Gym flooring is available in a variety of styles and materials. The two most common materials are rubber and foam. Rubber is more durable, has anti-slip properties, and is the flooring of choice for commercial gyms. Foam offers a lighter weight material that is not quite as durable. The advantages to using foam are that it is an excellent insulator, is portable, and often costs less than rubber gym flooring solutions. A third material we offer that is starting to be used more and more in gyms is PVC floor tiles. These tiles are available in bright colors, can have surface patterns like coin and diamond patterns, and are extremely durable.
The downside to using PVC tiles however is that they do not have as much shock absorption capacity as either rubber or foam gym flooring. If you are unsure what material would be best for you, we recommend ordering free samples of each so you can see and feel them for yourself. Once you have determined what kind of material would best fit your needs, you will then need to determine which thickness you are interested in and what style (rolls, mats, or tiles) of floor covering you would like. Generally speaking, the thicker the flooring, the more shock absorption capacity the flooring will have. Additionally, commercial gyms typically need a thicker grade material than a home gym. Determining what style of gym flooring you prefer, whether that is a roll out flooring, individual mats, or interlocking tiles, is often a personal choice. Rolls are often used in larger areas whereas tiles are used more often in home gyms.
Either option is fairly easy for the average home or gym owner to install their own. Mats are often thicker and used as a portable solution where heavy weights may be dropped (rubber mats) or where extra cushioning capacity is needed for people (foam mats). If you still have any questions about what weight room flooring solution would be right for you, please feel free to contact us.