Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about FREEẼ Rubber Tiles
Is rubber flooring durable?The quick answer is yes! It is super durable. Rubber flooring is specially designed to stand up to heavy workouts and high-traffic areas. That means it can take a beating from your barbell and it can hold up to hundreds of people walking over it for days on end. All rubber is durable for your high-traffic and commercial spaces. While the common misconception is that thicker rubber means higher durability, that’s not really true. The thickness is more of a bodyguard for your subfloor, with thicker rubber protecting your subfloor from heavier weights.
Is rubber flooring waterproof?One of the best qualities of rubber flooring is that it is extremely water-resistant! Spilled water, sweaty workouts, heck, even the ocean! No water is too much for rubber flooring. In the event that you need to be 100% certain no water ever reaches your subfloor, you can use a seam sealer where the tiles interlock or where your rolls meet. However, for most cases, that is not necessary.
Can rubber flooring be used outdoors?Rubber floors are a great outdoor flooring option. They are ultra-durable, specially designed to handle lots of use and abuse.
Is rubber flooring safe?Yes, rubber flooring is safe. Rubber is extremely resilient, so it feels soft and comfortable underfoot and easily absorbs shocks. This means that rubber flooring provides superb cushioning and helps reduce muscle stress and foot injury, ensuring excellent protection indoors and outdoors.
How long does rubber paving last?10-12 years. A rubber surface will fade slightly over the course of 10-12 years but the colour will sustain. Most rubber surfacing granules are manufactured with UV colour stability agents which maintain the colour for many years
Is rubber paving durable?Rubber paving is a very durable product. The first rubber paved driveway was installed by Shercom Industries in Saskatoon in 1998 and still looks as good as the day it was applied, despite being 20 years old. Relative to concrete, rubber paving has much faster installation and cure times.
Do rubber pavers get hot?Rubber Pavers are not affected by water, ice, snow or any extreme weather conditions. They are cool in summer; wont freeze in winter and snow will melt. They perform well in both indoor and outdoor applications, for they can withstand extra heavy-duty use
Are rubber pavers any good?These are extremely durable and wear and tear resistant. They are in competition with brick and concrete pavers, which have benefits of their own. However, rubber patio pavers are easiest to replace and install compared to other pavers
Where is rubber flooring used?Rubber flooring is extremely versatile. While primarily used as gym and in-house flooring, rubber flooring is also commonly used in playgrounds, outdoors and other high-traffic areas that require durable and/or waterproof flooring, such as doggy daycare, dugouts, basements, boats, storage sheds, ice skating rinks, locker rooms and more.
Where can rubber tiles be used? Rubber flooring is very versatile. Rubber flooring can be used as gym flooring, playgrounds, outdoors spaces and other high-traffic areas that require durable and/or waterproof flooring.
Why Use Rubber Flooring? What are the advantages?Rolled Rubber flooring is a functional product. Yes, the reason you install it is to provide a function. The fact that it can also be an attractive addition is just a bonus. The job of Premier Tuff Rubber flooring is to PROTECT the subfloor, equipment and the patron. It protects your subfloor by absorbing the impact of dropped weights.
What is Rubber Made of?Synthetic rubber is a more durable product, and 20th century demands led to its creation. Today, synthetic rubber is created primarily from recycled materials, such as car and truck tires
How is recycled rubber produced?Recycled rubber is produced from scrap tires through a straightforward process. There are two main ways in which this happens:
- Ambient shredding: uses powerful, interlocking knives to chop tires into smaller
- Cryogenic process: uses liquid nitrogen to freeze them at sub-zero temperature. These cold temperatures cause the physical properties of the tire to change, and it becomes very brittle. The tire is then placed in an enclosure in which powerful hammers smash the tire
Why should we be recycling scrap tires?Tires are designed to be virtually indestructible under a variety of conditions, have traditionally been difficult to dispose of or recycle. In most cases, old and worn tires were replaced with newer tires and dumped illegally in lakes, empty lots, along the sides of roads, and in nature in potentially sensitive habitats. Others were added to landfills. Today, thanks to innovations in manufacturing, scrap tire rubber is used to make new tires, playground surfaces, equestrian mats, and rubberized asphalt—among other products. Tire recycling is an economically sound, environmentally-friendly activity that can contribute to the reduction of a product’s overall carbon footprint by anywhere from four to 20 percent compared to virgin plastic resins.
