Updated at: 26-10-2022 - By: Helen Skeates

Undertaking a rubber surfacing project sounds exciting and fun. After all, rubber flooring offers several advantages and is highly versatile compared to the traditional flooring options. Further, it’s easy to install and maintain and offers cushioning for high-impact activities. All these features make rubber surfacing a great flooring option.

However, installing and maintaining rubber surfacing can be quite tricky, especially if you lack adequate knowledge on this subject.

Rubcorp Distribution LLC is a premier source of rubber surfacing components with a mission to help people make informed flooring decisions. We are an authority in the rubber flooring industry and would like to address all your questions related to rubber surfacing.

Whether you have queries regarding the installation of rubber surfacing or are looking to repair/ maintain your existing flooring, this guide will help you get clear and accurate information. Read on to know more.

Use & Durability

Before you purchase any floor, you need to know exactly how you’ll be using it and whether or not it can hold up to whatever you throw at it.

Is rubber flooring durable?

The quick answer is: yes! Super durable, in fact.

Rubber flooring is specially designed to stand up to heavy workouts and high-traffic areas. That means it can take a beating from your barbell and it can hold up to hundreds of people walking over it for days on end.

Common Questions About Rubber Flooring

Of course, durability varies between products.

All rubber is durable for your high-traffic and commercial spaces. When it comes to gym and playground flooring, that’s where it gets a little more tricky.

While the common misconception is that thicker rubber means higher durability, that’s not really true. The thickness is more of a bodyguard for your subfloor, with thicker rubber protecting your subfloor from heavier weights.

Durability, however, is about density. A super dense rubber is super tough and durable, while a low-density rubber can be ripped apart with your bare hands.

Vulcanized and virgin rubber are the most durable, while eco rolls are the least. If you need superb durability, make sure to avoid those eco options.

Where is rubber flooring used?

Rubber flooring is extremely versatile. While primarily used as gym flooring, rubber flooring is also commonly used in playgrounds, outdoors and other high-traffic areas that require durable and/or waterproof flooring, such as doggy daycare, dugouts, basements, boats, storage sheds, ice skating rinks, locker rooms and more.

Is rubber flooring waterproof?

One of the best things about rubber flooring is it’s extremely water-resistant! Spilled water, sweaty workouts, heck, even the ocean! No water is too much for rubber flooring.

In the event that you need to be 100% certain no water ever reaches your subfloor, you can use a seam sealer where the tiles interlock or where your rolls meet. However, for most cases, that is not necessary.

Can rubber flooring be used outdoors?

Rubber floors are a great outdoor flooring option, as well. They are ultra-durable, specially designed to handle lots of use and abuse.

Tips for outdoor rubber flooring success:

  • Keep flooring covered. While some outdoor rubber flooring options are UV-stable, others may fade under direct sunlight. We suggest checking the product to make sure you take proper precautions.
  • Be cautious of the elements. While rubber flooring is water-resistant, there are many more elements that get into our rain and snow, such as salts. Most rubber flooring is porous and salts can get trapped in the pores.
  • Account for expansion. With temperature fluctuation, rubber flooring may expand and contract.


Once you start shopping, the process can quickly become overwhelming. There’s honestly not a lot to it once you get started. Here are the main things you need to know when you start shopping for rubber flooring.

How much does rubber flooring cost?

Rubber flooring ranges in price from under $1/sqft all the way to over $18/sqft.

Whoa! That is quite the range, eh?

There are many variables that factor in to determine cost. Our most popular gym flooring typically runs anywhere from $1.50/sqft-$3.50/sqft.

The good news is, rubber flooring is super DIY-friendly so your cost (typically) just comes down to materials and shipping.

Here’s what it would look like to floor a typical 10’x10’ home gym with rubber floor tiles.

Thickness Good Deal Price by Sqft Average Shipping Cost Good Deal Total Cost
1/4″ $1.89 $50 $250
8mm $2.36 $125 $460
3/8″ $3.07 $280 $800
1/2″ $3.18 $520 $1,280

And here’s what it would look like to floor a typical 10’x10’ home gym with rubber flooring rolls.

Thickness Good Deal Price by Sqft Average Shipping Cost Good Deal Total Cost
1/4″ $1.31 $240 $480
8mm $1.51 $255 $530
3/8″ $1.91 $275 $620
1/2″ $2.31 $320 $740

Note: Prices vary and are subject to change at any time. Shipping costs vary by location and these averages were calculated averaging locations in the US, excluding Hawaii and Canada.

How do I choose the right thickness for rubber flooring?

One of the most important decisions you need to make is which thickness do you want for your rubber floor. There’s more to it than this, but the typical rule of thumb is: the thicker the rubber, the more durable the floor.

