Reversible Interlocking Flooring Installation / Maintenance Guidelines
Ironcompany rubber mat flooring is a high quality recycled product. In order to enjoy your new floor fully, proper installation procedures must be followed. The following installation tips are guidelines only... please read this manual before laying Ironcompany flooring products.
On receipt of merchandise:
Rubber will expand and contract with temperature and humidity changes. (see Section lll, 1)
Petroleum distillants (e.g. solvents) will damage tiles. See test results for other harmful chemicals.
Keep Ironcompany flooring products dry.
Improper installation will void warranty.
CONTENTS Section I Tools
& Accessories II Preparation
of the Sub-Surface III Before
Starting the Installation IV Installing
Sport Mat Flooring V Installing
Ironcompany Flooring VI Measuring
& Cutting the Mats VII Adhesives
(not needed for interlocking flooring) VIII Sealer
(N/A) IX Cleaning
& Maintenance X Disclaimer XI Weights
Tools & Accessories
Preparation of the Sub-Surface
Before Starting the Installation
Installing Sport Mat Flooring
Installing Ironcompany Flooring
Measuring & Cutting the Mats
Adhesives (not needed for interlocking flooring)
Cleaning & Maintenance
Weights & Measures
Section I Tools & Accessories
and safety equipment
Tools and safety equipment required:
B) Outside interlocking edges
With interlocking Sport Mats, Ironcompany includes approximately 10% of the outside edging with every order, unless otherwise requested. This edging gives the interlocked mat a straight edge so reducer strips can be applied. It can also be used against walls, where possible, to avoid having to cut tabs off.
C) Reducer strips
Ironcompany carries four types of reducer strips:
Attach reducer strip to mats with compatible adhesive or caulking, non-solvent based.
For most installations it is not necessary to seal or coat Ironcompany Sport Mat Flooring. Sealants and waxes may alter the surface characteristics of the mat. If the customer requires a sealant, see section “VIII Sealer".
Section ll Preparation of the Sub-Surface
A) Concrete sub-surfaces
New concrete sub-floors must be thoroughly cured and free from hydrostatic pressure before Ironcompany Sport Mat Flooring is installed (a minimum of 28 days after pour). Consult adhesive specifications for allowable moisture tolerance.
If existing concrete is too rough, apply a Portland cement based leveling compound for a smoother surface, allowing a minimum of 7 days for curing. If finishing cement is not used, the amount of adhesive needed will be greater. Once all surfaces are level, make sure total surface is clean and dry before starting the installation.
If the concrete surface has a layer of paint, dirt, oil, or contamination, a 25% solution of chemical grade muriatic acid and water (1 part acid to 3 parts water) will create a permanent bond by roughing the concrete surface. Rinse thoroughly and allow to dry. Any separation of concrete layers, heaving, etc. is the sole responsibility of the installer and/or owner.
Insure good drainage of the area by having either a well defined gradient of the surface, or well placed drainage pipes in the lower spots.
Moisture is the single greatest cause of bonding failure! The sub-surface must be clean and dry. A rough or uneven sub-surface will result in an uneven appearance of the rubber flooring.
B) Wooden sub-surfaces
Rubber mat installations over a wooden sub-surface are not ideal, as trapped moisture may cause deterioration and premature rotting of the wood. If this type of installation cannot be avoided, the following recommendations must be followed:
Recommendations for plywood sub-surfaces are as follows:
Note: Wooden sub-surface installations are at the sole risk of the installer, general contractor, or owner.
Section lll Before Starting the Installation
a) Temperature range for adhesive use: above 50°F (10°C) and below 104°F (40°C)
b) In-floor radiant heat should be shut OFF. Glue will dry too quickly resulting in adhesion problems.
C) Interlocking system
This method is for indoor, totally dry areas only.
There are a few different options for the installation of the interlocking mats. It is not necessary to stagger the interlocking mats, although you may feel this will give you the appearance you desire (see figure 4).
method is recommended to provide higher stability. When installing interlocking
mats, make sure the interlocks are tight with no gaps showing. If they are not
kept tight, the mats will not line up and the interlocking pattern will be
distorted (out of alignment).
Section V Installing Ironcompany Interlocking Mats
Please refer to Sport Mat Flooring installation for glue down method.
Note: Install mats with ‘Made in Canada’ side down.
