Kennel and Stall Flooring Installation
Roller Rubber is recommended for kennels and doggy daycare facilities. Rubber Mats are recommended for horse stalls. Utilizing the proper tools is key. The following items are suggested to ensure a successful installation. Measuring tape, metal straight edge, non-retractable utility knife, chalk, chalk line, 2x4 wood block, cellophane tape, mallet, rubber gloves, carpet roller. To adhere rolled rubber use adhesive, or quality pressure sensitive double sided carpet tape, Sikaflex, and a commercial grade caulking gun.
Advanced preparation is required before any roller rubber flooring or mats can be installed. Each piece of the flooring should be completely unrolled and left to set for a minimum of 24 hours at room temperature. This will ensure a secure and tight installation avoiding any size fluctuations of the flooring. All subsurfaces should be inspected for any holes or variances to the surface of more than ?”. Repair any holes and fill in any gaps with fillers as needed. Once the subsurface has been deemed structurally sound the next step is to complete the mechanical surface profiling. The mechanical surface profiling should be a medium grit sandpaper texture. Any types of acid etching is not recommended.
Different types of sub surfaces can be utilized under Roller or Mat Rubber such as concrete, wood base and asphalt.
- Concrete - new concrete must be cured for at least 45-60 days prior to installation. If a sealant is applied over the new concrete, do not use any containing a petroleum base. All old concrete should be checked for cracks and holes before covering with roller rubber.
- Wood Base - all wood surfaces should be cleaned of dirt, dust, grease and any other matter before installation. A very important thing to remember is that any and all moisture should be eliminated to prevent future rotting of the wood.
- Asphalt - should be treated the same as concrete keeping in mind that variations in the surface could cause an inconsistency in adhesion to the flooring so it is very important that an area is tested before proceeding with the full application of the flooring.
Rolled Rubber and Rubber Mats can be used both indoors and outdoors. It is important to remember that not all abutting walls and curbs are perfectly straight or square. When installing flooring outdoors the temperature should be taken into consideration to avoid extreme cold and hot temperatures. Often times instaling outdoors is best during the morning or later in the evening.
Installation of Rolled Rubber Flooring
The first step to starting installation is by determining the vertical center of the surface of which the flooring will be installed upon. When laying down the flooring, always make sure the roll curl is facing down to prevent the flooring from curling up. Place the roll end against the wall and unroll the flooring over the sub surface. If the length of the flooring exceeds the area space use a sharp straight edge knife to trim the excess flooring. It is recommended to leave an extra inch that will be be removed during the final cutting. It is highly recommended that all of the flooring be cut with an extra inch to allow for any changes or adjustments as needed. Once all of the flooring has been measured and cut it is very important to allow the flooring to acclimate to both the room and ground temperature. Once this has been completed the final trimming can occur to align for a perfect fit. Apply adhesive according to manufacturer's recommendations. Do not apply tape to the surface of the flooring as it may leave unwanted residue on the surface when removed. WIthin an hour of the adhesive being applied it is strongly recommended that the flooring be rolled with a 50-100 lb carpet roller to assure bonding of the adhesive to the rolled rubber flooring. Rolling should be done twice, once widthwise and the other lengthwise. The end result will be maximum contact with the ultimate bond of the flooring and adhesive.
Installation for Horse Stall Rubber Mats
Before installing the rubber mats it is is required for each rubber mat should be set for a minimum of 24 hours to acclimate to room temperature. This will ensure a secure and tight installation avoiding any size fluctuations of the mats. All subsurfaces should be inspected for any holes or variances to the surface of more than ?”. Repair any holes and fill in any gaps with fillers as needed. Remember any walls and curbs the mats will avut too are not perfectly straight or square. When starting, It is important to determine the absolute center of the surface area by locating the both the horizontal and vertical center points. This should be marked using the chalk line. Once this point has been confirmed this will be the starting point. Place the first mat in the corner of the two horizontal and vertical lines. Then take the next mat and lay it next to the first mat. Repeating this process until the surface area has been completely covered with the rubber mats and adhesive. Try to avoid excess adhesive being shoved into seam areas, this can cause gapping. If gapping does occur you can use cellophane tape (do not use duct tape as it will leave behind unwanted residue) to hold the mats temporarily together while the curing of the adhesive and rubber mats is completed.
For additional information or product specific questions contact Allied Products, LLC at 1-800-864-1272.