Thursday, November 1, 2018

Guide to Buying Outdoor Floors

How to Buy Outdoor Flooring

By Julia Nass

Greatmats rooftop flooring
Greatmats makes purchasing outdoor floors as enjoyable as sitting out on the back patio in the sunshine. Okay, maybe nothing holds a candle to back patio sunshine hangs, but at least Greatmats knows how to make that patio way more enjoyable. Purchasing outdoor floors from Greatmats is an effective and low-cost way to turn any outdoor area into one that is comfortable, inviting, long-lasting and safe.

If you are feeling like it is time to start planning for an outdoor floor, then it is time to get educated on your options and what to look out for. Read on to learn all you need to know on purchasing outdoor floors.

Know Your Environment

Patio decks, playgrounds, pool surrounds, rooftops and other outdoor spaces can be heavily impacted by the elements. In places where the sun is strong and temperatures high, flooring may fade, expand or morph. Rain, snow and humidity can cause problems of their own. Some flooring products are designed to withstand one specific element, while others are made to withstand all types of weather. Thus, it is important to be conscious of your climate when planning for outdoor flooring. The following will walk you through different factors to be conscious of as you begin the process of purchasing outdoor floors.
If you are buying outdoor floors that will be exposed to direct sunlight, choose a flooring product whose colors will not fade. Also, think about choosing a material that will not absorb as much light energy in order to prevent flooring from getting hot enough to burn skin. For example, stay away from concrete, asphalt and dark-colored plastics. Picking lighter colors will help the flooring stay cool in the sun. If you are planning for outdoor flooring that will be used on a playground, this is particularly important, as young children are much more susceptible to thermal burns.

Will the Floor Be Exposed to Moisture?

Greatmats pool deck flooring
Rain, humidity, melted snow and other forms of water are another factor that can greatly affect your outdoor floor. Whether it is a rooftop exposed to frequent rainfall or an poolside area, you must take moisture into consideration when planning for an outdoor floor. Prolonged periods of moisture can create a breeding ground for mold and mildew within a floor. Plus, there is traction safety to consider. Pools of water are an obvious slipping hazard, and even light moisture can make certain surfaces too slippery to safely walk on.

Luckily, there are plenty of outdoor floors made exactly for such spaces. If moisture is a factor for you, think about purchasing outdoor floors with a drain-through design so water doesn't pool up on the surface. Plus, good drainage means air can flow through so water doesn't pool underneath the surface either. Also consider buying outdoor floors that maintain good traction even when wet. 
If you are planning to buy flooring for your pool deck, consider purchasing flooring that will be slip resistant and provide drainage. Softer materials will also help to prevent injuries when falls do occur.
Greatmats outdoor flooring patio
Durability: Choose a floor that will not wear down quickly, especially if it is sure to be subject to heavy furniture or foot traffic. An outdoor floor should be designed to last for years and years. Choosing a product with a warranty can help guarantee durability and longevity.
Affordability: This is an obvious factor for most people. Some outdoor flooring options like natural stone, brick and hardwood can get extremely expensive. Look for a more affordable option like plastic deck tiles that can give the same aesthetic without the costly process. 
Installation: Also, consider if you will need to have a contractor install the flooring or if you can do it yourself. Some outdoor tiles can be easily installed without assistance, saving you money. You will also need to consider the location. If you are installing on an uneven surface, grass, or dirt, only certain flooring materials will work. When installing over a rooftop membrane, make sure that the floor is approved for installation over membranes so that it will not cause any damage.
Style & Materials: Many people start planning for outdoor flooring in order to transform a worn down space, like a concrete rooftop or rotting patio. Purchasing an outdoor floor makes it super easy to revitalize an unsightly area. Outdoor flooring comes in all shapes, styles and colors and can bring any kind of new, vibrant aesthetic. Whether it is a classy wood style floor for the back porch or a fun, vibrant color for poolside, buying outdoor floors makes it easy to stylize any outdoor space. 
The possibilities are endless with outdoor flooring. Some of the most common materials are brick, stone, porcelain, wood and concrete. But there are other options as well including rubber, plastic, wood plastic composite (WPC), carpet and even artificial turf. Plastic, rubber, carpet and artificial grass can create a softer surface for kids when they play or fall. 


Benefits of Alternative Outdoor Flooring Materials

Rubber Flooring

  • Flexible tiles absorb shock, making for a safer flooring surface. Some even offer fall height ratings.
  • Eco-friendly, rubber tiles are made from recycled rubber, so fewer vehicle tires end up in landfills.
  • Dense rubber is heavy, and is less prone to shifting than lighter flooring options.
  • Highly durable rubber is resistant to fluctuating temperatures, maintaining its original form no matter the weather.
Greatmats outdoor artificial grass

Artificial Grass

  • Get the look and feel of real grass without the hassle, mess, or maintenance.
  • Artificial grass allow water to drain right through, so there's no puddling and no mess. 
  • Super comfortable, artificial grass creates a luxurious surface.

Plastic Flooring

  • Suitable as a portable flooring over grass and over dirt, plastic flooring is versatile and easy to install.
  • Many plastic tiles offer anti-fatigue benefits, making for a soft and forgiving surface.
  • Choose from designer options to create an eye-catching yet safe surface.
  • Raised base tiles prevent the growth of mold and mildew, and are ideal for swimming pools and wet areas.
  • Some tiles carry an ASTM fall height rating, offering excellent safety for play or pool areas.

