Choosing Protective Mats for Home Gyms

There are various types of gym matting options available for you to choose from. The size of the area, the size of the gym, and the material of the sub-flooring underneath help determine the thickness of the mat and what form best fits your situation. Generally, gym mats are available in three forms: pre-cut mats, interlocking tiles, and custom cut rolls. Each type of gym matting is designed for different installation methods, spaces, and the amount of wear and tear it will receive. Continue reading to learn which form of gym matting is best suited for your home gym!

Pre-Cut Mats

Pre-cut gym mats are generally used for a single person’s use or for padding underneath vibrating fitness machines. Mats like these are available in two standard sizes: 48 inches by 78 inches for your standard sized treadmill and 48 inches by 90 inches for more elaborate and larger fitness machines. In addition, pre-cut heavy-duty mats are also available in 1/2-inch to 1-inch gauge thicknesses for highly abrasive applications.

Interlocking Tiles

Interlocking tiles make for easy-to-customize protective flooring. The installation process of interlocking tiles is quick and easy; simply connect the tiles together like puzzle pieces. This simple installation process makes it easy to customize the size of your mat. The interlocking mechanism makes interlocking tiles a better long-term investment as it allows the mat to move with you, which gives them longer life.

Custom Cut Rolls

Custom cut rolls are generally used for covering wall-to-wall spaces or for permanently installed flooring. Custom cut rolls can be cut to a specific length up to 50 consecutive feet, making them ideal for larger spaces. This form of gym flooring is intended for a more permanent installation with the use of either double-sided tape or glue adhesives. They are not meant to be mobile or move with you and is generally used for a long-term installation.

Rubber gym matting protects floor surfaces so that you can work out without the worry of damaging your expensive home flooring option! Click the link below to view our article on how rubber can protect floors from abrasive gym applications:


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