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Installing Rubber Flooring – Rubber-Cal’s Zcycle Rolls


Rubber-Cal is proud to be a partner of “The Biggest Loser.” It is no exaggeration to say that it is one of the biggest shows on TV, no pun intended. In this how-to video, the production-set team from “The Biggest Loser” demonstrates the easy process of recycled rubber floor installation with our Zcycle rubber rolls. Our Zcycle rubber is environmentally friendly flooring. Made from discarded tires and other recycled rubber materials, these rolls are some of the toughest and most reliable recycled rubber floor options. Not only are they great for the environment, they are perfect for use in gyms because of their ability to handle constant foot traffic and heavy workout equipment. That is why our Zcycle rubber rolls are the preferred choice of “The Biggest Loser” for their gyms.

To start out, you need the following: protective gloves, knee pads, a broom, a utility knife with extra blades, a T-square ruler, chalk, and double-sided carbon tape. Once you have these assembled, you are ready to begin installing our eco rubber flooring.

The first step in the process of rubber floor installation is to clear off the area where you plan to be laying down your flooring. That broom mentioned above will come in handy because you need to make sure that the area is free of dirt and debris. After that is done, you will begin to apply the 2-sided tape. Make sure to only use the sticky side first. You need to also make sure that the double-sided tape is sticking firmly to the ground. The tape is meant to be a guideline as to where you will be placing the eco rubber flooring mats.

At this point, line up the mats along the tapelines and roll them out. Keep in mind that this flooring comes in lengths of up to 50 feet and is very easy to cut. After the flooring has been rolled out and put in place, you can proceed to remove the top portion of the double-sided tape. As you remove the tape, it is a good idea to press down firmly on the tape. This will ensure that the flooring will stay in place and it will make sure that the mats are smooth and even. No one wants uneven flooring, especially in a gym.

Depending on the size of the room, you may have to connect two rolls together in a process that the professionals call “seaming”. This is the process of placing two ends of the eco rubber flooring mats against each other and laying them down for a smooth transition. The key here is to have no bumps in between the sheets. The transition from one roll to the next should be flawless. To do this, place the end of the mats against each other. Most typically, due to the size of a given room, one 50ft. mat will tend to fit perfectly, but the other 50ft. mat will only cover less than that. For this example, let us assume only 45 feet of a room is left. There is a 5-foot discrepancy between the recycled rubber floor mats. Proceed to roll out the mat until the two ends meet. Eventually, a portion of the mat will overlap with the other one that has already been laid down.

At this point, you will begin the process of what is known as “scoring”. The portion that is on top is the one that you will cut. Using the utility knife and the T-square, find the end of the mat that lies below and line up the T-square with it. You will be cutting the top mat from the part that aligns with the end of the mat below. The good thing about this eco-friendly flooring is that even though it is very tough, a strong blade can still easily cut it. Use your utility knife to cut in straight strokes several times along the border of the two rolls. Having the T-square with you will guarantee straight cuts. By cutting, or scoring, several times, you will leave a line on the mat below that will demarcate where one roll ends and where the other begins.

As you will see in the video, the finished rubber roll product is a pristine and beautiful gym floor that looks even better when the equipment is brought in. As demonstrated by the professionals of “The Biggest Loser” crew, rubber floor installation is an easy process, especially when you have the right tools on hand. Using the eco-friendly flooring of the Zcycle material during your rubber floor installation not only makes sure that your gym looks great, it also provides a solid and elastic barrier between the actual surface floor and the tread of feet and equipment above.

We would like to thank “The Biggest Loser” for using our Zcycle environmentally friendly flooring and the crew in the video for their great example of how to do recycled rubber floor installation correctly. For more information on our line of eco-friendly flooring or more general information about recycled rubber flooring and how to install it, please call our customer service staff!