Comfortable, Durable and Sustainable Cork Flooring
Why Use Cork for Gym Flooring?Below are just a few benefits of cork that make it such a popular option for gym flooring.
Comfort and Shock AbsorptionWhile the base provided by cork is similar to wood flooring, it flexes and helps to absorb shock - properties that are ideal for gym floors. Cork is far more forgiving than traditional wood flooring, and athletes may even notice decreased joint pain after exercising on cork flooring, as compared to how they feel after exercising on a wooden gym floor.
Cork's shock absorption is due to its unique construction. Unlike other materials, such as wood or vulcanized rubber, which have solid construction, over half of cork's volume is made up of air. This gives cork the ability to both compress and flex without incurring damage. Its natural properties gives it excellent shock absorption properties that are favored in gyms and workout spaces.
Durability and Strength
Cork is inherently strong and durable. It creates surface suitable for supporting gym equipment, and the equipment legs won't sink down into the surface, like they can with carpeted flooring. Cork offers excellent strength so you don't have to worry about damaging the flooring. It can even flex with dropped weights, returning to its original shape.
Because cork is so durable, it can withstand significant foot traffic common in commercial gyms.
Hypo-AllergenicCork is a great hypo-allergenic flooring option that can help to keep your gym a cleaner, healthier place. The dense structure of cork means that the flooring doesn't trap allergens like pollen, dust, or pet dander. It's a healthier option than flooring such as carpet, which can trap allergens and prove irritating for people with allergies.
Cleaning cork flooring is easy; just vacuum or sweep away the dirt, and use a wood floor cleaner if you're looking for a more thorough deep cleaning. Some cork flooring can be buffed with a wax coating for an eye-catching finish in your gym.
Termite RepellingCork is a waxy flooring, and naturally repels termites and ants. And if that's not enough of a benefit for you, cork is also resistant to fire, mold, and mildew. It's a wise investment that can potentially save gym owners significant money.
Sustainable and Eco-FriendlyOne of the greatest benefits of cork is that it's a sustainable, eco-friendly resource. It's a great way to go green in any gym.
Cork flooring is made from cork bark that's harvested from a cork oak tree. Most of these trees are located around the Mediterranean, with Portugal being the major supplier of cork bark.
Cork oak trees grow thick layers of cork bark. The bark is made of dead cells that are gradually pushed to the outside of the tree. Trees must be at least 25 years old before their cork is ready to harvest, and on average, trees produce cork for about 150 years.
Because only the bark of a cork tree is harvested, the tree itself can continue to regenerate. In about a decade, the tree can be harvested again, and then the process repeats. There's no killing of the tree involved, making cork flooring a very eco-friendly option.
Popular Cork Gym Flooring OptionsCork flooring in gyms comes in many different forms. From underlayment options to interlocking tiles, Greatmats offers plenty of different cork gym flooring options.
Cork Laminate Floor Tiles
Want to create a stylish, yet functional space in your gym? Cork laminate floor tiles are another choice. Our Cork Laminate Floor Tiles are a durable, abrasion-resistant cork gym flooring option. These tiles are the strongest cork floors available, and feature Wear Resistance Technology to keep the flooring looking great. The Wear Resistance Technology features tiny ceramic micro beads that protect the floor against abrasion and scratches.
These tiles offer excellent thermal insulation, and their shock absorption properties can't be beaten. They can help to prevent sore legs, feet, joints, and backs, making your gym a more comfortable workout space for athletes. These cork tiles are available in a few different designs so you can choose the look you want.
Cork Underlaymentcork underlayment. Our commercial quality cork underlayments can be used with traditional wood gym flooring or even vinyl or laminate flooring, providing cushion, shock absorption, and sound insulation.
A cork underlayment can make your wooden gym floor more comfortable for athletes, offering the shock absorption that indicates quality gym construction. You can still get the eye-catching look of a polished hardwood floor, but cork underlayments take the athletic quality of your flooring up to the next level.
Other cork underlayments use a composite of cork and rubber such as our AcoustiCork underlayments. These flooring underlayments help to control sound and gives you the benefits of both rubber and cork.
Most of our cork or cork/rubber underlayments are available in rolls for easy installation. We have a couple options available in smaller sheet sizes such as 2x3 which could be easier to install in small areas or odd-shaped rooms.
Rubber and Cork Combination Gym FlooringFlexeCork Interlocking Cork Rubber Tiles are environmentally friendly, yet durable enough to hold up to significant wear and tear. They are made with a combination of cork and rubber. The tiles are available in 1/4, 3/8, and 1/2 inch thicknesses, allowing you to decide how much protection your subfloor needs. The mix creates a designer look, while still retaining the shock absorption and durability that these materials are known for.
These rubber flooring gym cork tiles are available in a range of colors, so you can get the exact look that you desire. Both the cork and rubber content are recycled, making this flooring eco-friendly. The interlocking tiles are easy to install, and are ideal for weight rooms where only the strongest, most durable flooring will do. These tiles are 3x3 foot in size so they are great for larger gyms and weight rooms.
If you're considering new flooring for your gym, cork may be a practical investment. There are countless reasons to use cork for gym floors. If you have questions about the cork flooring products we offer, please give our Customer Service Representatives a call. We would be happy to answer your questions and provide you with product samples as you explore the options for your new gym flooring.