Ultra-thin rubber flooring can hold up to bodyweight exercises, light dumbbells, high-traffic areas, etc. Medium thicknesses are great for commercial gyms, CrossFit, powerlifting, Olympic lifting etc. Ultra-thick rubber tiles are typically used for playgrounds where you need premium shock absorbency and safety ratings.

Here’s a quick breakdown of our most popular thicknesses:

  • 8mm – Most popular for home gyms.
  • 3/8” – Most popular for commercial gyms and CrossFit.
  • 1/2” – Ultra-thick commercial gym / CrossFit flooring.
  • 3/4” – Ultra-thick commercial gym / CrossFit flooring.
  • 1” – Ultra-thick gym tiles that you can install over plush carpet or residential playground tiles.
  • 2”+ – Residential & commercial playground tiles.


Rubber flooring is one of the easiest flooring options to install. Here are a few popular questions on the installation process.

Can you install rubber flooring over carpet?

Yes, you can! You can easily install rubber flooring over a short, low-pile carpet. Additionally, you can install ultra-thick 1” rubber tiles, such as Monster Tiles even over plush carpets.

If you go for a thinner tile or rubber roll and cannot rip up your plush carpet, you can lay plywood over the plush carpet and install your rubber flooring over your plywood.

Can you seal rubber flooring?

You sure can. We offer a Rubber Floor Finish and Sealer that you can use over over interlocks and seams to keep liquids from seeping into your subfloor.

How do I cut rubber flooring?

Sometimes you end up with a little extra material. Not to worry; learning how to cut rubber flooring is quite simple.

  1. Measure the size of your cut.
  2. Measure it again. No, really. You can’t go back once you make a cut so we always say to measure twice, cut once.
  3. Use a straight edge and chalk to mark the cut.
  4. Place your straight edge on the chalk line and use a sharp utility knife to score your floor, adding a deep crease in the rubber.
  5. Pick up the rubber and bend it at that crease to break it open further.
  6. Return the rubber flooring to the ground and continue scoring the rest of the way through until your cut is complete.

Cleaning & Maintenance

Once you have your floor, you want to keep it looking sharp. Here’s how you’ll take care of it.

How do I clean rubber flooring?

Good news; learning how to clean rubber flooring is super easy.

  1. Give it a quick vacuum to get rid of any loose crumbs, dust or debris.
  2. Occasionally, use a damp mop with a mild soap and water cleaning solution.
  3. Sit back and enjoy!

For ideal gentle soaps, you can purchase Tide laundry detergent or Dawn dish detergent. Or, get everything in one place – we offer some cleaning and seam-protecting solutions for your convenience.

  • Rubber Floor Cleaner and Degreaser. Your easy, all-in-one rubber floor cleaner.
  • Seam Sealer. Use this on the seams of your tiles to prevent liquids from seeping down into your subfloor.

Note: Do not use any solvent or oil-based cleaners, such as Pine-Sol, Lysol. Murphy’s Oil Soap, WD40, paint thinner, etc. These cleaners may damage the floor over time.


From the rubber smell to environmental responsibility, a few more common customer questions.

Does rubber flooring smell?

I mean….yes. Rubber flooring does have the smell of, well, rubber. Some rubber flooring products smell stronger than others, depending on the type of raw material used or how the flooring was made.

Here’s the real deal: when you first get your flooring, the smell will be the strongest, but after installing your rubber flooring, the room and floor will air out over the next few days/weeks.

Once your rubber floor has had the opportunity to fully air out, you won’t even notice the rubber scent without bending over and physically putting your nose up to the flooring.

So…maybe doing burpees? But that just gives you an excuse not to hang out down there and get movin’!

How do I get rid of the rubber smell?

As I mentioned above, letting your rubber air out is the best way to reduce the rubber smell.

Additionally, you can give it a nice wash with a mild soap and water cleaning solution like Dawn or Tide. This will help alleviate some of that rubber smell.

Is rubber flooring eco-friendly?

Absolutely! In fact, most rubber flooring options are made from recycled rubber.

Did you know each rubber tire creates approximately 40 lbs of rubber flooring? That means that every 100 sqft gym saves about 5 tires from ending up in our landfill.

Additionally, almost all of our rubber flooring options are made right here in the USA. Choosing American-made product reduces your carbon footprint by reducing carbon emissions associated with transportation, according to Recyclebank.

Rubber Surfacing Applications FAQs

Where can rubber surfacing be installed?

By nature, rubber has a high coefficient of friction, which means it offers resistance to motion on the surface. That explains its anti-skid properties. Moreover, rubber can absorb the vibration impact and spread it through the surfaces. This reduces the strain that a person or equipment can suffer owing to a fall.

Hence, rubber surfacing is ideal for any indoor or outdoor area that demands a permanent, non-slip, and resilient surface. Rubcorp offers a wide range of rubber surfacing solutions that enhance the comfort and aesthetics of an area.

