Friday, June 23, 2017

Top 5 Basement Floors for Dens

Keep in mind both material and design of basement den flooring

By Julia Nass

A den may be a sanctuary room reserved to escape the noise or chaos of the rest of the house, a grown-ups only entertainment or office space, or maybe it's a room for the whole family to enjoy. No matter the purpose, the perfect den design starts with the flooring. So what makes the perfect den floor? There's not one specific answer, as the perfect floor is always up to interpretation depending on needs. However, there are a few things that hold up across the board. For example, when putting a den into the basement, it's important to keep moisture in mind. Basements tend to have more moisture issues than the rest of the house, and flooring should be able to hold up in those increased moisture environments. At the same time, den floors should be inviting, comfortable and barefoot friendly. Den floors should adhere to all of your style and budget expectations as well; a floor should be good looking without breaking the bank. Finally, den floors should be easy to maintain and keep clean.

With all of that and more in mind, Greatmats offers its top five basement floors for dens:

1. Sports Team Carpet Tiles

Greatmats sports team carpet tile baseball Chicago cubsSports Team Carpet Tiles are a unique, decorative basement flooring option crafted for the sports enthusiast. These carpet tiles, available with Major League Baseball, National Football League and National Hockey League team logos, come a pack of 20 tiles, 10 featuring team logos and 10 featuring solid team colors to be arranged in any way you choose. Carpet tiles are printed with a long-lasting, vibrant dye. Ultimately, tiles will become a comfy, eye-pleasing tribute to your favorite team.

Team Carpet Tiles are made with nylon carpet bonded to a dependable vinyl base. To install, simply arrange tiles. Next, unpeel the double sided adhesive corner pads and stick down. Once in place, tiles will not shift around or separate over time. For wall-to-wall installations, tiles can be cut down with a sharp utility knife. Vacuum tiles for regular maintenance.

Select college and university team carpet tiles are also available.

2. Cork Laminate Floor Tile

Greatmats cork laminate floor basement
Cork Laminate flooring is an innovative, environmentally-friendly flooring that creates stylish softness in a basement den. The elasticity and cushion of cork flooring relieves the strain of standing. Tiles provide both heat and sound insulation and are sure to help make the room one you can be in for hours at a time. These basement flooring tiles don't require any adhesives or tools for installation; with the CORKLOC system, all it takes is a simple dry lay of materials.

Even after years of use, Cork Laminate flooring will still look like the day it was laid. The abrasion-proof surface of this cork provides comfort without the worry of scratching, scuffing or marking the cork. The surface finish prevents dirt, water and grime from becoming trapped, so tiles stay fresh. Clean tiles by vacuuming regularly or sweeping with a soft-bristled brush. If using a cleaning detergent, be sure to use something mild, as abrasive solvents will damage the floor.

3. TileFlex Tile

Greatmats TileFlex raised plastic base basements
Instantly turn the basement den into an upscale room with TileFlex tiles. These tiles come in 10 different classy colors and designs including redwood, sienna and beige slate. In addition to the upscale look of TileFlex tiles, they provide versatility. These basement floor tiles are durable enough to hold the weight of any office furniture. At the same time, they are anti-fatigue and ergonomic, so they make great exercise floors as well.

TileFlex tiles are also designed for wet areas. If the basement sees a high-level of moisture, these tiles are a perfect fit as they allow for airflow underneath flooring. These interlocking tiles for basements are constructed with a luxury vinyl surface on a polypropylene plastic base. Tiles are 100 percent waterproof and never need waxing or resurfacing. For added cushion, install a rubber underlayment underneath TileFlex basement floor tiles.

4. CarpetFlex Tile

Greatmats CarpetFlex carpet interlocking tiles plastic base
Carpetflex Tiles are another amazing raised basement floor tile option for a den. Like TileFlex tiles, these basement flooring tiles are constructed with a durable polypropylene plastic base, but they come with a plush carpet surface instead of vinyl. The plush carpet surface brings warmth and coziness to the space, a definite pro for any den room. Meanwhile, the raised base, which allows water to evaporate underneath flooring, solves issues associated with carpeting in the basement. Instead of worrying about moisture becoming trapped in or under the carpet, you'll rest easy with CarpetFlex tiles.

