Interlocking floor tiles are commonly used for various industrial, commercial and residential settings. There are at least five types of materials used including rubber, foam, vinyl, soft plastic, and PVC. Among these materials, the most commonly used at home are rubber interlocking floor tiles. They can be found in living areas, basements, patios, decks, home gyms, garages, and children’s play areas.
These tiles are intended to be installed over a subfloor that should be clean and flat. Acceptable surfaces includes concrete, wood, asphalt, or tiles. Interlocking floor tiles are also called modular floor tiles since they can easily be installed. They are able to provide added style, color, and comfort to any area.
There are a number of advantages obtained from the use of rubber floor tiles. For one, it can easily be disassembled and reassembled in the same manner that it was easily installed. The interlocking feature of the tiles provide for secure placement while providing for an appearance that is perfectly seamless.
Rubber floor tiles also greatly reduce noise and vibrations. The more recent versions are made of premium recycled materials that are durable and can withstand reasonable wear and tear. Industrial-grade interlocking floor tiles can even withstand vehicular traffic. It has to be noted however that not all interlocking floor tiles are completely waterproof so it is best to determine the best type to be used for a specific purpose.
It is generally easy to clean rubber floor tiles. Depending on the cleaning to be done, a damp sponge, broom, mop, or vacuum cleaner will do. Outdoor areas with rubber floor tiles can be water-hosed, if needed.
Interlocking floor tiles can be used to easily cover up cracked or stained concrete floors. Homeowners can even easily create their own floor patterns using a suitable mix and match of colored rubber tiles. Nothing highly technical or complicated really for a swift update for a home look.
Do-it yourself enthusiasts will really enjoy handling interlocking rubber floor tiles since they are very ideal to work with allowing much flexibility while working on it and much functionality when already installed. It has to be noted that the appropriate tile material to be used in a particular area must first be determined to eliminate the inconvenience of the need to change tiles all over again. Purposes and level of traffic must be considered.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Each Type:
Rubber Floor Tiles
Rubber floor tiles are extremely popular particularly for high traffic environments and commercial spaces. This is primarily due to its durability and relative ease in cleaning. It is able to withstand a wide variety of physical conditions and can last for up to twenty years of functional use under reasonable care and maintenance. The surface of rubber floor tiles tend to discolor with the use of harsh detergents or chemicals. Although it is generally water resistant, there are still seepage issues to consider. The price varies depending on the thickness, quality, and style. Textured rubber floor tiles provide more traction as smooth rubber tiles tend to become slippery when wet.
Foam Floor Tiles
Interlocking foam floor tiles are suitable for most temporary flooring applications. They can be used in areas where normal foot traffic occurs such as children’s play areas, exercise facilities, and for tradeshow flooring. They are generally waterproof and can accommodate ordinary spills but seepage can also occur. They are likewise soft and economical compared to other types although they do not last as long as the others.
Vinyl Floor Tiles
Interlocking vinyl floor tiles are used on industrial, commercial, and domestic floor areas. There are heavy duty versions of this floor tile type. A wide range of choices in style and color are available. They are easy to install although some surface irregularities tend to develop over time. It is impossible to repair a damaged vinyl floor tile thus leaving no recourse but to replace the damaged tile.
Soft Plastic Floor Tiles
Soft plastic interlocking floor tiles are often used for wet areas, decks, greenhouses, and rooftops. They come in a wide range of colors and textures. Its applicable use is rather limited.
PVC Floor Tiles
PVC interlocking floor tiles are heavy duty floor tile options. They are commercially rated for heavy traffic and can withstand heavy load. High quality PVC floor tiles can last up to 30 years. Some may have adhesion issues though.
PVC floor tile
About the Guest Blogger
Riza is a stay-at-home mom who has discovered the convenience of installing rubber floor tiles on her children’s play area.