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Rubber Flooring Prices

While many think rubber flooring is only used in gyms across America, homeowners are putting them unexpected rooms of their home and we can see why. They are not as expensive as many other flooring options and are highly water resistant. Water will not penetrate or soak into it unless its surface is porous. See more reasons why rubber is the way to go.

The Costs

  • Average maximum cost: $5 per square foot

  • Average minimum cost: $1.50 per square foot 

Rubber flooring varies in price, depending on how it is packaged and the quality of the item. Thinner rubber flooring is less expensive on average. Thicker, softer flooring tends to be more expensive. Rubber flooring sold in individual squares tends to be more expensive than rubber flooring sold by the roll. Some rubber flooring is textured to be non-slip, and this is prone to be more expensive as well.


Rubber flooring has a tendency to be marketed as "rubber flooring" regardless of what it is made out of, but there are several variations. Although synthetic rubber flooring is somewhat softer, the downside is that it's not a renewable resource. Some rubber flooring is made from natural rubber. Natural rubber flooring tends to be more durable. Rubber flooring is also available as a 100-percent green material made from recycled rubber.

Different versions of rubber flooring exist for a number of situations. Some flooring is designed to be relatively porous, so that water is quickly removed from underfoot, suitable for kitchens or other areas where slipping is a risk. Others are designed to assist people who are on their feet in resisting fatigue. Some flooring is designed to be particularly resistant to industrial stress. Specialized flooring is relatively easy to find, and this is one of the reasons why it is popular. 


Rubber flooring is highly water resistant. Water will not penetrate or soak into it unless its surface is porous. In that case, water may be permitted to soak through into the material below. This makes it ideal for keeping mold from forming in an environment that will be prone to ambient moisture or spilled water.

Rubber flooring is resistant to many kinds of burns, including cigarette burns. This makes it a handy installation in kitchens where there is a risk of hot water or oil being dropped as well as in shop environments where hot tools or free-flying sparks might damage flooring. It is also flame resistant and relatively unlikely to catch on fire when compared to other forms of flooring.

Because rubber flooring comes in so many different varieties and has so many useful material properties, it is very versatile. Flooring is specially designed for workshop floors, gym floors, office floors, kitchen floors and so forth, tailored to be uniquely suited for the task. It's easy to find flooring that matches one's exact needs.

Rubber flooring is extremely easy to install, and most home or business owners will be able to perform installation procedures on their own. This makes it useful for temporary solutions or in situations where it will have to be replaced regularly.


Not all rubber flooring is sustainable. Synthetic rubber flooring uses many harmful chemicals in its manufacturing process and can't always be recycled. One concerned with the environmental friendliness of their rubber floors will have to take care to make sure they are getting 100-percent natural rubber or else a recycled rubber solution, and this can be difficult for more specialized flooring types.

Unfortunately, no variation of rubber flooring is ever particularly stylish. Rubber flooring is all function, no form, and it isn't suitable for decorative purposes under most circumstances. The benefits of its use and the ease with which it can be installed make it potentially viable for temporary installation when a facility doesn't need to look its best, but making rubber flooring look good is never a manufacturer's priority.

Last updated on Jun 4, 2014

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