Rubber tiles for outdoor use are available in a variety of thicknesses, colours, styles and sizes. Rubber flooring is resistant to moisture and UV rays. Some rubber tiles are completely waterproof and some are made from recycled rubber. Ideal for areas such as playgrounds, decks and patios, rubber tiles are easy for do-it-yourself installation.
There are many benefits to using rubber tiles for outdoor surfaces. They include insulation and warmth, durability, traction and safety, particularly in playground use. Rubber flooring is considered a safer option than concrete or wood in areas where children are running and playing. Designed to absorb the impact from falls, it can prevent or lessen injuries. Rubber tiles may also be used to provide a place for people to wipe their feet before entering a home or building. Non-slip rubber tiles are a good choice for pool decks, according to Flooring Styles. Service Magic notes that some tiles are oil-resistant or treated to prevent the build-up of static electricity. According to Cheap Rubber Flooring, rubber tiles are less costly than some other types of surfaces.
According to Find Any Floor, rubber tiles can be installed over plywood, asphalt and concrete, as long as the installation surface is level, dry and structurally sound. The area should be cleaned prior to installation. Sanding and floor filler may be necessary in areas that are uneven. Polythene sheeting may be used below loose-laid tiles to provide protection from moisture.
Installing rubber flooring is easy, as it is available in interlocking tiles. Because it is not necessary to use adhesive with this type of flooring, it is portable and can be moved from one place to another by unlocking the tiles. Another type of rubber-tiled floor is secured with epoxy or polyurethane adhesive.
It is important to follow the recommendations of the floor manufacturer with regard to installation temperature and type of adhesive. Rubber tiles should not be placed over concrete expansion joints. Be sure to follow the safety recommendations of the manufacturer and to use safety equipment, such as gloves and goggles, when installing the tiles with adhesive. Find Any Floor also suggests using tiles from a minimum of three packages in order to distribute colour variations evenly over the floor area.
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