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What You Need To Know About Rubber Flooring

When it comes to flooring types, rubber flooring is probably one that is often overlooked compared to popular flooring solutions like hardwood flooring and carpet. Nevertheless, rubber flooring has its own unique properties that may be beneficial in some buildings.

In this blog, you will learn everything that you need to know about rubber flooring to help you finalise your decision on whether rubber flooring is the right choice for your flooring project.

What is Rubber Flooring?

Rubber flooring is made from highly durable material, often a combination of natural rubber and synthetic rubber. It can be an eco-friendly solution, especially if it is manufactured from recycled rubber materials. You can expect rubber flooring to be non-porous, repelling liquids, and it has a high degree of resiliency. Despite its strong quality, rubber flooring is also soft underfoot, making it comfortable and suitable for high-traffic areas.

Types of Rubber Flooring

There are a number of different types of rubber flooring that are available. These include:

  • Tiles – Allows for multicoloured patterns, but seams of the tiles can pose potential problems in the long-term (such as leakage, for example).
  • Mats – Ideal for layering on top of flooring that already exists to make a non-slip pathway. These mats are easily portable and can come in a range of thicknesses and styles.
  • Sheeting or rolls – Can be simply laid down on the floor, and can be cut to fit around furniture or obstacles.

Advantages of Rubber Flooring

There are numerous advantages to rubber flooring to consider, a few examples of which are:

  • Resistance to heavy foot traffic, perfect for commercial spaces
  • Adhesives are not required to install
  • Absorbs sound
  • Resistance to static, water and moisture – reduces the risk of slips and tumbles
  • Extremely durable
  • Resilient to heavy impact
  • Easy installation and repair – in the event of damage, only the part that is severely damaged needs to be removed
  • Sustainable – it can be made using recycled materials
  • Incredibly low maintenance

Care and Maintenance

As mentioned above, rubber flooring requires little maintenance compared to other flooring types like carpet, making it a great option for those who prefer low-maintenance flooring. However, this does not mean that you should simply ignore rubber flooring when it is installed – like all floors, it still requires some care and maintenance!

In particular, it is recommended that with rubber flooring, you do the following:

  • Clean floors at least once a week, especially in high-traffic areas
  • Deep clean at least once a month
  • Brush away dust and debris using a broom
  • Mop the floor (if not individual tiles) using mild detergent – avoid using harsh chemicals
  • Vacuum regularly
  • Wipe any stains or liquids as soon as they appear

Common Uses

Rubber flooring is often commonplace in commercial premises such as fitness centres, gyms, and buildings that offer adventurous activities such as wall climbing and trampolining. You may also find rubber flooring in restaurants, as the resiliency of rubber flooring makes it appropriate for heavy foot traffic, helping prevent slips and falls.

In terms of residential applications, rubber flooring is increasingly being applied in playrooms, bathrooms, home gyms, and garages as well.

If you are looking to install rubber flooring, get in touch with The Flooring Group to see how we can assist you with your flooring needs.