What flooring to install in a gym?


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“What is the most suitable type of flooring for a gym?”

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In the market there is a large variety of flooring types suitable for gyms and indoor athletic spaces. The final option depends on your needs, personal taste and cost. Let’s see the advantages of some of the most common solutions:

1. PVC flooring for indoor athletic spaces: Vinyl and PVC flooring is available both in sheets and tiles, in many sizes, colors and patterns. As a contemporary, mass produced material combines high quality with low cost. It is easily installed above any subfloor. The basic advantages are:

  • Long life cycle with minimum maintenance. 
  • Elasticity.
  • They are inflammable and hypo-allergic.
  • High resistance to circulation and hard use.
  • Resistance to chemicals.

2. Rubber flooring: This type is also available in sheets and tiles and in many colors and patterns. The main advantages are:

  • They are soft and flexible, ideal for walking and long standing.
  • Water impermeability.
  • inflammability.
  • Anti-slippery qualities.
  • The surface absorbs sound, which is very important for gyms.
  • Easy cleaning and mantainance.
  • Resistance to hard use.
  • The surface remains stable through hard use and time. 

3. Linoleum for indoor athletic spaces (Marmoleum sport): Marmoleum sport is an eco-friendly, recycleable material, produced from natural sources. It is available in many colors. The advantages of this type of flooring are: 

  • They are healthy with natural antibacterial qualities.
  • Easy cleaning and high resistance to chemicals, detergents and solvents.
  • The color does not fade in time and use.
  • Natural and permanent antistatic qualities.
  • Anti-slippery qualities.
  • Fire retardant surface.
  • Offers a pleasant, warm feeling.

4. Wood sport flooring. It is installed with the floating method without glues above a rubber or polyurethane underlayment. The main advantages are:

  • Quick and easy installation. However the maintenance cost is high.
  • Easy replacement in case of damage.


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