Columbus Man Protects Home Gym Floor With UltraTile Rubber Tiles

Durable Rubber Weight Room Floor Tiles Protect Concrete From Accidents

By Brett Hart

When it comes to protecting his basement floor, Fred of Columbus, Ohio, isn’t about to take any chances.

fred-gym-1426After purchasing an extensive set of weightlifting equipment, previously used for bodybuilding, from neighbors, this 65-year-old recreational weightlifter has friends over to lift with him weekly and wanted to be sure his 8-inch thick solid concrete basement floor was protected against any accidents.

”Usually, I over engineer things,” he said. ”I wanted something that was real heavyweight so that if there was an accident, the concrete wouldn’t get damaged.”

Having seen some heavy duty rubber flooring tiles in a weight room at a nearby apartment complex, Fred inquired about the tiles and was referred to Greatmats.com to take a look at its UltraTile Rubber Weight Floors.

The 1 inch thick, 2×2 foot tiles were just what he was looking for. The tiles were thick enough to make Fred comfortable that his floor would not be damaged by falling weights, and connect firmly together with pin connectors that ensure the 20×40 foot section of flooring will stay in place in his home gym.

fred-gym-1425Although the flooring is designed to handle the impact of fall weights, in the spirit of over engineering, Fred decided to put a double layer in his 10×12 foot powerlifting area.

The rubber tiles were also easy enough to install himself, and with 220 tiles at 16 pounds per tile, he said, ”It’s a workout putting them together. It took me about 24 hours over six days.”

”If you’re doing it yourself, it takes a while,” Fred said. ”I would pound for a little while and carry after I finished putting dowels in. That would give me a little rest in between.”

Home Weight Room Gym Greatmats UltraTile Weight Room Rubber TileA resourceful installer, Fred decided to forgo the 2-3 pound sledge hammer and 2×4 tapping block to put the connector pins in place and put on a pair of heavy steel toe work boots to kick set the dowels.

”There’s always one side (where) you have to get down and match the holes,” Fred said. ”I was kicking them together instead of pounding. It kind of jars your body a little bit, but it was easier for me than pounding with a 2 pound hammer. I’m not a youngster, but I still was able to do it. I figured I saved a couple thousand dollars installing myself. It just took me a little time.”

Weight Room Greatmats UltraTile Weight Room Rubber TileHe was also able to cut the tiles successfully to go around the four brace poles in his basement.

Now that the flooring is in place, Fred is happy with how it’s worked out for him.

”I use it once or twice a week,” he said. ”Whenever other guys come over to work out, it reminds me to get out of the office and get down there. … Everybody likes the floor. It’s a nice product. … We’ve only had one accident. The weights hit the floor and rolled off onto the concrete, and that seemed to make it so it didn’t hurt anything.”

Basement Weight Room Greatmats UltraTile Weight Room Rubber Tile
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Interlocking Rubber Flooring Tile – 2×2 Ft x 8 mm

Greatmats is excited to announce a new product called, interlocking rubber flooring tile as a 2×2 ft x 8 mm thick rubber tile. This interlocking rubber tile offers a durable and safe flooring that will perform in a home gym floor or in a commercial gym facility.

Interlocking rubber flooring comes in two dynamic color mixes of light gray and blue or tan and brown. Both color options are a full 10% color fleck mix with each color in the combination making up 5% of the blend. You may also opt for solid black for quick shipping time frame, direct from our warehouse to your door. This rubber flooring tile can ship via ground or freight service to save on shipping costs.

This durable rubber flooring is a full 8 mm thick which is just under 3/8 inch. This product is an excellent rubber flooring for your home gym, professional facility, basement floor or garage.  This type of rubber tile is tough enough to be installed in commercial gyms and weight rooms with stationary exercise equipment.

Interlocking rubber flooring tiles feature an interlocking installation method which requires no glue or tape. The rubber is made from recycled rubber material and is bonded together with a urethane based material that does not off gas a heavy rubber smell like other sulfur based rubber floor tiles. Tile seams are smooth and tight so they don’t present a tripping hazard.

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