Ur­ban Rub­ber Paving

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Look­ing to im­prove the ap­pear­ance and func­tion of your land­scape? It can be eas­ier than you can imag­ine and less ex­pen­sive than you think. A cost ef­fec­tive way to resur­face drive­ways, side­walks, stairs and more, Sher­flek pro­vides a so­lu­tion to old, dam­aged sur­faces with the added ben­e­fits of dura­bil­ity, ice and slip re­sis­tance, that good looks. Safe and com­fort­able for young and old alike, Sher­flek is also ideal for sport courts, pool decks, and pa­tios.

“Sher­flek is made from 100% re­cy­cled tires that is com­bined with a slow cur­ing pro­pri­etary bin­der that is hand-trow­eled over dam­aged ce­ment, asphalt, and paving stones. In­stal­la­tion is gen­er­ally one day and does not re­quire the costly re­moval of the un­der­ly­ing sur­face,” ex­plains Mike Kehler, co-owner of Ur­ban Rub­ber Paving and the ap­proved in­staller of the Sher­flek Rub­ber paving tech­nol­ogy in Cal­gary. In­tro­duced in the ‘90s and man­u­fac­tured in Saskatchewan, to­day thou­sands of out­door sur­faces have been resur­faced with rub­ber pave­ment.

This con­tin­u­ous, poured-in-place rub­ber pave­ment is durable, eas­ily sup­port­ing ve­hi­cle traf­fic and hard enough to with­stand decades of snow re­moval. Its long last­ing, low main­te­nance com­po­si­tion re­mains un­af­fected by tem­per­a­ture and salt and hosts at­trac­tive colour op­tions to com­ple­ment and en­hance curb ap­peal. “Sher­com In­dus­tries, the man­u­fac­turer, has pi­o­neered a colour­ing tech­nol­ogy that per­mits cus­tom colour ag­gre­gate blends spe­cific to each prop­erty,” adds Aaron Tenkink, owner of A&B Rub­ber Paving and the ap­proved in­staller for Ed­mon­ton.

Rub­ber paving is slightly por­ous and re­sists wa­ter pool­ing, vir­tu­ally elim­i­nat­ing the thin layer of glare ice that is the cause of many falls and in­juries. Small snow falls melt much faster while heav­ier snows no longer stick with the same tenac­ity as with con­crete and is eas­ily re­moved, even af­ter been driven on, with plas­tic snow shov­els and snow blow­ers. “While de-icer salt does not harm rub­ber paving, our clients find salt is no longer nec­es­sary,” says Tenkink.

“Rub­ber paving is less ex­pen­sive, doesn’t crack in the win­ter, and looks great,” says Kehler. “All the while, res­cu­ing many tires from the land­fill.”

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