How to Install Outdoor Rubber Flooring
Step 1 - Clearing the Garden
First of all 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 developing.
Step 2 - Obtaining 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 material on both sides instead of only one.
Step 3 - Laying 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 six-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 them 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 - Smoothing Any Creases
By not taping your outdoor rubber flooring directly to the ground, you have opened up a lot of practicality 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. Why not hold a neighbourhood garden party for your children and all their friends to find out whether they appreciate their new play surface as much as you enjoyed creating it!