We have had a rich experience in offering customized rubber surfacing solutions for casino resorts, theme parks, recreational areas, playgrounds, daycares, commercial spaces, celebrity homes, senior care centers, and even quadruple-care facilities.

What makes rubber surfacing ideal for indoor and outdoor areas?

Rubber surfacing is water-resistant, possesses natural elasticity, can withstand high-volume foot traffic, and needs very less maintenance. All these factors make rubber floors ideal for areas like gyms and weight rooms, garages, playgrounds, basements, trade shows, and others.

Not to forget, rubber offers extra grip in comparison to vinyl, ceramic tiles, or wood. This reduces the landing impact and the risk of serious injuries owing to slips and falls. Think of all those situations where the risk of slips is high, like a senior care center, play area, bathroom, or a wet deck. Rubber flooring works in all these areas and more!

Will rubber surfacing look good in a residential space?

Besides all the benefits shared above, rubber surfacing is aesthetically pleasing and can be customized to give a classic stone or asphalt look. You can choose from a wide variety of shades we offer to give your living area a welcoming and vibrant look.

Rubber surfacing is the most cost-effective, environmentally-friendly, safe, durable, and modern flooring option available today. Get in touch with our team of experts to know your options!

Installation FAQs

What is poured-in-place rubber surfacing?

Poured-in-place surfacing comprises fine rubber particles applied on two layers, namely the base and wear layers, for maximum safety. The base layer has bulky rubber scraps for shock absorption whereas the wear layer is the colored EPDM layer. The mixture is poured and troweled on the subfloor and cured on site.

Poured-in-place rubber is increasingly preferred for a variety of spaces because of the following features

– Absorbs shocks and reduces the impact of falls
– Is customizable and allows unlimited designing possibilities
– Is ideal for indoor and outdoor spaces
– Makes an area wheelchair and walker-accessible
– Requires minimum maintenance and cleaning
– Proves to be an affordable option in the long term

Get in touch with us to know more!

Can I install rubber surfacing on my own?

A typical rubber surface is made up of EPDM (Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer), TPV (Thermoplastic Vulcanizate), and/or recycled rubber granules. For the safety surfacing process, this mix is combined with a polyurethane binder. This is directly poured over the existing cracked and uneven surface like concrete asphalt, interlock brick, wood, steel, tile, flagstone, limestone, or even gravel.

How Thick Should Gym Flooring Mats Be? Your Questions Answered

As you can see, installing rubber surfacing is a rigorous process that involves steps like application assessment, measuring and estimating, knowing the mixing ratios and environmental adjustments, surface preparation, and paying attention to other details like the seams, fillings, and paddings.

Rubber flooring is not a DIY project. You need a pro to guide you! Rubcorp’s team of certified installers are trained to methodically install the rubber flooring and bring a satisfactory smile on your face!

Can rubber surfacing be installed on a carpeted surface?

The answer to this question depends on where the flooring is being installed. Installing rubber surfacing on a carpeted floor adds a comfort factor to the surface. This may be ideal for bedrooms or even the living room. However, the combination isn’t a good idea if it’s for your home gym or a play area.

For workouts, you need a firm ground with adequate shock-absorbing potential. Rubber on carpet makes the subfloor uneven and unstable for physical activities, increasing the risk of fall injuries. Also, due to the rigorous gym activities, the top rubber floor may come apart or ripple over time.

So, if you have a carpeted area, you have two choices –

– Get rid of the carpet – This is the easiest and the most inexpensive option. This will offer an even and stable surface for the poured-in-place rubber flooring.

– Add a layer of plywood before installing the rubber floor – If ripping the carpet out is not an option, you can add a subfloor on it using a plywood. Though this option is time and energy-consuming it can help you alter the surface as per your needs.

What subfloor can rubber surfacing be installed on?

Rubcorp has undertaken several projects on a variety of sub-bases like concrete, tarmac, wood, crushed stone, sand, aluminum, steel, and even carpet. All of our clients are happy and can vouch for the fact that Rubcorp’s rubber surfacing can work wonders on any subfloor.

How long does it take to install rubber surfacing?

Rubcorp’s team typically takes two days to install the flooring. It depends on the existing state of the surface, the shape of the area, and the specific requirements.

Performance and Durability FAQs

Is rubber surfacing durable?

The durability of rubber is related to its density and the process of vulcanization. Dense rubber is tough and durable. Also, vulcanized and virgin rubber are proven to be tenacious and durable.

Rubcorp’s rubber surfacing is specially designed to withstand the wear and tear caused by heavy workouts and foot traffic.

Is rubber surfacing waterproof?

