Few people these days actually use their garages to store vehicles. Instead, the garage space becomes one that's used for hobbies—whether that be storing garden equipment or working out. If you intend to convert your garage to a home gym, one of the first things you'll want to do is upgrade the flooring. After all, you won't want to work out on the standard concrete floor found in the average garage! Here are three types of flooring that work well for garage gyms.
Epoxy flooring is a fancy term for flooring that is essentially made from plastic. It is poured into place on your garage floor. Two chemical components are mixed together in specific proportions, and the result is a hardy resin that fills the floor space and hardens to a durable, water-resistant layer in a matter of hours. If your garage has a concrete floor currently, you can have epoxy poured right over the concrete. The epoxy will adhere to the concrete. You can choose colored epoxy so you don't see the concrete through it.
Epoxy has a few advantages for a home gym. It's a bit softer than concrete, so your joints won't feel as sore after you do jumping jacks or aerobics workouts. It's also easy to clean and sanitize, which will enable you to kill bacteria on its surface with a disinfectant.
If you're looking for a type of flooring you can install yourself, look for foam tiles. They go together like puzzle pieces. You can piece them together on top of the concrete surface. You might have to cut a few tiles, depending on the dimensions of your garage, but this is easy to do with a pen knife or even large scissors.
Foam tiles are a great choice if do a lot of on-floor workouts, such as yoga or Pilates. You won't have to put down a separate mat. They are, however, harder to keep clean than epoxy flooring.
Vinyl Sticky Tile
If the concrete in your garage is really smooth, you might be able to get away with sticky vinyl tile. You stick these tiles to the surface of the concrete, forming a smooth surface that's easy to clean. Vinyl tile's primary advantage is that it's very inexpensive, and it can be cleaned with all-purpose, disinfectant cleaners. It does not offer as much padding as the other options on this list, but this might not be a major concern if you mostly run on a treadmill or elliptical.