Sports Flooring Matters

Like shoes, the surfaces below our feet greatly affect the level of comfort or discomfort we may experience while moving across them. Similarly, choosing quality flooring is just as important as choosing comfortable shoes-particularly if the area is used for sports and high-traffic activities.

Sports flooring varies greatly and has many benefits for both the protection of a facility’s floors and the people that visit and make use of the facility. Rubber flooring such as gym mats and rubber flooring tiles is a good choice for areas that sustain high amounts of stress like locker rooms and ice rinks. Installing rubber floor tiles will protect surfaces from sharp and potentially damaging athletic footwear and equipment.

The installation of gym mats in weight rooms, health clubs and locker rooms should not be overlooked either. Not only will sports flooring protect a facility’s surfaces, it will also absorb shock and sound. In a room full of heavy and noisy weights and equipment, rubber gym mats will make a huge difference. Additionally, adequate sports flooring in fitness and athletic buildings will reduce the amount of sports-related injuries and will minimize joint stress.

Home sports flooring should also be considered for personal exercise areas and children’s play areas. There are many economical and easy to install options available that will more than make up for the costs. Rubber flooring can also be used in pro shops, large gymnasiums or auditoriums, and commercial spaces. Many rubber flooring tiles and gym mats are aesthetically appealing as well as highly utilitarian.

When choosing sports flooring, there are several factors to consider. First you must decide whether you need gym mats for isolated areas or wall-to-wall rubber flooring. For home gym flooring, purchasing smaller gym mats for weight areas may be sufficient to cover only the high-stress areas. However, if your personal fitness area is in a basement, installing rubber flooring is a great way to prevent moisture and avoid cold surfaces. For commercial and public athletic facilities, the installation of complete sports flooring is recommended. Rubber flooring will portray a professional look and will facilitate the cleaning and maintenance of a large surface.

Rubber tiles that do not require adhesive is the easiest type of sports flooring to install. Tiles with interlocking edges are best in order to avoid gaps, and materials include both virgin-based rubber and recycled rubber. Advancements in polymer technologies have resulted in recycled rubber products that perform just as well as virgin-based rubber products. Depending on the use, varying thicknesses are available for different levels of sound and shock absorbency.

The alternative to rubber tiles, rolled rubber flooring, is also offered in a variety of thicknesses and colors and is typically less expensive. One downside to this option, however, is that glue or some kind of adhesive is usually necessary for installation.