Rubber Playground Mats Installation

Rubber Playground Mats can be installed either by a professional installer or it can be a do-it-yourself project. If you are planning on installing the rubber mats yourself, give us a call and we will send a more comprehensive installation manual that will help you install your rubber playground tiles like a professional. Call us at 800-279-1693 for further information.

Rubber Flooring Direct’s mats and tiles can be installed over concrete, asphalt or a loose base surface that has been covered with a protective, geo-textile fabric.

Site preparation:

Site Elevation: The finished, on grade installation height of the rubber playground tiles needs to be equal to or slightly higher than the perimeter grade but no more than 1” higher unless approved by the project manager or engineer.

The installation of the rubber playground mats over existing asphalt, concrete or wood decks is called an “above grade” installation and will require the use of reducers around the perimeter in order to smoothly transition from the top of the tiles back to the floor elevation.

Site Drainage / Slope:

When installing a new hard base, a minimum slope of 1” per 10’ of run needs to be applied to the finish surface with the slope running toward an adequate drain or the down grade side of the location in order to prevent standing water.

For more detailed information on Base options, please call 800-279-1693 and we will be happy to provide you with a detailed base preparation package.

Site Layout:

After thorough cleaning of the site, pick a starting point that will work for your layout. This will be determined by figuring what type of layout will leave you either with full border tiles or the largest border tiles possible if they need to be cut.

Many times it is best to start in the center of the site which will result in a symmetrical finish for tiles that require trimming along the perimeters.

For square or rectangular layouts, it is often possible to start in the corner or along the edge of the length or width of the site.

Cutting Tiles:

When cutting the rubber playground mats and tiles, you want to avoid leaving a cut edge of a tile exposed to eyesight. A tile that has had the factory edge removed or cut, should be placed next to a transition ramp, timber, masonry edging or a wall or other vertical member.

Use rubber playground mats sealer available through Rubber Flooring Direct for filling gaps between edges and walls.

The best and most accurate way to cut the mats is by using a heavy duty utility knife and a straight edge. Start by holding the straight edge firmly against the tile next to your mark on the tile.

Next, run the knife across the tile several times cutting a little deeper with each pass. Do not try to cut the entire depth of the mat on the first pass. Multiple passes will result in the cleanest cut.

Where tiles are cut or notched out to accommodate the play structure, seal around the cuts with rubber mat sealer.


The tiles can be installed using a fully adhered method or a 4 block system. For the fully adhered method, use Rubber Flooring Direct’s one part polyurethane adhesive, Use an 1/8” square notched trowel and apply the adhesive out slightly wider than the tiles being placed.

Press the tile into the fresh adhesive following your laid out chalk lines. If using ramps, place them into the adhesive as well.

Adhesive coverage:

Rubber Flooring Direct’s adhesive will cover approximately 60 sq ft on concrete, 50 sq ft on asphalt and 45 sq ft on the geo textile fabric. It is a good idea to have a little extra adhesive on hand just in case your surface absorbs the adhesive quickly.

Note: Once installed, keep traffic off the tiles for 24 hours in order to let the adhesive fully set. 

This is only a brief installation manual but we will be happy to send a more comprehensive manual to help you with your install.