How to Install Outdoor Rubber Flooring

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What You'll Need
Rolls of rubber floor covering
Tape measure
Utility blade
Floor cleaning materials
Straight edge
Garden sealant
Double-sided waterproof tape
Rubber mallet
Outdoor rubber flooring is a cost-efficient new technique many families are using to cover portions of their yard. It provides great peace of mind against bumps and scrapes for those with children as it is incredibly slip-proof. This guide covers the simple steps that must take when installing outdoor rubber flooring.

Step 1 - Clear the Garden

You must use your cleaning materials to clean the entire area that you wish to cover. Any concrete lumps between patio slabs must be removed as well as sharp objects and garden weeds, otherwise the rubber floor will reveal lateral inconsistencies beneath it. Small holes should be filled in to prevent air gaps from developing.

Step 2 - Obtain the Rubber

Rubber flooring sheets range from 4 to 10 feet in width and up to 70 feet long; be sure to allow for maximum accuracy when choosing amounts to buy. If you have spare rubber flooring from a past interior makeover, buy less and use this variety as it works both inside and out. Once purchased, roll it out on a flat surface to relax the rubber. Align the rubber flooring with the corner of the area you wish to cover. If your outdoor area is wider than one roll's width, remember to begin in the middle so that you can overlap materials on both sides instead of only one.

Step 3 - Lay it Down

Now you can use your push broom, and with steady and meaningful brushes spread the length of the rubber flooring down without creating air bubbles. Air pockets can be squeezed out as you go along. Remember to attend to each of these as they will ruin the entire efficiency with which the flooring sticks. You should allow a 6 inch side-by-side overlap for the flooring rolls which can then be trimmed and patterns aligned using your piece of chalk and utility blade.

Step 4 - Stick Around

Now that you have cut the perfect dimensions for your outdoor rubber flooring, it is time to stick it down properly. Using the specified overlap, apply your double-sided tape to the underside of the top layer so that when it sticks to the bottom layer there is a clean bond with no visible tape. For this outdoor venture, you may also wish to use some garden sealant as an extra bonding agent.

Step 5 - Smooth Creases

By not taping your outdoor rubber flooring directly to the ground, you have opened up a lot of options for the future and additional rubber floor projects. You also prevent the inevitable rubber expansion from ruining your flooring's smoothness. Gently use your broom and rubber mallet to help induce high-quality bonds with the tape and sealant.