RUBBER GYM FLOORING
TVS Gym Flooring specialises in providing high quality rubber gym flooring for use in commercial health clubs, weightlifting gyms, strength and conditioning facilities, public leisure centres, boutique fitness studios and multi-use games areas in schools and colleges as well as solutions for your garage or home. Materials are highly resilient, durable and simple to maintain.
TVS also helps health club operators to overcome unwanted noise and vibration issues in gym environments by providing highly specialised acoustic solutions. Examples include: anti-vibration pads for treadmills; impact absorbing isolation rings for gym equipment; and spring jack- up floating floors for free weight areas. Acoustically-engineered elastic layers or shock pads can also be combined with performance surfaces, providing additional protection to the structural slab while further reducing the transmission of impact forces into the building structure.
Floor finishes need to be practical and fit for purpose. However, aesthetics also play an important part in the member experience at fitness clubs and are therefore a crucial element in gym design. That’s why TVS offers a broad range of rubber gym tiles and gym rolls in a range of colours and in a variety of thicknesses. By varying the concentration and colour of EPDM granules contained within each product, designers can create floor schemes to complement the interior of any gym. Optimising the use of space is also important and a prowler lane is easily integrated into the floor plan.
- Quality rubber gym flooring
- Leading brands
- Competitive prices
- Design and installation
- Recycling of old floor
- Over a decade’s experience
We’ve partnered with the world’s leading rubber gym flooring brands to provide the highest-performance gym flooring on the market. Not only do we have access to the latest product releases, but we keep in stock most styles, allowing us to take on projects at short notice while offering a truly extensive collection.
Our commitment to quality stretches through to our service. We design and install rubber gym flooring to match any layout and gym configuration. We work with independent gyms, franchised gyms, leisure centres, football clubs and many more institutions, providing only the best rubber flooring at prices too good to miss.
We provide free advice and free no obligation quotes. Whether you are building a new gym or wish to upgrade your existing floor, get in touch for a chat.
TVS Gym Flooring can demonstrate a wealth of experience and has built a solid reputation, providing solutions to some of the UK’s leading health club operators. For more information on our range of rubber gym flooring products call us on +44 (0) 1706 260 220 or download our brochure from this website.
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SPORTEC® Style Tile: Colours & Finishes
The right colour can make your gym stand out from the crowd. You want to be able to create a unique and memorable experience for your customers, so choosing the right colours is important. We offer many different options that will help you find the perfect fit for your space. When it comes to designing an effective fitness facility, there are few things more important than how it looks. A beautiful design will not only attract new members but also keep them coming back again and again.
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A Roll or Tile Rubber Gym Flooring?
When surfacing a commercial gym, rubber rolls and rubber tiles set the standard for protection, safety and longevity. But which is best? That depends on the intended use case, application and the cost of the product.
Rubber floor tiles are the best option for free weight zones and other high wear zones because they enable you to replace single tiles when needed. They are also thicker than rubber rolls, so provide greater protection to the subfloor.
Rubber rolls are the best option for functional fitness zones. Examples include zones with treadmills, cable machines and yoga areas. Rubber rolls are thinner than tiles and they are great for covering large surface areas quicky.
In most cases, rubber floor tiles are more expensive than rubber rolls. This is because they have a more intensive manufacturing process. For this reason, it’s a good idea to use tiles in areas that need them and rolls elsewhere.
You might, however, like to use tiled rubber gym flooring throughout your gym, if you cannot trust people to use the surface correctly. For example, if people tend to use weights in zones where they shouldn’t, a thicker floor may be better.
It’s also important to consider your members. One of the main reasons why people hop between gyms is because of the floor. Floors that aren’t nice to work out on turn people away, so it is a good idea to play to the crowd.
Rubber floor tiles are the standard in free weight and powerlifting zones while rubber rolls are the standard in other areas of a gym. If you play to the crowd and follow best practice, a lot of members will appreciate your gym more.
Both rubber tiles and rubber rolls are made from EPDM rubber. There is often no difference in the density of the materials, so their durability is largely the same. The key difference is thickness. Tiles are thicker, so they are a more durable product for free weight zones. Rolls are thinner, lighter and better for covering large areas.
Appearances matter in gyms. Rubber tiles have gaps where the tiles join, but the gap is so small that there’s no tripping hazard. Some gym owners prefer the seamlessness of rubber rolls, which have no joints or breaks.
Colour wise, both rubber tiles and rubber rolls are available in different colours. Most gyms choose black flooring with a coloured fleck, but you can get SPORTEC flooring that’s coloured throughout to match your gym’s branding.
Ultimately, you should choose rubber tiles for free weight areas and rubber rolls for functional zones and around machines, HOWEVER, you can use rubber tiles across your gym, so in terms of potential use cases, rubber tiles reign supreme.
