Although rubber is the last material people think of when they think of flooring option, but rubber actually offers many beneficial properties that provides versatility. It also has an eco-friendly option that helps reduce the amount of non-biodegradable waste in our landfills and environment. Along with its environmental benefits, here are a three of the top benefits rubber flooring can provide.
- Traction – Rubber naturally has a high coefficient of friction which allows it to provide excellent traction even when it is exposed to moisture. A rubber floor will help prevent slip and fall injuries from falls on hard surfaces and will provide sturdy surface for other activities such as exercising. Additionally, the eco-friendly recycled rubber variation offers a rough surface texture, due to its composition of crumb rubber, which naturally enhances traction.
- Elasticity – As an elastomer, rubber has an excellent degree of flexibility that can be useful for several purposes including joint health. Rubber has a naturally low compression set which allows it to “bounce” back into its original form even after being compressed for some time. This also translates to joint and back safety. Standing or walking on hard surfaces for extended periods of time may cause long-term joint and lower back pain; however, because of its elasticity, rubber is able to provide a cushioned surface that can reduce the stress and pressure on these areas of your body.
- Outdoor Friendly – Unlike most other flooring options, rubber has the ability to be used both indoors and outdoors. Rubber has the unique ability to resist the forces of outdoor environments. It is able to withstand the harsh UV rays of the sun, ozone and moisture. Additionally, they can be left outdoors indefinitely without degrading or losing its color from being exposed to the sun.