One of the secrets to your club's success may be underfoot. Picking the right flooring for your club will save you both money and membership.
Clubs need value from their flooring investment. Floors must be both durable and reliable, and should be able to withstand the various stressors unique to health clubs, such as weights, cardio equipment and group exercise.
Just as flooring must stand up to punishment, it also must stand up to customer demands. Are your cardio areas kind to aging joints? Are the wet areas slip-proof? And, last but not least, does your flooring bring an attractive design element to your health club?
The following flooring companies provide products that are built to last — and to look good.
CENTAUR FLOOR SYSTEMS
The Boflex Sports Floor, by Centaur, is a high-performance hardwood sports floor. Boflex is prefinished, using a patented resilient foam channel to create a floor with progressive resilience for safety, performance and comfort, the company reports. It is perfect for aerobics, basketball, volleyball and racquetball. Installations are fast, without dust, odors and inconvenience to your members, according to the company.
Centaur Floor Systems, 135 Chapala St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101; (800) 536-9007; (805) 957-0182; fax: (805) 957-0125; www.centaurfloors.com
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CSSI's SoftPave Ultra incorporates a new patented polymeric wear surface construction into the design of its time-tested 2-inch-by-2-inch tile line to produce an extremely resilient fitness tile system, according to the company. Ultra offers a full 1-inch thickness of cushioning and a wide selection of color choices, including custom options.
CSSI, 1403 Trindle Road, Carlisle, PA 17013; (800) 851-4746; (717) 240-4602
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DEX-O-TEX DIV., CROSSFIELD PRODUCTS CORP.
Dex-O-Tex Resilient Athletic Surfacing can be used for multi-sport facilities. Gym-Flor is ideal for sport courts. Dex-O-Tex also offers systems designed for locker rooms.
Dex-O-Tex Div., Crossfield Products Corp., 3000 E. Harcourt St., Rancho Dominguez, CA 90221; (310) 886-9100; (310) 886-9119
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The company offers Interlocking Dinoflex Sport Mats, suitable for health clubs. These mats are made from recycled and nontoxic polyurethane.
Dinoflex, P.O. Box 3309, Salmon Arm, B.C., Canada V1E 4SI; (250) 832-7780; fax: (250) 832-7788
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Everlast Surfacing fitness flooring withstands maximum impact. Using only the finest quality, recycled rubber and state-of-the-art technology, Dodge-Regupol Inc. provides rubber flooring in 27 exhilarating colorways for the most demanding situation at the lowest cost, states the company. Perfect for weight rooms, cardio areas and childcare facilities.
Dodge-Regupol Inc., P.O. Box 989, Lancaster, PA 17608; (888) 383-7655; (717) 295-3400; fax: (717) 295-3414; www.regupol.com
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Designed specifically for aerobics, the Exerflex Aerobic Floor system consists of beech hardwood, three coats of an aerobic-traction polyurethane and a foam underlayment.
Exerflex, 6801 Lake Plaza, A-105, Indianapolis, IN 46220; (800) 428-5306; (317) 849-6181; fax: (317) 842-5384; email@example.com; www.exerflex.com
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Shock-absorbent Airbase floors are suitable for aerobics and court sports. Gerstung also offers the removable Airflex 400 floor system and rubber floors.
Gerstung, 1400 Coppermine Terrace, Baltimore, MD 21209; (800) 922-3575; fax: (410) 337-0471
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Humane's products include Loktuff and Guardian Supersport mats. Both are made from postconsumer recycled rubber.
Humane Manufacturing, 805 Moore St., Baraboo, WI 53913; (800) 369-6263; fax: (608) 356-8338
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Dri-Dek's anti-skid, self-draining surface keeps wet floors dry. It's ideal in showers, locker rooms, pool areas, and saunas, according to the company. Dri-Dek is made from oxy-B1 vinyl, which fights the spread of infectious fungus and bacteria in areas with barefoot traffic. Just snap the 12-inch-by-12-inch interlocking tiles together to form a custom surface of any length, width or shape. Available in 12 designer colors. Call for free samples.
Kendall Products, 2706 Horseshoe Drive S., Naples, FL 34104; (800) 847-9341; fax: (800) 828-4248
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KIEFER SPECIALTY FLOORING
Flexideck's “Comfort Dome” surface provides a comfortable surface without sacrificing the safety of positive traction. Flexideck has a unique flow-through design that safeguards against mold, mildew and bacteria. Flexideck is ideal for showers, pool decks, locker rooms, saunas, steam rooms and marinas, reports the company.
Kiefer Specialty Flooring, 1700 Kiefer Drive, Zion, IL 60099; (800) 322-5448; (847) 872-0120
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Kraiburg offers a wide variety of mats and rolls that stand up to strength equipment, cardio machines and aerobic classes. The flooring systems are also available for locker rooms.
Kraiburg, 1229 S. G Ave., Nevada, IA 50201; (888) 382-6767; fax: (515) 382-5436
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LINEAR RUBBER PRODUCTS
Low-cost Linear Rubber PowerPad floor mats protect weight-lifting and workout floor areas. These 5/8-inch thick nylon reinforced mats come in 4-feet, 5-feet and 6-feet widths, and in lengths of 6 feet to 16 feet. Custom trimming is offered at no charge. Easy to install and maintain, these over-sized mats lay flat, stay flat and butt together on all level floors.
Linear Rubber Products, 5416 46th St., Kenosha, WI 53144; (800) 558-4040; (262) 652-3912; fax: (262) 657-6705; www.rubbermats.com
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LINRAY ENTERPRISES INC.
