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Rubber Flooring: Tiles Vs. Rolls

Rubber Flooring: Tiles Vs. Rolls

How do you decide between tiles and rolls for your flooring? Getting down to the details to help you make the best choice in the ever popular debate on rubber flooring — tiles vs. rolls.

Okay, so you’re ready to build your dream gym. Maybe it’s in an effort to meet your goal of getting fit, or maybe you’re an avid exerciser looking for a way to bring fitness into your home, or perhaps you are replacing/updating the floors in your commercial gym. Whatever boat you’re in, you’re going to need to make the decision: do you purchase tiles or rolls?

Rubber Tiles

Rubber Flooring: Tiles vs. Rolls. Looking for gym flooring, but don't know where to start? This is a great guide to get the gym flooring that's best for you. Rubber Flooring: Tiles vs. Rolls. Looking for gym flooring, but don't know where to start? This is a great guide to get the gym flooring that's best for you.

Rubber tiles are known for their ease and simplicity. Clicking in together like puzzle pieces, they are truly one of the easiest flooring options on the market. It is a job anyone, and I mean anyone can do, and the tiles look great! You can also add some flair and design with different colors if that’s your jam, or keep it simple. Rubber tiles are super popular for the home gym largely due to their approachability. They’re like the twist top wine of floors, if you will.

Pros

  • Easy installation
  • Easy to cut to fit the shape of your room
  • No glue or tape necessary!
  • Easy to store

Cons

  • Typically more expensive than mats
  • Installation, while simple, can be time consuming in large spaces

Rubber Rolls

Rubber Flooring: Tiles vs. Rolls. Looking for gym flooring, but don't know where to start? This is a great guide to get the gym flooring that's best for you. Rubber Flooring: Tiles vs. Rolls. Looking for gym flooring, but don't know where to start? This is a great guide to get the gym flooring that's best for you.

Rubber rolls are awesome for covering a large space. I mean, think about it — can you imagine interlocking each individual tile together over the space of a huge commercial gym? It can totally be done, but that’s not exactly a party I’d want to go to. While rubber tiles are often considered to be the easier option, I would actually say that for a large space, rubber rolls offer the easier install.

Pros

  • Great for large spaces
  • Cost efficient
  • Custom cut rolls allow you to purchase just the amount you need
  • Requires less cutting than tiles, especially custom cut rolls

Cons

  • Very heavy — may need additional help installing
  • Installation is a larger process than with tiles

The real deal

If you want something easy for a small space, you should choose tiles. If you’re looking for something more permanent to cover a large space, you should choose rolls. Simple as that.

Rubber Flooring: Tiles vs. Rolls. Looking for gym flooring, but don't know where to start? This is a great guide to get the gym flooring that's best for you.

About Ari Ziskin

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Ari Ziskin is our resident expert in all things fitness, dance and flooring trends. After five years of blogging at Ari’s Menu, where she was featured on sites like The Huffington Post and Buzzfeed, Ari decided to pursue writing full-time. Nothing makes her happier than sharing her knowledge to help people create their gyms and begin their fitness journey.

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Mabel
August 13, 2017 6:21 am

I need outside rubber paving pls guys but its also very smart for interior .how is sqmeter,how big is a tile

Bryan
Bryan
April 10, 2018 3:01 am

I want to sell and install these products at a customers house. Actually several customers. Who do I speak to in order to move this along?

Sara Jhon
February 8, 2019 1:19 am

Thanks for the sharing. What do say about Rubber Flooring Mats Trends?

SLS Dubai
June 25, 2019 3:28 am

Nice, Rubber tiles are super popular for the home gym largely due to their approachability.

Michelle Barichello
June 27, 2019 9:41 am
Reply to  SLS Dubai

You bet!

viki gar
viki gar
June 28, 2019 5:00 pm

Would these rubber tiles work well to lay over an old cement patio that is damaged? There are large cracks and other voids. Could we fill the problem areas with sand to level out and then cover with the tiles? Would the tiles withstand northern winter weather?

Michelle Barichello
July 1, 2019 2:14 pm
Reply to  viki gar

Hello Viki, thank you for your question. Rubber tiles are great for outdoor patio flooring and will work well over old cement flooring. Rubber is also known for withstanding harsh winter weathers, looking as good as new after the season. You can read more about using rubber flooring outdoors in our post on Outdoor Flooring Options.

Good luck with your project, and please let us know if we can help.

BILL KRANE
BILL KRANE
August 9, 2019 9:07 am

Can this rubber floor be used in a commercial kitchen? Restaurant.

Chelsi Hewitt
Admin
September 18, 2019 7:15 am
Reply to  BILL KRANE

Hello, Bill. Thanks for your question! Our rubber flooring has been used in commercial kitchens. I would recommend rubber rolls over rubber tiles in this area, because they will be easier to seal. Whichever you choose will work great in a restaurant setting.

Robert Van Dyke
Robert Van Dyke
September 17, 2019 4:31 pm

In a 350 sq ft basement do you recommend rolls or tiles? The floor is mostly rectangular.

Chelsi Hewitt
Admin
September 18, 2019 7:12 am

Hi, Robert! Thanks for your question. Your best bet would be rubber rolls, because they will be easier for you to seal. Tiles will work just as well, but it’s a little more work.

Jeff
Jeff
October 5, 2019 7:37 pm
Reply to  Chelsi Hewitt

How about 210 sq ft?

Chelsi Hewitt
Admin
October 7, 2019 7:17 am
Reply to  Jeff

Hi Jeff! Could you please let me know what product you’re referring to? Once I get more specifics I’ll be happy to help.

Brett
Brett
April 11, 2020 5:41 pm

which type hides seams better?

Chelsi Hewitt
Admin
April 13, 2020 2:02 pm
Reply to  Brett

Hello Brett,

Thank you for your question! Typically, rubber tiles will have less visible seams, because the edges interlock together for a tight, secure fit. Many rubber tiles are also Water-jet cut for a highly seamless appearance.

Here are a few rubber tile flooring options that will have hard-to-notice seams:
https://www.rubberflooringinc.com/interlocking-tile/universal-rubber-tile.html?utm_source=blog&utm_medium=post&utm_campaign=rubber-tiles-v-rolls
https://www.rubberflooringinc.com/interlocking-tile/38-sport-lock-tiles.html?utm_source=blog&utm_medium=post&utm_campaign=rubber-tiles-v-rolls
https://www.rubberflooringinc.com/interlocking-tile/6mm-energy-rubber-tile.html?utm_source=blog&utm_medium=post&utm_campaign=rubber-tiles-v-rolls

I hope that helps! If you have any other questions, please feel free to reach out to us.

Paul W Harstad
Paul W Harstad
July 5, 2020 11:20 am

I want to make a space in my basement for my 1-year-old. So I’d also like to add some sort of matted walls. This will be an approximately 22′ x 12′ area, though I may decide to do a larger, L-shaped area. Thoughts on walls?

Chelsi Hewitt
Admin
July 6, 2020 8:55 am
Reply to  Paul W Harstad

Hello Paul!

Thank you for your question. If you’re looking for wall padding, there are several options you can choose from here: https://www.rubberflooringinc.com/wall-padding.html

I hope this helps! Please reach out if you have any more questions.

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