Think tires would make durable flooring? They absolutely do. While often used in athletic facilities, we'd like to see more recycled rubber flooring in homes and apartments. RB Rubber makes a wide range of products; most are made from recycled tires. Their products can be used as finish flooring indoors, or to isolate sound underneath hardwood floors in apartment buildings.
There are two things to keep in mind about recycled rubber products. One: rubber smells like tires. Finishing the product as recommended reduces some, but not all, of the smell; if you have a sensitive nose, look to another product. Two: tires are bulky; rubber is heavy. Processing and shipping costs add to the final price; but remember, you're creating a market for waste.