Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Mats for Horse Stalls

Interlocking Stall Kits are very popular.
A number of different options are available for horse stall flooring.  Horse stall mats are popular because they keep your stalls cleaner and provide a level and more stable flooring for animals.  Horse stall flooring is also extremely durable.  It can be fairly easily cleaned and will last for years if properly maintained.

The most popular type of horse stall flooring is rubber.  Horse stall mats come in a variety of sizes and types but, typically, most mats are 3/4" and 4x6 feet.  They are often straight-edged but not always.

Horse stall kits are probably the easiest and most effective stall flooring available.  Simply determine the size of the stall you need flooring for and, chances are, there is a kit that will work for you.  Kits are built from interlocking mats that require no glue or subflooring for installation.  All you need is a concrete or crushed gravel base to lay the mats on.  Some people will opt to lay them on dirt or grass but we don't recommend this approach.  Your rubber flooring will be uneven and create a tripping hazard for your animals.

Portable horse stall mats are available in a high density foam.  These are lightweight and easy to transport.  For this reason, they are popular for use in trailers or in temporary facilities where the horses will be spending short amounts of time.  However, foam is far less durable than rubber so these are not a permanent solution for barns and stables where animals will be spending a great deal of time.

Wash bay and foaling mats are also available.

For more information, call Greatmats at 877-822-6622.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

What's the best flooring for wet basements?

Homeowners frequently have to deal with water in their basements and it can cost thousands to remedy this situation.  Whether you have standing water after severe storms or just a damp basement with walls that "sweat" during muggy days, you will want to put flooring down there that is designed for moist areas.

One of the most popular products for basement areas is carpeting.  It adds warmth and the carpet pad will add cushion to a hard, concrete floor.  Unfortunately, it's not impervious to water and carpeting is quickly destroyed by a flood or, worse yet, a sewer line that backs up.  Leaky water heaters or even continual moisture will ruin carpeting and carpet pads over time.

A better solution is an interlocking carpet tile such as the Royal Carpet Tile.  These are foam backed, interlocking tiles that are simple to install and lightweight.  Because the foam is a closed cell type, they are not damaged by water, even if they're submerged in a flood.  
Interlocking carpet tiles will not be damaged by flooding.

Carpet-top tiles and other types of foam flooring is nice for damp basements because moisture cannot penetrate the product material and they can be easily removed, dried (and cleaned), and replaced quickly and without a great deal of effort.

However, as a homeowner, you must be diligent when using this type of flooring in your basement.  This is especially true if you know you get water in your room.  This is because, although water won't damage your flooring, it can become trapped between your product and the concrete.  This can lead to problems such as mold or mildew.  If you use this type of product, you'll want to regularly inspect the concrete beneath your foam tiles to ensure no water is being trapped there.

Another option is a click-together floor tile such as MaxTiles or StayLock products.  These tiles sit on a foot system which allows air and water to flow beneath the surface of the flooring.  This allows water to evaporate more easily than it can beneath a foam solution.  You will still need to inspect your concrete subfloor but the chances of mold or mildew forming beneath the tiles is reduced.

Click together flooring keeps the surface of your floor up off the concrete.


For basement areas that flood frequently with copious amounts of water, the best solution is a perforated plastic tile such as the StayLock Perforated Tile.  Holes in the surface of the tile allow for even more evaporation.  These tiles are designed as a wet area product and offer the best solution for high problem areas.  
Perforated tiles allow for maximum evaporation in wet areas.


If you would like more information about basement flooring solutions, call us at 877-822-6622.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Rubber Flooring for Exercise?

People are frequently interested in using a rubber floor for aerobic activity.  While this flooring type is very popular for weight rooms and cross fit activities, it's not always the best fit for cardio and other types of aerobic activities such as Insanity or P90X.

Plyometric rubber provides cushion for the athlete that standard rubber cannot.


The reason for this is that rubber, while extremely durable and long-lasting, is not the softest surface and doesn't really add much by way of impact absorption. Rubber does a great job protecting floors from weights and exercise equipment.  In terms of fatigue relief, it's not usually the best option.

A softer surface that typically provides more cushion and softness for working out is foam.  Foam is lightweight, inexpensive, and available in various densities and thicknesses.  Certain foam mats are better for certain activities and, oftentimes, foam is the best fit for your aerobic application.

However, foam isn't always the best match for people who are looking to add weights or equipment into their aerobics room.  While foam is generally durable, it can be indented by heavy equipment and those indentation may not come out when the equipment is moved.

A happy medium is our plyometric (plyorobic) rubber.  This rolled rubber product is less dense than standard rubber so it provides great cushion for the athlete while still maintaining the floor protection that standard rubber gives.  Plyometric rubber is available in black rolls of four foot widths.  It is extremely popular in both residential and commercial crossfit or fitness centers.

