How Much Does Rubber Flooring Cost?
$800 - $2,300
$800 - $2,300
Cost data is based on research by HomeAdvisor.
Updated July 21, 2020Written by HomeAdvisor.
Rubber tile flooring averages $10 per square foot total, or about $2 per square foot for installation alone. Tiling projects typically fall between $800 and $1,500 for a 144 square foot room. Poured-in-place rubber flooring is about $16 per square foot or $2,300 total for a standard-sized room.
The prices for any kind of rubber flooring are highly variable, changing based on thickness, quality of materials, size of the room, state of subfloor and area of installation. The material alone usually costs between $3 and $8 per square foot, but luxury tile or thick poured rubber can be more. This is comparable to other home flooring materials, like hardwood and tile.
Labor fees vary for this project. Expect to pay an extra $1 to $4 per square foot for professional installation, or between $16 and $100 per hour.
|Average Cost||$10 per square foot|
|High Cost||$12 per square foot|
|Low Cost||$4 per square foot|
Residential rubber flooring materials fall between $1 and $15 per square foot. Poured rubber surfaces are the most expensive at $7 to $15 per square foot. Tiles and rolled mats are the cheapest at $1 to $8 per square foot, though tiles can be more expensive if you go for a high-end look.
|Type||Materials Per Square Foot|
|Poured-in-Place||$7 - $15|
|Tiles||$3 - $8|
|Rolled Mats||$1 - $5|
Rubber tiles run between $3 and $8 per square foot. Ballistic rubber tile prices land at the top of this range, while thinner ones are less expensive.
These are a great option for those installing in a smaller room. The squares are easier to install and only take a day or two if done by a professional, assuming your subfloor is in good shape.
Poured floor coating is the most expensive with materials between $9 and $15 per square foot. High-end options can run up to $20 per square foot. Installation adds around $3 per square foot to your overall estimate. Unless you’re highly experienced, it’s best to hire a pro for the project.
For outside surfaces, the cost to install poured-in-place rubber flooring is similar.
Rolled mats are the least expensive option at $1 to $5 per square foot of materials. These are easier to install than poured floor coating, so labor costs should be lower.
Mats are good for those who plan to add significant weight to their rubber floors. They are more likely to hold up to a beating than tiles that can break apart.
Wood-like vinyl, PVC and foam flooring tiles run between $1 and $5 per square foot and are typically better options than rubber when seeking a wood look. You can print wood patterns onto these materials while getting traction and cushioning similar to rubber. Rubber wood-like flooring is hard to come by, and usually the closest you can get is material that mimics the color of wood.
Nora is a popular brand that offers rolled mat and tile options for flooring. Some of their product warranties last up to 10 years. Frequently used in hospitals, schools and other public buildings, you can purchase from this brand for residential use through a local flooring dealer. Nora flooring requires professional installation.
The average price to install rubber tile flooring is $720 for an average 144 square foot room. Poured-in-place flooring costs about $2,300 to lay. This is comparable to the average $2,900 cost to install flooring from other top materials like wood and laminate.
Factors that influence labor fees include:
Corners: More corners mean more work and higher cost.
Size of room: Smaller spaces cost more per square foot.
Subflooring installation costs: $30-$35 per square foot in addition to the price of rubber.
Location: Expect to pay more if you live in an area with a higher cost of living.
Number of workers: Fewer workers means lower cost.
Stairs: Installing on steps increases price.
Rubber flooring is a popular option for many kitchens, particularly if you spend a lot of time on your feet. The soft surface is easier on your knees and back and makes standing more comfortable. And if you happen to drop a bowl, this option is shatter-resistant.
They work well in bathrooms since they are slip- and water-resistant. The steam and dampness from showers shouldn’t bother the material.
At $16 per square foot, poured rubber is a good option to go beneath cars as tile options can break up easily. Rolled mats and tile cost half as much and work well for garage gyms or tool bench areas. Keep in mind that petroleum from cars could break down these surfaces over time.
Overall, it should cost about $1,000 to replace rubber floor tiles in a 144 square foot room. To switch out a poured surface, expect to pay around $3,200. This project will take longer than a basic installation, so prepare to pay more for labor.
On average, rubber tile flooring is $1,000 when installed in a 144 square foot gym. Rolled mats cost slightly less at $720 total. The thicker the material, the more weight it can withstand. But thicker material is more expensive. Mats and tiles are the most cost-effective options, since home gyms tend to be smaller and not worth the cost of poured-in-place surfacing.
Damage-resistance for heavy weights
Water and sweat resistant
Great traction for quick movements
Other ideas for gym flooring include:
Cushioned vinyl flooring: Frequently used for basketball courts, it absorbs low-impact activities like jumping. Installing an indoor basketball court costs start at $16,000.
Gym turf: Like artificial grass on football fields, this material is good for resistance training. Turf costs $2-$3 per square foot
Foam Tiles: Less expensive than other gym flooring, foam is great for yoga and stretching exercises. They’re generally priced at less than $2 per square foot.
A pro can add anywhere from $1 to $4 per square foot in installation fees to the cost of your materials. Choosing to DIY vs. hiring a local flooring contractor can be difficult. Poured rubber surfacing and rolled mats usually require a contractor’s help, as there is a lot of measuring, cutting and mixing involved. Also, some flooring brands require professional installation to maintain their warranties. You may choose to install tiles on your own, but for a larger space with more complicated corners, a pro is the way to go.
Can absorb large impacts and retain shape
Offers great traction
Accessible for those with disabilities
Thicker material has a higher fall rating*
Quick to install
*Fall rating: How high you can fall from onto a material without getting seriously injured.
Rolled mats are the cheapest flooring option. They cover a large surface area and are a better long-term option than tile. Rubber tile is the next cheapest option, followed by expensive poured surfacing.
Rubber tiles typically take less than two days to install. However, this depends on the state of your floors and the room shape. Since the tiles can snap together, the longest part of the process is cutting and measuring the material to make it fit the room. However, expect the project to take longer if your subfloor is in bad condition. The cost to repair your subfloor averages about $560.
Recycled tire flooring averages $11 per square foot, about $5 less than poured. However, recycled material loses its color faster and requires more frequent resurfacing every 5 years, so it may not be cheaper in the long run.