7 Benefits of Residential Rubber Flooring
Because of its durability and ergonomics, rubber has been a popular flooring material in commercial spaces for a long time (hospitals and clinics, gyms, kitchens, etc.). It’s the perfect floor for areas where people work for long hours or where liquids are frequently spilled. But, with a number of design advancements, homeowners are now discovering that rubber can also be a practical choice for residential applications– both indoors and outdoors. Below we’ve listed some of the greatest advantages of using this resilient– and dare we say it, stylish–material in your home.
Durability: This is often considered rubber’s most significant benefit. Because of its remarkable density, this material is highly resistant to dirt and grime, helping you cut back on cleaning and maintenance. It can withstand heavy loads and extreme wear without gouging, scuffing, or scratching. A rubber floor can last for 20 years or more, but as with other materials, that will depend on the product quality, where it is installed, and how it is cared for.
Low Maintenance: Taking care of rubber flooring will be a bit easier than taking care of a carpet or hardwood floor. Dirt and debris will track in as usual, and you can sweep or mop to clean up like you would with any other floor. But, when it comes to dealing with spills you will truly reap the benefits of rubber flooring as this material is highly stain resistant. It is also resistant to burn marks from cigarettes or fireplaces. You may periodically wish to polish the surface, which can easily be done with a water soluble wax emulsion.
Ergonomic: The spongy, flexible nature of rubber provides a more supportive surface for standing and walking for long periods of time. This makes it a smart choice for active families, seniors, and those who are rehabilitating injuries. You can increase the softness of your rubber floor by purchasing tiles that have a cork, fabric, or foam-rubber backing.
Water Resistant: Rubber flooring is like a virtual force field against moisture. It’s non-porous, meaning that basic liquid spills wont be able to penetrate or damage it. This makes it a smart choice for bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms. If you install rubber flooring tiles in your basement (below grade), you might need to also install a vapor barrier to keep moisture from seeping in from underneath.
Eco-Friendly: Rubber contributes to a healthier indoor air quality by emitting fewer Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC), formaldehyde, and other carcinogenic substances. Natural rubber is a raw material that begins as sap extracted from tropical rubber trees, making it a renewable resource. When it is discarded, rubber is completely recyclable. It gets chopped up and made into landscaping mulch, playground surfaces, rubber crumb for athletic facilities and other applications.
Sound Barrier: By using thicker rubber tiles, you can create a significant sound barrier between floors in your home. The combination of density and elasticity can reduce noise from walking and playing by up to 18 decibels.
Style Choices: Rubber flooring advancements have brought us countless color and pattern options. Manufacturers are able to create vibrant or even neon colors for bold flooring designs. They can also replicate the marbling and speck patterns you see in natural stone materials. Then, you can choose between a polished, matte, or textured finish.