Flooring and Carpeting Home gymexercise room flooring, gym exercise room, carpet tiles

Flooring and Carpeting Home gymexercise room flooring, gym exercise room, carpet tiles

Flooring and Carpeting /Home gym/exercise room flooring

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Expert: John Michaels — 4/12/2008

Question

I am finishing the basement in my 3 yr old home and making one room an exercise room. What kind of flooring is best for that use? I’m putting in a weider gym, a treadmill and an elliptical. It’s only my wife and myself and we’re in the 55-60 age range. I’m considering laminate, carpet tiles and roll carpeting in a tight indoor/outdoor type of material.

what would you recommend?

Thanks!

Answer

Hi Jim; I suggest you not consider laminate. You need something with cushioning and absorbency. Since you might be moving equiment around, (remember when you move and place equipment, do not drag it. Lift it and place it in the proper position), I would suggest either carpet tiles in a very dense, low cut pile. If you use roll goods, then you could use a looped pile carpet either glued, directly to the floor or installed over a very dense solid rubber commercial type pad. If you choose cut pile carpet tiles, they should be a very dense commercial type with a very heavy stable backing. They can be loose laid or glued to the floor using pressure sensitive adhesive, (an adhesive that does not fully dry but always remains tacky and the adhesive should be applied with a trowel with notches set apart no wider than 1/16 inch. If you glued rolled carpet, the adhesive should be a permanent one, applied with a trowel size of 1/8 inch. If you glue, the subfloor must be totally free of any moisture problems, and level and clean. If it is concrete, the concrete should be tested for any moisture problems.

If you install over pad, use a flat solid rubber that is very dense and made for commercial use. Its density should be at least 15-16 lbs. per sq. yd. Demand that the carpet be installed over that pad with a powerstretcher, NOT a knee kicker, and, if there are any seams needed, demand that, in addition to commercial seaming tape, seam sealer must be applied to all cut edges of the carpet. If the installer says you don’t need seam sealer, get another installer.

Please do not make your purchase from one of those large home supply stores or over the internet. Go to a local, reputable floor covering dealer who can supply you with proper product and pad, and the installation done by a knowledgeable, certified installer. The dealer must be one that deals in commercial carpet, and I suggest that you visit the website of Starnet, which is the association to which most commercial carpet dealers throughout the U.S. belong. If you have trouble locating a good commercial dealer, in your area, get back to me and perhaps I can suggest one. Next, when you choose product, use a 100% solution dyed nylon pile. Solution dyeing is where the dyes are added to the nylon yarn while it is still in its liquid state. When it solidifies into a carpet yarn, the color and yarn are one. That allows the use of harsher cleaning agents, and nylon absorbs moisture, so it will recover from impressions and traffic. Don’t accept a blend of another fiber and nylon, such as olefin/nylon, polyester/nylon, etc. Get 100% solution dyed nylon pile in a low pile height, 1/8 inch or less, a dense gauge-at least 1/10 inch (every 1/10 inch across the width of the carpet is a lengthwise row of yarn), and to resist the pulling of loops in a looped pile carpet, ask the dealer to show you high tuft bind backings that anchor tufts into the backing with greater strength. There are also some solution dyed nylons that are treated with an anti-microbial system that can kill bacteria that cause odors from sweat and other spills. If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact me.

Flooring and Carpeting /Home gym/exercise room flooring

Advertisement

Expert: John Michaels — 4/12/2008

Question

Flooring and Carpeting Home gymexercise room flooring, gym exercise room, carpet tiles

I am finishing the basement in my 3 yr old home and making one room an exercise room. What kind of flooring is best for that use? I’m putting in a weider gym, a treadmill and an elliptical. It’s only my wife and myself and we’re in the 55-60 age range. I’m considering laminate, carpet tiles and roll carpeting in a tight indoor/outdoor type of material.

what would you recommend?

Thanks!

Answer

Hi Jim; I suggest you not consider laminate. You need something with cushioning and absorbency. Since you might be moving equiment around, (remember when you move and place equipment, do not drag it. Lift it and place it in the proper position), I would suggest either carpet tiles in a very dense, low cut pile. If you use roll goods, then you could use a looped pile carpet either glued, directly to the floor or installed over a very dense solid rubber commercial type pad. If you choose cut pile carpet tiles, they should be a very dense commercial type with a very heavy stable backing. They can be loose laid or glued to the floor using pressure sensitive adhesive, (an adhesive that does not fully dry but always remains tacky and the adhesive should be applied with a trowel with notches set apart no wider than 1/16 inch. If you glued rolled carpet, the adhesive should be a permanent one, applied with a trowel size of 1/8 inch. If you glue, the subfloor must be totally free of any moisture problems, and level and clean. If it is concrete, the concrete should be tested for any moisture problems.

If you install over pad, use a flat solid rubber that is very dense and made for commercial use. Its density should be at least 15-16 lbs. per sq. yd. Demand that the carpet be installed over that pad with a powerstretcher, NOT a knee kicker, and, if there are any seams needed, demand that, in addition to commercial seaming tape, seam sealer must be applied to all cut edges of the carpet. If the installer says you don’t need seam sealer, get another installer.

Please do not make your purchase from one of those large home supply stores or over the internet. Go to a local, reputable floor covering dealer who can supply you with proper product and pad, and the installation done by a knowledgeable, certified installer. The dealer must be one that deals in commercial carpet, and I suggest that you visit the website of Starnet, which is the association to which most commercial carpet dealers throughout the U.S. belong. If you have trouble locating a good commercial dealer, in your area, get back to me and perhaps I can suggest one. Next, when you choose product, use a 100% solution dyed nylon pile. Solution dyeing is where the dyes are added to the nylon yarn while it is still in its liquid state. When it solidifies into a carpet yarn, the color and yarn are one. That allows the use of harsher cleaning agents, and nylon absorbs moisture, so it will recover from impressions and traffic. Don’t accept a blend of another fiber and nylon, such as olefin/nylon, polyester/nylon, etc. Get 100% solution dyed nylon pile in a low pile height, 1/8 inch or less, a dense gauge-at least 1/10 inch (every 1/10 inch across the width of the carpet is a lengthwise row of yarn), and to resist the pulling of loops in a looped pile carpet, ask the dealer to show you high tuft bind backings that anchor tufts into the backing with greater strength. There are also some solution dyed nylons that are treated with an anti-microbial system that can kill bacteria that cause odors from sweat and other spills. If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact me.


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