Last edited 15 Jan 2021

Rubber in the construction industry

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Rubber is a broad term that can be used to describe a range of products with similar ‘elastic’ characteristics. There are two main types of rubber: natural rubber, which is made from latex extracted from plants (primarily the rubber tree or hevea brasiliensis) and synthetic rubber, which is manufactured and includes some forms of:

Rubber is highly elastic and durable and is corrosion resistant. It remains flexible in a wide range of temperatures, is water resistant, an electrical and thermal insulator, and is able to absorb movement and vibration.

Rubber is commonly used in the construction industry for:

Rubber can be manufactured in a variety of shapes, sizes, thicknesses and colours and can be hard, soft, foamy or spongy.

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