Tuesday, May 23, 2017

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Overcoming Uneven Ground with Flexible Patio Tiles

Flexible Patio Tiles Are a Low Cost Alternative to Expensive Landscaping for Uneven Patio Spaces

By Julia Nass

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Many companies only sell patio tiles that work when installed over even, flat and hard ground. Although that kind of ground is ideal for installing patio tiles, it's unrealistic to think all outdoor spaces have such prime patio conditions. Whether they're made of soft grass, bumpy dirt or uneven sand, outside grounds come in many challenging varieties.

Because so many patio tiles are made to be installed over hard, flat ground only, many people think the only way to work with ground problems is by renting large, expensive equipment to deal with them. Of course, this can get pricey. Hiring people and equipment for landscaping work is a serious investment. Although equipment and manpower is sometimes necessary to create the foundation of a patio, there are other options to consider.

By any account, the easiest solution is to choose a tile that will work with whatever ground you've got. It's important to remember that not every patio tile is made the same. Every patio tile has different features that lend themselves to specific environments. The following will walk you through a few different products available at Greatmats.com that work well over irregular surfaces.

Keep in mind that patio tiles installed over uneven ground will still have an uneven surface once the tiles are installed because they bend and flex to fit the existing surface.

StayLock Perforated PVC Tiles

Installation

Greatmats plastic perforated patio tile
Greatmats' PVC StayLock perforated tiles can be installed over many surfaces, including grass or sand. These perforated patio tiles are flexible, so they can bend and adhere to surface irregularities. You can also easily cut tiles to fit any space.

Installation is as easy as snapping together tiles. No other adhesives or tools are needed for tiles to stay connected. If installing over sand, it's recommended to first put down a layer of geo mesh. Besides that, however, no extra work is necessary to create a patio.

Other Patio Perks

Staylock patio tiles are designed for the outdoors. They are waterproof, UV treated, and chemical-tested for lasting quality and safety. You can shovel snow off them in the winter and keep them clean by simply sweeping or hosing them off.

Where your bare feet didn't want to walk before, they will be happy to with Staylock tiles. These patio tiles are comfortable for bare feet and have a ASTM fall height rating of 20 inches.

Because of their drain-through feature, these patio tiles work particularly well around wet areas. Water won't pool up on them, so they are slip-resistant and mold-resistant. Further, they are great for kiddos and play areas.These interlocking patio tiles come in several different colors including black and grey.

Artificial Deck Turf Tiles

Installation

Greatmats artificial deck turf tile flexible
Artificial deck turf tiles are another flexible tile option that can be installed over irregular ground. Deck turf tiles are made with two durable and flexible plastic tubes connecting wooden slats, which allows the turf tiles adjust to uneven surfaces.

Whether you're resurfacing or putting artificial deck turf tiles in at ground level, installation is a cakewalk. Deck turf tiles are a dry lay; no extra adhesives are required. Although the tiles themselves will conform to uneven ground, it's important to keep in mind that tiles are free floating. Thus, if your ground slopes, you might be better off with an interlocking or adhesive tile.

Other Patio Perks

Artificial turf tiles bring a natural, comfortable look and feel to any patio. Using artificial turf is an excellent way to turn cold, uninviting surfaces into a place you'll be happy to lounge on. Greatmats' artificial turf patio tiles are drain through, so they do well in wet conditions and areas. These tiles are designed for the outdoors. Patio furniture, weather and play will not damage these patio tiles.

GreatDeck Outdoor Deck Tiles

Installation

Greatmats flexible wood patio tileUneven surfaces are a non-issue with GreatDeck Outdoor Deck tiles. These high quality tiles are made with flexible PVC rods running through wood or PVC slats to connect the slats. Thus, the tiles remain stable while the flexing and contouring to surface bumps.

GreatDeck Outdoor patio tiles are a dry lay install. No extra tools or adhesives are required, so they are extremely easy to move around or deinstall if needed.


