Types of Gym Flooring for Your Home
Transform a room into a fitness space with appropriate gym flooring
By Josienita Borlongan
Save money by converting an unfinished basement, a spare room or garage into a home gym. But in order to make your home fitness area safe, you'll need proper flooring that can withstand constant wear and tear. Use materials that are strong enough to hold your gym equipment and durable enough for hours of working out. Avoid the monthly gym membership fees and enjoy hours of physical activity in the privacy and comfort of your own home.
Rubber flooring can provide maximum protection from injuries during a workout by lessening the impact on your feet when jumping, running or weight lifting. Take advantage of the rubber's cushiony comfort when doing floor exercises and yoga. Use rubber to avoid damage caused by heavy gym equipment to regular carpets or hardwood floors. Gym equipment can tear carpets and leave dents or scratches on wood floors that can be costly to repair. Purchase rubber gym flooring from stores specializing in gym flooring materials or direct from the manufacturers. Choose rubber that comes in the form of tiles or rolled rubber similar to rolled carpet. Rubber flooring is comparable in price to laminate floors and more expensive than carpet tiles.
Install carpet tiles for ease of installation and cheaper cost. Carpet tiles are less costly than rubber or laminate floors. Choose commercial grade carpet tiles used by hotels, restaurants, offices and other commercial establishments. They are stronger than the ordinary carpet tiles used for the home and can better withstand wear and tear. Furthermore, they act as a shock absorber when you are working out and provide firm support for your gym equipment. Choose dark-colored carpet tiles so that dirt, stains and scuff marks will not show.
Laminate floors have underpads that can absorb the impact during a workout. These types of floors are floating in nature, which can reduce the chances of injury during physical activity. Choose heavy-duty laminate floors used by department stores, public gymnasiums or indoor basketball courts for maximum wear-and-tear protection. Avoid cheap laminate flooring, for it will not last long and can be more costly to replace down the road. Laminate floors are nicer looking and more expensive than carpet tiles. Depending on the type of laminate, it can be as expensive as or a little more expensive than rubber flooring. Put floor protectors underneath your gym equipment to prevent dents, scratches and scuff marks.
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Josie Borlongan is a regular contributor to DexKnows.
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