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Five Myths about Rubber Flooring

  1. Rubber flooring is great for use as garage flooring.

This myth is one of the most common we have seen and is the single reason why we decided to get into the garage flooring market years ago. In fact Google itself says that 590 people search for the term “rubber garage flooring” every single month in the USA. So why isn’t rubber flooring good for use in garages? Well the reason we don’t recommend using rubber flooring in garages is because 90% of the rubber flooring sold in the U.S. is made from rebonded rubber.  Rebonded rubber is essentially rubber that is held together by polyurethane based glue. If oil or solvents spill on rebonded rubber flooring, the polyurethane glue will break down over time and thus break down the flooring. That is why we do not recommend using rubber flooring in garages but rather recommend different alternatives such as PVC or polypropylene flooring. If you did want to use rubber flooring as garage flooring, then we would just advise that vulcanized rubber flooring or virgin rubber flooring be used. Vulcanized and virgin rubber are not adhered together with glue but rather melted together with heat to form extremely durable rubber flooring that is resistant to break down from oils and solvents.

Types of Rubber Flooring

Types of Rubber Flooring

An example of vulcanized rubber flooring can be found here: http://www.rubberflooringinc.com/interlocking-tile/12-rubber-gym-tile.html

An example of virgin rubber flooring can be found here: http://www.rubberflooringinc.com/interlocking-tile/14-terra-lock-virgin-rubber-tile.html Read more…

Foam vs. Rubber – How to Select the Right Gym Flooring Material

September 10, 2012 1 comment

One of the single most asked questions we receive here at RubberFlooringInc.com is “Should I get foam or rubber for my home gym flooring?”  This quick post is going to explain the benefits and disadvantages to using each type of material in an attempt to help answer that question for everyone.

Benefits of foam Include:

Foam Floor Tiles

  • Light weight
  • Flexible and shock absorbent
  • Soft
  • Water proof
  • An excellent insulator
  • Wide variety of colors
  • Available in interlocking tiles or portable mats
  • Easy to install and keep clean

All of these reasons make foam an excellent choice for home gyms and portable exercise mats.

Disadvantages to using foam include:        Read more…

Flooring Underlayment – Four Questions to Help Identify the Best Solution for You

June 20, 2012 5 comments

Cork Underlayment Example

There are a number of floor underlayment products available on the market today and each product is designed for a specific purpose.  So how do you know what underlayment is right for you?  Here are 4 questions to ask yourself to help you best identify what underlayment product would be the right fit for you.

1. What is your purpose for the underlayment?

-Underlayment is used for a variety of reasons.  Foam Underlay can be used to add cushion under carpet.  Polyvinyl and plastic underlay can be used to provide a moisture barrier under hardwood flooring systems.  Cork and rubber underlayment offer the best solution for dampening sound transmission between floor levels and cork simultaneously acts as an excellent insulator against temperature transmission.  Recycled cotton and fiber underlayment products help to decrease sound transmission a little bit but also do an excellent job insulating against temperature transmission.

2. What kind of flooring are you going to install your underlayment under? Read more…

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New Flooring Adhesives – Think “Green”

April 17, 2012 Leave a comment

In our continued quest to offer more and more products that are Eco-conscious, we have decided to add “green” flooring adhesives.  Just this morning we issued a press release about it since we do believe very strongly in offering safe and environmentally friendly products.  We were very happy to work with Dri-Tac Adhesives to help bring these new adhesives to market.  Rubber Flooring, Inc now carries flooring glues for virtually every type of flooring including hardwood, bamboo, cork, vinyl, rubber, underlayments, and more.  The new “green” adhesives have no VOC’s or solvents added whatsoever and they only cost $10-20 more per bucket than our normal low cost rubber flooring adhesive product.  All spec sheets are available on request and customer service is on call at 800-613-0996 to answer any questions about the new products.

