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rubber flooring types

Rubber tiles and sheets range in colors, textures and patterns, and can be used to create an endless number of combinations. Knowing what you want prior to shopping will help save you time, and maybe even money on your floor purchase. Use this section to learn more about the options you'll have when selecting slip-resistant rubber flooring.

Featured Rubber Flooring Products

Rubber Floor Surfaces

  • Round Stud Rubber Flooring: As the name implies, this type of rubber floor is embedded with round–shaped studs placed in non–directional fashion. Round stud rubber comes in both tile and sheet form and has a surface that provides more grip than smooth rubber flooring. Round stud rubber flooring is designed for heavy traffic and is popularly used in car showrooms, restaurants and cinemas.
  • Smooth Rubber Flooring: This type of rubber flooring has a smooth polished surface that is more popular for home use than round stud. Nonetheless, it is just as durable as commercial–made rubber floors and can handle high levels of foot traffic without damage. Install smooth rubber flooring in the bathroom, kitchen, hallway and child's playroom with relative ease.
  • Diamond–Grip Rubber Flooring: Includes solid–colored rubber tiles that have a diamond plate pattern. This pattern is most popular for industrial flooring, such as in a mechanic shop or factory.

Rubber Floor: Tiles and Sheets

  • Rubber Tiles: Rubber tiles tend to be easier to install than rubber sheets, as they come in multiple pieces rather than one long roll. The only drawback is that more pieces means more seams, and more chance of moisture seeping into the floor and causing damage. *Tip: make the seams less noticeable by choosing patterned rubber tiles.
  • Rubber Sheets: Rubber sheets have fewer seams than rubber tiles. In addition to the moisture–resistance factor, this also means less visible damage caused by seams loosening and lifting. Patterns with a continuous design, such as marble imitations, tend to look best on rubber sheets. Note that rubber sheets are more difficult to install as precision is required to cut the floor to fit the room.

Rubber Floor Installation

  • Loose Lay: A quick and easy installation alternative to glue–down rubber tiles. This process involves attaching rubber tiles with carpet tape (double–sided tape) over a clean smooth substrate. The end result is flooring that can stay in place and be removed with ease.
  • Interlock: Interlocking rubber tiles do not require any adhesive or double–sided tape. The rubber tiles come with grooves on all sides that lock together for easier installation. This rubber floor type is popularly used in medium to large commercial areas (e.g. gyms) and can be installed over many existing surfaces.
  • Glue down: Glue–down rubber tiles are recommended for those who want flooring that is more durable and can handle heavy wear and tear without movement.


  • Solid: A wide range of colors are available for rubber floors. Some floor manufacturers will even allow you to customize the color to better suit your living space. Keep in mind that colors for tile and sheets vary; some colors may be available in rubber tile form but not sheet, and vice versa.
  • Flecked or Speckled: A distinctive look consisting of a base color spotted with decorative chips in contrasting colors.
  • Marble: Rubber floor tiles and sheets can be designed to imitate the look of marble flooring for less cost than the real thing.
  • Patterns: Rubber floor patterns can be created using logos or custom designs to perfectly match the environment where the floor is being installed. For example, you can add bold lines to certain areas of the floor to define spaces and pathways for a health facility.

Rubber Colors: Solid, Speckled or
Flecked, Marble and Patterns