Friday, May 18, 2018

Protecting Lawns from Heavy Equipment with Ground Protection Mats

Minimize Lawn Damage with Heavy Equipment Mats


By Paige Cerulli

When you need to bring heavy equipment out onto a lawn, you'll quickly find that the grass will be damaged. Divots, trenches, and mud are just a few of the problems that you'll encounter, unless you plan ahead.

At Greatmats, we have some equipment that will help minimize the damage that heavy equipment will do to a lawn. So whether you need to do a quick construction project or are planning a much more involved project, you can preserve and protect your lawn from damage. 

Construction company? Heavy machine operator? Homeowner? Our grass protection mats are a great solution for anyone. 

Greatmats Heavy Equipment Mats over GrassWhat Heavy Equipment Does to Lawns

Heavy equipment and the soft surface of a lawn don't mix well. Lawns are a relatively soft surface, and they're covered in grass, which can be killed quite easily. If you're working after a recent rain, the lawn will be even more squishy, and the damage will be more extensive.

Here are a few of the problems that you may encounter when operating heavy machinery on a lawn:
  • Rutted ground
  • Destroyed areas of grass
  • Mud
  • Excessively compacted dirt (which makes it hard for the grass' roots to get air and water, and makes the soil slow to drain)
Repairing a damaged lawn takes time, but it's best to avoid the problem altogether. In order to do this, some heavy machinery operators use plywood to create a makeshift "road" that keeps the machinery up, off of the lawn. But, using plywood isn't an ideal solution. 

Problems With Plywood

Plywood poses many different problems when used with heavy machinery outdoors.
  • Heavy: Plywood that is thick enough to withstand the weight of heavy equipment is heavy to lift, so transporting it isn't easy. This problem becomes even worse if they're wet.
  • Awkward: Large plywood sheets are best for creating a road, because they'll cover more area, so you need fewer pieces. However, carrying plywood is difficult and awkward, especially since there are no handholds. 
  • Slippery and Unstable: When plywood gets wet, it becomes slippery. Machinery may slip on the plywood, especially if it's raining out or if there's lots of mud present. Since you can't connect plywood together, they can slide out of place at an inopportune moment especially if you are making turns on the plywood.
  • Poor durability: Plywood simply isn't made to withstand to the rigorous, repeated outdoor use that it sees when used to create a road. It will gradually warp, crack, and weaken. Your investment in plywood won't last for too long, and soon you'll have to purchase all new materials. 
  • Expensive: Plywood is a cheap option in the short term but in the long term it can be expensive. It has to be replaced often because it cracks, weakens, warps and rots.
In short, plywood isn't a practical solution for most projects. That's why Greatmats has turf protection mats made specifically for the task.

What You Need To Know About Lawn Protection Mats

Lawn protection mats help to minimize the amount of damage that heavy machinery causes as it travels across or is used while on a lawn. These grass protection mats are specifically manufactured for the task at hand, and they're far more effective and easier to use than plywood.

Heavy equipment mats create a temporary ''road'' of sorts for you to drive equipment over. Rather than worrying about the tracks or wheels of heavy equipment digging down into the turf, this temporary road minimizes the effect of the machinery. You won't tear up the turf surface, sink, or inadvertently create muddy areas that worsen the problem. 

Benefits of Ground Protection Mats

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Ground protection mats offer many benefits, including:
  • Minimize the damage that heavy machinery does to a lawn
  • Create temporary roads that allow you to travel through difficult surfaces, like sand, gravel, and dirt 
  • Prevent heavy equipment from getting stuck, saving you time and reducing potential damage 
  • Increased traction with surfaces like button, nubbed or diamond treads
  • Reuse the mats time and time again; they're a solid investment for any construction or landscaping business 
  • Easily transport, lay, and remove ground protection mats, which are designed with convenience in mind 
  • Connecting systems to prevent mats from sliding out of place and providing a more stable system.
  • Impress your client by showing the steps you're taking to keep their property looking great.
Highly durable, these mats are designed to withstand project after project, so they're well worth the investment if you know that you'll need to repeatedly work on or travel across lawns. 

Choosing the Right Lawn Protection Mats

We offer a variety of lawn protection mats, each with some different features. As you look at the different mat options, consider the following features.

Greatmats Lawn protection mats skid steer
Size: Lawn protection mats are available in a variety of sizes. The right size mat will depend on the size of your machinery, as well as the size of the project you'll be performing and the area you'll need your mats to cover. Smaller mats are easier to move and store, but aren't practical if you need a large road or area covered.

Clear Versus Black: Lawn protection mats are available in both clear and black designs. Clear ground protection mats allow for UV penetration to accommodate grass growth. This is particularly important if you anticipate the mats being in place for longer periods of time.

Weight Capacity: Be sure to consider the top weights of the heaviest equipment that will be using these mats. Choose mats that can support that weight; many heavy-duty options are available to support even the heaviest machinery.

Transportation Options: You'll find that many heavy equipment mats are available with a variety of designs to make transportation easier. Built-in handholds and even rope handholds are a few of the designs that make the mats easier to transport.

Mat Surface: Lawn protection mats are available in a variety of different surfaces. Look for a surface that will help to maximize traction for your machinery. Consider the environment that you'll be working in - will there be mud on your machinery? Does your machinery have tracks or wheels? These factors will help to determine the type of mat surface that will work best for your outfit.

Greatmats Heavy Equipment Mats with Connectors
Connection Systems: If you need mats that will connect together to create a unified surface or road, then think about the type of connection system that you'll want. Mats connect together using different systems, including pin and clip systems. Look for mats that connect together securely, so they won't separate during use especially if you need to turn sharply with equipment.

Lawn protection mats are an excellent way to keep your project moving along smoothly while minimizing the impact your machinery has on a lawn. 

Additional Tips to Help You Minimize Lawn Damage

Greatmats Ground Protection Mats Clear Lawn Protection Mats
In addition to investing in yard protection mats, the below tips can help you to minimize the damage that machinery creates.
  • Never park machinery on a lawn. Always park machinery either on top of the lawn protection mats, or, ideally, park machinery in a designated parking area off of the lawn.
  • Choose workdays carefully. Watch the weather and schedule work based on the forecast. Avoid working during or directly after a heavy rain. 
  • Plan trips across the lawn. By planning your trips with your machinery, you can minimize the number of times that you have to travel across the lawn. 
  • Keep machinery balanced. By carrying an even load and keeping your machinery even, you can further minimize the damage you do to the lawn. 
  • Carefully choose your machinery. Wheeled machines generally do less damage when the ground is firm. If the ground is soft, though, use a machine that has tracks so you don't create trenches with wheels. Lawn protection mats can minimize the chance of this happening, though. 
  • Be upfront with the property owner. Before you start a project, discuss the potential for damage with the property owner. Specify what steps you'll take to minimize the damage, and what will be done if damage does occur. 
  • Always have a contract. In your contract, be sure that you state in writing what you will do to minimize lawn damage. Always include the cost of resodding or reseeding the lawn in your project estimate, so this doesn't come as a surprise to the property owner later on in the process. If resodding or reseeding isn't ultimately necessary, then the owner will be happy to find out that you've come in under budget. 
  • Consider aerating a lawn after a project. Aerating a lawn can help to fix compaction issues, encouraging healthy grass growth. 

