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DIY Rubber Flooring

Rubber flooring has long been used and valued by professionals for the various benefits that the option provides. And while the flooring is highly beneficial it tends to be overlooked, as it can often be expensive to implement. One way to overcome a hefty price is to take matters into your own hands and do it yourself.

While the notion of DIY is known to most, it is often only used in reference to minor tasks. You rarely hear of people tackling a problem as complex as flooring on their own and coming out on top. If you're questioning the practicality of such a daunting task I am here to tell you – it's possible!

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What is it?
Now what is rubber flooring? Well, have you ever wondered while walking across a room whether you have an extra spring to your step? In such cases it may actually be that that spring is the result of rubber flooring.

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Designed to add padding and spring underneath the surface you walk, rubber flooring is used mainly for its resilience. This resilience is a large factor as to why you would consider installing rubber flooring and as such it is used in a variety of places – from schools, to gyms to bathrooms. No matter where you install it, the benefits behind its use cannot be argued.

Resilient how?
After interrogating this question, you will quickly be able to see why rubber flooring is such a big deal. Most examples of rubber flooring are water resistant, both from above and below. In addition to this it is fairly resistant to fire and various other conditions; with good maintenance it can even last for up to 20 years.

But what if it's hard to maintain, you may ask. Well, as a matter of fact, it's actually quite easy to maintain. Rubber flooring tends to be above average when it comes to stain resistance and can be easily cleaned with a wet mop.

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And what about looks?
Aside from its resilience, durability and easy maintenance, rubber flooring will also satisfy your taste for aesthetic. As it can be made from either natural or recycled rubber, you will be able to find a wide array of patterns and designs when looking at rubber flooring options. It can also be made into various textures during the manufacturing process and as such caters to your specific taste.

When it comes to any flooring, you need to be aware of the simple fact that this is what you will be walking on - for a presumably lengthy period of time. As such, more than anything, the way the flooring feels is of utmost importance. In other words, is the flooring actually comfortable?

Walking on cloud 9:
With rubber flooring this is definitely the case. Made from soft cushioning material, not only can you rest assured in the security of this option, your feet will experience cloud 9 not from above, but from below. This cushioning factor also contributes to how rubber flooring provides a safe space for various activities.

Promoting safety:
Known to decrease the chances of injury to your feet, the cushioning of rubber flooring is able to absorb a large amount of impact that may come from exercise or accident. In this way it makes any activity you do safer. Additionally, this contributes to the reduction of fatigue that may be accrued from any activity – even the simple act of standing.

This cushioning adds to how effective rubber flooring can be for safety purposes. Consider this: you work for long hours standing in the same position, doing the same task. Surely this isn't safe when your work involves machines and dangerous tools?

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Because of this reason rubber flooring cannot only be beneficial for your home, but also for your workplace. It's cushioning, resilience and durability all contribute to its usefulness in a variety of spaces, especially in industry. It can be used by anyone, anywhere as long as you know how.

But what if you don't know how?
Well, that's why I'm here. The whole point of this article is to tell you how to do rubber flooring yourself. So, let's find out:

Choose your material wisely:
As mentioned earlier the variety of choices you can find when considering rubber flooring is excellent. But because of this you need to be specific about what you want. This flooring will be around for quite a while so be sure that you won't regret what you choose.

No matter your choice of aesthetic, the implementation itself will be a different matter. There are certain factors that you will need to take into account, as they will be crucial to the effectiveness of your installation. To start off with – what surface will you rubber flooring occupy?

When installing the flooring you will need to consider what you are placing the rubber over. Whether wood, existing tiles or concrete, this will need to be factored in and considered before implementation.

Precision is key:
Before going through with installing the flooring be sure to go about your measurement as thoroughly and efficiently as possible. There are a wide variety of sources available to you in order to ensure you make no mistake. If you make sure to take this into account you will find the process to be much more straightforward than you may think.

Interlocking Flooring
If you find this process to be troubling then a good recommendation to look into is that of interlocking flooring. Designed so as to ensure the process is as smooth as possible, interlocking flooring is manufactured so as to fit over any surface.

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Easy to use, they have been designed in a jigsaw likeness and as such fit into each other, making the process that much easier. Protective, multi-faceted and pleasing to the eye, this flooring is a prime example of how easy DIY flooring can truly be.

So, if you are still questioning the choice of your flooring just remember you have several options available. With rubber flooring the choice seems somewhat obvious. Why choose anything but the option you can do by yourself!

Writer's Bio
Mark Bekker has been a flooring specialist for over 22 years, focusing on industrial flooring installations and helping his customers find the best flooring solutions. For more information about Mark's work, visit his site Floor Master

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