Other Patio Perks

Greatmats pvc wood texture patio tileMost GreatDeck patio tiles are wooden, providing an elegant and classic look for any outdoor area. These wood patio tiles are weatherproof and made for the outdoors. Each tile is treated to resist water, mold, mildew and termites.

They come in a variety of dark and light woods, from Cedar to Ash. If you aren't interested in wood as a material but love the wood aesthetic, you can also find Greatdeck Outdoor Tiles made of PVC in a wood-grain style.

There's no need to be discouraged by your ground woes. An expensive landscaping project isn't your only solution. There are ways to work around and with the ground you have to create the perfect patio. Greatmats offers a variety of products that can work with the condition of your ground without a costly renovation. If you have more specific questions about these products or others, contact Greatmats for answers you can trust.
For more on this topic please review our Patio Tiles Rubber and Plastic product page.

Related Product: StayLock Tile Perforated Colors

Monday, May 22, 2017

Is Recycled Rubber Playground Flooring Safe for Kids?

Recycled Rubber Tiles Are Common Materials for Kids Playground Surfaces

By Julia Nass

When people think of playground safety, the first thing that usually comes to mind are the thousands of accidents that happen every year on the playground. Although this is an essential piece to consider when planning playground safety, there's more than just playtime accidents to consider. Many playgrounds have turned to using recycled rubber products as playground flooring. However, there have been many questions surrounding both the benefits and safety of recycled rubber use.

Why Use Recycled Rubber?

Environmentally, it makes sense to use products made from recycled materials, especially tires. Tire waste is an enormous, ongoing issue because of the massive quantity of tires that are discarded every year. When buried in landfills, tires can release harmful toxins into the earth and water systems. Tires are made to be weatherproof and live a long-life, so they are not biodegradable.

Greatmats rubber playground tiles
Manufacturing and buying products made from recycled tires are an important part of combating tire waste. There is a small portion of all discarded tires that get turned into new recycled materials. Common recycled rubber products include rubber crumbs and rubber mulch, which are used on playgrounds and as fill for artificial turf. Alternatively, some recycled rubber gets turned into solid molded products such as mats and tiles. Environmentally, repurposing tires and their material is the safest and least-damaging solution to tire waste.

However, the question still remains: are products made of recycled rubber safe for kids to play on? Because so many playgrounds do in fact utilize recycled rubber, it is an important question to consider and understand.

Is it Safe?

There has been some public controversy over the safety of certain recycled rubber products, and it's a topic still being debated and researched. Unfortunately, it's difficult to find a resounding ''yes'' or ''no'' on this matter.

Greatmats recycled rubber playground tiles
Most research has been conducted on rubber crumbs and rubber mulch. Overall, nearly every study that has been conducted have found that these substances are not in fact harmful. Rubber mulch, in particular, is promoted by both the Environmental Protection Agency and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). However, many believe the research has not been adequate enough to give a definitive answer, and more studies need to take place. The truth is, there are chemicals found in tires that can be harmful to humans given enough long-term and significant exposure.

It's also important to consider that children interact with these substances differently than adults. Children are often on the ground coming into close contact with playground materials, often by way of mouth. Further, they are smaller and more at risk for substance effects. What might be deemed safe for adults might not be the same for children.

What About Recycled Rubber Playground Mats and Tiles?

Recycled rubber playground tiles and mats, however, are a bit different than rubber crumbs and mulch. Many playground tiles and mats have a sealed surface, which prevents raw and potentially harmful substances from coming into contact with children. The safety of these products can vary with the manufacturer, so it's important to inform yourself on the quality of material and the testing they do to ensure the quality.

How Does Rubber Tie Into Injury Protection?

