Buyer's Guide to Rubber Flooring

Buyer's Guide to Rubber Flooring

Look no further for a durable, safe flooring material

By Sabah Karimi

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Rubber flooring is an affordable alternative to tile, carpet and hardwood and can be installed in both indoor and outdoor settings. Rubber flooring can be custom-cut into tiles or sheets based on your flooring needs, and is an attractive flooring choice for kitchens, bathrooms, gyms and other areas of the home where there is a lot of moisture.

Benefits

Rubber floors provide a sturdy and durable surface that reduces the risk of slippage in wet or damp conditions. It is available in a variety of colors and styles, is easy to install and is suitable for homes where people suffer from allergies because it does not attract or retain dust and allergens like other floor surfaces. Rubber flooring also creates a soft, cushioned surface, and can be cheaper to install than carpet, tile or hardwood flooring.

Types

Rubber flooring is available in several forms including pre-cut rolls, custom-cut rolls, interlocking tiles of varying thickness, and mats or sheets. Rubber flooring is also available in eco-friendly alternatives such as recycled rubber tile, sheets and mats.The type of rubber flooring you choose will depend on the application or surface you are working with, and the overall aesthetic effect you're trying to achieve. A flooring specialist can make recommendations based on your needs and budget.

Applications

Any area where slipping can occur is ideal location for rubber tile, mat or rubber sheet installations. Rubber flooring can be used for several applications including: commercial or home gym floors, garage floors, workshops, basements, playroom or family room floors and on patios or decks. Rubber flooring tiles may be installed around pool decks, bathrooms or in a kitchen to reduce slippage and increase the aesthetic appeal of the space.

Warnings

When choosing between types and styles of rubber flooring, it's important to learn about the maintenance and cleaning instructions from the manufacturer. Most types of rubber flooring surfaces can be cleaned of debris and dust with a vacuum on a high setting, and mopped with mild soap and water. However, too much water on the surface can damage the rubber flooring's adhesive. Some types of rubber flooring must only be cleaned with a special cleaning solution and a buffer or automatic scrubber.

Considerations

To install rubber flooring safely and effectively, it is necessary to prepare the subfloor with a special layer of flooring or insulation. A layer of adhesive must also be applied to the back of the rubber flooring tiles and rolls. A flooring specialist can perform these tasks using specialized tools, equipment and materials to ensure that the rubber flooring lays flat and is free of bumps and spaces.

About the Author

Sabah Karimi is a regular contributor to DexKnows.

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