Rubber floors are not only water-resistant, they are also antimicrobial, meaning that they resist the growth of mold and fungi. This makes them suitable for installation in moisture-susceptible areas, such as kitchens and bathrooms. Plus, rubber floors come in a wide range of colors and designs, and can be personally tailored to suit your kitchen décor.
A number of manufacturers make suitable rubber floors for kitchen installation. Rubber floor tiles and sheets come in 4 different installation types: loose-lay, interlock, dowel secured and glue down. When installing in kitchens, glue down rubber tiles and sheets are probably your best bet. With glue down rubber floors, water is less likely to get trapped between and underneath the tiles. Glue down rubber tiles are secured to the subfloor (or existing floor surface) with polyurethane or epoxy flooring adhesive.
One of the benefits of choosing rubber floors for kitchens is the fact that they can be installed over most existing floor surfaces. Some tools that you'll need for glue down rubber tiles include:
- Gloves (always wear when working with flooring adhesive)
- Safety goggles
- Notched trowel
- Felt-tipped pen
- Seam sealer kit
- Electric drill
Learn more about glue down rubber tile installation in FindAnyFloor.com's rubber flooring section.