Our products place in the intermediate category regarding installation difficulty. Consumers and contractors do most of the installations. An installation guide/manual is available upon request. Adhesive must be applied to all interlocking joints, and should be applied to the base [coned bottoms (feet or legs)] of the product or to solid sub-surfaces only. Do not glue to rooftop membranes. Keep in mind, bolts may be applied to the interlocks and countersunk as well. Tools that are standard for most installations include a utility knife or jig saw for cutting, a straight edge to make your cuts accurately, a string line and tape measure. A trowel or corking gun is needed for gluing purposes. A drill gun with screws may be needed for bolt down applications.
We suggest laying crushed recycled concrete on level ground along with a landscaping mesh or geo-textile fabric before installing our products. Other types of sub-surfaces or bases that can be used are as follows: asphalt (blacktop), solid concrete (cement), crushed stone (stone dust) or quarry (RCA), wood decking, and/ or any standard indoor flooring that does not have stress cracks. Orders of preference are as follows: 1) concrete, 2) blacktop, 3) recycled stones.
More and more agencies are becoming aware of the fact that all public facilities must be handicap accessible. With the 1991 passage of the "American with Disabilities Act" ( ADA ) and having to pass the "Accessibility-Rotational Penetrometer" test many areas are being planned or modified to give children and adults with disabilities an opportunity to participate in more everyday activities. Sand, wood chips, bark, pea-gravel, fiber, mulch or loose rubber are not handicap accessible. Regardless of who you are, it is not easy to maneuver strollers, crutches, wheelchairs, canes, or walkers through these loose filled materials. Some of the only surfaces that are handicapped accessible and allow anyone to maneuver easily, include our UNITARY rubberized safety surfacing, flooring and paver products as seen in the picture below :
Some advantages we have over the compeditor:
These twelve staggered interlocking joints provide faster and easier drainage, allowing no foreign objects to harbor between the interlocks, commonly found in competing products on the market today. Unity's staggered interlocks also helps prevent our products from shifting on one another, which is essential in active, "common" areas. The twelve locking joints eliminate future problems such as expansion and contraction which may encourage vandalism. This patented system locks tightly together for many years of hassle-free enjoyment.
The interlocks are staggered at about 2 ¾" (inches) on center to allow owners of our product to cut the tabs when needed, thus removing a damaged product, repairing a substrate (roof), or relocating a surfacing (flooring) area if necessary. This versatility is unmatched and decreases the repair expenses to the consumer. As you can see, Unity also features a double tile / mat / block having a fake seam down the middle. This feature, that is only found here, allows us to have a monolithic "step & repeat" pattern which lines real seams up with fake seams as if you were installing "brickwork". This technological advancement acts as a backup to prevent curling and wind up-lift. Fake seams forces real seams to stay in place.
By gluing the interlocks (both male and female) and / or side together as well as the coned bottoms (feet or legs) we prevent these problems for many years. Our double tile / mat / block feature allows installers to install twice the square footage in a day then the conventional square tiles. A savings that is unmatched in the industry. With this view from the bottom, you can see that our cones, (feet and/or legs) act as both a shock absorber from falls onto the surfacing below, but also allows water to flow freely to the drainage outlet when installed on a rooftop or a solid sub-base material such as concrete (cement) or asphalt (blacktop). Our system also eliminates any "hard spots" in our products as well, a common design problem with other products on the market.
Our Patented tongue & grove technology is designed to snap & hook into place, and stay there . The new " bolt-down " capabilities are seen within interlocks and countersunk are designed for even more protection against vandalism, another feature that no one else in the industry has or offers. This is also a requirement by many federal, state, and local agencies...and Unity has it.
The draw back to a solid bottom tile-mat-block or pour-in-place systems are that they do not drain freely. During cold weather, water may freeze thus lifting or cracking these products. The porous surfacing, flooring and paver products we provide are water permeable. This allows water to drip through our products and channel its way around the coned bottom (feet or legs) and run freely to a drainage outlet, even on roof tops. As a result, the area can be used at all times.
All of "Unity's" rubberized safety surfacing, flooring and paver products are made with tire buffings and crumb rubber granules recycled in-house, are mixed with a clear urethane. Colored products are made with pigmented dyes combined with black rubber. These pigments are dispersed throughout the top of our products. Colors are as follows: Black , S p l a s h, Steel (gray) , Red , Green , Tan , Blue , White , Teal , Brown , Purple , and EPDM top.
The "Splash" design and EPDM top tiles can be manufactured with a wide variety of percentages of each and every EPDM granule on the market today. With a unique blend of EPDM, anyone can have unlimited design potential and coloring options to compliment any area. Our standard EPDM color choices include:
After many years of use, like other products on the market, our products can be painted for a fresh new look. We provide the necessary paints that can be sprayed on or simply rolled on for a brand new look. This application can provide less heat build up and extend the life of our products for many more years over the competing products. A special "aliphatic top coat" may be applied to the top of our products to provide extra protection against the harsh environment. Below is a list of some coloring options available: