Home Floor Mats
Home floor mats are a type of protective flooring designed and intended to protect both floor and exercise equipment from damage and dirt caused by use or misuse of exercise machines like recumbent bikes, treadmills, rowers, ellipticals and so on.
Another good feature of quality home floor mats is that they absorb vibrations and make prolonged cardio workouts more comfortable and quieter.
Published: April 15, 2020.
Home Floor Mat Materials
Home floor mats should be made from tough and durable material that is resistant to tear and wear, to moisture, it must be able to absorb impacts and vibrations and it must be non-toxic and cleaned easily, with as little smell as possible - with preferably no smell at all.
The most common materials used for home floor mats are EVA foam (Ethylene-Vinyl Acetate), PVC (Poly-Vinyl Chloride) and tough rubber.
Each of these materials has its own pros and cons, and often manufacturers combine two or more materials in order to achieve desired results - combined mats.
EVA foam mats are relatively soft to touch and in order to achieve desired protection, EVA foam mats must be at least 3/8" - 1/2" (8-12 mm) thick. But, EVA foam mats offer excellent floor protection and vibration absorption, making exercises much quieter.
Also, EVA foam mats are waterproof, very lightweight, quick and easy to set and have a non-slippery textured surfaces.
PVC home floor mats are very tough and durable, with the surface being much tear-resistant than the surface of EVA foam mats.
PVC home floor mats are waterproof and offer excellent protection from carpet fibers.
But, in order to offer the same vibration absorption like EVA foam mats, PVC home floor mats must be thicker than EVA foam mats, making them sometimes hard to manage.
Rubber mats are made from tough, durable rubber, providing very good protection for both floors and exercise equipment, including mechanical impacts, floor/carpet fibers, vibrations, lubricants, sweat etc.
Of course, there are other materials used for home gym flooring, but these are the most common ones.
Home Folding Floor Mats
Home folding floor mats are generally used only during the exercise - when the exercise machine is not in use, both the exercise machine and the home floor mat are stored away.
Most folded home floor mats are made from thin PVC, while thicker PVC and rubber mats are rolled and then stored away.
Home folded/rolled protective floor mats are purchased in the desired size, according to the individual needs and requirements.
Home Interlocking Floor Mats
Interlocking home floor mats come in the form of interlocking tiles. Interlocking tiles are commonly made from lightweight EVA foam or similar material with tile size up to 4'/120cm (rarely larger). Interlocking floor mats can be used to protect certain area by combining the required number of tiles - the larger the tiles, the faster the floor can be covered.
Interlocking tiles are commonly used for semi-permanent floor protection and are often combined with other floor mats in order to achieve better floor protection.
Long Story Short: If You have designated area for your recumbent bike or any other similar exercise machine, protect the floor with good protective mat and don't go cheap, since good mat protects both the floor and the exercise machine.
Also, even the best and most popular home floor mats are relatively cheap - You get them once and it lasts for ages...