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Rubber vs vinyl flooring

When furnishing a room, many different types of flooring can be used. Floors come in different shapes and sizes, and can be made of various materials. This includes rubber or vinyl, but what is the difference between rubber vs vinyl flooring? We explain this further in the article below.

Rubber floors

Duracryl’s rubber floors are biobased and contain recycled materials. Duracryl’s ‘Ndurance’ floor is a cast floor (i.e. without material loss and seams). These floors are ideal for schools, offices and medical buildings.


  • Sustainability: the rubber floors from our workshop contain recycled materials and are produced in a sustainable way. By choosing this floor, you demonstrate your commitment to the environment.
  • Safety: rubber floors have high slip resistance, making them safer than many other types of flooring. This makes them ideal for use in areas where the risk of slipping/falling is higher, such as: sports halls, changing rooms, corridors and kitchens.
  • Noise reduction: Due to the noise-reducing properties of a rubber floor, they can help reduce noise pollution in high-traffic areas. Useful in flats, offices and public areas where silence is important.
  • Maintenance: Rubber floors require little maintenance, they are resistant to stains and can be cleaned easily.


A disadvantage of rubber flooring can be that it is difficult to repair once damage to the floor has occurred. If the damage is extensive, it could mean replacing a larger section of the floor.

Read more about (biopolymer) rubber floors here.

Vinyl flooring

Vinyl flooring is made of PVC. It is a synthetic material used in various applications. Below, we explain the advantages and disadvantages of these floors.


  • Water-resistant: Vinyl floors are water-resistant, which makes them ideal for damp rooms.
  • Easy to install: The floors can often be laid directly over existing floors. This saves money and time when laying a new floor.
  • Comfortable: The floors are considered comfortable due to their softness and resilient property. This makes the flooring ideal for areas where people stand for long periods of time.


  • Not environment friendly: Vinyl flooring is made of PVC, this material is not biodegradable and during the manufacturing process it also brings harmful chemicals.
  • Harmful fumes: When installing the floors, harmful fumes may be released that are not good for your health. So make sure there is enough ventilation in the room.
  • Limited lifespan: Floors have a limited lifespan and may damage, expand and shrink when exposed to sunlight.

Certified floors

Duracryl offers rubber flooring with various certificates. The ‘Ndurance’ floor carries the Red List Free label. This certificate means that the building materials used in production have not been classified as harmful to mankind or the environment.

In addition, the floor is LEED certified, this certificate is known as one of the most widely used rating systems for green buildings. The project earns points by meeting values related to carbon, energy, water, waste, transport, materials, health and indoor environmental quality.

Finally, the floor is BREAAM certified, which is a certificate for a sustainable built environment.

Choosing rubber or vinyl flooring?

After reading this article, you will hopefully be able to make a better choice between rubber or vinyl flooring. Of course, the situation has a big impact on the choice you make; where will the floor be laid? Will you lay the floor yourself or have it installed? These are all factors in the buying process.

However, it is important to know the differences between the two floors. If you opt for durability and environmental friendliness, a rubber floor is a logical choice. This floor lasts for a long time and earns back its investment. Vinyl flooring is harmful to the environment and has a relatively short lifespan. The choice is yours!

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Rubber floors are made of biopolymer rubber and are generally sturdier and more durable than vinyl floors. Vinyl flooring is made of PVC (polyvinyl chloride) and is softer and more flexible than rubber flooring. Vinyl is also generally already more polluting.
Both floors have their own ecological impact, but generally rubber floors are considered more environment friendly because of their use of biopolymer materials and their recyclability. Vinyl floors, on the other hand, have the potential to emit harmful chemicals, such as plasticizers, and can be difficult to recycle.

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