Rubber is naturally impervious to water and offers great traction even in wet conditions. Rubber flooring does not absorb water, sweat, or other liquids, making it an ideal flooring option for moisture or flood-prone areas.

To make sure that no water reaches the subfloor, you can use a seam sealer in places where the flooring interlocks. However, that’s not a necessity.

Is the product ADA compliant?

Rubcorp’s flooring meets the ADA requirements. The flooring makes the area accessible for people with disabilities and those using wheelchairs and walkers.

How long will the surfacing last?

As shared earlier, rubber flooring is resilient to wear and tear. Rubcorp offers a warranty of 5 years; however, it all depends on the way you use and maintain the rubber floor. We have completed several projects and all our clients are extremely pleased with the quality and durability of the product.

Technical FAQs

How does rubber surfacing perform under tough weather conditions?

Rubcorp’s rubber flooring is highly durable and waterproof. It’s known to withstand harsh weather conditions, from the scorching heat of Arizona to the winters of North Dakota.

Unlike concrete, stone, or tarmac, rubber does not absorb heat. Since it is porous, rubber creates an airflow, allowing it to retain its temperature without getting too hot or cold due to the external weather. This helps the rubber floor to remain stable in all weather conditions.

Will the color of the EPDM rubber surfacing fade over time?

Rubcorp’s high-quality EPDM rubber is UV stable, making it ideal for a multitude of applications and surfacing solutions. Our polyurethane resins are engineered to withstand the harshest UV & chemical conditions while maintaining a low VOC rating.

Also, we offer Rubcorp Poly Coat that can be sprayed or rolled on a post-cure surface for ultra-UV protection.

How can I determine the ideal rubber surfacing thickness?

One of the most important decisions you need to make when installing rubber flooring is what thickness to go for.

The simple answer to this is, it will depend on its application.

For instance, if you are planning to set up a home gym, an ultra-thin rubber flooring (about 8mm thick) can hold up bodyweight exercises and light dumbbells.

However, in the case of playgrounds or kids gyms, the thickness will depend on the fall height of the play structure. Here’s a quick reference chart as per the ASTM F1292 standards.

One important point to remember is that the fall height protection will vary based on the underlying subfloor. Therefore, only an expert can guide you with the right flooring thickness.

Rubcorp strives to meet the latest ASTM standards when installing poured-in-place rubber and safety surfaces. Get in touch with our team to choose the right rubber flooring thickness for your area.

What is Rubcorp’s rubber surfacing made of?

Rubber floor from Rubcorp is made using small rubber granules with a specially-formulated resin, mixed on-site, poured in place, and trowelled to accommodate the surface.

How do I clean the rubber surface?

Rubber surfaces are super-easy to clean, stain-resistant, and prevent fungal, bacterial, and mold growth. Thus, with minimal effort, you can have a spotlessly clean area to yourself.

To begin with, vacuum the area to get rid of loose crumbs, dust, or debris. Next, mop the surface using a mild soap or a rubber floor cleaner or degreaser easily available at any utility store. Avoid using oil or solvent-based cleaning solutions as they may damage the surface over time.

Rubber surfacing is a one-time investment. Install it once and enjoy the returns for many years to come.

Is there anything that can be done to enhance the durability of the surfacing?

Rubber flooring is quite durable and resistant to the regular wear and tear. At Rubcorp, our team takes a lot of care to check each inch of the installed flooring before handing it over to the client.

If you already have a rubber surfacing, check to see whether the seams and interlocks are sealed completely. Most rubber surfacing firms miss out on such minute details and that can cost you later. Use a seam sealer to ensure that there’s a water-tight seal between the seams, preventing liquids from seeping in the subfloor.

Rubcorp’s rubber surfacing is practically maintenance-free. The surface can stand up to wide temperature differences and seasonal elements without cracking.

Can rubber surfacing be repaired?

In case of damage, the affected area can be easily replaced by re-pouring the safety rubber-resin mix. The new material blends in easily with the rest of the surface, leaving no trace of the repairs.

Rubcorp’s team of certified professionals is experienced in handling such tricky tasks.

Are there any maintenance tips for outdoor surfacing?

Outdoor rubber flooring is subject to a lot of wear and tear by various factors. Though rubber is tenacious and durable, we would recommend the following tips to improve its longevity.

– Invest in UV-stable rubber flooring like that of Rubcorp to prevent the product from fading over time.
– Rubber floor is porous, causing salts from the rainwater or seawater to get trapped in it. Clean the surface regularly with a mild cleaning solution to get rid of deposits.
– Make sure the installation team accounts for the expansion and contraction of rubber. Rubcorp’s team of experts are aware of these technical details and factor them in when working on a project.

General FAQs

Is rubber surfacing environment friendly?

