More and more households are using rubber flooring, because of the many advantages of rubber flooring, such as its resistance to water and weathering, as well as its high traction that can help prevent slips and falls on the floor. Whether you are installing rubber flooring for an elderly person who needs as much traction as possible, or simply so that you will have a low maintenance floor that will last a long time, here are the steps that you need to follow.
- Preparing the floor. First of all, you will need to remove any other floor dressings that you have previously installed. Unlike cushion flooring which can be installed on top of vinyl or linoleum flooring, you will need to place the rubber flooring right on top of the concrete floor. Otherwise, the rubber flooring will eventually wrinkle out and become uneven, as the heat and cold work to contort the shape of the rubber flooring. Also make sure that the floor is very smooth. There are machines that will automatically sand the floor for you, if you have very rough concrete floors.
- Removing molding or baseboards. Next, you will need to remove the baseboards and the molding that is attached on the sides of the floor or on the walls. The rubber floor is usually several centimeters thick, which means that you will need to adjust the baseboards and the molding. Make sure to keep the nails so that you can return the molding and the floor boards later on.
- Unrolling and cutting. Take the sheet of rubber flooring and unroll it on the room where it will be installed. Use a piece of chalk to help you determine the shape of the floor and where you will need to cut and trim the rubber flooring. Work in sections, so that you will not need to cut one enormous chunk of rubber flooring all at once. This will also serve as a safety precaution against the possibility of cutting a large piece of rubber flooring only to find out that you made errors in measurement.
- Adding adhesive. Once you have measured and trimmed the rubber flooring, you can start applying the adhesive on the floor. Usually, the glue that is used for the floor is polyurethane, which is very strong glue that works well with synthetic resins such as rubber. Use a large and wide paintbrush to evenly apply the glue all over the floor. Remember that you do not need to apply the glue too thickly.
- Laying the flooring. Once you have applied the glue, simply take the pre-cut pieces of rubber flooring and lay them out on the floor. Make sure that you work fast, because the glue tends to dry quickly. After applying each sheet onto the floor, take rollers and use these to push out the air bubbles that are trapped underneath the rubber flooring.
Return the molding and baseboards after you have finished laying the
rubber flooring over the entire room. After a couple of hours, the glue
should have fully dried, and you can begin returning the furniture into