Transforming Your Ugly Spaces

by Trish Utter

I have known Kevin Layne for many years, he has had many successful businesses, one of which is Screen Doctors. Layne has been screening pools in the Florida area for over fifteen years. Now he has ventured into the paving industry, with a futuristic ground cover called Rubber Stone that has him crazy busy, as the product is in such high demand.

Layne lives with his wife Samanthia out in the country on the edge of NW Gainesville. He’s a country boy at heart. Layne said, “I’ve been out here for thirty years and I love it! We always have lots of kids and grandkids out here visiting us. It’s a great place to relax after a hectic workday.”

I asked Layne what made him decide to start this new venture? As the owner of Screen Doctors, I’ve seen my share of damaged pool decks with lots of cracks and paint chipping off, and it’s always the same question, “Do you know of anyone or anything that can fix this?” So this got me thinking about solving the problem for my customers and after a long search I found a company in Canada that produced it. Although the company is called Rubber Stone we also offer Sierra Stone.

Sierra Stone, which as the name suggests, is made with natural stone and comes in many colors. It has been Covering Ugly Concrete and proving its durability throughout North America for more than a quarter century. It withstands the harshness of Canadian winters, which is very useful in Florida…ha, ha, and the unforgiving heat of an August day in Gainesville. Whatever the conditions, Sierra Stone is strong enough to stand up to weather extremes without compromising elegant beauty. It also adds value to your property and saves you demolition costs and the expense of pouring new concrete. Although it can be used around pool decks and in the home, it has high durability that makes it perfect for commercial, high traffic areas. Carpet and other flooring may show signs of high traffic wear and tear where this product will not. Any spills or dirt can simply be washed away with water and a mop.

Rubber Stone offers everything you would expect of Sierra Stone—Durability, Versatility, and Beauty. Where it differs is in its texture—Rubber Stone is flexible and has a softer touch. This creates a cushioning effect to minimize the effects of impact and fatigue from standing, walking, running, and playing on this surface. This makes it perfect for kids play areas, kitchens, doctors offices and anywhere you might want a soft feel under your feet.

Rubber Stone consists of small chips of rubber and a polyurethane binding agent. This combination gives the material its flexibility and durability. Rubber Stone is a LEEDs (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) contributing recycled product that utilizes post-consumer waste: 25 square feet of installed product keeps 3 tires out of the landfill. A typical single-car driveway keeps 60 tires from reaching the landfill, and a two-car driveway keeps a whopping 120 tires out of the driveway!

Rubber Stone is ideal for substrates that move or shift including decks, paving stones, asphalt, driveways, and concrete. Just like Sierra Stone, Rubber Stone can also be applied on a wide variety of interior surfaces. It works extremely well in basements, laundry areas, playrooms, and exercise rooms. This product is also exceptionally durable and can withstand the same harsh conditions that the tires on your car can endure—hot, cold, wet, and dry conditions, and heavy traffic. Installing Rubber Stone on your driveway is almost like giving it off-road capability—it’s simply that tough. Rubber Stone also very popular in horse stalls as it is gentle on the horses hooves and it’s being used in the Marine industry as well.

Is it safe for pets and children and why?

I have kids and grandkids so I wanted a product that was safe. Rubber Stone is first and foremost slip resistant, the rubber itself is UV rated so it doesn’t retain heat, like pool decks, pavers, concrete, etc., so it doesn’t burn the bottom of your feet or animal paws.

Can you put a company logo or a design on it?

Yes, absolutely, all of our work is custom work, because you pick the colors & design how you want it. You could have your company logo, your favorite sports team colors, family initials, or anything you want on it.

Can I cover my deck with this?

Yes, I highly recommend it, it’s your 1 stop problem solver, slip resistant, mildew resistant, uv rated, & covers your ugly cracks, once & for all! You can even go over dirt with is. People with problem areas like roots around the base of a tress or uneven ground.

In the summer will it burn my feet?

No, it’s UV rated which means it will always stay cool on your feet or on the… paws!

What colors are there and can you match a color to something pre-existing?

There are roughly 20 solid colors, so we can color mix combinations to get what you’re looking for. There’s no other product on the market that can do what we do with all the benefits of Rubber Stone.

From the time it is ordered, how long will it take to have it installed?

Average turn around time is 2-3 weeks.

After the product is put down, how soon will it be until it can be used?

Everything is generally 24 hours except for driveway/garage areas it needs about 72 hours to cure.

What geographic area do you service?

Basically all of North Central Florida, Jacksonville south to Daytona Beach, Orlando, down to St Pete Beach, back up the gulf coast to Horseshoe Beach/ Steinhatchee, area and also Tallahassee.

Is there a warranty?

Rubber Stone comes with a 5 year warranty, Sierra Stone comes with a 3 year warranty.

If you’re looking for a surfacing solution, give Rubber Stone Of Florida a call. 352-339-3789 rubberstoneofflorida.com