Rubber flooring is popular in gyms, healthcare facilities, ice rink arenas, schools, and other commercial settings for its incredibly resilient surface. This flooring type has become increasingly popular in residential applications for home gyms, kids’ playrooms, laundry rooms, and garages.
Rubber flooring is a truly versatile flooring option suitable for many applications. We list some of our favourite benefits of rubber flooring below.
Durable and resilient
The natural elasticity of the rubber makes for a durable and resilient flooring surface that can withstand a high volume of foot traffic. For this reason, most gyms use rubber in their facilities – especially for weight rooms that require a surface that can handle heavy equipment and the dropping of barbells, dumbbells, plates, and kettle balls. Rubber flooring is also excellent for absorbing impact and improves comfort, reducing the risk of injury and fatigue.
Water and a mild detergent – that’s all you need to keep this flooring clean and maintained! Avoid using harsh chemicals for cleans up because they can damage the rubber.
Excellent slip resistance
Did you know that rubber flooring typically exceeds the standard of the “coefficient of friction” and is highly slip-resistant? This makes it an ideal flooring option for nursing homes, schools, play areas, and healthcare facilities where safety is the priority.
Easy to install
Whether rubber tiles or mats, this flooring is easy to install over a flat and even subfloor. Interlocking rubber tiles are easy to place together, take apart, and store for a portable solution. Straight edge rubber tiles are ideal for covering small spaces, while rubber mats are excellent for large areas.
Tip: If you’re installing rubber flooring in the basement or over hardwood or engineered wood flooring, we recommend using a loose lay option such as our GatorLOC interlocking rubber tiles or VersaRUBBER rubber mats.
Rubber is a natural raw material that is highly renewable. The material comes from the sap of a rubber tree extracted using a method that does not harm the tree’s growth. Rubber is highly renewable, recyclable, and is regularly reused for other applications. Recycled rubber is cut up into small pieces to be used for mulch and playground surfaces or to create new products.