Rubber Gym Floor Installation

Sub Floor and Job Site Requirements

Rubber Gym Floor Installation – Job Site Preparation and Subfloor requirements

Before you start your new rubber rolls, rubber tiles, or gym floor installation, you need to make sure that your job site is properly prepared and that your subfloor is in the proper condition.

Note: If you have any questions regarding your rubber gym floor installation, please do not hesitate to call the experts at Rubber Flooring Direct. We are here to help and will be happy to answer any questions you may have. Or maybe you are feeling a little overwhelmed by the whole process and want to talk it through with an installer. Remember, we are here to help.

We will begin with job site preparation.

Job Site Preparation:

New Construction: Rubber gym floor installation or weight room floor installation should not begin until all other trades have completed their work and are finished in the areas. We once had a customer that installed his floor before the drywall was completed and he had to spend several days cleaning up the drywall dust and removing the white scuffs on the weight room flooring from the gypsum.

If the situation occurs that you have to complete your gym floor installation before the other trades are finished, you must cover and protect the gym floor with plastic sheeting, Kraft paper, or tarps to protect the rubber flooring.

The rooms that you are installing the floor into should not be open to the weather and should be maintained at a minimum temperature of 65 degrees for 48 hours.

Be sure to remove all trash and debris and make sure that any heavy equipment or furniture has been removed as well.

Sweep and clean the subfloors and repair any damage to the subfloor.

Sub Floor Preparation.

Subfloor preparation is critical to ensure a quality rubber gym floor installation. Subfloor preparation includes making sure you have a level and stable subfloor that is dirt and dust free and any type of chemicals that could interfere with the bonding of the rubber rolls or rubber tiles to the subfloor. Subfloors should be free of paint, wax grease, oil sealers, old adhesive, and any other material that would interfere with the bonding of the rubber floor and the floor.

If the subfloor is not level, we recommend using cement-based patching and leveling compounds, we do not recommend using gypsum-based patching and leveling compounds. Refer to the manufacturer’s instructions of the patching and leveling compounds.

If a leveling compound is used, be sure to let it dry thoroughly before applying adhesive. Moisture in the compound can cause the adhesive to bubble and release from the subfloor.

Concrete subfloors:

Concrete should have a minimum of 3000 psi and new concrete should be cured for a minimum of 28 days. It is critical that the cement be fully cured and dry before any installation begins.

All cracks saw cuts, non-moving joints, and indentations should be filled with cement-based patching compound.

Expansion joints can cause a floor covering to fail so all expansion joints should be covered with an expansion joint cover that is designed for resilient flooring.

Wood Sub Floors:

For rubber gym floor installation on wood, the wood subfloors should be a minimum of 1” thick with double construction. The floor must be rigid and free from movement with a minimum of 18” ventilated air space below.

Note: If an underlayment is needed please use American Plywood Association (APA) underlayment with a minimum thickness of ¼”. Chipboard, particleboard, Masonite, and lauan are not considered suitable underlayments.

At the risk of repeating ourselves, the subfloor is critical to a high quality finished rubber floor or sports floor. Imperfections in the subfloor will eventually show imperfections in the finished sports floor.

Congratulations, you are now ready to begin your rubber gym floor installation.

Remember, we are here to help. If you need any help at all or have any questions on your rubber gym floor installation, please call.