4 Types of Rubber Flooring

A worker installs a section of recycled rubber floor onto an adhesive covered concrete slab.

Durable and easy to maintain, rubber flooring comes in a range of options. Whether for a kitchen, garage, basement, or playroom, you'll find a variety suited to your needs.

1 – Sheeting

Rubber flooring comes on a roll, and can be laid down similar to wall to wall carpet. The size of the roll you need is based on the longest wall in your space. The flooring can easily be cut to fit around obstacles and corners, for a perfect fit in your room. This type of flooring is available in a range of different designs and provides the benefit of enabling patterns to be used and easily continued, such as a diamond plate for a non-slip surface. It is possible to use this method for both commercial and residential properties, and the thickness of the rubber can be chosen according to the use. It's ideal for workshops and garages, where water or other liquids may be an issue.

2 – Tiles

Rubber flooring in tile form allows for more intricate or multicolored patterns. This method requires some additional calculation to ensure that you obtain the right number to cover the entire surface. Some cutting of the tiles is necessary to ensure that they fit precisely. In rooms where there is a large amount of water use, you may find that rubber tiles may not be the best option. Over time, water can seep between the seams of the tiles and cause problems for the subfloor. Rubber floor tiles are ideal for a playroom.

3 – Mats

Rubber flooring mats are a convenient way to lay an additional floor covering over one that already exists. This an good way to form a non-slip pathway from one point to another on a hard surface, such as slate or marble, or as a waterproof cushion for tired feet in the work area for your kitchen. It is easy to lay down, and can be moved whenever necessary. These mats are available in a range of different thicknesses and styles, to make it easy to find one to suit your needs. For example, a relatively thin mat is all that's needed if it will simply be walked across, while a thicker grooved mat is better for areas where you might be standing for extended periods.

4 – Recycled

For an eco-friendly option, recycled rubber flooring can be obtained in various forms. You will often be able to find details of the previous use of the rubber, whether it was once tires or athletic shoes. Of course, in the event the floor needs to be removed, it can be recycled again and used for a different purpose.