12 Easy Steps for Rubber Flooring

How To Install Rubber Floors

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Flooring plays a crucial role in the look and feel of any room or space, whether it’s a kitchen, a bathroom, a gym, or a playground. Being one of the biggest elements that one notices when entering an area, a floor creates an instant impact. Therefore, it is vital that you choose flooring that is both functional and aesthetically pleasing. It is also equally important to take care of the floors to get the most out of them.

For commercial flooring installations, rubber flooring is a great choice: it is tough enough to withhold the toughest punishment, yet colourful, solid, warm and beautiful. It comes in a variety of textures, from silky smooth to rugged and possesses unmatched slip resistant properties. It absorbs impact and sound much more effectively than any other surface such as vinyl or linoleum flooring.

One of the most popular types of rubber flooring options is interlocking rubber tile flooring because of its versatility and wide array of functions. Interlocking rubber tiles are shock-absorbent and durable, which makes them perfect for commercial gyms and playgrounds. Rubber tiles can also be used around ice skating rinks, as they have excellent draining ability.

Installing interlocking rubber tiles is also not very difficult and can be handled by any enthusiastic DIY-er provided they can manage the weight of a single rubber tile. In this article, we will discuss how to install interlocking rubber tiles in 12 easy steps.

Tools and Materials Needed:

– Interlocking tiles – You may contact a rubber flooring expert who can assist you with the right – – quantity for your area.
– Plastic connector pins
– Rubber mallet
– Utility knife
– Straight edge (e.g., ruler, carpenter’s square)
– Chalk

Preparation:

All types of surfaces, such as concrete, asphalt, wood, and compacted dirt, are acceptable for rubber tiles. You just need to make sure that the sub-floor is structurally sound and relatively level.

It is best to use a vacuum cleaner to clear the sub-floor of any dust, dirt and other debris. If a vacuum cleaner is not available, just use a broom and clear off all foreign materials as best as you can.

Next run a damp mop over the area in order to remove any oil, grease and substances that can hinder installation. Allow your floor to dry completely before installing the tiles.

Remove all the packaging from the rubber flooring interlocking tiles, and place them on the clean sub-floor surface 24 hours before installation. This will allow the tiles to adapt to the surrounding conditions of the area, including the temperature and humidity level. This ensures a smooth installation and a consistent end result.

For some people, the strong odor of new rubber tiles could be bothersome. In order to reduce the odor, wipe the tiles with a damp cloth and air them out by placing them in an open air area for a few hours.

Installation:

  1. After properly preparing the installation site and the rubber tiles, follow the steps listed below to properly install your rubber flooring in no time!
    First you need to insert the plastic connector pins into the pre-drilled slots on two adjacent sides of each tile. A trick to save time is to stack the rubber tiles in piles of five to ten pieces and then inserting the connector pins into the slots of adjacent sides while the tiles are in a pile.
  2. Place one of the tiles in a corner of the area that you intend to cover. Do ensure that the plastic connector pins you inserted in the tile point along the boundary of the area.
  3. Take a second tile and align its pre-drilled slots to the connector pins of the first tile. If the room you are working in has an enclosure, you can position the tiles close to the enclosure and allow it to act as a guide. This way the plastic pins and slots will naturally align.
  4. Take a second tile and align its pre-drilled slots to the connector pins of the first tile. If the room you are working in has an enclosure, you can position the tiles close to the enclosure and allow it to act as a guide. This way the plastic pins and slots will naturally align.
  5. Take a second tile and align its pre-drilled slots to the connector pins of the first tile. If the room you are working in has an enclosure, you can position the tiles close to the enclosure and allow it to act as a guide. This way the plastic pins and slots will naturally align.
  6. Carefully side the second tile towards the first tile making the pins enter slot. Use your hands to push the tiles together as much as you can. After you feel resistance you may use a rubber mallet to gently tap the tiles together to remove any gaps. Make sure you don’t hit the tiles too hard otherwise you may damage the tiles.
  7. Using the same method, lay the tiles in a straight row until you reach the opposite end of the enclosure. Then move on to the next rows until the whole area is covered. If all the tiles fit the enclosure you are working on perfectly, just relax and skip to step 12. If, however, you need to cut the tiles to fit in the remaining area of a row, continue to the next step.
    Before cutting a tile, you must measure the length of the remaining floor with a proper tape measure. Do not rely on guesswork.
  8. Turn the tile you need to trim upside down and mark it with a chalk at the exact measurement you took earlier.
  9. Draw a straight line on the tile as a guide.
  10. Using a utility knife to cut the rubber tile along the chalk line. You may have to run the knife several times to create a score line. If it gets hard, you may want to lubricate the knife with a solution of water and soap before cutting.
  11. Next, hold the rubber tile close to the score line and tear away the unwanted piece.
    To finish off, run the utility knife down the score line. Placed the cut tiles on the uncovered areas.
  12. There you go! Your brand new rubber flooring is ready!

 

Here is the rubber tiles we bought from Home Depot, (refer to picture below)

Rubber Tiles provided by Home Depot

Now here is how these tiles would look on your floor

Rubber Tiles installed in home

They can look beautiful, and sleek. At Roofing Oklahoma, we can install rubber tiles as well as a variety of others.

Give us a call today to see how we can help your home!