Rubber flooring is enormously popular these days. Beautiful, tactile, flexible, warm and soft, it comes in an enormous range of colours and surface reliefs in both tile or sheet formats.
Suitable for a wide range of contract and residential installations, as well as having a very sharp contemporary look, rubber flooring also has many practical benefits that make it suitable for a wide range of applications;
Rubber flooring provides good thermal insulation and acoustic absorption. is resistant to both water and cigarette burns, has good slip resistance and absolute dimensional stability. It has anti-static and anti-bacterial properties, and has less environmental impact than many competitor products, through its recyclability.
It's a common misconception however that modern rubber flooring is a 'natural' product. In fact, virtually all the rubber flooring on the market today is made from synthetic SBR, sometimes know as 'industrial rubber,' a petrochemical by-product.
Natural rubber on the other hand is a wholly renewable raw material. The rubber tree takes 5-10 years to reach maturity (the stage when tapping can be started), and then has a production life of between 10-20 years, generally being tapped about once every two days. Also, mature rubber trees are exceptionally efficient at carbon sequestration – the absorption of harmful CO2 from the atmosphere. Dalsouple are notable amongst the rubber flooring manufacturers for being the only company producing a natural rubber floor tile for the mass market. It is more expensive than their SBR version, but is a high performance product and carries excellent environmental credentials.
Please note that although rubber is designed to offer a good degree of slip resistance underfoot in dry conditions, it can still be slippery when wet. To minimise the risk of slippage, it is a good idea to use bathmats when installed in a domestic bathroom for instance.
Harmony Carpets is pleased to be able to offer one of the widest ranges of rubber flooring in Brighton and the surrounding area, with products from a broad range of manufacturers and suppliers including Dalsouple, The Rubber Flooring Company, Altro, Polyflor and Remp.