Green Flooring

November 9, 2011 Leave a comment

If you’re in the market for new and innovative ways to “go green” in your home or business, Rubber Flooring Inc may have just what you’re looking for! Our rubber flooring products serve a multitude of uses and yes, they are environmentally friendly. Our recycled rubber is made from recycled truck tire treads, otherwise known as buffings, which are the cleanest and most durable part of the tire. After the buffings are obtained and transported to our various production facilities, the ground rubber is placed in large cylinders with a urethane bonding agent and is compressed, creating a solid log. These logs of compressed rubber are then cut with computerized blades to exacting standards. Finally, they are reduced to specified lengths, rolled and shipped to our customers. The final product is an attractive, high-quality rubber flooring that is every bit as resilient as the tires on your car, although you may have a hard time travelling on your flooring for 50,000+ miles!

Over time, tires have become a very problematic source of waste due to their durability and the amounts of space that they occupy in landfills. They are also often placed in tire stockpiles which can become a health and safety hazard due to the possibility of tire fires which can burn for long periods of time and create a large amount of pollution. Through our production process, we are able to recycle millions of tires, thus saving them from a fate of crowded landfills and burning stockpiles. With our rubber flooring, you can rest assured that you’re not only purchasing high-quality products. You’re also contributing to saving our planet.

Garage Flooring, What is available and how does rubber fit in?

August 29, 2011 Leave a comment

Deciding to have Garage Flooring is an important and excellent decision.  It will protect the integrity and life of your garage floor and add style, personality and protection.  Garage flooring should be attractive, easy to install and protect your floor.

The best option for garage flooring is vinyl rolls, PVC tiles or modular interlocking plastic titles.  Epoxy flooring eventually will crack and wear out where some garage tile products can last up to 25 years.  Also, rubber garage flooring is not recommended for use in garages since rubber will break down overtime in the presence of oils and solvents.

The following products are recommended for garage flooring and available on Rubberflooringinc.com:

Grid-Loc Garage Tiles offer a hard plastic surface and a great option when wanting to personalize colors and designs to give a distinctive look to your garage.  Diamond, Slate, Coin and 7mm Coin Flex tiles feel like rubber but are actually made of PVC and are soft and bendable.  Roll patterns available for garages are Ribbed, Coin, Levant, Diamond Plate and Clear Vinyl.  Rolled garage flooring is made from polyvinyl rolls and are the least costly option.  Each roll is unique and offers different looks and feels for you to customize your garage.

Garage flooring should be attractive, easy to install and protect your floor.  When choosing a flooring option for your garage, the solution should reflect your style and be an enjoyable experience.  Each garage flooring option is easy to install and maintain.  Installation and maintenance instructions are available online at Rubberflooringinc.com.  Visit Rubberflooringinc.com today to get started on a ‘new’ garage.

Recycled Rubber Flooring– Strong, Beautiful, and Environmentally Conscious.

July 28, 2011 Leave a comment

Recycling consumer tires for use as flooring has more advantages than just creating extremely durable, attractive and resilient rolls and tiles. Using this discarded rubber to create the rolls and tiles helps keep a portion of the nearly 242 million tires discarded each year from landfills. Due to the number of tires used worldwide and their durability, they cause a significant amount of waste when no longer suitable for vehicles. Tires especially are not desired at landfills due to the ley occupy. (Tires are up of 75% void space which quickly consumes valuable landfill area.)

These same characteristics make them an excellent and inexpensive raw material for the production of resilient building materials such as the rolls and tiles sold by companies like Rubberflooringinc.com. In fact, many cities, counties and states even give various types credits in the form of LEED points or tax breaks for using recycled products in construction. There has been a notable shift in the public’s attention and effort to protecting the environment. Recycled rubber flooring is a great way to be environmentally conscious along with the benefit of having a floor surface that will outlast carpets and linoleum flooring in most cases.

Rubber flooring has a very wide variety of products and thicknesses and can be used just about anywhere. Popular uses are home and commercial gyms where impact resistance is desirable to protect weights or the subfloor, dog day care and agility courses where grip for the dogs and handlers is a priority or any room where cushion, sound dampening and durability is high on the list. Recycled rubber has also been used for years in horse stalls and grooming areas due to the traction, ease of cleaning and durability. Outdoor play grounds have also begun too used recycled rubber tiles and “pour-in-place” rubber more frequently due to the bright colors and anti microbial qualities the rubber offers.

If you are looking for a way to update, beautify and/or protect your floor or space while doing your part to help the environment, recycled rubber flooring is certainly one of the best choices available.

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