Lawn Protection Mats: A Sound Investment

The initial investment in lawn protection mats can be a large one, but you'll quickly find that the mats are well worth their cost. Just think of the savings you'll see in terms of resurfacing and reseeding. Additionally, these mats can help to minimize client frustration and disappointment in your work. When you use these mats, clients understand that you're invested in your work, and that you truly care about their property. You may get more client referrals and repeat business based on the great performance that these mats allow you to put into each job.

If you have questions about heavy equipment mats or need some help deciding which option is right for your team or project, please give our customer service team a call. We would be happy to help you find the product that's just right for your needs.

For more on this topic please review our Ground Protection Mats product page.


Thursday, May 17, 2018

Creating a Safe Foaling Stall Guide

Safety, Stall Size, Stall Mats Are Important Factors

By Paige Cerulli

Is your equine facility expecting a foal this year? Congratulations! Now, you've got work to do. The needs of foals are very different from the needs of adult horses, and special consideration needs to go into creating a safe foaling stall. 

 

Designing The Safe Foaling Stall

Greatmats foaling stall guide safety and stall mats
Foals usually spend much of their initial lives in a foaling stall, so you'll want to put some serious thought into how you design your foaling stall. Factors such as determining an appropriate foaling stall size and selecting an appropriate bedding may appear to be minor choices, but they can have major implications on your foal's safety and health.

The below tips can help you to design every aspect of a safe foaling stall.
  • Foaling stall size - Foaling stalls should measure at least 12x12 feet, though larger is better. The larger the stall, the less chance there is of the mare stepping on the foal. You may need to adjust the foaling stall size if you're working with larger or draft horses.
  • Subfloor design - The subfloor is an important factor in any foaling stall. Take the time to make sure that your subfloor is level. Fill in any holes so that you're starting with an even, smooth foundation. 
  • Stall mats - Always use appropriate mats designed specifically for foaling. Be sure that the mats cover the entire floor of the foaling stall. 
  • Stall door - Look for a stall door with a solid design. You'll want to avoid slats or holes where a foal could potentially catch a leg. If you opt for a mesh door, make sure that the mesh is strong, in good condition, and that the holes are small enough to prevent a foal's hoof from getting stuck. 
  • Overall safety - Nails, sharp edges, and other protrusions can be dangerous for foals. Carefully inspect your stall, including feed buckets and waterers, to make sure there are no sharp edges or other dangerous items. 
  • Lighting - You'll need a source of lighting, especially when monitoring the mare during the foal watch. While you're working with the electrical system in your barn, take some time to make sure that all outlets and cords are well out of the foal's reach. 
  • Ventilation - You'll want a source of ventilation for the stall, such as a window. However, make sure that there aren't any drafts, especially if you're expecting a foal during the winter months. 
  • Disinfecting - Remove all bedding from the stall and disinfect the walls, buckets, flooring and feeders. Allow everything to dry thoroughly before moving the mare into the stall. For more information about how to disinfect your horse stall, visit our guide for instructions.
  • Bedding - Generously bed your foaling stall with a safe and appropriate bedding. Straw is a popular option, both in terms of affordability and safety.
Setting up a foaling stall correctly takes time, but it's an important part of breeding and raising a foal.

 

Why Foaling Stall Mats Matter

Greatmats interlocking stall foaling mats
What makes foaling horse mats different from traditional horse stall mats? A foaling stall mat is actually designed differently than a traditional rubber stall mat, so it can appropriately support and cushion a foal.

Foaling stall mats are strong enough to withstand the weight of an adult horse, but they also have to be forgiving enough for accident-prone foals which are easily injured. It's a sure thing that a foal will tumble, fall, and scoot around on the stall floor during its first days of life, so appropriate foaling stall flooring can go a long way toward keeping the foal safe.

Greatmats offers foaling stall mats which are designed to help keep foals safe. These mats have a lightly textured surface which allows the mare to get traction during foaling, and which helps to give the foal grip as he learns to stand and walk. The mats are made from 100% recycled rubber, so they're both durable and strong, and won't be damaged by moisture or urine.

Our foaling stall mats feature interlocking edges, so they can be fit together to create a smooth, unified stall surface. The waterjet cut interlocking system makes for the tightest, most secure fit possible, so the mats won't pull apart and you won't have to worry about bedding working its way down between the mats. Installed properly, there won't be any uneven areas or curling edges to push an already unstable foal off of his feet.

But there's one additional feature of foaling stalls that makes all the difference when it comes to a foal's safety and comfort.

Greatmats Horse Foaling Mats with Cushioning Waffle Bottom  

Why Foaling Mats Have a Waffle Bottom

Foaling mats are built on a waffle bottom. This design significantly adds cushioning and flexibility to the mats for improved safety. Whereas solid rubber stall mats are dense and really have nowhere to go when a horse stands on them, this waffle bottom design allows the mats to flex and move. It's like adding an extra cushioning system into your foaling stall flooring.

Whereas adult horses spend relatively little time lying down, foals spend far more time napping and resting in their stalls. They're also just learning to walk and balance, and if you've spent any amount of time watching a foal play, you know how dramatically they fall. Foals are, unfortunately, injury-prone, so the waffle bottom of the mat is a valuable way to add safety to the stall. Whether the foal is just an hour old and is learning to stand, or is a rambunctious three-week-old, foaling mats can help to prevent potential injuries.

Don't forget, too, that the comfortable cushion provided by the foaling mats is also beneficial to the mare. It makes for a more comfortable foaling surface when she may spend more time lying down and when she is confined to a stall for longer periods.

What to Look for In Foaling Stall Flooring

Greatmats Horse Foaling Stall Mats Interlocking
Are you planning to outfit your breeding facility with new stall mats for foaling horses, or do you just need mats for one foaling stall in your barn? Either way, you'll want to choose the right stall mats for your needs.

It's important to remember that foaling stall mats aren't like typical stall mats. Your average rubber stall mat will give the foal some traction and some protection, but it won't give them the same cushion and shock absorption that a foaling stall mat will provide.