More Resources offers a vast number of resources to aid you, start to finish, in purchasing outdoor floors. First, start scrolling through videos, blogs, how to's, and customer profiles all located within the Greatmats Buyer's Guide. It is a flooring-specific library, curated with information to help you in purchasing your perfect floor.

If the Greatmats Buyer's Guide isn't quite deep enough for you, the wealth of knowledge of Greatmats Flooring Experts certainly will be. The friendly customer service folk are at the ready to chat out your vision for the floor, help you hone in on a few specific products, answer any remaining questions, and get your new floor to your door.

Research a specific product by getting a clear image of what exactly what it would look like in your space. You can actually do this with unlimited access to Greatmats' Pro Floor Designer. The floor designer allows you to enter the real dimensions of your space so you can get a lifelike visual of what the product would be like in it. You can even mess around with different colors and designs. With Greatmats Pro Floor Designer, you can feel like professional designer in just a few simple steps. 

For more on this topic please review our Outdoor Floors product page.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

How to Choose Dog Agility Artificial Turf

Features & Products for Dog Training & Agility Artificial Turf

By Paige Cerulli

Greatmats dog agility turf artificial grass
A great dog agility course starts with ideal flooring designed to keep dogs and trainers safe while also providing durability and a great aesthetic. That's a lot to ask of flooring, but our dog agility turf options are all up for the task.

When you choose artificial turf for dog agility facilities, you need to make sure that you're purchasing a product that's just right for your intended use. A sub-quality product won't hold up to the demands and traffic that it will see in your facility. A product that doesn't create a forgiving surface will take a toll on your joints and on your dog's comfort. Plus, there are other issues like maintenance, UV resistance, and installation to consider.

But don't worry, we'll guide you through the process of choosing the perfect dog agility grass for your facility.

Why Do People Choose Artificial Turf for Dog Agility

Greatmats dog training turf artificial turf
When it comes to choosing a flooring product for your dog training facility or agility course, you have a lot of options to select from. There are plenty of flooring products that are forgiving and comfortable, yet are also durable enough to withstand the traffic they'll see in a professional facility.

But artificial grass for dog agility offers a number of benefits that other flooring types don't. It's no wonder that it's so popular for agility facilities. Here are just a few of the reasons why artificial turf makes sense:

  • Attractive finish: Artificial grass for dogs makes for a beautiful finish that will truly transform the look of your agility course or training facility. It's a great way to brighten up an indoor course, or to make an outdoor course look great.
  • Low maintenance: With artificial turf, your maintenance time and costs will be greatly reduced. There's no dealing with mud or divots or patches of dead grass. Most of our dog agility turf options can just be hosed off regularly. This means you can focus on running your facility, rather than maintaining it. 
  • Comfort and safety: Artificial grass for dog agility makes a comfortable surface that can help to keep dogs and handlers safe. It's forgiving enough so that you can complete course runs comfortably, but also provides good traction for dogs during their runs.
  • Durability: While artificial grass is forgiving, it's also highly durable. The options suitable for dog agility are designed to withstand high degrees of traffic and won't be easily torn up by claws. 
  • Year-round use: You can use artificial turf year-round, both indoors and out. Because it's designed to provide plenty of drainage, you can get back to using your outdoor course soon after a rain. Plus, you'll always be able to enjoy the attractive look of green grass, no matter what the weather has been like. 

From setting up a practice course in your backyard to outfitting your professional training or competition facility, artificial grass for dog agility makes great sense.

How to Choose the Right Artificial Grass for Dog Agility

Consider the following factors when determining which product is best for your facility's needs.
  • Durability: Great durability is a must-have for any turf that will be used for agility. Look for a product specifically designed to withstand dog claws and the high degree of traffic that your course will see. Also consider the warranties available with the turf.
  • Pile height: Artificial turf comes with different pile heights, which refers to the height of the blades of grass. For agility, you'll want a pile that gives dogs plenty of grip without being too deep. 
  • Installation location: Consider where you'll be installing the turf. Will you be placing it on top of a concrete base indoors, or do you want something that can be installed outdoors? If you're considering an outdoor installation, then factors like drainage, the ability to withstand extreme temperatures, and UV resistance also become important. 
  • Required maintenance: Most artificial grass products are designed to be low-maintenance. In most cases, you can hose off the turf to keep it looking fresh. There's little else that you'll need to do for your flooring. 
  • Budget: Different artificial turf products come in at different price points. When deciding whether a product is suitable for your budget, don't forget to factor in the price of the product, the cost of any infill, and the cost of installation.

Ready to get shopping? We've outlined a few of our favorite artificial turf for dog agility options for you below.

True Turf Artificial Grass Turf Roll 

Greatmats GrassTex True Turf Indoor Dog Agility Turf
True Turf Artificial Turf is one of the most popular turf options for dog agility courses. This turf can be installed both indoors and outdoors. True Turf has a pile height of 9/16 inch for a neat appearance. Made in the USA with the highest quality materials, this turf is safe for kids and pets. Its backing is made with a dual-layer woven polyproylene and is available with a greenback or natural rubber coating.

Don't worry about the durability of this turf, it has been installed for years at dog agility and training facilities. It also comes with a 5 year limited warranty so you can rest assured that it will be a worthwhile investment. The 15-foot-widths quickly cover large areas and is available in custom cut lengths.

