Laying an Outdoor Rubber Floor

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  • 2-8 hours
  • Beginner
  • 150-500
What You'll Need
Utility knife
Tape measure
Spray chalk
Lawn mower
Rubber tiles
Spray lubricant

Installing an outdoor rubber floor is a simple home improvement project. Rubber flooring is a durable and flexible floor covering option. The soft materials makes it an excellent choice for play yards. They are available in a variety of colors, sizes and designs. Consider different colors or sizes to create your own unique pattern. Rubber floor tiles can be easily installed in an afternoon. Be sure to check the forecast so that you have a day of good weather to install your outdoor rubber floor.

Step 1 – Measuring the Area

Use your tape measure to determine the measurements of the area where you will be laying the rubber floor. Multiply the length measurement by the width measurement. This calculation will give you the total square feet of rubber flooring you will need for your installation. Write the measurements and calculations down on a piece of paper. Take the notes with you to your local hardware or home improvement store. Speak with a professional about your plans to lay an outdoor rubber floor. Use interlocking rubber tiles for the best results.

Step 2 – Preparing the Installation Area

Use your spray chalk to mark off the boundaries for your new outdoor rubber floor. Check the installation area for any large stones and pieces of wood debris. Remove the stones and debris from the area. Use your lawn mower to even out any grass in that area of your yard. Set the blade to the lowest setting to be able to cut as much of the grass as possible.

Step 3 – Laying the First Tiles

Begin laying your first rubber tiles along the longest edge of your yard. You can lay the tiles directly onto the ground without any support or adhesive underneath them. The tiles will settle naturally into place. Position the first tile. Secure the second tile to the first one. Be sure the continue installing the first row of tiles along the edge of the yard. Once the first row is complete, begin laying the next row of tiles. Continue laying the tiles until you complete the entire area.

Step 4 – Cutting the Rubber Tiles

Use your utility knife to make any necessary cuts in your rubber tiles. Mark the tile with a pencil. Place the marked portion of the tile over a piece of scrap lumber. Apply a lubricant spray to your utility knife so that it will move more easily through the rubber. Use your utility knife to cut along the marking.

Step 5 – Rolling the Tiles

Use a roller to press the tiles together and firmly into the ground. Move the roller in long, even strokes. Use an even amount of pressure on the roller.