Sound Deadening Mats For Gyms
Sound Proofing Weight Room Floor Tiles
In at-home workout areas, fitness centers, or commercial gyms, the use of large equipment and dropped weights can create quite a bit of unwanted noise. To reduce the number of decibels of exposure for those using the space, consider installing sound-deadening mat products from Greatmats like CrossFit Duluth did.
Rubber mats can create a high-quality floor that absorbs impact and vibration, muffling the boom sounds from dropping barbells and other workout sessions.
Size and Shape Options
Our sound deadening mat products are most commonly available in a tile format. Because of the weight of thick rubber, using a tile format makes it easier for installers to carry and move the tiles into place to create the flooring versus using rolls.
These tiles often appear in sizes of 2 by 2 feet, which gives installers the ability to cover a large amount of space in the gym in a shorter amount of time than they would need for a smaller 1 by 1 foot tile.
The thickness measurements for our sound-deadening mat products will vary quite a bit. For areas with lightweight equipment or hand weights in use, a tile measuring 1 or 1.25 inches in thickness would be appropriate. In areas with heavy equipment and bumper plates in use, a tile measuring 2 or 2.5 inches in thickness is a smart idea for noise reduction.
Rubber is part of all of our models of sound-deadening mat products. Rubber is highly durable, so it can handle the abuse that athletes can deliver when using free weights or large exercise machines.
Rubber will stand up to the use of a medicine ball or a slam ball as well. They work well underneath treadmills or stationary bikes, preventing sound transfer and not showing wear and tear while supporting the weight of these machines.
A few of our sound-deadening mat models will use a rubber base with a layer of artificial turf over the top. The artificial grass can give a gymnasium a more pleasing look than basic black rubber. The turf also works better for sled workouts or a space where sprint workouts will occur.
Pattern and Texture Options
Although the majority of sound-deadening mat products will make use of basic black rubber, there are a few other design options for customers who want a more eye-catching look.
In addition to the green artificial turf over the top of the rubber base mentioned earlier, multiple colors of rubber are available. With some models, customers can pick solid gray or terra cotta colors in addition to black.
Some models have a black base color with different color flecks embedded in the top layer, all consisting of the same quality of rubber, which ensures the color flecks will not wear away.
For texture options, some of the rubber tiles will have a slightly grooved pattern that provides just a little bit of extra traction for those in the gym. Some tiles skip the black base color, using a combination of different shades of blue, gray, or tan to generate an eye-catching design.
Common Use Options
For the majority of customers, these tiles will appear in areas where athletic workouts occur. They work well for flooring in a fitness center, school weight room, commercial athletic facility, or home gym.
This is a highly durable type of flooring, so it is useful in areas where heavy foot traffic and large exercise machines are in use.
Some customers may install these tiles at an indoor playground, giving children a safe material to guard against slips while they run and play. The rubber offers a slight cushion if the children fall.
With such thick rubber tiles, installation can be challenging. A 1-inch 2x2 foot tile can weigh 15 to 20 pounds, while a 2.5-inch 2x2 foot tile can weigh 30 to 35 pounds.
Some of these tiles contain an interlocking edge design where installers will slide the edges of two tiles together. The installer will then need to apply adhesive to the interlocking edge to ensure the tiles remain in place under the stress of people working out on top of them.
Some of these tiles have a grid pattern using pegs on the underside of the tile. To connect adjacent tiles, installers will slide a quad block over the pegs on the adjacent tiles. Installers will need to apply adhesive to the quad block as well.
Cleaning and Maintenance Requirements
Rubber sound-deadening tiles do not require any special maintenance or cleaning techniques. Customers can sweep the flooring or use a vacuum cleaner over the top to remove dry debris.
For a more thorough cleaning, mix warm water with a neutral pH cleaning solution and use a mop to apply it. After mopping the floors, allow them to air dry or run a floor fan in the area to speed up the drying.
For the rubber tiles with an artificial turf layer over the top, use a vacuum cleaner to remove dry debris. Spot clean any areas that require it.