Rubber floor coverings are scuff and stain resistent, resilent, durable, stable, hold very well under heavy use, and easy to maintain. Rubber floors are perfect for your weights room, home gym, or home fitness room, and are relatively easy to install.

Tips on Installing Rubber Floors:

  • Install over cement or sanded exterior grade playwood only
  • Do not use over particle boards, chipbords, lauan plywood or hardboard
  • All subfloors and existing flooring must be structurally sound, level and dry
  • Ensure your subfloor is level and free from all dips, valleys or imperfections
  • Do not store rubber floor coverings in direct sunlight
  • Use a sharp utility knife to ensure clean cuts
  • Use a hook blade to trim rubber floors after installation
  • Never overlap coats of adhesive as it may lead to irregular floors
  • Wear gloves when working with adhesives

Steps to Installing Rubber Floors

  • Start by measuring the longest wall
  • Cut a length of rubber roll to the measure – leave few inches at each end
  • Lay the first sheet into place
  • Cut the next rubber sheet and place it into place overlapping it by 1 1/2″ over the previous one after you placed the last sheet, allow the material to relax for a least 2 hours
  • Cut the seams through the two pieces at once by using the streight line and an sharp utility knife – if the rubber sheet is thicker than 9 mm mark with a chalk line and cut one piece at a time
  • Lift half of the first rubber sheet, apply manufacturer’s recommended adhesive onto the underlayment at 90 degrees to the seam
  • Place the sheet slowly into the adhesive – make sure to not allow air to be trapped underneath
  • Roll the sheet with a 150 pound floor roller
  • Roll back the the second half of the first rubber sheet and apply adhesive
  • Position the second half back into the adhesive and roll it over
  • Do the first half of the next rubber sheet and then its second half – roll each section and hand roll the seam as soon as possible
  • Let the adhesive to cure and carefully cut the ends of the rubber sheets
  • Install the baseboard

Required Tools and Materials

How to Prepare the Cement Floors:

  • Scrape the cement floor clean, sand down any high areas, fill in the low spots
  • Fill crack, holes, expansion joints with cement-based patching compound
  • If the floor is uneven, use self leveling cement
  • Do not atempt to level out the grading of the floor – 1/2″ over 4 liner foot is required for drainage of condensed moisture
  • Do a moisture test to see if any moisture is present
  • Seal the concrete floor with a concrete sealer

How to Patch Concrete Floors

  • Remove any loose or flaky concrete – use a masonery chisel and a hammer
  • Vaccum the floor
  • Apply vinyl floor-patching compound – use a smooth trowel and make sure the compound if flush with the surrounding surface
  • Scrap the area smooth once the patching compound has cured

How to Apply Floor Leveler

  • Remove loose material using a chisel and a putty knife
  • Clean concrete of any dust, oils, dirt and paint
  • Apply a layer of concrete primer using a paint roller – allow to completely dry
  • Mix the floor leveler with water
  • Pour the leveler and spread using a gage rake – work quickly as floor leveler harden
  • Smooth transitions to uncovered areas with a trowel
  • Let the leveler dry per manufcturer’s instructions

Moisture Test for Concrete Floors

  • Tape a 1 square foot clear plastic on the floor for 24 hours
  • If there is moisture on the plastic do not install the floor until the moisture problem gets fixed

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