Laying rubber tiles on the ground

Rub­ber tiles are an inno­v­a­tive build­ing mate­r­i­al for cov­er­ing play­grounds and sports grounds, gar­den paths, pool areas on the ter­ri­to­ry of pri­vate cot­tages, estates and sum­mer cot­tages. Read about the advan­tages and meth­ods of lay­ing this mate­r­i­al in the arti­cle “Kom­so­mol­skaya Prav­da”
Laying rubber tiles on the ground
Lay­ing rub­ber tiles on the ground. Pho­to: Ecoresin

Where and what is rubber tile used for?

Bruis­es and frac­tures are a direct con­se­quence of the fact that chil­dren and adults go in for sports in areas paved with FEMs (shaped paving ele­ments) or rolled up with asphalt and fenced with con­crete curbs. Rub­ber tiles reduce the chance of injury from falls on hard and uneven ground. Play­grounds and recre­ation areas in pri­vate homes are becom­ing much safer.

Choose a rub­ber tile for your needs

For the site
For the site
For track
For track
For the pool
For the pool



The main advantages of rubber tiles

What are the rea­sons why rub­ber tile has soared to a high lev­el in the rank­ing of build­ing mate­ri­als in the short­est pos­si­ble time? Here are its unde­ni­able advan­tages:

  • High wear resis­tance. The tile is not erased, does not chip off, is not dam­aged by heavy sol­id objects falling on it.
  • The appear­ance of the coat­ing does not change from many years of use in pub­lic places, such as play­grounds or at the entrances to super­mar­kets. For exam­ple, the Ecoresin tile has a 10-year guar­an­tee for out­door use in places with a large human flow.
  • Water resis­tance. The tile is not afraid of pre­cip­i­ta­tion, it can be used not only on the streets, but also by the pools, both out­doors and indoors.
  • Anti-slip sur­face. Ice does not form on rub­ber tiles, the rough sur­face pre­vents slip­ping.
  • Depre­ci­a­tion. The rub­ber tile springs a lit­tle, weak­en­ing blows against it and, there­by, pre­vent­ing or mit­i­gat­ing injuries.
  • Sim­ple care. It is enough to wash rub­ber tiles reg­u­lar­ly with a jet of water from a hose. No addi­tion­al reagents or clean­ing agents are required.
  • resis­tance to nat­ur­al fac­tors. The mate­r­i­al is not afraid of solar ultra­vi­o­let radi­a­tion, atmos­pher­ic pre­cip­i­ta­tion, does not grow moldy.
  • Diverse design. There are many options for col­or­ing and geo­met­ric shapes of rub­ber tiles.

When should rubber tiles not be used?

Rub­ber tiles are not fire resis­tant and may even ignite. There­fore, it can­not be mount­ed near bar­be­cues, stoves, fire­places and tan­doors. Any ember will burn through it and can lead to a fire. Many sam­ples of rub­ber tiles have a fire haz­ard class KM4. This means that the sub­stance is flam­ma­ble and may release tox­ic sub­stances when burned. There­fore, the use of rub­ber tiles is pos­si­ble and per­mis­si­ble only with the strictest obser­vance of fire safe­ty rules.

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Step by step instructions for laying rubber tiles

Installation requirements

Rub­ber tiles can be laid on con­crete, asphalt con­crete, asphalt, cement-con­crete screed, ceram­ic tiles, porce­lain stoneware, met­al, sand and grav­el base, com­pact­ed soil, wood­en floor­ing. Instal­la­tion is car­ried out only at an ambi­ent tem­per­a­ture above +10°C.

Tools and materials

Instal­la­tion of rub­ber tiles is sim­ple, you can do the work your­self. To do this, you need sim­ple tools:

  • Roulette for mark­ing;
  • Build­ing lev­el to set the rec­om­mend­ed slope of the site;
  • Shov­el for dig­ging soil under the base;
  • Man­u­al roller or vibrat­ing plate for com­pact­ing sand and grav­el;
  • Knife for cut­ting tiles;
  • Rub­ber mal­let for tamp­ing tiles and remov­ing air from under them.

