How to Install Rubber Pavers


Introduction to Rubber Pavers

Rubber pavers are useful for paving areas that require high slip resistance such as children’s playgrounds, horse barns, nursing homes and shopping centers. Rubber pavers are manufactured from recycled tire tread and are quite simple to install and maintain.

Rubber Pavers

Some Considerations

There are some important factors to be aware of and recognize before, during and after the installation of rubber pavers. These include:

  • Pavers must not be allowed to get wet before they are installed. Rubber pavers are porous and absorb water that can cause them to expand.
  • Just as pavers are not allowed to get wet before they are installed, they should not be allowed to absorb much sunlight before installation either. The reason being that thermal expansion or contraction can tend to create gaps.
  • Rubber pavers have an open surface that is also absorbent to builder’s dust and paint and should be covered with a protective material if there is any other ongoing work nearby. This will aid to preserve their original look also.
Rubber Sidewalks
Steps to Follow

It is important for homeowners to figure out how many pavers per square foot will be needed to complete the project at hand. This is important in order to ensure that the amount of pavers ordered does not exceed the amount need to pave your application.

Secondly, a good sub-base is crucial for best results when installing Rubber Pavers. Once you have excavated your site, add a layer off crushed stone aggregate as your base material. This will also ensure that your base is permeable. It will allow moisture to escape through the joints and evaporate into the base material. If you feel that your site requires more protection from moisture build-up, then it is recommended that you install a plastic perforated drainpipe.

Laying Rubber Pavers The final step in completing the installation of rubber pavers is the laying of the pavers themselves. Pavers laid outdoors generally require an adhesive because temperature fluctuations can result in the movement of rubber pavers. The forces generated by rubber pavers cause this movement. Adhesive must not be applied to wet surfaces and that the pavers remain dry until the adhesive has cured. The time to cure will depend on the weather, and dry up quicker in warmer conditions.

General maintenance of rubber pavers is not time consuming. It is advised that rubber paved areas are cleaned using a high water pressure hose in order to ensure that the build up of dirt and grime between the seams is removed thoroughly.