How to Install Rubber Mat or Roll Flooring

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How to Install Rubber Mat or Roll Flooring
Rubber flooring offers resilience and a bit of cushion for a variety of floor surfaces. (playground surface image by Marty Haas from

Rubber floors are found in gyms, garages, medical facilities and a variety of other establishments. These floors are recognised for their durability, strength and low maintenance requirements. While "floating" tile versions are sometimes used, most installers choose glued-down mat or roll applications to increase the floor's longevity and stability.

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Things you need

  • Vacuum
  • Floor levelling compound
  • Trowel
  • Tape measure
  • Utility knife
  • Moisture-cured urethane adhesive
  • Notched trowel
  • 45.4kg. floor roller
  • Sponge

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  1. 1

    Vacuum the floor to remove all dirt, dust and debris. Level out the floor with a floor levelling compound as needed, using a trowel to fill dips or low areas in the subfloor. Allow the floor to dry completely.

  2. 2

    Measure the length of the floor and transfer this measurement to your rubber flooring. Use a sharp utility knife to cut the rubber so it is roughly 1 inch longer than the floor. Repeat this process to cut the remaining flooring to cover the entire floor surface.

  3. 3

    Move the rubber flooring to the room where you plan to install it. Trim the ends of each row as needed to fit the length of the room. Re-roll each section once it has been trimmed to fit.

  4. 4

    Spread moisture-cured urethane adhesive over the subfloor, using a notched trowel. Apply only enough adhesive to cover one row of rubber flooring at a time.

  5. 5

    Unroll the rubber over the adhesive, taking care to keep the surface of the rubber clean. Immediately roll a 45.4kg. floor roller over each section to remove air bubbles and ensure the material is firmly adhered to the subfloor.

  6. 6

    Repeat steps 4 and 5 as you work your way across the room. Keep each row of material butted tightly together, and clean off any excess glue from the surface of the rubber immediately, using a clean, damp sponge.

Tips and warnings

  • For a less permanent installation, look for interlocking rubber floor tiles instead of rubber mats or rolls.
  • Most manufacturers recommend using double-sided tape instead of glue for a less permanent installation with a bit of added stability.
  • Ensure that the room is well-ventilated when working with these adhesives.

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