Over the years, flooring manufacturers have introduced high-performance, low-maintenance flooring options for every area of a fitness facility. One of the most important areas of any fitness center is the flooring. And, one of the best areas to renovate is the flooring.
New fitness flooring installation can give a facility a new look and feel, plus it shows members that you are willing to invest in their safety and performance (which aids in retention for existing members) and gives you an edge over the competition.
Types of Gym Flooring
Bamboo Flooring Installation
One of the least expensive areas for a fitness flooring installation upgrade is in the cardio area. More fitness centers are replacing carpeting with rubber flooring, which often is recycled. Rubber flooring not only provides more flexibility under machines, but it also is considerably more resilient under them. Rubber flooring also is easier to clean, is more hygienic, won’t stain and hides dirt well – all at an extremely low cost.
In addition to the traditional speckled rubber flooring, owners have aesthetically pleasing alternatives. One example is rubber tiles, which are solid color tiles that come in a myriad of colors, including custom colors and combinations of colors that can be custom-blended in individual tiles. Rubber tiles also work well in the free-weight area.
Another area where flooring should be replaced is in mind/body (Yoga, Pilates) and group exercise rooms. Changing the look of these spaces can add a lot of appeal, since so many members utilize these rooms. Change also is relatively quick and easy in these spaces, with most flooring installed in a day. In both of these areas, wood flooring installations – particularly maple and beech – have become the norm, as it is easier to clean than carpeting and does a better job of providing the precise traction needed for the exercises.
Bamboo flooring installation is another alternative that has been gaining ground in these rooms. Although it is not a hardwood, bamboo maintains all of the properties of traditional woods in that it can be sanded and refinished a number of times over its lifetime, and it shares the same surface hardness as maple or oak. Performance testing also indicates that the material behaves the same as any hardwood flooring on any of the safety standards tests. It also carries a unique Asian aesthetic, with the “knuckles” that are characteristic of bamboo, easily visible in the surface.
In the lobby, café and wet areas of the locker rooms, consider using large tiles with fewer grout lines. Carpet tile, rather than rolled carpet, installed in the offices, locker rooms and children’s area look great and help minimize expenses. Damaged or stained carpet tiles are quickly replaced.
Going Green With Your Gym Flooring
The idea of green fitness flooring is not new in the fitness industry. For years recycled rubber has been used in the weight room. More recently, new products made from rapidly renewable resources, like bamboo flooring installation, have entered the market. Others, such as the newer commercial-grade carpets, are made from recycled material and are low in volatile organic compounds (VOCs), providing a positive impact on indoor air quality.
The impact of green floor decisions extends well beyond installation. The key concept of sustainability is to reduce, reuse and recycle. The primary way to do this is to extend the life cycle of your flooring. Proper care and maintenance using green products will allow years of use without replacement, creating a path toward a healthy environment.
Contact Our Gym Flooring Installation Team Today
With any gym floor installation project you need to consider the type of activities that will take place in the area. Think about foot traffic, durability and lifespan, as well as comfort and safety. At East Coast Flooring & Interiors, we have installed commercial flooring in gyms across South Florida and beyond, and are ready to help you find the most suitable flooring for your facility.