Concrete vs Rubber Wheel Stops
If you have a parking lot in need of wheel stops, you might be wondering which kind is right for you. There are options, and each deserves consideration. However, concrete wheel stops lead to longevity, price-point, and overall curb appeal. Here are some factors to ponder.
Rubber Wheel Stops
- Rubber wheel stops are more expensive.
- Rubber wheel stops are also more prone to weathering. This reduces their longevity. After 5 or 10 years, rubber stops tend to age, curl, and peel and start to take on a worn-out and unattractive look. That is the nature of rubber.
- Rubber is a recyclable material. On a positive note, rubber wheel stops can be made from recycled tires and other materials, and in turn, when they need to be replaced, it is possible that rubber can be recycled again. However, rubber doesn’t last forever. Eventually, it will reach its lifespan and usable potential.
Concrete Wheel Stops
- Concrete wheel stops are less expensive.
- Concrete wheel stops resist weathering. Additives go into the concrete to prevent it from cracking or breaking when moisture is applied. One chemical keeps it from shrinking, which in turn can help it from eroding. Another chemical keeps air bubbles from forming; instead, it creates elongated ovals (non-circular shapes) which allow for space for moisture to go so it won’t expand and crack the concrete. There are also additives to reduce the water content, which makes the concrete stronger.
- Concrete wheel stops are long-lasting. Concrete wheel stops have come a long way. New concrete stops won’t have you seeing exposed, rusty rebar and cracking. Due to advancements in technology, concrete wheel stops last longer and cost less than rubber stops.
All new concrete walls and bridges are using this technology, too. It is lasting a lot longer, and it still looks good 20 years later. New cement wheel stops can last 30 to 40 years, which is about three or four times longer than rubber wheel stops last.
If you’re looking for more information on concrete wheel stops or for inquiries about mobile home skirting, get in touch with DURASKIRT™ at (360)419-9909. Our cement products, both wheel stops and mobile home skirting are using new technology which makes our cement last longer and weather the elements. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you have and help determine if our product will be the best fit for you.