Pet Heaven Artificial Grass Turf Roll

Greatmats artificial turf for dog agility training
Combining excellent durability with a high-quality turf, the Pet Heaven Artificial Grass Turf Roll is a great option for agility courses. This turf has been specifically designed to withstand pet traffic and a high degree of wear. Its backing is made of a dual-layer woven polypropylene with a SilverBack polyurethane coating. This unique construction contributes to this turf's extreme toughness and durability.

Maintaining this turf is incredibly simple - just flush it with water as needed, and it will be cleaned and ready to go again. This turf reacts naturally underfoot, making an excellent surface for both dogs and handlers to navigate. It also looks like real grass with a pile height of 7/8 inch.

Countryside Artificial Grass Turf Roll

Greatmats artificial turf for dogs
Durable, beautiful, and comfortable underfoot, our Countryside Artificial Grass Turf Roll is another popular option. This turf can be installed both indoors over concrete, as well as outdoors over a prepared surface. Because the design of this turf allows water to pass right through it, you can promptly start using the surface again soon after a rain. It also makes for easy cleaning, since you can flush the turf with water (just make sure that you allow for drainage beneath the turf when you install it - a crushed stone base is recommended for outdoor installations).

With a 1.25-inch pile, this turf looks natural and feels great underfoot. It's highly durable, and the individual yarns of grass are embedded into the backing. The backing has two layers of woven polypropylene with a SilverBack polyurethane coating. This quality construction contributes to the turf's extreme durability. Even under the high traffic that your course may see, this turf is strong enough to hold up for years.

Coastal Cut Artificial Grass Roll

Greatmats dog agility turf option
For the ultimate in realism, consider the Coastal Cut Artificial Grass Roll. This fake grass for dogs doesn't look fake at all, thanks to the four different colors that make up the yarn in the lawn. The turf incorporates field green and lime into the main yarns, and the thatch yarns are olive and tan colors. The finished product looks incredibly realistic.

But this turf is more than just great looks. It's versatile, and can be used both indoors and out. The 1.25-inch pile height provides plenty of cushion underfoot and makes for a natural feel and performance. The turf can perform in all kinds of climates, and drains away water well after a rain. You can simply hose the turf down to clean it. It's virtually maintenance-free.

Choosing Your Artificial Grass for Dog Agility Use

At Greatmats, we offer plenty of options that make a great addition to any dog agility course or facility. If you have any questions, please give our customer service representatives a call. We would be happy to help you choose the perfect product for your needs. 

For more on this topic please review our Artificial Grass, Artificial Turf product page. For other dog agility flooring options, visit our Dog Agility Flooring product page.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Temporary Sidewalk and Walkway Ideas

How to Make a Temporary Sidewalk or Walkway

By Julia Nass

Greatmats temporary sidewalk walkway
Temporary sidewalks are a type of portable outdoor flooring that comes in a variety of materials, shapes and sizes. Durable plastic is a common material choice for a temporary walkway, but they can made of rubber, wood, vinyl and more. The key to a temporary sidewalk is that it can be easily installed and uninstalled without the use of machinery or adhesives.

Temporary walking paths come in handy in a variety of situations. They are useful for homes and gardens, outdoor events, trade shows, and more. Most outdoor event planners set up portable path mats to accommodate temporary foot or even vehicle traffic.

How to Make a Temporary Sidewalk

At this point, a removeable sidewalk is probably starting to sound pretty great. So how do you make one? At, it is extremely easy. Their traveling path mats come in handy kits that make installing a temporary walkway a breeze. All you need to do to get your mobile walkway all set up is just follow a few easy steps.
First, you need to hone in on what your removeable walkway will be used for. Will it be used for heavy foot traffic? Vehicles? Is it simply for aesthetics? Are you on a tight budget? Would you like your sidewalk to turn a corner? Once you have an idea of what it is you're wanting, you can start browsing all of Greatmats' incredible products. Exploring different products should help create an even clearer idea of what you would like. 
Greatmats temporary sidewalk mats
Greatmats VersaMats Diamond Foot 3x8 Foot mats are an excellent option for vehicle traffic on temporary sidewalks. These mats are rated up to 60,000 pounds of vehicle traffic. These temporary walkway mats are the perfect solution, providing an easy to walk on, safe to work on, and great to drive on surface, featuring a slip-resistant tread design. They also have wedge pieces available to create curves and corners on your temporary sidewalk.

The VersaMats have a limited lifetime warranty so you can be sure that they can be used for many events. Mats can be connected together with two different styles of links which are easy and quick to put together.

Greatmats temporary sidewalk in winter
For a smaller option, consider our Portable Outdoor Floor Tile which is often used for outdoor event flooring. These tiles are 2 x 1/2 foot in size and 3/4 inch thick. They are strong enough to support vehicles. These outdoor tiles are UV resistant. The perforations in this tile allow water to pass through so pools of water do not form.

If you are struggling to find exactly what you are looking for, get in touch with a Greatmats Flooring Expert. The friendly person on the other end of the line will not give up until you find something you are completely satisfied with. You can even order samples to get a complete idea of your purchase.

