Where can I use rubber flooring? The answer to that question is just about anywhere. It's a popular choice for commercial properties, of course, for restaurants, factories, and offices, and although it is not generally the first choice in bedrooms and living rooms, rubber flooring is an excellent choice for kitchens, basements, and even garages in the home. And there are lots of reasons why…
First, rubber is very easy to clean. All it takes is a gentle soap or cleanser, a mop, and a bucket of warm water. So places that see a lot of action—action that generates a lot of dirt—are ideal spots to install rubber flooring. Most rubber products are slip-resistant, too, so that's an added benefit in high traffic rooms or places that see lots of spills.
If the environment is an important concern for you, then rubber flooring is a great choice. There are many brands and types that are made from recycled rubber, such as old tires. This keeps companies from having to generate new rubber and using new raw materials to do so. Also a rubber floor is incredibly durable and will last a long time, and if you use the panel or tile system, you can easily replace a portion of a rubber floor without having to rip the whole thing out and start over. And when the time does come to replace a rubber floor, that rubber can often be recycled yet again for other uses. It's the floor that keeps on giving. And you can feel good that you've gone with a product that is environmentally friendly.
Lots of people see kitchens as a prime spot for installing rubber flooring. Again, with the ease of cleaning, the drips, drops, splashes, and crashes aren't as much of a problem on rubber flooring as they would be perhaps on hardwood or stone. Also, for those cooks and bakers out there, a rubber floor makes for much more comfortable standing and walking for the hours you spend in the kitchen. It can also give you peace of mind that when you carry Aunt Jenny's 60 year old china across the floor; the chances of it surviving a fall are much higher than if it gets up close and personal with ceramic tile.
The same can be said for garages and workshops—easy to clean and easy on the feet. Rubber flooring in basements makes a lot of sense too. Typically concrete is the subfloor in a basement, so the added protection and padding of rubber makes the floors in a basement much more comfortable and safe. Basements are often romper rooms and having a painless romper room is certainly a plus as your 5-year old pulls a Spiderman off the back of the couch.