Everything you need to know about buying commercial gym flooring
We’ve heard time and time again that selecting the correct rubber flooring for a fitness center can quickly become overwhelming. Something we pride ourselves on here at Zogics is the service we offer all of our customers. Some common questions we receive are, “Where do I start? What’s the difference between interlocking mats and rolled rubber? What floor thickness should I be looking at?” While one of our representatives would be happy to walk you through the process of buying rubber flooring, we’ve compiled some FAQs below.
L-R: Rolled Rubber Flooring, Puzzle Tiles, 1" Tiles
What are the different types of rubber flooring?
As you begin researching your purchase, consider four types of rubber flooring offered.
Rolled Rubber: Rolled Rubber Flooring provides wall-to-wall solution for seamless movement & aesthetics.
Puzzle Tiles: Puzzle Tiles are interlocking, durable and economical; available in corner, center, & border pieces.
1” Tile Rubber Flooring: 1" Tiles offer excellent sound dampening and shock absorption for all fitness surfaces.
What’s the difference between each type of rubber flooring?
Rolled Rubber Flooring offers seamless coverage for your whole facility.
Rolled Rubber Flooring
Rolled Rubber Flooring provides a wall-to-wall solution for seamless movement & aesthetics. This product is known for its sleek looks and extreme durability. When correctly installed, you’re unable to see where one roll ends and the next begins. You’ll find rolled rubber flooring for gyms as a staple in the majority of traditional facilities.
Benefits of Zogics Rolled Rubber Flooring
- Seamless wall-to-wall flooring
- Lowest VOCs (that rubber smell)
- Sound & shock absorbing
- 100% recycled rubber
- Nearly maintenance-free
- 5-Year, 100% warranty
Rolled Rubber Flooring Maintenance
Rolled rubber flooring is easy to clean, and easy to maintain with the right products and protocol. We recommend putting a cleaning schedule in place for staff to follow, including both daily and weekly cleaning. Always use a cleaner intended for use on rubber sport flooring, and don’t settle for any generic cleaner. The right rubber floor cleaner can not only keep your facility fresh, but also maintain your flooring and protect it from unwanted wear patterns and damage. To help facilities get the right rubber floor cleaning process in place, we put together a handy maintenance guide.
When it comes to installation, the rolls are heavy, but with a team of two or more, rolled rubber flooring is easy to install. You’ll want to check your subfloor to make sure they meet installation requirements, but don’t worry, our installation guide covers all that. (For more information on installation, click here.) We’ll get into more detail about installing rolled rubber flooring in a bit.
Durability & Impact Resistance
Because rolled rubber flooring is sound and shock-resistant, you’ll be preserving your members’ joints AND their ears (and the sanity of your staff). Gym flooring should provide grip for the safety of your members, yet still allow the body to move naturally. All Zogics Flooring is made of a unique polymeric composition that is designed to provide maximum comfort underfoot. More importantly, this resilient flooring absorbs the shock of training impact and is slip resistant, which greatly reduces the potential for stress and injury.
Puzzle Tile Flooring are precise cut interlocking pieces that install quickly with virtually invisible seams
Rubber Puzzle Tiles for Gym Flooring
Puzzle Tiles are interlocking, durable and economical. They are available in corner, center, and border pieces.
Benefits of Zogics Puzzle Tile Rubber Flooring
- Precise interlocking tiles
- Easy installation, no adhesive necessary
- Lowest VOCs (that rubber smell)
- Sound & shock absorbing
- 100% recycled rubber
- Nearly maintenance-free
- 5-Year, 100% warranty
Commercial Gym Usage
Many commercial gyms and franchises rely on puzzle tiles for their facility’s rubber flooring. In some situations, a combination of rolled rubber and puzzle tiles is great for outfitting different sections of a gym while keeping in line with your budget. Zogics Puzzle Tiles are manufactured using the same high quality materials and color granules as our rolled rubber flooring, making it easy to mix and match while maintaining a consistent look.
