Tire retreading has been a popular method to get more out of tires since cars first hit the roads. While early tire retreading methodology often wasn’t safe, the industry has come a long way over the last century. Modern retread tires are environmentally friendly, cost-effective, dependable, and safe. Practically every commercial industry uses retread tires for both long-haul and urban applications. Learn more about tire retreading and how it can be incorporated into your fleet maintenance budget for the lowest cost per mile on commercial tires.
Tire Retreading Extends the Life of Commercial Truck Tires
The average life of a new commercial truck tire is around 80,000 miles. Most experts agree that truck tires should be replaced every three to five years. While it’s the tire tread that wears out, the casing is an asset that can be reused when it’s properly maintained. In a nutshell, tire retreading uses an old, still-in-good-condition tire casing to replace a tire. Many casings are retread multiple times before being taken out of service, which saves your fleet money. High-quality retreads that are part of a good tire management program can last as long as a new tire. The difference is that you’re not paying for the entire tire, just the tread. Your fleet saves a lot of money without sacrificing vehicle and driver safety.
Maintaining Retread Tires for Maximum Lifespan
Tire maintenance is key to extending the life of commercial ties, whether retread or new. Make you’re your drivers have the time to:
- Check tire tread depth before and after each trip. Watch for uneven wear on tires to avoid blowouts.
- Check tire pressure before each trip. Overinflated and underinflated tires are more likely to experience a blowout.
- Pay attention to weather conditions and how the temperatures impact tire pressure. Cold temperatures decrease tire pressure, making them underinflated. Hot temperatures increase tire pressure, which causes the tires to expand, causing tread to wear unevenly.
- Watch for problems with tire alignment, which will contribute to shortening the life of your tires.
Commercial tires will last longer or not so long, based on your fleet’s operation, number of miles driven by your trucks, and the timeliness and efficiency of tire maintenance. Our technicians can help you get the most out of your tires.
Can All Commercial Tires Be Retread?
Tire retreading can only be done on tire casings that are still in good condition. Technicians take many factors into consideration when retreading tires; from age to working conditions to current condition of the tire. Choosing tires for retreading is best left to experts with the tools to inspect for damage to the casing.
STTC uses computers to analyze tire casings for visible and non-visible damage to determine the condition of the casing before retreading. We have technology to maintain tire safety standards throughout the retreading process in order to facilitate top performance. Our system helps you get the most out of your tires, whether new or retreads.
Give us a call now at 610-954-8473 or contact us online to discuss tire retreading. We would love to show you our process and talk about the safety of retread tires to help your fleet save money.