Look at the study done by Suzanne Barnes in the US. Click here
Rubber Flooring: Value and Beauty for the Long Term. She did a life cycle analysis comparing all the floorings and how much they will cost over time. Even with Dalsouple Dalnaturel, we believe it to be low cost in the long run. After 15 years carpet needs replacing 3 times, vinyl needs polishing and buffing everyday, and so rubber ends up being more cost effective.
Rubber is a good choice for people with asthma. It's also great for use with animals as opposed to carpet or floorboards as it's anti-slip and easy to clean by vacuuming or mopping.
Only in the last few years have studies been done on plastics and the effects on health. Some plastics contain BPA- Bisphenol A which can mimic the body's own hormones and may have negative health effects on both adults, and children. Some vinyl floorings say they are from recycled products but use about 60% recycled PET bottles. You need to be sure the flooring your children are playing on is healthy. There was a study done in Sweden showing a correlation between vinyl flooring and austism but no real reason for it. To read the study click here
Questions to ask carpet retailers or other rubber manufacturers are:
Where is it made?
What is is made of? Where is the evidence of its content?
What is the critical radiant flux and smoke generation test?
What is the VOC rating?
What is the date of manufacture?
What is the guarantee?
What is the slip rating?
Where is the list of installations in Australia?
How long has this product been selling in Australia?
Where can I see it in situ and walk over it?
All the answers to these questions and more are on our website. You will not find this much info on any other company's website in Australia who are selling rubber flooring. If you have any other questions, please contact us.
Evidence of Dalsouple existing long term in Australia.
Have a look at our photo gallery of Hobart Customs or Technocity in our commercial photo gallery. Both installations have been down 15 years and look as if they will last twice as long. Dalsouple has a guarantee of 10 years but you would expect it to last 15 to 20 years at least.
Rubber flooring has been down at Old Parliament House in Canberra now for over 80 years. You would expect it to be replaced before then, but it is now a heritage listed building and can't be touched! Rubber flooring has been on the aerobridges at Brisbane airport for 26 years. If it can last this long in commerical, heavy duty traffic areas, it could last at least 30 years in your house!