Greatmats rubber playground surfacing tiles
Another key component of safety is protecting from falls, which are bound to happen on a playground. Not all recycled rubber products will protect from falls as well as other materials. If you choose the right product, however, rubber playground flooring can absolutely protect kids from serious injury. On the other hand, if recycled rubber products are poorly made, they will do little to prevent or soften the impact of falls. That is why it is important to always choose rubber playground products that meet or exceed American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) and CPSC standards.

Quality rubber products will advertise a fall height rating, so you can easily choose the ones to match your playground equipment. If chosen correctly, recycled rubber products can completely increase the safety of the playground. Cushion, shock-absorption and grip make certain rubber playground tiles and mats among the safest choices for play.

Is Recycled Rubber the Right Choice For Me?

If you choose the right product, playground tiles and mats made from recycled rubber are an all-around awesome choice for playground flooring. When well made, rubber playground flooring helps create the safest possible play environment for children. Utilizing recycled rubber is also an important way to combat the issues of tire waste. They are an economical choice as well.

Unlike loose-fill products, you won't have to worry about replacing rubber mats or tiles for years to come. Maintenance is far easier with these kinds of products: all you need is a broom or garden hose to clean.

What are the Alternatives to Recycled Rubber Playground Surfaces?

Clearly, there are many pros to using well-made recycled rubber playground tiles and mats. However, you can find many of those pros in other products as well. If you feel unsure about recycled materials in rubber products, you can always choose rubber playground tiles and mats made with material that has not been recycled. Read product descriptions or check in with customer service to determine what materials are being used.

Another great option for playground flooring is perforated PVC tiles. These tiles are durable, weatherproof, slip-resistant and safe. They come in a ton of different colors, so you can create a bright, fun play area without any hassle. Installation is a super easy process. All you have to do is snap together tiles using the interlocking system. Often, these tiles have a shorter fall height rating than rubber products, so they are better suited for play areas without tall equipment.

Ultimately, it's important to put in some time researching the product that works best for you and your kids. If you're feeling hesitant about the safety of certain products, don't hesitate to ask questions of the manufacturer. Chances are, someone else has had the same concerns you have. If the product is well-tested and high-quality, companies won't have a problem showing you proof of material control, ASTM ratings and other certifications. Further, check for different warranties and guarantees, which help to demonstrate product quality.
 

Friday, May 19, 2017

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Rubber Garage Flooring Dos and Don'ts

Three Awesome Ways to Transform Your Garage With Rubber Flooring

By Julia Nass

Rubber is an extremely versatile material that can be used for all types of flooring, from athletic pads to playground mats. If you're thinking about putting it in your garage, however, there are some factors to consider. It's important to know in what cases rubber flooring will work and scenarios it won't.

Don't Park Your Car On Rubber

Greatmats rubber floor garage exercise gym
Although rubber is an extremely durable material, it doesn't do well underneath cars. Unfortunately, rubber is particularly susceptible to damage and even destruction from cars. Rubber car tires can create an extra strong grip with rubber flooring, which can cause the flooring to buckle, rip up, and break. Further, vehicles can drip automobile lubricants that can cause rubber flooring to break down. Overall, it's best to keep cars off of rubber flooring. 


So What is Rubber Good For?

You might be asking yourself, why put rubber in a garage if it doesn't work under a car? It's because garages aren't just for cars anymore! Garages are very popular spaces for everything from chill pads to home gyms. Here are a few instances in which rubber makes an awesome garage floor option.

Home Gyms

Greatmats rubber flooring garage gym
Garages make excellent home gyms, and rubber floors make creating a home gym in the garage easy and affordable. With rubber garage flooring, you don't need much else to create a space you and your family can get fit in right at home. Rubber rolls, mats and tiles are all popular choices for home gyms.

Rubber flooring comes in a variety of thicknesses and sizes, so you can choose one to support your activities. Some are dense and sturdy, which works well underneath heavy gym equipment. Others have more cushion and shock-absorption, which is nice for dance and floor exercises. All are durable, protective, tough and sleek.

