Why Choose EPDM Rubber Surfacing for Your Next Flooring Project
Owing to its safety, versatility, and aesthetic appeal poured-in-place EPDM rubber surfacing is being increasingly used in apartments, offices, hotels, gyms, play areas, senior care centers, and sports facilities. The surface significantly improves the utility and safety of these areas because it absorbs shocks and reduces the impact of falls. Plus, it is easy to clean and requires little maintenance.
Moreover, unlike other flooring options, EPDM rubber surfacing is ideal for indoor and outdoor applications and can be customized to complement the overall decor. Read on to understand why this modern surfacing is a great choice for your next flooring project.
To begin with, let’s learn more about PIP surfacing.
What Is Poured-In-Place (PIP) EPDM Rubber Surfacing?
A high-quality poured-in-place rubber surfacing comprises fine rubber particles applied on two layers, namely the base and wear layers. That explains why these surfaces offer extra cushioning and safety for all.
The base layer has bulky rubber scraps for shock absorption whereas the wear layer is the colored EPDM layer that can be customized as per your needs. This surfacing comprises EPDM (Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer), TPV (Thermoplastic Vulcanizate), and/or recycled rubber granules. After adding a polyurethane binder, this mix is poured and troweled over the base layer and cured on site.
Check out this video on Rubcorp’s YouTube channel to get an idea of how EPDM rubber surfacing is installed.
Why EPDM Rubber Surfacing Is an Ideal Surface Option?
When looking for an ideal flooring for your residential or commercial area, you must consider factors, such as versatility, safety, moisture-resistance, durability, and aesthetics among others. The EPDM rubber surfacing fulfills most of these requirements. Therefore, it’s the number one flooring choice among flooring installers, home decor experts, and remodelers.
Read on to know more about the benefits of installing an EPDM rubber surface.
1. It Can Be Applied to a Wide Variety of Areas
Rubcorp’s EPDM rubber surfaces can be applied to a variety of spaces. They are skid and moisture resistant. Hence, they can be used in almost any area of your home, including bathrooms and wet pool decks.
The extra grip that rubber surfaces offer is because of their high coefficient of friction. This significantly reduces the risk of falls and injuries even when the surface is wet. Hence, EPDM rubber surfacing is safer in comparison to PVC or ceramic flooring and ideal for homes with senior citizens, kids, and pets.
Owing to its soft and springy nature, EPDM rubber surfaces are comforting underfoot. It is also easy to clean and maintain. Hence, this surface is a great flooring option for a cooking area where you may have to stand for long hours making a meal.
The flooring is also ideal for sports centers and gyms as it’s ergonomically designed to reduce strain on the leg muscles and return energy with every contact. The surface absorbs the shocks due to the impact of gym equipment or sudden violent movements during high-intensity workouts.
In recent times, poured-in-place rubber surfacing is becoming a popular choice in offices, schools, playgrounds, sports centers, and hotels. That’s because along with the above-mentioned features, EPDM rubber surfacing meets the ADA requirements and makes a space accessible for all.
Thus, you can use this super-versatile surfacing option for a variety of residential and commercial spaces.
2. It Possesses Excellent Shock-Absorbing Potential
Being a shock-absorbing material, rubber surfaces have the potential to reduce the landing impact in case of an accident or fall. Unlike ceramic tiles and other types of hard floors, rubber surfaces minimize the risk of serious fall injuries. This inherent property of rubber makes it an ideal option for play areas, gyms, daycare centers, pet care centers, and senior care facilities.
Besides, rubber surfaces are excellent noise cancellers. The surface absorbs echo and reduces noise transmission through rooms, thus improving the quality of the desired sound. Hence it’s a great option for home gyms, gaming zones, and audiovisual rooms.
All this makes poured-in-place EPDM surfaces a suitable choice for apartments, offices, and hospitals needing a quiet surfacing. No wonder, architects, and interior decor experts find rubber surfacing a workable option for these areas.
3. It’s Highly Resilient to Wear and Tear
Owing to its high density, the EPDM rubber surface is tenacious and durable. Hence, it can handle heavy foot traffic and friction, frequent changes in the weather conditions, moisture damage, and high-intensity workouts.
Further, these surfaces need little maintenance. Any damage caused to the surface owing to accidents can be easily repaired by re-pouring the safety rubber-resin mix in the area. All you need to do is get in touch with a local rubber surfacing expert who can help you get the surface mended in no time, leaving no trace of damage.
Rubcorp usually offers a warranty of 5 years for its high-quality surfaces; however, we’ve had clients who are happy with their installation for longer periods. At times, overlooking simple things like seal seams and interlocks can cause serious surface damage. Our team takes a lot of care to check each inch of the installed flooring before handing the space over.
4. It Can Be Easily Customized to Your Needs
EPDM rubber granules are available in a variety of colors. This allows rubber surfacing installers to get creative with the rubber surfacing design options, giving your living, working, or play area a facelift.
Modern rubber surfaces are available in a variety of colors, patterns, and textures. Depending on your preferences, the latest design trends, and the overall decor, rubber surfacing experts can offer you a plethora of options that can render an aesthetic appeal to any space.
If you have a specific color combination in mind, we can work with the speckled or confetti look using a mix of colored EPDM granules that’ll complement the look. This will significantly boost the area’s curb appeal and property value.
5. It’s a Cost-Effective Flooring Option
Many may claim otherwise; however, EPDM rubber surfacing comes across as a highly cost-effective floor option in the long term. Though the initial cost of installing a rubber surface is high, the tough, safe, mold-resistant, and maintenance-free surface pays for itself, unlike other surfaces like hardwood flooring or cork.
For instance, hardwood flooring needs constant upkeep to maintain its polished look. Further, these surfaces aren’t moisture-resistant, inviting issues like mold and mildew which not only prove to be expensive but also fatal to the lives of the residents.
Undertaking a flooring project is a huge and long-term investment that requires a lot of deliberation and research. The flooring decision you make today will affect the long-term viability, safety, and aesthetics of the area. Therefore, it’s important to choose an option that best suits your lifestyle and requirements.
Installing EPDM rubber surfacing is one of the smartest decisions you can make! That’s because no other flooring matches the sheer durability, safety, and attractiveness of a properly-installed rubber surfacing.
If you are ready to install a rubber surface for your home or office, get in touch with Rubcorp’s team of certified professionals to know your options. We are all ears for you!