Rubber Playground Surface Installation
INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS FOR PLAYGROUND
(Rubber Bounce Back Tiles)
Upon Delivery of Product:
1. Verify packing slip matches with product and order.
2. Inspect delivered product thoroughly. Report any discrepancies of
originalorder, product defects, etc. No reimbursement/warranty claim
will be given for labor on material
installed with visual defects. Any defects – size, color, or otherwise
– must be reported to the place of purchase prior to installation.
3. Store product and adhesives in clean, dry,environment with
temperatures between 70° and 95° F.
4. Read product and sub surface floor preparation,instructions,
warranty and other disclaimers carefully and completely before
beginning any installations.
DO NOT use recycled rubber products in conjunction with any petroleum
based products. This includes solvents, adhesives or sealants. All
(especially new concrete) must be fully cured for 45 to 60 days prior
to installing rubber products.
*Measuring tape or ruler
*Metal straight edge
*RBN Knife or non-retractable utility knife with extra blades
*White marker or chalk
*2 x 4 wood block
*Cellophane, masking or packing tape
Adhesive Options: List of Adhesives
*CX-941 Polyurethane Adhesive:
Mineral spirits and rag, rubber gloves and a “V” notched trowel 3/16” x
¼” x ¼”
*CX-948 Seam Sealant
*Commercial grade caulking gun
Protect unopened containers from heat and direct sunshine. In cool
weather store containers at temperatures of 70° to 95° for at
least 24 hours before using. Adhesive CX-941 has a shelf life of one
year when stored at this temperature range. Apply in temperatures above
*Wear gloves during application. CX 941 is difficult to remove
from skin and clothing. If adhesive gets on skin, immediately wipe if
off with a dry cloth.
*Do not apply on frozen surfaces or standing water.
*Avoid contact with water or alcohol before use and before completely
*Do not use in areas subject to hydrostatic head pressure.
*Do not use on wet, contaminated, or friable substrates.
*It is the user's responsibility to check adhesion of the cured
adhesive on typical test areas at the project before application.
Indoors, sweep, sponge mop or vacuum rubber flooring for everyday
maintenance. Outdoors, spraying with a water hose, leaf blower or broom
is usually sufficient.
Use RBN clean/deodorizer, disinfectant or a mild detergent with a
sponge mop and water for more extensive cleaning.
DO NOT USE petroleum based products to clean rubber.
OPTIONAL SEAM SEALING
RBNN offers CX-948 adhesive for creating the performance of a one-piece
floor: CX-948 acts as a bonding agent that will waterproof flooring
and will be as flexible as the rubber it bonds.
CX-948 is available in a 10 oz gun-grade form. To bond the rubber
together it is necessary to leave a ¼” gap between seams for
adequate adhesive to penetrate adjacent pieces. Application must be
allowed to cure for 48 hours prior to use.
Playground should be protected from weather and other damage prior to
application, during application and while curing. Rain and/or
sprinkling should be avoided during and for 12 hours after installation.
Requirements for all sub surfaces are as follows:
1.All play structures should be in place prior to Playground
2.Structurally sound and fully cured for 45 to 60 days (concrete or
3.Good drainage with a gradient (2% is suggested)to prevents the
pooling of water.
4.Be reasonably flat and free of holes or variances of more than 1/8”
in 10 feet.
Concrete & Asphalt
1.New concrete must be allowed to cure thoroughly prior to installation
(45 to 60 days). If sealants are used DO NOT use one with a petroleum
2.Old concrete must be repaired and have joint sealants and fillers
installed necessary. All cracks or flaws should be filled in or
repaired prior to covering with rubber products. Use patching materials
as appropriate. (Mechanical surface profiling is the preferred floor
preparation method. It is the only acceptable preparation method
where warranties are issued with CX-941 adhesives. Acid etching is not
recommended. Mechanically profile the floor to medium grit sandpaper
texture. Remove curing and parting compounds and other surface
and floor coatings in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions.)
3.Surface must be thoroughly cleaned of dirt, dust, grease, or other
foreign matter by shotblasting or other mechanical means with a
commercial degreaser. Any bumps or debris will cause
excess wear and or cushion damage.
4.Allow the surface to completely dry before beginning installation.
5.Asphalt may require a re-surface coating for best results. Due to
variations in asphalt substrates, it is the user's responsibility to
check the adhesion of the cured adhesive on typical test areas at the
project before application.
