There are quite a few things to consider when choosing gym rubber tiles for a home or commercial gym. The key to choosing the right rubber floor tiles is to consider what kind of activities will be performed in the gym.
In this mini-guide, we’ll provide helpful tips on how to choose the right floor tiles so you can grab what you need and build the perfect gym.
To underlay or not?
Underlay may be required in addition to floor tiles in certain zones to protect the floor. If you have a free weight area with weights exceeding 20kg, then we recommend underlay. This will protect the floor and the rubber tiles from damage.
Rubber tiles for general use
For areas of a gym with plates, benches and machines, you can use 30mm interlocking rubber floor tiles. 30mm is an adequate thickness for areas where weights are not bounced or dropped, such as bench and machine areas.
Rubber tiles for free weights
Free weight areas are at a high risk of dropped and bounced weights, so we recommend upgrading to 40mm rubber floor tiles. That extra 10mm makes a big difference in terms of protecting the substrate from damage.
Rubber tiles for power-lifting
Power-lifting, deadlifts, squats… whatever you intend to do, as the weight increases so does the stress on the floor. For power-lifting areas, you need to install rubber impact protection slabs. These are typically 80mm in thickness.
Mixing and matching floor tiles
The great thing about interlocking tiles is they create a flat, uniform surface. However, there may be areas of your gym where two tiles are needed.
You can mix and match floor tiles of different thicknesses, so long as doing so does not create a tripping hazard. In raised areas like powerlifting platforms, you should slope off the height difference to prevent tripping.
Gym rubber tiles are available in a wide range of colours. For example, SPORTEC tiles are available in standard colours (black with coloured flecks) or blue, grey, red, green, beige and other colours to suit the theme of your home or commercial gym.
You can also get rubber floor tiles with contrasting edge and corner profiles. These can help finish off the floor and create a transition between different gym areas.