When looking for stall mats for foaling stalls, the following factors are important:

  • Shock absorption and cushion - Look for a mat that creates a forgiving surface. Our waffle bottom foaling mats are designed to do just this.
  • Traction - While you'll be putting plenty of bedding on top of the mats, look for a mat that has a surface designed to provide traction to the mare and foal to further prevent slips and falls.
  • Durability - While the mat needs to be forgiving enough for a foal, it also needs to be durable enough to withstand the weight of the mare. 
  • Interlocking design - Straight edge stall mats can curl up and create an uneven surface. Always opt for interlocking mats when you're working with a foaling stall.
Greatmats offers quality foaling stall mats designed with all of these features, and more. Backed by a 12-year warranty, these mats have the waffle bottom design that creates a safe and forgiving surface for both mare and stall. The mats also interlock to create a smooth, cohesive surface. 

What's better, is that we even offer stall mats for foaling horses in pre-sized kits. Each kit contains the mats that you need to mat a stall of one of the following sizes: 
  • 8x12 feet
  • 8x18 feet 
  • 12x12 feet 
  • 12x18 feet 
  • 12x24 feet
Greatmats Foaling Stall Safety Guide
When you order a mat kit, you'll receive a set of mats that have been pre-cut to fit the specific dimensions. There's absolutely no cutting required on your part; all you have to do is fit the mats together. The mats are numbered and a corresponding diagram shows you just how to lay them out. It saves time and energy, and is a must-have option for any busy foaling operation.

 

Ordering Your Foaling Stall Mats

Don't delay in ordering your stall mats for foaling horses. Mats ship via freight delivery, and will arrive shrink wrapped on pallets.

Be sure to contact our excellent customer service team if you have questions about the mats, are unsure about which product is right for your stable, or if you'd like a shipping quote. We would be happy to help you find the right product so that your foaling stalls are ready to go when you need them.

For more on this topic please review our Horse Stall Mats product page.

Related Product: Foaling Stall Mats 4x6 Ft x 3/4 Inch Center Black

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Choosing the Best Zumba and Jazzercise Flooring

Zumba  and Jazzercise Flooring Guide

By Paige Cerulli

Greatmats zumba jazzercise flooring with foam tiles
If you're looking to get fit and have fun doing it, there's no better option than Zumba or Jazzercise. Both Zumba and Jazzercise rely on great music to get you pumped up, moving around, and having fun. But because both activities are high-impact and repetitive, choosing the right type of flooring for your Zumba or Jazzercise studio is highly important.

Zumba and Jazzercise Effects on Athletes

To understand what you need in your flooring, you need to also understand how Zumba and Jazzercise effect athletes and participants. Since they're pretty similar, we'll group both activities together.

Zumba and Jazzercise:
  • Involve repetition
  • Often involve jumping and hopping 
  • Incorporate twisting, lunging, and other movements 
  • Last for about an hour at a time
Athletes need to be able to balance, move without slipping, and sustain repetitive impacts during the course of a session. This requires a special kind of flooring to keep athletes safe, comfortable, and enjoying their workout.

Properties of a Good Zumba or Jazzercise Flooring

Greatmats jazzercise flooring karate mats
As you start to explore flooring options for a Zumba or Jazzercise studio, look for a flooring that has the following properties.

1. Anti-Fatigue

Athletes will spend about an hour on their feet, and they'll be doing some repetitive movements. Any good Zumba or Jazzercise flooring should have anti-fatigue properties. A floor designed with anti-fatigue properties will help to minimize pain and discomfort that can result from standing up for a long period of time. Anti-fatigue floors often make for a more comfortable surface, allowing athletes to work out longer with less pain and fatigue in their bodies.

It may be tempting to look for a Zumba floor or Jazzercise floor that offers a lot of cushion, but this can be a mistake. Zumba and Jazzercise lie somewhere between dance and workout routines, and any dancer will tell you that a surface that is too soft is dangerous and frustrating to dance on. While you want your flooring to be forgiving and comfortable, a floor that's too soft will be difficult to jump up off of.

2. Shock Absorption

Greatmats jazzercise flooring gray aerobics
With repetitive steps, jumps, and even skipping involved, a good Zumba floor or Jazzercise floor needs to offer excellent shock absorption. If you choose a floor that doesn't offer shock absorption, athletes may quickly begin to experience joint and back pain.

Instead, look for a floor that helps to absorb the shock of each landing that an athlete makes. It will minimize the effect that jumping has on an athlete's joints, keeping them comfortable for longer periods of time and taking the ''bite'' out of the shock of a landing.

3. Anti-Slip

Jazzercise and Zumba flooring absolutely needs to provide athletes with adequate traction. You don't want athletes slipping, so look for a flooring that is designed to offer the traction that athletes will need for jumps, turns, spins, lunges and more.

4. Waterproof

Greatmats jazzercise flooring jazzercise class
When creating a studio, keep in mind that your classes serve as workouts. People will likely drop or spill water bottles, and you'll need to be able to clean up the flooring after classes, too. Quality Jazzercise and Zumba flooring will be waterproof. Not only will a waterproof flooring be a more hygienic option, but it will also mean that you can easily clean up the floor with a mop and cleanser after classes.

5. Sound Buffering

Any dance or fitness studio can get loud, quickly. This is emphasized by harder flooring options which can cause sounds to echo off both the flooring and the walls. Look for a dance aerobics floor which helps to absorb some sound. This can create a more enjoyable environment for all of your athletes.

6. Durable

Greatmats jazzercise flooring jazzercise rubber flooring
Your flooring is an investment, and you'll want it to last. Quality flooring will be highly durable, and built to withstand the regular use that your studio will see. Be sure to consider the flooring's lifespan, as well as any manufacturer warranties that are offered. Remember that the flooring's lifespan will be affected by how many classes you host and how rigorously you use the flooring. Proper care and cleaning will also make a difference in how long your flooring will last.

7. Scratch Resistant

Your flooring will see plenty of use, and many dance flooring options can get scratched and scuffed up. In order to minimize your maintenance and ensure that your studio looks great, look for flooring that is resistant to scratching and scuffing. You'll also need to make sure that the flooring is suitable for use with shoes, as some softer dance floor options, like some Marley flooring, are not designed for street shoe traffic.

8. Ease of Installation

If you want to save money, then you may want a flooring option that you can install on your own. Most of our flooring for dance fitness are very easy to install. Consider your facility and any obstacles you may face, like needing to navigate a narrow hallway with the flooring. Many flooring options can be installed without the need for adhesives, and some can even be removed and reinstalled in the future if you need to increase the versatility of your studio.