Carpeted basement floor tiles are a perfect fit for a den; they bring warmth and coziness to the room. Tile dimensions are 1 x 1 foot, and they only weigh one pound each. Effortlessly install these interlocking tiles for basements by clicking tiles together with your own two hands. Tiles can be installed over any hard, flat surface. Vacuum tiles to keep them clean.

5. Wood Grain Foam Tiles

Greatmats Wood Grain Foam Tiles basements
If you are eager for a wood aesthetic but don't want all of the hassle of wood, Wood Grain Foam Tiles are the solution. Unlike hardwood, foam basement floor tiles won't warp or rot, and they never need refinishing. Moreover, these tiles provide the classy look of wood with 10 times the cushion and comfort.

Wood-Grain Foam basement flooring tiles are made of closed-cell EVA foam. Consequently, the tiles are completely waterproof. Installation could not be any easier; simply place these interlocking tiles for basements next to one another on the floor. At 2 x 2 feet, tiles are so lightweight and easy to handle that deinstallation and transportation is effortless as well. Keep in mind that foam tiles are susceptible to punctures and scratches, so be sure to utilize furniture coasters on top of foam flooring. 
For more on this topic please review our Basement Flooring product page.

Related Product: Cork Laminate Floor Tile Creme

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Comprido on Different Styles: Greatmats Rodrigo Comprido Medeiros Series

Top 5 Basement Floors for Exercise Areas

What to Look for in Basement Floors for Exercise Areas

By Julia Nass

The right type of basement exercise flooring for one individual is certain to differ from another; it all depends on what kind of exercise is happening. In general, however, flooring needs to be tough enough to undergo vigorous use and intense movement. At the same time, basement gym flooring should also be supportive and cushioned as to prevent joint discomfort or damage. For basement-specific exercise areas, it's particularly important to be cognizant of moisture levels. Flooring should be able to stave off the negative effects of moisture, like mold, mildew and harmful bacteria.

To help guide you in making the right basement gym flooring decision, Greatmats compiled a list of the top five basement floors ideal for exercise areas. Read on to discover details about all five products.

1. Max Tiles

Greatmats MaxTile vinyl top plastic base exercise gym basement floor tileIf you are looking for a solution for a moisture-heavy basement exercise area (high humidity locations, hot yoga rooms, etc.), Max Tile Raised Flooring is an excellent solution. These raised tiles prevent moisture from becoming trapped and building up below flooring because air can flow underneath the raised base.

Max Tiles are made of a sturdy polypropylene base that supports a 3 mm thick laminate vinyl surface top that never needs refinishing. The vinyl surface comes in 9 different colors and designs, so your basement exercise room can achieve the lovely look of wood or a classy stone aesthetic. The 15 year, .03 mm surface wear layer protects flooring from natural wear and tear.

This basement gym flooring works well as a dance floor, yoga floor, aerobics floor or even a basketball court. The tiles are waterproof and resistant to scuffs and marks. When tiles do get dirty, they can be cleaned with just a damp mop. Max raised tiles connect together with tab and loop system that will never fail. For extra cushion or insulation, simply install rolled rubber underlayment beneath tiles.

2. StayLock Bump Top

Greatmats staylock bump top plastic tile basement gym floor
Achieve the durability of rubber and the cushion of foam with StayLock Bump Top basement gym flooring. Tiles are tough enough to withstand and support heavy weights and exercise equipment. At the same time, tiles provide superior cushion and bounce support for intense aerobic activities. Further, StayLock Bump Top tiles fight off moisture problems because they are raised and completely waterproof.

This product is made from 100 percent recycled PVC plastic and may contribute to LEED building points. The typical lifespan of these tiles is 20 years. Even over all that time, the tiles will stay tight-fitting and will not shift or separate. These tiles are resistant to acids and oils and are easy to clean. All maintenance calls for is a damp mop with a general household cleaner (avoid bleach).

3. Plyometric Rubber Roll (8 mm 4x10 ft Black)

Greatmats plyometric rubber roll basement garage
This rubber flooring for basements is a go-to choice for high-quality yet economic basement gym flooring. Plyometric Rubber Rolls are long-lasting, tough and at such a low price, they pay themselves off in no time. Plyometric rubber basement flooring is specifically designed to absorb the shock of explosive movements in a rigorous workout, which makes it great for aerobics and plyometric exercise.

