Is Rubber Surfacing Good For Basements?
Basements are arguably the most unique and versatile parts of a home. They can be made into home gyms, gaming lairs, mini-bars, or even wine cellars. These many possible uses, as well as the fact that basements are below ground, make it very important to choose the right building materials. If you choose inappropriate wall and flooring materials, you will end up with a wet, grimy basement overrun with mold and fungus.
What Type of Floor Is Best for Basements?
Choosing the right basement floor starts with assessing how you will use your basement. If your basement is an entertainment spot, the ideal flooring material would be something attractive and comfortable, such as vinyl or coloured rubber mats. If on the other hand, your basement is a storage area, hardy flooring such as polished concrete would be perfect.
Once you know what you need on a basement floor, you choose a flooring material that possesses the qualities you desire.
Qualities of a Good Basement Floor
To accurately judge how good rubber is as basement flooring, we first need to take a look at the general qualities that a proper basement floor should have.
A good basement floor should be:
1. Moisture and mould resistant
2. Fire resistant
The main cause of garage and basement fires is an electrical malfunction. This is another reason why waterproof floors are important, they prevent ground water from seeping in and getting into contact with electrical appliances.
While choosing a fire-resistant flooring material will not completely prevent fires, it can help significantly reduce the rate of property damage in the case of a fire.
Basements are typically where heavy appliances are stored and installed. from gas tanks to washing machines, and basements see it all.
Thus a basement floor needs to be able to withstand heavy loads and impacts.
4. Easy to clean
Whether you’re using your basement as a home bar, gym, or just as a storage area, cleaning will be necessary.
Basement flooring should make it easy to clean things such as dead rodents and their waste, spills, and stains.
5. Easy to install, maintain, and repair
Given how common and expensive water damage is in Ontario, Canada, it is wise to choose the flooring that is easy to install, and easy to remove in case of damage.
6. Made of inorganic materials
A basement floor made of organic materials such as wood is more prone to damage than a floor made of inorganic materials.
This is because insects and other organisms can feed on or live on organic floors, leading to damage. Not to mention organic materials easily deteriorate when exposed to moisture.
7. Visually appealing
Even though a basement is out of sight most of the time, you don’t want to feel like you’ve entered the undercarriage of a container ship every time you go in there.
Rugged spaces deserve to look nice too, right?
Can You Use Rubber Surfacing in a Basement?
Rubber is a great option for basement flooring due to it being affordable, comfortable, water resistant, and long-lasting. It is a material that is high-performing but still economical.
Pros and Cons of Rubber Flooring in a Basement
It is versatile
It is hard to make rubber flooring look out of place in a basement, no matter the theme. For a home gym, it provides a soft underfoot layer and a surface to absorb impact from heavy equipment. For a media room, rubber flooring serves as a warm, comfortable place to rest your feet.
Rubber flooring does not absorb liquid, meaning you won’t have to worry about mold, mildew or any kind of fungus forming in your basement.
The rubber surface is made strong to last long. The impact-absorbing property of rubber means it does not dent or crack easily. The high-quality adhesive used to make rubber flooring also helps to ensure the material does not tear easily.
Rubber flooring is available in so many sizes and colours, making it easy for you to create the perfect basement floor. you can opt for wet pour rubber flooring, which allows you to create irregular shapes and designs.
Microbe and insect-resistant
Rubber is resistant to bacteria and other microbes that tend to destroy flooring. Softwood, for example, would be a poor basement flooring material due to its susceptibility to termite infestation.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does rubber flooring mold?
Rubber flooring itself is mold-resistant. However, when it is installed in such a way that water is trapped beneath it or in the seams, mold can form on the underfloor.
How long does rubber flooring last?
Rubber flooring can last 10, 20, or more years. The life of rubber flooring really depends on where it is installed. The rubber floor of a high-traffic office building, for example, will last shorter than the rubber flooring of a home gym.
Can you put rubber flooring over concrete?
Rubber flooring can be placed over concrete. The concrete needs to be prepared prior to laying rubber flooring to ensure it is smooth, dry, and level.
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