Home Gym Flooring
Beyond commercial settings, puzzle tiles are also perfect for the home gym. They are low cost, lightweight, and easy to install. Several home gyms function as another room in the home; puzzle tiles are great for playrooms, as they are waterproof and easy to maintain.
Puzzle rubber tiles don’t need any adhesive—they click together, so you can install by just laying it down and connecting pieces. This can be done over almost any subfloor or finished floor without permanently installing them. Zogics Puzzle Tiles interlock so precisely that the seams are virtually invisible, so even though you don’t need adhesive, your tiles will stay put until you’re ready to remove or move them to another area. (For more information on installation, click here.)
1" Tiles are super durable and offer the best shock & sound absorption
1” Tile Rubber Gym Flooring
1" Tile Rubber Flooring offers the best sound dampening and shock absorption properties for all fitness surfaces. As the thickest rubber flooring option at a full inch thick, these beefy modular tiles withstand the most intense abuse and are perfect for heavy weight-training areas.
Benefits of Zogics 1" Tile Rubber Flooring
- The best in shock & sound absorption
- Thickest rubber flooring option
- Ultra-durable, ideal for weightlifting platforms
- Lowest VOCs (that rubber smell)
- 100% recycled rubber
- Nearly maintenance-free
- 10-Year, 100% warranty
Zogics 1” Tiles are created with a unique waffle bottom design that provides a host of functions. For one, it allows ideal shock absorption, making a safer athletic surface that’s easier on joints and muscles. This also means that they are the most protective and most sound absorbing. Another benefit of the waffle backing is the ability to hide machine cables underneath the tiles in a cardio area.
Compliment rubber flooring with turf—a popular flooring solution for functional fitness training
BONUS: Turf Gym Flooring
It may not be rubber, but turf is another flooring surface that gyms of all types are using for functional training areas and performance athletic training. Zogics Turf is a dense, non-rubber infill surface made with the highest quality nylon and soft pro fibers. Our turf contains an 8 mm sport foam underlayment and has 8 color options. It can easily be integrated into your facility and alongside any rubber flooring style.
Gyms are becoming more diverse – they’re moving away from only containing standard cardio machines, stairmasters, and weights. As the demand for functional training increases, fitness clubs are creating spaces specifically designated for these workouts. Artificial turf flooring is no longer regulated to the football field, and more and more members look for the addition of turf in the gym they choose to workout in.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)
What rubber flooring thickness is used in most gyms?
The thickness of your rubber flooring depends on what type of fitness center you have. Industry-standard is 3/8” (8mm) thick or 5/16” thick material. ¼” material is too thin to sustain protection against constant foot traffic and dropped weights. It's best used for areas with light traffic, in studios where weights aren't being dropped on it, or in a cardio area where light floor covering is needed.
A 3/8”+ thickness is recommended for underneath cardio equipment and under some strength equipment. 3/8"+ thick mats will absorb shock from lightweight dumbbells, barbells, and kettlebells.
Choose from a selection of standard, bestselling colors, or make your own completely custom colorway
What colors are available?
At Zogics, our flooring is available with a standard selection of 13 best selling colors. For gyms and facilities looking for a more unique color option or flooring that matches specific brand color schemes, our EPDM color granules can be combined in a variety of ways to create a completely custom look.
Our flooring colored options are broken into four categories, divided by the percentages of color chips that are blended into the black base. A 10% blend is nearly a solid black where a 95% blend is a color that contains only a small percentage of black flecks.
Custom Branding & Graphics
So you’ve got your color selected, but did you know you could also add your facility logo to your flooring? Custom branding is a great way to make your flooring go the extra mile, whether you add a logo, inspirational message, or any other graphic. Our team uses precise water-jet cutting to create the custom graphic to your spec—these aren’t just printed logos or stickers. During installation, the graphic is assembled like a puzzle piece to fit flush into your flooring.
Installation doesn't have to be a headache. Read below for rubber flooring installation guides.
How do I install gym rubber flooring?
