carpet tile gym floor, southwest minneapolisYou’ve cleared out a spare room or your basement and are turning it home gym. Before you start pumping iron or bust out the exercise mat, you’ll need to make sure your floor is ready for its new role. What works for the rest of the house might not be suited for heavy machines or high-energy activities. It’s important that you choose a floor type that is easy to clean and provides a bit of cushioning to help protect your joints. Keep reading to learn more about three popular home gym flooring options for St. Louis Park owners!

Carpet

Commercial grade carpet is popular, all purpose, flooring option for home gyms. Designed to hold up to high traffic and to be easy to clean, commercial grade carpet is also relatively inexpensive. While less cushiony than more luxurious styles of carpet, the low-pile of commercial grade carpet still has enough give to provide some comfort for your joints — especially if installed with a carpet pad. Due to their modular design, carpet tiles are another popular gym choice, since you can easily replace individual tiles if they start to show signs of wear. One potential issue with carpet tile is that it isn’t the best choice if your home gym is located in a basement with poor ventilation or that’s prone to flooding. The damp conditions of basements can increase the likelihood of mildew and mold growth in the carpet.

Rubber

Rubber is extremely durable and is a favorite choice for home gym users who lift weights or have heavy equipment. Its closed cell construction means it doesn’t absorb moisture and makes it easy to clean. It also has antimicrobial properties, meaning it will resist mold and mildew growth. Another benefit of rubber flooring is that it’s an excellent sound insulator, helping keep your workout from disturbing the rest of the household. Unlike carpet, rubber flooring is a particularly good candidate if your home gym is located in a basement.

Cork

Cork flooring is a great, natural, option for your home gym if you prefer forms of exercise like cardio, yoga, or bodyweight training. Cork is also great at absorbing shock from higher energy activities like jump rope or kickboxing. Some benefits of cork flooring are that it dampens sound, is easy to maintain, and doesn’t producing any chemical fumes or require off-gassing. Cork flooring is also a good choice for people with allergies. While cork flooring is fairly durable, it can compress slightly under concentrated weight. This means that cork flooring may not be the best fit if you use heavy equipment, unless you place an exercise mat underneath to help distribute pressure more evenly.

If you would like to learn more about flooring options for your home gym, contact the experts at Floor Coverings International Southwest Metro Minneapolis areas.

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