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Installing Sheet Rubber Flooring

How To Install

Rubber Flooring Installation Instructions | PDF's
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Sheet rubber is installed with full spread adhesive. Some manufacturers may also approve the use of double–sided flooring tape for certain applications. Always choose an appropriate installation method so you do not void your warranty.

If using adhesive tape to complete your installation, follow all the steps below. Apply the adhesive tape to the perimeter of each sheet. At seams, position tape so that one inch of each sheet is in full contact with the tape.

Install Sheet Rubber Without Seams

Use this method when you are working in a small area with few obstacles that will require only one sheet of rubber flooring.

  1. Measure your installation area. Add 2–3 inches to each of your measurements.
  2. Cut out your sheet rubber based on your measurements.
  3. Place the rubber in the installation area. Trim away all excess around walls and obstacles.
  4. Roll one half of the rubber flooring back and secure with masking tape.
  5. Apply the adhesive to the subfloor as directed by the manufacturer.
  6. Unroll and lay the rubber into the adhesive. Apply pressure from the center to the edges. Roll the floor with a 100–lb roller as directed by the manufacturer.
  7. Repeat steps 4 through 6 for the other half of the sheet.
  8. Re–roll the entire floor as directed by the manufacturer.

Install Sheet Rubber With Seams

Use this method when you are working in a large area with multiple obstacles and/or seams.

  1. For complex rooms, create a pattern of your floor using a pattern kit (available at most home improvement stores) or Kraft paper, scissors and tape. Make sure the pattern is flat on the floor at all times and account for all obstacles.
  2. Unroll your pattern on top of your rubber. Ensure there is a piece of rubber beneath the entire pattern.
  3. At each seam, overlap the two pieces of sheet rubber by at least 1". Tape together with masking tape.
  4. Following a metal straight edge, use a utility knife to double–cut through BOTH pieces of rubber at each seam to form a custom factory edge. Once cut, align the seam edges so they are flush then tape securely.
  5. Cut the rest of your rubber to fit your pattern. Leave 2"–3" around the perimeter.
  6. Once cut, carefully roll up the rubber and take it to the installation area.
  7. Unroll carefully and align correctly with the room. Trim all edges so they are flush with walls or obstacles. Leave a slight gap per your manufacturer's recommendations.
  8. Roll back the sheets of rubber on one side of the room. Use masking tape to hold in place.
  9. Prepare and apply the adhesive to the subfloor as directed by the manufacturer.
  10. Unroll and lay the sheet rubber into the adhesive. Apply pressure from the center to the edges.
  11. Roll the floor with a 100–lb roller.
  12. Repeat steps 8 through 11 for the other half of the room.
  13. Re–roll the whole floor as recommended by the manufacturer.
  14. Use a seam sealer kit to seal all seams if recommended by your manufacturer. Follow all the directions provided with the kit.
  15. 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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