Ever wonder what the heck is actually on the floor at your gym? Gym tile flooring is something many of us see all the time, but no one really recognizes or pays much attention to what it is. And certainly, most of us don’t know where to start when we want to buy gym tiles. The good news is, you’ve already found the place with the best gym floor tiles. Now you just need a little more information. There are a few different options in the gym flooring world; among the most popular: gym tiles. Everyone loves how easy it is to put gym tiles together. They all fit perfectly together like a puzzle, making installation an easy, one day, DIY project. If you’re not hiring a professional to install your gym flooring, gym floor tiles are an excellent option.
Rubber Gym Tiles
Rubber gym tiles are like jeans: a perfect, trustworthy closet staple that comes in multiple variations, some better than others (acid wash, we are not looking at you…), but they always just work. Rubber tiles are the most popular gym tiles and that can be summed up in one word: versatility. Other types of gym tiles have very specific applications - like those work pants that look great in the office, but you’d never wear for a night on the town. In fact, many of our rubber gym tiles are versatile enough for both easy, lightweight workouts and intense powerlifting. Most rubber gym tiles are judged by their thickness. It’s like the opposite of Cosmo: The thickest tiles are, usually, the best in terms of standing up to heavy weights. But I’ll let you in on a little secret: For 95% of uses, you are really more than fine with an 8mm gym tile.
Foam Gym Tiles
Do you want a cozier, more colorful, playful feeling for your gym? Foam gym tiles are an excellent choice! These gym tiles are perfect for making a gym into a multi use space for play time, working out and relaxing. Foam gym tiles give you that extra cushion that many of our joints are screaming for (I mean...it’s not easy getting older, I’m just sayin’...) and they can also quickly and easily add a pop of color to your gym. Foam gym tiles are highly recommended for lightweight workouts. If you’d like to use weight machines like treadmills, ellipticals, and full body strength machines, we recommend using furniture sliders to alleviate some of the pressure on these soft, cushiony gym tiles.
Carpet Gym Tiles
For a different approach to a softer surface, carpet-topped gym tiles are a great and popular choice. These gym flooring tiles are backed with either rubber, PVC or vinyl to make them durable and resilient enough for your home workouts. Carpet gym tiles are easy to install and even easier to maintain! Just give ‘em a quick vacuum and you’re good to go. The best part of these gym flooring tiles is that, unlike traditional carpet, if one tile does become stained or damaged, you can easily replace with a new carpet gym tile without breaking the bank replacing your floor.
Hard Plastic Gym Tiles
Do you need a gym floor tile perfect for all the action of your sports team? Hard plastic gym floor tiles are gonna get you on your A game! With options for both indoor and outdoor gym tiles, you will find the perfect tile to fit your needs.
Residential Gym Tiles
Not all gyms are the same and, therefore, not all gyms have the same flooring needs. For residential gym floor tiles, we recommend ¼” or 8mm thickness if you are choosing rubber gym tiles. You may also go with foam gym tiles for a lightweight gym, or PVC gym tiles for a garage gym that can easily double as a workspace. Foam gym floor tiles are perfect for a cozier, colorful home gym that can also double as a playroom. They will support bodyweight and lightweight workouts, but not heavy cardio (treadmill, elliptical) equipment or heavy barbels. If you plan to use heavy barbels in your home gym, you will want to go with the 8mm rubber gym tiles. Do not let other people fool you: you do not need crazy ½” and 1” gym tiles! You are welcome to purchase those but, we promise, they are unnecessary.
Commercial Gym Tiles
If you own a commercial gym, you need some gym flooring tiles that will stand up to your high traffic because obviously your gym is the most amazing gym ever and ALL OF THE PEOPLE go there. But seriously, you will get more traffic than a typical home gym and your gym tiles need to be able to stand up to the task. Chances are you will also have people using a range of weights and you need an all purpose gym floor tile to take on that task. We recommend going with an ⅜” gym tile thickness, but you can certainly go higher if you wish.
Gym Tile Thickness Options
Gym Tile Shipping Info
Gym floor tiles can be heavy! We know, it’s not our favorite thing, but we make it easy, fast and affordable with gym tile shipping locations on both east and west coast and the midwest! In fact, some of our gym tiles ship in just 1-2 business days!
Gym Tile Installation
- First, clean your sub floor so it is free of all dirt, grease or debris.
- Snap a chalk line on the sub floor 24” from one wall in your room. Snap another chalk line on the subfloor 24” from an adjacent wall. You should now have a pair of perpendicular lines making an approximate 90-degree angle.
- Begin laying the interlocking tiles along the chalk lines, snapping the locks together as you go.
- Leave the perimeter of the room open until the field is installed.
- After the field is covered, go back and cut in tiles along the walls in the room. It is recommended to leave a gap along the wall roughly the thickness of the tiles being used to account for expansion and contraction of the floor in varied temperature ranges.
**Note: When piecing interlocking tiles together, adhesives are usually not used since the weight of the locked together product is usually enough to keep the floor tiles from moving. However, if you do experience movement and would like to ensure that the tiles do not slide at all, some double-sided tape or mat tape can be used around the perimeter of the installation to prevent any movement.