Similar to linoleum, rubber floors have been around for approximately 75 years and they are known to be extremely tough and hard wearing.
Rubber floors are rising in popularity recently due to their sustainability and eco-compatibility. Rubber floors have three avenues to their “green” environment approach. First, the product is a natural raw material: sap from tropical rubber trees. Second, because of the relatively infrequent need for removal and disposal, there is no energy or environmental impact for decades after an initial installation. And last, but not least, old rubber flooring can be recycled into other rubber products.
Rubber is extremely popular in health care facilities, schools and public buildings (airports, museums, etc.) Rubber flooring’s life expectancy is far above other resilient floor coverings. It is not uncommon for a rubber floor to last 20 years in a commercial building.
The only major downside to rubber floors is the installation difficulty. There is a tremendous amount of sub-floor preparation that needs to take place. Plus, rubber floor seams need to be welded (heat or cold welded). And in health care applications, rubber floors should be flash covered at walls to form a sanitary base. These installation skills are rare. You need a contractor that has experience and is certified to install your rubber floor. Jack Laurie Commercial Floors has been doing so since 1950 and wants to do it for you!