Considerations for Home Gym Flooring

Rod Lorenz

During the COVID lockdown, many people discovered the advantages of having a dedicated workout space in their homes. While many already have an idea of what equipment they will need, many don't realize how crucial choosing the right floor for your home gym is. So what is the best flooring for a home gym? 

Here's what you should consider:

Workout Equipment

Workout equipment can cause major damage to your floors, which is why you need to choose flooring that best suits your routine. Durable to withstand the routine and the impact from weights and machines, but also it should be cushioned properly for safety and health, protecting from scratches, dents, and gouges.


Every gym space is at risk for moisture. For instance will you crank the heat for a hot yoga session? Are your routines especially rigorous, leaving you sweating throughout the sessions? In small spaces, moisture can be a big problem. Consider how much moisture you’ll bring into the room before you finalize your flooring decision, or you could face a problem down the road.

Types of Home Gym Flooring

Popular flooring choices for a home gym are cork, rubber and luxury vinyl planks, both with great benefits that can suit your workout routine. We have even installed wood floors with lines on them for basketball or racquetball. 

Cork is an excellent floor for a workout space due to its honeycomb structure made up of tiny chambers filled with air. When you step on to cork, the air becomes compressed and released absorbing shock and providing a cushioning effect, making it very comfortable. The air trapped cells also reduce vibration and noise making it perfect for home gyms. 

Rubber is a popular choice in the sense that there are many different rubber floors options such as tiles, rolls, and mats. It comes in a range of thicknesses to suit your needs. Better suited for free weights and such, however, comes at the disadvantage of not being as aesthetically pleasing as most other floors.

Meanwhile, luxury vinyl planks offer a waterproof rigid core, which is one of the best in terms of durability. It can withstand many different activities, including weights, heavy equipment, and active workout routines such as basketball. It also provides moisture resistance, which can help prevent mold and mildew from growing. It’s also scratch and stain resistant, with a wide selection of looks and textures and price ranges to fit every budget.

No matter what your personal health routine, the team at Ralph's can help you find the perfect floor.

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