Rubber Gym Flooring
Rubber gym flooring is available in many types, colors and styles. Greatmats is one of the nation's top flooring suppliers, we offer more than 140 options, including rubber gym floor mats, rolled rubber flooring and interlocking rubber tiles for gyms. Our rubber gym flooring can be found in home and commercial gyms as well as fitness facilities for middle school, high school, college and professional sports teams. Most flooring is intended for indoor use, but some can be installed outdoors as well.
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Rubber is one of the most popular gym flooring materials, as it is relatively inexpensive and extremely durable. Strong enough to support heavy traffic and exercise equipment, such as treadmills and weight training equipment, rubber gym flooring's versatility is perfect for multipurpose athletic floors.
It helps dampen the noise associated with home and commercial gyms. Whether it's the clanging of weights, blaring of music or clamor of conversion, gyms tend to be noisy places. Rubber flooring can help in that department and prevent the noise from distracting you from your workout or overwhelming the thoughts and concentration of your neighbors. It will even significantly reduce the noise of dropped weights while helping protect the floor beneath the rubber.
As a general rule, gyms looking to cover a large square foot area, tend to prefer rolled rubber flooring as it can be laid down quickly with very limited seams. Thinner rolled rubber gym flooring is great for exercise equipment, but will not provide as much floor protection against dropped weights as thicker flooring.
For smaller or irregularly shaped gym spaces, interlocking rubber tiles are the most preferred style of rubber gym flooring. This allows for easier customization with less wasted material. It's also easier for a lone installer due to its size.
CrossFit or powerlifting gyms that will commonly have heavy weights being dropped usually opt for 4x6 rubber mats with a 3/4 inch thickness for added floor protections.
Most gyms also have a concrete subfloor which can be cold and hard. Rubber gym flooring works well to create a buffer between you and the existing floor, preventing the negative effects of that cold concrete and softening its effect on your bones and joints. In most cases, the rubber is so dense that you may not be able to see or even feel a significant difference when you first step onto the floor, but as you work out, your body will thank you. Your pocketbook will also thank you as rubber flooring is one of the most popular ways to protect your concrete from dropped dumbbells, barbells and kettle bells.
To top it off, most of our rubber gym flooring is made from recycled rubber, making it an environmentally-friendly and renewable gym flooring option. This flooring is most commonly made from used tires and keeps thousands of pounds of waste rubber out of landfills, giving it a useful purpose once again.
Whether a mat, roll or tile, each type brings unique benefits. But no matter what type of flooring you choose, dense rubber gym flooring will provide the firmness needed for maximum output and durability to withstand intense and punishing workouts.
Puzzle Rubber Gym Floor Tiles
One of the most popular forms of rubber gym flooring are puzzle-style interlocking rubber tiles. As rubber is a naturally heavy material, Greatmats offers you a manageable installation solution, by breaking the gym flooring system down into a collection of modular tiles, most often 2x2 feet in size.
The modular design helps cut down on the weight of the individual flooring components and makes installation by 1 or 2 two people a reasonable expectation. Puzzle style interlocking tiles are simple to connect by simply lining up the puzzle pieces and pushing them together. The connection system holds tightly together and will not separate or shift away from each other.
2x2 foot rubber tiles weigh between 3 and 22 pounds per tile depending on their thickness and density. Puzzle interlocking rubber tiles are available from 1/4 inch to 3/4-inch-thick in all black and color fleck options up to 90 percent color. Greatmats also offers a 3/4-inch-thick 4x6 foot interlocking rubber gym mat.
This style of rubber gym flooring system cuts down on waste, compared to larger rubber rolls or mats. It can be expanded, made smaller or changed in shape at any point in time without damaging the floor. Should you need to make the tiles fit flush against a wall, the tiles can also be cut to fit using a sharp utility knife. Rubber puzzle mats rarely require any sort of adhesive during installation. Some flooring tile models are also offered with border strips for a finished edge.
With the tiles being such a manageable size, it also opens the door to a large variety of thickness options. The thickness of your tiles should directly correlate to the level of abuse you expect your gym floor to endure. For gyms with mostly foot traffic or machines, thinner rubber floors can suffice. However, most weight rooms will need a thicker material, especially if weights will be dropped as thicker rubber materials will absorb the impact better, protecting both the subfloor and the longevity of your rubber surface.
Rubber Gym Floor Mats
A common size for rubber gym floor mats is 4x6 feet. These mats typically have straight edges and are very popular for Olympic lifting areas. For heavy impact areas, such as these, we recommend mats that are at least 3/4 inch thick. At 4x6 feet by 3/4-inch thick most rubber gym mats weigh more than 90 pounds.