Rubber flooring is easy to install, but not a solo-project. There’s no reason to be a hero here – grab a buddy to help you out.
First things first—assess your subfloor. Zogics Flooring should be installed over concrete or wood, and you need to make sure any old adhesives, roughness, defects, or irregularities are taken care of. Think of it like painting. Before you start, you have to prep. (And don’t worry, our installation guides cover all the details.)
Installing Rolled Rubber Flooring
You’re going to want to give yourself plenty of time to get this installed. Remove the rolls from the shrink-wrap and unroll them onto the floor. Lay the rolls down in a way that will use your cuts efficiently (it’s best to have this planned way before it’s go-time). Cut all rolls at the required length (if needed), including enough to run up the wall. This is when that time is going to come in handy, as you need to allow the cuts to relax in position for a minimum of two hours. If you have 24 hours, even better.
Place the edge of the first roll along your chalk line, and unroll. Continue rolling out the rest of the room and allow the rubber flooring rolls to acclimate to the room.
Make sure the rolls are tightly butted up next to each other and check to make sure they are straight and without any wrinkles or folds.
Check out our full installation guide for outfitting your facility with rolled rubber flooring here.
Installing Puzzle Tile Rubber Flooring
Puzzle Tiles are designed for easy installation so that a team of 2 or even just one person can tackle the install. Subfloor requirements are wood, laminate, concrete, existing resilient flooring, or very low pile commercial carpet.
Installation typically begins from the center of the room or area and then works its way out toward the walls. Take some accurate measurements, divide the area into 4 equal quadrants with a chalk line, and begin installing from the center. Our Puzzle Tiles interlock easily by gently tapping the tabs together (pro tip: use a rubber mallet to speed up installation vs. pressing them in by hand).
Be a pro at Puzzle Tile installation with our full installation guide. This manual covers everything you need to know when it comes to installing your interlocking rubber floor tiles.
Installing 1” Tiles
When it comes to installing 1” Tile Rubber Flooring, the process is similar to dropping in Puzzle Tiles, but you’re using either dowel pins or adhesive. 1” Tiles, like our other rubber flooring, can be installed over most concrete, wood, tile, and carpeted floors.
Determine your installation starting point by taking a look at the area you want covered. Is it wall-to-wall? Is it an irregular shape? The best starting point is often at the center—this ensures a symmetrical finish for tiles that may need to be trimmed around the perimeter. Installation is done by measuring and using a chalk line to set guidelines to install to. If you’re using dowel pins, these easily tap into the tiles (we also offer a dowel setting tool to help speed up the process).
Take a look at our full install guide for 1” Tile Rubber Flooring here.
Zogics Rubber Sport Flooring Cleaner & Degreaser – the best way to clean and maintain rubber flooring.
How do I clean my rubber gym flooring?
Your gym flooring is a big investment in your facility. Maintenance is easy with the right products and protocol, and imperative if you want your investment to last. Rubber flooring should be dry dust-mopped a couple of times a day; the more traffic you have, the more you should be sweeping, as dust and dirt will build up quickly.
For daily cleaning, use a pH neutral cleaner/degreaser to apply to your flooring, let it sit for 5–7 minutes, then mop it up and rinse with clean water. Easy right? We’ve developed a cleaner specifically to maintain rubber sport flooring that will not only clean, but protect your flooring from unwanted wear patterns.
Weekly Deep Cleaning
Once a week, your rubber flooring should undergo a complete cleaning, so pull out those auto scrubbers! Using the same rubber floor cleaning solution, an autoscrubber will provide a deeper cleaning that picks up anything that you may have missed during your daily mopping.
You should allow the floor to dry thoroughly before introducing foot traffic, so try not to do a scrub down right before a class. Make sure you use the recommended cleaning products for your flooring type to preserve its finish.
Get more information on how to clean rubber flooring here. We put together everything you need, from products to process.
Know the differences between rolled and tile rubber flooring to make the best decisions on installation.
What is the difference between rubber tile flooring and rubber roll flooring?