Shipment methods differ depending on the product, but it is certain that Greatmats will get your temporary sidewalk shipped to you as timely and as cheap as possible. If it arrives with any problems at all, Greatmats will make sure the issue is resolved right away.
Greatmats temporary sidewalk tile
Once you receive your product, you can lay it out exactly where you want it to go. After everything has been laid out, you can start piecing your temporary sidewalk together. Different products connect in different ways, so make sure you read the specific product description in order to have a clear sense of how to install it. That being said, Greatmats prides itself on selling mobile path mats that are super easy to put together and take apart. With a Greatmats temporary walkway, installation will be a simple do-it-yourself or do-it-with-a-pal project.

And voila! There you have your very own temporary sidewalk. Be sure to read up on the maintenance and storage of your product at Rest easy knowing your new non-permanent sidewalk will be easy to take care of and will last you for years and years to come. 
Greatmats walkway mats on grass

Benefits of Using Temporary Sidewalk

Ground Protection

Ultimately, a temporary walkway will protect both users and the ground underfoot. Building a walkway protects the grass and ground from getting ripped up. Even more damaging than foot traffic is vehicles and tires. Driving cars or machinery over grass or soft ground can cause costly and unsightly damage. Luckily, portable ground protection mats can also be setup for vehicles so that they can access any area without leaving a trace.

Increased Accessibility and Movability

Greatmats walkway mats on beachSetting up portable path mats can allow people to access areas that would otherwise by unreachable by foot. Whether the it's sand, mud, or rough terrain, a portable walkway is an obvious solution to accessibility problems. A temporary sidewalk can also come in handy in times that a vehicle is stuck and needs some traction underneath to get moving again.


Further, temporary sidewalks are useful in increasing safety. When ground is uneven, holey, or covered in rocks or cables, short-term sidewalks will make everyone safer. Providing even and sturdy ground for people to walk on will prevent accidents from occurring. Plus, a temporary walkway typically has more traction than grass, concrete, or other materials, so slips and falls are less likely to occur.

For more on this topic, please review our Ground Protection Mats product page. For other event flooring options, visit our Event Flooring page.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Does Rubber Flooring Expand?

Rubber Flooring Expansion
By Julia Nass

Greatmats rubber gym flooring
Many people shopping for new rubber flooring begin their hunt curious about rubber flooring expansion. The rubber band temperature test may have come to mind. The rubber band test is a common science experiment that reveals that unlike most materials, rubber bands actually contract in heat and expand in cold. A rubber band being heated and cooled is an extreme example of the expansion and contraction of rubber. However, it isn't so simple with rubber gym flooring and other types of rubber floors.

Rubber Flooring Overiew

Rubber flooring typically comes in rolls, mats or interlocking rubber floor tiles. Home gym flooring, commercial fitness flooring, horse stall mats, and anti-fatigue mats are a few of the most popular uses. People tend to love rubber because of its extreme durability and longevity. Some rubber floors last for decades. Rubber is a common eco-friendly flooring option, as they are most often made with recycled tires. By purchasing a rubber floor, you are helping to decrease landfill waste and can also qualify for LEED building points. Finally, rubber flooring is extremely affordable and typically easy to install.

Now, let's just get to the question at hand:

Does Rubber Flooring Expand?

Greatmats rubber flooring tiles
When all is said and done, rubber floor mat expansion may occur depending on several factors, a few of which are outlined below.


Rubber gym flooring and other types of rubber flooring are often made from recycled materials by mixing rubber particles with a glue-like binder. If the rubber is not melted down into a solid, the rubber floor is slightly porous. The denser a rubber flooring product is, the less porous it is. These air pores are susceptible to moisture infiltration. If a rubber floor is exposed to ample amounts of moisture over an extended period of time, it may end up warping or buckling. 
Therefore, we recommend rubber flooring to be installed in places without high levels of moisture or direct water exposure. If you are set on rubber flooring in areas where moisture is present, we highly recommend our vulcanized rubber products as they are waterproof as discussed below.

Manufacturing Process of Rubber

Further, it depends on the product. Many rubber flooring products are made with vulcanized rubber, which makes rubber products less susceptible to expansion and contraction. If the product has a strong seal against moisture, then rubber flooring expansion is less likely to occur. Many of Greatmats' rubber floor products are designed to prevent as much expansion and contraction as possible. Most customers report back that their rubber gym flooring or other rubber floor did not in fact expand upon installation.

Exposure to the Elements

Even products with the strongest rubber flooring expansion prevention may be affected by extreme exposure to the elements. High temperatures, freezing temperatures, high humidity, and direct exposure to sunlight will increase the likelihood of rubber floor mat expansion or contraction.

Steps to Take to Ensure a Successful Installation

Maintain a Stable Climate

Maintaining an even temperature and even sunlight exposure is key in preventing rubber flooring expansion. Greatmats highly recommends that rubber flooring be kept indoors in stable climates.

Acclimatize Product Before Installation

While many products will not typically expand and contract in a steady, mild climate, it is still important to acclimatize rubber gym flooring or other types of flooring before proceeding with installation. This is because the manufacturing and shipping process often stretches rubber products, particularly rubber rolls and sheets. Thus, one must let rubber flooring relax into its natural shape over a period of 12 - 48 hours. Doing so at a steady temperature of 70 F - 75 F will help support the rubber to take its natural shape.

