Fitness Facility Flooring
What materials are best for fitness, recreation facility, gym and health club flooring?
Learn about sports surface applications and flooring solutions for health clubs or athletic facilities.
Learn about types of flooring products for uses in health clubs.
Not all health club flooring is equal. Materials used to manufacture various types of fitness, sports and recreation flooring (including their adhesives) range from urethane, poly vinyl chloride (PVC), rubber, recycled scrap rubber, polymers, vinyl and plastics. Fitness industry flooring covers a large selection of applications ranging from large sections of rolled rubber, interlocking floor tiles, and an assortment of glued-down segments of flooring. It is important to understand the fabrication process a manufacturer uses to develop these types of specialty flooring, using inadequate flooring solutions in conjunction with activities not suited for specific flooring or applications can be a costly mistake.
Fitness Flooring Systems › Rolled Rubber › Interlocking Floor Tiles
Vinyl and rolled rubber flooring for certain areas of your health club may make sense, specifically in large open areas that do not require significant protection from abrasion, such as you might find in a cardio area. Specialized formulations of rubber, plastics, and polymers are used to develop several interlocking flooring systems for aerobics rooms, free weight and group fitness areas, as well as specialty areas of a health club like martial arts, yoga and ground exercise rooms. Unlike the above mentioned rolled rubber and interlocking tiles for workout areas, wet areas require special materials and special application to secure a nonslip, safe, floor covering for health club members who are likely walking on wet surfaces found in shower and locker rooms, swimming and spa areas. Dense, non-slip, PVC interlocking tiles and related materials are best for this application.
Flooring Solutions › Aerobics, Free Weight, and High Traffic Areas
To get a better idea of what type of flooring you should use to meet the needs of your health club traffic, frequency of use, and specific activities or purpose—you might ask yourself a few questions about the type of fitness programming and physical activity each of your health club areas host. For example, in high traffic areas, such as hallways, offices, and conference rooms, rubber or less dense polymer flooring may not be your best option. Hard flooring or more dense flooring solutions, like heterogeneous PVC, will provide protection from long-term wear, abrasion, and prevent premature replacement. Along these lines but slightly different would be flooring for free-weight rooms. Free weight room flooring must be thick, dense, and provide a significant level of noise and vibration absorption—and be hard enough to withstand direct and repeated dropping of weights, scuffs, and protection from high volume abuse. This is a perfect example of how it might prove a costly mistake to use rolled rubber flooring in a free weight room because rolled rubber flooring tends to shrink excessively, gouge easily, and will wear prematurely. In direct contrast, an interlocking group fitness flooring system would require the installation of a flexible polymer or rubber based flooring that would provide a high level of shock absorption, antibacterial properties, water protection and thermal insulation.
We welcome you to speak with a representative today to get more information on specific styles, applications, and uses of several different types of flooring for health clubs. Our flooring specialists can help you to determine whether rolled rubber, interlocking tiles, specialty flooring, field turf or hardwood for sports and recreation will best serve your members in each area of your facility.