What are Retread Tires?

Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum

Sometimes known as recaps or refurbished tires, retread tires are older tires that have been recoated with a rubber veneer of tread. These retreaded tires are considered to be an effective way to recycle old tires and cut down on the amount of rubber that ends up in landfills. For people who are on a strict budget, these retreaded tires can also make it possible to replace worn tires without incurring a great deal of expense.

Retread tires are older tires that have been recoated with a rubber veneer tread.
Retread tires are older tires that have been recoated with a rubber veneer tread.

While the exact process for retreading a tire varies slightly from one producer to another, the essentials of the task involve taking a tire that is in good condition and adding another layer of rubber over the worn tread. This replacement treading is adhered to the original tire using methods that help to bond the veneer to the older tire so strongly that it is difficult if not impossible to tell the difference between retread tires and new tires. This bonding quality is also important as a safety measure, since the bond must be strong enough to preclude the veneer from detaching after only a short period of use.

Retreaded tires are an effective way to recycle old tires and cut down on the amount of rubber in landfills.
Retreaded tires are an effective way to recycle old tires and cut down on the amount of rubber in landfills.

Retread tires are made for just about any type of wheeled vehicle that travels a public road. Automobiles are one of the most common examples of vehicles that make use of retread tires. However, is it not unusual for trucking companies to make use of retread tires on both their short-haul and long-haul transport vans and big rigs. Because of the proven safety record of a quality retread tire, there is full confidence that the tires will hold up well and provide an equitable amount of safe travel for the truckers.

In general, retread tires can cost anywhere from half to two thirds of the price for new tires. For families that need to operate two cars and also stay within a budget, purchasing retread tires simply make sense. The lower cost carries the benefit of an increased amount of safety over continuing to operate the vehicles with tires that have very little tread remaining.

While many manufacturers go to great lengths to ensure their retread tires are of the highest quality, it is important to note that some retreaders do little more than comply with basic requirements. For this reason, it is a good idea to investigate how a given provider retreads older tires and look for products that carry at least a limited warranty.

Retreaded tires often are cheaper to buy than new tires.
Retreaded tires often are cheaper to buy than new tires.
Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum

After many years in the teleconferencing industry, Michael decided to embrace his passion for trivia, research, and writing by becoming a full-time freelance writer. Since then, he has contributed articles to a variety of print and online publications, including wiseGEEK, and his work has also appeared in poetry collections, devotional anthologies, and several newspapers. Malcolm’s other interests include collecting vinyl records, minor league baseball, and cycling.

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mandydances

@wunderkinder- I am going with retreads this time. My tires are bald, and I think retreads will fit my needs better. I just need to look up some retread tire dealers and find out the prices. With the price of used tires, retreads just make more sense for my in-town driving.

wunderkinder

I swear by my retread tires from TreadWright. Safe, dependable, and way less expensive than non-retreads. I have retreads on my Jeep and my Suburban.

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