Important not only to protect your floors, but to prevent you slipping, gym mats and other protective flooring is sometimes forgotten by people who buy gym equipment for the home. If you are buying heavy equipment like treadmills or multigyms, we always suggest you call us for advice. However, even with free weights, dumbbells and equipment like weights benches, you need to protect your floors and provide some sound insulation.
If you are building your own gym at home then flooring is something you will need to consider. Before you go out and buy do consider what space you are trying to cover, what equipment will be going on it and what your budget is. As always what you will find is that if its quality and durability you are looking for then you will need to spend a little more.
Believe it or not you actually have some choice over the type of flooring you put down, there'snot just rubber mats or nothing.
Mats can be a really good option if you have a small space or only a few pieces of equipment. Mats come in different sizes so can be made to easily fit a specific area. There are two different types of mats on the market, standard exercise mats- great for small or lightweight equipment. Then there are heavy duty rubber mats. They tend to be more expensive but they are bigger, will last longer and will adhere to the surface better than other mats.
The advantage of these is that they are relatively cheap and are a good idea if you want to permanently cover your floor. The obvious downside is that they are permanent, so it becomes harder to move your home gym. They are also not ideal for any high impact exercises. And finally, they will stain easily if you spill anything on them.
Interlocking Rubber Flooring
If you are looking to protect existing flooring and have quite a large floor space, interlocking rubber flooring could be the answer. You will be able to choose from different thicknesses, the thicker the better for high impact exercise or for lifting heavy weights. The biggest downside to this option is cost, depending on thickness price per tile can be as high as £30.
Foam tiles will give you the padding that you need, they are relatively cheap and look good. The biggest downfall is that they aren’t as durable as rubber and can easily tear.