How do you decide between rubber tile flooring and rubber roll flooring? While the benefits are nearly identical, and both work for either commercial or home gyms, there are some factors that may weigh into your decision.
Where are you installing flooring?
To start, where are you installing flooring? Is it a large commercial gym with a huge footprint? Are you laying down some rubber flooring in your garage gym? While Puzzle Tiles are easy to install, covering a large area with them could be a bit time consuming and may not be the most efficient solution. Interlocking flooring tiles are best suited for smaller rooms in a commercial gym, or for your home gym.
Rubber puzzle tiles also work in a commercial facility where you are leasing a building and may want to remove the flooring if you relocate. If you’re looking to cover a large portion of flooring, we recommend rolled rubber flooring.
When to use rolled rubber flooring
Rolled rubber flooring is a standard in most commercial gym settings and works perfectly for installing large sections. Rolled rubber is available in wider variety of thicknesses, which also helps facility managers determine which type is needed by room. Custom cutting also is a great benefit, because we know “one-size-fits-all” doesn’t always apply. Combine all of that with a bigger selection of colorways and you can see how rolled rubber flooring is the most ideal solution for a mid to large sized facility.
1" Tiles are perfect for weightlifting platforms and strength training areas due to its thickness
When to use rubber tile flooring
When it comes to 1” Tile Rubber Flooring, keep in mind this is the thickest option, and thus the most costly. But, certain areas of your gym (or whole facilities specialized in strength training) demand a thicker flooring option. Deadlifting platforms, strength training areas, and sections of your gym that take the most shock and abuse require 1” Tiles. Like Puzzle Tiles, you can cover large areas with 1” Tiles easily—but it might not be the most efficient use of budget. Additionally, is your facility on the second floor? The tenants below you may not appreciate dropped bars and plates all day. 1” Tiles are the most sound absorbing flooring type.
Overall, take a look at your facility and assess its size and traffic. Take a look at how big your cardio area is, where your weightlifting platforms are, and what other types of training spaces you have. The best option may be a combination of a few flooring types, but don’t worry—our flooring experts are here to take that assessment off your plate. After working with thousands of facilities, gyms, clubs, and home gyms, we’re here to provide you with a partner in your flooring project that walks you through the entire process, making recommendations all along the way. That’s a lot you’re missing out on by just ordering some tiles online or at your local hardware store.
Zogics Flooring is an eco-friendly flooring solution.
Is your flooring eco-friendly?
The long answer? Zogics Flooring is GreenCircle Certified. GreenCircle Certified, LLC, provides third-party certification for sustainability claims in products and manufacturing. Sustainable manufacturing utilizes processes that are non-polluting, conserve energy and natural resources, and are economically sound for the community.
The GreenCircle Certified mark assures manufacturers, suppliers, regulators, and consumers that Zogics Flooring products have been thoroughly assessed and their claims verified.
Contrary to popular belief, green flooring options do exist. Our rubber flooring is made of 100% post-consumer tire rubber and post-industrial EPDM rubber. Zogics is committed to sustainable manufacturing and recycled content. We believe that an eco-friendly gym provides many benefits. We believe they begin with the flooring you choose.
Where is your rubber flooring made?
Unlike many competitors, who obtain unregulated flooring overseas, the flooring you purchase from Zogics is made in the USA. While we don’t have to run through the long list of benefits of domestically manufactured products, the important things to remember are quality and efficiency—our rubber flooring is undeniably the most premium quality product, from raw materials to the production process. Simply put, foreign manufactured flooring can’t compete.
Rubber flooring isn't just made for commercial settings. Bring high quality flooring to your home gym.
How thick should home gym flooring be?
You’ve made the decision to set up a home gym; the problem is, you don’t actually know how to set up a home gym. Sure, you can figure out what type of equipment to buy. But did you pause to consider the type of flooring you need?
DO NOT just repurpose some old carpeting or rugs you have in your basement. Your flooring protects both your equipment AND your body. It’s one of the most important steps in setting up a home gym, and one of the most often overlooked.
