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Best Home Gym Flooring for Weight Rooms

Home Gym Flooring For Use With Free Weights, Basement Home Gym Floor For Weights

Using free weights can be hazardous to your floor's health. Even if you're careful, it's not uncommon for a dumbbell or barbell to be dropped. Weight racks are also heavy and can damage many flooring surfaces. The most common answer for this problem is rubber flooring. It is relatively inexpensive, easy to install, and looks great. It also provides a nice barrier between falling free weights and the concrete floor.

is available in a variety of thicknesses and can be purchased in rolls, interlocking tiles, or straight edged (or bevelled edge) mats. Rolls are typically the least expensive option but can be the most challenging to install simply because of the sheer weight of the rolls. Determining the thickness you need depends on the amount of weight you'll be using. If you're dealing with hand held weights that are fairly light, you can often get by with 1/4 inch. For most applications, however, we recommend 8 mm or 3/8 inch thicknesses. These are the most common thicknesses for most commercial and home gyms. One-half-inch rubber should be used with weights of more than 100 pounds. For power lifting areas where extreme weights will be used, and potentially dropped, we recommend at least a 3/4 inch thickness. One inch is the thickest option available and can be used with practically any weights.

Rubber flooring does not have to be glued down. However, in commercial settings or places where the flooring will be installed permanently, we recommend it. For other areas, we recommend a double-sided carpet tape when using rolled rubber. This is to prevent the ends from curling or the pieces from moving.

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