Natural fiber mats and flooring add a certain class and elegance to your home and office floors. That’s undeniable. However, when you require elegance with durability and ease of maintenance added on, it’s best to consider rubber mats and flooring. They come with a host of qualities that make so such of sense that you may wonder why you never thought about them earlier. Let’s take a look at some of those qualities.
Pet-friendly: If you have pets at home, rubber flooring and mats are just plain pragmatic. Tough against the onslaught of paws, easy to clean and long lasting, they are one less thing your pet can chew and destroy.
Environment-friendly: Rubber mats, tiles and flooring made out of recycled tires are easy on the environment as well as your pocket.
Noise reducing: Rubber, with its sound deadening quality, reduces noise in work places, studios and gyms. It makes excellent sound-proofing material. In fact, rubber features prominently in the materials used for sound-proofing home studios.
Safe: Rubber flooring and tiles offer safety in gyms, play spaces and any area involving indoor athletics. They are shock absorbent and reduce the impact of falls and consequent injuries.
Easy to Clean: Rubber tiles and flooring are easy to clean. Mop with a mild detergent and sponge/mop, sweep with a broom or vacuum and you are good to go.
Anti-Fatigue: Rubber cushions the feet and, hence, reduces the strain caused by regular fitness and work-related physical activity. Rubber anti-fatigue mats are great for workers and staff whose job involves standing all day.
Easy to Mold: Rubber can be molded into a variety of designs, from intricate to sturdy, depending on a variety of needs. Some companies even offer product customization options for those with a creative streak!
Durable: Rubber mats and flooring are tough and can endure more wear and tear. This makes them last longer and also makes great economic sense.
Types of Rubber
When it comes to flooring, there are three main types of rubber materials used.
Natural rubber—new rubber tapped as latex from trees—is heated and chemically treated or vulcanized to make it easy to mold and more resilient. This is then used to create products. Vulcanized rubber is tough, long lasting and enjoys wide application in various industries. It is also used to produce rubber mats and flooring for homes and offices.
Recycled rubber re-uses old discarded automobile tires by putting them through the de-vulcanization process. This process strips rubber of added chemicals and restores it close to its natural state. The resultant ‘crumb’ is then treated chemically and remolded into new products. The recycled rubber derived from this process is almost as durable and tough as vulcanized rubber. It can be used in most industries barring a few. It is environment-friendly, which is its most important feature. Rubber mats, tiles and flooring use a substantial amount of recycled rubber for its resilience and shock absorption properties. It is also more cost-effective, an advantage that gets directly passed down to the consumer.
As the name suggests, synthetic rubber is rubber that has been made synthetically. Unlike natural rubber that comes the Rubber Tree, synthetic rubber is manufactured by the polymerization of a range of petroleum-based precursors called monomers. In certain forms, this type of rubber is superior to natural rubber, offering thermal stability and compatibility with petroleum products (Wikipedia). Synthetic rubber has wide usage in various industries. Certain types of rubber tiles, mats and flooring use rubber foam and urethane because of their specific properties.
Now that you have a basic understanding of rubber mats and flooring—their properties, features and advantages—you will be in a better position to gauge their effectiveness as solutions for your home and office requirements.
Don’t miss next week’s post! We will be talking about the range of rubber mats and flooring options that CocomatsNMore offers you.