Frequently Asked Questions

The possibilities are nearly endless with rubber paving. From 18 colors to choose from, bordered designs really give the surface the “WOW” factor.

This rubber paving material works well for active families, since it can handle continual impacts, wears well, and has a long life. Its also a good choice for elderly adults or people with mobility challenges, as many rubber paving options have a non-slip features.

The components vary for each type, but rubber flooring can be made from natural tree rubber (virgin rubber) or from synthetic materials, which often come from recycled tires. Depending on the style you choose, rubber flooring can contain a percentage of EPDM granules.

Most of our rubber paving options are eco-friendly due to the recycled tires that are used. That being said we also carry manufactured rubber as well giving you a variety of colors to choose from.

Most products are nontoxic, lead-free, and latex-free. Rubber flooring is also typically made without Bisphenol A (BPA) and features low VOC emissions. Because most products are allergen-free and resist bacteria, they are safe and healthy options for kids and families.

One of rubber’s benefits is that it requires very little maintenance. clean with soap and water if necessary.

The product is poured between ½ and ¾ an inch, and the finished surface level shouldn’t vary more than 5mm over 10 feet. Keeping in mind that the product comes in a crumble and can be poured up to 4 inches thick but for a driveway application ½ inch is best because the thicker rubber you apply the bouncier of a feel you get. The less you apply the harder of a feel you get but do not want to go less than ¼ inch.

Depending on how big of a difference it is. If it’s minor, we can make up for the difference with our product thickness. If it’s severe, we may have to grind down areas. If it’s too severe, we might need to remove the area and pour a new sub-base (asphalt or concrete, etc.)

Depending on how severe the cracks are. For small cracks, we can use crack sealer to fill it prior to paving. For larger cracks, we may fill it with Quikrete(quick setting concrete) or our product depending on how deep it is. If we fill a deep crack with our Eco Rubber when it rains, you may notice a difference in colour when it gets wet as water will pool in it.

Colour range is the main thing. EPDM is a little more durable than the recycled and is also imported from the States whereas the recycled is made locally in BC. EPDM is also made with UV Stability and can be used for a wider range of projects. EPDM is denser than recycled leaving the product only a little more durable.

EPDM is made wholly from new synthetic rubber that’s been dyed to the core and made just for paving purposes. This is why there’s a larger selection of colour and why the colour is more durable than Eco Rubber. Also, the binder used is different from the Eco Rubber.

Recycled: Only black and charcoal (Why? Because the coloured binders are softer and don’t hold up well under car traffic and will leave tire marks)
Hybrid: Metal or Black/Brown/Beige (We recommend darker mixes)
EPDM: Technically any colour but tire marks may be an issue if it’s a light colour
(Check with Operations or Sales Manager if unsure)

The amount of turning required on a round driveway is bound to cause scruffs and other damages to the paving from cars making sharp turns. Rubber on rubber friction isn’t good for the paving.

Depends on the area. Due to the binders involved, if we pave indoors, we recommend it be a very well ventilated area (like a garage). If all the information has been conveyed and they’re okay with the smell, it can be done.

If the tree root damage is minor and the tree roots have been removed by an arborist, that’s fine. If the tree roots are huge and the tree isn’t going to be taken out, then there’s a chance the roots will continue to grow and lift/damage the product.

Car Traffic Area: We can’t go over dirt driveways because the rubber won’t have any surface to get purchase on, which will cause it to shift whenever a car goes over it. This will cause cracks and other damages to form so that’s not good. What we can do for dirt driveways is bring in a subcontractor to pour in a solid sub-base for us to work with.

Foot Traffic Area: We can go over dirt for walkways so long as it’s compacted to our standards. This may mean having us replace the existing dirt with a new pour/road base.

Ten degrees. Our product doesn’t sit well on anything steeper. Why? Gravity.

Yes, but due to our perfection the cost is a bit higher a square foot to let’s say a linear square foot.

This gives our installers something to butt the product up to and keep the surface even.

For stairs, especially ones with heavy foot traffic or commercial projects, the nosing will help protect the edges of the stairs from damage and will help keep the surface and verticals safe by absorbing some of the shock from people stepping on it.

Depends on if it’s a private or public playground. Private, you may want to change the thickness for safety and comfort and that’ll affect the price. Public, there may be a fall-height requirement that we’ll have to adhere to which will determine the pricing. (Always consult Operations Manager!)

It includes pressure washing, edging back grass and dirt, filling cracks, killing weeds, and grinding keyways. If there’s anything special you’d like to request (e.g. epoxy or shrub removal), you’ll have to bring it up with your rep at the time of the estimate and additional charges may apply.

Clear all furniture and items off the paving surface, make sure the crew have access to power and water. If the client is doing their own prep, it may be good to send us a photo for inspection first, especially if they’re doing their own new pour. (See above for special areas of concern.) Our trained technicians do not mind clearing any furniture on the paving surface before they begin their prep and power wash.

Nope. We can’t because our product is water permeable and the wood underneath will rot over time. If the spacing between planks is too wide, we won’t be able to pave over it. All appropriate wooden decks need to be waterproofed prior to rubber resurfacing; this can be done by the client or Pave Smart (if we can’t, we’ll bring in a sub-contractor).

