Rubber floors are essential in some establishments like hospitals, factories, kitchens, gyms, playgrounds and nurseries where people stand a lot and where the occasions to fall and get hurt are high. Some rubber floors are made from layers of rubber mats, some use interlocking rubber tiles. Poured rubber flooring provides a smooth, seamless finish to the floor that can cushion a fall even from a height of twelve feet. This is a great idea to give cushiony support to young children, athletes, older people and just about anybody who is on their feet most of the time. Take a look at the steps below on how to install poured rubber flooring.
- Define the area where the rubber flooring is to be installed. This area has to be prepared to receive the poured rubber flooring. Refer to manufacturer’s instructions on how deep the trench should be for the poured rubber flooring to be effective.
- Excavate the area to the depth that is recommended, allowing at least one-fourth inch slope for drainage purposes. Identify where the drainage is located as this is where the slope should be placed. Remove the dirt and level the trench. Compact the soil if the ground is quite loose.
- Create a frame to mold the concrete by placing 1x6-inch wood around the perimeter of the area to be treated. Add string guides around the perimeter and add two crisscrossing guides over the trench. Mix the concrete according to directions and pour this into the trench. Level the concrete using the strings as your guide. Make note of the drainage slope. Allow the concrete to dry.
- Do not remove the wooden frame around the perimeter first. Use this as anchor place for the string guides. Adjust the string guides by three inches. Once the concrete is fully dry, pour a three-inch thick layer of Crushed Aggregate Base over it and level the surface, making allowance for the drainage slope. This should be compacted.
- Mix styrene butadiene rubber and blend it with the Flexilon 1118 binder. Make sure that you follow the specific directions and recommended quantities based on the manufacturer’s recommendations. This layer will create the rubber flooring. Trowel this mixture over the crushed concrete aggregate base and level it with a trowel or a rake. Follow your guides to ensure that the layer is evenly spread.
- Mix ethylene propylene diene monomer and a polyurethane binder in a deep wheelbarrow. Follow the manufacturer’s recommended proportions for these two chemicals. Mixing can take about three minutes. Stir the two ingredients until the mixture is fairly smooth.
- Adjust the string guide once again to a height of 3/8-inch. Pour the mixture you have just mixed over the treated surface and smooth it out. If the area to be surfaced with poured rubber flooring is quite large, you will have to rent a mixer to mix these last two chemicals to get the right batch to pour over the treated surface. These two chemicals when mixed reacts to the rubber layer and makes it softer and smoother and bonds the two layers together for a very resilient and easy to maintain surface. Allow the poured rubber flooring forty-eight hours to completely cure.
Plan on installing the poured rubber flooring when the weather is warm as moisture and cold weather can affect the curing time and how the Flexilon 1118 binder reacts with the moisture in the air. The right temperature would be about forty-five degrees Fahrenheit and over. Cordon off the area until the rubber cures to protect it from pedestrians and other curious denizens.