At Rubcorp, the rubber surfacing is mostly made using recycled and pre-cycled tire materials. Discarded tires are a huge problem in the landfills, thus adding to the methane emissions. By choosing rubber flooring over others, you can reduce the number of waste tires going to the landfill, thus minimizing your carbon footprint.

Is rubber surfacing toxic?

There have been several concerns about the dangerous chemicals, like arsenic, benzene,  nickel, and cadmium among others found in rubber. However, the Recycled Rubber Safety Council puts things in context. Here’s what they have to say!

‘Rubber in turf has less arsenic than rice; less cadmium than in lobster; less nickel than in chocolate; and less benzene than in a can of soda.’

That sounds less scary, doesn’t it?

Chemicals become toxins only in dangerous proportions (not in traces). Their mere existence doesn’t make them toxic. You wouldn’t stop eating a banana just because potassium is potentially toxic in large proportions!

Further, it’s proven that there’s no link between cancer and exposure to rubber. Check out this research paper from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Tire Industry Association (TIA). To date, there have been more than 110 studies talking about the safety of rubber flooring.

Is rubber surfacing an animal-friendly surfacing option?

Absolutely! Rubber floor is great for animals because of the following features –

– It is skid-resistant, offering great traction and footing for quadrupeds.
– It is scratch and stain-resistant.
– It offers soft cushioning for pets. It makes comfortable bedding for large animals.
– It is durable and can withstand the weight of animals. It can also take the weight of horses and the wear and tear from their hooves.
– It’s low-maintenance and easy to clean. Pet messes can be cleaned in no time!
– It is eco-friendly.

Rubcorp understands the challenges faced by livestock owners when caring for, transporting, and maintaining valuable livestock. Our Quadru-Care line of surfacing systems is specially designed to protect animals.

Count on Rubcorp to install a suitable flooring for horse stalls and trailers, barns, pig and cow mats, kennels, and pet daycares.

Does rubber surfacing smell?

Rubber flooring does smell of rubber but only when it’s newly installed. Therefore, after installation, our team advises clients to air out the room for a few days or weeks (depending on the area covered) to let the smell fade off.

Once the room is aired enough, you won’t even notice the smell unless you bend down too close to the flooring.

That does give you a reason to be quick with your plank! 🙂

How can we get rid of the smell?

As mentioned above, just airing the area for a few days or weeks will help. However, you can also use a mild cleaning solution to regularly clean the area and alleviate the smell.

What’s the cost of installing rubber surfacing?

Several variables need to be factored in when determining the cost of rubber surfacing. Tell us about your requirement on [email protected] and our team will get back to you with a tailored solution to improve your area’s functionality and appeal at the best price possible.

What colors of pour-in-place rubber surfacing are available?

Rubcorp has a wide range of colors available to complement your overall decor.

You can also choose to blend them to achieve a speckled look. The speckled flooring adds aesthetic value to the room and camouflages dirt in high-foot traffic areas.

Summing Up

We’ve put up this list of frequently asked questions to address all your concerns regarding rubber surfacing. If we haven’t answered a specific question you have on your mind, please get in touch with us and we’d be happy to help!

The 11 Best Home Gym Floors

When putting together a home gym setup, many people neglect one of the most important details—gym flooring.

While less obvious, proper home gym flooring provides a supportive and forgiving surface for your workouts. It also protects your knees during lunges and your wrists during pushups. One of the other benefits of quality gym flooring is that it can prevent unwanted damage to the permanent floors in your home.

“The right floor not only protects the surface where it’s placed but allows you to be comfortable and feel at home during a workout,” says Ashton Ferrazzo, fitness professional and owner of Freedom Fitness Equipment. “People underestimate the value of a good floor system, as it allows you to do almost anything on its surface—as long as you buy the right material!”

Gym flooring comes in a variety of materials and sizes, and it’s designed to withstand multiple exercises. When selecting flooring for your home gym, you’ll want to consider your personal workout needs. “Choosing the right floor depends on what type of exercise you are going to be doing and what equipment you are going to use,” Victoria Popoff, XPRO for Club Pilates GO, says. Make sure your flooring is comfortable, thick, and durable enough to withstand your most intense workouts.

Here are the best home gym flooring options on the market.

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: BalanceFrom Puzzle Exercise Mat


  • Two-sided, anti-slip surface
  • Three thickness options
  • Easy to assemble


  • Some quality control issues
  • May lack durability

An excellent fit for most home gyms, this mat features a double-sided nonslip surface—keeping it in place during use and providing grip against your athletic shoes. The 0.75-inch high-density EVA foam provides ample cushion and support for your joints while remaining sturdy enough for jumping and balancing movements. The mat is available in two thicknesses—0.5 inches and 1 inch—to fit your personal workout needs.

