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Installing Glue Down Rubber Flooring

How To Install

Rubber Flooring Installation Instructions | PDF's
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Rubber tiles are secured to the subfloor with an epoxy or polyurethane flooring adhesive.

Install the Main Part of the Floor

Glued down rubber tiles are installed in a brick–like pattern to ensure maximum stability.

  1. Snap a chalk line between the center points of each opposite wall to divide the room into four quadrants.
  2. Layout a row of loose rubber tiles in all directions at the center intersection point. Evaluate the fit to ensure the minimum tile length along the perimeter is satisfied. If necessary, move your starting point down to better accommodate this minimum length.
  3. Once satisfied, pick up all guide tiles and set aside.
  4. For large rooms, divide the four main quadrants into smaller areas. You should be able to complete each section within 30 minutes.
  5. Prepare and spread the flooring adhesive according to the manufacturer's instructions.
  6. Beginning at the center point, install the first rubber tile so it aligns with the main two chalk lines. Install tiles in the rest of that section. Do not install any perimeter tiles.
    • Fit tiles snugly together.
    • Tape seams with masking tape if necessary.
    • Follow the brick pattern for maximum stability.
  7. Roll the newly completed section with a 100–lb roller.
  8. Repeat steps 5 through 7 for each quadrant until the whole floor is complete.
  9. Re–roll the entire floor as recommended by your manufacturer.

Install Perimeter Tiles

Once the main part of the floor is complete, install the perimeter tiles. If access to the perimeter is an issue, install these tiles after you complete each quadrant or section.

  1. Scribe fit tiles for the perimeter in each row.
  2. Undercut the edge of each tile closest to the wall. Leave a slight gap between the wall and the flooring if recommended by your manufacturer.
  3. Dry fit tiles to ensure they fit correctly.
  4. Prepare and spread the flooring adhesive according to the manufacturer's instructions.
  5. Install all perimeter tiles.
  6. Roll the newly installed tiles with a 100–lb roller.
  7. Repeat steps 1 through 6 for the entire perimeter.
  8. Re–roll the entire floor as recommended by your manufacturer.
  9. Use a seam sealer kit to seal all seams if recommended by your manufacturer. Follow all the directions provided with the kit.
  10. Let the new rubber cure and bond for 24–72 hours or as directed by your manufacturer. Do not move anything back into the room and keep foot traffic to a minimum during this time.

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