Benefits of Tire Retreads or Retreading Tires

tire retreadingWe hear the term retreads and retreading quite a bit in the tire industry. What those terms mean exactly and the benefits of retreading are concepts people rarely grasp.

Retreading is the process by which certain worn tires, called casings, receive a brand new tread. Only specific tires with carefully inspected tire bodies are used in retreading.

Just like manufacturing a new tire, the worn tread is buffed away, and then a new tread is applied to the tire body. There are quite a few different ways to bond a retread to a tire, but as always the result is the same, a new tread is applied through the use of pressure, heat, and time.

Tire retreading has seen steady growth since the early 1990’s. Tire retreading is a booming industry, and is not going anywhere. Currently, there are around 1400 retread plants manufacturing retreads throughout North America. Depending on the size of the retreading facility, it is possible to process anywhere from 20 to 2600 or more retreads per day.

Why should tires be retreaded? What are the benefits of tire retreads?

·       It costs 30% - 50% less to produce a retread as opposed to manufacturing a new tire.

·       The tire retread industry currently saves the military and commercial industries over $80 million per year.

·       It is a completely safe alternative. All commercial airlines as well as military jets use retreaded tires. Roughly 80% of all aircraft tires currently in service are retreads. That is a big number! Consider this example … In 1993, the Boeing 727 aircraft alone used 28,000 retreads with an average of 200 takeoffs and landings per tread life.

·       Truck fleets everywhere make new tire purchases with the intention of using retreads on worn casings two or more times as a part of their tire budget. Talk about saving money!

·       Lastly, using tire retreads actually conserves oil. How? The synthetic rubber components in a new passenger tire contain 7 to 8 gallons of oil. Retreading that same tire only uses 2 to 3 gallons of oil! Most people are unaware that oil is used in tire production.

Keep in mind, only very high quality tires are considered for retreading. If you’re using standard tires on your vehicle, retreading is usually not the practical option. However, if you do have any questions about your tires, or auto repair services, feel free to Contact Us or use our Tire Finder to see what we have available.