The 96-square-foot mat includes 4-square-foot tiles that interlock thanks to a puzzle-like design. And if you need to cover more or less space, the brand offers multiple sets in a variety of sizes. The easy-to-assemble style is helpful if you need to regularly move your gym floor from one place to the next. And the moisture-resistant foam can be quickly cleaned with a mixture of soap and water.

Thickness: 0.5–1 inches | Tile Quantity: Six to 36 | Mat Dimensions: 24 x 24 inches (per tile)

Best Budget: ProsourceFit Puzzle Exercise Mat


  • High-density EVA foam material
  • Available in multiple colors
  • Puzzle-like design for easy storage


  • Only one thickness option
  • Some quality control issues
  • May not fit together very tightly

ProsourceFit’s Puzzle Exercise Mat is made with high-density EVA foam that makes it grippy and comfortable. Since the mat is water-resistant, it’s also easy to clean and non-slip—making it ideal for especially sweaty workouts. One thing to note about the mat is that it’s only 0.5 inches thick which is slightly thinner than most home gym flooring options.

Designed like a puzzle, the ProsourceFit Exercise Mat can be pieced together to cover the floor space in your home gym. It’s available in six-piece sets, 12-piece sets, and 36-piece sets—meaning it can cover home gyms between 24 and 144 square feet. Another perk is that it comes in three colors which allows you to customize the look of your home gym.

Thickness: 0.5 inches | Tile Quantity: Six to 36 | Mat Dimensions: 24 x 24 inches (per tile)

Best for Over Carpet: GXMMAT Extra Large Exercise Mat


  • Two-sided anti-slip surface
  • Only one piece for easy transport
  • Comes with Velcro straps and carrying bag


  • Only available in one size
  • Only one thickness option
  • Thinner than most options

Since fewer pieces mean minimal shifting and more stability, many people prefer one large mat when working out in a carpeted room. The GXMMAT Exercise Mat easily rolls out when you want to get some exercise, and it features an extra-large surface area for all types of cardiovascular exercises, core workouts, and weight training sessions.

The mat features double-sided, non-slip surfaces—making it safe to use without shoes if preferred. It’s also crafted with 7-millimeter memory foam for both comfort and stability. The foam is resistant to tears, scratches, abrasion, and weight impact and it even comes with three Velcro straps and a carrying bag for easy roll-up and storage.

Thickness: 0.27 inches | Tile Quantity: One | Mat Dimensions: 10 x 6 feet

Best Artificial Grass: Sorbus Grass Mat Interlocking Tiles


  • Faux turf surface
  • Crafted from thick EVA foam
  • Waterproof and good for outdoor use


  • Only one thickness option
  • Prone to shedding

If you want to turn your porch, patio, or yard into a workout space, artificial grass can be a great option. Sorbus’ Grass Matt Interlocking Tiles work a lot like indoor gym flooring—they come in sets of small tiles, which you can piece together to cover the ground or floor. This particular set comes with 12 tiles, each of which measures 24 inches by 24 inches. That means that if you piece them all together, you’ll end up with 48 square feet of artificial grass.

The artificial grass on each tile is made of plastic, and underneath the faux turf, you’ll find plush EVA foam. These materials combine to create 1-inch-thick tiles, which are designed to effectively cushion you as you exercise. The waterproof tiles are also durable enough to withstand your workouts, and grippy enough to stay in place as you move around.

Thickness: 1 inch | Tile Quantity: 12 | Mat Dimensions: 24 x 24 inches (per tile)

Best Extra-Thick: BalanceFrom Tri-Fold Exercise Mat


  • Extra-thick design
  • EVA foam and puncture-resistant vinyl
  • Foldable for easy transport


  • Available in one size only
  • Only one thickness option
  • Vinyl may get slippery as you sweat

BalanceFrom’s Tri-Fold Exercise Mat is a foldable mat that’s thick enough to cushion you during aerobics, martial arts, and more. At 6 feet long and 2 feet wide, the mat is spacious but not too large for smaller spaces. In other words, you may need to purchase a couple of them if you want to cover your entire gym floor. The small size comes with benefits—it folds up between uses and has a convenient carrying handle for easy storage and transport.

The mat is 1.5 inches thick which is thicker than some other home gym flooring options. It’s also lined with high-density EVA foam and covered in puncture-resistant vinyl. This makes it durable and easy to clean with a combination of soap and water.

Thickness: 1.5 inches | Tile Quantity: One | Mat Dimensions: 6 x 2 feet

Best for Large Equipment: BalanceFrom GoFit Equipment Mat


  • Surface is easy to clean
  • Foldable for easy transport
  • Available in multiple colors


  • Only one thickness option
  • Vinyl may get slippery as you sweat
  • May wear with continued use

If your goal is to protect your floors from a large fitness machine (like a treadmill, exercise bike, or elliptical), traditional gym flooring might not be necessary. Instead, you can fight potential floor damage with a thinner mat that eliminates the chance of dents and scratching.

