Are you in need of installing a gym floor, but don’t know where to start? Wondering if you should just go with the cheapest gym floor you can find, or if there is any real difference between these cheaper models and those that are priced higher? Then you’ve come to the right place to learn about the different kind of gym floor mats on the market today and what would suit your needs.
Most gym floor covers, whether we’re talking home gym flooring or commercial gym flooring, consists of gym flooring tiles made of rubber. Before you stop reading and go out and buy the first cheap rubber gym floor you can find, you should know that there are different types and grades of rubber and these definitely can and do make a big difference in how your gym experience will be.
Let’s start off with what you most likely don’t want if you’re at all concerned with quality and safety- and you certainly should be when it comes to the gym environment. First, let’s talk quality. Cheaper gym mats are usually made overseas in countries which have lax environmental regulations. These mats are produced very cheaply using the cheapest materials available- usually low grade rubber which has been recycled. Now, recycled rubber mats can be great if they are made with high quality materials that go through the vulcanization process, but the cheap mats are usually simply glued together with urethane glues that outgas something terrible- these fumes continue to be emitted long after mats have been installed, and besides being a pain to breathe in, can even be hazardous to health. Definitely a no-no for a space in which people are supposed to be working to get in better health. If you go the recycled route, stick with rubber mats that you know have been vulcanized and made with decent rubber.