Chill Out Space

A garage is also a popular room to turn into a space to chill out with entertainment, comfy furniture and friends. Because it's outside of the house, garage lounge spaces feel like an escape. Garage rules tend to be more relaxed than house rules, so it's an easy place to let loose and get comfy. Anyone, not just the kids or teenagers, will be happy to retreat to a nice garage lounge space.

Thick rubber flooring provides comfort and mild cushion for feet and for sitting. It also provides a layer of insulation from cold concrete often found in garages. Rubber flooring is durable enough for heavy furniture, like a plush overstuffed couch to watch movies from.

Game Room

Greatmats rubber flooring garage gym
Game rooms are another fun option for the garage space. Designating the garage as a play/game area is a good way to keep messes, roughhousing and loud noises out of the living room. It's also the perfect spot to fit larger items such as pool tables that may take over other rooms in the house.

Rubber flooring is a great floor for garage game rooms as well. It's durable enough to hold those game structures like pool and foosball tables. Rubber rolls, tiles and mats also provide insulation and padding, which softens impact and prevents noise from traveling as far. The sound dampening quality of rubber makes it so you won't have to hear all the bumps and thuds that come from play.

Another perk: rubber is easy to clean. For most rubber flooring products, all you need is a damp mop and a pH neutral cleaner, as other cleaners can erode the material. It's best to keep certain types of rubber flooring from getting super wet, as recycled rubber is somewhat porous and can allow a certain degree of permeation.

Rubber Floor Installation

No matter the size, style or use, Greatmats' rubber floors are easy to install in any garage. Certain rubber tiles have an easy interlocking system that yields tight-fitting seams that disappear over time. Other mats, tiles and rolls are a simple dry lay. You can also use double sided floor tape or adhesives for longer-lasting installations. If you are looking for a temporary option, rubber flooring rolls are easily rolled back up and put away. Tiles and mats are easily uninstalled as well.

It can be difficult to think of your garage as anything more than a space for your car or a place to items you don't know where else to put. However, garages have the potential to be so much more. With Greatmats' rubber flooring, you'll find that creating a home gym, lounge space or game room in your garage is a no brainer - especially with the Greatmats' team on your side.
 
For more on this topic please review our Garage Flooring Tiles product page.

Related Product: Rubber Tile Diamond 2x2 Ft 3/8 Inch Colors

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Creating a Soft Child's Bedroom Floor: The Magic of Foam

Ease the worry with soft foam kids room flooring.

By Julia Nass

Greatmats foam tiles kids play room
Kiddos spend a lot of time on the floor - playing, crawling, sitting with pets. With so much time spent on the floor, why not bring comfort and safety to the very ground they stand on? Growing bodies deserve a floor that is pleasant to spend time on, while you deserve to not have to worry about their safety. A soft bedroom floor for a child is a fabulous way to create a snug and protective environment.

Certainly, this includes carpet, but what about other options? It may not be obvious, but foam flooring happens to be one of the most popular choices out there for a cushion bedroom. Let's take a closer look.

Interlocking Foam Tiles


Greatmats foam tiles preschools daycares
One of the most fun and creative ways to create soft kids flooring is to install interlocking foam tiles. Foam tiles are consistently one of Greatmats' most popular kids flooring options because of their quality, comfort and allure. Not only that, but they are an all-around economical flooring choice. With foam kids room flooring, you can create a protective and engaging environment that won't cost you much and will give back tremendously.

Specs and Safety

Foam tiles are made from a premium quality foam material called ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA). Although they come in a variety of thicknesses, the most popular tile is ⅝ inch thick. Whether kiddos are scurrying about on their feet or mellowed out on their backs, EVA foam provides great cushion and support. There is enough shock absorption to soften the impact of falling or other forceful landings. Not only does cushioning provide safety and comfort measures, but it also provides sound and heat insulation for kids rooms.

Foam tiles are also slip-resistant. For added traction, you can find foam tiles with textured tread. Certain Greatmats foam tiles feature one textured side and one smooth side, so you can easily change your mind about the best fit for your child's room.

