Exercising At Home: What About Your Floors?
If you are planning to build a gym in your home, there are a number of things to consider. Besides the location and the equipment you will be purchasing, it would also be a good idea to consider the flooring. The reason? Between the equipment you will station on the floor and the types of exercises you will do, there is a good chance that your regular flooring will be dented or damaged in some way. Here are three of the most popular flooring choices for gyms:
- Carpet tiles – one of the most popular choices for gym flooring is carpet – or carpet tiles to be more exact. Carpet boasts of the advantage that it is already a type of flooring familiar to most homeowners, meaning they already know how it is installed and maintained. Not to add, carpet tiles come in the form of interlocking tiles, which means that even amateurs can easily install the tiles themselves – professional installers are not necessary. As you would know, carpet is soft but durable, meaning that is quite suitable for gym flooring: equipment (regardless of whether that is your average heavyweights, or elderly fitness equipment) can be easily stationed on top of it, whilst individuals can also exercise on the floor without undue burden on their bodies. To prove this last point, carpet tiles are a very popular choice for yoga and similar exercise methods that forgo equipment.
- Rubber gym flooring – if the fact that moisture can easily ruin a carpet flooring, or the fact that carpet flooring needs to undergo maintenance every few years bothers you, then by all means, consider rubber flooring for your gym. As another popular choice for gym flooring, rubber can also be installed without the help of professionals: it comes in rolls or tiles that you can easily fit onto the floor yourself. Rubber is the clear winner in terms of durability, and on top of that, it hardly needs maintenance: the fact that it houses no bacteria or the like, or the fact that it does not absorb water makes it incredibly easy to clean (vacuum or mop the flooring).
- Foam flooring – unless you are willing to splurge on raw rubber, rubber flooring usually comes in shades of black (as the rolls or tiles are usually recycled tyres). Accordingly, if you want to have a colourful gym, rubber might not be your number one choice. In such a case, foam flooring is definitely a good contender: available in the form of mats or tiles, foam flooring has so many different hues and widths to the point that it can satisfy almost every gym. The low cost and the ease of clean are definite advantages of foam, but the number one advantage is the comfort it provides: the cushiony layer of foam can make exercising comfortable!