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Foam vs. Rubber – What’s the Best Flooring Material for your Home Gym?

January 4, 2013 Leave a comment

One of the single most asked questions we receive here at RubberFlooringInc.com is “Should I get foam or rubber for my home gym flooring?”  This quick post is going to explain the benefits and disadvantages to using each type of material in an attempt to help answer that question for everyone.

5/8" Soft Tile (Made of Foam)

5/8″ Soft Tile (Made of Foam)

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Commercial Grade Tile Cutters are Now Available

December 19, 2012 Leave a comment
Pro Magnum Shear Cutter

Pro Magnum Shear Cutter

It seems like every week we add a few new products to our product line and this week is no different.  After a few weeks worth of work, we have finally launched our new line of tile cutters from Bullet Tools.  These tile cutters (a.k.a. shear cutters) are professional grade tools that are designed to last for years.  We have even used one of these tools ourselves for about 3 years now to cut many of our free product samples.  The versatility of these floor cutters is pretty incredible. Read more…

Commercial Gym Flooring – What’s the Best Solution for Your Commercial Training Facility?

October 16, 2012 Leave a comment
Commercial Gym Examples

Commercial Gym Examples

There are thousands upon thousands of commercial gyms across the country managed by numerous public and private business entities.  Commercial gyms and weight room facilities often cater to many different types of clientele.  Some large scale nationwide gyms like Gold’s Gym, LA Fitness, Lifetime Fitness, etc. are huge facilities that can fit just about everyone’s needs.  A large contingent of commercial gyms however are private training studios, Olympic weight training facilities, and 24 hour fitness centers that are designed to meet the needs of niche clientele who need the specific training options or flexibility in training times that these types of gyms offer.  No matter what type of commercial training facility you operate or plan to open in the near future, you will at some point have to decide on proper gym flooring for your new or existing facility.

At RubberFlooringInc.com, we specialize in rubber flooring, foam gym flooring, and vinyl gym flooring which are all common gym flooring options when used properly.  In this article, we will briefly discuss the most popular commercial gym flooring solutions we sell and talk about the most common gym flooring we don’t sell, carpet, and explain the benefits to each floor covering.

Rubber Flooring

Designer Series Rubber Rolls

Designer Series Rubber Rolls

Rubber flooring is the most common gym flooring solution installed in new commercial gyms today.  The most common form of rubber flooring installed in commercial gyms is rolled recycled rubber flooring.  Recycled rubber floors are often low in cost, extremely durable, easy to clean, and easy to install.  Many times, rolled rubber is even installed by the gym owner or gym staff due to its extremely easy installation process which only requires some double sided carpet tape and a utility knife.  This helps to save the cost of hiring a professional installation team.  One of the most famous gyms in the world, “The Biggest Loser” gym, for example currently uses 8mm thick recycled rolled rubber flooring.  The Biggest Loser staff is extremely demanding of their flooring since weights are often dropped on the product and sleds are often pushed across the surface of the flooring.

The only downside’s to using recycled rubber flooring is that the flooring is very Read more…

Foam vs. Rubber – How to Select the Right Gym Flooring Material

September 10, 2012 1 comment

One of the single most asked questions we receive here at RubberFlooringInc.com is “Should I get foam or rubber for my home gym flooring?”  This quick post is going to explain the benefits and disadvantages to using each type of material in an attempt to help answer that question for everyone.

Benefits of foam Include:

Foam Floor Tiles

  • Light weight
  • Flexible and shock absorbent
  • Soft
  • Water proof
  • An excellent insulator
  • Wide variety of colors
  • Available in interlocking tiles or portable mats
  • Easy to install and keep clean

All of these reasons make foam an excellent choice for home gyms and portable exercise mats.

Disadvantages to using foam include:        Read more…

Martial Arts Mats – Identifying the best options for use at home

May 31, 2012 2 comments

Traditionally, martial artists at home will perform their training drills in their basement, garage, or any other room large enough to handle a wide range of movements.  In many of these rooms, a hardwood or concrete floor is present which is not the friendliest of flooring surfaces to practice on.  To fix this problem, a soft and sometimes portable martial art mat or flooring surface can be used to create an at home martial arts environment. Professional schools that train in any of the mixed martial arts use a variety of flooring surfaces in their dojos and training facilities.  In this article, we will take a look at the different types of mats used by the professionals for each kind of martial art and identify what the best options are for the homeowner who would like to do some training at home.

Tatami Tiles for General Martial Arts Training

The most traditional type of mat, found in most Japanese homes as well as Japanese martial arts studios, is the tatami mat. While these mats aren’t very soft, due to the fact that they are only an inch thick and made of woven straw, it proves to be a good choice when training a more standing oriented martial art style. These mats also tend to be rather abrasive. Many dojos in Japan use this style of mat due to its distinctive look and feel however the traditional tatami mat is rarely used in the U.S.  What is now used in its place is a foam tile that has the surface appearance of a tatami mat.  These tiles absorb shocks from falls, insulate well, are easy to install, and completely water proof.