There’s anything from vinyl, blueskin, torch-on, stylestone, etc.

Not permanently. We can try drilling holes into the concrete/asphalt for drainage, but existing drainage issues will not go away. If you have concerns about puddling or something, please bring it up to the sales rep and see what they suggest.

Nope. You’ll want to fix that first before putting our rubber on top. Our stuff isn’t waterproof and won’t help your problem especially if it’s leakinginto the house.

Different weather conditions and different rubbers will affect the curing time. Generally, it’s 1-3 days for walking and 3-7 days for driving. For walking, you can do the touch test and see if the paving still feels soft and/or sticky.

Because the credit card company charges us 2-3% for each transaction. We can process your credit card, but as is written in the terms and agreement on the back of your quote, there will be an additional admin fee—or, rather, you’ll get 2-3% deducted from a more expensive bill for paying cash/cheque since adding surcharges to credit cards is technically illegal.

Normally, it happens within 2 weeks of each other although special circumstances may arise such as weather, emergencies, etc. In extreme cases where there’s a long gap between the two, the prep may have to be redone.

It should go away within a few days, a week at most with proper ventilation. If it bothers you, you can try power washing it or Febreeze-ing it. The smell may be more in noticeable where the rubber is exposed to more sunlight.

It could be for a number of reasons. It could be that the surface was damp and when it dried out, the water evaporated and created gas under the paving lifting it.

This is normal. The rest of the paving’s been exposed to the sun and elements and has ambered; the part under the mat hasn’t. Your options are to take the mat off and let it get some exposure to sunlight and dirt to blend in with the rest of the paving, or leave the mat on permanently.

It’s as flammable as landfill tires. Direct contact with flames will set it on fire, especially if you expose the paving to flames while it’s still curing. If you have a fire pit or fireplace, that’s fine as long as the product doesn’t come into contact with the fire. (Burn marks aren’t covered by the warranty.)

Yes, the snow should be easily removed with a plastic shovel. Metal shovels, snow blowers, and snow plows may damage the product. We do have a snow removal program for our clients during the winter contact the operations manager for more detail.

Not usually, but if there were existing drainage issues or if you’ve been walking on the snow without clearing it, then there may be icy patches. Also, if it’s been snowing for an entire month and you haven’t shovelled it even once, then there’s a high chance that the bottom layer of snow has been compacted and iced over and you’ll want to salt it (see below).

Yes, although unnecessary in most cases, salting is fine. Some alternatives are coffee grinds and cat litter. De-icer will affect the rubber paving, they are blue salt rocks with chemicals and might discolour the rubber product in the future.

We make no promises when it comes to bugs or animals nor do we cover any of that in our warranty.

You can use any degreaser and soap for cleaning, most of our clients just use soap and the garden hose to wash off minor stains. The rubber resurfacing is strong enough for you to power wash, we just recommend not going so close with the power washer hose or a high PSI power washer. Using a power washer too closely could break off a few pebbles.

Unfortunately leaves that are left on your surface for a long period of time will tend to stain due to the wet surface and the sun drying it. Some will come off with a power wash but we recommend after a few days just to garden hose the leaves off. Any surface paved with our darker coloured rubber will not show any stains and will hide tire marks and oil stains a lot better. Due to the fact that our product is porous the oil does sink to the bottom and does not harm the rubber, we tell our clients to use a degreaser and just garden hose the oil away!

Depending on how severe the cracks are. For small cracks, we can use a crack sealer to fill in prior to paving. For larger cracks, we may fill it in with Quikrete(quick settling concrete) Filling in the cracks with a crack filler or Quikrete will help weeds in the future not to grow anymore.

EPDM is made wholly new synthetic rubber that’s been dyed to the core and made just for paving purposes. This is why there’s a larger selection of color and why the color is more durable than our Smart rubber. Also, the binder (polyurethane) used is different from the Smart rubber.

Recycled: Only black and charcoal (why? Because the colored binders are softer and don’t hold up well under car traffic and will leave tire marks and oil stains)
Hybird: Pebble or Mocha (we recommend darker mixes to ensure less maintenance for our customers, no tire marks or oil stains
EPDM: Technically any color but tire marks may be an issue if its a light color but that being said it is still available if our customer approves of the consequences.

It could be for a number of reasons. It could be that the surface was damp and when it dried out the water evaporated and created a gas under the paving lifting it. Not a big problem, rubber is very forgiving and the bubble could be shaved off or patched leaving no signs of the bubble.

No this is perfectly normal after the use of a area for more than 2-3 years old. This just indicates that the surface is in need of a sealant. The sealant is the same binder used in the mixture and it just needs a quick cleaning of the surface and the sealant is painted on. Hardening the surface and looking brand new just like the first day of paving.

Grinding keyways makes the installation have no tripping hazards as well as making your rubber resurfacing flush with your carport or entrance of your driveway.

Our paving usually takes 2 days unless told differently by our certified estimator. First day would be our prep and power wash getting the area 100% ready for installation. Day two would be the installation of rubber paving. which usually takes anywhere of 4-12 hours depending the size of the project.

Yes we are, rubber is very forgiving and we are able to cut a section of the area out and repave it. Color between old and new will be seen but over time will fade into one and you will not be able to see that section anymore.

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