Anchoring Ironcompany Interlocking Mats on concrete:
Section Vl Measuring & Cutting the Mats
Any knife used for cutting Ironcompany mats must be sharp. Lay mat on a piece of wood (e.g. 2" x 4") hold the straight edge on the cut line, and cut with knife. Let the mat droop or hang over the edge of the wood base and keep scoring cut until separated. For odd angles, circular patterns, etc. a cardboard template is suggested.
NOTE: For cutting around posts, drains, etc. use saber saw. Make sure that you measure carefully so that the mat will fit properly and does not leave gaps, resulting in the installation being out of alignment.
Section IX General Cleaning & Maintenance (no sealer)
Typically, Ironcompany Sport Mat Flooring requires less maintenance than other types of flooring. Clean and maintain on a regular basis as required. Vacuuming then damp mopping is the preferred method, very little or no detergent is necessary. Change water frequently. Sealing or coating is not necessary and is based purely on the customer's preference. If a particular appearance is desired (shiny, dark wet look, etc.) Ironcompany recommends that the cleaning product used be “non-aggressive” (e.g. solvent and acid free). Products containing solvents and acids will attack the composite structure of the Sport Mat Flooring and cause deterioration. Sealants, waxes, etc. can alter the surface characteristics and appearance of the Sport Mat Flooring. Ironcompany does not assume any responsibility of additives causing damage to its surfacing.
A) For fitness center applications:
B) For ice arena applications:
Note: To find out if a brush is too hard, test it on the back of your hand. If your hand hurts, use a softer brush.
The ideal machine to use is one that combines all steps, i.e. vacuum, wash, rinse, dry. (e.g. Whittaker)
If a scrubber machine is used, these steps should be taken:
Note: To maintain the nice appearance of the Sport Mat Flooring, dirty water must be completely removed.
Section X Disclaimer
The installation guidelines in this manual represent a typical installation work procedure. Every site is different and Ironcompany does not claim to have covered all possible installation circumstances in these guidelines.
Ironcompany.com, Inc. does not warrant any installation work not directly performed by Ironcompany, and specifically disclaims liability for any direct or indirect personal injury, property damage or other costs or losses resulting from installations or applications by third parties. Please see the Ironcompany Limited Warranty for the particulars of warranty coverage relating to Ironcompany products.
Section Xl Weights & Measures
General packaging information:
All Ironcompany products are packaged on wooden pallets, with corner protectors, polyethylene shrink wrap, and steel strapping (when necessary).
A) Sport Mat Flooring:
(965 mm x 965 mm) 10
square feet Interlocking 37”x37”
(940 mm x 940 mm) 9.5
38”x38” (965 mm x 965 mm)
10 square feet
37”x37” (940 mm x 940 mm)
9.5 square feet
weight per mat: Mats
per pallet: 5/32”
lbs (4.5kg) 200 ¼”
(6 mm) 16
lbs (7.3 kg) 150 5/16”
(8 mm) 20
lbs (9 kg) 120 3/8”
(10 mm) 23
lbs (10.5 kg) 100 ½”
(12 mm) 27
lbs (12 kg) 80 Pallet
(net wt.) 65
lbs (29.5 kg)
Typical weight per mat:
Mats per pallet:
10 lbs (4.5kg)
¼” (6 mm)
16 lbs (7.3 kg)
5/16” (8 mm)
20 lbs (9 kg)
3/8” (10 mm)
23 lbs (10.5 kg)
½” (12 mm)
27 lbs (12 kg)
Pallet (net wt.)
65 lbs (29.5 kg)
NOTE: Weights are approximate and may change without notice.
B) Ironcompany Mats:
(1219 mm x 1829 mm) 24 square
48”x72” (1219 mm x 1829 mm)
24 square feet
weight per mat: Mats
per pallet: ½”
(12 mm) 80
lbs (36 kg) 25 ¾”
(19 mm) 100
lbs (45.5 kg) 25 Pallet
(net wt.) 75
lbs (34 kg)
Typical weight per mat:
Mats per pallet:
½” (12 mm)
80 lbs (36 kg)
¾” (19 mm)
100 lbs (45.5 kg)
Pallet (net wt.)
75 lbs (34 kg)
NOTE: Weights and measures are approximate and may change without notice.
1” = 2.54 cm,
1’ = 30.48 cm
39.4” = 1m