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Durable and reliable tires are fundamental to any vehicle. For optimal performance and safety, you should replace your tires about once every 25,000 to 75,000 miles depending on your tire specifications and your vehicle’s model.
Many people try to put off tire replacements for as long as possible to avoid the hefty cost of a total replacement. This pattern ultimately causes more harm than good in the long run.
Before your next tire replacement, consider opting for a more cost-effective and environmentally responsible solution — retread tires. Retreads offer a much cheaper and equally safe alternative to new tires, and they promote a more eco-friendly, circular economy.

WHAT ARE RETREAD TIRES?

Retread tires, also called recap or remolded tires, refer to when viably used tires go through a manufacturing process to install new tread. The worn tire, or casing, is carefully inspected to ensure it will uphold required safety standards. Then, the old tread is buffed away, and the new tread is bonded to the body in a process similar to manufacturing a new tire.

This process extends the tire’s life. Retread tires must undergo the same safety testing and adhere to the same standards as brand-new tires, and they can last just as long.

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WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF RETREADS?

Retread tires are available in all major tire categories. Whether you drive a semi-truck, sedan, or hatchback, you can likely find retreads that work with your vehicle so you can replace your worn tires with a lower-cost solution.

Switching from brand-new tires to retreads offers many consumer advantages, both economically and environmentally.

ECONOMICAL BENEFITS

Retread tires cost less and wear just as well as brand-new tires, making them an effective, budget-friendly tire replacement solution.
With retreads, you can save money in several different ways, including the following:

  • Reduce cost per mile: The average cost per mile is only about 1.5 cents on retread tires. Compared to the average of 4.5 cents per mile on a new tire, this is a significantly more cost-effective investment.
  • Lower cost per tire: At least 70% of a tire’s value is in the casing, which makes retreads a much cheaper option per tire compared to new tires. When you choose to retread your used casings or buy retread tires, you can save hundreds of dollars compared to a full tire replacement.
  • Extended casing life: Casings are the most valuable part of a tire. If you protect your casing and keep it in good condition, you can use it to retread your tires up to four times. Using retreads allows you to get full use out of your casing’s life.

ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS

Since retreading reuses post-consumer material and turns it into a new, functional product, retreads are an eco-friendly alternative to new tires. You can enjoy the economic advantages of retreads while knowing your choice to reuse a worn casing positively impacted the environment.
Retreading tires reduces waste and offers the following environmental benefits:

Environmental Benefits of Retreads

  • Uses less oil and energy: On average, it takes 21 gallons of oil to produce one new tire. The retreading process on used casings uses only 7 gallons of oil. You can save up to 14 gallons of oil per tire when you choose to retread a tire instead of opting for brand-new ones.
  • Reuses recycled rubber: In addition to reusing worn casings, you can add new tread made from recycled rubber when you retread tires. Using recycled and reused materials saves products from becoming waste and extends the life of valuable resources.
  • Limits landfill use: Reusing casings prevents tires from ending up in landfills and reduces the demand for new tires, meaning less waste is created and distributed. Increasing the market for retreads means we use more of the resources we already have to develop new products.

ARE RETREADS RIGHT FOR YOU?

There are definite economical and environmental benefits to retreading your tires. With the increase in prices of tires, and the shortages of tire inventory, retreading your tires could be a benefit for your fleet.