A Rubber Floor is a Great Way to Safeguard Cargo in Trailers and Trucks
Moving can be one of the most exciting and stressful experiences of our lives. There’s always a sense of thrill when we leave one home and set off to build a new one, but there’s also a bit of sadness and dread for leaving what’s familiar and safe. As someone who has moved quite a bit—for school, for work, and for family, I can empathize with all the emotions. It doesn’t matter if you’re moving down the street or clear across the state, I feel your pain and your joy! So,
whether you’re moving or if you own a moving company, we believe that a rubber floor can help diminish some of the stress you’re feeling. Cargo trailers and truck beds usually only offer a metal or plywood surface upon which to carry loads, but rubber flooring products can easily be applied to cover floors.
Hard rubber flooring is supple and elastic, which means it’s going to offer give and support under the weight of furniture and other items that are being hauled. If you’re moving other kind of goods, such as things that leak (like fruits and vegetables) or livestock, we’re still certain you can find something perfectly suited for your needs because a rubber floor comes in many styles, which are even available in varied rubber flooring products!
Within the last three years I’ve moved a total of seven times—phew! Each move had its own set of problems and adventures. But the one thing that remained consistent was my use of a rubber floor to protect my furniture during moves. Here are my top 4 why I not only use, but highly recommend using a rubber floor for all moving applications!
Protection of Goods/Personal Effects
The most important aspect of moving is the actual moving part! When you leave one place to go to another you want to make sure that you’re bringing with you everything you care about and worked hard to attain. If you own or work for a moving business, then you want to ensure the safety of the goods you’re moving because this is the whole basis of your company. Now this is seriously easier said than done! Driving conditions, road conditions, and other drives—all play a part in how a load is treated within its cargo enclosure. Stop and go traffic can cause things to sway and buckle. Violent and sudden stops make things topple over, and so on. A rubber floor isn’t going to be the answer to a rude driver who cuts you off, but it is going to provide several beneficial attributes that could help keep your load safe. Of course, you should always ensure that things are properly secured when you’re moving, but as previously stated, van rubber flooring is a more pliable surface upon which things can fall—if something does fall. Also, because many flooring options come with raised designs that offer more traction and grip, items won’t slip and slide quite as easily as they would on a metal surface. If the trailer is required for anything having to do with chemicals or oils, products made of virgin or synthetic rubber flooring products are a better option than something from recycled resources.
Protection of Cargo Vehicles
In the case of cargo vehicle protection, it doesn’t matter if you own a fleet of cargo trailers or if you’re renting a U-Haul van: if something damages the vehicle, repairs could end up being extremely costly. An elastomer surface won’t just protect your goods and personal effects, but also the sub-flooring of the truck. A rubber floor acts like a buffer between heavy objects, sharp edges, and oddly shaped items so that they don’t end up scratching the surface of a metal or plywood floor. And should something fall, employing elastomer matting could prevent the fallen object from leaving any dents.
For many of my own moving adventures, I managed to enlist a few friends with trucks to help me with hauling my furniture. The last thing I wanted to do was repay their kindness by damaging their truck beds! By placing a large and hard rubber flooring I ensured the protection of their property, as well as my own!
Ease of Installation/Removal/Storage
A rubber floor is an extraordinarily versatile product. Although I used my mats for the protection of my goods during moves, these products also leant themselves to several other uses, such as a comfortable play-surface for my dog! The point is that the installation of rubberized flooring is extremely easy! Whether you’re using mats, rolls, or interlocking tiles, installation is as easy as lying out, rolling out, or snapping into place (respectively). For me, the use of a rubber floor pad proved to be very simple—but for bigger cargo spaces, interlocking tiles can be used to cover a wider space.
Fortunately, the removal of a rubber floor is just as easy because there is no use of double-sided adhesives (although this is always an option for someone who wants a more permanent fixture). And storage is equally as simple as installation and removal. Mats can be laid out flat and runners can be rolled up and easily stored away. But if you’re anything like me then you may end up just repurposing your elastomer matting. With the wide variety of rubber flooring products that are available, I added to my eco-friendly reuse of the product by picking the durable and recycled option. Recycled rubber material most often comes from reclaimed tires, which is a true testament to this product’s resilience, especially when you consider the sort of abrasive environments that automobile tires are designed to withstand.
There you have it! My top 3 reasons for why a rubber floor is an amazing resource to have during a move.