Greatmats rubber flooring mats rolls tilesLeave Some Wiggle Room

Once you are ready to install the floor, it can be helpful to leave half an inch of space between rubber flooring and the walls. This acts as a wiggle room buffer just in case expansion does in fact occur. Also, if installing rubber gym flooring tiles or more than one mat, it is key to install them all with the same side down unless stated otherwise in your product description.

Get All of Your Questions Answered

If you are feeling worried about a rubber product expanding or contracting in your space, or you simply want to know more about rubber floor mat expansion, get in touch with the flooring experts at Over the course of their nearly 20 years in business, they have seen it all. The friendly and knowledgeable team is at the ready to talk you through your concerns and assist you in finding a product that suits your needs perfectly.

For more on this topic please review our Rubber Flooring product page

Friday, October 5, 2018

Choosing Artificial Playground Turf

How to Choose Artificial Grass for Playgrounds

By Paige Cerulli

Greatmats artificial playground turf

When you want a welcoming, eye-catching, and beautiful appearance for your playground, there's no better choice than artificial . This artificial grass for playgrounds adds versatility to your space without the hassle of growing and caring for actual grass. You'll have a distinctive and beautiful play space for kids, whether indoors or outdoors.

As you shop to buy artificial turf for playgrounds price, you'll find that there's a wide variety of products for you to choose from. How do you know which turf product is right for your project? We have the answers for you.

Why You Should Choose Playground Turf

Artificial grass is used for many projects, including sports fields, home landscaping, golf greens, pet areas, and more. This versatile product makes a great addition to playgrounds for a number of reasons:

Greatmats artificial grass for playgrounds
    Greatmats playground turf grass
  • Grass look: With playground turf, you can get the look and feel of grass without having to actually work with real grass. It makes for a beautiful, distinctive appearance that can help your playground to look well-maintained, welcoming, and unique.
  • Low maintenance: When you invest in fake grass for playgrounds, you'll be saving time in maintenance and upkeep. There's no mowing, fertilizing, or divot patching, so you can focus on other projects that need attention. 
  • Instant results: With playground turf, there's no waiting for the grass to grow. You can install the turf and start enjoying the space right away. Artificial grass is ideal for projects on tight timelines, and it makes a great choice when your playground needs a quick refresh right before an opening or an event. 
  • Money saved: When you consider what you'll spend maintaining actual turf in a playground area, you'll realize that investing in artificial turf can be a money-saving idea. From grass seed to mowers to fertilizer to the staff time it will take to maintain your grass, playground turf prices make a lot of financial sense in the long run. 
  • Excellent drainage: Mud will be a thing of the past with artificial grass, and that's a huge advantage. Kids will be able to enjoy their play area right after a rain, because these products are designed to maximize drainage. 
  • Comfortable surface: Our artificial playground turf options are designed to be comfortable and to provide a surface that feels natural underfoot. These products create a welcoming surface that children and parents are sure to enjoy and appreciate. 
  • Year-round beauty: When you're working with genuine grass, the grass will only look attractive during the late spring, summer and early fall. Brown grass isn't a great look for your playground, but with artificial turf you can enjoy the look of green grass year-round. 
  • Durability: The products that we highlight here for use as playground turf are durable enough to withstand the foot traffic that busy playgrounds will see. This faux grass for playgrounds won't develop the divots, dead sports, and holes that traditional turf can develop. It's a more durable alternative that's perfect for playgrounds. 
  • Safety: Some playground turf products feature safety padding underneath providing fall height protection. These products can be just as safe as rubber playground surfaces.

While playground turf is a great product, you'll need to make sure that you choose a product truly suited to your project.

How to Choose the Best Artificial Grass for Playgrounds

As you explore the different playground turf options available, consider the following factors to help you choose the right product for your needs.

  • Greatmats padded playground turf grass
    Pile height: The pile height of the turf can affect how the turf appears and how it feels underfoot. Shorter piles are often preferred for golf courses, while a taller pile makes for increased comfort and cushion with a more natural look.
  • Indoor versus outdoor use: Consider whether you'll be using the turf indoors or outdoors. You may find that different installation methods are needed for each option.  Most turf products can be installed indoors or outdoors.
  • Fall height ratings: Some turf even offers fall height ratings. This is particularly valuable for playground turf, since it means that the turf can help to minimize the chance of injury when a child falls from a particular height. 
  • Installation method: Be sure to familiarize yourself with the installation method for each product you're considering. Some products need to be paired with infill for added cushion and stability.
  • Cost and budget: We offer playground turf at a variety of different price points. Be sure to factor in the cost of the product, as well as the cost of any fill needed as well as the installation cost when determining the overall cost of the project.

Our Recommended Artificial Playground Turf Options

Not sure where to start? We offer a number of products that are ideal for use on playgrounds. Here are some of our favorite options that are popular choices for playground use.

Play Time Playground Turf with Padding

Greatmats artificial playground turf with padding
Looking for artificial grass for playgrounds that offers a fall height rating? Then Play Time Playground Turf with 2 Inch Foam Pad is the right choice for you. This turf has a 2-inch foam base layer of playground turf padding that makes for a soft, comfortable surface, and it's even certified with a 9-foot fall height rating. This turf is preferred for playgrounds because of its forgiving foam base and its plush body.

