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…
If you’re in the market for new and innovative ways to “go green” in your home or business, Rubber Flooring Inc may have just what you’re looking for! Our rubber flooring products serve a multitude of uses and yes, they are environmentally friendly. Our recycled rubber is made from recycled truck tire treads, otherwise known as buffings, which are the cleanest and most durable part of the tire. After the buffings are obtained and transported to our various production facilities, the ground rubber is placed in large cylinders with a urethane bonding agent and is compressed, creating a solid log. These logs of compressed rubber are then cut with computerized blades to exacting standards. Finally, they are reduced to specified lengths, rolled and shipped to our customers. The final product is an attractive, high-quality rubber flooring that is every bit as resilient as the tires on your car, although you may have a hard time travelling on your flooring for 50,000+ miles!
Over time, tires have become a very problematic source of waste due to their durability and the amounts of space that they occupy in landfills. They are also often placed in tire stockpiles which can become a health and safety hazard due to the possibility of tire fires which can burn for long periods of time and create a large amount of pollution. Through our production process, we are able to recycle millions of tires, thus saving them from a fate of crowded landfills and burning stockpiles. With our rubber flooring, you can rest assured that you’re not only purchasing high-quality products. You’re also contributing to saving our planet.
Deciding to have Garage Flooring is an important and excellent decision. It will protect the integrity and life of your garage floor and add style, personality and protection. Garage flooring should be attractive, easy to install and protect your floor.
The best option for garage flooring is vinyl rolls, PVC tiles or modular interlocking plastic titles. Epoxy flooring eventually will crack and wear out where some garage tile products can last up to 25 years. Also, rubber garage flooring is not recommended for use in garages since rubber will break down overtime in the presence of oils and solvents.
The following products are recommended for garage flooring and available on Rubberflooringinc.com:
Grid-Loc Garage Tiles offer a hard plastic surface and a great option when wanting to personalize colors and designs to give a distinctive look to your garage. Diamond, Slate, Coin and 7mm Coin Flex tiles feel like rubber but are actually made of PVC and are soft and bendable. Roll patterns available for garages are Ribbed, Coin, Levant, Diamond Plate and Clear Vinyl. Rolled garage flooring is made from polyvinyl rolls and are the least costly option. Each roll is unique and offers different looks and feels for you to customize your garage.
Garage flooring should be attractive, easy to install and protect your floor. When choosing a flooring option for your garage, the solution should reflect your style and be an enjoyable experience. Each garage flooring option is easy to install and maintain. Installation and maintenance instructions are available online at Rubberflooringinc.com. Visit Rubberflooringinc.com today to get started on a ‘new’ garage.
Recycling consumer tires for use as flooring has more advantages than just creating extremely durable, attractive and resilient rolls and tiles. Using this discarded rubber to create the rolls and tiles helps keep a portion of the nearly 242 million tires discarded each year from landfills. Due to the number of tires used worldwide and their durability, they cause a significant amount of waste when no longer suitable for vehicles. Tires especially are not desired at landfills due to the ley occupy. (Tires are up of 75% void space which quickly consumes valuable landfill area.)
These same characteristics make them an excellent and inexpensive raw material for the production of resilient building materials such as the rolls and tiles sold by companies like Rubberflooringinc.com. In fact, many cities, counties and states even give various types credits in the form of LEED points or tax breaks for using recycled products in construction. There has been a notable shift in the public’s attention and effort to protecting the environment. Recycled rubber flooring is a great way to be environmentally conscious along with the benefit of having a floor surface that will outlast carpets and linoleum flooring in most cases.
Rubber flooring has a very wide variety of products and thicknesses and can be used just about anywhere. Popular uses are home and commercial gyms where impact resistance is desirable to protect weights or the subfloor, dog day care and agility courses where grip for the dogs and handlers is a priority or any room where cushion, sound dampening and durability is high on the list. Recycled rubber has also been used for years in horse stalls and grooming areas due to the traction, ease of cleaning and durability. Outdoor play grounds have also begun too used recycled rubber tiles and “pour-in-place” rubber more frequently due to the bright colors and anti microbial qualities the rubber offers.
If you are looking for a way to update, beautify and/or protect your floor or space while doing your part to help the environment, recycled rubber flooring is certainly one of the best choices available.
Customer’s often call our company asking for our advice on what is the best playground flooring surface for them. Our reply is almost always the same which is that “It depends.” From there we usually ask a series of question to help determine the customer’s needs. Here are a few of those questions you can ask yourself to help you determine which outdoor playground surface would be better for you when deciding between recycled rubber mulch and rubber playground tiles:
- How tall is your equipment? The thickness of tiles or depth of the mulch will determine the fall height rating as described in ASTM F1292.
- How large is your playground? More area means more surface to cover. The cost per square foot can drastically affect the initial price of your job when very large.
- What is your budget? Read more…
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