1.Subsoil (existing dirt) layers must be free from large rocks and any
organic material such as leaves, peat, wood or other materials which
could decompose over time, potentially causing settling of the matting
2.Subsoil should be flat and level. Compaction of the subsoil with a
compactor or roller may be required where subsoil is unusually soft or
3.Install the first layer of 5/8” minus or ¾” minus crushed
rock, approximately 2” thick, and compact the material using a plate
compactor to a 95% compacted rate,sprinkling water as
necessary to get the crushed rock material to compact tightly. Surface
should be hard and flat after compaction. A slope of up to 2% may be
desired for drainage. Verify that this slope will not
affect the heights of critical play equipment components. Like slide
4.Repeat the rock installation and compaction so that the rushed rock
base is 3” – 4” thick after
compaction. Additional layers may be required over unusually soft
or unstable subsoil
5.Roll out a layer of RBNN felt or similar geo-textile fabric and
overlap seams by 3” or more. Glue the layers together with the adhesive
provided. Keep the felt layers flat by temporarily staking the fabric
at both ends.
6.Install the Playground tiles to the fabric, as you would install to a
hard surface and tile to tile. Be careful not to bunch up or wrinkle
the fabric during the installation process.
7.Trim any excess fabric, or bury the edges of the fabric beneath the
1.Assume that the fences, walls or curbs that the tiles may butt up
against are not perfectly straight and will most likely require cutting
for a tight fit. Begin by determining the
absolute center of the area to be installed. Determine the horizontal
center. Snap a chalk line. Determine the vertical center. Snap a chalk
line. (Figure 1) This will become
the starting point.
2.Chalk line perpendicular a grid at 24” intervals, both horizontal and
vertical for a checkerboard pattern. (Figure 2) For the most secure
installation, use a “Brick Pattern” installation with full floor and
tile to tile adhesive.
A.Using Full Floor Adhesive CX-941. Apply CX-941 Adhesive prior to
laying each tile and
apply only within the area of the tile (or tiles) to be laid down. The
be applied thinly and evenly over the substrate with 3/16” x ¼”
“V” trowel.After placing each tile, press firmly throughout the tile to
remove bubbles and establish a bond.
CX-91 adhesive will cover 50 to 60 square feet per gallon. Do not apply
more adhesive than
can be utilized within a 30 minute window. In ideal temperatures there
is approximately 30 minutes of open time to apply the adhesive and
maneuver the rubber tile onto the adhesive and position prior to curing
onset. Wipe off excess adhesive on hands with mineral spirits.
Gloves are strongly suggested during application, as CX-941 is
aggressive on skin. DO NOT allow
mineral spirits to come in contact with the rubber tiles.
Using Tile to Tile Adhesive CX-948. Apply a ¼” wide bead of
CX-948 adhesive 9” in each
direction from the corners, just below the radius edge. This will
provide 6” of unattached
edge for greater water permeability (Figure 3).
NOTE: It is strongly recommended to use both methods of adhesion when
installing product over RBNN
felt or geotextile sub-surface. Using both of the above-mentioned
adhesive procedures will ensure the most long-term, trouble-free
installation of your Playground product.
3.Place the first tile in the joint of the two chalk line (Figure 2).
Maneuver the rubber sheet to lay precisely within the two chalk lines
by tapping with a mallet and wood block.
4.Place the next tile at one end of the original tile. Use mallet and
wood block to gently tap into place, match with adjacent tile, and
align with chalk gridlines. The cushion’s rubber content
provides elasticity that provides fall protection. This same elasticity
creates some variance in exact size, tile to tile. Attention must be
given to keeping a straight line at the tile joints.
5.Continue this method to the wall or stopping point in that direction.
Resume laying floor on the opposite side of the original tile and
continue installation to the outside of the fall area
or stopping point in that direction. (Figure 4) If the rubber exceeds
the allotted space, use a straight edge and non-retractable utility
knife to trim the excess length.
6.Begin laying the next row at one end of the room (Figure 4), adjacent
to the first row, by applying adhesive first and then placing the
tiles, fine tuning placement with 2 x 4 and mallet. To achieve the
recommend “brick” pattern, it may be necessary to cut the first and
ADHESIVE CLEAN UP TIPS: Before troweling with CX-941, cover the unused
portions of trowel with duct tape. After troweling, tear off the
tape before the material cures. Clean all tools and excess CX-941
immediately after use with mineral spirits. Use proper precaution
when handling solvents. Cured adhesive can be removed by cutting
with a mechanical tool. DO NOT allow mineral spirits to come in
contact with the rubber tiles.
ADA RAMP KIT INSTRUCTIONS (7-9’ and 10-12’ fall heights)
1. Ensuring that you have a level, sound surface, lay two tiles down
side by side so they combine to make a 24” wide surface. Glue the
meeting edge with a ¼” wide bead of CX-948.
