7 Tips for Rubber or Epoxy Flooring

Updated May 22, 2013
Epoxy flooring comes in a variety of colors to match any room's decor. (Photo courtesy of Angi member Bob S. of New Palestine, Ind.)

Are you thinking about updating the flooring in your basement or garage? Consider rubber and epoxy flooring options, which can be both attractive and functional.

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Considering updating the flooring in your basement or garage? Consider rubber and epoxy options.Some basics to know about covering a basement or garage floor with rubber:

Rubber floors not only hide dirt, dust and footprints, they reduce noise and absorb shock. There are both recycled rubber and virgin rubber options and several different patterns and textures of both mats and tiles. If your basement or garage doubles as a home gym or workout space, rubber floors are less likely to be damaged by your workout equipment and won’t dent like carpet. Rubber flooring is easy to care for. Just wipe it down and walk away.

Basics to know about epoxy floors:

Epoxy flooring protects floors from moisture and salt, which can erode concrete. Cleaning an epoxy floor is easy. It resists just about everything. You can wash it with almost any product and let it dry. There are almost limitless color combinations for epoxy flooring, so you can customize your floor to coordinate with just about anything, and epoxy floors can be as rough or smooth as you’d like. There is a water-based epoxy formula for those sensitive to smells. Other formulas have no volatile organic compounds, though many epoxy options still do.

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