Installing Rubber Flooring in your Home
Rubber flooring might not seem like an obvious choice for anything more than a home gym, but rubber tiles, rolls and mats can be installed in a number of residential situations including kitchens, bathrooms, garages and basements. Read on for the best rubber flooring options.
In our buyers guide to rubber flooring we look at the different types of rubber flooring available and some of the leading brands and suppliers. In this Home Flooring Pros guide we’re going to go a step further and look at the best uses for rubber flooring in a residential setting…that’s to say where are the best places to use rubber floors in your home.
Rubber Garage Flooring
Rubber flooring made for garages is softer than standing on concrete and it has the durability and resistance to car fluids you want in the garage. This combination of rubber garage flooring advantages makes it ideal for people who work on their own cars, use the garage as a workshop or have converted some or all the garage to living space.
You’ve got excellent rubber garage flooring options for covering all or part of the garage floor:
Garage roll flooring: Residential and commercial grades of rubber flooring are available in several widths including 3’, 4’, 5’, 7.5’, 8’, 9’ and 10’. Pre-cut rolls are offered in lengths from about 15’ to more than 100’. Custom-cut rolls are offered too. Some manufacturers call their shorter rolls mats. Diamond, ribbed, coin are the most common styles, and they’re produced mostly in black, gray and brown. Most rubber garage flooring is solid, though open drainage flooring is available too. Garage roll flooring cost ranges from about $1.50 to $5.25 per square foot.
Garage mat flooring: Rubber garage flooring mats are produced in widths from 3’ to 8’ and lengths up to 15’. Your style and color options are the same as roll flooring. Rubber garage mat prices range from $1.75 to $4.50 per square foot.
Garage tile flooring: Rubber garage tiles give 20+ color options and border/corner accessories. It’s common to use the interlocking tiles to create custom designs such as geometric and checkered patterns, solid with borders of another color and college or pro team logos. Solid and drainage tiles are produced with 12”x12” the most common. Other popular sizes are 18”x18”, 24”x24”, 24”x36” and 36”x54”. Rubber garage tile flooring prices are $1.75 to $7.00 per square foot.
Most garage flooring is PVC or similar plastic, but a limited range of genuine rubber garage floor products are available. Garage flooring warranties range from 1 to 15 years depending on whether the installation is residential (longer warranty) or commercial (shorter warranty).
Rubber Bathroom Flooring
Real rubber makes sense in the bathroom where water is a threat to many other flooring types and can create a slip-and-fall risk. It’s easy to clean too. Any all-purpose rubber flooring can be used in the bathroom, but some manufacturers produce bathroom roll and tile flooring with a wood plank appearance for better aesthetics. Common roll widths are 4’ to 8’; standard lengths are 10’, 25’ and 50’. Square tiles and other rectangular “wood plank” sizes are available. Rubber bathroom flooring price ranges from $1.75 to $8.00 per square foot.
Rubber Kitchen Flooring
Currently, rubber kitchen flooring is only produced in commercial grades with patterns and designs with an aesthetic that is more commercial than residential. However, since commercial grade flooring wears well, resists staining and is easy to clean, rubber kitchen flooring appeals to enthusiastic cooks and homeowners that do a lot of entertaining in that space.
Genuine rubber flooring for the kitchen is made in attractive square and plank styles and more than 100 colors and style combinations. Many mimic the appearance of hardwood flooring, but the look of epoxy with speckles and solid colors are popular too. Profiles include smooth, coin and textured. Rubber kitchen flooring is low-maintenance and requires no waxing.
Rubber flooring for the kitchen is backed by warranties of 1 to 5 years for most products. The rubber kitchen flooring price ranges from $3.25 to $12.00 per square foot, and you get the level of quality and durability you pay for. If you’re hard on your kitchen, then commercial rubber kitchen flooring will be an asset to your endeavors.
Rubber Basement Flooring
Rubber tile flooring for a basement works well because solid material is a moisture barrier and rubber handles damp conditions very well. While there is no flooring specifically made for basements as opposed to other locations, any rubber flooring type can be used depending on the functionality and look you want:
- Garage rubber flooring is popular for basement workshops, recreation areas, tool rooms and mancaves
- Kitchen and bathroom rubber flooring look fantastic in a finished basement, bar area or laundry room
- Gym rubber flooring is excellent for workout space and all-purpose durability
Basement rubber flooring options begin at about $1.00 per square foot and range to about $12.
Rubber Flooring for Kids Rooms & Outdoor Play Areas
There are several types of rubber flooring for kids rooms and outdoor play areas.
In bedrooms, stylish kitchen and bathroom rubber flooring are the top choices, especially when attractive appearance is the top priority. These floors are waterproof except for at the seams and are easy to clean.
The best rubber flooring for kids rooms when they’re active adolescents and teens are the rubber floor products used in gyms. They provide cushioned comfort and safety for dancing, martial arts, weightlifting and similar physical activities kids often enjoy in their rooms.
Foam rubber flooring for kids rooms is another option to consider, especially for younger children and when a no-shoes, easy-does-it approach to bedrooms is the house rule. Commonly called EVA foam, it is softer than most rubber floors but also less durable and at risk for being punctured or torn by furniture legs, scissors and sharp toys. Foam flooring rolls and tiles are available in dozens of bright, attractive colors and cost $1.75 to $3.75 per square foot.
The best outdoor rubber flooring for play areas is safety flooring designed to cushion falls from swings and rough play. Often called playground flooring or sports flooring, most kids outdoor flooring has an interlocking tile design. Another option to consider for installing on the ground around playground equipment is rubber mulch. Flooring for outdoor play areas is manufactured in a bright array of kid-friendly colors and costs $5.00 to $12.00 per square foot.
About the Author:
Jamie Sandford is the Owner and Chief Editor of Home Flooring Pros (find out more). After 12 years’ experience in screen and stage set construction followed by a further 15 years working in the home renovation/remodeling business he now writes and curates online home improvement advice.
“Buying and installing home flooring should be a fairly straightforward process, but often it isn’t. After more than 15 years’ experience in home flooring and remodeling, I started Home Flooring Pros in 2013 to help homeowners navigate the often-over complicated process of choosing, buying and installing a home floor. The aim is to save you time and money by helping you to make better floor buying decisions.”