You'll find that this turf reacts and performs naturally, giving you excellent performance and durability that can withstand the traffic that a playground may see. The turf lets rainwater drain right through, so kids can get back to playing again right after a storm. Because the turf offers thatch, you'll need less infill, which saves you both time and money. This is a safe, beautiful and resilient playground flooring option.

Also consider our Play Time Playground Turf with 1 Inch Pad with a 5-foot fall height rating. This is a more affordable option that is ideal for playgrounds with smaller and shorter playground equipment.

The padding for these playground turfs are 4x5 foot mats for easy installation. The foam pads are made from 100% recycled, non-contaminated, cross-linked closed cell polyethylene foam. They are completely free of rubber, lead and heavy metals.

Greatmats foam padding for playground turf

Countryside Artificial Grass Turf Roll

Greatmats artificial turf playground grass
For a versatile turf that's designed to put in a top-quality performance, consider the Countryside Artificial Grass Turf Roll. This turf is a great choice for playgrounds, with its natural look and feel. Designed for improved durability, this turf roll creates an impressive look that is easy to maintain.

This turf roll can be installed indoors over concrete, as well as outdoors over dirt. It's been UV treated, so it will retain its color over time, even when exposed to harsh weather conditions. With a 1.25-inch-high pile, this turf is a great addition to any playground or play space.

Coastal Cut Artificial Grass Roll

Greatmats outdoor playground turf

Looking for a product that closely resembles genuine turf? The
Coastal Cut Artificial Grass Roll might be the right option for you. This artificial turf has a 1.25-inch-high pile for a natural appearance that offers plenty of comfort, too. It can be installed both indoors and outdoors; for indoor installations no infill is needed.

This turf is designed to be easy to clean, saving you time and keeping your playground looking great. It's created to be highly durable and safe, so kids can enjoy your playground for years to come.

La Jolla Artificial Turf Roll

Greatmats artificial turf for playground
The La Jolla Artificial Turf Roll is another great option for playground installations. This turf is extremely durable and can be used both indoors and outdoors. It's backed by a 5-year limited manufacturer warranty and is made right here in the USA.

This turf features a 1.75-inch yarn height that makes for a product that closely resembles natural grass. The thatch pattern also adds plenty of body to the turf, making it look and feel full while reducing the amount of infill that you need to use.

Maintenance is almost nonexistent for this turf roll. Rainwater will help to rinse the fibers off, keeping the turf looking clean and fresh. You can also use a broom or a rake to fluff up any matted fibers.

Choosing Your Artificial Turf for Playgrounds

When it comes to choosing your playground flooring you're sure to find plenty of suitable products right here at Greatmats. If you have questions about a product, please contact our customer service team. Our knowledgeable customer service representatives would be happy to discuss the different products available and can help you to choose the product that's just right for your playground project.

For more on this topic please review our Artificial Grass product page.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Best Industrial Fatigue Mats

Top Choice Ergonomic Mats for Industrial Work Spaces

By Paige Cerulli

Greatmats industrial fatigue mats
If you've ever spent hours on your feet, then you know how the effects of long-term standing can cause pain in your feet, ankles, knees and back. In fact, standing for hours can result in pain that is so uncomfortable it distracts you from your work. And when you're standing or walking on a hard floor, the pain only gets worse.

But don't worry, there's a solution for this pain.

All About Anti Fatigue Mats

Greatmats workplace industrial anti fatigue mats
Anti fatigue mats were created to minimize the pain and maximize the comfort of people who spend long hours on their feet. These mats serve as a softer surface that can be placed on top of a hard floor. They cushion your feet and body, and help to keep you comfortable.

But fatigue relief mats do more than just provide cushion - they have a direct effect on your body that can actually keep you healthier. When you stand on a hard surface, your muscles constrict and it's difficult for your heart to pump blood through your lower legs and feet. This is what causes pain. Because anti fatigue mats are softer, your lower leg muscles must make small movements continuously to keep you balanced and standing. This action keeps the muscles from tightening up, so your blood continues to flow easily through your legs. This amounts to less fatigue, less pain, and a healthier work experience.

Anti fatigue mats are a great investment for your business. They can make a significant difference in employee comfort and performance in an industrial setting. When employees are comfortable, they're better able to focus on their work, are more productive, and may even be at reduced risk of injury and resulting downtime.

Features of Industrial Anti Fatigue Mats

While anti fatigue mats are beneficial in industrial settings, it's important to realize that you can't take any anti fatigue mat and expect it to work in a factory, kitchen or workstation. Industrial workplaces are highly demanding environments, and any flooring product must be able to withstand elements that could damage other flooring.

An industrial standing mat will need to be able to withstand the following elements in many industrial settings:
  • Significant traffic and use
  • Moisture and use in wet areas 
  • Grease, chemicals, acids, and other potentially damaging elements 
  • Significant temperature extremes and fluctuations
  • Sparks, such as those from a welder 
  • Heavy weights, such as from forklift traffic

That's a lot to ask of any single type of flooring, but we stock a variety of workstation mats that are specifically made to deal with these demanding environments. As you explore which workstation mats are right for your workplace, consider the following factors:
  • Durability
  • Traction 
  • Comfort 
  • Safety features, like visible mat edges and ramped borders 
  • Perforated surfaces, and suitability for use in wet areas 
  • Resistance to elements like grease, cutting fluids, and more

We've highlighted some of the best industrial anti fatigue mats available for various industrial environments below.