Is recycled rubber – especially the crumb rubber used in turf fields – safe?There is no peer-reviewed scientific data that suggests recycled rubber used in synthetic turf fields pose any significant health risks to athletes. To the contrary, in fact, there are more than one hundred ten (110) scientific studies conducted by both private and government entities that specifically say otherwise. Unfortunately, some media reports have made very serious allegations that synthetic turf with recycled rubber infill may be the cause of serious illness in some child athletes. The reality is that all of the scientific studies to date thus far have found no significant health risk associated with artificial (synthetic) turf with recycled rubber infill.
What exactly is being made out of recycled rubber?Recycled rubber is being used by manufacturers in a wide variety of applications today. Manufacturers prize scrap as a raw material input due in part to the cost and energy savings. Here are a number of settings where we see recycled rubber most:
- Medical: Hospital floors and surgical gloves – providing comfort and quiet for medical professionals and patients
- Agriculture: Vegetation protectors and windbreaks, sheds, livestock mats, bumpers, and feeders – increasing yield and efficiency for the agricultural sector
- Sports: Infill for synthetic turf fields (of which there are more than 15,000 in the U.S.), indoor and outdoor running tracks, and fitness mats – broadening sports and fitness opportunities across the country
- Playground Surfaces: Mulch and mats – cushioning our children’s falls
- Infrastructure: Rubberized asphalt on roadways – providing surface durability while lessening traffic noise
- Home & Garden: Landscaping mulch, molded products such as railroad ties, flowerpots, garden hoses, benches, and welcome mats – creating useful everyday products
How does this impact the environment?Recycling rubber tires means that millions of scrap tires are no longer dumped in landfills, or left illegally in lakes, abandoned lots, along the side of the road and in sensitive habitats. Instead, more than 90 percent of these tires are being recycled and reused annually. In fact, recycling saves impressive amounts of energy, which ultimately reduces greenhouse gas emissions. For example, recycling four tires reduces CO2 by about 323 pounds, which is equivalent to 18 gallons of gasoline. Using recycled rubber in molded products, for example, creates a substantially smaller (by a factor of up to 20 times) carbon footprint as compared to using virgin plastic resins.
How do I clean my rubber floor?You can always vacuum the floor. This will pick up any larger particles that may have been brought in. A pH neutral cleaner is always recommended. Harsh detergents or solvents can breakdown the rubber compounds and leave a film on your floor that will dull the finish Warm, clean water with a damp mop done a few times a week will keep your Premier Tuff Rubber floor looking new for years. Hint: Once the water in your pail gets murky, change it out to ensure the best results. Tough stains can be removed with a wet cloth dabbed with mineral spirits. Once your stain is removed, wipe the area with a fresh rag to remove any mineral spirit residue.
Does rubber flooring smell?Rubber flooring does not have the smell of rubber or any other thing. It’s absolutely odourless.
Is rubber flooring eco-friendly?Absolutely! In fact, most rubber flooring options are made from recycled rubber. Did you know each rubber tire creates approximately 40 lbs. of rubber flooring? That means that every 100 soft gym saves about 5 tires from ending up in our landfill
Is rubber flooring anti-slip?Yes, it is ani-slip with no negative side effect How do I cut my rubber rolls? With a sharp utility knife and a straight edge. Measure twice, cut once. Once you are ready, set your straight edge and score the material with a sharp knife. Then open up the score and feed your knife back through to ensure a clean cut. Always cut away from your body to avoid injury. Hint: point your cutting elbow along the score line to keep your blade within the score.
Can you install rubber flooring over carpet?Yes, you can! You can easily install rubber flooring over a short, low-pile carpet. Additionally, you can install ultra-thick 1” rubber tiles, such as Monster Tiles even over plush carpets. If you go for a thinner tile or rubber roll and cannot rip up your plush carpet, you can lay plywood over the plush carpet and install your rubber flooring over your plywood.
Can you seal rubber flooring?Yes, you can. Rubber Floor Finish and Sealer can be purchased and use over interlocks and seams to keep liquids from seeping into your subfloor.
Where can rubber surfacing be installed?By nature, rubber has a high coefficient of friction, which means it offers resistance to motion on the surface. That explains its anti-skid properties. Moreover, rubber can absorb the vibration impact and spread it through the surfaces. This reduces the strain that a person or equipment can suffer owing to a fall. Hence, rubber surfacing is ideal for any indoor or outdoor area that demands a permanent, non- slip, and resilient surface
Will rubber flooring look good in a residential space?Besides all the benefits shared above, rubber surfacing is aesthetically pleasing and can be customized to give a classic stone or asphalt look. You can choose from a wide variety of shades we offer to give your living area a welcoming and vibrant look.
Testing of Rubber Tiles
- Resistance to moisture
- Resistance to chemicals
- Resistance to fire