How Durable Is Rubber Flooring?
Rubber flooring is an ideal choice for many commercial spaces. It is durable, resilient and comfortable with increased underfoot comfort. It also provides slip, stain and chemical resistance for enhanced safety and cleanliness.
Mondo Contract Flooring has a large selection of rubber flooring options. With a range of colors and design options to choose from, you can find the perfect style for whatever your space requires.
Rubber flooring is a premium rubber flooring choice with many benefits. If you’ve never used rubber flooring before, the below Q&A provides answers to some of the most common questions we receive.
Can Rubber Flooring Get Wet?
Vulcanized rubber is non porous, so it can get wet without sustaining any or much damage itself. However, you should still remove moisture as soon as possible. Water could eventually, with time, seep underneath the rubber flooring through seams and damage the adhesive that secures the flooring to the subsurface. In general however, rubber is a less porous surface than other resilient flooring types such as vinyl and linoleum and therefore can tolerate more moisture on its surface for a longer period without suffering any damage.
Does Rubber Flooring Expand?
Some rubber flooring may expand before installation. Temperature fluctuation could cause rubber flooring to expand or “relax” once it has been rolled out and laid flat before installation. Maintaining a stable, consistent temperature throughout this relaxing period will help prevent issues from occuring. By keeping the flooring dry and the room at an even temperature, you can minimize the risk of issues during installation.
Once installed, Mondo rubber flooring does not expand or shrink and is dimensionaly stable over its entire lifespan. Since it contains no agents or plasicizers that could dry overtime, Mondo rubber flooring will not move, shrink or crack once installed.
Does Rubber Flooring Get Hot?
Rubber flooring is heat-resistant, so it won’t get too hot. It is an insulator, though, so it will retain warmth — which can increase underfoot comfort and prevent the flooring from becoming uncomfortably cold to walk on.
Extended exposure to heat could in some cases cause slight changes of color, so the more you can avoid extreme temperatures, the better.
Mondo Contract Flooring’s products are Class 1 fire rated for extra protection against the effects of excessive heat exposure.
Does Rubber Flooring Smell?
There are different smells that can come from types of rubber floorings that are available on the market, and that will greatly depends on the composition of the flooring. Flooring with recycled rubber (especially if recycled rubber tire material is in the mix) can retain a stronger smell that could be overwhelming for some people. Other flooring have filling agents that may create noticeable smells as well. Those might reduce over time.
Mondo rubber flooring is made of vulcanized virgin and synthetic rubber and does not keep any permanent smell. There could be some odor when you first install your rubber flooring, as the rubber flooring was kept in either closed rolls or tile packs. Over the next few days, the room and floor will air out, after which there is no lasting or noticeable smell. We have in fact installed our flooring in centers where occupants had various sensitivities, including to smells, and our flooring was chosen in part for its neutral impact on indoor air.
Overall, one important element to look at is the indoor air quality certification of the rubber flooring you are considering. Strong smells are not always an indicator that there are harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the air, though the two are often related. A GREENGUARD Gold certification, which all Mondo Contract rubber flooring have, shows that our flooring’s VOC results are very low and ensures that our products will help to create a space with better indoor air quality.
How Durable Is Rubber Flooring?
Vulcanized rubber flooring is extremely durable. It is specifically designed to stand up to high foot traffic areas and harsh impacts. The density and resilient quality of the rubber material account for its performance. As for anything, different quality of rubber flooring available on the market will perform differently over time. We have Mondo installations that are over 20 years old and still look brand new.
Rubber flooring is also slip-, stain-, and chemical-resistant for enhanced durability. Most of our Mondo flooring is made with dual durometer technology, which is a process through which a wear layer is molecularly bound to a bottom performance layer. Dual durometer technology increases the durability and performance of the flooring and allows for a long-lasting appearance.
How Much Does Rubber Flooring Cost?
The cost of rubber flooring can vary greatly depending on the quality, thickness and amount of flooring you need as well as the related costs of labor in your area.
Mondo Contract Flooring offers premium rubber flooring and because our flooring does not require waxing or stripping, you won’t need to perform this time-costly task. Our flooring is also available in larger-sized rolls, which means fewer seams for a lower installation cost. By switching to our flooring products, you could save tens of thousands of dollars over the total cost of ownership.
How Much Rubber Flooring Do I Need?