While the weight can make installation more difficult, it does help prevent shifting and lessens the need for interlocking edges. These mats can be used to cover large areas, but are more commonly used in smaller spaces where only 1-2 mats are need to provide the necessary covering for specific exercises.
In most cases, these mats are dry laid. Rubber mats are typically more affordable than interlocking tiles of the same material.
Greatmats offers 4x6 foot rubber gym mats in 3/8 inch, 1/2 inch and 3/4 inch thicknesses. Color options are primarily black and are offered in natural color as well. Some of these gym mats may have more of a rubber smell than others, depending on the manufacturing process.
Straight edged rubber mats are great for small, isolated areas where extra floor protection is needed.
These mats provide a great way to reinforce areas when weights may be dropped. Should you need to cover a larger area, the mats can be butted next to each other, but they will not lock together and may separate if not properly installed. We do also offer a 4x6 foot by 3/4-inch interlocking rubber mats with a punter top texture.
Popular and affordable, the 4 feet by 6 feet by 3/4-inch Punter Top rubber mats are designed for installations that need a durable interlocking system with good ventilation for larger installations. These interlocking tiles insulate against cold and damp conditions. They also serve as a noise buffer. Made from 100 percent recycled rubber, this flooring option is a great fit for CrossFit gym floors.
Rolled Rubber Gym Flooring
Rolled rubber is one of the most economical forms of gym flooring. For that reason and the fact that the it greatly limits the number of seams in your gym floor, it is a popular solution for large coverage areas.
Installation is still quite easy but does require more people due to the size and the weight of the rolls. It may create more scrap material if edges are cut to fit room dimensions as the size of the roll is less flexible than tiles or mats. This type of rubber gym flooring can be dry laid, taped down or glued down.
Smaller rolls fall in the 4x10 foot range and at 1/4-inch-thick, can weigh as little as 60 pounds per roll. These are ideal for treadmills and other similar types of exercise equipment, and are available with free shipping directly to your door via ground shipping.
Most pre-sized rolls, however, come in lengths of 25 or 50 feet. An 8mm thick roll with a 25-foot length jumps up to about 190 pounds per roll. At 50-feet long, you can double the estimated weight to 380 pounds per roll. Rubber gym flooring rolls can also be ordered at custom lengths.
One major advantage to rolled rubber gym flooring is the fact that it drastically limits the number of seams in your gym. This is especially helpful in large areas. Rolled rubber also offers some additional options for density. Plyometric rolled rubber is a low-density rubber material designed for plyometric exercises. With the lower density, it offers a little more cushion and is popular for gyms where a lot of jumping or hopping is included in the exercise regimens.
Plyometric rubber gym floor mats are soft and provides greater cushion than standard rolled rubber flooring while providing proper support for aerobic floor exercises and repetitive movements. Plyometric rubber rolls are offered in any length needed to accommodate larger fitness rooms.
Rubber Gym Paver Tiles
In addition to puzzle style interlocking tiles, Greatmats also offer rubber gym tiles that adopt more of a paver style design. These rubber gym tiles are often much thicker than puzzle mats and some can be used outdoors.
The rubber paver styles can connect using different forms of interlocks. Some utilize a lap joint style interlock, while others pin together. Ramped borders may also be available (sold separately) for some models.
These types of interlocking rubber floor tiles are available in 1 inch and 1.25-inch thickness in all black and full color options.
CrossFit-Friendly Gym Flooring
Many commercial gyms that focus on the rapidly-growing CrossFit training methods are requiring rubber gym flooring due to its ability to withstand repeated dropping of heavy weights such as dumbbells, barbells or kettle bells. The flooring also provides excellent slip resistance and thermal insulation.
While usually not noticeably cushioning, the rubber material also serves to lessen the stresses and impact on the human body during intense workouts, especially during jumps. As a firm material, cross fitness athletes and competitors will not lose output during heavy lifts due to cushioning.
Our rubber gym flooring mats are ideal for cross fitness training as they are extremely durable and will absorb the shock of dropped weights without damaging the floor beneath. This is especially true of our 1/2 inch and thicker mats. With interlocking versions of rubber gym flooring, you can be sure the mats will not shift, no matter how intense the action is on top of them.
For burpees, push-ups, handstands and any other exercise where your skin may come in contact with the flooring, you'll want to try out one of our many smooth surfaced rolled rubber gym flooring options. Many of our rubber gym flooring rolls also have less rubber odor than traditional 4x6 horse stall mats. Rolled rubber floors can also be installed in layers if greater thickness is desired. This will help protect your concrete subfloor from becoming damaged during Olympic lifts where heavy weights are being dropped from waist height and above.