Plyo Rolls are made of lower-density rubber, which provides more cushion and shock absorption than other rubber options. This rubber flooring for basements comes in 1/2 and 3/8 inch thicknesses and standard rolls are 4 x 10 feet. Lay rolls side by side for wider flooring, or cut rolls down with a sharp utility knife to fit smaller spaces. Plyometric rubber basement flooring can be laid without the use of any adhesives. For home basements, this comes in handy if ever a need arises to dry out the subfloor. If mopping with product, make sure to always use a pH neutral cleaner with rubber flooring. Otherwise rubber basement flooring can just be vacuumed.

4. ErgoMatta CushionTred (Solid)

Greatmats ErgoMatta plastic gym tile
ErgoMatta CushionTred is industrial-strength anti-fatigue flooring that comes with a 5-year warranty. These basement gym flooring tiles are made from 100 percent recycled rubber and flexible PVC plastic. Therefore, the flooring is both tough and supportive, cushioned and stable, durable and ergonomic. Tiles have a diamond-tread surface to minimize the danger of slips and falls. They also have sound-dampening qualities, which is a plus for any type of exercise.

ErgoMatta rubber basement flooring is raised, which prevents moisture from building up underneath tiles. This makes ErgoMatta tiles another excellent choice for moisture-heavy basements. Tiles come in eight different colors, giving you all the creative freedom to choose the best look for your basement. With the interlocking connection system, installation and deinstallation of flooring is a breeze.

5. Gym Floor Tile Pebble Top (3/4 Inch)

Greatmats Gym floor garage foam tile pebble top blackSometimes, foam is not dense enough to withstand the weight of heavy exercise equipment without being damaged. Gym Floor Pebble Top Tiles, however, are made of premium EVA (ethylene vinyl acetate) foam that is denser and more durable than other foam tiles. The pebble surface pattern contributes to the durability of the foam as well. Consequently, they can support the weight of weight machines, treadmills, or any other exercise equipment. These tiles are about as close as one can get to rubber basement flooring without the rubber.

Gym Floor Pebble Top Tiles provide more cushion and are lighter weight than rubber, which is why some people choose these foam tiles over their rubber counterpart. These tiles do not absorb water at all, which is another perk, especially for basement gym flooring. The tiles are kid friendly, connect with an easy interlocking system, and can be easily cut down with a box cutter or utility knife.
For more on this topic please review our Basement Flooring product page.
Related Product: Max Tile Raised Floor Tile

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Top 5 Portable Horse Mats

Size, Weight, Durability, Price and Drainage All Come Into Play

By Julia Nass

Traveling with horses is a big job. Don't let transporting heavy horse stall mats be part of the hassle. Lightweight stall mats make the entire transportation process simpler. At the same time, there is no reason to forego durability or longevity just for transportability. The following five horse portable stall mats are lightweight and easy to handle during transfer. Yet, each one will last you no matter how many times you install, uninstall and install again. Check out the following of Greatmats' top five portable horse stall mat solutions.

1. Weight: High Density Foam Portable Horse Stall Mats

Greatmats foam portable horse stall mat lightweightFor those interested in the most lightweight stall mats, Greatmats recommends its Portable Horse Stall Mats. Each mat weighs in at a mere 3.6 pounds and is specifically designed for hassle-free installation and transportability. These portable stall mats are made of high density EVA foam, which is why they are so lightweight.

Despite being lighter weight than any other lightweight stall mats on the market, these mats will still withstand heavy horse loads. They are also waterproof and easy to clean with common household floor cleaners (avoid bleach). Because they are designed for temporary installations, this product is not recommended for extended or permanent use.

2. Convenience with Durability: Sundance Mats 2x2 Ft x 3/4 Inch Interlocking

Greatmats rubber horse stall mats sundance
Sundance Mats 2x2 Ft x 3/4 Inch Interlocking Black Stall Mats are the most durable portable stall mats that still maintain the ability for easy transport. Tiles are designed with an easy-to-use interlocking connecting system that will not degrade no matter how many installations occur. At the same time, they are a solid 3/4 inches thick for maximum durability, longevity and anti-fatigue benefits.

