The Best Way to Protect Your Floors
Resurfacing your floors with rubber is one of the best ways to protect your building’s subfloors from becoming damaged. In most cases, damage to subfloors is caused by one of three things: water, scratches, and impacts. To protect your subfloors, then, you need a barrier that can resist moisture and abrasion, and absorb impacts. Think about these qualities, and the first thing that comes to mind is rubber. Rubber is one of the few materials available that provides your subfloors with superlative protection at such an affordable price.
Rubber is also inherently slip-resistant. Rubber has a naturally high coefficient of friction, which makes it difficult for objects to pass smoothly over rubber’s surface. This—in fact—is an extremely desirable trait for floors: it means that people are unlikely to slip and fall while traversing rubber surfaces. Now, consider the fact that rubber resists moisture, and you get the picture: even when rubber floors are soaked, they still provide slip-resistance.
Thus, while rubber surfacing is one of the best ways for you to protect your building’s subfloors, it is also one of the best ways to enhance any area’s safety. Slips and falls account for innumerable accidents every year. Protect your floors, and keep your building safe for you and your guests.
Resurfacing Your Outdoor Area with Rubber
Repurposing or building a new outdoor area for your home or facility? It’s always a good idea to start with quality flooring. For outdoor applications, rubber is one of the best materials for flooring. It naturally resists moisture; it’s impact absorbent; and it resists abrasion. Our outdoor-flooring options are all made of combinations of rubbers that naturally give these products resistances to chemicals and UV-radiation. This is why it’s so important to have flooring that’s specially made to handle outdoor conditions. Otherwise, your floors might quickly deteriorate, leaving your precious subfloors exposed to a plethora of harsh factors.
Our outdoor-flooring products range from playground mats to rubber rolls to rubber stair-treads. The type of product that’s best for you depends on your outdoor application. If you need to upgrade an outdoor stairway, our rubber stair-treads are perfect for enhancing the safety of any stairway. Their stylish designs are beautiful, and they further increase the amount of grip that the treads provide. Playground mats are perfect for any kind of outdoor play area, where kids are running around—at risk of hurting themselves. And rubber rolls are the best option for any other kind of resurfacing job. They afford your expensive subfloors a high degree of protection—all at a very cost-effective rate.
On the whole, quality flooring is a basic component of any outdoor area. It’s an investment that pays dividends in the long run, protecting you, your loved ones, and your floors!
Why Corrugated Rubber Flooring?
On its own, rubber flooring already adds inestimable value to any location over which it is placed. However, many of our flooring options are outfitted with corrugations: textured patterns which add many benefits to already-great products. However, there are two main benefits of having corrugated rubber flooring: corrugations further enhance traction, and they increase aesthetic appeal.
How do corrugations increase traction? Think of corrugations like terrain. They add variation to a pre-existing surface, thereby increasing the number of points of contact between that surface and any object with which it comes into contact. The more terrain your rubber flooring has, the more energy it takes for an object to slide around on its surface. Think of this concept in conjunction with the fact that rubber, as a material, naturally enhances traction. The point is clear: corrugated rubber flooring provides you with an unparalleled degree of slip resistance—the likes of which few other floors can match.
While corrugations are highly functional, they are nonetheless pleasing to look at. The array of styles of flooring we offer is a testament to how appealing corrugations appear. Whether you like coin-top or diamond-plate corrugations, there is a design that fits your preferences. Keep in mind that these corrugations all perform the same job: they simply differ in how they look—giving you plenty of options to choose from when you browse our corrugated floors.
The Natural Beauty of Coir Mats
We can thank coconuts for bringing us coir, one of the best materials for making residential doormats. Why? It all comes down to how coconuts have evolved over last millions of years.
Ever wonder why coconut trees grow near bodies of water? It’s simple. Coconut trees reproduce using water currents. Ideally, a coconut tree grows coconuts. Eventually, gravity—or some other force—causes its coconuts to fall. These coconuts then land in water, where they stay afloat due to their natural buoyancy. Waterways and ocean currents then transport these vessels onto nearby shores where—ideally—the coconut embeds into soil, then sprouts into a new tree. But, this journey that every coconut makes isn’t easy. Outdoor environments present coconuts with a host of threatening conditions—including UV-radiation, moisture, abrasion, and impacts. Thus, coconuts evolved to have incredibly tough exteriors—fibrous layers of armor that shield them from damage for months on end.
Given coconut husks’ innate ability to withstand such conditions, it makes sense that coir—which is derived from these husks—has become the ideal material for residential doormats. It can handle all the conditions we subject it to for good reason. Years and years of evolution have given us the great gift of coir.
Join Us in Celebrating Goodyear’s 125th Anniversary!
2023 marks the 125th year since the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company was founded. The company’s founder, Frank Seiberling, named his company after Charles Goodyear, the inventor of vulcanized rubber. And the name has stuck ever since. In 1898, Frank Seiberling opened the first Goodyear factory in Akron, Ohio, focusing mainly on manufacturing bicycle and carriage tires.
In 1901, Goodyear produced its first automobile tires for Henry Ford, who was manufacturing race cars. As the automobile industry grew and rubber’s demand increased, so did the popularity of Goodyear’s tires.
With 125 impressive years under Goodyear’s belt, join us here at Rubber-Cal in celebrating this momentous occasion. Over a century of innovation, ingenuity, and effort has kept the Goodyear company at the fore of the rubber industry. Goodyear does important work in continuing to popularize, as well as develop, rubber—not just as a finished product but as a basic material, too.
Here’s to Goodyear. What a ride it has been, and continues to be.