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Are Recycled Rubber Tiles Made From Synthetic Or Natural Rubber?

Lisa Hobbie // 2021

Recycled rubber tiles are made from a combination of synthetic and natural rubber. Most recycled rubber tiles are made from rubber tires, which feature both.

In tires, natural rubber offers performance characteristics that aid in tear and fatigue crack resistance. Synthetic rubber polymers, mainly butadiene rubber and styrene butadiene rubber, are combined with the natural rubber to help with wear and traction. Another synthetic rubber, halogenated polyisobutylene rubber, is also used to help keep tires’ inner liners from being permeable.

For the sake of simplicity, let’s call all of the natural/synthetic blended rubber tiles “synthetic.”

There are a number of synthetic rubber floor tiles available at Greatmats, with options that are suitable for many different types of installations and applications - from gyms and garages to rooftops and livestock areas. The following list represents some of the most popular options available:
  1. ⅜ inch Geneva tile with 10 percent color
  2. UltraTile Rubber
  3. Domination Rubber Gym Flooring Interlocking Tiles
  4. Max Playground Rubber Tile 2.5 Inch Colors
  5. Recycled Tire Rubber Floor Tiles

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They are made to last and will outperform their competitors. They each offer numerous features and benefits and are suitable for multiple applications.

The ⅜ inch Geneva tile with 10 percent color is a great option if you’re interested in synthetic rubber floor tiles. It’s a product that you can use in your garage or workout space, as it has a lower rubber odor than some others do.

Made in the USA from recycled rubber content, these tiles are 3 x 3 tiles and 18 pounds, so you can easily cover a large surface area in limited time. The rubber tiles are waterjet cut and made to stay put without moving or curling, and they also have super tight fitting seams.

Finally, this product has colored flecks distributed throughout, offering a unique, classic look.

Product: ⅜ inch Geneva tile with 10 percent color

UltraTile Rubber weight room flooring is a great choice if you are looking for ultimate shock absorption and noise control. This is a recycled rubber flooring product that looks amazing and performs even better.

Constructed from the highest quality recycled rubber content for the base and virgin black rubber for the top, the resulting product is a tile that will last the test of time.

Each tile is 2x2 feet and 1-inch thick. Each tile features a pin together installation with a pedestal underside to keep cables and wires hidden and intact. Once installed, the floor is ultra durable and slip resistant.

Product: UltraTile Rubber

Domination Rubber Gym Flooring Interlocking Tiles are made from 50 percent recycled rubber and EPDM rubber granules. It’s a premium product manufactured and designed to absorb shock, resist stains, and reduce sound.

These tiles are durable enough to withstand spikes, blades, dropped weights, and heavy equipment.

It’s a great flooring surface for any area that is constantly exposed to high impact force. The mats easily interlock for a simple, DIY installation process, and they are highly resilient.

Product: Domination Rubber Gym Flooring Interlocking Tiles

Max Playground Rubber Tile is a product that is ASTM fall height rated and suitable for playgrounds, outdoor patios and decks, rooftops, and outdoor entertainment spaces. It’s made in the USA from 100 percent recycled rubber.

These synthetic rubber floor tiles offer superior cushioning to prevent fall injuries. They are available in multiple thicknesses and color concentrations, and they are UV fade resistant.

When used outdoors, they allow for excellent water drainage around and under the tiles, and when used indoors, they are FloorScore certified.

Product: Max Playground Rubber Tile

Recycled Tire Rubber Floor Tiles offer a great solution for an entryway. They are affordable and made from 100 percent eco-friendly recycled auto tires. These tiles are made to last and endure use and abuse in heavy-wear areas like airports, commercial buildings, shopping malls, pro shops, offices, and more.

Suitable for outdoor or indoor entryways, these heavy duty tire strips are buffed to a carpet like chenille finish offer a non-slip entrance that will outlast standard floor mat competitors.

The tiles are 12x12 inches and provide outstanding traction while offering comfort in an ADA product.

Product: Recycled Tire Rubber Floor Tiles

Greatmats - For Synthetic Rubber Floor Tiles And More!

If purchasing recycled rubber flooring is important to you, any of the featured products, as well as numerous others, would look great and perform well in a multitude of settings. Greatmats also offers a wide variety of additional products that imitate rubber, but have a different composition and chemical makeup - like recycled PVC flooring and foam - which some refer to as fake rubber.

If you have questions about any of the featured products, or you want to learn more about other Greatmats’ flooring solutions, simply reach out to the fabulous customer service staff who will help you determine what the perfect product is for your space. Regardless of the product you choose, when it comes from Greatmats, you can be confident that you’re getting the best.
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