Tiles can be used as either a temporary or a permanent horse stall flooring option. Either way, tiles will not come apart unless you choose to deinstall them. Then, they are as easy to take up as they are to put down. Each mat is easy to carry and handle at 2 x 2 feet and 17 pounds. These tiles require no extra maintenance beyond hosing off or damp mopping with a pH neutral cleaner.

3. Limited Seams: Foaling Stall Mats 4x6 ft bx 1/2 inch center black

Greatmats Foaling stall rubber horse mats
For a portable horse stall mat without many seams, choose Foaling Stall Mats (4x6 ft, 1/2 inch center black). Many seamless horse stall mats weigh too much and are too cumbersome to be easily transportable. Foaling Stall Mats, on the other hand, provide a lighter weight option that still maintains the benefit of fewer seams.

These portable horse stall kits come in interlocking tiles that fit tightly together again and again. Tiles can be configured to cover any size area and are easy to install. These portable stall mats are made from high quality recycled rubber that is anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and non-porous. Further, tiles are urethane free and will not emit toxic fumes.

4. Price: 4x6 ft x 1/2 inch straight edge pebble top

Greatmats pebble top horse stall mat straight edge
If low-price is the top priority, Greatmats recommends Straight Edge Pebble Top (4x6 ft x 1/2 inch) tiles. With high-quality tiles at the lowest possible price, these portable horse stall kits yield the best bang for your buck.

Straight Edge Pebble Top tiles are designed to reduce back and leg strains that can lead to animal injuries. The pebble top surface finish increases traction and safety for footing. Plus, tiles insulate against cold and damp conditions to help create a comfortable and healthy environment for animals. Choose any number of tiles to create the floor area you want.

5. Drainage: Ring Mat 3x3 ft for Equine

Greatmats wash bay stall horse ring mat
Ring Mat for Equine (3x3 ft) is Greatmats' best selection for lightweight stall mats with drainage. Each tile is made of rubber that is ring-perforated so water can free flow through the tiles. They are especially designed for wet areas like wash bays. If you need to easy lay out flooring for a water-prone area, these portable stall mats will do the trick.

Each 3 x 3 mat weighs only 25 pounds each and is 5/8 inches thick. Tiles are made of durable and long-lasting non-porous rubber material. Further, the tiles provide an anti-fatigue function for animals and feature an anti-slip surface. These mats help reduce clean up time and bedding costs, which is a huge perk when traveling.

No matter your portable stall mat needs, Greatmats customer service can help you. Visit to view many more horse stall mat products or get in touch with customer service. Greatmats will not shy away from assisting you to complete a top-notch flooring installation for you and your family, all animals included. 
For more on this topic please review our Horse Stall Mats product page.

Related Product: Portable Horse Stall Mats

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

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Top 5 Floors for Animal Shelters

Make the most of your pet friendly spaces with pet friendly flooring.

By Julia Nass

For the ultimate dog floor mats, check out the following top five floors for animal shelters. Each and every floor is constructed for longevity amidst the unforgiving environments created by animal paws and jaws. At the same time, the following animal shelter flooring will instantly create a comfortable space for paws and feet alike. Both you and the animals will be happy with any of the following dog floor mats. 

Greatmats foam tiles for dogs
A quick look at customer reviews for Foam Mats Economy reveals why this product is one of Greatmat's most popular indoor dog pen flooring. Not only do these floors come at the stress-free price of $.99 per square foot, they are designed with a stress-free installation process. Simply lay tiles down side by side to connect the puzzle-piece edges. Because they are so easy to install and uninstall if needed, Foam Mats save on time and costs down the line.

Each economy foam dog floor mat is designed with a thatch, non-slip surface that is cushioned for maximum comfort. These dog floors mats are also waterproof. They come in several colors that make it fun and simple to design a vibrant, creative floor plan. With Foam Mats Economy, one can instantly turn any cold, hard surface into into an inviting and enjoyable animal shelter area.

Greatmats rubber tiles for dogs
Black Punter Top indoor dog pen flooring guarantees a durable floor perfect for inside kennels. Made of 3/4 inch thick high-quality rubber, these tiles are specifically designed to stand up to wear and tear prone environments. Heavy loads, big messes, and harsh use is no match for Punter Top rubber dog mats. Not only do these tiles perform year after year in intense conditions, but they provide a comfortable surface for feet and paws alike.