Best Choices for Jazzercise Floor and Zumba Floor

At Greatmats, we have a number of flooring products that are great choices for both Zumba and Jazzercise flooring. We've highlighted a few of the most popular options below.

Aerobic Flooring Pro Tiles

Greatmats Aerobic flooring pro tiles jazzercise flooring
Aerobic flooring pro tiles are one of the most popular choices for dance aerobics. These tiles offer excellent cushion and shock absorption, making for a comfortable and enjoyable environment. However, they're strong and durable enough to withstand athletic footwear. These interlocking tiles are available in two beautiful colors, so your studio is sure to look great. Read about how Commack Jazzercise likes their Aerobic Flooring Tiles.

Aerobic flooring pro tiles offer the following benefits:
  • Top surface texture is durable and helps to provide traction
  • High density foam provides both shock absorption and cushion, while also offering enough support for athletes 
  • Tiles are durable enough to withstand athletic footwear 
  • Non absorbent
  • 1x1 meter tiles can be dry laid for easy and simple installation 
  • Long-lasting and durable

StayLock Orange Peel Tiles

Greatmats Staylock Orange Peel Tiles Jazzercise Zumba flooring StayLock Orange Peel Tiles are a great choice for Jazzercise and Zumba flooring. These tiles are conveniently sized and easy to install. They also offer superior cushioning properties, and are available in a variety of colors.

These tiles offer the following benefits:
  • anti-fatigue and cushioning properties
  • 20-inch ASTM fall height rating
  • 1x1 foot tiles are waterproof
  • Installation is easy, requires no adhesive, and 
  • active connector design ensures the tiles stay locked together during use.
  • Fitflex 5mm Maple Full Roll

    Greatmats Zumba Jazzercise vinyl flooring hardwood lookLooking for an eye-catching, elegant flooring option? Fitflex vinyl is a beautiful option for any Zumba or Jazzercise facility. Not only is this product built to perform, but it gives you the look of a hardwood floor.

    This flooring option offers the following benefits:
    • High density foam backing provides stability, cushion, and shock absorption
    • Low-maintenance; this flooring never needs sanding or refinishing. 

    Sport Plus Designer Foam Tile

    Greatmats Zumba flooring Sport Plus Designer Foam Tile infographic
    Sport plus designer foam tiles are highly durable, and are made of closed cell EVA foam. These tiles are lightweight and easy to install, and while they're sometimes used as a dance floor underlayment, they can also be installed as a dance or athletic floor, itself.

    These tiles offer the following benefits:
    • EVA foam helps to absorb impact, making for a more comfortable workout
    • sturdy to provide a solid surface for sudden movements 
    • 2x2 foot tiles will withstand rough treatment 
    • Waterproof and non absorbent
    • Lightweight tiles are easy to carry and install

    Martial Arts Karate Mats Premium

    Greatmats Jazzercise Flooring Gray Martial Arts Karate Mats
    Lisa Silver, owner of Jazzercise Cherry Hill Fitness Studio, narrowed down her flooring options to Aerobic Flooring Pro Tiles and Martial Arts Karate Mats Premium based on the recommendation of other Jazzercise studio owners. She ultimately chose the karate mats.

    Benefits of Martial Arts Karate Mats Premium
    • High density foam to offer support
    • Comfortable surfac
    • Durable and non-absorbent
    • Easy to install
    • Reversible with a different color on each side

    For more on this topic please review our Aerobic Mats and Flooring product page.

    Wednesday, May 9, 2018

    Choosing the Best Event and Tent Flooring

    Tips for Choosing Event Flooring

    By Paige Cerulli

    When you're planning an event, you'll need to pay attention to every detail. From choosing the right location to selecting decor, there's a lot to think about. Tent and event flooring is one of the factors that you don't want to overlook. Choosing the proper flooring isn't important just in terms of safety, but can also contribute to the overall success of your event.

    When it comes to temporary floor covering for party or other event use, you'll have plenty of options to choose from. The following questions can help you to get a better sense of your events, your flooring needs, and which products are suitable for your event.

    Will the event take place indoors or outdoors?

    Greatmats ground protection mats outdoor car show flooring
    The location of your event is possibly the most significant factor that will determine which flooring options are appropriate. Temporary flooring for events that will take place inside doesn't need to be able to withstand the environmental factors that outdoor event flooring will be exposed to. While some products are suitable for both indoor and outdoor installations, you'll need to make sure that the product you consider is right for the environment.

    Consider how the outdoor flooring will handle factors such as:
    • Weather fluctuations
    • Installation over uneven ground 
    • Moisture and heavy rains 
    • UV rays

    What surface will you install the floor on?

    Greatmats outdoor portable tile for events and tents
    Consider the subsurface that will support your tent flooring or temporary flooring. Many flooring products can be installed on hard, flat surfaces. Things get a little more complicated if you're installing on top of carpet because some flooring options may slip over carpeting.

    Outdoor installations may require some planning. Some products can be installed on top of irregular surfaces like dirt, stones, sand and grass. Other flooring isn't quite as versatile, and may require a hard, flat surface.

    If you're able to choose the location of your flooring, then opting for a flat, firm surface will give you more choices in terms of flooring options. However, even if you're working with an irregular surface like grass or sand, we have options that will accommodate your situation.

    What activities will the floor be used for?

    Greatmats garage floor car show event flooring
    Different types of temporary event flooring are suitable for and created with different activities in mind. For instance, there's a big difference between the potential uses for temporary dance flooring and artificial turf flooring options.

    Think about the types of activities that will take place on the event floor. Do you need a space that can double as a dance floor? Would something that offered ergonomic benefits be a better fit for your event? You'll also want to consider the types of shoes that attendees will be wearing. Some flooring types, like artificial turf or perforated tiles, aren't usually a great match for high heels. 
    Do you need a flooring option to drive vehicles on? Consider ground protection mats that are designed to drive vehicles and heavy equipment over muddy ground or grass.

    Make a list of the activities the floor will need to support, and refer to it as you explore your flooring options.

    What qualities do you want or need your flooring to have?

    Greatmats outdoor perforated tiles outdoor event floor
    Imagine your ideal temporary event floor. What does it look like? What qualities does it have? Make a list of the qualities you need in a floor. Consider including the following factors:
    • Appearance
    • Anti-fatigue properties
    • Weather resistance
    • Fall height protection
    • Installation method 
    • Ease of transportation and storage
    • Versatility (Can you install it in different areas? Can it accommodate a variety of activities?)
    • Durability
    • Warranty

    What is your budget?

    As early on in the process as possible, determine what your flooring budget will be. 

