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Two Ways to Install Rubber Flooring

When you see a finished and fully installed rubber floor, you might think that it has been done through a complex process by professional installers. Actually, installing your rubber flooring could be a do-it-yourself task.

There are two ways to secure your rubber flooring – double sided tape or glue.

Double Sided Tape Installation

Tools needed:

  • Double sided tape
  • Metre stick
  • Utility knife

Directions:

  1. Apply double-sided tape within the perimeter of the area depending on the width and length of the rubber roll. Do not pull out the release paper yet.
  2. Positon the roll end against the wall and start unrolling onto the prepared area. Lay the rubber roll firmly using a mallet or a wooden block.
  3. Trim the excess with a utility knife, using the metre stick as a straightening tool.
  4. Firmly press on the mats to remove any curls or bubbles.
  5. Fold back the roll at the beginning of the seam to see the tape, then remove the release paper.
  6. Slowly lay the roll back down. Be careful not to flop it onto the tape to avoid air pocket build up.
  7. After the rolls have been laid to the rest of the floor, leave for an hour to fully set the adhesive.
  8. Using a 100-lbs carpet roller, roll the rubber flooring width wise and lengthwise to flatten it and to make sure that it has bonded to the tape. Continue doing this for another hour.

Glue Installation

Tools:

  • Glue
  • Utility knife
  • Metre stick
  • V-notch trowel

Directions:

  1. Clean the floor and make sure you remove all traces of dust, moisture or dirt.
  2. Lay out the rubber rolls where you intend to install them.
  3. Using the utility knife, carefully make necessary cuts to fit the rubber flooring according to the room perimeters. Use the metre stick to guide your cuts.
  4. At one end of the room, roll up the rubber and apply a thin layer of adhesive to the floor space using the trowel.
  5. Slowly unroll the rubber onto the adhesive and make sure it is properly laid. Repeat for each of the rubber rolls.
  6.  Once all the rolls have been glued down, use a 100-lbs carpet roller to guarantee good adherence to the floor. Taking small steps across the floor will also do if a carpet roller is not available.

The correct installation of your rubber floor can make or break the overall finish and you know what they say… if a job’s worth doing!



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