Rubber Flooring: 5 Myths Busted
Rubber Flooring: 5 Myths Busted
Rubber flooring. You’ve probably heard of it. I’m sure you’ve seen it. I had been working out on rubber flooring for years before I even gave a second thought to what it is.
If you go to the gym or have a gym in your house or apartment complex, chances are the floor is rubber. It gives you plenty of shock absorption, helps when you drop your massive heavy weights (because I like to pretend my weights are massive like those people in the CrossFit games), and even adds sound insulation, making it perfect for workouts of all kind.
Because rubber isn’t as well known as, say, tile, people tend to get crazy confused about. Before you know it, all these strange myths start floating around about how and when to use rubber. The truth is, rubber has its ideal time and place, and it probably works a lot differently than you think.
So, let’s get down to it and debunk some of these myths, shall we?
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1. Rubber flooring is great for use as garage flooring.
This myth is one of the most common. 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.
Oil from your car can break down that glue over time which then breaks down the flooring. Not cool. You put a lot of money and effort into creating your dream garage, so let’s make sure you don’t use the wrong stuff and have to start over!
Tip: For a more appropriate garage flooring try PVC or polypropylene flooring. Vulcanized rubber flooring or virgin rubber flooring are also okay. They 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.
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2. Rubber flooring can be used as basketball court flooring.
Okay, picture this: You’re diving to snag that ball between the pass to keep the other team from winning. You fall to the ground and the slip-resistant rubber gives you the worst rug burn of your life!
No, thank you. Not to worry, however, if you want the cushion of rubber that is safe for basketball, you can always go with a vinyl roll that includes a rubber backing, and you’ll be good to go with the best of both worlds!
Tip: For the perfect floor for your basketball court, check out some hard plastic sport tiles.
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3. Rubber flooring will make your home smell like a tire store.
Okay, this myth is a little tougher to bust. Rubber flooring is made primarily from rubber so, yes, it’s going to smell like rubber. However, some rubber flooring products smell stronger than others, depending on the type of raw material used or how the flooring was made.
Here’s the real deal: When you first get your flooring, the smell will be the strongest but, after installing the flooring, the room and floor will air out over the next few days/weeks, and you won’t even notice it without bending over and physically putting your nose up to the flooring.
And that’s where your feet go, so don’t do that.
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4. Rubber and foam floor tiles are the same thing.
How did this one even begin? Have you seen those tiles referred to as foam rubber. Well…which is it? Because my dog may act like a cat, but he is not a dog cat. Who knows what that would look like…
Rubber tiles are made from SBR Rubber (the black stuff recycled from tires), EPDM Rubber (The bright colorful flecks mixed in with the black stuff), or virgin rubber (made from trees or synthetically). Foam is light and inexpensive. Rubber is heavy, dense, and more durable.
Tip: If you’re not sure which product would be right for you, think about the traffic and weight that it will need to stand up to. If it’s playtime and light weights, foam can handle the job. However, if it’s a commercial gym or CrossFit box, rubber is the way to go.
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5. Rubber is an excellent insulator.
Okay, this one is half true. Rubber is an excellent insulator against sound transmission. However, rubber is not very good at insulating against temperature transmission.
If you put rubber flooring down over a cold basement subfloor, it will feel cold. However, it will make the room and the sounds of your weight lifting sound much quieter in other rooms.
Tip: Grab a mat to use on top of your rubber floor! Foam mats are excellent heat insulators and more comfortable to do workouts like sit-ups on since they have more cushion than rubber flooring.
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