Gym Floor Protection: Considerations When Buying Gym Tiles and Covers

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A maple hardwood gymnasium floor can typically cost between $66,000 and $184,800.

It’s important to protect your gym floor with the best gym floor protection, and there are several ways to do so.

The sports that take place there, the number of people using it, and the overall aesthetic are all things that will determine the final choice when finding a cover for the flooring in your gym.

Gym tiles are a popular choice, but there are other options you should think about.

In this guide, we’ll go over some of the most important factors to consider when deciding on your gym floor cover system. Keep reading for more.

Plan How You’re Going to Use the Space

One of the first things you should do before covering your gym floor is to determine how you’re going to use the space.

Create a plan based on different zones and activities, as you may want more than one type of flooring.

Look at how much space you have and how much you think you’ll want to cover. Consider what the area will be used for and if there’s any equipment you’ll be placing there.

This way you can determine what type of flooring you’ll need so you can invest in the right amounts.

Additional Uses

Most gymnasiums are used for a range of purposes – while they’re designed with sports in mind, they might also be used for assemblies, dances, graduations, pep rallies, and more. Sometimes, they’re even used for things like trade shows and craft shows.

Natural wood flooring might be ideal for sports, but these other applications can cause unnecessary damage. Non-athletic shoes may leave scuffs, spills can ruin the finish, etc.

One of the worst culprits for gym floor damage is the high heel. If you plan to hold formal events, keep in mind that hard heeled shoes as well as high heels can create punctures in the flooring due to the pressure on the heels. This damage is not easily corrected, and would much more easily prevented with a good quality gym floor cover.

Gym floor covering systems  protect the floor, which is essential, as the gym floor is an  expensive investment and pride is taken when the gym floor maintains its new finish without signs of damage. 

In addition, gym floor covers, whether roll or tile,  make things safe when other events are going on. They  provide additional grip to stop people from slipping during all functions.

Survey Your Existing Floor

As we have said, you need to be aware of the current flooring composition so you can make the right choice. Different types of gym floors require specific floor protection, made specifically to function best in specific situations.

Look at the flooring construction and the top surface layer, as this may determine what type of gym floor covering is the best for your needs.

Check with your flooring installer and your contractor, as they should provide the needed information as to your flooring type, with specific maintenance instructions.

The material gym floors are made of can vary. Our products are most commonly used for maple wood gym floors but are versatile enough for other materials.

A gymnasium might have wood flooring that’s ideal for basketball, for example, but you can use our Court Armor Rolls or Gym Tiles when the area is used for something else that requires floor protection.

Type of Flooring

Various factors will determine the type of flooring cover that’s best for your gym. There are two main types to choose from that provide the best protection.

Floor Tiles

Gym mat tiles are a very popular choice and offer some of the best floor protection available.

Our floor tiles can be placed quickly and easily without the need for expensive seaming tape.

They’re slip-resistant, durable, and noise-dampening.

They also offer anti-microbial protection which will keep the gymnasium floor free of mold, mildew, viruses, germs, and unpleasant odors.

Being able to place gym floor tiles and remove them quickly is ideal for a gymnasium that has multiple uses. You can quickly place some down for some seating at the side of a sports game or cover the whole floor for a larger event.

Not all gym floor tiles are the same, so a good review of the tile products is necessary to choose the best product for your gym floor.

Our Court Armor Gym Tiles are made from 100% recycled polyester and made in the US. We offer a 7-year warranty on them, so you can be confident that they’ll last.

Flooring Rolls

We have different types of flooring rolls available. As such, you can think about your needs to choose the type that’s best for you.

Court Armor Gym floor Rolls

Like our gym floor tiles, our Court Armor Rolls are incredibly easy to deploy whenever you need them. Similarly, they’re also 100% recycled and offer micro-bacterial protection.

The storage racks make them easy to deploy and store away, and the compact nature means you won’t need much storage space at all.

They’re easy to clean and tear-resistant, so you can expect them to stay in good condition for a long time.

We have these available in 6′ and 8′ widths and offer a 4-year warranty on both.

Be sure to check out our new CourtMax 8′ width roll gym floor covering.

The benefits of the 8′ wide rolls over the 6′ wide include a faster deployment due to fewer rolls to cover the same amount of gym floor, faster taping as there are fewer seam, and a faster takeup.

These are just a few of the benefits of the 8′ wide CourtMax rolls.

Both the 6′ and the 8′ roll covers store on storage racks that fit through 36″ doors, which is a huge plus when storage racks need to be moved around the building.

Vinyl Gym floor Rolls

These vinyl rolls can be stored and deployed similarly to our Court Armor Rolls. They’re double-sided, so you can choose between a gray or tan side for any occasion.

Installation and storage remain quick and easy, and with 10′ widths available, they have a more seamless finish. This is one of the most budget-friendly types of gym floor protectors solutions available.

Your Budget

The prices of different gym floor covers vary – you should set a budget at the start so that you don’t end up spending too much.

Compare the different options available to ensure that you get a suitable balance of cost and quality.

Consider how the floor will be used when doing this. Saving money is always ideal, but you might want to go for a more expensive option if you need something more durable.

Gym Tiles or Flooring Rolls?

You’ll likely want to choose between these two as they’re generally considered the best options. Ultimately, you need to consider your own gym and how it will be used along with the budget you have available to make the best decision.

Enhance Mats offers a range of Court Armor gym floor tiles and rolls plus storage racks and accessories, so we have something that’s perfect for everyone.

We also have other products such as custom logo mats, locker room mats, and courtside runners. Take a look at our gym floor protection page to find out more about what we can offer.

A quick chat with our experts at Enhance Mats will help guide you as to the differences of all of the gym floor cover protection available as well as the best choice for your needs.

Choosing the best gym floor cover system with the best storage rack for your school or facility takes selecting the right company.

Check out our videos on the roll, tile, and courtside runner pages to see all of the key points you need to know to make the best decision.

Enhance Mats offers roll systems in both 6’ and 8’ widths, heavy duty tile systems, custom color tiles and courtside runners to protect your gym floor.

Trust Enhance Mats, the leader in Sports Surface Protection to help your choose the right gym floor cover system for your facility.

Call 877-318-8625 or Request a Quote today!


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