Rubber has many advantages that have made it a popular choice for flooring in many commercial areas. Now that there are many colours and patterns available, this is slowly becoming popular in residential areas too. Although it has many advantages, there are some drawbacks which need to be considered before you choose rubber flooring as an option for your office or home.
Advantages of using rubber flooring
Durability: This is the most important benefit of using rubber in your flooring. It is tough and can withstand many different conditions. This depends on the environment it is installed in and the type of rubber tile used. If cared for properly following all instructions, then it should last for around twenty years and in some cases much longer.
Low maintenance: When compared to other materials, rubber flooring is quite a breeze to take care of. Synthetic rubber is a lot more stain resistant compared to the natural version. Coating the surface with a wax solution will also make it a lot more resistant to damage or staining. To clean, generally a mop and warm clean water are more than adequate.
Soft: in spite of the fact that it is extremely durable and strong, rubber flooring is in fact fairly soft to the touch .This can be useful to help reduce the stress related with walking or standing for long periods of time. This is an extremely popular choice in flooring around retail spaces, bedrooms, playrooms and living areas. This soft effect can be extended by using other materials like tiles with foam-back rubber and cork or fabric.
Water Resistant: Rubber flooring is not porous which means it does not allow water to go through it and damage the surface or the interiors. This makes a great flooring choice for wet areas like kitchens, bathrooms, laundries. It is important to go for the high grade stuff because it you go below grade, you will need to install a vapour barrier in order for moisture to evaporate and not stagnate and seep into the floors. Some rubber flooring are specially treated so they fit well with wet environments.
Wide choice of colours: Nowadays there is a lot options available in terms of colour and pattern when it comes to rubber flooring. These are available in a soft matte look to blend in with modern living areas or polished looks for a more sophisticated look. They can also be made to look like marble and stone with random spots found in the real materials. They can also come in extremely bright hues for an eye-catching look.
Disadvantages of using rubber flooring
Pricey: The biggest disadvantage in using rubber flooring is that it can get quite expensive. You may be able to find low cost materials but that is going to limit the thickness, quality, and style choices that you have. More expensive options can be priced above $15 per square metre, making this material in the same price league to both woodblock and vinyl flooring
Can become slippery: Smooth and texture free rubber flooring can get quite slippery when it gets wet. This consequence is much worse if the material has been polished.
Can get stained: While rubber is a fairly resistant material and can handle most staining agents, there are some that can cause damage to its surface and these include Detergent and other strong cleaning liquids. Another substance is grease which can cause quite a lot of damage if not cleaned properly.