The most common type of gym flooring is rubber flooring. It’s a safe, non-slip surface that can withstand heavy weights and equipment. But most home gym flooring requires a hard, level subfloor to be placed on top.
Because carpet is soft and lacks the support needed for a home gym floor, it doesn’t always provide an ideal subsurface for rubber flooring to lay on. However, if removing your carpet is not an option, there are still some products that are suitable for this application.
This article will cover installing rubber flooring over your carpet when creating a home gym.
How to Look for Quality Rubber Flooring
While there are solutions for rubber flooring over carpet, if you plan to have a quality and permanent home gym, it’s worth considering setting the area on a non-carpeted floor.
A quality home gym floor is shock resistant, durable, easy to maintain, and protects your subfloor underneath.
The Best Type of Rubber Flooring for Carpet
The top rubber flooring for a home gym to safely use over carpet are VersaRUBBER™ mats or GatorSHOCK tiles. Both are designed to work well over top of carpet flooring, and both flooring options provide support during workouts while protecting the subfloor from weights and equipment.
If you have a low-pile carpet, it is key to use a high-quality rubber sheet, mat or tile that will be heavy enough to sit flat. Our VersaRUBBER™ sheets are a good option because they are vulcanized and have the ability to be installed without glue or tape.
If you have a plush, higher-pile carpet, there are fewer options, but there are still options. Our GatorSHOCK tiles are ultra-thick and are enough to be installed on most plush carpets. They have a unique X-Connector interlocking system that holds the tiles together and does not require any adhesive. Alternatively, a subfloor, such as thick plywood can be placed between your carpet and the rubber flooring of your choice. If you create a more solid subfloor by adding a rigid surface on top of your carpet, you will have more flooring options to choose from.
GatorSHOCK tiles and VersaRUBBER™ sheets are simple to install and offer impact-absorbing properties for your rubber flooring. Among their many benefits, GatorSHOCK tiles and VersaRUBBER™ mats are:
- Resistant to impact and damage
- Easy to install
- Water-resistant and easy to clean
- Durable and functional
- Versatile with speckled or full-colour options
Installing Rubber Flooring on Other Surfaces
When installing rubber flooring, make sure that the subfloor or base is flat and free of any bumps, protrusions, or cracks. This will give you the best results. Be aware that rubber contours to the inconsistencies of the flooring underneath, so if it is not level and even, it can often lead to gaps and an uneven finished surface. This will not only look bad but also create a hazard, so ensuring that your base or subfloor is level is essential. Achieving a stable and level floor is the most important thing to ensure your space is safe and looks great!
Rubber, however, is highly versatile. If you need help, we at Perfect Surfaces can answer your questions and help provide a solution!
Other Things to Consider
When choosing the right type of flooring for your home gym, some key factors to take into account are:
- The types of exercises you’ll be doing
- The kind of space you need to cover
- Your desired budget
Consult a Professional
The best way to ensure you choose the right type of rubber flooring for your home gym is to talk to one of our experienced flooring experts at Perfect Surfaces. Whether you need to lay flooring on the carpet or look for a more permanent solution, we can guide you in the right direction.
Check out our selection of high-quality products and rubber flooring, or contact us today at 1.888.363.6289 so we can help you create your perfect home gym!