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The Pros and Cons of Rubber Flooring

Posted: Wednesday, November 24, 2010

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Decisions, decisions. It's a rare day when we're not bombarded with them. You can go this way, but there's this. You can go that way, but there's that.

This is definitely the case when you are remodeling or building, especially trying to decide what type of flooring to choose. Each floor covering has its good points and its no-so-good points. The key is to balance your needs and expectations with the strengths of a particular productand to do your research.

Rubber flooring is a good example. It's a durable, hypoallergenic product and has come a long way from the days of the simple black, rubber-backed mat. You can install whole floors anywhere from basements and bathrooms, to commercial buildings and gymnasiums, and choose from numerous colors, patterns, and textures. It's a great shock-absorber, so it's a good choice for areas where people are on their feet for long periods of time. It's also a good sound muffler and is slip resistant, so places such as libraries and schools where foot traffic noise can be quite a distraction, it's super. It's also bacteria- and mold-resistant, so bathrooms are a prime candidate as well.

Though its good qualities abound, rubber is not quite as versatile as other flooring products. You wouldn't really do the whole first level of your house in rubber. It isn't as appropriate for living rooms and bedrooms, and therefore you might not have the look of continuity you may want. Not a deal-breaker but something to consider.

Maintenance of rubber floors can be seen as two sides of a coin. On one side, rubber is easy to clean it just takes a mop, bucket, and slightly soapy water, and it's incredibly durable. On the other side, it gets dirty pretty easily, and the floor must be dried after cleaning and it can be scratched relatively easily. There are also several products you can't use when cleaning rubber flooring that you might normally use on other floors (you can't use abrasives or many "typical" cleaning products; using something like acetone can actually cause permanent damage).

On the other hand, it works well in a basement that is being used as a rec room or a place for the kids to play. Rather than banged knees and elbows, your kids will land safely during their playtime downstairs.

So think about it: like everything, you need to weigh the pros and cons and you'll come to the best decision for you.