Rubber

Description

Available in sheets or tiles, this resilient flooring option is sleek, contemporary, and comfortable underfoot. Colors, which are contained throughout the thickness of rubber flooring, vary from earthy to bright and run all the way through for a hue that won’t fade or wear. The surface texture can vary from smooth marbleized or chip designs to many raised textures, including circular, square, flagstone, hammered or diamond-plate patterns and many others. Rubber has long been a solution for high-traffic settings that demand a durable material, resistance to water and burns, and is easy to clean and install.

With waterproof and slip-resistant properties that make it ideal for harsh environments that require frequent or harsh cleaning, rubber flooring is commonly used in institutional and commercial facilities. Some rubber tiles are engineered to work in areas where petroleum products, animal fats, and vegetable oils are present to provide a safe work environment. Rubber flooring is an excellent alternative, if you’re looking for something durable, quiet, and warm to walk on. In the past, rubber floors were appreciated for durability over beauty, but today’s rubber flooring can be as dazzling as any other type of resilient flooring choice. Rubber typically has a higher initial cost but lasts for a very long time. With its natural resilience and strength, rubber flooring is often used in high impact commercial and industrial areas including fitness centers, healthcare applications, and education facilities.

With advancements in colors, designs and textures, rubber flooring is increasingly popular in office and residential settings. A popular option for garages, rubber is also ideal for hardworking areas such as kitchens, baths, entries, and exercise rooms.

Composition

There are several variations of rubber flooring including natural rubber, synthetic rubber and recycled rubber. Different versions of rubber flooring exist for a number of situations including fatigue resistance in areas where people are standing or walking for long periods and heavy traffic floor stress in industrial environments. Rubber products are available in sheet form and tiles which are typically 20 inch and 40 inch squares.

Structure

Rubber Sheet

Rubber Tiles

Advantages of Rubber Flooring

  • As a type of resilient flooring, rubber includes the same inherent advantage as other resilient products such as vinyl and linoleum.
  • Rubber flooring provides a durable, easy-to-clean surface that’s suitable for hard-wearing commercial and residential environments, including hospitals, industrial spaces, transportation applications, fitness centers, gyms, basements, recreation rooms, playrooms, and laundry and utility areas.
  • Durability – Rubber is strong, tough, and resilient under a variety of conditions. Properly cared for rubber flooring can last for 20 years or more.
  • Resistant to motor and cooking oils – excellent product in environments where oil and grease are factors such as auto shops and food preparation areas.
  • Easy Maintenance – Cleaning rubber flooring generally requires no more than a damp mopping.
  • Softness – Despite its durability, rubber is soft underfoot, one of its important features for active health clubs and fitness centers.
  • Water-resistant – Most rubber flooring is highly resistant to damage from moisture on both the top and bottom surfaces of the material.
  • Quiet – The elasticity of rubber flooring makes it very quiet to walk on. Heels don’t click, and dropped objects land softly.
  • Excellent slip resistance.

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