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How to Install Rubber Flooring for a Personal Gym

A home gym is a great way to stay motivated to exercise. If you’re lucky enough to have the extra space in your house to assemble one, you need to consider what type of home gym flooring you want to use. Since a gym floor needs to withstand heavy impact, your typical home flooring choices might not be the best idea. However, once you decide on the right flooring (hint: it’s rubber), the installation is a project you can complete yourself.

Selecting the Right Type of Floor

Exercise equipment in a personal gym

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While carpet or hardwood may work in the rest of your house, there are special considerations you need to keep in mind when selecting flooring for a home gym. Carpet is too thick and can shred when you’re moving equipment around, and it’s not easy to clean. On the other hand, a hard floor, such as tile or wood, can break if a weight is accidentally dropped on it, and it doesn’t provide any cushioning for impact exercises.

Different Types of Rubber Flooring

Exercise bikes on rubber flooring

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The best option for home gym flooring is rubber. Rubber has many advantages that traditional flooring can’t offer. First, it’s very easy to clean. If you get any sweat on rubber, you simply need some soapy water to wipe it away. Second, rubber provides excellent cushioning for impact exercises, and is strong enough to support heavy weights and exercise equipment.

When you’re looking to buy rubber flooring, there are a few different styles available. You can either purchase this flooring in a roll or in individual tiles. Rubber rolls are ideal if you want a cohesive look while rubber tiles are a good choice for gym designs that you want to change or move. Luckily, no matter which style you choose, installing gym flooring isn’t as difficult as you think.

Installing a Rubber Roll With Double-Sided Tape

To install rubber roll flooring with double-sided tape, you’ll need the following tools:

  • Rubber roll
  • Double-sided tape
  • Straight edge
  • Utility knife
  • Carpet roller

To begin your project, make sure your subfloor is clean and that there is no grease, dirt, or dust on it. Open the rubber rolls and lay them across the room the way you want them installed. Be sure to check the color and any pattern directions on each roll as you lay it out. If one section doesn’t look like it matches, turn it 180 degrees so the pattern and color are the same.

If you get to the wall and need to trim any excess rubber away, use the straight edge and the utility knife. Make sure you use a fresh blade in the utility knife to prevent tearing or ragged edges.

When you have the flooring down and cut to the dimensions of the room, apply the double-sided tape to the perimeter of each rubber roll. Next, remove the release paper and firmly push the rubber back into place. After one hour, the adhesive on the tape has started to set. At this point, use a 50- or 100-pound carpet roller to push the rubber firmly on the tape. If you don’t have access to a carpet roller, you can also use your feet to stomp down on the rubber.

Installing a Rubber Roll With Glue

To install rubber roll flooring using glue, make sure you have the following tools available:

  • Rubber roll
  • Glue
  • Straight edge
  • Utility knife
  • Carpet roller

Just like installing rubber roll with tape, you’ll want to make sure your subfloor is clean of all grease, dirt, and dust before you begin. Since you’re using glue, you’ll also want to be sure that your subfloor is dry and free of moisture. Once that task is done, roll out the rubber rolls in the same way you would like them to look when you’re done installing them. Again, make sure the design and color match.

Once you get to the wall, use the utility knife and straight edge to trim away the excess rubber. After you have the rolls laid out the way you want, roll them back up to one end of the room. In a 10-foot long area of the floor, apply a light layer of glue to the subfloor. Unroll 10 feet of the rubber flooring and press it firmly into the glue. Repeat this process every 10 feet until the entire roll is glued to the floor.

After all the rolls are glued down, you should use a 100-pound carpet roller to be sure the rubber has adhered tightly to the glue. As with the double-sided tape, you can also use your feet to stomp down on the rubber if you don’t have a carpet roller.

Installing Interlocking Rubber Tiles

Rubber tiles are perfect if you don’t want your gym floor installation to be permanent. They’re also incredibly easy to install because they’re basically a giant jigsaw puzzle. Interlocking rubber tiles come in three styles: center, border, and corner. Center tiles have interlocking edges on all four sides, border tiles have interlocking edges on three sides, and corner tiles have interlocking edges on two sides. To install rubber tile flooring, you will need:

  • Rubber tiles
  • Utility knife
  • Straight edge
  • Measuring tape

Again, you will need to clean the floor so that it’s free of any grease, dust, or dirt. If you’re installing all center tiles, start in the middle of the room and work out from that point. When you reach a wall and you can’t fit another tile, measure the distance between the wall and the installed tile. Use the utility knife and straight edge to cut your rubber tile to that width.

If you’re using corner and border tiles, start in one corner of the room and use one corner tile. Continue up the wall using border tiles, and then use the center tiles to tile out toward the middle of the room.

While there are plenty of gym floor designs to choose from, rubber flooring is the ideal material. Not only does it have many advantages over carpet, wood, or tile, it’s also very easy to install.

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