Once the domain of industry professionals, rubber deck tiles are fast becoming the popular choice for flooring and are very simple to install at home. You do not need to have a perfect sub-floor before laying your tiles as you would if you were using stone tiles; which means they require far less preparation saving on both time and expense. They come in a variety of different sizes and colours and have two easy installation options. Some use adhesive to stick the tiles to the sub-flooring and some come with tabs which lock together like a jigsaw puzzle and do not need any glue to set down. Both options offer you a quick and durable rubber tiled floor.
Step 1 - Preparation
You need to make sure the sub-flooring is clear before you apply your new tiles, so clean your floor thoroughly removing any dirt and grease. Check the flooring is in good condition and make sure any screws and nails are securely in place. Once you have chosen your tiles they will need to rest inside your house for 3 days in order to acclimatise to the environment of your house, rubber does have a tendency to warp. You may wish to use tiles from several boxes due to the variation in colours. Work out the layout order of your tiles, work from the outside in if you have no cutting to do, if you will have to make cuts along the perimeter you should begin from the centre.
Step 2 - Mark Out your Starting Point
You will need to mark out a chalk line as a starting point. If starting work from a corner, measure the width of a tile from adjacent walls. Where it crosses the line snap the chalk line. You could also measure the centre of every wall and snap the chalk line to create a starting point from the centre of the room.
Step 3 - Arrange your Tiles
Place your tiles along the lines to see how well they fit, this is also the opportunity to play around with your colour scheme before they are permanently fixed. Once your tiles are in the desired arrangement, you need to begin sticking them down. If you have the interlocking tiles simply connect the tabs together as they do not need glue, however for added security you could try using double-stick tape on the sub-floor. Repeat this process for the rest of the interlocking tiles.
If using the traditional glue method, apply a small amount of adhesive at a time to the sub-floor and place down the tiles, use the floor roller to press firmly down. Repeat with the rest of your tiles.
Step 4 - Tidy Edges and Finish
Use a ruler and utility knife for any tile edges that need cutting to finish. Wait at least 24 hours for the adhesive to dry before you walk on your brand new floor.