    Greatmats plastic event trade show floor
    When determining whether a flooring option will fit into your budget, ask yourself the following questions:
    • How much total flooring will I need, and what is the total purchase cost?
    • Can I install this flooring myself in order to save money? Or do I need to budget for professional installation?
    • Does the flooring require a subfloor? If so, that needs to be added to the budget.

    Temporary Event Flooring Product Options

    Here's a brief overview of the choices you'll have in terms of temporary event flooring. We've highlighted some of the qualities offered by each flooring type, and have made some suggestions for potential uses of each flooring type.

    Outdoor Event Flooring

    Outdoor event flooring products are specifically made to withstand repeated outdoor use. Among our outdoor event flooring, you'll find products that are:
      Greatmats perforated outdoor tile trade show event floor
    • UV resistant
    • Waterproof 
    • Designed to drain water away from the surface 
    • Able to be installed on a variety of surfaces, even on uneven, irregular surfaces 
    • Easy to clean up
    Outdoor flooring is highly versatile. Most outdoor options are perforated, so even if it rains on the day of your event, you don't have to worry about standing water on top of the flooring. From serving as a walkway to acting as a tent mat, outdoor flooring can serve many different purposes.

    Consider outdoor flooring for:
    • Outdoor ceremonies and events
    • Outdoor event tent flooring 
    • Temporary floor covering for party, outdoor fashion show, and event use
    • Walkways 
    • Ground protection for events with heavy foot or vehicle traffic

    Greatmats artificial turf trade show event floorArtificial Turf Flooring

    Artificial turf flooring offers a unique aesthetic to any event. Artificial turf provide you the look and feel of real grass, but without any of the upkeep. Plus, once you install the artificial grass, you can enjoy the flooring immediately - there's no waiting for the grass to grow.

    Many venues prefer artificial turf because of its following benefits:
    • Instantly get the look and feel of real grass
    • No upkeep and maintenance time or financial investment required 
    • Get the look of grass year-round, no matter the climate 
    • Don't worry about mud if the ground is wet on the day of your event 
    • Also available in bright colors including blue, white, yellow, red and more
    Artificial turf tiles mean that you can quickly and easily install an attractive flooring surface. Turf makes for great photo opportunities, and is appropriate for a number of events, including:
    • Graduation ceremonies
    • Weddings
    • Garden parties
    • Trade shows
    • And more
    If your venue's grounds aren't in the best of shape, artificial turf are a practical alternative that will quickly have your space looking great.

    Greatmats portable event dance floorsTemporary Event Dance Floors

    Temporary event dance floors allow you to create a dance floor just about anywhere. Because portable dance floors consist of individual tiles, you can create floors that are the exact size that you need for a particular event, avoiding empty or overly crowded dance floors.

    Many venues invest in portable dance floors because of their benefits:
    • Easy transport, and fast, easy installation
    • Raised plastic base tiles can be used both wet and dry areas 
    • Highly versatile, temporary dance floors can be installed over carpet, concrete, or any flat surface
    Temporary dance floors allow you to get more use out of limited space, transforming one space into a multi-use area. When you're done with the event, just pack up the dance floor and store it away. Portable dance floors are popular for:
    • Event venues
    • Weddings 
    • Traveling dance troupes 
    • And more

    Ergonomic Event Flooring

    Greatmats trade show event flooring
    Planning to spend a good deal of time on your feet during an event? Then you may want to consider ergonomic event flooring. This temporary flooring option makes for a more comfortable surface, and can help to prevent fatigue. Consider the many benefits it offers:
    • Individual ergonomic tiles are easy to transport and install
    • Create a floor that's the exact size and dimensions that you need 
    • Provide attendees with a comfortable surface that helps to prevent fatigue 
    • Choose from a variety of different materials, some of which are ideal for kids, while others are durable enough to withstand high heels
    Ergonomic event flooring is versatile, and can be used for a wide variety of events. Consider it for:
    • Networking events
    • Trade shows 
    • Kids' parties 
    • And other events where guests will spend lots of time on their feet

    Vinyl Show Floors

    Greatmats high gloss show floor fashion runway event floorIf you want to add class and style to your event, our vinyl show floors will make an eye-catching addition. Choose from a variety of brilliant colors, and create a truly lasting impression with a stunning runway, display floor, or other element of your event.

    Vinyl show floors offer many benefits:
    • Stunning, eye-catching appearance
    • Easy installation means that you can focus on the other elements of running your event 
    • Choose from flooring designed for one-time installation or repeated installations
    Vinyl show floors are frequently used for events including:
    • Fashion show runways
    • Stage flooring
    • And more 

    Plastic Event Floors


    Greatmats plastic event floor car show floor
    For versatility and longevity for your event flooring, consider choosing a plastic event floor. Plastic tiles are available in bright colors and can be solid or perforated. Perforated plastic tiles can be used outside and will provide additional traction if it rains.

    Consider the benefits of using a plastic floor for your event:
    • Waterproof material to protect from rain, moisture and spills
    • Fast and easy installation and transport
    • Durable for heavy cars and equipment
    Plastic floors are commonly used for events such as:
    • Trade Shows
    • Car & Auto Shows
    • Outdoor events

    Your Next Steps In Planning Your Event

    As you narrow down your flooring choices, be sure to give our customer service team a call. Our flooring experts would be happy to help you choose the right product for your event, and can also provide product samples and shipping quotes.


    For more on this topic please review our Event Flooring product page.

    Monday, May 7, 2018

    Reasons to Use Horse Stall Bedding with Stall Mats

    Stall Mats and Stall Bedding Pair Together Perfectly


    By Paige Cerulli

    Greatmats Rubber Horse stall mats
    Rubber stall mats are a must-have feature in any horse barn. Stall mats keep horses from digging down into their stall base, make stall cleaning so much easier while providing a soft, forgiving surface that can help to keep your horses comfortable while they're in their stalls.

    Since stall mats are forgiving yet durable, they can withstand plenty of equine traffic while still being a favored safety feature in stables, both large and small. If you head to any serious boarding or training facility, you're sure to see that every stall is matted - and with good reason.

    But do stall mats need to be used with shavings or other bedding?

    Generally speaking, yes. Horse stall mats offer some shock absorption and are much more forgiving than a concrete floor, but they're not intended to be the only source of cushion for a stalled horse. Generally you'll need to add a layer of shavings, straw, or other bedding over the mats to create a comfortable space for your horse.

    Why You Need to Bed a Stall

    Greatmats Foaling horse stall mats with foal and straw bedding
    The bedding in your horse's stall serves a number of different purposes. It helps to cushion your horse against the firmer floor. This is particularly important for horses who spend long periods of time in their stalls. Your horse is more likely to lie down on a soft surface, and a proper layer of bedding can encourage your horse to get the rest that he needs. If bedding is inadequate, you may see a horse start to develop hock sores and other rubs (even with rubber stall mats in place).

