The perfect wooden floor for a Gym
The fitness industry is big business. In the middle of a summer of sport and with all eyes on the Olympic Games in London, the public is being encouraged to get fitter by heading to their local leisure centre. Private gyms are also seeing an unprecedented boom in membership inquiries – something that normally only happens at New Year! One area of a gym that really takes a pounding is the floor, so if you are a gym owner and you’re planning to revamp your floor, what type of wooden floor should you be looking at?
Parquet – tough and good looking
Although the ability to withstand heavy traffic and high usage is important, so too is image. A gym with a poor quality wooden floor is going to look run-down and slightly shabby – not exactly the best way to promote an environment that is supposed to encourage people to look their best. You also need to consider that the amount of impact your floor will need to withstand will be much higher than the average wooden floor, so it has to be as strong as possible.
Parquet flooring is one of the most popular designs for gym floors. Its interlocked ‘herringbone’ pattern is immediately associated with gymnasium flooring because it is usually made from hardwood material that is much stronger than ordinary floor boards. However, even parquet can be susceptible to damage, so it will need to be maintained and polished on a regular basis to keep it looking good. Parquet flooring is also quite an expensive option, so you will need to decide whether the investment in the long term is a worthwhile one.
A gym can be a hazardous environment. There are plenty of opportunities for your members to injure themselves through over-exertion or inappropriate use of equipment. But one thing you can control as a responsible gym owner is the safety of your floors. In certain areas, wooden floors may not be the best option at all, and rubber matting may need to be laid, particularly if your gym holds martial arts classes. While some gyms have permanently matted areas, others will use removable mats. In this instance you will need to ensure that the mats you choose won’t leave any permanent marks on your wooden floor, and that they are anti-slip to ensure the safety of your customers.
Stopping the squeaks
It may seem like a small thing, but there really is nothing worse than a squeaky gym floor! It can be very off-putting when your customers are in the middle of an intense workout and a high-pitched squeak keeps breaking their concentration. Squeaks can also indicate that the structure of the floor is not sound, as the floor boards are moving as pressure or weight is applied to them. The squeak itself is caused by wood rubbing against wood, so you may also need to check that the floor hasn’t warped at all. Let that squeak carry on for too long and you can be sure that your customers will start complaining, so the best thing to do is to get a professional team in as soon as you can to check the integrity of the floor.
To make sure that you choose the perfect wooden floor for a gym, you will need to look at two key factors – cost and maintenance. Because gym floors are subject to a greater amount of traffic, they will need regular maintenance, and that of course will add to the cost. The best course of action is to talk to a professional floor sanding company, who will be able to give you the benefit of their experience in laying gym floors.