What is Rubber Asphalt?
Rubber asphalt is not new but just starting to resurface throughout the US. It is produced from grinding up whole scrap tires from automobiles. Then the use of the ground tiers is mixed with the asphalt and then laid. Being the largest market for ground tiers, rubberized asphalt consumes an estimated 220,000,000 pounds or around 12 million tires annually. More and more states are starting to see the benefits of rubber and recently have been taking on the old technology and mastering the process.
Elastiko®️ Engineered Crumb Rubber Asphalt (ECR) is a hot mix, asphaltic-concrete, modifier (NOT liquid binder additive). Over 4 million tons of ECR-modified hot mix has performed impeccably in a wide range of harsh climate and road-use conditions for more than ten years. There are many benefits that afford to asphalt plants when they use rubber asphalt instead of polymer as a means of modification. Polymer modified asphalt tends to be sticky and hard to process through a plant’s system. As a result, production rates can be much less than if using ECR to modify your mix. Also, there tends to be no build up in conveyors, silos or other plant equipment when using ECR.