Flooring and surfacing products reveiw.

Whether you’re building a new facility or renovating your existing one, a lot of emphasis is placed on the color of the walls and what your front desk will look like. But don’t forget about what’s underneath you. The flooring you choose should be given a lot of thought, too. For example, if you put down flooring in your weight room that can’t take a lot of abuse, you’ll be replacing it in a few years.

For the most part, there is a different kind of flooring for every room of your facility, such as the weight room, aerobics room, locker room, front desk area, hallways, racquetball courts, etc. There is a lot of diversity in color, shape, size and function. Which one is right for you depends on what you’re looking for and your budget. The following is just a small overview of what’s available in the market.

Airex
Airex mats are made of a closed-cell specialty foam that resists bottoming out. They are warm and comfortable to the touch. These mats will not absorb water or fluids, and are sanitized, a treatment that inhibits the attack of bacteria, which shortens the effective life of most foam mats, according to company officials. These lightweight mats roll up easily, may be used inside or outdoors, and can be cleaned with soap and warm water.

Airex, 55 W. Port Plaza, Suite 625, St. Louis, MO 63146; (800) 625-6287; (314) 542-9105; fax: (314) 878-7596; jbutler@alusuisse-comp.com Circle Reader Service No. 116

CSSI
SoftPave rubber paving system easily handles the weight of any machine and absorbs the repeated dropping of heavy weights without tearing, denting or cracking, the company claims. The 1-inch-thick rubber tiles protect the subfloor and reduce impact noise. SoftPave is developed completely from recycled materials, and is available in five colors and two surface patterns.

CSSI, 1403 Trindle Road, Carlisle, PA 17013; (800) 851-4746; (717) 240-0501; fax: (717) 240-4602; www.carlsurf.com Circle Reader Service No. 117

Dodge-Regupol Inc.
Among the many fitness flooring choices, Everoll still offers club owners one of the best values available. Everoll features single-ply recycled rubber durability; stable, UV-resistant colors; nontoxic, odorless polymers; low VOC emissions; seamless appearance; fast deliveries; wide choice of standard/custom colors; accent tiles, graphics; 4-inch wide custom cut roll lengths; and above all is made in the United States.

Dodge Regupol Inc., P.O. Box 989, Lancaster, PA 17608-0989; (717) 295-3400; fax: (717) 295-3414; sales@regupol.com; www.regupol.com Circle Reader Service No. 118

Exerflex
The Exerflex Aerobic Floor System is designed of three components. The wood surface is made of 7/8-inch beech hardwood and is prefinished with three coats of an aerobic traction polyurethane. The boards meet at a tongue-and-groove joint and are held together by a spring steel clip, which allows the floor to flex along this joint upon impact and then spring back into place. At the point of impact, the .75-inch foam underlayment beneath the wood-and-clip assembly absorbs the shock of the participant’s impact on the floor and dissipates the resultant energy, notes the company.

Exerflex, 6801 Lake Plaza, A-105, Indianapolis, IN 46220; (800) 428-5306; (317) 849-6181; fax: (317) 842-5384; exerflex@worldnet.att.net; www.exerflex.net Circle Reader Service No. 119

Kendall Products
Dri-Dek surfaces feature oxy-B1 vinyl, an EPA-approved compound that helps halt the spread of bacteria by providing a protective barrier between germs and the surrounding area, state Kendall officials. Dri-Dek’s anti-skid, self-draining surface makes it well suited for the wettest conditions.

Kendall Products, 2706 Horseshoe Drive S., Naples, FL 34104; (800) 847-9341; fax: (800) 828-4248; kendallproducts@kictr.com; www.kendallproducts.com Circle Reader Service No. 120

Linear Rubber Products
Linear Rubber Gymatts are available in green, blue, gray or black. These 48-by-72-by-5/8-inch rubber mats absorb the impact of both free weights and the demands of exercise equipment. The surface has a raised button, nonskid traction pattern that works under dry and wet conditions. Tiny nubs on the underside act as an anti-fatigue cushion, provide sound-absorbing qualities and allow air to circulate freely. Made of natural vulcanized rubber, Gymatts won’t crack, peel or crumble, and won’t absorb moisture, states the company.

Linear Rubber Products, 5416 46th St., Kenosha, WI 53144; (800) 558-4040; fax: (414) 657-6705; www.rubbermats.com Circle Reader Service No. 121

Linray Enterprises Inc.
Linray’s Score PT Mats instantly transform any hard surface into an aerobic studio. The panels interlock quickly for a fast installation or may be left down permanently. According to company officials, the solid eva foam is shock-absorbing while allowing the feet to move laterally without sticking. The panels measure 40 by 40 by 7/8 inches and weigh about 10 pounds each. They are available in blue, gray, red, white, black and green.

Linray Enterprises Inc., 167 Corporation Road, Hyannis, MA 02601; (800) 537-9752; (508) 778-1667; fax: (508) 778-4643; www.linray.com Circle Reader Service No. 122

Magnum Fitness Systems
Magnum RR (Rolled Rubber) flooring is designed specifically for fitness applications where heavy use and abuse are common for floor surfaces. According to the company, Magnum uses state-of-the-art technology to blend the highest-quality recycled solid black rubber in to 3/8- or 1/2-inch thick rolls that are 4-inches wide and cut to custom lengths. To enhance the overall décor and add brightness to your facility, colored EPDM rubber flecks in 10 different colors can be added individually or in any two color combinations. Magnum RR flooring is comfortable, safe and easy to install, states the manufacturer.

Magnum Fitness Systems, 2201 12th Ave., South Milwaukee, WI 53172; (800) 372-0554; (414) 764-4068; fax: (414) 768-7047; sales@magnumfitness.com; www.magnumfitness.com Circle Reader Service No. 123

StageStep
With more than 30 years of experience providing specialty flooring to the health, fitness, dance and theatrical marketplace, StageStep offers a concept that reportedly makes club owners’ lives less complicated: Total Solutions. From the entranceway to the weight room, aerobic room, lobby, spa, running track, locker room, pool, basketball court, multipurpose area and café, StageStep can provide materials, quotes, technical support, installation and maintenance products for a club’s flooring needs.

StageStep, 2000 Hamilton St., #C200, Philadelphia, PA 19130; (800) 523-0960; (215) 636-9000; fax: (800) 877-3342; stagestep@stagestep.com; www.stagestep.com Circle Reader Service No. 124

Summit Flexible Products
According to Summit Flexible Products, Gorilla Mats are made for the most demanding fitness club environment: the free-standing weight area. Constructed of 100 percent recycled tire rubber, Gorilla mats are tough and strong, and they withstand the punishment of steel weights day after day. They also have an anti-slip surface even when wet, and are guaranteed not to curl or tear.

Summit Flexible Products, P.O. Box 69003, Portland, OR 97201; (888) 367-6287; (503) 968-3065; fax: (503) 968-8113; www.summitflex.com Circle Reader Service No. 125