Linray's score mats, tiles and aerobic padding are able to withstand the punishment of a group exercise class. Rubber flooring is also available for the weight room.
Linray Enterprises Inc., 167 Corp. Road, Hyannis, MA 02601; (800) 537-9752; www.linray.com
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Lonwood, a four-layer laminated construction, and LonCourt look like real wood. Both are suitable for aerobics and sports courts.
Lonseal Inc., 928 E. 238th St., Carson, CA 90745; (800) 832-7111; fax: (310) 830-7111
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MAGNUM FITNESS SYSTEMS
Magnum gets creative with rolled rubber flooring. Deco and Logo Tiles with 100 percent color provide design options for your facility. Create walkways or borders or insert geometric shapes to accent any area. Deco Tiles are 3/8-inch-thick, 36-inch-by-36-inch squares. They can be cut in the field into smaller squares, triangles or chevrons. Rolled rubber floor can be cut to set in the Deco Tiles. Logo Tiles can be used to enhance a facility's identity. They do not have to be limited to logos; they can be any type of design or symbol cut to any size up to 36 inches by 36 inches.
Magnum, 2201 12th Ave., South Milwaukee, WI 53172; (800) 372-0554; (414) 768-7047
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MITCHELL RUBBER PRODUCTS
Diamond Plate from Mitchell is a 4-foot-by-4-foot rubber floor tile for weight rooms. Interlocking tiles are available in 2-foot-by-2-foot sizes.
Mitchell Rubber Products, 10220 San Sevaine Way, Mira Loma, CA 91752; (800) 453-7526; (908) 681-1479
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NORTH WEST RUBBER MATS
Sportsfloor is made from 100 percent recycled rubber flooring and is designed to stand up to the heavyweight punishment in weight rooms, arenas, gyms and other high-activity recreational areas.
North West Rubber Mats, 33850 Industrial Ave., Abbotsford, B.C., Canada V2S 7T9; (800) 663-8724; fax: (604) 859-2009
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Gymtile/Flip-It reversible rubber tile offers high-shock absorbency for weight and aerobic rooms. Hid-N-Lok Interlocking Tiles are made of premium cut-resistant rubber. Pawling's Aerobic Times provides resiliency and comfort. Heavy-Duty Carpets are crush- and cut-resistant.
Pawling Corp., 32 Nelson Hill Road, P.O. Box 200, Wassaic, NY 12592; (800) 431-3456; fax: (845) 373-7827
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RB RUBBER PRODUCTS INC.
RB Rubber Products' 100 percent rubber matting and surfacing are now available in rolls. These rolls offer complete anti-fatigue flooring for clients and equipment protection in high-traffic areas. Offered in solid black or with 17 percent flecks of gray, red, blue, green and blue/gray.
RB Rubber Products Inc., 904 N.E. 10th Ave., McMinnville, OR 97128; (800) 525-5530; fax: (503) 434-4455; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.rbrubber.com
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RecDeck Wet Area Flooring provides a long-term proven solution to existing recreational deck problems, the company claims. Constructed of a durable, felt-backed, 85 mil. thick PVC, RecDeck may be employed in virtually any recreation area where slip resistance, durability and ease of maintenance are of primary concern. Applications include pool decks, locker rooms and changing rooms, weight rooms, aerobic and exercise rooms, and recreational and multipurpose rooms.
Renosys Corp./RecDeck, 2825 E. 55th Place, Indianapolis, IN 46220; (888) 783-7005; (317) 251-0207; fax: (317) 251-0360; email@example.com; www.renosys.com
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StageStep's products include Aerobastep Plus, Aerobastep and Dancestep; Tarkett Portable Sportsfloor for competitive aerobics, dancing or athletic activities; Ergomattas and Deckmate for locker rooms; and rubber flooring for weight rooms.
StageStep, 2000 Hamilton St., Suite C200; Philadelphia, PA 19130; (800) 877-3342; fax: (800) 877-3342
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SUMMIT FLEXIBLE PRODUCTS
Rubber products include Gorilla Mats for weight/cardio rooms, Mighty Lite Sport Mat for aerobics, DuroPave for weight and locker rooms, VersaMat for weight/cardio rooms, Cardio Flex Twin for aerobics and the Mighty Lite Dojo Mat.
Summit Flexible Products, P.O. Box 69003, Portland, OR 97201; (888) 367-6287; fax: (503) 968-8113
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Super Mats provides heavy-duty rubber mats. These mats protect floors and equipment from damage.
Super Mats, 1810 Freeway Blvd., Brooklyn Center, MN 55430; (800) 225-9181
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TENNEK SPORTS SURFACES
Tennek's TaraFlex Maple Design is a synthetic sports floor. SportWalk Sport Surfaces is ideal for weight/cardio rooms.
Tennek Sports Surfaces, 460 Park Co. Road 43, Suite 2, Bailey, CO 80421; (800) 845-6724; (303) 838-0924
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Teprorib and Vinyl Duckboard are designed specifically for wet/dry surfaces. They are ideal for pools, shower and saunas.
TeproMark International, 99 W. Hawthorne Ave., Valley Stream, NY 11581; (800) 645-2622; (516) 825-7714
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UNDERFOOT FLOORING OUTLET
Underfoot Flooring Outlet (UFO) is a distributor of Color Roll rubber floorings, Tri-Flex multipurpose aerobic padding and Ironmaster rubber mats.
Underfoot Flooring Outlet/CBE Inc., P.O. Box 2226, Flemington, NJ 08822; (800) 268-6238
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