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How to Install Rubber Flooring

Posted: Monday, November 29, 2010

Roppe Rubber flooring

Can you build it? Yes you can. Okay, Bob the Builder you're not, but installing rubber flooring is something any do-it-yourselfer can handle with ease. There are a few different methods, depending on the type of flooring you are installing, but overall, it's a fast, easy process that will get you bounding on your new floor in no time.

First, as with about any type of flooring installation, the subfloor must be free of oils, moisture, dirt, or debris. Clean the floor with a vacuum and allow any wet areas to dry completely. If installing on concrete you might want to do pH and moisture tests in the area to make sure there's not a problem with moisture in the floor. It's also a good idea to take the rubber flooring panels out of their boxes and allow them to acclimate to the room for a couple of days; this helps to make them lay smoothly when installed.

Next you need to find the center point of the room and split your room into four quadrants. Math haters don't need to worry, it's a cinch. Measure the length of the room and mark the halfway point on the floor with a pencil. Then measure the width of the room, and mark the halfway point there.

Use a chalk line to mark straight lines through those marks, and you have your four sections. Where those lines cross in the farthest quadrant from the exit is where you want to start laying your rubber tiles or panels. Be careful not to cover those chalk lines, or your centering will be off for the other quadrants.

Depending on your product, you will need to use adhesive. Some rubber flooring tiles interlock and do not call for any type of bonding agent directly on the floor. Others require an adhesive that you'll need to apply to one quadrant at a time, allow to sit for 30 minutes or so (different brands call for different times), and then lay down the tiles. Work outwardly from the center point, moving from quadrant to quadrant, and in no time, your floor is down. The last step will be measuring and cutting tiles to fill in the outside edges of your floor areait's a rare and lucky thing to cover a whole floor without having to cut end piecesso go ahead and drop a new blade into your utility knife now. Most rubber flooring manufacturers recommend not allowing the edge pieces to butt too closely up to the wall to allow for expansion and contraction.

So you've done it. Now go get some rugs to put at the doorways, and you're on to your next project.