How to Repurpose Old Tires into Affordable Flooring

How to Repurpose Old Tires into Affordable Flooring

How to Repurpose Old Tires into Affordable Flooring

I have been looking for ways to repurpose old tires into affordable flooring for my home. After doing extensive research, I have learned a lot about this process and want to share everything I know to help others who may be interested in this eco-friendly flooring option.

Gathering the Materials

The first step is gathering the materials you will need. The main item, of course, is used tires.

  • Options for acquiring used tires:
  • Junkyards or scrap yards often have old tires they are looking to get rid of.
  • Put an ad on Craigslist or local community boards seeing if anyone has old tires to give away.
  • Check with local tire shops to see if they have used tires they are discarding that you can have.

In addition to the tires, you will need:

  • A utility knife to cut the tires.
  • A pry bar to separate the tires from the rims if still on.
  • Sandpaper to smooth the tire pieces.
  • Concrete sealer to seal the underside of the tires.
  • Adhesive such as outdoor carpet glue to attach the tires to the floor.

Preparing the Tires

Once you have acquired the used tires, they will need to be prepared before installing them as flooring. Here are the key steps:

  • Remove the tires from the rims using the pry bar if they are still attached. This will make them easier to work with.
  • Cut the tires into strips using the utility knife. The strips should be 1-2 inches wide. The thickness will depend on the size of the tire.
  • Smooth the strips with sandpaper, especially any cut edges. This helps prevent snagging or sharp edges.
  • Seal the underside of each strip using concrete sealer. This creates a moisture barrier.

Installing the Tire Flooring

With the tire strips prepped, you’re ready to install them:

  • Make sure the floor surface is clean and dry. Sweep and mop thoroughly.
  • Apply a layer of adhesive onto the floor. Follow the adhesive directions for application.
  • Press the tire strips firmly into the adhesive in the pattern you desire. Make sure they are fully adhered.
  • Allow proper drying/curing time for the adhesive before walking on the new surface.

Some design tips:

  • Mix up tire sizes and patterns for visual interest.
  • Arrange in fun geometric patterns or statements.
  • Use borders around perimeter of room.

Sealing and Maintaining the Floors

Once installed, properly sealing and maintaining the floors will help them last.

  • Apply 2-3 coats of indoor floor sealant over the tire floors. This prevents stains and damage.
  • Sweep regularly to remove dirt and debris. Use a rubber broom which won’t scratch.
  • Mop up spills quickly to prevent stains. Use only gentle, non-abrasive cleaners.
  • Consider applying fresh sealant every 1-2 years to maintain protection.

With the right materials, preparations, and techniques, repurposing old tires into flooring is an innovative, eco-friendly, and affordable option for any home. Just be sure to seal and care for the floors properly so they maintain their unique look for years to come. Let me know if you have any other questions!