In Australia, rubber floor mat prices have soared over the last decade as Australia’s major retailers have been forced to close many stores, including a number of specialty shops, to cut costs.
Now, the cost of the mats has skyrocketed to more than $600 US per metre, according to the Australian Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (AISA).
It’s unclear how much more the mats will cost consumers in the US.
Rubber floor mats are made from a combination of cement and resin that has been used in the construction industry for over 50 years.
They’re typically manufactured from plastic or rubber, and can cost up to $300 US per meter.
“There’s a huge cost of this rubber, which is what it’s all about, and that’s why they’re so expensive,” said AISA spokesperson and rubber floor guru, Andrew Brown.
“They’re very expensive to produce and so we’re trying to find some innovative ways to lower the cost.”
Brown said there are a few companies in the industry that are making mats with high levels of recycled rubber.
“One company that has come out with some really interesting new ways of using recycled rubber is the RUBE Co,” he said.
“The RUBEPOL brand of rubber floor covers has been a hot item in the market since the late 1990s, and the Rubepol brand is really high on the list of innovative products we’re looking at.”
Brown also said that the RubeCo mats can be used to replace other materials such as foam, which can make the mats look cheap.
“These are really, really high-quality materials that can be replaced with foam mats,” Brown said.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) also reports that there are currently 6,000 rubber floor floor mats in use across Australia, although there is no clear number of people using them.
“This is a very small proportion of the overall Australian population,” Brown explained.
“So you’ll see people who are looking for a cheap alternative to rubber floor, rubber mats and the ABS says this is a low-cost alternative.”
Brown added that Rube Co has been working with several other Australian companies to come up with a solution.
“We’re working with a company in Australia that makes flooring for apartments, for a very low price,” he explained.
But the company is still in the early stages of the project and they’re not ready to say what the price will be.
The company has already sold about 100 mats in Australia and Brown said they’re also working on the rollout of a national roll-out.
Brown said the mats are a great way to replace a lot of other materials, such as carpet.
“It’s cheap and easy to replace your carpet, and it’s cheaper than a lot, if not all, other materials,” he added.
“If you have a really hard floor and you’re using a lot more of a material, then you’re going to have a hard time with rubber floor.
“I think it’s really exciting,” Brown added. “
I would never use this material to replace carpet, but I would definitely use this as a replacement for carpet, if you have an old carpet and you don’t have the same level of hardness as you would with a new carpet.”
“I think it’s really exciting,” Brown added.
Brown has also spoken to the manufacturer about their plans for expanding the use of the rubber mats to replace more traditional flooring materials such a carpet or vinyl.
“What they’re doing is actually quite exciting,” he noted.
“And we have some plans to expand this to other materials.
We’ll be looking at that in the next couple of years.”