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New Latex Free Flooring Page

June 4, 2014 Leave a comment

To help accommodate the growing attention to the latex allergy and your family’s distinct needs, we have dedicated a section of our website to products that are free of the harmful latex allergen, our Latex Free Flooring page.  All of the products on this page have been certified latex free and are safe flooring options for anyone with a latex allergy.  Below, we have highlighted a few of our more popular products along with their varying uses.

Terra Lock Latex Free Rubber Gym Tiles

Terra Lock Latex Free Rubber Gym Tiles

Our Terra Lock and Textured Virgin Rubber Tiles are incredibly durable and come in a variety of color options. These tiles are constructed from 100% virgin rubber – a synthetic rubber compound that includes no latex or recycled rubber.  Providing excellent slip resistance as well as resistance to bacterial growth, these tiles are great for residential and commercial gym use.  Excellent for high use gym areas, these tiles have been made to handle the weight of commercial grade exercise equipment but are not recommended for use in heavy free weight areas. Read more…

Five Myths about Rubber Flooring

  1. Rubber flooring is great for use as garage flooring.

This myth is one of the most common we have seen and is the single reason why we decided to get into the garage flooring market years ago. In fact Google itself says that 590 people search for the term “rubber garage flooring” every single month in the USA. So why isn’t rubber flooring good for use in garages? Well the reason we don’t recommend using rubber flooring in garages is because 90% of the rubber flooring sold in the U.S. is made from rebonded rubber.  Rebonded rubber is essentially rubber that is held together by polyurethane based glue. If oil or solvents spill on rebonded rubber flooring, the polyurethane glue will break down over time and thus break down the flooring. That is why we do not recommend using rubber flooring in garages but rather recommend different alternatives such as PVC or polypropylene flooring. If you did want to use rubber flooring as garage flooring, then we would just advise that vulcanized rubber flooring or virgin rubber flooring be used. Vulcanized and virgin rubber are not adhered together with glue but rather melted together with heat to form extremely durable rubber flooring that is resistant to break down from oils and solvents.

Types of Rubber Flooring

Types of Rubber Flooring

An example of vulcanized rubber flooring can be found here: http://www.rubberflooringinc.com/interlocking-tile/12-rubber-gym-tile.html

An example of virgin rubber flooring can be found here: http://www.rubberflooringinc.com/interlocking-tile/14-terra-lock-virgin-rubber-tile.html Read more…

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…

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