    Bedding also helps to absorb urine, so your horse doesn't end up standing or lying in a puddle. Horse urine can cause skin irritation and respiratory issues if allowed to build up. Bedding helps to absorb it so that you can thoroughly remove it when you clean the stall.

    While you do need to use bedding with stall mats, the mats mean you can usually use less bedding than you could if the mats weren't in place. If you were working with a hard stall floor, like concrete, then you would need to bed particularly heavily to minimize the fatigue and pain that standing on such a hard surface could cause.

    With stall mats in place, the amount of bedding that you need to use is reduced, which means that you'll save not only on the cost of bedding, but in labor, too, since cleaning the stall will be easier. Plus, if you pay to have your manure pile hauled away, less bedding will mean a smaller manure pile and additional monetary savings.

    Stall mats can also help to keep your bedding clean, so while you do go through bedding, you'll go through less. Horses can't dig down into a stall base with mats in place, so there's no mixing of dirt or sand with the bedding. The bedding will stay light and clean, so you can clean stalls faster while wasting less bedding.

    Situations Where You Might Not Need Bedding

    Greatmats Rubber Horse Stall Mats
    There are a few situations where you might decide to forego pairing bedding with rubber stall mats:

    • If you use stall mats as flooring for a run-in shed in a paddock, bedding might not be necessary. Horses tend to spend less time in a run-in shed than they do outside, and you'll usually find horses lying down to nap in the pasture, so extra cushion
    • If your horse only comes into his stall to eat, and is then turned out again, it may be just fine to forego using bedding in your stalls. 
    • When you use stall mats in other areas of your barn, like grooming stalls, then bedding isn't needed. 
    • Putting stall mats in your horse trailer? The option of whether or not to use bedding is up to you. Some horse owners always use bedding when hauling, thinking that it can help to provide additional traction. Other horse owners think the opposite, preferring as much hoof-to-mat contact as possible for maximized traction. It's a personal preference, so do what you're most comfortable with.

    Additional Benefits of Using Horse Mats


    Don't let the fact that you still need bedding with horse mats dissuade you from using them. Here are just a few of the benefits of using rubber mats for horse stalls:

      Greatmats interlocking stall mats in horse barn
    • Horse stall mats help to prevent horses from digging in their stalls. Your bedding stays cleaner, your stalls are easier to clean, and there's less maintenance required for your stall floor.
    • Barn mats help to prevent the cold of a concrete subfloor from spreading up to your horse. 
    • Stall mats can help to increase your horse's comfort, especially when you're dealing with a hard subfloor, like concrete. 
    • The safe, forgiving surface of a mat helps you to avoid vet bills, especially if a horse falls or slips in his stall. 
    • Durable stall mat construction means that you'll get years of use, convenience, monetary savings, and time savings out of these stable mats.

    Stall Mats: A Big Payoff

    Greatmats Horse Stall Mats Interlocking Mats
    In fact, horse stall mats will more than pay for themselves over time. Let's take a look at the financials.

    Here's what stall mats could do for a 24-stall professional training and boarding facility.

    Bedding cost without stall mats:
    • Horses are kept stalled for half the day and all night. Each 12x12 stall requires approximately 5 bags of shavings per week, at $6 per bag. Total weekly bedding cost: $720
    • It takes three staff approximately 4 hours per day to clean the 24 stalls. The staff are each paid $12 per hour, so the weekly cost of stall cleaning is $1,008.

    Bedding cost with stall mats:
    • Stalls don't require as much bedding, and the bedding stays cleaner longer. Now each stall only needs 3 bags of shavings per week, bringing the total weekly bedding cost down to $504.
    • The stalls are easier and faster to clean, with no sand or dirt mixed into the bedding and no holes in the base to repair. It takes staff just 3 hours to clean the stalls each day, bringing the weekly cost down to $756.

    For such a facility, horse stall mats could result in a monthly savings of approximately $1800. The initial investment of purchasing horse mats for all 24 stalls will be surpassed by the savings within just a few years. After that, the barn will continue to save.

    Horse mats can mean big money for equine businesses, too. Clean, matted stalls are attractive, and can help to bring in business for boarding facilities. 

    It's expected that a quality boarding facility will have matted stalls; not having them might mean losing out on potential boarders, along with the subsequent income that they would bring in through lessons, showing fees, and more.

    Not a professional facility? Not a problem. Stall mats are perfect for smaller backyard barns, too.

    Here's what mats could mean for a 4-stall backyard barn.

    Without stall mats:

    • Horses are kept stalled at night, but are turned out during the day. Each 12x12 stall requires 3 bags of shavings per week, at $6.50 per bag. Total weekly bedding cost: $78
    • It takes you about 1.5 hours per day to clean the stalls, so you spend 10.5 hours each week cleaning.

    With stall mats:
      Greatmats Horse Stall Mats with shavings bedding
    • The bedding stays cleaner longer, so each stall only needs 2 bags of shavings per week. Total weekly bedding cost: $52.
    • It's easier to clean the matted stalls, so the work goes faster. It only takes you 1 hour to clean the stalls each day, so you spend 7 hours each week cleaning.

    In this scenario, horse stall mats could save you $26 in bedding costs per month, or $312 per year. Plus, you'll gain 14 hours a month back. Just think of what you could do with that time, whether it's spending more time in the saddle, making repairs around the property, catching up on sleep, or spending time with your family.

    These numbers are approximate, of course, and you may find that you save even more, especially if you're working with a particularly messy horse or if you have a number of horses who seem determined to dig holes to China in their stalls during the night. Plus, if you're bringing in new sand or filings to patch and fix holes in your horse's stall, you'll save on the time and money that you're spending to repair that damage.

    Ordering Stall Mats

    Ready to get your whole stable matted? Greatmats offers an excellent selection of horse mats that are durable, built to last, and strong enough to withstand serious horse traffic. From pre-measured and pre-cut kits that will fit the dimensions of your stalls to heavy-duty mats, we offer an excellent selection. Please contact us with any questions; we're happy to help you find the right mats for your stable.

    For more blogs and how-to guides related to horse stall mats, visit our Stall Mat Knowledge Base page. For stall mat product information, please review our Horse Stall Mats product page.

    Thursday, May 3, 2018

    When to Use Rubber Flooring for Basketball Courts

    Discover how people are using rubber for basketball courts.