Folding Mats for Grappling and Wrestling

Wrestling or Folding Mats are more common in use of a grappling style of martial arts. This soft, easy to clean and easy to customize mat is made a layer of high-impact foam and is coated with a protective, non-stick vinyl. Generally, these types of mats are only good for styles such as wrestling, aikido, jiu jitsu, and judo. When practicing Judo on these mats, it is best to avoid too many slams to the ground. Due to the softness of the mats, you tend to feel the impact all the way to the floor. Also, the softness of the mat will give way to your feet and they will easily sink into the mats and make it harder to maneuver around, outside of basic movement. Minor injuries can occur easier if training in a kicking art on these mats. The most popular grappling mat solution that can be laid down when needed at home is the folding mat.  These mats are expandable and can easily be velcroed or taped together to form larger training surfaces.

Puzzle Tiles for Karate and Taekwondo

The most cost-efficient choice in a martial arts training surfaces are Read more…

Need Trade Show Flooring? Read on…

February 7, 2012 Leave a comment

Trade show flooring needs are very specific.  The booth flooring needs to be easy to transport along with effortless assembly.  It should be attractive and welcoming and help ‘sell’ the product or service being offered.  Many companies will rent flooring for an upcoming event, but Rubberflooringinc.com makes it easy and affordable to own trade show booth flooring which, in the end, will save money.

There are many exhibit floor solutions available.  Easy DIY installation options include foam tiles, carpet and rubber tiles, and vinyl flooring.  With all these options available, it is easy to pick a style and color that is attractive and stands out from the competition.  The floor solution should promote your service and product and convey a professional appearance.  It is also important to pick a product that will be comfortable during long standing periods.

 Foam tiles offer comfort when standing for many hours, is inexpensive and if certain tiles get worn down, they can easily be replaced.  Foam tiles are also attractive and allow for a customized color scheme and specific design, which is an added bonus.  Rubber tiles are also used and are effective for maximum durability.  http://www.rubberflooringinc.com/vinyl-flooring.html offer an attractive appearance.  They are available in coin or diamond patterns or you can customize your individual design.

Adding mats or tiles to any trade show booth flooring transforms the look and feel of the space.  Assembly is fast and easy.  In a matter of minutes, your exhibit floor will be ready.  Your space will be attractive and professional giving you ‘peace of mind’.  Visit our trade show flooring page at RubberFlooringInc.com to get started today.

Home Gym Flooring – 4 popular choices but what is the best flooring solution for you?

December 9, 2011 Leave a comment

There are a wide variety of floor covering options available for use as home gym flooring and often times picking out the right solution can seem like a difficult task.  The three most popular flooring options for use in home gym and exercise rooms are carpet, rubber flooring, foam flooring, and vinyl tiles.  In this article we will explain the benefits of each option so that you can be sure you select the best home gym flooring for you.

Option #1 – Carpet

Carpet is the most popular floor covering option in America and is excellent all-purpose flooring.  Carpet can be relatively inexpensive, is comfortable to the touch, and is fairly easy to clean and maintain.  Carpet also can be an excellent floor solution for use as home gym flooring.  The best carpet options for use in areas where exercise take place in the home are low pile carpet options.  Low pile carpet is usually a little more course to the touch however it is usually much more durable compared to fluffy shag or even soft Berber style carpets often found in homes.  Commercial grade carpet also works very well for home gyms due to its tight knit loops.  One other form of carpet that is often used as exercise flooring is carpet tiles.  These tiles interlock and can be easily installed by the average person.

The benefits to using carpet in a home gym is that it is available in a wide array of colors, is durable enough to last for many years, and is soft enough for young kids to play on while Mom and Dad get their workout in.  Carpet is also a favorite gym flooring option since it is a floor covering that the average home user completely understands and already knows how to take care of.  The downside to using carpet as a flooring in home gyms and exercise studios is that it needs to be installed by a professional carpet installer, can stretch over time under strenuous use and require a carpet installer to re stretch the carpet, and can hold moisture and require a professional cleaning every few years.   One particular tricky spot for using carpet as home gym flooring is in basements.  Over the years, we have heard from numerous Midwest customers that their basement flooded and that the carpet they had installed in their basement home gym was ruined.  These individuals are often looking for a solution to prevent a similar situation from happening in the future which leads to:

Option #2 – Rubber Flooring

Rubber Flooring is our specialty at RubberFlooringInc.com.  Rubber flooring can be purchased in rolls or tiles and is available in a wide range of thicknesses and color options.  Rubber flooring can range in price from a cheap $0.99 per square foot for recycled rubber floors up to and over $4.00 per square foot for the most designer series virgin rubber options.  The benefits to using rubber as a floor covering are Read more…

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