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rubber flooring – questions to consider

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Rubber floors that are made naturally with latex can be an environmentally friendly choice for a home. Synthetic rubber, on the other hand, is made with petroleum, a non–sustainable and non–biodegradable material. In order to make sure that you end up with green rubber flooring, refer to the questions in this section when shopping. We’ve listed important questions you can ask your local rubber flooring store to determine how eco–friendly the floors truly are. These questions can also help you figure out the best green methods when it comes to caring for your rubber floors. If you have additional questions, use the Live Chat feature located at the top of the page to get connected to a FindAnyFloor.com™ rubber flooring professional.

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Some Good Questions to Ask Your Retailer

What type of rubber is this flooring made from?

Rubber flooring is made from synthetic, natural or recycled rubber. Be sure you know which type of rubber is used in the flooring you choose. Natural rubber is made from latex, a natural and sustainable resource. On the other hand, synthetic rubber is made from petroleum which is non–sustainable and non–biodegradable.

What is the percentage of recycled rubber in this product?

The recycled content of recycled rubber flooring ranges from 50% to 100%. The higher the recycled content, the more tires are diverted from landfills. When one considers that there are several thousand landfills in the United States alone, logic dictates that the less material we put into the waste stream the better.

Is there any natural rubber in this product?

It is especially important to ask this question if anyone in your family or circle of friends is allergic to latex. Natural rubber contains latex, and people with latex allergies should consult their physicians before choosing it.

Does the warranty cover the use I intend for this flooring?

Some manufacturers of recycled rubber flooring do not recommend using their products in kitchens or garages. If the warranty does not cover the use you have in mind (for example, a kitchen floor), choose another product. Damage caused by household conditions will not be covered. It's also a good idea to ask about how you can make minor repairs to your rubber floor.

How is this flooring installed?

Rubber flooring may be held down with heavy–duty double–stick tape, floated on top of a substrate (an additional layer on top of the subfloor), or glued in place. Rubber flooring can be recycled if it is not installed with glue or adhesives.

Will you recycle this flooring at the end of its useful life?

Some retailers and manufacturers will recycle flooring that was purchased from them originally. Apart from being environmentally responsible from an individual standpoint, doing business with green–conscious vendors helps to move commerce in a more eco–friendly direction.


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