Borders And Transitions
Both types of rubber gym flooring can have seamless transitions between gym zones using edge profiles. These have bevelled edges. We can also use coloured borders to make a clear visual distinction between different gym zones and boundaries.
In addition, we can install markings on rubber rolls and rubber tiles, although rubber rolls are a better choice for markings because they are seamless (no gaps). Markings are a great way to create workout boxes and drill zones on your gym floor. They can also separate gym zones and provide visual warnings like ‘keep clear’.
TVS Gym Flooring has a proud history of supplying market leading products and has gained a wealth of experience by supporting projects at Pure Gym, The Gym Group, Virgin Active, Fitness First, LAX, The Reebok Club, Xercise4Less, Fit4Less, Lifestyle Fitness, Easy Gym, Primal Gym Leeds, Sheffield Hallam University, Derby University, Derby FC, England RFU and Chelsea FC.
When it comes to rubber gym flooring the proof is in the pudding. We complete over 200 gym flooring projects each year and we publish most of our work for all to see on our case studies page. We work on all manner of commercial projects, including weightlifting gyms, functional fitness gyms and hotel and leisure gyms.
How Thick Should Rubber Gym Flooring Be?
Most rubber gym floors are 20mm to 40mm thick when tiled or 10mm thick when rolls are used (give or take a few mm). The thicker the floor, the better the protection, but a very thick floor could be overkill depending on use cases. Rubber flooring is the best multi-use surface for gyms because it’s tough, shock-absorbent and easy to install. It’s suitable for solid subfloors and sprung subfloors, and it’s available in various thicknesses to suit any activity.
The thickness of rubber gym flooring depends on its type, of which there are two types: rubber tiles and rubber rolls. Rubber roll is thinner than tiles and more pliable, designed to cover large areas seamlessly with no gaps. Rubber tiles are thicker (three to four times thicker) and can be the interlocking variety for no gaps or standalone variety. The advantage of tiles is thickness; tiles are suitable for free-weight zones, while rolls are more suitable for functional fitness zones.
But how thick should rubber flooring be? Here’s what you need to know:
Rubber rolls are typically 10mm and installed over a solid or sprung subfloor. It is best paired with a 6mm underlay, but it can be installed directly over a solid surface if no heavy activities are performed. In total, this construction is around 20mm thick.
Rubber tiles are 20mm to 40mm thick, and they are always paired with a shock-absorbing underlay to enhance impact protection. Tiles are suited to free-weight and deadlift zones, so commercial gyms always use tiles. In total, this construction is around 50mm thick.
Note: Deadlift and powerlifting zones also require 80mm impact protection slabs, which sit on the rubber flooring for extra protection.
Which Is Best?
Rubber rolls are hardwearing and provide basic protection to subfloors, suitable for machine zones and functional fitness.
Rubber tiles absorb heavier impacts and shock, making them best for heavy lifting zones, but the extra thickness is not always necessary.
Rolls are cheaper, although it has the disadvantage of needing complete replacement when spent, whereas tiles can be replaced individually. Should rolls get damaged, it could cost more to replace than a tiled floor in the first place.
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What Colours Are Available For Rubber Gym Flooring?
When planning your gym floor, rubber floor tiles offer unlimited possibilities, from solid black tiles to coloured tiles with black flecks. You can also get edge profiles to give your gym floor a neat finish.
We are an exclusive UK supplier of SPORTEC tiles, which are considered the best. SPORTEC rubber floor tiles are split into Style, Purcolor, Uni-Versa and Variant ranges, with over twenty colours to choose from in total.
Here’s everything you need to know:
SPORTEC Style tiles are standard indoor gym tiles available with 5%, 10%, 15%, 20% and 50% coloured flecks. The range effectively lets you choose black tiles with contrasting flecks, which helps gym floors stand out.
Here are the colours available: grey, blue, grey-blue, bright yellow, green, red, orange, lila, dark grey.
Purcolor tiles have black flecks and a primary coloured surface, flipping the design of Style tiles. These tiles are popular in gyms that want to stand out since most gyms choose darker finishes offered by the Style range.
Here are the colours available: red, blue, light grey, medium grey, dark grey.
SPORTEC Variant tiles have customisable multi-colour flecks, letting you get creative for a unique gym floor. You can pair colours in any combination, and SPORTEC also offers a range of standard designs. These tiles are popular in high-end gyms and hotels.
The standard designs available include: greyscale, choco mix, blue freckles, silver star, dark matter.
Uni-Versa is SPORTEC’S outdoor rubber gym tile, designed with enhanced UV and weather resistance. These tiles are designed for life outdoors with a tougher resin bond, and they can be scrubbed clean without damage.
The colours available include: red, blue, beige, green, dark grey, light grey.