With an uncomplicated, puzzle-piece connection system, these tiles are convenient to install. Each tile is 2 x 2 feet and weights 17 pounds, so if these dog floor mats ever need to be transported and reinstalled, they are easy to handle for such a heavy-duty floor. Even after many installations, tiles stay tight-fitting and nearly seamless. Damp mopping with a pH neutral cleaner is all it takes to clean these rubber dog mats.

3. Indoor/Outdoor Runs: Staylock Perforated Tile

Greatmats plastic perforated tile for dogs outdoor kennels
For awesome animal shelter flooring that can be used both indoors and outdoors, Greatmats recommends Staylock Perforated Tiles. These dog floor tiles are made in the USA out of high-quality, durable plastic material. While StayLock tiles are designed for long-lasting strength, they are also designed to offer traction and comfort at all times, even when wet. Tiles have rounded edges on the under-structure and are safe to put directly on top of rubber roofing membranes.

This outdoor and indoor dog pen flooring is perforated for maximum drainage and airflow. The PVC material makes these tiles naturally resistant to oils, acids and toxic chemicals, while an anti-fungal additive fights off bacteria and mold. When tiles do get dirty, just mop or hose them off with warm water and a general floor cleaner (avoid bleach). Whether going inside or outside, these tiles are super easy to install. Ultimately, customers rave about StayLock Perforated Tiles. Check out StayLocks' customer reviews on and discover all the reasons buyers love this outdoor and indoor dog pen flooring.

Greatmat artificial grass turf pets dogs
Artificial Grass Turf UltimatePet dog flooring instantly turns any cold, hard surface into an outdoor play paradise. UltimatePet dog pen flooring creates a cushioned, luxurious space with the aesthetic of a perfect lawn without the complications of real grass. Unlike natural grass, artificial turf will not be torn or dug up by excited paws. Maintenance is a piece of cake; you'll never have to water, trim or mow these turf rolls. With special UV inhibitors that protect fibers from fading, artificial grass stays vibrant and green over the years.

Each dog flooring roll provides a 100 percent permeable backing, guaranteed to drain cleaner than any other synthetic grass or real glass. Tiles are designed with a superior thatch that strikes a balance between soft and supportive, durable yet cushioned. This product comes with an 8-year non-prorated warranty. 

Greatmats rubber flooring dog area agility
For convenient, no-nonsense indoor play area flooring, check out Rubber Flooring Rolls (1/4 Inch Black Geneva). This rubber flooring roll instantly creates a durable space for pets to roam around or play in. Rubber flooring is dense and compact at 1/4 inches thick, so it is can withstand any and all heavy loads and animal usage. This flooring is extremely long lasting, even under all the bustle of puppy play time.

This rubber dog flooring is plain and simple, from installation to upkeep. Simply unroll the rubber floor into whatever area you please. For wall-to-wall installations, you can cut the rubber using a sharp utility knife. For larger areas, it's best to tape down edges with double sided tape. If a wider floor is desired, simply tape rolls together. These rubber flooring rolls are considered a green product and may contribute to LEED points in green buildings. 

More Questions?

If you still have questions or concerns about choosing dog floor mats for an animal shelter, Greatmats' customer service team can help you make up your mind. Greatmats is proud to offer knowledgeable and professional sales staff always at the ready to help answer any questions, find you the best possible prices, or provide you with samples.

For more on this topic please review our Dog Daycare Flooring product page.
Related Product: Foam Mats Economy 1/2 Inch

Monday, June 19, 2017

Which Sports Use Rubber Flooring and Why?

Durability and Impact Absorption Are Just the Start of Rubber Flooring's Benefits to Athletics

By Julia Nass

Like all equipment in an athletic facility, it's essential sports flooring promotes health and safety. Because so many sports involve high impact activity and movement, flooring must be able to protect users from injury. Sports floors must also be resilient. Without a tough floor, wear and tear will yield any protective features ineffective.

Rubber is the standard flooring material for athletic facilities all over the globe. Rubber is extremely durable and offers shock absorption. It can lessen the severity of accidents and safeguard against injuries. Rubber flooring is extremely versatile and can be used for multi-function floors. That being said, different thicknesses and styles of rubber work for different sports. Let's take a look at what sports most commonly utilize rubber flooring, and what kinds of rubber flooring works best.

