Rubber Floor Tiles Installation

Installation instructions for Rubber floor tiles.

Before you begin, please refer to the Subfloor and site conditions requirements.

So just how do I install my Rubber Floor Tiles?

First of all, always remember that the experts at Rubber Flooring Direct are here to help. Please do not hesitate to call or email us if you have any questions regarding your rubber floor tiles installation or are just a little unsure or overwhelmed by the entire process. We pride ourselves in being available to answer your questions and to help our customers if and when they need it.

If you have any questions you can call us at 1-888-555-1212.

Ok, so we have that out of the way and you are looking for instructions on installing your new Rubber tiles. Let’s begin.

The very first step is to mix tiles from several boxes. As is common with any tile, there may be slight color variations and by mixing the tiles from all of the boxes this will minimize this problem

Note: Rubber Floor tiles must be installed in the same direction. Take a look at the bottom of your tile and you will notice a directional arrow. All rubber flooring has a directional grain and by installing in the same direction you will not notice any difference in the rubber grain

1. Room Layout.

The first thing you want to do is determine how you are going to layout the room. This will vary depending on if you have a large or small room and depending on just how square the walls are. Many buildings are less than square and especially with tiles, it is important to determine this before beginning.

For a small room tile layout.

With a small room, you can simply dry lay the tiles starting in a corner closest to the door and take a look to see how they end up. Take a look and see if the tiles look even and if the overall look of the floor layout is going to be visually appealing. Take a look at the opposite walls from where you begin to see if you are going to need to cut the tiles to fit and determine if the cut pieces will look good or if they are a size that will not be visually appealing. If you do not like the look of the layout proceed to a large room layout and use the center of the room method. If your opposite walls look good and you are pleased with your dry layout, proceed to step 3 – Adhesive applications.

Large room layout.

For a large room, you want to start by finding the center of the room. For our example, we will use a 12’ x 16’ room.

Find your center point.

To find the center point of the room start with the 2 longest walls and measure the length of these walls. In our example, the measurement is 16’ long. Divide that by 2 and mark a line on the floor at exactly 8’. Do this on both 16’ sides of the room and measure and repeat this on the 12’ walls.

You now should have 4 lines marked, one in the middle of each wall of the room. Using your chalk line, take one end and anchor it to one of your markings which is at the midpoint of the wall. Stretch the line across the room to the opposite wall and anchor the line at your midpoint mark. Make sure your line is tight and “snap” the line by lifting the line up a little and letting go so it snaps a nice clean chalk line across the room. Repeat this step on the other wall and when completed you should have your room divided into 4 quadrants. Where the lines intersect will be the center of your room. Now take your tape measure and measure from the center point to each corner of the room and each of these measurements should be equal.

Congratulations, you now have your room measured and your center point found so it is time to move on to dry laying your tiles.

Dry lay your tiles.

Dry lay – simple means to lay out your tiles without any adhesive to get a visual on how tiles will look once installed and to determine if you need to make any adjustments.

Start in one quadrant by laying out one tile next to where the 2 lines intersect. Follow each line and continue laying out tiles in both directions until you reach your walls. Stand back and take a look to see how the tiles will look where they meet the wall. Do this in the adjoining 3 quadrants and determine if you need to make any changes.

Follow the diagrams below and dry lay tiles to check fit in the room.

Lay out the tiles along the chalk line in the quadrant furthest away form the door.
27 Continue dry laying your tiles in the second quadrant.
Continue laying tiles in 3rd quadrant.
Dry lay the the tiles in the final quadrant.

Once you are satisfied that the tiles are laid out correctly, it is now time to start with your adhesive.

Spreading adhesive and laying tiles.

Before you begin with the adhesive, pick up your dry laid tiles and once again make sure that your floor is clean and clear. 

You are going to start in the quadrant furthest away from the door. Start by spreading the adhesive with a 1/16” square notched trowel working out from the middle point of the room along both lines, applying small sections following the same pattern used during the dry lay. Spread the adhesive evenly and using the notches, use a raking motion back and forth until the adhesive is even and smooth. You should have grooves in the adhesive that are neither too shallow nor deep. 

Note: Do not spread more adhesive than you can cover with tiles in 20 minutes.

Setting the tiles.

Set the first tile into the wet adhesive and make sure that the tile’s edges are running precisely along the 2 chalk lines where they intersect. Press firmly on the tile to remove any trapped air and make sure the tile is adhering well to the adhesive. 

Continue along chalk lines laying whole tiles. Once you have an L (see diagram below) you can continue setting the tiles until the entire quadrant is completed. 

Congratulations, you are off to a good start. 

Keep setting tiles until all 4 quadrants are completed. If any seams are gapping you can hold them together until the adhesive sets with masking or painters tape. Duct tape is not recommended since it will leave a residue on the tile. 

Roll the tiles with a 100 # floor roller within 40 minutes to ensure complete adhesion. 

Keep foot traffic off the tiles for 24 hours. 

Congratulations, you have just installed your rubber flooring tiles and once they set for 24 hours you can move on to cleaning the tiles. Click here for complete cleaning and maintenance instructions.