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Frequenty Asked Questions

  • How is our Rubber Flooring made, and what is it made from?

    The main difference between natural rubber and synthetic rubber is that natural rubber is a natural biosynthesis polymer obtained from a plant called Hevea brasiliensis, whereas synthetic rubbers are man-made polymers under controlled conditions.

    Virgin rubber is made from the milky latex found inside the rubber tree.  This latex is made up from a large number of flexible molecular chains.  If these chains are linked together to prevent the molecules moving apart, then the rubber can take on its elastic quality.  This process is called vulcanisation, and is done by heating the latex with sulphur, the mixture is heated to 150oc and then vulcanised in moulds that are compressed by a hydraulic press.

    This process gives increased strength, elasticity and resistance to changes in temperature.  It renders the rubber impermeable to gas and resistant to heat, chemical action and abrasion.

    Sustainability has being raised on the word wild agenda dramatically in the last few years.  Scientists have confirmed what environmental campaigners have being telling us for years; that we cannot carry on as we have being if we want to protect the planet and its resources.  This has led to governments bring in new legislation for greener design and construction methods, in particular, in the property sector.

    It has to be conceded, that the rubber flooring industry has historically not being the greenest on the market.  Rubber is very hardwearing, recyclable and has high insulating properties, but it’s in derived in part from by products of petrochemical processing.

    Natural Rubber is produced by bleeding the rubber tree for there latex, to be turned into rubber.  Although this does not destroy the tree it is not as environmentally friendly as you may first think.  Huge areas of forest have to be cut down; in places like china, to make room for the huge plantations of rubber trees.  The tree’s are so sensitive that a frost can wipe them all out, which means replanting again.  Turning this come into the finished rubber can also produce large amounts of co2, which of course is just as damaging to the environment, and after all this natural rubber is to soft to produce a durable surface.

    Standards for making rubber flooring in the UK are highly commendable as they are in Europe, but unfortunately there is little production in the UK.  European manufactures generally take there obligations seriously, but standards are often lower in cheap labour area’s such as India and China.

    At the rubber floor store, by ensuring our rubber flooring is produced inside Europe, using recyclable packaging, and offsetting delivery costs, we ensure that our products and as a company, we are being as green as possible.

  • Any more questions?

    Then phone us and ask. Dial one of our representatives on 01529 301010. Alternatively, you can use our online contact form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

  • Is a rubber floor high maintenance?

    No more than any other carpet, once fitted and once you’ve carried out the initial clean and polish. To do this, wait 72 hours to allow the adhesive to dry then use our stripper and apply to the surface of the flooring with a mop. Leave this for five minutes and then mop off with clean water. Wash another couple of times with clean water to make sure the floor is free from any contaminants from the manufacturing process. Then you can apply two coats of Prolong floor polish at right-angles to each other. The floor can then be cleaned on a regular basis with our Prolong floor maintainer. All of the above products are available in our Complete Floor Care Kit.

  • Which glue is for me?

    Acrylic adhesives: domestic installation onto either plywood or a cement based smoothing compound. Two-part polyurethane adhesive: if there is likely to be water directly onto the surface of the flooring (wet-room, utility room etc). Also to be used where the subfloor is non-porous (such as metal).

  • Sheet or tile – which is best?

    It’s an impossible question because they both have advantages. Sometimes your choice is made for you because the manufacturer only does the design you like in one format. In general, however, sheet flooring is better for larger areas where you need fewer visible joins. Tiles are great for smaller or more complex shaped areas because they result in less wastage. While you might have more joins with tiles, their design can overcome such visual issues.

  • Can I fit the flooring myself?

    Absolutely. You’ll need a few special tools – a V-trowel for the adhesive for example – but if you’re reasonably good at DIY you won’t have any problems. Just remember you need to put plywood down over floorboards to get a smooth finish (use ring-shank nails and fill the holes) before sticking the floor down. If it all seems too much let us know and we’ll try and find a local expert to help you.

  • I’d like underfloor heating. Can I still have a rubber floor?

    Absolutely. Everything is compliant with DIN 52612 – that’s the safety code for underfloor heating. BUT don’t use under tile heaters as they can get too hot. If you want to get that glowing feeling under your feet we recommend an under laminate heater in conjunction with a smoothing compound. The compound needs to be at least 6mm thick and the maximum allowed surface temperature is 27°C. Warm as toast.

  • I’m looking for white rubber flooring, can you help?

    Yes and no. There are manufactures who say they produce white flooring but it never quite hits the mark – the result is more of a dirty white or grey rather than a brilliant white. As a result, we’ve opted not to stock this so called ‘white’ flooring. Try the very pale grey or beige colours instead.

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