Plyometric rubber from Greatmats is available in two thicknesses: 3/8" and 1/2".  For these two thicknesses, rolls must be cut to 30LF or longer and a freight delivery is required.

If you're just looking for a small amount of coverage, we also carry 8mm plyo in a 4x10 roll.  These rolls are available on sale with free shipping.  They are light enough to ship via ground service directly to your door.

Questions?  Give Greatmats a call at 877-822-6622.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Can I use rubber flooring in my garage?

A frequent request we receive here is for rolled or interlocking rubber tiles to use in garage areas.  Unfortunately, in most cases, this is not a good flooring fit.

Rubber is great for gym flooring-for garages, not so much.
 Let's preface this by stating that, if you'll be using your garage area only as a workout/gym room, rubber will work great.  Rubber flooring is the most popular product we sell for weight room areas and for facilities where exercise equipment will be used.  It protects the concrete as well as the weights/equipment.

However, if you'll be using your garage as a sort of multi-purpose room where cars will be present, rubber is not a good fit at all.  Rubber tires will chew up your rubber floor quickly.  This is because they both grip exceptionally well.

Another downside to rubber is that it is susceptible to solvents such as gas or oil.  These products can damage your rubber flooring.

Finally, excessive water on your rubber floor can damage it over time.  Melting snow and rain that is dragged in by your vehicle will pool on your rubber flooring which can break it down.  It can also get trapped beneath the rubber which can lead to mold or similar issues.

For those of you who are looking for a nice product that you can workout on but also park your car on, we recommend one of our garage floor tiles.  These interlocking tiles are available in various colors and are incredibly durable.  They can easily handle the weight of almost any vehicle and are impervious to water or solvents.  Garage floor tiles are available in a hard polypropylene plastic or a softer PVC plastic.  The PVC tiles typically require a bit more maintenance as they can become scuffed by high performance tires and require a sealant at installation and regularly throughout the life of your floor.

Have questions?  Call us at 877-822-6622.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Customer Review-Plyometric 4x10 roll

Plyo mats add cushion for aerobic activity
"Terrific mat which my wife uses for her Plyo exercises.  We have installed in our garage on the epoxy floor and it does not slip at all and is also comfortable to lay on and also absorbs shock from your legs. Nice look and texture also.  Worth the price." Tim A. - Prescott, AZ

Plyometric rubber is a less dense version of standard rolled rubber.  This provides excellent cushion and fatigue relief for aerobic activities including P90X and Insanity.

The 4x10 rolls are 8mm thick and are currently on sale with free shipping (in the continental US).  They are delivered via ground delivery right to your door.

Plyometric rubber is rugged enough to place beneath equipment such as treadmills, weights, and bikes but it is a softer surface than most rubber products.  This material has a very low rubber smell which is important, especially in smaller workout areas.

For more information on plyometric rubber or any of our rubber flooring products, please contact customer service at 877-822-6622.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Customer Review-Grappling Mats

Pine Forest Martial Arts
"Mats look and feel great and were easy to install" -Michael V Pine Forest Martial Arts - Pineville Louisiana

An economic MMA mat that will last for years even in commercial training facilities, our 1-5/8" thick Grappling Mats are an excellent value.  They are designed to provide enough cushion for over-the-shoulder throws.

Grappling Mats are available in two different sizes.  Smaller 2x2 mats are great for home studios and play areas while the larger 1 meter x 1 meter mats are good for larger installations.

Grappling mats are reversible which allows you to have a two-color floor.


A tatami surface protects athletes from getting matburn when grappling.  These mats are also excellent for an indoor playground surface.  Grappling mats are available in three color combinations with one color per side.  Reversible design allows you to put either side up.

We carry an extensive line of MMA mats.  For more information on these or any of our specialty flooring products, call Greatmats at 877-822-6622.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Product Spotlight - 4x10 Rubber Rolls

If you're looking to cover a small area for a home gym or you need a protective surface for your floor for a piece of exercise equipment such as a treadmill or elliptical machine, we have a perfect product for you.

4x10 rolls are great for home gyms.
The 4x10 rubber roll is a heavy-duty weight room/gym flooring that is great for residential users.  Thick enough to protect your floor from most heavy workout machines and light free weights, this quarter-inch rubber product is available in solid black or with 10% fleck in several colors.

Many color fleck options are available.
4x10 rubber rolls are currently on sale with free shipping.  They require no adhesive for installation and, for temporary applications, they can be dry laid over almost any hard, flat surface.  This makes it easily transportable and stored.  A double-sided carpet tape can also be used on the underside of this product to ensure the ends do not curl up due to heat and humidity fluctuations.

As with all our rubber products, 4x10 rolls are made in America.

This is a green product is made of recycled tires.  For more information, call Greatmats at 877-822-6622.