Weight Training

Rubber is a go-to flooring solution for weight rooms. However, it's best to utilize a variety of rubber flooring based on the different weight-training areas. Heavy equipment requires a rubber floor that is dense and sturdy enough to hold tons of weight without bending or breaking. Free weight areas need thicker rubber that provides bounce back and cushion for dropped weights. For olympic lifts, it is essential that the rubber floor is firm enough to allow for maximum output as well as protecting the floor below.

Greatmats rubber floor commercial gym


Track and field also utilize rubber flooring - particularly indoor tracks. Obviously, rubber used for tracks need to be durable enough to withstand heavy foot traffic. Not only that, but the material has to be dense and resilient enough that it's not punctured or torn by running spikes. Track rubber flooring should also be flexible enough that it can adhere to the bends in a track.

Greatmats rubber floor roll running

Aerobics and Plyometrics

Plyometric drills are all about fast, powerful and explosive movements, which creates a harder impact upon landing. Many aerobics exercises can also create jarring movements, such as jumping, lunging, and running. Because of this, rubber flooring designed for plyometrics and aerobics should be more porous to allow for greater shock-absorption and cushioning. This flooring also provides excellent grip for changes in direction.

Greatmats aerobics plyometrics rubber floor

Ice Rinks

You might be thinking to yourself, why would an ice rink use rubber? This one may not be as obvious. Common areas around the ice require protective surfaces where people can safely walk with skates on. Rubber is the most common material for ice rinks in areas surrounding the actual ice, including the bench. Rubber ice rink flooring is guaranteed to take a hit from all those skates, so it's important to choose a durable, sturdy rubber that won't be torn up with skate traffic.

Greatmats rolled rubber hockey ice arena

Multi-Functional Rubber Floors

Although there are sports that don't necessarily use rubber as a choice flooring, you can still use rubber surfaces as a general sports flooring. Basketball, soccer, and volleyball, for example, can all be played on rubber floors. That's why rubber flooring makes a good all-around flooring solution for rooms that will be put to many different athletic uses. For general usage, choose a rubber that falls in the middle density-wise. That way, rubber will remain absorptive while balls can bounce on it.

Greatmats weight room rubber rolls Crossfit

When Not to Use Rubber

Rubber is a grippy material and yields too much friction for some sports. Dance, for example, requires surfaces feet can turn on without grip. Rubber isn't recommended for martial arts either. Again, the surface is too grippy and too hard for spins or learning throws and falls.

Rubber is, however, popular as a subfloor or underlayment layer for sports that require impact absorption and a less grippy surface.

Types of Rubber Flooring

Now that you have an idea of the sports that use rubber flooring, you can start looking closer at specifics. At Greatmats, rubber flooring comes in three main forms: mats, tiles and rolls. Rubber mats are a great and easy way to bring the benefits of rubber flooring into any room. Mats can add extra cushion or thickness over smaller areas that need it.

Rubber tiles and rubber rolls are also extremely easy installations. Interlocking rubber tiles are one of the sturdier and dense options. Tiles can be installed by your own hand just by laying down and connecting pieces.

Rubber rolls are just as easy to lay out, provided you have enough help to carry the heavy rolls, and can be adhered to the floor with double-sided floor tape or floor glue. Of the three, rubber rolls are often the most economical choice and leave the fewest seams.

Keep It Clean

Greatmats rubber flooring with Karl Streit Crossfit coachNo matter what type of rubber you go for, it's important to keep athletic flooring well maintained. Athletic facilities are vulnerable to bacteria and fungus growth, so it's important to regularly clean floors. Rubber flooring should be cleaned with a pH neutral cleaner, as other cleaners can erode the material.

Ultimately, it's key to know your environment before installing a rubber sports floor. Not all activities have the same needs: weight training is sure to require a different rubber thickness than an indoor track. Not only that, but you must factor usage into the equation. The same athletic flooring for a small community center may not work in a busy college training facility, even if the activity is the same. Greatmats is here to help you sort through all of the options that exist out there. Customer service representatives can help you choose a thickness and style that will meet your athletic flooring needs.
For more on this topic please review our Rubber Flooring product page.