When it comes to building a home gym, flooring is one of the most important considerations. Gym flooring has to protect a hard substrate beneath and absorb impacts to provide a safe platform to lift weights.
Interlocking rubber floor tiles and rubber floor rolls are the two most popular types of home gym flooring. Besides being extremely resilient and durable, they are both non-slip and available in a wide variety of different colours.
Your choice of one over the other will come down to the shape of your space and what kinds of activity you intend to perform.
- Great for large installations
- Very little waste
- Thicknesses from 4mm to 10mm
As the name suggests, rubber rolls are sold in rolls and cut to length. This means there’s little waste on installation. The roll is fitted like carpet to the edges of a room, creating the look of a professional gym at home.
Since rolls are rolled out, they are quicker to install than tiles in larger spaces and you can cut the material to suit odd shapes like curves and corners. The downside to rubber rolls is they are heavy and require professional installation. They are also less suited to free weights because the thickness typically only goes up to 10mm.
- Great for fast installations
- Tiles click together
- Thicknesses can go up to 40mm
Rubber tiles are interlocking tiles that you click together to form a floor. They are exceptionally easy to install and provide instant substrate protection. As with rolls, you cut the rubber tiles to fit the shape of the room.
A key advantage to floor tiles is they tend to be available in greater thicknesses than rubber rolls. Rolls are ordinarily used for light gyms. Floor tiles can be very heavy-duty, allowing you to powerlift and bounce weights off the floor. For example, we can supply 30mm and 40mm tiles for general use and 80mm impact protection slabs.
Which is right for you?
For free weight areas, we recommend rubber tiles since they are available in greater thicknesses (up to 40mm for regular tiles and 80mm for impact protection). Rubber rolls are a good choice for light gyms and machine areas. You can also use both types of flooring in your home gym to create a safe and functional floor.