How to Install Rolled Rubber Flooring Part 1 How to Install Rolled Rubber Flooring Part 1

What You'll Need
Rubber flooring
Tape measure
Utility knife
Straight edge
Adhesive
Trowel
Roller

Rolled rubber flooring is a popular type of flooring surface for workout rooms and other areas that will be getting a lot of heavy traffic. The process of installing rolled rubber flooring can be difficult because it is bulky and heavy. Here are the basics of how to install it.

Step 1 - Unroll the Flooring

Start out by unrolling the rubber flooring. When it comes in a large roll like this, it needs a little bit of time to relax so that you can lay it. Spread it out in the room where you plan to install it, and let it relax for at least 24 hours.

Step 2 - Fit the Strips In Place

Once the flooring has relaxed, you can cut the strips. At this juncture, you do not need to make exact cuts. Cut the strips about a foot longer than you need so that it can go up the wall about 6 inches on each side of the room. Cutting each piece a little longer than you need allows you plenty of room to make the final cuts when you are ready. The length and width of the strips will vary depending on your project. Leave the width of the strips the size that they come in. Generally, the strips will come in one to three foot wide strips. If your room is narrow enough, try to go all the way across the room with each piece. If not, go as far as they will go and then put additional strips to fill in the gaps. 

Step 3 - Trim the Rubber

Once you have the flooring in place, begin trimming it into position. For this part of the process, you need your utility knife and a straight edge. With the flooring in place, mark the exact line you want to make the cut. Then, pull the flooring away from the wall a little bit, so that you can lay it down flat on the ground. Place your straight edge on the rubber, in the place you marked for the cut. Use the straight edge to guide your cut with the utility knife. You will have to make several passes with your knife over the rubber. Don't try to cut through it all with one swipe. By making several passes, you can make a much cleaner cut on the rubber flooring. When you get one edge of the rubber cut, then cut the other side to fit. Cut all of the pieces into the space before moving on. 

Step 4 - Apply the Adhesive

Now that you have the rubber pieces to the size that you need, it is time to apply the adhesive. Take one of the rubber pieces and pull it back away from the area in which it is to be installed. In order to apply the adhesive, you need a 1/16 inch square trowel. Use the trowel to spread out the adhesive in the opening. Make sure that you get the entire area covered with adhesive, and that it is evenly spread. You do not want to get too much adhesive in one spot, as it can come up onto the rubber flooring when you lay it down.

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