What do I need to know before we start installing rubber golf tiles?
It is always a good idea to spend a little time getting your material and tools ready and coming up with a plan before you begin installing rubber golf tiles.
Take some time to get your material organized and determine where the best area to start installing rubber golf tiles before you begin. Depending on the area that you are working in will determine the best place to start your installation.
So where do I start?
Start by figuring out if your installation area is square and if it will take full tiles or if you will need to trim them. For example, if your walkway is 4 feet wide x 71 feet long, you will not have to trim the tiles crosswise but you still need to figure out how you are going to trim the end of the tiles. In other terms, since this will take 35 ½ tiles to reach the 71’ length, are you going to cut either the first or last tile in half so you would have 35 full tiles and 1 – half tile or would it look better if you split the difference between the first and last tile. In this case, it would probably be better to cut one tile in half and install at the end than it would be to split it between two tiles.
What about the sub base?
The sub base you are going over can be cement, asphalt or wood and needs to be clean, dry and free of debris before starting. The bond of the adhesive is greatly affected when the adhesive is spread over a dusty or dirty surface. Hose down or use a leaf blower to remove the dirt and grime before beginning.
If you have severe cracks or loose cement or asphalt, the cracks should be filled with appropriate cement based filler or asphalt patch and any loose areas should be scraped out and filled with the appropriate filler.
Should I dry lay some tiles before I begin using the adhesive?
It is always a good idea to dry lay a section of tiles just to make sure they will fit your desired area properly. Simply lay out enough tiles until you can get a feel for if it will lay out properly or not. If it looks like it will then it is time to start. If you find that the tiles are fitting like you want them to, then you will need to determine where to make your cuts so they will fit properly.
Note: Do not start gluing the tiles until you are sure they will lay out the way you want them to.
Can I do a brick pattern?
Absolutely: You can start installing rubber golf tiles in any number of patterns including a staggered pattern, a brick pattern, or you can install them in a uniform manner where you line up the seams evenly throughout the installation.
How do I spread the adhesive?
It is always a good idea to wear rubber gloves when using adhesive. Start by determining an area that you can easily cover in 20 to 30 minutes. Spread the adhesive with a 1/8” square notched trowel and spread the adhesive so it is even without any clumps or puddles. It is always easier to have 2 or more people installing rubber golf tiles. With 2 or more people, you can have one person spreading the adhesive and the other person(s) laying the tiles.
How are the tiles set into the adhesive?
It is very important to make sure you set the tile while the adhesive is still wet. Set the tile into place and gently wiggle it back and forth until you have full adhesion between the tiles and the adhesive. You can also use a rubber mallet to make sure the tiles are firmly in place.
It is a good idea to lift up a tile to make sure you are getting full adhesion. Simply lift up one side of the tile and take a look at it to see if the adhesive is in full contact with the tile. If you have bare spots you will need to spread your adhesive a little thicker. If you have large blobs of adhesive you may be spreading more than you need. Adjust the amount of adhesive and continue installing your rubber golf tiles.
How long will they take to dry.
Normal drying time is only a few hours but you should keep traffic off the tiles for a minimum of 24 hours to ensure the tiles are fully cured. If your tiles are in a heavy traffic area, it is a good idea to rope off the area to prevent people or carts on the tiles.
Congratulations. You have just installed your new rubber golf tiles. With simple maintenance your tiles should work great and last for years.
If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at 800-279-1693 and we will be happy to answer any of your questions.