Gym flooring should be at the forefront of your mind when you are thinking of setting up a new, or refurbishing an existing commercial facility. Like cardio or strength zones, flooring is a specialty and therefore needs to be part of the early planning stages for your space.
When it comes to commercial gyms, not any ordinary type of flooring material will do. Gym flooring takes a beating from members and equipment alike. Considering the heavy weightlifting equipment and machines in such facilities and the foot traffic that passes through your doors daily, you need a flooring material that is strong, resilient and durable.
These requirements make rubber flooring the most popular choice for a commercial fitness facility. Rubber flooring offers excellent shock absorption, resists traction and safeguards against injuries. Not to mention it is easy to clean and is bacteria/mildew resistant.
Characteristics of Rubber Flooring
Provides Impact Shock Absorption
Gym flooring that provides impact shock absorption for joints, muscles and tendons will keep your athletes safe whilst also providing additional protection to your equipment. Rubber flooring is one of the safest sports flooring options available on the market.
Strong and Durable
Rubber surfaces are strong, tough and durable and a good quality rubber floor will often outlast the lifespan of your equipment.
Rubber provides a good grip so installing rubber flooring will prevent unnecessary injuries since unintentional movements of machinery or equipment will be suppressed.
Commercial gyms with their large open spaces and high ceilings often suffer from poor acoustics. Rubber has the inherent ability to absorb sound and muffle noise, therefore improving the efficiency and comfort of the facility environment.
Not only easy to clean, rubber is moisture resistant making it invulnerable to mold and mildew.
Types Of Rubber Flooring
Rubber Flooring Rolls are long rolls available in various lengths and require very minimal labour to install. A benfit of flooring rolls is that there are fewer joins therefore giving them a smoother look and reduces the chance of gaps forming or becoming loose.
Floor tiles are the preferred choice for medium to thick flooring (anything above 10mm). These square tiles will need to be professionally laid as the edges will need to be accurately fastened to ensure no gaps or imperfections.
Interlocking tiles are a popular option for their easy to install and remove nature. Using a jigsaw locking system, interlocking tiles should be heavy enough to sit securely without the use of adhesives.
Flooring may seem expensive at first glance but when you consider the value of the floor underneath and the equipment it is there to protect, you will realise it is a necessary expense.
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