The black portion of rubber gym flooring is made from recycled rubber, most often ground truck tires. The color flecks in rubber tiles and rolls are ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) -- a synthetic rubber. Natural rubber gym mats include white flecks randomly appearing throughout the material.
Rolled rubber is offered in standard black, natural, various color flecked and confetti options. Confetti is created when the scraps from colored rolls are reground into the material creating a random mix of colors that can appear anywhere in the product.
Rubber Floor Tiles are available in the full range of color percentages, but are most often black or mostly black. Rubber Mats are generally just black.
The most popular thickness of rubber flooring for gyms is 3/8 inch. However, the slightly thinner 8 mm (approximately .32 inch) option is gaining in popularity. These choices are the ideal size for home gym floors and commercial facilities where heavy weights are not dropped. The 8mm option is thick enough to accommodate heavy static equipment and is less expensive than thicker rubber flooring options.
For free weight areas and on heavily-used high school gym floors, 1/2 inch or 3/4-inch-thick material provides better protection for the flooring underneath the rubber gym floor mats. This rubber thickness provides the best shock absorption to protect both the weights and the floor beneath the rubber surface.
Keep in mind that the more often and more weight that is dropped, the greater rubber thickness you'll need to ensure proper protection. This form of usage is also much harder on the rubber than other exercise and may shorten its lifespan. Most rubber gym flooring is guaranteed for at least 5 years but has an expected lifespan of more than a decade and can last multiple decades.
Alternatives to Rubber Gym Floors
With flooring material options that include dense rubber, soft foam, durable polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and multi-functional carpet tiles, Greatmats has you covered in all flooring environments. Rubber is the heaviest choice while foam tiles are lightweight and ideal for multipurpose floors. In addition to durability, PVC provides strong cushioning. Carpet tiles should be limited to use with stationary exercise equipment in gym flooring environments.
PVC StayLock tiles are a great gym alternative to rubber flooring, providing excellent cushioning and versatility for a variety of activities, such as aerobics and weight training. Available in bump top and orange peel designs, StayLock floor tiles are waterproof, making them a solid option for damp basements that may have occasional water problems. These tiles offer the benefits of high end ergonomic flooring and give you more options for colors and pattern designs in your gym floor.
PVC floor tiles provide ideal durability and cushioning for aerobic activities and can be installed over carpeting. Both vinyl tiles and modular PVC floor tiles are made from waterproof material and feature a raised-base structure that will allow moisture to flow under the tiles. Greatmats' modular vinyl-topped snap-together tiles offer a sleek wood grain or stone look and make for a long-lasting, finished flooring surface.
Pebble Gym Floor Mats for home gyms are lightweight, very durable and easy to install. They are designed for home use under exercise equipment and can be easily moved and re-installed as needed. These high-density ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) foam floor mats can support heavy equipment such as weight benches or elliptical machines, but the equipment may leave indentations in the foam. Lead and latex free, pebble gym mats are also waterproof and easy to clean.
A great fit for basement floors, kids' rooms, martial arts, home exercise rooms and floor exercises, foam tiles offer a softer surface than rubber flooring. Foam tiles range from 1/2 inch to 1-5/8-inch thick and are offered in a variety of colors and styles. Foam gym tiles are affordable, easy to install and can ship via ground service.
Greatmats' gym flooring can be purchased in an array of color choices which vary by product. Rubber products for gyms can be all black or black with color flecks. Interlocking tiles are available in standard black and, depending on tile size, a variety of color fleck options. Foam tiles and PVC modular tiles are available in an assortment of solid colors that can be mixed and matched to create a unique, creative design. Carpet tiles are offered in a wide range of colors as well to ensure you one that fits your room.
Installation and Care
Installation of our flooring can be accomplished by the home or commercial end user in most cases. Interlocking tiles do not require any glue. Rolled rubber can be dry laid, however, a glue- or tape-down installation is recommended -- especially for installations covering more than 400 square feet and in commercial settings where the gym floor will be used with more frequency. Modular and snap-together plastic gym floor tiles will sometimes need an underlayment as an added cushion from hard, concrete floors. Flooring material of all types for gyms can be cut to fit using a sharp utility knife.
Cleaning of gym floors is like other types of flooring. Always use a neutral pH floor cleaner for rubber surfaces. Foam gym floor mats can be cleaned using common household floor cleaners. Whether you have foam or rubber flooring, it is important to keep the floors clean and free of dirt and soil to ensure a long-life span of your gym floor.
Delivery of this product is most often via freight delivery. For smaller orders, ground delivery such as FedEx or UPS may be available. Ground service deliveries to your door generally save on shipping costs over freight deliveries. Freight deliveries require the receiving party to meet the freight truck at the time of delivery.
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