    By Julia Nass

    Rubber Flooring for Basketball


    Greatmats ProCourt basketball court flooring tile
    Rubber flooring is a common, popular choice for many different sports, especially weight lifting and exercise rooms. It is dense, has a ton of traction and can withstand heavy equipment and intense usage. However, one rarely sees a rubber basketball floor. Why is that?

    Traction

    For one thing, basketball courts need just the right amount of traction. Too much traction and athletes are hindered. Too little traction and players lose control. Most rubber flooring products provide too much friction and traction for athletes to be able to move about freely. With all the stopping, starting and cutting that goes on, too much traction can be almost as dangerous as none.

    Shoes

    Another less obvious reason is the way floor surfaces interact with basketball shoes. Athletes must protect their feet and joints by choosing supportive shoes that bode well with the flooring surface. A rubber basketball court chews up standard basketball shoes, gets them dirty and wears them out much more quickly than other surfaces do.

    Surface-related Injuries

    Overall, rubberized surfaces can do more to increase basketball-related injuries than to protect players from them. In addition to the ankle sprains, knee sprains and stubbing that can occur because there's too much traction, rubber flooring for basketball typically does not provide enough give to be supportive of joint and limb health. In order for a rubber basketball court to provide enough bounce for the basketball, it would have to be extremely dense. Thus, a rubber basketball floor would be hard like concrete. Hard surfaces without give can lead to ''jumper's knee'' or problems with the with the patella, which connects the kneecap to the shin bone.

    What Is the Ideal Basketball Floor?

    Greatmats plastic basketball court tileClearly, rubber flooring for basketball is not ideal. If a rubber basketball court isn't the way to go, then what is? Classic materials for a basketball court include wood for indoor play and concrete for outdoor. Wood is the standard choice for college and professional basketball, especially maple, which provides the right amount of traction, bounce and flexibility. These days, however, there are more and more surface options. Different synthetic materials are fabulous for basketball courts or multi-purpose sport courts.

    Modular Tiles

    In particular, interlocking sport court tiles have grown in popularity. These tiles are typically constructed of a durable plastic material designed to withstand heavy loads. Sport court tiles are often a more economic basketball flooring choice because they can be easily assembled by hand. Plus, the user has all of the creative freedom. With interlocking sport court tiles, one can choose from a variety of fun colors, and it is simple to construct the floor to fit any desired area.

    Greatmats ProCourt Gym Flooring Tiles installed Basketball Court indoorFor example, one of Greatmats' most popular modular sport court tile is the Court Floor Tile Flat Top. These tiles connect with a unique tab and loop connecting system that are extremely tight fitting and will not come apart over time. Yet, they are a breeze to assemble and disassemble. Putting tiles together is as easy as lining them up and snapping them into place. Court Floor Tiles are designed and tested to handle over 10,000 pounds per square foot of static weight, so there is no need to worry about tiles breaking. Plus, they come in black, grey and blue and can be painted with court lines.
    Another popular option is our ProCourt Gym Flooring Tile which feature a commercial vinyl top wood grain look surface. These court tiles have a similar tab and loop connect system as our flat court floor tiles. ProCourt Tiles can also be painted with court lines.



    Where Rubber Comes Into Play

    Greatmats Basketball Rubber Flooring Underlayment
    With any interlocking, modular tile, it is important to take advantage of a subfloor. That is where rubber comes in for the win. Rubber rolls are the perfect basketball floor subsurface. Rubber can provide cushion, which ultimately improves the safety of athletes. Plus, it acts as sound insulation and lowers the high levels of noise on a basketball court. Clearly, a completely rubber basketball floor is no good, but it does wonders underneath the surface of any indoor basketball court.

    Greatmats offers a wide variety of rubber products that make top-notch basketball court underlayment. Customers can choose from both rubber rolls and rubber interlocking tiles, all of which come in a range of thicknesses and densities. A few things are the same across the board for Greatmats' rubber products: each basketball floor subsurface is extremely long-lasting, tough and affordable. Some customer favorites include Black Rubber Flooring Rolls, Plyometric Rubber Flooring Rolls and 3 mm Rubber Underlayment Roll.
    Greatmats Athletic Vinyl Padded Roll Rubber Basketball Flooring
    Another basketball flooring for you to consider is our Athletic Vinyl Padded Roll. This vinyl flooring roll has a 5 mm rubber backing which provides sound and shock absorption. The vinyl surface is available in a few types of wood grain looks.

    Other Basketball Court Options

    Greatmats sells a variety of high-quality, affordable sports court flooring in addition to the best possible basketball court underlayment. Popular products include interlocking sport court tiles, padded vinyl rolls, and outdoor perforated sports tiles. All of Greatmats' products come in different shapes, colors, sizes and costs so customers can always find the perfect fit. You can check out all of Greatmats' sport court flooring options at Greatmats.com. There, you will also find the assistance and support you need to make your dream court become a reality. 
    For more on this topic please review our Rubber Flooring product page

    Wednesday, May 2, 2018

    The Importance of Portable Horse Stall Mats for Rodeo Horses

    Traveling Rodeo Horse Stall Mat Guide


    By Paige Cerulli


    Greatmats barrel racing horse barrel racer rodeo customer
    Traveling rodeo horses have unique lives. Not only do these horses have specific demands in terms of physical comfort, but caring for them is made more complicated by the fact that the horses can travel thousands of miles each year.

    When it comes to providing a traveling rodeo horse with the safety and comfort they need both in the trailer and in their stall, Greatmats portable stall mats provide a practical solution. Combining safety and cushioning properties with unbeatable portability, these rodeo stall mats are perfect for any traveling competitor in roping, steer wrestling, and barrel racing.

    Let's take a look at the unique lives and needs of a traveling rodeo horse, and how these portable stall mats make a difference for rodeo horses.

    Physical Demands of the Rodeo Horse

    Greatmats barrel racing horse barrel racer rodeo customer
    Competitive rodeo horses are, to put it simply, elite athletes. These horses are kept at peak fitness and, when they step foot into an arena, they're ready to go. Rodeo horses work hard on a daily basis, then hop into the trailer to head off to their next destination.

    Keeping a rodeo horse fit means long hours in the saddle and a high degree of athletic activity. However, these athletes need special care in order to help prevent injuries and pain:
    • After events, horses may be tired and sore, so they'll need appropriate care to help their bodies recover.
    • When horses are put into their stalls for the night, a comfortable surface is a must so that are comfortable and have adequate cushioning to get the quality sleep and rest they need.

    When a rodeo horse is tired or sore, his competitive future and a potential win prize are on the line. That's why it's so important to make sure that your rodeo stall mats are right for the horse's needs.