Surface preparation

The site for mount­ing the rub­ber tile must be marked and all debris removed. If lay­ing on the ground is planned, then the roots of the plants must also be removed, and then gen­er­ous­ly treat­ed with her­bi­cides. The site needs a slope of about 2 degrees for water flow.

Com­fort rub­ber tiles

The tile is non-slip and pro­vides pro­tec­tion against injuries and bruis­es


On the ground

  1. For lay­ing on the ground, tiles with a thick­ness of 40 mm or more are used, such mod­els, for exam­ple, are enough in the cat­a­log of the Ecoresina com­pa­ny.
  2. First, a recess is made up to 200 mm deep with sides at a right angle. The bot­tom is lev­eled and com­pact­ed with vibrat­ing plates.
  3. Rub­ber bor­ders are placed around the perime­ter. The site is cov­ered with geo­fab­ric and cov­ered with crushed stone of the small­est frac­tion. For a sports ground, the lay­er thick­ness is 100 mm, for a gar­den path — 70 mm. Crushed stone is also com­pact­ed with a hand roller or vibrat­ing plate.
  4. The geo­fab­ric is spread again and a lay­er of sand up to 70 mm thick is laid — sand that is care­ful­ly com­pact­ed. The slope of the hor­i­zon­tal sur­face is con­trolled by the build­ing lev­el.
  5. The first row of tiles is laid close to the rub­ber curb. The next row is placed with a shift of half the width of the tile so that the seams do not match. By blows of a rub­ber ham­mer, air is removed from under the tiles. After the site is com­plete­ly paved, it is sprin­kled with fine sand and swept, try­ing to fill any gaps. The final stage is the last ram­ming with a vibrat­ing plate.

On the sand

  1. Before lay­ing on a loose base, a con­crete screed 100 mm thick must be poured into the bot­tom of the exca­vat­ed recess.
  2. Then rub­ber curbs are installed, the result­ing sur­face is primed with a mix­ture of polyurethane adhe­sive and rub­ber crumb.
  3. After dry­ing, the tile itself is glued.

On a solid base without glue

Instal­la­tion of rub­ber tiles with a thick­ness of more than 40 mm on a sol­id base is pos­si­ble with­out glue. Since one 500x500 mm mod­ule weighs at least 7 kg, the tile will stay in place due to its own weight, restric­tive rub­ber bor­ders, fric­tion forces between the tile and the base. But instal­la­tion must be car­ried out with­out gaps.



On a solid base in glue

  1. To begin with, cracks and large irreg­u­lar­i­ties are repaired in the base, it is cleaned with an indus­tri­al vac­u­um clean­er and primed with a spe­cial primer or dilut­ed poly­mer adhe­sive.
  2. After the primer dries, glue is applied to the base area (the type of glue is indi­cat­ed by the tile man­u­fac­tur­er in the instruc­tions) and lev­eled with a notched trow­el.
  3. A tile is placed on top and air is removed from under it with a rub­ber mal­let.
  4. Between them­selves, the tiles are also fas­tened with glue, the pro­trud­ing excess is imme­di­ate­ly removed.
Rub­ber tile Com­frot
The coat­ing is com­plete­ly envi­ron­men­tal­ly friend­ly and safe, ver­sa­tile and can be used both indoors and out­doors. The mate­r­i­al is not afraid of heat, cold, mois­ture, has a high grip with shoes, does not slip.
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The main mistakes when laying rubber tiles on the ground

The process of installing rub­ber tiles is sim­ple, but has its own secrets. The most com­mon styling mis­takes are:

  • Instal­la­tion at ambi­ent tem­per­a­ture below +5°C;
  • Instal­la­tion at ambi­ent humid­i­ty above 70%;
  • Poor­ly cleaned lay­ing sur­face;
  • No slope for water runoff;
  • Lay­ing tiles near sources of open fire, such as bar­be­cues.

Do not for­get also about the wrong choice of the tile itself, for exam­ple, smooth tiles on the steps or by the pools.