For Maximized Standing Comfort

Greatmats Safety Soft Foot Fatigue Mats
When it comes to the best industrial standing mat available, consider the Bubble Flex mat. These workstation mats have an innovative air pocket design to provide exceptional comfort while also guarding against fatigue from standing for long periods of time. Resistant to both oil and grease, these mats have beveled edges for safety. They're wear resistant and feature anti slip traction to maximize worker safety.

Safety Soft Foot mats are another great addition. These ergonomically designed mats feature OSHA yellow borders for increased visibility and safety. They create cushioning and an anti-fatigue surface that also helps to insulate your workspace against cold concrete floors. The mats are equipped with anti-slip traction and are available in both ribbed and pebbled textures.

For Wet Environments

Wearwell Mats from Greatmats
If you want the best industrial ergo mats for wet areas, then you need look no further than the Wearwell Mats brand. These mats offer superior traction and safety in both wet and dry environments, and make a versatile addition to any industrial setting. 
Choose a open Wearwell mat with perforations to allow liquids to flow through. The Gritshield or Cleated surface options provide additional traction in wet areas. Wearwell mats have various types of mats that are resisitant to cutting fluids and other chemicals. The interlocking system allows you to create any size and shape that is needed for your anti-fatigue flooring.

Greatmats anti fatigue flooring tiles
Ideal for use in wet environments, Safety Matta Perforated Tiles feature a raised base and a perforated surface. This design allows water to flow right through the tiles, and the raised base lets water and air circulate beneath the tile for faster drying. Because these tiles drain water away so quickly, workers are able to stand on the dry surface and are kept up out of the water. The non-slip diamond shield tread design provides maximum traction, and the tile itself offers excellent ergonomic and anti fatigue properties.

Our Vynagrip Heavy Duty Industrial Matting is an excellent choice for areas that are frequently wet. Suitable for both indoor and outdoor use, this industrial matting roll has an open grid design for liquids and debris to flow through. The textured surface helps to reduce slips and falls, and the resilient mat contributes to worker comfort. It is also chemical, oil and acid resistant.
Greatmats Plastex Vynagrip Industrial Matting Roll

For Chemical and Grease Resistance

Greatmats factory diamond anti fatigue mats
Diamond Foot Solid mats feature a durable surface that resists most common fluids and chemicals, and is also non-flammable for added safety. The surface is made from 100% recycled materials and features a diamond plate texture to help maximize traction. The surface is bonded to 3/8-inch closed-cell foam, which offers comfort while still keeping the mat highly durable. A 3-year warranty against wear and delamination is a testament to this mat's long-lasting lifespan and quality construction.

Greatmats diamond plate fatigue mat
You'll also want to consider our ArmorStep fatigue mats. These mats won't absorb liquids and are resistant to most common chemicals. The mats are made of two layers of foam: the surface layer is made of extra-tough foam, while the lower layer offers cushion and quickly returns to its original shape after you step off of the mat. This dual layer construction gives the mat a long lifespan - in fact, it outlasts traditional one-layer mats 3 to 1. The mat's surface provides anti-slip traction and is wear resistant. Backed by a 3-year warranty, this is a quality industrial safety mat.

Our Marble Foot Mat also makes a great industrial standing mat. Resistant to common chemicals and solvents, this mat features a marbleized top that helps to hide dirt, yet is easy to clean. The rubber surface is bonded to 3/8 of closed cell foam for a comfortable yet durable mat. Wear resistant and equipped with anti-slip traction, this mat is a great addition to an industrial setting.

For Welding

Greatmats industrial welding fatigue mats
Stray sparks from welding can damage traditional flooring, but Weldmaster Mats are designed specifically to repel sparks. The rubber surface not only resists sparks, but is also resistant to common fluids and most chemicals. The wear surface outlasts other wear-surfaces and offers extra tear resistance, ensuring this is a wear-resistant, highly durable mat. Anti-slip traction contributes to employee safety, and the 3/8-inch closed cell foam base provides plenty of comfort.

Ordering Your Industrial Anti Fatigue Mats

Greatmats industrial fatigue mats
As you can see, we have plenty of workstation mats and anti fatigue mats for you to choose from. All of these industrial mats are equipped to withstand heavy traffic, and offer specific features that are valuable in industrial settings, like grease resistance and perforated surfaces to drain away liquids.

Ultimately, choosing the right industrial mat for your use will depend on the features that you need and the environment in your industrial workspace. These mats are available in a range of price points, but whatever mat you choose, it's a wise investment for your business. Anti fatigue mats can help to keep employees more comfortable, can increase their productivity (and your bottom line), and can even improve safety and decrease worker downtime. In short, there's no reason not to invest in the best industrial ergo mats that you can afford.

If you have questions about the industrial anti fatigue mats, can't decide which option is right for you, or would like a quote, please give our customer service team a call. Our customer service representatives would be happy to help you choose the product that's just right for your needs.
For more on this topic please review our Anti Fatigue Mats product page.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

How to Cut Rubber Pavers

Guide to Cutting Rubber Pavers

By Paige Cerulli

Greatmats rubber patio pavers
Rubber pavers are great additions to outdoor spaces. These outdoor rubber tiles are conveniently sized, aesthetically pleasing, and make a forgiving yet durable surface. Many people prefer rubber paving tiles over brick or other surfaces because of their increased safety, low maintenance, and easy installation.

