There has been some controversy over tire retreading in recent years, with many raising concerns about retread’s safety and effectiveness. Undoubtedly, this is also somewhat due to tire retreading being partially unregulated, and therefore creating some variance in the quality of products on the market.
However, the truth is this: When you have tire retreaded which is by a certified service center using manufacturer-guaranteed retreading systems, the result is no different than buying a new tire. It’s just cheaper. Multiple studies have concluded that a properly-done retreading does not compromise safety or tire longevity. As a result, retreading has been embraced throughout many industries, including those with “can’t fail” standards such as aircraft, military vehicles, and school buses!
Given that tires are almost always in the top five budget items for a transportation company and commercial truck operators and usually in the top three retreading your worn tires represents a huge savings opportunity. . Collectively, the amount saved by the shipping industry is estimated to be in the hundreds of millions per year.
Major tire manufacturers such as Michelin aren’t fighting the retreading trend – they’re embracing it! Michelin offers their own Michelin Retreading Technology (MRT) systems, which is employed by Service Tire Truck Centers. STTC is upheld to high quality standards set by Michelin and as a result STTC warranties every retread it produces. In addition, by retreading a tire the original manufacturer’s warranty on the casing’s lifespan and run out guarantees are not voided.
Forget stories you may have heard that all that tire rubber on the side of the road comes from retreads – it’s flat out untrue. Studies have analyzed rubber debris along the roadside and have concluded that the majority of tire debris collected was not due to manufacturing deficiencies in the retread process. Whether new or retreaded, the clear majority of tire incidents come from driving on underinflated tires and road hazards- no matter what their origin. Properly-done retreads are just as reliable as new tires.
Producing a tire retread only requires about 35% as much oil consumption as a new tire. In addition, every tire retreaded is one less tire that needs to be sent to a landfill.
Come visit one of our 48 STTC locations to learn more!