What to look for when choosing rubber tiles

The choice of a spe­cif­ic brand and vari­ety of rub­ber tiles depends on the con­di­tions of its use. Name­ly:

  • Tiles for out­door use must be frost-resis­tant. For exam­ple, Ecoresina prod­ucts can with­stand tem­per­a­tures down to ‑45°C;
  • Tiles for sports and chil­dren’s play­grounds should have increased wear resis­tance;
  • Tiles with a smooth sur­face must not be laid on the steps of stairs and near swim­ming pools.

In gen­er­al, rub­ber tiles are an unusu­al­ly promis­ing mate­r­i­al for the improve­ment of urban gam­ing and sports areas, and, in par­tic­u­lar, back­yards of pri­vate cot­tages. The dis­ad­van­tage, in fact, is only one — low resis­tance to fire. How­ev­er, the advan­tages great­ly out­weigh this dis­ad­van­tage.

Examples of laying rubber tiles

Rubber tile Comfrot.  Photo: Ecoresin
Rub­ber tile Com­frot. Pho­to: Ecoresin
Rubber tile Comfrot.  Photo: Ecoresin
Rub­ber tile Com­frot. Pho­to: Ecoresin
Rubber tile Comfrot.  Photo: Ecoresin
Rub­ber tile Com­frot. Pho­to: Ecoresin
Rubber tile Comfrot.  Photo: Ecoresin
Rub­ber tile Com­frot. Pho­to: Ecoresin
Rubber tile Comfrot.  Photo: Ecoresin
Rub­ber tile Com­frot. Pho­to: Ecoresin

Popular questions and answers

Olga Orlo­va, head of the Indus­try direc­tion at the Insti­tute of Oil and Gas Tech­nolo­gies, answers ques­tions from read­ers on lay­ing rub­ber tiles:

What is the most durable way to lay rubber tiles?

Lay­ing rub­ber tiles on a con­crete base is a more durable method, but sub­ject to a com­pe­tent lay­ing pro­ce­dure. On a dry, clean base, not in frost and not in heat, not after rain. It is bet­ter to work in tem­per­a­tures from +5 to +25°C. It is advis­able to guess, tak­ing into account the fore­cast of dry weath­er for sev­er­al days in advance, so that the tile “grabs”.

Are all models of rubber tiles frost-resistant?

The com­po­si­tion of the rub­ber tile itself, plus or minus, is the same for most man­u­fac­tur­ers. How­ev­er, when lay­ing out­doors, you need to choose a com­po­si­tion suit­able for the cli­mate of a par­tic­u­lar area. There are frost-resis­tant, mois­ture-resis­tant adhe­sive solu­tions. The com­po­si­tion can be one- and two-com­po­nent, for exam­ple, based on epoxy resin.

Do rubber tiles need additional coating?

Addi­tion­al coat­ing on top of the already laid tiles is not required, but builders rec­om­mend lay­ing out a rub­ber bor­der around the perime­ter of the work. This will give strength to the entire struc­ture, in addi­tion, visu­al­ly the result will look neater.

How much does it cost to install rubber tiles?

The cost of lay­ing paving rub­ber tiles depends on sev­er­al fac­tors.

First­ly, on what type of paving slabs are used, whether this type requires a lay­er of addi­tion­al rein­forc­ing “cush­ion”. Prices depend on the area of ​​the tiles to be laid, the spread depend­ing on the com­plex­i­ty of the work is 650–900 rubles per square meter.

Sec­ond­ly, it is impor­tant on what basis the tile is laid: con­crete, rammed, etc. Accord­ing­ly, more or less resources are need­ed for train­ing. Lay­ing on a ready-made con­crete base will cost less.

Third­lyhow much addi­tion­al work the lay­ing com­pa­ny will have to per­form. For exam­ple, trans­port costs (for exam­ple, if the tiles are sup­plied and laid by the same con­trac­tor), exca­va­tion, removal of soil, prepa­ra­tion of the con­crete base and pour­ing con­crete, lay­ing geo­t­ex­tiles.

These works are val­ued in square or cubic meters made. The most expen­sive of those list­ed are con­cret­ing works: they cost from 3,000 rubles per cubic meter.

Fourththe type of land­scape also affects: whether addi­tion­al instal­la­tion of a drain or a curb is need­ed, this usu­al­ly adds 200–300 rubles per lin­ear meter to the cost.