The rubber flooring was straightforward to lay – I started by covering the (SIP panel) flooring with 6mm ply, screwed down every 300mm (I countersunk and filled the holes). You need a completely flat surface to lay the tiles

You then apply the adhesive in sections big enough to work at one go, wait for it to go tacky and lay the tiles on top. I used marine ply, which is not very absorbent, so did not prime it (from what I read it would probably be advisable to apply a dilute pva solution for normal plywood). In theory you should use a heavy (45kg) roller to remove air pockets, but lacking this I used a paint roller and a bit of elbow grease.

The tiles were easy to cut using a stanely knife and a straight edge. They were slightly fiddly to fit around the corners, since I was laying them to run underneath the plasterboards, which meant a lot of bending and jiggling to get them to lay down in exactly the right spot (unlike ceramic tiles you can’t wriggle them once they are down, you have lift them again and start over).

The whole operation was filled with peril since, as I mentioned earlier, the tiles are imported and I got them cheap as they are end-of-line. To compound the fear, the shop I got them from had only 11m2 and I had 10.6m2 to cover, so any wrong cuts would have been a disaster.

lessons learned

plywood screwed down and holes filled
stuck down tiles running under the walls.

finishing the walls

I was going to fit skirting boards but now I think I might just tidy up the base of the walls and leave what I believe would be known in architectural circles as a ‘shadow gap’. I have a bit of touchup to do on the paint following various bashes it got in the past few weeks, so will take a look at this at the same time.

overall effect

I do like the tiles, and would definitely use rubber tiles again, but in the smaller format. I hope they will turn out to be a practical choice, but only time will tell.


we are almost done in terms of structure – I really only have a couple of trims to fit and that is it. I will do one or two wrap-up posts and that will be it until I start on the inside.

almost done!