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Although most people wouldn't consider a tire to be a "green" product, retreading your tires is an effective form of recycling and has several environmental benefits:

  • Tires take approximately 800 years to degrade. Therefore, retreading has a significant impact on your local landfill.
  • Approximately Million acres of rubber trees are required to meet World's rubber needs each year. Retreading helps reduce this consumption, thus preserving the natural environment and helping to reduce the loss of natural habitat.
  • Retreading takes approximately 30 per cent less energy than producing a new tire. If properly maintained, the retread will last as long a new tire, resulting in a 70 per cent reduction in energy consumption.

FAQ about retreading

Do retreads last as long as new tyres?

Retreads are made from comparable rubber compounds, and similar tread designs, as new tyres. Like new tyres, retreads wear at different rates. The rate of wear is based on the application they are designed for. One of the big advantages of retreads is that some well maintained commercial vehicle tyres can be retreaded twice or even three times, extending their life to 200,000 kilo meters - maximising the use of
the materials and energy required to make each tyre.

Are they as safe as new? 

Retreads are manufactured to similar strict standards and undergo the same stringent testing regime as new tyres. These benefits are widely acknowledged by large fleet operators and individual truck owners. Retreads are safe enough and it’s being used even on aircrafts, School buses and military vehicles.

Which are cheaper – budget or retread tyres?

Retreads are not designed to compete with premium new tyres. Their main competition is the budget tyre. Premium new tyres are manufactured to be retreaded at least once. A recent price comparison survey by WRAP found that an average retread is 30% cheaper than a new budget tyre while the costs per kilometer for fuel, wear etc make the potential savings even more substantial.

Do retreads reduce rolling resistance and fuel economy?

The level of rolling resistance caused by a tyre is a result of the structure of the casing and the design of the tyre tread. Since the casing of a retread is the same as a new tyre, and the tread pattern engineered in exactly the same way, retreading clearly has no significant detrimental effect on either rolling resistance or fuel economy.

Retreads can’t take the heat?

The fact of the matter is, retreads perform as well as new tires if you select the correct tread design for the application. One of the major sources of heat in a tyre is under inflation. That’s why proper inflation is so important, no matter what kind of tire you are running. Any quality retreads these days are quite capable of handling the heat of hot-day running.

A tire casing wears out with the tread?

A tire casing doesn’t wear out like its tread does. It’s generally built to go much farther. All most all new tyres are meant for at least one retread life.

Are retreads suitable for all applications?

Retreads are ideal for local as well as cross country operations. A retread done on a sound casing can last and perform just like the original tyre. Generally retreads were not recommended in the steering axle of a vehicle. In UAE conditions, the most suitable application of a retread tyre will be on the drive axle and centre axle of the trailer.

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