Interlocking Rubber Floor Tiles vs. Rubber Flooring Rolls

By Greatmats Staff Created: June, 2017 - Modified: August, 2023

If you're considering new rubber flooring for your home or business, one thing to consider is the difference between interlocking rubber floor tiles and rubber rolls. Both serve a purpose and each is preferable over the other in certain applications. Rubber floors, mats and tiles are either made from a virgin rubber material, synthetic rubber material or a recycled content material and in some cases a combination of more than one rubber type.

Home Gyms and Rubber Floor Tiles

For most home gyms, we recommend interlocking rubber tiles. Tiles are easily installed and require no adhesive or tape to put them down. Because of this, they can also be easily removed and re-used in another room or home. Seams are typically very tight so the floor will appear to be one solid piece with no edges to trip over. They can be cut to size for any room with a simple utility knife. (We recommend that you let your rubber flooring acclimate to the room temperature and humidity for at least 24 hours before cutting to size.) Rubber floor tiles come in a variety of thicknesses and colors and our friendly customer service representatives can help you to find the right one to suit your specific needs.

Rubber Floor Tiles in Commercial Facilities

In commercial facilities, you can also use interlocking rubber floor tiles although you may want to go with a thicker tile than you would for home gym use. Again, interlocking tiles are nice in situations where you would like to take your floor with you when you relocate. They are ideal if you are leasing your building, for example. Because interlocking tiles are available in various sizes, thicknesses, and colors, we can help you to find the right tiles to meet your needs.

Rubber rolls are typically less expensive but they have different requirements. All rubber rolls need a glue or tape-down installation to create a safe workout floor. This creates a more permanent option than rubber floor tiles.

This product is low odor. This can be important if you are using this flooring in a smaller room with low ventilation. You will find that the material binder in the rubber makes all the difference. In cases where the rubber binder is sulfur, the mats tend to carry that strong rubber smell. When the binder is urethane, the smell is very low.

One thing to note when considering rubber rolls is that they are not waterproof. You will want to use this flooring in places where it will stay dry. If your rubber flooring does get wet, you'll need to hand dry it if it has already been installed. Therefore, we recommend it for places like supply rooms, weight rooms, and hallways but not in wet areas like bathrooms or laundries.

Playgrounds Rubber Floor Tiles

Playground rubber flooring is also available in interlocking rubber floor tiles. We offer different styles with different fall height ratings. Playground flooring adds an extra level of cushion and protection for children in outdoor settings. It is cleaner and safer than wood chips or rubber crumbs that can be dug out, pushed aside, and thrown around.

If you have any questions regarding any of our products, please don't hesitate to call or send us a message. Our friendly customer service representatives are happy to help you.