A rubber floor in a weight room protects valuable equipment because the material has a plush interior. Without the proper flooring, you may scratch or dent your weights whenever you drop them.
Commercial Flooring Option
Commercial rubber flooring is the best solution if you own extremely expensive gym equipment. For three to eight dollars per square foot, you will get superior protection during each workout. If you hire an installation technician, your total cost will be a bit higher.
The Regulpol Aktiv is a great commercial mat because it is sold at an affordable price. The company offers the mats in various colors as rolls instead of tiles. Most retailers sell Regulpol Aktiv products for about three dollars per square foot.
Multipurpose Rubber Tiles
A multipurpose rubber tile is one and a half-inch thick. At most stores, you may have to pay seven to eight dollars per square foot.
Rubber Stall Mats
Rubber stall mats are bulky and dense. You can buy four feet by six feet sheets at many supply outlets. Although the edges cannot interlock, the outer surfaces will not lift or curl after a long routine. If you constantly drop your weights, the mats will not bruise or tear.
Rubber stall mats are ideal for home gyms because the material is easy to cut. This is a big benefit since you may have to trim the edges so that the mats will fit flush against each wall.
These particular mats weigh around 100 pounds, so you must bring a friend with you to the store. Although ordering the mats online is an option, this method is not recommended because the shipping charges will be high.
Interlocking Rubber Tiles
If you prefer an economical option, interlocking rubber tiles are worth considering. The durable material will protect your dumbbells, kettle bells, and barbells.
Rubber Flooring Installation and Maintenance Advice
Before installing the tiles or pads, sweep the floor to remove any dust, dirt, or debris. If the floor is oily or greasy, clean the surfaces thoroughly with soapy water and a mop.
If you buy a rubber flooring product that is rolled up, lay out the material and give it time to flatten out.
After the flooring is installed, do not clean it for 72 hours because moisture will interfere with the adhesive.
To preserve the product’s luster, vacuum and sweep the surfaces on a regular basis.