners was exciting as there were significant synergies in place. Van Dyck was already producing rubber based acoustic cradles and underlays for flooring and sporting applications; while its sister company, the Mathe Group, is a well-established tyre recycler registered with REDISA (Recycling and Economic Development Initiative of South Africa). Van Dyck is the first company to produce eco-friendly rubber flooring in KwaZulu-Natal and one of very few in South Africa, and these products will be promoted and sold by EnviroBuild under the same brand name.

Rubber Flooring Available

Van Dyck is now manufacturing a wide variety of rubber flooring products, including rubber paving bricks (200mm x 100mm), Dog Bone paving bricks (200mm x 160mm), rubber paving tiles (500mm x 500mm), a twin brick pattern tile (1 000mm x 1 000mm) and an interlocking tile (1 012mm x 1 012mm). These products are available in a variety of thicknesses (25mm for the 500mm x 500mm tiles 20mm, 35mm, 40mm, 45mm and 50mm for the rest of the products) and colours, including black, grey, brown, terracotta, green and white speckled combinations. The main component of this flooring is rubber crumb that is sourced from its sister company, the Mathe Group.

The rubber products are suitable for a range of applications in both the residential, commercial and industrial markets. This is because they can withstand the impacts, cushion falls, high traffic and movement of heavy equipment such as hoists and fork lifts. There has been a great demand for rubber flooring especially for use in play areas, schools and retirement facilities, gyms, dance studios and different sporting facilities. This also includes use around swimming pools and wet areas such as saunas and Jacuzzis.

Recycled rubber paving is extremely tough and resilient to damage and stains. EnviroBuild paving and flooring products have virtually zero water or chemical absorption, resulting in no oil absorption from leaking vehicles, accidental spills, etc. These factors render EnviroBuild products as very easy to maintain. You can simply hose or sweep off dirt and dust, while more aggressive dirt can be cleaned with a cloth/mop dipped in a soapy water mixture or using a high pressure cleaner. Damaged pavers can also easily be lifted or extracted and replaced.

In addition to the aforementioned sustainable attributes, there are several other benefits of using rubber flooring. EnviroBuild rubber bricks are much lighter than concrete bricks or paving, and can be laid more quickly and easily with the added bonus of far less breakage. This negates additional outlay to cover damaged materials. In addition, they are easy to lift and replace should repairs of water pipes or underfloor cabling be required or necessary. These rubber products are ideal for slopes where there is a risk of moving ground and the need for increased flexibility to mould on the shape of the surface. As they are interlocked, lap seamed or interconnected, they can be opened for tree root maintenance, seismic adjustment, side walk relocation, etc.

Currently, EnviroBuild is working towards receiving the Green Tag certification in order to further enhance its presence in the sustainable building materials market. The Green Tag is a unique, independent third party, green building and sustainable product rating and certificate program based on life cycle assessment (LCA). This Green Tag is expected to be boosted by the fact that Van Dyck is both ISO 9001 (quality management systems) and ISO 14001 (environmentally friendly manufacturing) certified.

In 2012, it became one of just a handful of companies with ISO 14064-1 accreditation due to a massive reduction in greenhouse emissions and in 2015, Van Dyck became the first company to receive the Carbon Trust certificate for Carbon. This was based on the 20.7% reductions on greenhouse gas for the past two years, with more reductions to come over the next few years.