Rubber Flooring – Rubber Floors

Rubber Flooring

Rubber flooring has typically been associated with commercial, industrial and sport uses. Today’s advances in modern technology have made the use of attractive rubber for floors both possible and desirable for use in the home. Rubber is now available in great textures, colors and designs. Now, not only does rubber look good, it also has several advantages.


Give me a new look!

Resilient and durable, today’s rubber has a completely new look. One can now buy rubber floors in colors other than standard black. In addition to being extremely durable, rubber is also water resistant, easy to clean and adaptable to many surfaces. Rubber is very resistant to normal wear and tear and is an excellent sound insulator. With proper care, your rubber flooring will last for a very long time.

Recyclable

Rubber is 100% recyclable, making it environment-friendly.

Suitability

Rubber floors are hypoallergenic and are water, mold and bacteria-resistant. For these reasons, it is most often used in basements, bathrooms, laundry rooms, garages and recreation rooms.

Rubber flooring is very easy on the feet, which is the main reason that it was previously most widely used in gyms, bars and restaurants. You probably wouldn’t want to use it in the kitchen, as the combination of grease and rubber makes for a safety hazard!

Do-It-Yourself

Even the most novice DIYer can install rubber flooring. For the most part, you pick it out at the manufacturer and have it cut to your rooms’ dimensions. It comes in either tiles or rolls. The tiles are the easiest to install, while the roll version requires a bit more precision. Some companies make the tiles so that they install by a click-and-lock mechanism. Rubber is not easily damaged, though you do have to be careful when handling sharp objects, because it marks easily.

Below are some key points to be aware of when installing rubber flooring:

1. ONLY use a polyurethane adhesive if the rubber needs to be glued down

2. The subfloor should be level, clean and DRY

3. Seal the seams with a urethane seam sealant if using a rolled flooring product

4. Allow the area to dry at least 24 hours before using the floor

5. Be sure that the rubber is cut with precision

Maintenance

Although rubber is fairly low maintenance, you still need to keep them clean. Removing surface dust with a broom or damp cloth. You can clean rubber flooring with a mop and mild household detergent. Some rubber manufacturers will supply you with a special rubber cleaner. Make sure that you don’t drop any sharp objects on the floor, to reduce the risk of marks and cuts.

Advantages/Disadvantages of Rubber Flooring

Advantages

  • Very durable material.
  • Water and heat resistant.
  • Good sound insulator.
  • Comfortable to walk and stand on.
  • Good for wet areas.
Disadvantages

  • Relatively expensive.
  • Can be slippery if wet
  • Needs to be maintained regularly.
  • Marked easily by sharp objects.

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