To create an estimate how much rubber flooring you need, measure the length and width of the spaces where you are looking to install rubber flooring. Then multiply these measurements to get the square footage of the room. Based on the square footage, our sales team can help you determine the exact amount of flooring you will need in your chosen style. They can also advise on selecting rolls or tiles for you installation, as the format of your rubber flooring and the needs of your facility will also be taken into account to determine the square footage of flooring that is required.
Is Rubber Flooring Coated?
Rubber flooring on the market come in both coated and uncoated. Because of its density and low porosity, most vulcanized rubber flooring products do not need any special coating to be sealed or protected. Some facilities wax all their floors, which can be done on rubber flooring, however it is usually not necessary as rubber flooring can be very durable without applying wax.
Mondo has MondoShield technology, a UV coating that is factory applied. This is a permanent coating that will further protect our rubber flooring to make them more durable and easier to maintain. It is applied on most of our products, greatly reducing expenses related to maintenance.
Is Rubber Flooring Toxic?
Rubber flooring is non-toxic. However, its ecological impact depends on the type of rubber flooring you purchase.
At Mondo Contract Flooring, our rubber flooring meets current environmental standards. Our products are 100% recyclable, GREENGUARD Gold certified, low-emitting for improved indoor air quality and do not contain any LBC red-listed ingredient.
What Is Rubber Flooring Used For?
Rubber flooring is a highly versatile flooring option that can be used for a variety of commercial settings. From hospitals and schools to veterinary clinics, retail and public spaces, assisted living facilities and more, rubber flooring is an ideal choice for high foot traffic areas where flooring that is comfortable, durable and easy to maintain is a top priority.
For healthcare and life sciences settings, rubber flooring’s chemical- and slip-resistant properties are fundamental to maintaining a safe and sanitary environment. In environments such as hospitals, schools and public spaces that experience a high volume of foot traffic, the resiliency and durability of rubber flooring is an essential benefit.
What Is the Life Cycle Cost of Rubber Flooring?
The life cycle cost of Mondo’s rubber flooring is fairly low due to the cost savings it provides on maintenance and the long lifespan of the material. Because the flooring is so easy to clean and is resistant to stains and chemicals, you won’t need to spend as much on maintenance, which results in significant savings over time. Rubber flooring also does not require waxing, which can be an expensive maintenance cost.
Rubber flooring also has a demonstrated long life expectancy, so repairs and replacements are less likely.
For a long-lasting flooring solution, rubber flooring is an ideal choice that can save you money over time.
Can I Use Rubber Flooring In Schools?
Rubber flooring is an ideal choice for use in schools. It offers the perfect balance between function, design and performance — it is durable enough to withstand the high volume of foot traffic from students, teachers, visitors and more, and its stain and wear resistance makes it easier to deal with spills and harsh impacts. Rubber flooring also provides increased underfoot comfort, so it is easier for people to walk on and stand on.
Mondo flooring is installed in schools around the world. As a result, we created our Schools for Tomorrow program to deepen our relationships with schools. This program is divided into tiers based on the square footage of rubber flooring a school purchases. In each tier, there are several benefits, such as maintenance equipment and support, added materials and logos.
Can I Use Rubber Flooring In Hospitals?
Mondo rubber flooring is a perfect choice for hospital flooring because it is highly sanitary. It is naturally resistant to bacteria, fungus and microbes to help prevent the spread of germs. As this resistance is a inherent part of our flooring, it will not diminish with time. It is also stain and chemical resistant, so any toxic substances can be easily removed. Rubber flooring is also slip-resistant, to keep patients and staff alike safe from slipping and falling.
Rubber flooring futher provides multiple levels of comfort that patients and staff will benefit from. First, its increased underfoot comfort and anti-fatigue properties help keep staff comfortable on their feet and energized to perform their tasks. Second, it has noise-absorbing features that reduce loud noises spread, allowing patients to get better rest and recuperate.
And because rubber flooring is low-emitting, it can help improve the indoor air quality, which is especially beneficial for patients with breathing issues or other conditions.
Your Rubber Flooring From Mondo Contract Flooring
Mondo has over 70 years of experience in the rubber flooring industry. We are a family-owned company that takes pride in our products, and we provide only the highest quality rubber flooring available.
Our rubber flooring comes in a wide range of colors and design options so you can find the perfect stylistic match for your space. Whether you’re going for a modern or traditional look, we have something for everyone.
All of our flooring is extremely durable, comfortable, resilient, environmentally-friendly and long-lasting. Our flooring comes with a 15-year wear warranty so you can rest assured that your investment is protected.
For more information about our rubber flooring options, contact us today.