With all these tiles, you can also mix and match colours. The tiles are sold individually, so you can create a gym floor with clearly designated workout zones. Most gym owners prefer this option over marking the floor.
Rubber Rolls Colours
Rubber rolls can be supplied in solid black, although you can get it with coloured flecks like SPORTEC tiles. Rubber matting with flecks offers good contrast and helps gyms create a premium vibe, often lacking with plain black matting.
Whichever flooring you choose, make sure it is made by a reputable brand, and always get it installed professionally, so you get a warranty.
Should You Use PVC or Rubber Gym Flooring?
While PVC and rubber floors look similar, they are different. PVC is cheaper, but it is less durable with poorer physical qualities. You could use PVC flooring in your gym, but rubber is superior for performance and longevity.
Why is rubber superior? Because it is stronger and more elastic, giving it anti-fatigue qualities that make it ideal for use in gyms.
The Lowdown On PVC Flooring
- Moderate impact resistance
- Needs replacing sooner
- Not as nice to look at or use
PVC (vinyl) is cheap, easy to install, and offers moderate impact resistance. It has a lifespan of a few years in commercial gyms, less than rubber because it is less flexible, more prone to tearing and less resistant to abrasion.
However, as a cheap flooring solution for functional fitness zones, PVC flooring works fine – just don’t expect it to last a long time. Plenty of gyms use vinyl flooring without problems, and you can also enhance its performance with underlay.
When paired with a shock-absorbing underlay, PVC offers moderate shock absorption, but it is still not as good as rubber flooring.
The lowdown on rubber flooring
- Higher impact resistance
- Higher tear resistance
- Longer lifespan
- Better sound insulation
- Protects the subfloor better
Rubber rolls are made from EPDM rubber, a synthetic rubber that offers the best impact resistance in the industry. It absorbs more shock than PVC and is more flexible, so it is better at covering up uneven surfaces.
The elasticity of rubber flooring gives it anti-fatigue properties, so it can be used repeatedly without any changes in performance. Many of the gym floors we installed a decade ago still look and feel as good as new!
EPDM rubber rolls cost more than PVC rolls, but this is the only downside. From a performance perspective, rubber flooring is superior to PVC flooring, and it is also available in a wider range of finishes with coloured flecks.
You also have to factor in the long-term cost of replacing PVC every few years, making rubber flooring cheaper.
Rubber flooring is better than PVC flooring. EPDM rubber is superior to PVC in every way except one – upfront cost. However, rubber flooring costs less over its lifetime because it lasts at least three times longer in commercial gyms. And so, given a long enough timeframe, there is no advantage to PVC.
What Are Rubber Gym Flooring Rolls Best For?
Rubber gym flooring rolls are best for quickly covering up large surface areas to deliver moderate impact resistance and shock absorption. Rubber rolls are anti-slip and last a long time, typically up to a decade.
On average, rubber rolls are 10mm thick, enough to protect a solid subfloor from a dropped 20kg dumbbell at bench height. The rigidity of the flooring also makes it suitable for machine zones, although you need to use pads under machine legs to protect the floor.
We recommend rubber rolls for functional fitness zones, studios and multi-use zones. We would not use rubber flooring rolls in free-weight zones because the thickness is insufficient to absorb impacts and reduce the risk of injury.
Sometimes, gyms use a combination of rubber rolls and rubber tiles. Tiles are more expensive, so it makes sense to use rolls in gym areas that only require moderate protection from heavy impacts, such as studios and HIIT areas.
The Qualities Of Rubber Gym Flooring Rolls
Because rubber rolls are made from EPDM rubber, they have outstanding anti-fatigue qualities, so they can be used repeatedly without any changes in floor performance.
Many of the rubber floors we installed a decade ago still feel like new, thanks to the anti-fatigue qualities of EPDM. Additionally, EPDM absorbs shock, helping isolate impacts and improving the gym experience for other users.
Rubber rolls cover a large area quickly, delivering an anti-slip surface that cushions users from activities like jumping and moving weight plates around. It is also suitable for use with machine zones, providing the legs are on pads.
In terms of reducing the risk of injury, rubber rolls do a good enough job in functional fitness zones, but they are not sufficient in free-weight zones. Free-weight zones need rubber floor tiles, which are 30mm to 40mm thick.
The Advantages Of Rubber Flooring Rolls
Rubber flooring rolls are cheaper than tiles, seamless, and faster to install. Providing your subfloor is level, installation is as simple as applying adhesive to the subfloor and rolling out the flooring, perhaps with an underlay for extra protection.
Commercial gyms around the world use rubber gym flooring rolls because they are excellent for most activities, except for heavy lifting.
Whether you have a martial arts studio, cable zones or functional fitness racks, rubber rolls offer a reliable and affordable flooring solution.
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