Rubber flooring is the best, safest, most affordable option for home gym flooring. The ideal thickness of gym flooring is 3/8″ (or 8mm). That’s thick enough to provide all the safety features you’ll need. It will safely support your squat rack, treadmill, rower, and other heavy machines. It will prevent these big items from moving and shifting around as you use them.
Puzzle Tiles are a great solution for home gyms, as they’re arguably the easiest to install and can be moved around if needed. Home gyms also don’t usually cover nearly the amount of square footage that a large or even mid-sized commercial gym requires. But don’t be fooled by cheap alternatives or a simple trip to the hardware store for generic rubber tiles. Quality means everything, and settling for anything less means a higher risk of injury and more times you’ll need to replace damaged flooring. What may seem cheaper in the beginning will cost way more when you’re on your fourth or fifth replacement.
Say goodbye to the strong smell of rubber.
What are VOCs?
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are a large group of chemicals that are found in many products in our environment. These chemicals “off-gas” into the indoor air we breathe, though you may not always be able to smell them.
But, simply put in the context of your rubber flooring, VOCs = “that rubber smell”—and who likes that? Guests and managers alike will agree that they’d prefer not to workout in a gym that smells like a tire. We pride ourselves in offering rubber flooring with extremely low VOCs compared to competing brands. Don’t believe us? Get a free sample today and sniff for yourself.
Additionally, we continue to service your flooring by offering eco-friendly cleaning solutions that are also manufactured with intentionally low VOCs. Zogics’ suite of cleaning products are concentrated to yield gallons of usable cleaning solution, all while promoting environmentally-responsible application. Our lineup is ECOLOGO approved and offers the diversity needed to meet a wide range of uses and specialities.
What is the best flooring for a commercial gym?
Rubber flooring rolls are the industry standard to make up the flooring of a commercial gym.
They are versatile, available in multiple thicknesses so you can pick the right product to protect your sub-floor and your athlete's joints.
Rubber rolls also look great. When installed correctly it is difficult to tell where one ends and the next one begins, resulting in a seamless, professional appearance.
What flooring is best for a home gym?
Homeowners designing a residential gym have lots of options, with great variation in cost, ease of installation, versatility, and best use. Some options to consider include:
- Rubber Tiles. Moderately-priced, but easy to install, durable, and shock-absorbant to protect the joints.
- Rubber Rolls. The stuff commercial gyms use. Cost-effective, durable, and shock-absorbant, but only available in large rolls, meaning high shipping costs. Tough to install yourself.
- Foam Tiles. Cheap and easy to work with, but not durable.
- Carpet Tiles. Versatile—your gym could double as a living room. Cheap, but fragile. Bad for the joints, doesn't protect your subfloor from dropped weights.
- Artificial Turf. An unusual and visually appealing choice, but expensive, hard to install, doesn't absorb shocks or protect your subfloor.
- PVS Vinyl. Durable, simple to install, the go-to choice for garage gyms. Not very shock-absorbent, bad for the joints if you do a lot of plyometrics.
How thick should a rubber gym floor be?
Rubber rolls allow you to tailor your flooring solution to your gym's needs. Common thickness choices for various uses include:
- 1/4 Inch: Perfect for cardio areas to protect the machines and your subfloor. Fine for places where light dumbbells might be dropped, and for foot-traffic focal points like hallways.
- 3/8 Inch: Formerly the industry standard, still a best-seller, a fine choice to handle dropped weights up to 75 pounds.
- 1/2 Inch: More heavy-duty, perfect for high-intensity plyometric movements or the occasionally dropped weight of 100 pounds or more.
- 3/4 to 1 inch: Usually overkill, unless weights of 100 pounds or more will be dropped deliberately and repeatedly.
How much does gym flooring cost?
Ruber rolls cost anywhere from $1.00 to $7.00 per square foot, with the most popular products falling in the $2.00-$2.50 range per square foot.
For professional installation, expect the product-and-labor costs to run between $4.50 and $6.00 per square foot, depending on the product and the provider.
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