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Rubber vs. wood floor reducers


Floor transitions with a rise greater than 1/2″ must be treated for safety and disability access. Many contractors will construct reducers made of wood in order to manage the problem. SafePath’s durable rubber floor reducers – the largest pre-fabricated reducers in the industry – are designed to eliminate some of the difficulties associated with wood. High-density rubber reducers have a number of important advantages:

* ADA compliance. Constructing a wood reducer that meets or exceeds ADA slope requirements can be tricky. This is especially true at the lower lip or thin edge of the reducer, where the wood is most likely to crack. SafePath’s rubber reducers are guaranteed a slope of 8.33 percent or better with a lip no larger than 3/16 of an inch.


* Expansion and contraction. Wood expands and contracts with temperature and humidity, often creating gaps and buckles in flooring situations. Wood floor reducers must incorporate some stability mechanism to minimize the effects of this phenomenon. Durable rubber is inherently stable and will not create gaps, buckles, or splits.

* Slip resistance. Wood reducers can be slippery and must be treated for slip-resistance. SafePath’s rubber reducers are inherently slip-resistant with a SCOF (static coefficient of friction) rating of 9.4 out of 10.

* Weight load limit. Wood reducers are more easily damaged by excessive weight and heavy equipment. SafePath’s high density rubber has no load limit and is capable of surviving substantial abuse.

* Cost and affordability. Wood is expensive. The expertise and labor required to build ADA-compliant floor reducers on site can be still more expensive. A pre-fabricated, code-compliant, easy to install product can save you money.