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    Vulcanized vs Recycled Rubber Flooring

    Rubber Flooring | 17 July 2023

    Vulcanized rubber flooring and recycled rubber flooring are two popular options for sports arenas and recreation centres alike. While the majority of rubber flooring products we carry are composed of 90% recycled material, there are significant differences between the two in terms of performance characteristics, and in maintenance. This is why we created a list a differences between the two surface options to help make your decision easier.

    4 Key Differences Between Vulcanized and Recycled Rubber Flooring

    The following are how the two flooring options differ:

    Durability and Performance

    Due to the vulcanization process, vulcanized rubber flooring offers exceptional durability, resilience, and resistance to wear and tear. It is highly resilient to heavy loads, foot traffic, and impact, making it suitable for high-traffic areas or areas prone to abuse. While recycled rubber flooring also provides good durability, it may not match the strength and resilience of vulcanized rubber.

    Maintenance and Cleaning

    Vulcanized rubber flooring is easier to maintain and clean. It is resistant to stains, chemicals, and moisture, making it suitable for areas that require regular cleaning or exposure to spills. Recycled rubber flooring is generally easy to clean and maintain as well. However, it may require more attention and care to prevent damage. It is more porous than vulcanized rubber, allowing for bacteria to linger.

    Environmental Impact

    Both options are environmentally friendly as they utilize discarded rubber materials that would otherwise end up in landfills. However, our recycled flooring can contribute to LEED points for your facility.

    The Needs of Your Facility

    Ultimately, the biggest thing you need to consider is the specific needs of your facility. We offer rubber flooring in different formats (mats, tiles, and rolls) and the choice may just come down to what you need. If you need rolls, consider using recycled rubber. If you need mats, consider using vulcanized rubber. If you have further questions regarding which rubber surface is best for your project, get in touch with the team at Centaur Products. We can be reached through our online contact form and will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding our products or your project.




    In summary, vulcanized rubber flooring offers superior durability, performance, and resistance to wear and tear. It is an excellent choice for high-traffic areas or environments that require maximum durability. On the other hand, recycled rubber flooring provides a more environmentally friendly option, and offers good durability at a lower cost. The choice between the two depends on the specific requirements, budget, and sustainability preferences of the project.