Rubber flooring is a leading choice for commercial and educational spaces due to the material's ease of maintenance and high resistance to foot traffic, among other benefits. Of the different types of rubber flooring available in Toronto, special mention should be made of Roppe in particular. Roppe-brand rubber flooring is an affordable, effective solution for schools seeking safe, stylish, and durable options to support teachers and students alike.
Top Reasons to Use Roppe Rubber Flooring in Schools
Rubber flooring comes in sheets or tiles. Sheets can be rolled out and cut to quickly cover large swaths of floor. Tiling options are also available that can be used to add engaging patterns and logos or to help cover awkward or unusually-shaped spaces.
Durable and Long Lasting
Rubber flooring has a lifespan that measures in decades and the same flooring will see several cycles of students come and go before you need to think about replacement. Part of this lifespan comes from how utterly resistant rubber is to many sources of damage. Roppe flooring is hard to gouge, scuff, or scratch, can withstand heavy impacts easily, and has a natural resilience against stains, mildew, and mould.
Cost-Effective and Easy to Maintain
Rubber flooring offers a useful economy of scale that makes it easier on school budgets to install. Maintenance is also low-key and does not require much in the way of special products or techniques. Janitorial and maintenance staff can maintain rubber floors with little more than a mop and a bucket.
Unlike certain other types of tile, rubber is made without wood (it comes from sap, not lumber) so it requires no trees to be cut down. This makes it an ideal renewable material, especially since rubber is also recyclable and can be reused in a number of different applications such as playground surfacing or crumb for athletic fields. Lastly, Roppe rubber flooring is 100% PVC-free.
Resists Oil, Water, Bacteria, and Fire
Rubber flooring is highly water resistant, so any spilled or tracked-in liquids—which any school experiences in abundance—don't get a chance to sink in and compromise the surface. This same resistance helps it avoid infiltration by slippery oils or bacteria, making them able to reduce the potential spread of various germs. Rubber floors are also resistant to fire and burns, which is a plus for any high school science lab.
Absorbs Sound and Stops Slips
With hundreds of students and staff passing and chatting through the halls each day, quite a racket can emerge. This sound can be disruptive to other classes, especially if the schedule means large groups will be moving around while others are trying to learn and teach. Roppe rubber flooring is highly sound absorbent, which will help minimize the distraction these noises can cause. Additionally, all that foot traffic is a slip-and-fall waiting to happen. Fortunately, rubber floors have a high coefficient of friction, sometimes exceeding minimum standards by 80% or more, which lets them offer better grip and stability.
You Can Include Your Logo
Roppe rubber flooring offers schools the ability to customize, including incorporating their crest or logo in the floor design. This not only adds visual interest to the floor but can help inspire students and foster team spirit, but also remind them that they are part of an educational community.
Getting Top Rubber Flooring at Centura Tile
Centura Tile has been a leader in tiling since 1933 and this is reflected in the large variety of rubber and other flooring options we have that can work great in any school space. At any one of our stores across Toronto, the GTA, and beyond, you can expect to find beautiful rubber flooring options from Roppe lines such as:
To learn more about rubber flooring options, different tile types, or to ask other tiling queries, feel free to contact us or visit a Centura Tile dealer near you.