Rubber flooring is a comfortable, versatile material that can stand up to heavy wear and tear, spills, and more. Unfortunately, a number of myths have become attached to this form of tile that has led to it being less-widely used than it should be. Here are some facts to clear the air so that you can make an informed decision about rubber floor tiles.
Resilient and Comfy
Rubber flooring is currently used most often in retail and hospital settings. The reason is because of its cushioning nature. If you ever have to stand for long periods, rubber will make your time more comfortable and less straining. The spongy, flexible nature of the rubber tile also makes it a good pick for seniors, people trying to rehabilitate from an injury, and active families. Rubber is durable and can resist scuffs, scratches, or gouges. It's also non-porous, so spills have no way of seeping in and can be cleaned up easily.
For an added bonus, rubber is also good at absorbing sound. Lay down some rubber floor tiles between floors and enjoy the noise reduction thanks to the material's mix of density and elasticity.
Rubber gets a bad reputation sometimes for being an artificial material. The truth is that rubber tiles do not contain any PVCs—the main culprit behind this belief. Manufacturers pride themselves on their tiles being able to contribute to a healthier indoor air quality by avoiding any of the carcinogenic substances that can appear in other rubber products. Furthermore, rubber tile is a non-porous material so mold and mildew have no place to infiltrate. It has enormous slip-resistance and provides a natural grip for bare and shoed feet alike.
This is the part most people don't understand. It is easy to see rubber as another industrial product, but the material is surprisingly eco-friendly. Rubber is a natural resource, harvested from sap from the rubber tree—no lumberjacks required. Rubber tile can be made without PVC, dioxins, or other harmful substances.
Also, despite the material's durability and longevity, the time will eventually come when you need to replace a rubber floor tile. When this happens, you can just recycle it. Recycled rubber is cut up and finds new life as landscaping mulch or playground surfacing.
Naturally, one of the bigger factors in deciding what tile to use will be how it looks. Fortunately, rubber is available in a variety of colours and textures. Whether you want a smooth, uniform colour or a mixed pattern, there is a form of rubber just waiting for you. Marbling, speck, or solid patterns are also feasible, as is a polished, matte, or textured finish. Earth-tone, vibrant, and even neon colours are also available.
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Centura Tile offers an unparalleled selection of tiling choices for homes and rooms of all shapes and sizes. You can view our extensive catalogue here, or contact us so we can help you find your dream tiling design.