Rubber Flooring Basics

Known for its versatility and durability, rubber flooring has become a more accessible surface choice for homeowners in recent years. While rubber flooring is often associated with surfaces found in a gym or hospital, this material has become an interior decoration option that accommodates heavy foot traffic and offers its own distinctive style. Whether you’re trying to create your own workout room or need a durable children’s playroom surface, rubber flooring offers ample opportunities to accompany any area of the home you’re trying to enhance.

What is rubber flooring made from?

Rubber flooring can be made of either natural tree rubber or synthetic materials, which are often recycled from vehicle tires. These materials make it possible for homeowners to have an extremely durable and low maintenance surface. Rubber flooring also offers a lot of choices when it comes to how to install it in your room. From interlocking tiles, sheets to square edge tiles, this surface allows for multiple application methods that are best suited to the dimensions and space with which you work. Rubber is also a material that is extremely slip resistant, and its smooth resilience can be used for areas of your home that are the most traffic-proof.

Types of Rubber Flooring

Rubber flooring is available in two primary product types and can be made of genuine natural rubber (latex), synthetic rubber or recycled rubber.

Rubber tiles: Rubber flooring is most commonly sold in standard 12 x 12-inch, 18 x 18-inch and 36 x 36-inch tiles. They can be cut into specific sizes or shapes as needed to fit the space or as dictated by your design. The advantage of tile is that it is extremely easy to install, either with adhesives or with clamping systems that allow tiles to form a floating sheet. An important advantage of using rubber tiles is that they can be extracted and replaced fairly easily if a single piece is damaged.

Rubber sheeting: another form of flooring consists of wide strips of rubber material which are rolled out over the floor to completely cover the surface. Generally sold in rolls with a width of 4 feet and a length of 20 to 30 feet, the sheet of rubber can be customized so that the material perfectly matches the shape of the room. Installation of sheet rubber is more difficult than tile, but the advantage is that you can install it without any vulnerable seams.

Natural rubber: Some rubber flooring materials are made from natural latex extracted from the sap of rubber trees. The tiles and sheets produced in this way are durable, waterproof and easy to clean and maintain. The drawback is that natural virgin rubber flooring will have a relatively noticeable smell that can irritate some people. Over time, this is supposed to fade with proper ventilation.

Recycled rubber: This type of flooring is usually made from recycled car tires that are melted down and then bonded to usable shapes. This process produces a very strong rubber that is often more durable than the original materials. In some cases, the finished product may be slightly porous, but this can be resolved by applying a quality sealing agent during the manufacturing process.

Synthetic rubber: Some flooring products are not made of real rubber at all, but are instead made of one of several different types of synthetic vinyl or polyvinyl chloride ( PVC) made with the same soft rubber feel. The advantage is that the floor feels like a real thing, but is much more durable and resistant to all stains. The drawback is that it is a synthetic material produced by chemical processes that may cause some VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) to be degassed.

Are You Looking For a Rubber Flooring Installer You Can Trust?

Often found in gyms, daycares, and fitness centers, rubber is a great alternative flooring option for certain environments. It’s durable, easy to clean, provides more bounce, and offers a softer landing underfoot. Our national buying power allows us to provide the best options when it comes to rubber flooring in the Concord, Walnut Creek, Martinez, and Lafayette areas. Did you know that Floor Coverings International in Concord recently earned the prestigious Diamond Certified Award? This award is presented only to hardwood flooring contractors and other local service companies that rate “highest in quality” in a detailed customer satisfaction study of their customers served during the previous four-year period. Schedule your free in-home consultation today!

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