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How to Choose Garage Gym Flooring: What You Should Know

You probably know that rubber flooring is ideal for making your garage into a gym. To find the best garage gym flooring, you need to know the facts.

In this guide, you’ll learn how to find the best rubber flooring for your garage, so you create that workshop or home gym you’ve always dreamed of. 

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How to Choose Rubber Garage Flooring

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You invest a lot into your dream garage, so make sure you choose the right flooring. While shopping, keep in mind that some kinds of flooring perform better in garages. 

Rubber Rolls and Mats vs. Tiles

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We recommend rubber rolls and mats where your park. Rubber tiles can come apart if you turn your wheels sharply. 

If you’ll be parking your car over your rubber flooring, we recommend rubber flooring rolls and rubber mats. If you still have your heart set on tiles, heavier and larger rubber tiles typically don’t have this issue.


Oil can also create potential problems. Cars manufactured a few decades ago may leak oil, which can break down the glue in some rubber flooring. 

To avoid this, we recommend placing Nitro Rolls in the area where you park. You can also choose vulcanized and virgin rubber flooring, which are melted together with heat to form extremely durable flooring that is resistant to oils and solvents.

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The Best Rubber Garage Gym Flooring

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You can choose from rubber tiles, rolls, and mats. Each option has a wide range of thickness levels to suit your needs. If you plan to use your garage for high-impact workouts, for example, you’ll want a thicker product.

To make your space look sharp, you can choose between a wide variety of color and color fleck options.

Rubber Garage Tiles

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Installing rubber tiles is very easy, making it perfect for DIY homes gyms. Most tiles feature interlocking edges that come together in a snap.

Many factors determine the cost, but typically rubber tiles are more expensive than rolls or mats per square foot.

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Rubber Garage Rolls

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Rubber rolls provide a seamless appearance that’s perfect for large home gyms. When installed correctly, it is nearly impossible to see where one roll ends and another begins.

Garage rolls come in a variety of thickness options to suit your needs. They’re also typically cheaper per square foot than mats or tiles.

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Garage Gym Mats

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Sometimes you just need to cover a small area – a weightlifting station, underneath your treadmill, or a small anti-fatigue space.

You can choose anything from thin mats for bodyweight exercises to 3/4” Shock Mats, which are specially designed to handle the impact of heavy Olympic weightlifting and dumbbell exercises.

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Pros and Cons of Rubber Garage Flooring

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Discover what makes this a great option for your garage gym, and learn about some potential drawbacks.


  • Easy to clean
  • Easy to install
  • Durable
  • Shock absorbent
  • Versatile
  • Anti-microbial
  • Sound dampening


  • Doesn’t insulate temperature 
  • Oil breaks down some rubber flooring
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How to Install Rubber Garage Flooring

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It’s easy to install this flooring on your own. Choose from two DIY-friendly options.

  • Loose lay: Most of the time, rubber flooring is heavy enough to stay in place with no extra adhesive necessary. If you loose lay your rubber garage flooring, you can easily pick it up and move it at any time.
  • Double-sided tape: For extra stability during high-intensity workouts, use double-sided carpet tape around the perimeter of the floor. This is extremely easy and you will still be able to move your flooring if needed.

How to Clean Garage Gym Flooring

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Once you have your rubber floor installed in your garage, you want to keep it looking sharp. Fortunately, rubber flooring is low-maintenance and easy to clean. 

Just follow these simple steps:

  1. Vacuum up any loose crumbs, dust, or debris.
  2. Occasionally, damp mop with a mild soap and water cleaning solution.
  3. Do not use 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.

Pro Tip: We offer cleaning and seam-protecting solutions to keep your floor looking great.


Now you know how to choose the best rubber garage flooring. You can build your dream garage gym with rubber flooring. It’s low-maintenance, shock-absorbent, and ideal for harsh garage conditions.

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About Michelle Barichello


Michelle Barichello helps passionate DIY-ers envision the home/gym/garage of their dreams. Michelle has contributed posts on topics such as gym flooring, decking options and pet-friendly solutions. Michelle has also written for publications such as Fit Bottomed Girls, the Girls on the Run Remarkable blog, and Women’s Running Magazine.

2 Comments on “How to Choose Garage Gym Flooring: What You Should Know

  1. Rubber Garage Flooring will not only transform your garage from an unattractive exterior space to an eye-catching home for your car by hiding the unsightly garage.

  2. I do believe in the quality of rubber rolls and mats. Oil might be a problem where you park, but we can top it up with Nitro Rolls as you said. Thank you for sharing.

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