BalanceFrom’s GoFit Equipment Mat is 0.18 inches thick which should effectively act as a barrier between your machine and the floors in your home. It’s crafted with high-density PVC, meaning it can withstand wear from your regular home workouts, and the textured surface is designed to prevent slipping and sliding.

Thickness: 1.5 inches | Tile Quantity: One | Mat Dimensions: 6 x 2 feet

What Experts Say

“The flooring in your home gym matters! Preserving the life of your equipment and your body are top of mind when it comes to a home gym. Choosing the right flooring will not only improve your home gym space and provide you a safe space to exercise, but it may also motivate you to be active more regularly.” — Victoria Popoff, XPRO for Club Pilates GO

Best Portable: Gorilla Mats Extra Large Exercise Mat


  • Made from durable PVC
  • Size can accommodate most fitness machines
  • Available in two sizes


  • Only one thickness option
  • Thinner than most options

If you’re looking for a large, high-quality exercise mat to take with you on the go, consider this option from Gorilla Mats. The mat is more substantial than your regular yoga mat and it’s made with high-density rubber and PER foam. It also features double-sided nonslip grips and a 0.25-inch-thick design that protects your floors and joints during high-impact workouts.

The mat comes with two straps and a carrying bag for easy transport, as well as a microfiber towel that you can use to wipe down the surface after your workout. Another helpful characteristic is that Gorilla Mats are backed by both a 100 percent money-back guarantee and a lifetime warranty.

Thickness: 0.18 inches | Tile Quantity: One | Mat Dimensions: 2.5 x 5 feet, 3 x 6.5 feet

Best Durable: Rubber-Cal Shark Tooth Heavy Duty Mat


  • Heavy-duty and weather-resistant
  • Made of recycled rubber
  • Available in three sizes


  • Only one thickness option
  • Prone to flaking and wear

For those who use heavy-duty barbells or weight racks and machines, a strong mat like this Rubber-Cal pick is essential. At 0.75 inches thick, this mat is made with 100 percent tire crumb—recycled rubber that is just as durable and weather-resistant as fresh tires themselves. And since the mat is available in three sizes, it should be easy for you to find an option that meets your personal needs.

Designed for high-impact applications and abrasive conditions, the mat protects floors from unwanted damage. It also provides enough cushion for joint comfort and stability no matter the type of exercise you prefer. The rubber prevents slipping, reduces noise, contains vibration, and absorbs shock, keeping your fitness space safe and enjoyable. It’s also easy to keep clean.

Thickness: 0.75 inches | Tile Quantity: One | Mat Dimensions: 2 x 3 feet, 3 x 4 feet, and 4 x 6 feet

Best Rubber: IncStores Thick Premium Rubber Floor Mat


  • Made from durable vulcanized rubber
  • Surface is easy to clean
  • Available in multiple colors


  • Only one size option
  • Sizing inconsistencies in product description

If you prefer the durability and lifespan of a rubber mat, you can’t go wrong with gym flooring mats from IncStores. Crafted with 100 percent recycled vulcanized rubber, the mat is designed to effectively protect your home’s floors from wear and tear caused by heavyweight equipment and high-intensity, plyometric exercise. Simply place the mat in your desired location, roll it out, and it’s ready for your next workout.

The double-sided mat is available in multiple thickness options—all of which should hold up to heavy-duty use. It’s also easy to keep clean with soap and water thanks to the nonporous rubber construction. It can be dusted, swept, and vacuumed easily as well.

Thickness: 0.37–0.75 inches | Quantity: One | Mat Dimensions: 6 x 4 feet

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Best Wood-Like: Sorbus Wood Grain Floor Mats


  • Elevated, wood-like look
  • Waterproof and easy to clean
  • Puzzle-like design is easy to store


  • Only one thickness option
  • May not be very durable

If the aesthetics of your home gym floor are just as important as the utility, a flooring option that looks good (as well as feels good) might be a top priority. The foam mats from Sorbus offer users a classic wood finish at an affordable price. Plus, the material is durable enough to withstand most forms of exercise.

The 48-square-foot mat comes with 12 4-square-foot tiles that use puzzle-like interlocking edges for easy assembly and storage. The tiles also come in a range of wood grains and colors to help you best match your home gym floor to your existing interior design. Both nonabsorbent and waterproof, they’re easy to clean and care for at home.

