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What are Rubber Tiles?

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Rubber flooring comes in a number of styles and colors that are likely to suit any home decor. While rubber tiles were once reserved for industrial spaces, many homeowners are installing these non-slip tiles inside of high traffic home areas. Selecting rubber flooring is really a matter of understanding the different types of materials that are available, and then decided which tiles will work best in your home.

Round stud rubber flooring is perfect for slippery spaces. This type of flooring includes small round studs that prevent any kind of slippage. While round stud flooring may not be aesthetically appealing, these rubber tiles create the perfect sturdy floor. Rubber stud flooring is usually used in industrial spaces such as movie theaters, car showrooms, and restaurants, though it can be used inside of a home as well.

Smooth rubber flooring is an increasingly popular choice for homeowners around the globe. Unlike studded rubber tiles, smooth tiles present a smooth surface. This type of flooring is ideal for a bathroom, child's playroom, or kitchen area. Smooth rubber floors are both durable and soft. In addition, smooth tiles can be found in a number of appealing colors and shapes.

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All rubber tiles come in individual pieces that are much easier to install than large tile sheets. Some rubber tiles even come with an interlocking system that makes installing them simple and efficient. The one drawback to these tiles is that placing a number of tiles on a floor equates many different seams. Aesthetically, seams can be understated by choosing patterned tiles that camouflage seams, though the bigger problem is the fact that moisture can easily seep into a seam causing damage.

Aside from interlocking tiles, homeowners may choose to install loose-lay or glue-down tiles. Loose-lay tiles include adhering carpet tape to the back and sides of each time, and then placing the tiles onto a clean floor. Contrastingly, glue-down tiles are literally glued to a floor, which makes them far more durable than interlocking or loose lay tiles.

Almost all home flooring stores now carry some types of rubber tiles. Still, some of the best tile selection can be found on the Internet. Simply measure the length and width of your room, select the tile color and pattern that you like, and purchase your tiles accordingly. Cost-wise, tiles that are made from rubber are an appealing alternative to traditional tiles.

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