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Top 3 Uses for Outdoor Rubber Flooring

Playground, Patios and Walkways are Great Places to Install Greatmats Outdoor Rubber Flooring Products

By Brett Hart

As of the the most durable and readily available flooring materials, rubber has quickly grown in popularity for both indoor and outdoor installations. Most rubber floors are made of recycled tires, preventing them from filling up landfills while providing a useful purpose for them again.
The long lifespan of outdoor rubber flooring products along with its safety features have been the biggest reasons for its increasing presence in outdoor areas. Let's take a look at the most three most popular outdoor spaces where rubber flooring is used.

No. 1: Playgrounds

Outdoor rubber flooring for playgrounds can come in several different forms including, tiles, mats, poured in place flooring, and crumbs.

The most versatile of these is the outdoor rubber playground tiles. These tiles offer the ability to create designs and patterns due to their modular nature. You can find outdoor rubber floor for playgrounds in several different color options as well.

They simplify the installation process by coming in the form of conveniently sized square, many of which interlock. The form of outdoor rubber flooring also provides the most consistent fall height protection. Some outdoor rubber tiles are as thick as five inches and protect against falls from has high as 10 feet.

One favorite among rubber playground tiles are Greatmats Bounce Back Rubber Playground mats, which are available in 2x2 foot sizes and thicknesses ranging from 1.75 inches to 4 inches. They are also offered seven traditional and EPDM color options.

No. 2: Patios

Another popular space for outdoor rubber flooring are patios. The rubber material is durable enough to handle patio furniture and is slip and weather resistant. While many patios are surfaced with concrete, brick or stone, rubber patio flooring offers a much more comfortable solution to your outdoor living space.

As a material also used for playgrounds, you can rest assured there are additional safety factors with outdoor rubber patio flooring as well, which will give you piece of mind when the space is occupied by young and old alike with an affinity for falling, spilling or inadvertently dropping things - be it phones, glasses, toys or dishes. The shock absorbing benefits of rubber have long been recognized and can save you a lot of headaches as well as medical and replacement costs.

One versatile and long lasting rubber patio tile is the Sterling Rooftop Tile, sold by Greatmats. This tile can be used for both ground level and rooftop patios. At 2 inches thick with an interlocking design, it has significant weight and will stay in place. It is also safe for rubber roofing membranes and is easy to clean.

No. 3: Walkways

The use of rubber flooring for walkways is a relatively new development, but it makes sense, given the benefits it provides for playgrounds and patios. All the same benefits apply for rubber walkways. You don't even have to sacrifice style or a natural appearance for the sake of safety as rubber walkway pavers and tiles can be made in virtually any shape or size.

Take for instance, the dog-bone-shaped outdoor paver tiles. They give a brick-like appearance with a a unique shape and are super easy to install. The consistent size and shape of these tiles allow them to fit neatly together.

There are also stone shaped rubber pavers, such as Greatmats Flagstone and Flexstone rubber pavers. These stone styled rubber pavers lend to more traditional stepping stone style paths and walkways when repetitive patterns are not desired.

No matter what type of outdoor surface you are looking to cover, there is a rubber flooring solution to fit your need. A great place to open your eyes to the possibilities of outdoor rubber flooring is Greatmats which offers more than 100 outdoor rubber flooring products.
For more on this topic please review our Outdoor Rubber Flooring product page.