Getting into shape? Consider turning that spare bedroom into a home gym. While deciding on gym equipment to place into the space, also take a moment to consider the flooring. Here are several types of gym floor materials that are popular in Spring Branch homes from the experts at Floor Coverings International Spring Branch.
Vinyl tile is great for easy clean up
Vinyl tiles are often a top choice for gym flooring because they are easy to install and very durable. In addition, the tiles are simple to clean. You don’t have to worry about bacteria or mold growing on the surface, and the tiles will be highly water resistant.
The downside of vinyl tile is that it can feel hard underfoot and unyielding. So when a heavy object drops, such as a weight, the vinyl doesn’t offer the shock absorption that some homeowners would prefer in a gym.
Rubber provides shock-absorption capabilities
While relatively expensive, rubber flooring is great for gyms because it offers impact-resistance. Rubber is ideal for weight lifting equipment and for cardio exercises. It also does not promote mold or mildew growth. Different types of rubber flooring include virgin rubber tiles, rubber horse stall mats, and rubber rolls.
One problem with rubber is that it is extremely heavy. Keep this in mind when considering the structural stability of your home and the installation requirements for the flooring material. Rubber can also transfer different temperatures through the material, so it can be very cold or hot, depending on the insulation of the room.
Foam is ideal when seeking a cushioned surface
Foam flooring tiles are available in many colors and tile styles to provide a comfortable surface. People are usually quick to purchase foam because it is an inexpensive alternative to higher end gym flooring, and it can be placed directly over an existing surface. Foam is also lightweight and can be moved around. It is shock-absorbing, and it has a cushioned feeling to the touch.
The main problem with foam is that it dents when compressed. So there can be marks left in the surface over time from heavy gym equipment.
Low Pile Carpet is Durable and Soft
While shag or Berber carpets wouldn’t be the first choice for a gym room, low pile carpet tiles and commercial carpet are cost-effective solutions. These types of materials have tight-knit loops that can be soft to the touch while also being durable. Low pile carpet can handle a wide range of workout exercises and equipment.
If you are not purchasing carpet tiles that interlock, you will need to have the flooring professionally installed. It may also need to be re-stretched due to the constant gym activities. Since carpet holds moisture, it is not ideal for gyms in a basement or otherwise exposed to the elements.
Cork is an Eco-Friendly Option
Cork flooring has been around for decades, and many people prefer it for home gyms. Soft and environmentally-friendly, it has excellent sound absorption, water resistance and hypoallergenic qualities. Keep in mind that cork can dent or scratch easily, which can be a problem when moving equipment about.
Deciding on the best gym flooring material will be based on your exercise activities and the location of the room. Check out these floor materials to select the best one for your home, and contact our team at Floor Coverings International Spring Branch when you are ready to get started.
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