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How thick should rubber flooring be for dog daycares?

Lisa Hobbie // 2020

Dog daycares are great facilities that provide dogs and their owners a safe and fun environment when time away from home and owner are necessary. 

Boarding a dog may be stressful, but dog daycares are actually great for pets. They provide dogs opportunities for socialization with other dogs and humans, and they provide peace of mind for the owner who likely doesn’t want to leave their pet unattended or crated all day. 

Because these facilities provide different spaces for different purposes, flooring is also likely different in each of these spaces.

A perfect choice for dog daycare facilities is rubber flooring, but the specific thickness of the flooring, usually between 1/4” and 3/4” thick, depends on the material purpose that given space will serve.

Greatmats has numerous rubber flooring for dog daycare options, all of various sizes, designs, and thicknesses, with suitable options for each and every area of the facility.

¼ Inch Thick Rubber Flooring for Dog Daycare


Many rubber flooring rolls are ¼ inch in thickness. They are among the most versatile of all rubber options, and they can be used for many applications. They provide an awesome area for dogs to run and play safely without harming themselves or damaging the floor. 

Rubber flooring rolls will stand the test of time and not become damaged from puppy paws or the inevitable accidents. When it does get wet, it still prevents slips, and cleanup is a breeze with the ability to simply sweep, mop, spot scrub, or vacuum as needed. 

This rubber flooring for dog daycares is very dense and durable, providing a firm yet forgiving footing for the dogs. It acts as a sound dampener and slight thermal insulator, too, making the environment more pleasant for everyone involved. 

Greatmats rolled rubber products are made in the USA of low odor, recycled rubber.

A rolled rubber flooring is relatively easy to install over concrete, ceramic tile, or any other hard and smooth surface. 

The flooring is simply unrolled and cut to fit the space using a utility knife and straight edge. Double sided floor tape or adhesive can be used to attach the rolls to the subfloor. Installing rolled rubber over wood can be done, but you'll generally want a protective paper underlayment between the wood and rubber to prevent chemical reactions with finishes on the wood. 

⅜ Inch Dog Daycare Rubber Floor Tiles



Greatmats has a number of rubber tile options that are ⅜ inches thick, such as the Geneva Rubber Tile. These tiles also have a low rubber odor and are designed for home and commercial gyms - making them extremely tough and durable. 

They are made in the USA from recycled rubber content, and they are very easy to assemble without adhesive. At this thickness, the rubber floor tile will lie flat and will not curl, and they are waterjet cut, which makes them fit together more tightly than tiles that are stamped or die cut. 

Greatmats also offers Geneva Rubber Rolls in ⅜ inch thickness if you plan to use the space for more than just letting the dogs run and play. See how Rio Gran Training Boarding and Daycare uses the ⅜ inch thick rolled rubber flooring.

¾ Inch Rubber Dog Daycare Flooring Mats


For an easy-to-install and heavy duty rubber floor, the 2x2 Rubber Mats in ¾ inch thickness are an excellent choice. These deliver a high level of durability at an affordable price.

If you plan to use heavy equipment on top of the flooring or expect a higher level of abuse in this space, the ¾ inch thickness is up to the challenge. 

They are extremely easy to lay down with their interlocking design, and they are designed to stand up to heavy weight and foot traffic. 

Also designed for equine use, these are among the toughest mats on the market, performing very well in the harshest of conditions, including kennels where dog may have a tendency to try to dig. 

They provide a great floor for a pen, crates, cages, or kennels that would be comfortable, yet, easy to clean. Whether using in kennels or a larger indoor park or play areas, the tiles are easy to install, as they connect together with an interlocking system. 

At 17 pounds each, they are light enough for one person to easily handle. 

Greatmats - Many Options for Dog Daycare Floors

There’s no doubt, when it comes to flooring for a dog daycare, rubber tops the list of the best options and you can choose the thickness according to your specific needs. It is comfortable for the pets and pet sitters, stain resistant, scratch resistant, slip resistant, waterproof, and easy to keep clean. Rubber is also very durable and able to withstand heavy traffic from relentless paws, toenails, and claws. 

Although rubber may seem like the obvious choice for dog daycare flooring, Greatmats offers numerous options that would be suitable for flooring in performance based areas of a dog daycare. From dog agility mats, foam mats, artificial pet turf, and so much more, the options Greatmats offers do go far beyond rubber. 

If you’re curious about the flooring options, including the pros and cons to each, give Greatmats a call and discuss your ideas with a friendly and knowledgeable customer service rep! Rest assured that when you purchase from Greatmats, you will be getting the best in quality, pricing, and service.

For more on this topic please review our Dog Daycare Flooring product page.