Gym workout weights on rubber floor

Rubber flooring was once considered novelty flooring and was used widely in commercial settings such as cafeterias, hospitals and gym weight rooms. Now, rubber flooring is finding a wider acceptance for residential use and is gaining traction as a more viable flooring choice for homes.

The biggest reason rubber flooring is becoming more popular in style. It now comes in a wide array of colors and textures, making it more appealing to designers and homeowners alike. It is also sound absorbent, impervious to moisture and comfortable underfoot; making it even more attractive to homeowners. Rubber flooring comes in sheets for seamless installations. It’s also available in tiles that fit together with interlocking edges. A skilled installer can even cut rubber into patterns and mosaics that make an eye-catching one-of-a-kind floor. Rubber flooring can be glued down so that it lays flat and stays in place.

This flooring type also has natural antimicrobial properties, so it kills mold and microorganisms that might try to grow on or under the material. Rubber flooring is considered to be safe. There have been 110 scientific studies of recycled rubber and none have found an associated health risk. An added bonus is that rubber flooring is eco-friendly. Recycled rubber flooring and natural rubber flooring are very eco-friendly. Many rubber floors are made with post-consumer waste and recycled tires.

Rubber flooring can range in thickness from ¼ inch to ½ inch thick. Thicker rubber flooring can cost more but provides superior cushioning and comfort underfoot. Cost ranges from $2 to $12 per square foot for rubber flooring, depending on the thickness and quality of the material.

Where to use Rubber Flooring

  • Rubber flooring is a great choice for kids’ playrooms, where it can withstand heavy use, occasional spills, block noise and soften falls.
  • Exercise rooms can benefit greatly from having flooring that absorbs noise and can stand up to jumping and dropped weight.
  • In the kitchen, rubber flooring can withstand spills and drops. Plus, if you are on your feet for extended periods of time in the kitchen, rubber flooring can help fight fatigue and tired leg muscles. However, rubber flooring is susceptible to staining from grease and fat and any oily spills should be wiped up immediately and cleaned with warm and mild detergent.
  • Bathrooms are also good candidates for rubber flooring. A solid piece of rubber flooring that has no seams works best in a bathroom since there are no seams for water to penetrate to the subfloor below. Rubber flooring is also slip resistant, making it perfect for the bathroom.
  • Bedrooms with rubber flooring are soft underfoot and will not get cold like tile. Rubber flooring will help muffle the sound of footsteps in upper-level rooms.
  • Below grade basements can be cool and damp, but these conditions do not affect rubber flooring. Rubber flooring can be installed directly on concrete slabs. However, if moisture is a concern in your basement avoid glue-down application, as over time, excess moisture can cause adhesives to deteriorate.
  • Garages are also great candidates for rubber flooring, especially if you have a workshop and want fatigue-fighting comfort underfoot. Rubber flooring also stands up to heavy equipment, vehicles and foot traffic.

Rubber flooring is also super easy to clean with mild soap and water. Call Flowers Flooring today to learn more about the many benefits of rubber flooring, or to schedule a FREE in-home estimate (704) 445-7750. Flowers Flooring is a flooring sales and installation company serving the Charlotte metro area including Kannapolis, Mooresville, the Lake Norman area, Ballantyne and more.