2. The ramp included in your kit that perfectly covers the two tiles
will be installed next using a wavy or “S” pattern. With the CX-948,
place a ¼” wide bead on the two tiles and around the perimeter
approximately ¼” in from the outside edge (adhesive is depicted
in the diagram below by dotted lines) Then place the matching ramp on
top of the tiles.
3. The remaining ramp should have a ¼” wide bead of adhesive
across the face of the thick side and butted against the face of the
tile ramp assembly.
Tips on cutting rubber tiles: This procedure works best when using the
recommended RBNN Knife, but will also work with a non-retractable
utility knife. When using a utility knife, be sure to keep the blades
sharp to aid in the cut, and help reduce the possibility of injury due
to dull blades.
1.Mark the tiles you will need to cut with chalk or a chalk line.
2.Put your straight edge on the corresponding marks you have placed on
3.Holding the straight edge firmly in place, score the tiles two or
4.Grab the tile close to the score line, lift and bend the tile toward
you. The score line will “break open.”
5.Make several more passes with the knife, working down the established
cut, until the cut is complete.
**This process may be made easier by cutting the tile upside down on a
raised surface such as the 2x4 wood block used during installation.
Gravity will depress the cut edge down and away from the cut, and will
be less likely to catch the knife blade.
A jigsaw is also an effective tool to make circular cuts around
1.Draw a circle on the tile using chalk for the desired diameter. (If
there are several cuts of the same nature, create a pattern out of
2.Begin the cut at the edge of the tile closest to the drawn circle,
cut a straight line to the circle. Cut around drawn pattern. Push out
CX-941 Adhesive Standard Set:
Firm Set 1-2 hours
Light Traffic 8-10 hours
Normal Traffic 24 hours
CX-948 Seam Sealant
Foot Traffic 48 hours
Playground surfaces are warranted from material defects for
five (5) years from the date of purchase when installed according to
specifications and when used for the purpose for which intended.
Should defects in material or workmanship be found, it is the owner’s
responsibility to contact , through the point of purchase or directly,
within the allotted warranty period to resolve the situation. This
warranty does not
cover dissatisfaction or problems due to:
*Improper installation and/or improper maintenance;
*Fading due to sunlight;
*Shading (color variation) of individual pieces due to natural rubber
*Use of harsh and acidic chemicals, acidic foods and abrasive chemicals;
*Water spotting, harsh chemicals, petroleum adhesives or floor sealants
*Color variation between samples and/or printed illustrations and
*Wear or product degradation expected from the use or environment of
The warranty is limited to the repair or replacement of products, which
are shown to be defective. The owner/end—user agrees not to advance any
claim for any other measure of damage or loss. NCNWEST shall not be
liable for installation, disassembly, removal, disposal, return
shipping, or other similar costs.
The warranty does not cover damage to the materials or installation
during or after delivery due to (a) exposure to chlorine, solvents,
acids, or other harmful chemicals; (b) acts of negligence, misuse, or
willful or accidental external influences, including but not limited
to, vandalism, riot, or acts of war. Outdoor exposure, abrasions,
and ultra-violet rays may cause normal change in the surface color,
which is not covered as a defect under this warranty.
NCNWEST. shall not be liable for any damage, loss or claim whatsoever
*The manufacturer is notified in writing within fifteen (15) days of
any occurrence which might give rise to a claim;
*The owner/end-user has obtained written authorization from NCNWEST.
prior to making any repairs or alterations on or through the surface
which may affect the integrity of the materials;
* NCNWEST is first permitted to inspect the allegedly defective product
or cause of the alleged loss, damage or claim;
*The material is installed according to the written instructions
provided, and used only as intended .
If, after inspection, NCNWEST determines that there has been a material
defect in the product within the five-year period described in
Paragraph 1, the liability of and the remedy of the owner/end-user
limited, at the sole option of NCNWEST. to either (a) delivery of
replacement material for the impacted area, or (b) credit to be applied
purchase of new material. The value of either remedy shall be pro-rated
the remaining months of unexpired warranty as determined by the
The maximum pro-rated value of either remedy shall in no case exceed
the original purchase price.
LIMITATIONS OF WARRANTY
1.There is no warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular
purpose, nor any other warranties which extend beyond the description
on the face hereof.
2.NCNWEST. shall not be liable for any incidental, consequential or
3.The remedies stated herein are the sole and exclusive remedies for
any claim or damage.
4.No agent or representative of NCNWEST. has any express or implied
authority to make any representation, promise or guarantee not stated
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