You'll see rubber paving tiles used in a variety of ways, including:
  • Outdoor walkways
  • Horse barn aisles
  • Horse wash stalls
  • Patios 
  • Decks
  • And more

Outdoor rubber flooring is popular for decks, patios, walkways, playgrounds and even in equestrian facilities. They can serve as outdoor rubber flooring in other areas, too, including around homes, commercial spaces, and other areas where you want a beautiful surface that's also safe and comfortable underfoot.

Installing Rubber Paving Tiles

Greatmats rubber pavers on balcony
Installing outdoor rubber pavers is relatively simple. The pavers fit together to form a beautiful pattern, and with a careful installation the resulting floor will look professional and attractive.

When you install the rubber paving tiles, you'll probably find yourself in a position of needing to cut the pavers. It's the same situation you would face if you used traditional brick; because many pavers are offset, you'll need to cut the pavers of at least every other line that you install in order to have a straight edge on the sides of your installation. Even pavers that align nice and square with each other may need to be trimmed to fit your space.

Cutting rubber pavers isn't terribly difficult as long as you have the right tools and know the right method to cut these tiles to fit.

How to Cut Rubber Pavers

Greatmats rubber paver tile for barns
Before beginning your installation, gather all of the items that you will need to cut rubber paving tiles:
  • Measuring tape
  • Pen 
  • 2x4 piece of scrap wood 
  • Straight edge 
  • Utility knife with sharp blades 
  • Extra blades (depending on the number of pavers you'll need to cut) 

To cut rubber pavers, start by measuring your installation space and deciding where you need to make a cut. Using your straight edge and pen, mark the line of the cut that you need to make on the paver.

Next, place your spare 2x4 piece of wood underneath the paver. You should position the wood so that it follows just underneath the line to be cut, and so one side of the paver hangs off of the wood. The paver's weight will help to open the cut you make so that you can work your way through the entire thickness of the paver. Keep in mind the size, weight and thickness of your paver will affect how much it will assist you in this process.

Greatmats brown interlocking rubber paver tile
Line the straight edge up with the cutting line. This will help to guide your cut so that every cut you make stays straight.

Using your utility knife, begin to make a series of shallow scores along the cut line. You'll need to put some pressure onto the knife, but don't press too firmly - this is a gradual process. As you cut, the paver's weight will pull open the cut line, and you can progress further with each cut. This keeps the friction off of your blade.

Continue this process until you work your way through the entire paver. As you cut, make sure to focus on cutting straight down - cuts made on an angle will give the paver's edge a slant, and it won't fit tightly up against the other pavers or walls.

If your knife starts to shred or catch on the paver, then it's time to change your blade to a sharper one. You may need to change your blade repeatedly during the process, especially for larger installations.

Cutting Rubber Pavers for Curved Areas

To make curved cuts, such as if you're installing the pavers around a pole, it's best to use a cardboard template. Cut out the cardboard to reflect the cut that you need to make on the paver, and then use the cardboard as a guide. Place the paver on a piece of wood for support, and make repeated, shallow scores in the paver.

Additional Paver Installation Tips

Greatmats gray interlocking rubber pavers
It's best to carefully plan out your installation before you start cutting and installing rubber pavers. Map and measure out the exact space where the pavers are to be installed, and double-check to make sure that you have enough pavers to complete the project.

You should give the rubber pavers and the adhesive (if necessary) at least 48 hours to acclimate to the temperature and environment. Remove any shrinkwrap or packaging so air can freely circulate around the pavers. This will help to keep the pavers from expanding or shrinking during your installation.

When you're ready to begin your installation, be sure to clean the base surface thoroughly. Remove any dust or debris, and make sure that the service is level. You'll also need to make sure that there's no grease, oil, wax, sealers, and other substances.

Pavers can be both dry laid and installed with adhesive, but the right method will depend on the type of pavers that you're using. Thinner pavers must be laid with adhesive, while thicker pavers can be installed using either method. Be sure to refer to the specifications and installation directions for the product that you're working with.

Be sure to invest in reducer strips - especially for thicker pavers - which you will install around the perimeter of your rubber pavers. These strips help to make a smooth transition from the higher pavers onto the lower surrounding surface. They're an important safety addition when your pavers are higher than the surrounding area.

DIY or Professional Outdoor Rubber Installation?

Greatmats Dog Bone Barn Aisle Pavers
When it comes to cutting rubber pavers and installing them on your own, many people feel that they're up to the task. This can make for a decent DIY project as long as you understand how to cut rubber pavers and are comfortable with the rest of the installation method. However, you can always hire a professional installer to help.

Unsure of whether a DIY method or a professional installer is right for you? Consider the following factors:

  • Scope of your project: Installing pavers along a small walkway will be a different experience than installing them in an entire barn aisle will be. Think about the scope of the project that you're facing.
  • Your time: How much time do you have on your hands? How valuable is your time? If you have the time, you could save some money on installation. But if you're pressed for time and can afford it, hiring an installer might be the better option. 
  • Dry laid or adhesive installation: Dry laying pavers makes for a simpler installation than an adhesive method will be.

While not a physically taxing installation, rubber pavers do require some time and patience. However, it's worth it, knowing that your finished flooring will be beautiful, safe, and highly durable.
For more on this topic please review our Rubber Paver Tiles product page