Home Gym Flooring - Rubber vs. Foam
Home Gym Flooring-Comparing Rubber And Foam
Rubber: Probably the most popular home gym flooring, rubber is inexpensive, incredibly durable, and fairly easy to install. Rubber is most commonly found in areas where weights or exercise equipment will be used. It doesn't add much by way of cushion for aerobic activities such as jumping or bounding. (However, Plyometric rubber is less dense than standard rubber and does offer some support in that regard.)
As a rule, rubber is more challenging to install than foam simply because of the sheer weight involved. Rolls are heavier than tiles or mats but provide fewer seams in your floor. Rubber flooring does NOT need adhesive for installation in your home gym - no matter what the purpose. However, a double sided carpet tape can be used around the perimeter and at the seams for a rolled installation. While most tiles can dry lay, there are some products that use a dowel connection system.
Foam: Generally less expensive than rubber because it is so much lighter, foam can be found in a variety of thicknesses and densities and is more geared toward home gyms where cardio activities, floor exercises, grappling or tumbling will be done. It is not as durable as rubber and does not hold up as well beneath weights or exercise equipment. Because it is lighter, foam is usually easier to install than rubber and less expensive to ship.