Creative, Easy Installation

Foam Tiles work like a giant puzzle and are fun for the whole family to install. The tiles allow you to be the creative designer. With more than 15 vibrant colors to choose from and the flexibility to install in any pattern you want, you can truly create a floor to spark playfulness and imagination. Alternatively, you can put in cool and calming colors for a more relaxed kids bedroom environment. You can even find foam tiles in a wood-grain design. Popular patterns include checkerboard, stripes and multi-colored framing.

Maintenance

Cleanability and ease of maintenance are more awesome features of EVA foam tiles. Foam kids floor tiles are waterproof and resistant to stains. Some textured foam tiles are resistant to scuffing.

Greatmats interlocking foam tile
EVA tiles can be cleaned on a daily basis with a broom or damp mop. If a more serious accident happens, you never have to worry about installing a new floor or hiring someone to take care of it. All you have to do is pick the affected tile or two and replace them with new ones.

Other Foam Tile Perks

There are still a few other awesome perks to mention. Greatmats EVA foam tiles are lead and latex free guaranteed. They can also easily be cut with a sharp utility knife to fit any room irregularities. They come with border strips for easy wall-to-wall installation.

Still unsure? Check out Greatmats.com to read all of the 5-star reviews on foam tile products or recieve assistance from customer support. 

Foam + Carpet


Greatmats interlocking carpet foam tile
Carpet is a classic choice for cushion and comfort. However, many types of carpet only provide surface level comfort. Often times, there isn't much underlying cushion. Without it, carpeted floors may look soft and feel soft to the touch, but when it comes to real weight or impact, they can be just as hard as concrete or wood.

In response to this issue, Greatmats offers a wonderfully cushioned carpet tile. Many of its foam-cushioned carpet tiles are made of the same premium foam as EVA foam tiles, except they are finished with a plush carpet surface. Greatmats' carpeted tiles provide all of the safety, comfort and ease of foam tiles with an added layer of softness and warmth.

Like other foam tiles, interlocking carpet tiles are put together with a puzzle-piece connecting system. Unlike other foam tiles, however, foam carpet tiles only come in a few different colors. Interlocking carpet tiles are also a wonderful kids flooring option because of the ease of maintenance: just vacuum regularly.

Protecting a Soft Floor


Greatmats foam tiles kids room exercise room
With a soft kids room floor comes a downside - foam floors are more susceptible to negative effects from furniture than other harder floors. Heavy furniture like bed frames and dressers can cause permanent indentations into foam floors. Although it won't necessarily damage the foam, indentations can still be a drag to look at. Therefore, it's smart to take precautions. One simple way to protect soft kids room flooring is to put furniture coasters underneath legs or corners. Furniture coasters help distribute the weight of furniture more evenly, which helps prevent deep, long-lasting indentations.

Furthermore, be aware when moving furniture. Dragging heavy furniture across the floor is a sure way to create unwanted marks or material tear. Practice caution when moving furniture and avoid pushing and dragging if possible. It's also smart to utilize furniture glides, which help prevent flooring damage when furniture is on the move.
 
For more on this topic please review our Children's Flooring product page.

Related Product: Foam Floor Mats 5/8 Premium

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Top 3 Pet Friendly Floors for your Screened-In Porch

Non-absorbency, Scuff Resistance and Traction are Just a Few Qualities of Quality Pet Resistant Patio Flooring


By Julia Nass

Greatmats patio outdoor tile for dogs
Pets bring cuddles, friendship, and smiles into the house. Unfortunately, that's not the only thing they bring. There's no stopping the dirt, stains, scratches and other accidents pets cause. If you have a screened in porch or patio connecting the outside to the inside, that room is particularly subject to such pet messes.

Obviously, you can't stop accidents from happening. However, you can save yourself a lot of trouble with the right flooring. By choosing the right pet-friendly flooring, you can save time, energy and money.