    The Rodeo Horse Lifestyle

    Greatmats temporary horse stall mats traveling with horses
    Rodeo horses spend much of their lives on the road, traveling to and from competitions. This means extensive time spent in a trailer, as well as lots of time spent in temporary stalls at competitions. It's a demanding lifestyle for any horse, but proper care can help to keep rodeo horses healthy and happy.

    Trailering is tough on any horse's body, and the longer the trailer ride, the more demanding it can be. Riding in a trailer is an athletic workout for a horse, since he needs to balance himself as the trailer moves, accelerates and comes to a stop.
    • Stall mats in the trailer makes the trip more comfortable for your horse and reduces the concussive forces.
    • Trailer mats can help to absorb some of the concussive force created as a trailer travels over rough road.
    • Mats provide your horse with a comfortable surface that helps to maximize traction, reducing the chance of a slip or fall. 
    • Trailer mats also help to prevent some of the heat that builds up in the trailer floor from reflecting up to your horse. They make the trailer a more comfortable environment.

    But trailering is just one part of the picture for rodeo horses. Temporary stalls often provide environments that are less than ideal for a hardworking athlete. Sometimes temporary stalls are set up on top of asphalt or concrete surfaces, and even when stalls are part of a permanent stable structure, there's no telling what the flooring quality will be.
    • A rodeo horse mat can increase the comfort of a temporary stall, providing cushion to your horse and softening the effect of an asphalt or other hard base.
    • Quality stall mats provide insulation against cold ground, so even if things get chilly at night, your horse will be buffered from the uncomfortable temperatures. 
    • Horse mats are designed to provide traction, which reduces the chance of your horse slipping and falling while in the stall. It also makes it easier for your horse to rise to his feet again after having laid down to sleep.

    There are many other ways that you can help to keep your rodeo horse in top shape, including massage, liniments, and all sorts of rehabilitation and recovery products. But simply making sure that your horse has a forgiving, safe surface to stand on can help to keep him comfortable during travel.

    Mats that Every Rodeo Horse that Travels Needs

    When you take your rodeo horses on the road, you'll need a supply of horse mats. Here are the mats that we recommend you have on hand to keep your rodeo horse safe and comfortable.

    Temporary Stall Mats

    Greatmats portable horse stall mats at rodeo event stalls Stall mats are a must for a competitive rodeo horse. Stall mats in your home stable make stall cleaning easier, while providing a safe, comfortable surface for your horse to stand on.

    When you travel to an event, most stalls won't be equipped with mats, meaning you have to bring your own. Though this can be a hassle, it's worth the effort. Rodeo stall mats help to cushion a temporary stall, making for a more comfortable surface that can help your horse to recover after a strenuous competition day.

    Stall mats at competitions offer a number of other benefits:

    1. Biosecurity is always a concern at competitions. While you can disinfect a stall's walls, there's not a lot you can do about the floor. Stall mats create a buffer, reducing the chance of your horse picking up a disease.
    2. Event stalls may have a concrete floor or may have a dirt floor full of holes. Horse mats help to make this floor safer and more comfortable for your horse.
    3. Horse mats prevent your horse from digging down into a sand or dirt subfloor, so your bedding stays clean and your horse remains sleek, shiny and competition-ready. 
    4. Since horse mats help to provide cushion, they reduce the amount of bedding that you have to use. This is a major convenience, since buying bedding on the road can be expensive, and bedding is difficult to store. 
    5. You're busy enough during competitions, and don't need to spend more time cleaning stalls than necessary. Horse mats create a smooth surface that your horse can't paw into, making stall cleaning both easier and faster.

    Horse Trailer Mats

    Greatmats portable horse stall mats horse trailer mats interlocking It's also essential to mat your trailer. Your traveling rodeo horse will spend a lot of time in the trailer, and mats can improve both his safety and his comfort. Trailer mats help to prevent heat buildup in your trailer floor from traveling to your horse's hooves. They create a forgiving surface, but also help to maximize traction.

    Trailer mats offer a few other benefits, too:

    1. They help to absorb sound, so the trailer ride is less frightening and quieter for your horses.
    2. They protect your trailer floor from scrapes and scratches, which is particularly valuable if your floor is aluminum. 
    3. When used with shavings, they can help to keep urine up off of your floor, so your floor lasts longer.

    When traveling to an event, you only have so much space, so many horse owners opt to pull their trailer mats out and install them in the event stalls.

    Sound like a lot of work? It is. Hauling heavy horse mats out of your trailer and into your temporary stall, only to have to do it all again a few days later, is exhausting and inconvenient. That's why Greatmats offers portable stall mats to make your life much easier.

    Portable stall mats are lighter than traditional rubber horse mats, but they offer the same great qualities that traditional stall mats do, such as excellent durability, cushion and temperature buffering. 

    Greatmats portable horse stall mats interlocking lightweight
    Many horse competitors prefer portable stall mats to use in trailers because:

    • They are conveniently sized, so a single person can transport them
    • Portable stall mats can double as trailer mats, meaning you only have to buy one set of mats per horse 
    • The mats are lightweight, so pulling them out of your trailer and into a temporary stall is easy
    • These mats are durable, comfortable, and built to perform through event after event

    Portable mats encompass the needs of a traveling rodeo horse and his crew. They are versatile enough to be used for both stalls and trailer matting. They're also lightweight enough so that even if your event stall is located in the middle of a long stable, carrying the mats into the stall is no problem.

    Qualities to Look for in a Portable Stall Mat

    Greatmats Portable Horse Stall Mats infographic temporary stall mats
    Stall mats aren't all made the same, so look for the following qualities in a portable stall mat:
    • Convenient sizing so that you can move the mat by yourself, if necessary
    • Excellent durability 
    • Lightweight construction for easy transport 
    • Textured surface to maximize traction 
    • Interlocking design for easy installation and removal 

    Our Portable Stall Mats offer all of these features, and more. They're highly popular among horse owners and competitors, and are ideal for horses used in rodeos, team penning, steer wrestling, barrel racing and roping. These mats are not only highly durable and easy to install, but they're also double sided, further contributing to a long life. At 3/4 inch thick, these mats offer plenty of protection. They're waterproof and easy to clean, and are built to withstand the weight of a horse.

    Portable stall mats are a must-have for any serious rodeo competitor. Not only will they save you time and effort, but they'll ensure that your horse is safe and comfortable, no matter what event you're competing in. These mats offer endless benefits, from helping to prevent disease transfer to keeping your horse comfortable during long trailer rides. When you expect the most of your equine athlete, providing him with safety and comfort is just one way to say thank you for everything he gives you in return.

    For more on this topic please review our Horse Stall Mats product page.

    Check out what barrel racer, Gracie Shepherd, thinks of our portable horse stall mats below.