Thickness: 0.375 inches | Tile Quantity: 12 | Mat Dimensions: 24 x 24 inches

Best Kid-Friendly: Tadpoles Wood Grain Playmat Set


  • Crafted from plush EVA foam
  • Surface is easy to clean
  • Puzzle-like style makes the flooring easy to store and assemble


  • May wear over time

If your kids like playing around indoors, this playmat et from Tadpoles is an excellent choice for their active play place. The 100 percent EVA foam construction is odor-, phthalate-, and lead-free. The mat is also soft enough to cushion knees and elbows in the event of a fall, and durable enough to withstand basic wear and tear.

A single pack comes with four 4-square-foot squares to assemble a 16-square-foot protected play space. However, if you need to cover a larger area, the interlocking puzzle piece design makes it easy to combine multiple packs of tiles into a single layout.

Thickness: 0.5 inches | Tile Quantity: Four | Mat Dimensions: 24 x 24 inches

If you’re upgrading your home gym with a new gym floor, the BalanceFrom Puzzle Exercise Mat (view at Amazon) is a high-quality, durable option. It comes in six thickness options and three color options—allowing you to choose one that fits your personal workout needs.

If you have a lot of space to cover or if you’re on a budget, the ProSourceFit Puzzle Exercise Mat (view at Amazon) should meet your needs. With a textured surface, it prevents slipping and offers traction for even the sweatiest of workouts. Its EVA foam construction also makes it comfortable and durable.

What to Look for in Home Gym Flooring


Home gym flooring can be made from a range of materials including rubber, foam, turf, cork, carpet, and more. When shopping, consider what will keep you comfortable during a workout. If you love to jump, a higher-rebound option, like foam, is a good choice. If you need ample traction, stick with something grippy, like rubber. You’ll also need to note the durability, cost, and protective nature of the mat you’re considering.


It’s important to look into the types of exercise you plan on performing when picking out your home gym flooring. Rubber and vinyl tend to be the most durable options, but many people prefer rubber because it’s also much more shock absorbent and wallet-friendly. “Home gym flooring should be able to withstand hundreds of pounds of force,” Ferrazzo says. “It should be heavy, sturdy, and not prone to ripping, tearing, or deterioration.”


Home gym floors are available in a variety of thicknesses—the flooring options we picked here range from 0.1875 inches thick to 2 inches thick. Thinner mats may be suitable for protecting your floors from bulky equipment, like treadmills and other fitness machines. But Ferrazzo recommends flooring that’s at least 0.75 inches thick for most home gyms.


Do you prefer a mat that comes in square puzzle pieces that you can simply press together? Do you want one big mat that you roll up and store elsewhere when not in use? Do you like the idea of a peel-and-stick option that covers permanent flooring for a longer period of time? Consider your installation preference (and whether you plan on leaving the flooring out indefinitely) before making a buying decision.

Size and Quantity

When comparing different home gym flooring, be sure to consider the size and quantity of products included in your purchase. Some flooring options are available as individual mats, while others are available as sets of tiles that you can piece together like a puzzle.

Make note of how much of your floor you’re trying to cover, and make sure the flooring option you’re considering is big enough to cover that area. When making this calculation, be sure to think about the size of each mat or tile, as well as the number of mats or tiles you’ll receive in one set.


How thick should home gym flooring be?

“The traditional answer is that home gym flooring should be at least 0.75 inches thick,” Ferrazzo says. This is a great rule of thumb to use when picking out home gym floors. But you may also want to consider other factors, like how much money you feel comfortable spending and why you’re buying home gym flooring in the first place.

If you’re only trying to protect your floors from a large fitness machine, for example, you may be fine with a thinner mat.

How to install home gym flooring

The first step to installing home gym flooring is simple. “Measure the room, and decide on the amount of material you need first,” explains Ferrazzo.

Depending on the size of your home gym, you may need to cut your home gym flooring to make it fit properly. “If you’re cutting around corners when installing rubber gym flooring, use a traditional utility knife to score, and cut the material to the desired length.” According to Ferrazzo, you should be as precise as possible when doing this, and you may need to make multiple passes on the material until it splits apart.

If your home gym flooring is made up of multiple mats that don’t automatically piece together, you may want to connect them during your installation process. “Use mending plates (from your local hardware store) on the corners of each stall mat to connect underneath the flooring and prevent the corners from separating during a workout,” Ferrazzo says.

How often should I clean my home gym flooring?

To keep your home gym in tip-top shape, Popoff recommends sweeping your floors after every workout. “I like to sweep the flooring after each gym session—especially if more than one person has used it—to keep debris and dust from building up.” She explains that if you have a larger space, a sweeper vacuum may be your best bet for cleaning.

Despite regular upkeep, you may notice dust and dirt building up over time. To manage this, you’ll need to deep clean your home gym floors when they’re noticeably dirty.

“Floors should be cleaned whenever is convenient, or when you see grime accumulating,” Ferrazzo says. If your floors look dirty—or you notice dust building up around the edges of your mats or floor tiles—it’s probably time for a deep clean.