What To Look For in Pet Safe Flooring

There are several features to keep an eye out for when searching for the right patio flooring for your pet. First of all, you'll want something scratch resistant to prevent damage from pet nails and claws. Second, you'll want a floor that is durable enough to withstand wear and tear. Further, it helps to have a floor that can withstand accidents. That means something that is non-absorbent and won't stain with moisture. You'll obviously need to clean up after the messes your pet leaves, so you want to choose something easy to keep clean. It's also a good idea to install a floor with good traction, so scurrying paws won't slip around at all.

This might seem like a lot to be looking out for, but there are plenty of products that uphold all those benefits and more. Here's an overview of some of them.

GreatDeck Outdoor PVC Deck Tiles

Greatmats outdoor pvc plastic deck tile wood grain
Hardwood is an extremely popular choice for patios, as it provides a clean, classy look. However, hardwood stains easily, can be scratched up by nails and doesn't have the best traction. That's why GreatDeck Outdoor PVC patio tiles make such a great option. They have a wood-grain design offered in a variety of colors, so you get the wonderful look of wood without the worry.

Unlike actual wood, these tiles are non-slip, scratch resistant, and won't stain the way wood does. These patio tiles are designed to last for a long time outdoors and can certainly face pet elements as well; they are drain-through, waterproof, and won't grow mold and mildew. GreatDeck Tiles are dry lay and a breeze to install or move around.

GreatDeck PVC tiles are also easy to clean. They can be swept or mopped at any time. It's also recommended they are scrubbed once or twice a year with a hard-bristled brush and soapy water.

StayLock Perforated Tiles

Greatmats perforated outdoor plastic tiles for dogs
StayLock Perforated Tiles are another durable, drain-through option. These tiles are made from quality plastic material in the USA and come in a variety of fun colors. They are waterproof, slip-resistant and won't be damaged by nails. These patio tiles are a great option if you have kiddos as well, as they are a very popular choice for play areas.

StayLock Perforated Tiles are made with super easy interlocking system. Installation is easy as snapping together tiles by hand. Cleaning only requires a damp mop and common household cleaners. It is best to avoid using bleach on this product.

Note: Greatmats also offers another perforated PVC tiles excellent for just such applications. The Patio Outdoor Tile offers all of the same benefits listed above for the StayLock Tiles.

Max Tile Raised Floor

Greatmats basement raised vinyl floor interlocking tile
Vinyl is an excellent choice for pet flooring. Vinyl is slip, wear, scratch and stain resistant, which makes it one of the most popular flooring choices for pet-owners. Greatmats' offers raised vinyl tiles that provide all of these benefits and more.

Max Tile Raised Floors sit above the ground to allow air-circulation, which is particularly important in moist environments. These tiles are durable and designed for heavy traffic and furniture. Max tiles are often used as dance floors and basketball court flooring because they are so scratch and wear resistant. The protective surfacing will never need refinishing. Nevertheless, Max Tiles are extremely comfortable and inviting to bare feet and pet naps.

If you're interested the aesthetics of wood, you can choose one of the wood-grain varieties these tiles come in. Tiles are also offered in a slate design.

Max Tiles stay together with a tight fitting connector system that gives the floor strength and stability. Installations and removals are a simple project you can do all by yourself. Tiles can be cleaned with a damp mop and household cleaner.

Overall, Max Tiles are one of the best non-absorbent vinyl laminate modular floor tiles on the market, and one of the best pet-friendly flooring options out there.

As you can see, you and your pet have some great options for your screened-in porch flooring. You'll be able to rest easy knowing the right pet-resistant tiles will save you from having to deal with damage down the line. Even better, choosing Greatmats patio flooring guarantees you long-lasting quality and the best service around.
 
For more on this topic please review our Deck Tiles and Outdoor Deck Flooring product page.

Related Product: GreatDeck Outdoor Plastic Deck Tile