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Top 11 Rubber Flooring FAQs

Rubber flooring has long been a solution for high-traffic settings that demand a durable material. Rubber’s natural resilience and strength make it a good fit for high-impact commercial, industrial, and outdoor environments. As designs and textures continue to advance, rubber flooring is also becoming increasingly popular in residential settings, as well. Read on for answers to the top 11 questions you may have about rubber flooring:


Rubber flooring offers versatile looks for versatile spaces. (Brava Rubber Floor Tiles – Brooklyn Brick)

1. Which rooms in my home are the best fit for rubber flooring?

Rooms that see extensive foot traffic and high-impact activities will benefit from rubber flooring. For example, rubber is a great choice for home gyms, where homeowners place heavy equipment and continually set down heavy weights. Play areas, where kids tend to run and jump, and garages, which often house weighty cars and power equipment, are good locations for rubber flooring. Bathrooms, with their fluctuating temperatures and moisture levels, also benefit from this durable and resilient material.

2. What styles and colors of rubber flooring are available?

The possibilities are nearly endless with rubber flooring. Style options include faux wood grain, speckled patterns, dimpled textures, smooth surfaces, and even low-pile carpet textures. Colors range from black to white and everything in between.

3. Who is rubber flooring for?

This flooring material works well for active families, since it can handle continual impacts, wears well, and has a long life. It’s also a good choice for elderly adults or people with mobility challenges, as many rubber flooring options have nonslip features.

4. What is rubber flooring made from?

The components vary for each type, but rubber flooring can be made from natural tree rubber (virgin rubber) or from synthetic materials, which often come from recycled tires. Depending on the style you choose, rubber flooring can contain a percentage of EPDM granules.

5. Is rubber flooring environmentally friendly?

Most rubber flooring options are eco-friendly, since they include recycled materials and have low volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions. Rubber flooring options that are FloorScore® certified are guaranteed to meet strict indoor air quality (IAQ) requirements, and meet the criteria for LEED credits as well.

6. Is rubber flooring a healthy option for my family?

Most products are nontoxic, lead-free, and latex-free. Rubber flooring is also typically made without Bisphenol A (BPA) and features low VOC emissions. Because most products are allergen-free and resist bacteria, they are safe and healthy options for kids and families.

7. Does rubber flooring require maintenance?

One of rubber’s benefits is that it requires very little maintenance. Vacuum rubber flooring lightly, and clean with soap and water when necessary.

8. What quantities of rubber flooring are available?

Rubber flooring is sold in rolls or as interlocking tiles. Both types generally sell by the square foot.

9. What’s the price range for rubber flooring?

The cost of rubber can range from as low as $1 to over $15 per square foot. Depending on the thickness and style you choose, rubber flooring can be an affordable option.

10. Do I need specialized equipment to install rubber flooring?

No special equipment is necessary to install this type of flooring. Homeowners can find most tools and supplies, such as measuring tapes, utility knives, and carpet tape, at home improvement outlets.

11. Do I need to call a professional for installation?

Homeowners can install rubber tiles by simply interlocking them in place and securing them with carpet tape, if necessary. Consider contacting a professional to install rubber flooring rolls, as installation can be more complex.

What other rubber flooring questions do you have? Let us know in the comments.

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(4) Comments

  1. Karren R Ackemyer

    I would like to replace bathroom linoleum with rubber tiles. The flooring I am replacing cutves up the wall 2 1/2 “. What would i use for baseboards? Are there rubber baseboards available?

    • BuildDirect Product Expert Team

      Hi Karren,

      I haven’t heard of rubber baseboards but you may be able to find them at specialty kitchen and bath stores or specialty tile stores. Other than that the only option would be to go with a regular baseboard to try to use the rubber tile as a baseboard. Please let us know if you have any other questions!

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