History of rubber flooring
The first attempts to lay rubber flooring were known as early as the end of the 19th century, but their real use was minimal – compared to other floor coverings, they were expensive and more often installed in industrial or commercial premises. At the beginning of the 20th century, synthetic rubber was invented, which enabled a greater expansion of this material and finally its wider use. According to surviving records, rubber floor covering was used for the first time in 1969 at Frankfurt Airport (80,000 m2 was installed by the company nora systems, Inc.).
Types of rubber flooring
There are different types of rubber flooring:
Rubber flooring can be monochromatic or patterned, in muted natural shades and vibrant colours. Rubber flooring is produced both in pieces (slats or squares) and in rolls. Patterns can also be created by assembling differently coloured pieces or different (or differently oriented) surfaces, or by cutting different shapes from differently coloured rolls.
Everywhere rubber fits
Although, of course, rubber floor coverings are first offered in industrial, office, medical or sports premises, they are increasingly being used in ordinary households as well. It is possible to use them practically anywhere thanks to both a timeless and modern look. In addition to floors and walls, rubber flooring can also be installed on stairs.
Artigo rubber flooring is very ecological, containing only natural substances (or at most part synthetic rubber). On the contrary, they do not contain any harmful substances such as heavy metals, plasticizers (phthalates), halogens (chlorine, bromine, fluorine), asbestos, formaldehyde or other similar additives. Neither do they emit any harmful substances, even in the event of a fire. The quality can be easily identified by the relevant European certificates.
Artigo flooring complies with the following certificates: