Thursday, October 19, 2017

The Many Uses of Pro Martial Arts Sport 20 mm

14 Ways Greatmats Customers Enjoy Using Pro Martial Arts Sport Mats

By Julia Nass

Reading through customer reviews reveals why Pro Martial Arts Sport 20 mm mats are so popular. Users constantly find these high-quality, foam products to be just the right fit as karate mats, boxing mats and taekwondo mats, which they were originally designed for. However, there are even more uses the Pro Martial Arts Sport mat has to offer.

Customers have also found they this product to be awesome for other exercise as Zumba, Parkour and cardio. Some have even found the Pro Martial Arts product to operate as horse stall kick mats and kids play mats. The uses don't stop there. Take a look at several of the different ways customers have put these multi-purpose mats to use. Each use is backed up with a rave review straight from the product's page.

1. Taekwondo Mats

Greatmats Pro Martial Arts Sport 20mm Mats Tae kwon do Mats ''Recently opened up a Tae Kwon Do studio which has to be somewhat mobile due to other events happening in the same building and decided puzzle mats would be the best way to go. I looked around at several vendors and found Greatmats. After receiving these mats, I am glad I went with them as they are just what I expected or even more. Excellent company to deal with and the shipping company was very compliant with a last minute address change. I would recommend Greatmats to anyone who is interested in mats for any floor.''
Dan, Elkton, VA

2. MMA

Greatmats Pro Martial Arts Sport 20mm MMA Training Space ''These mats are perfect! They are firm enough for stand-up and bag work, but soft enough to be comfortable on bare feet. They also work well for rolling and falling. I would recommend something thicker for take-downs, but in our bag-room, they are perfect. They installed super quick and easy; we just laid them down before class one day. We bought 36 to cover an approximately 30 sq ft area. I had to trim nine to fit the width of the room. I marked it with a utility knife and then cut through more quickly with a saber saw. I had no issues. We have used the room for about a month now, at least two high-intensity classes per week training MMA. We typically have 4-10 people working out each class. It has been perfect for our needs; and looks great!''
Dana, Memphis, TN

3. Boxing Mats

Greatmats Pro Martial Arts Sport Mats Boxing Area ''Love these mats for boxing related classes. Not my first order, not my last.''
Jeffrey Lee, Tupelo, MS

4. Karate Mats

'' not only offered the best price, and believe me I did a LOT of research, but also the best customer service, bar none! Pam was knowledgeable, well-versed and exceptionally nice to talk to. All of the 100 karate mats that I ordered arrived in perfect condition. The freight company was wonderful to deal with, from scheduling to customer service, to the delivery driver who carefully unloaded the mats into my dojo. I am thrilled with all aspects of purchasing these high quality mats for my dojo and would love to recommend to anyone interested in a great shopping experience and outstanding product quality.''
Debra, Colorado Springs, CO

5. Gymnastics

Greatmats Pro Martial Arts Sport Mats Martial Arts Gymnastics Academy ''Purchased the Pro Sport Foam Tile (Gray/Black) for my new Chinese Martial Arts Studio (Pacific Northwest Martial Arts Academy - PNMAA) location. The product arrived without any damage, was very uniform, and was easy to install. My daughter and I installed the flooring all in one day. The product was easy to trim/cut ... We have had martial arts classes, gymnastics classes, parkour classes, and cheer tumbling classes so far since our grand opening on September 3, 2015. The mats are durable, strong and easy to clean. I am very pleased with this product and the company that stands behind what they sell. Thanks, Greatmats!!!''
Jeannette, Mount Vernon, WA

6. Cardio Mats

''Love my 2nd basement gym even more than the first thanks to my Pro Sport foam floor by Greatmats. Staff was very accommodating with my shipping requests. Floor went in on a Sunday afternoon with no tile defects. I'd highly recommend these mats for cardiovascular or MMA workouts.''
Scott, Lakewood, CO

7. Horse Stall Kick Mats

''Person at order desk was very knowledgeable and helpful. The mats were easy to install. We put them to unconventional use -- on the walls of several horse stalls to help prevent horses that tend to kick, from sustaining injuries. The mats work very nicely for this purpose.''
Margot, Clinton, NY

8. Dog Training

Greatmats Pro Martial Arts Sport Foam Tile Dog Area ''I love the mats! They were really easy to install, they're easy to clean, and my dogs absolutely love the cushion beneath their paws! The mats are great! :)''
Deirdre, Wheeling , WV

9. Tai Chi

''The martial arts puzzle mats went down very easily. We do tai chi and applications (sparring). Some mats had to be cut for fit. A ''box cutter'' works okay, but I found a saber saw smooth cut blade worked more easily. They're a lot easier to fall on than a sub-floor!''

10. Zumba Mats

''You can cut corners on some things, but in a martial arts studio, flooring ISN'T one of them. After exhaustive research on flooring/mat options, obtaining samples from several sources, and getting advice from the friendly, helpful folks in customer service at Greatmats, we feel we absolutely got the best price possible from Greatmats and we didn't sacrifice quality, either. We purchased 1,500 sq ft of this mat and are using it for both martial arts and Zumba fitness...Very happy, thank you.''
Liane, Harrodsburg, IN

11. P90X

''I purchased the Martial Arts Pro floor mats, 36 quantity. Customer service was friendly and professional. My order was completed correctly and delivered on time. I am doing P90X, and these mats are life-savers, as I have foot problems (plantar faciitis) and am 6'5'' and currently 270 lbs. They provide sufficient cushion to comfortably absorb the impact of my heavy frame on one or two feet (during plyometrics). Also, it is easier on the hands/wrists when doing the various styles of push-ups. My daughter took two of my mats and use them in the kitchen - one near the sink, and the other near the stove. She loves them as she can stand there cooking for a long time without any foot/leg/back discomfort. I am very satisfied with both the product and the customer service. For any future mats/cushioned flooring purchases, they would be my first choice.''
Andrew, Ellenwood, GA

12. Demos

''We use the puzzle mats for demos. We take them to different venues and put them down and do our martial arts demo. Helps save the feet. I would not hesitate to use Greatmats for a dojo but would buy thicker ones than we got for a permanent floor, especially if you do throws. Good product!''
Steven, Pittsville, WI

13. Fitness Classes

Greatmats Pro Martial Arts Sport Mats kickboxing training area''We have kettlebell, kickboxing and other fitness classes several times a day and everyone wears shoes. They have held up well for the first year. The only problem we've had is that when we added additional floor space and ordered more mats, the original mats had stretched to the point that they no longer match the new ones. Hopefully, the new ones will expand to match. We would have planned our purchases better had we known that.''
Timothy E., Johnston, IA

14. Kids Play Rooms

''We bought the mats for our kids playroom. We went with the larger size to reduce the number of joints. These tiles are even better than we had hoped for. The foam is soft, yet firm. All the edges are included, and the mats arrived quickly and in perfect shape shrink-wrapped on a pallet.''
Sven, New Hartford , CT
For more on this topic please review our Martial Arts Mats product page.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The Many Uses of Home Rubber Flooring Rolls

From Pets to Vehicles to Athletics, Rubber Flooring Rolls are Great!

By Julia Nass

If you're on the hunt for a tough, economical rubber floor, then it's worth exploring home Rubber Flooring Rolls. These rolls come in a 4x10 size and can be used for animal shelter flooring, catering van flooring, rubber vehicle flooring, and much more. Customers wrote in to to give their two cents on home Rubber Flooring Rolls. Exploring these reviews is great way to discover the perks of rolled rubber flooring and uncover all the ways that this flooring solution can be used. Take a look at this sampling of Greatmats customer reviews to see real life applications for 1/4 inch thick 4x10 foot rubber flooring rolls.

1. Animal Shelter Flooring

''The product was perfect. I did quite a bit of research and contacted other companies, searching for a solution for our cat shelter. We needed a product to line the tops of our cat cages - one that was durable enough so that the cats' paws wouldn't get trapped in the cages - and of a material that could be easily cleaned. Further, since the tops of our cages are a favorite nap space for our cats and kittens, it needed to be comfortable. The 1/4'' rubber matting was ideal.

''Joanne, was so helpful, aiding us in finding an affordable option for our not-for-profit organizations. Greatmats product and service was far and above what I expected. Other companies weren't even willing to help me find a solution. I got the sense Joanne cares about your customers and provides the same warm and helpful service to everyone. Thank you so much.''

- Kathy, Long Beach, NY

2. Catering Van Flooring

''Great item. My husband owns a deli and we have a van with no back seats in order to deliver and pick up food and we put this rubber vehicle flooring down. It is easy to clean; just needed a little cutting to do the entire car and looks great. Best money spent on the car for this roll. It works great.''

- Patricia, Easton, CT

3. Basement Gyms

''I finished my basement project using your rolled rubber flooring earlier this year... I used the 3/8'' Black Rolled Rubber with 10% Red Brick Flec. This project consisted of 600 square feet of the 4 foot rolls. The ease of the installation allowed 3 of us to install an entire basement in 1 evening. The precision 4 foot cut rolls created a perfect fit from one roll to the next. The floor is fantastic for a my workout area as well as general use. It is easy to clean and does not absorb water spills. I floored my basement, tool room, storage room, closet and steps. Because my basement floor is not completely flat, after laying a thin dimpled sub floor, the rubber mat easily covered the small gradual changes in elevation.''
- Greg

4. Flooring for Fencing

''We employ a somewhat unconventional use of your product. In early 2011, the Montgomery Fencing Club was moving into a new space, which asked us to protect the wood floor from stray points, which they were concerned might gouge it. Whatever we used also had to be movable as we were moving into a shared, community space.

''We decided that most standard floor protective systems would not hold up under the stresses of our sport, so we began to explore more heavy-duty products. Complicating our efforts further are the dimensions of our playing surface: A fencing strip is 1-2m wide and 14m long. While there are some products specifically manufactured for our purpose, they are prohibitively expensive for our club.

''We found your rolled rubber products, which offered a continuous 4 ft x 50 ft surface, which is nearly perfect for our needs, particularly when combined with your very reasonable price and in-stock availability.

''We ordered a roll of 3/8 inch black, rubber flooring for fencing to test. It did not take us long to order three more. The strips have performed very well, and look good in the process. We used them for a tournament and received compliments from the visiting fencers. ... If we find ourselves in a position to expand the club, Greatmats will be the first place I look.''
- Wilbur

5. P90X Flooring

''It was a basically as expected. It was easy to cut to size. I use it for P90X in my living room. It's working out great! My sales rep was professional and knowledgeable.''

- Horace, Fort Worth, TX

6. Underlayment

''I ordered this product as an underlayment for my home gym in my garage to protect the concrete and the equipment as well. So far, it's proven to be functional and durable.

''I was a bit worried about how difficult it might be to cut, but with a sharp blade, it was easy to cut it to the dimensions that I needed. It seems to work well for a gym floor as there's no discernible give so it stays solid and stable under your feet for exercises like squats and and deadlifts. Yet it provides adequate cushioning to prevent chipping the concrete or the weights.

''It's a great product and I'd definitely recommend and buy again.''
- Charles, East Windsor, NJ

If you have an idea for another use for home Rubber Flooring Rolls, get in touch with the friendly folks at They can help you talk through your ideas and decide what product would be best for your needs. No matter what kind of flooring you're looking for, from rubber vehicle flooring, animal shelter flooring, to home gym flooring, Greatmats is dedicated to finding you the perfect product.

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

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

How Does Wall Padding Work?

Learn the features that make wall padding a safe and stylish gym accessory

By Kim Butler

Greatmats Wall Padding for Gymnasiums Custom Logos Basketball Wall Pads
We've all seen the Major League Baseball player crashing into the outfield fence in a last ditch effort to make a catch. Sometimes they succeed; other times they get injured. It's no secret that sports can get rough. People fall; teammates get pushed; players run into each other - and into walls, floors and fences. There are multiple sport floors to make an indoor or outdoor sports facility more safe. To protect people from posts, walls, bleachers, and more, wall padding is a great option.

The primary purpose of wall padding is to provide a safe level of absorption for a person making impact with an established object. Often these objects are walls (hence ''wall padding''), but these pads also protect against impact with bleachers, stage fronts, I-Beams, goal posts, columns and fences.

Wall Pad Sizing

Typical indoor wall panels are 24 inches wide by 72 inches (2x6 feet) high. In recent history, however, many newly-constructed schools and universities have made a push for 84-inch-high (7 feet) padding in their basketball facilities, where athletes are often elevated in motion. In grappling and wrestling facilities, pads are regularly 60 inches (5 feet), since most movement occurs on the ground.

Outdoor stadium padding is 48 inches wide by 96 inches (4x8 feet) high. However, when working with a skilled manufacturer, all dimensions can often be easily customized to fit the unique needs of your facility.

Foam Padding

For indoor panels, the standard thickness of foam is 2 inches. The type of foam varies, but specialty flooring retailer Greatmats uses 2-inch thick cross-linked polyethylene foam. A vinyl cover is secured over the face and onto the back of the pad. Sturdier pads, containing a wood backing board (typically oriented strand board) are also available.

Foam used in manufacturing wall padding is typically a polyurethane based foam, but can vary based on a specification written, or simply customer preference.

Vinyl Covers

Vinyl ranges from 14 oz. to 18 oz. in weight, and typically has a light leather emboss pattern ingrained into the good side of the material. Greatmats features phthalate-free vinyl. There are a variety of standard colors to choose from and your school or team's digital logo can be custom printed on the mat. Vinyl is often treated to be anti-fungal and antibacterial. Vinyl should also be expected to meet fire retardant test NFPA-701 and ASTM E84 [2].

Installation Methods

Installing Greatmats Lip Top Wall Pads in Gym A couple common installation methods are using a nailing margin, lip top and bottom pads, or z-clips. Lip top and bottom or nailing margin is a process in which the manufacturer will intentionally leave 1 inch of foam off the top and bottom of the panel. This 1-inch area is meant to allow the installer to drill directly through the panel, without damaging, or compromising the pad. If the surface the pads are being installed on is capable of being screwed into, pads will often be mounted directly to that surface. However, if the surface is unable to be drilled into, like cinder block, then firing strips will be mounted first, and the pads mounted to them.

Installing Greatmats Z-clip Wall Pads in Gymnasium Z-clip is a process in which the panels are hung with male/female aluminum channeling. An installer will first mount the female side of the aluminum clip to the wall (typically in 6-foot lengths). The installer will then mount the male side of the clip to the panel (typically 22-inch lengths). To hang the panels, the installer will drop the panel with the male clip into the female clip on the wall. These pads will appear the same as standard method pads on from head on, but can also be removed from the wall because of the male/female clip.

What's different about outdoor versions?

Greatmats Outdoor Sports Field Wall Padding
A basic stadium pad, will spend most of its life outdoors, and should always begin with a 1/2- to 3/4-inch weather durable backer board. Most often, moisture resistant composite wood is used. To that, a layer of foam will be laminated. For outdoor stadium panels the standard thickness of foam is 3 inches. After these steps, an 18 oz. UV-protected vinyl fabric will be secured over the face of the pad. A wide variety of outdoor pads are available, some with Z clips, and some with grommets. A knowledgeable customer service representative at Greatmats can help you find the right product for your needs and budget.

Padding designed specifically for use on chain link fence is also available for use in ball fields, fences and gates and outdoor track arenas. Composed of 3-inch thick foam, these pads are attached with a bolt and plate method. Z-Clip attachments are also available. Imprinting your pads with your logo will give a custom look to your outdoor sports facilities.

Pole Pads

Column or pole pads are also available in a range of colors, in a standard height of 72 inches. Three sizes are available to fit 4-, 5- or 6-inch diameter poles. If your facility has I-Beams, there are four standard sizes of 72-inch high pads with a channel design which wraps around the face and the edges of the beam. The padding attaches with hook and loop fastening strips.

Budget and Temporary Wall Padding

Greatmats Foam Puzzle Mats on Wall
Perhaps your budget is tight or you don't need full-time cushioning. Another option is to use gym mats, commonly used for gymnastics, wrestling or martial arts. These have an external flange on the long side that can be screwed into a furring strip on the wall. Some home gym and fitness studio owners even use foam puzzle mats on their walls. This a great way to add color and pattern consistency to the floor and wall.

Regardless of what type of padding you chose, work with a reliable company like Greatmats to help you through the ordering process. You will need to work around outlets, doors, windows, etc. so having that knowledgeable resource is invaluable.

For more on this topic please review our Gym Wall Padding product page.

Related Product: Gym Wall Padding All Sizes

Monday, October 16, 2017

The Many Uses of Wood Grain Reversible Foam Floor Tiles

From Basements to Trade Shows These Tiles Can Do It All

By Julia Nass

Greatmats Wood Grain Foam Reversible Tile Kids Basement Play Room
Wood Grain Reversible Foam Floor Tiles have proven to be very popular Greatmats products for a variety of reasons. First off, these foam wood interlocking floor tiles provide the best of two worlds that are often at odds: serious cushion and classy style. It can be difficult to find products that are created equally for both comfort and design, but this these foam floor tiles' half inch of high-quality foam styled with a non-slip, wood-grain surface does just that. Thus, wood-grain interlocking foam anti-fatigue flooring has been a success for customers in their bedrooms, playrooms and work spaces.

Further, customers find installing and uninstalling foam wood interlocking floor tiles to be extremely easy. Tiles connect with a universal interlocking system that intuitively comes together and will not come apart during everyday use. Because of this, wood grain reversible foam floor tiles are also great for spaces that need temporary yet good-looking flooring solutions, like trade shows. This wood-grain interlocking foam anti-fatigue flooring only weighs 1.2 pounds per tile, which makes it very easy to pack up and transport as well.

If you're curious about a specific way these foam floor tiles are used, scroll through the following list. It presents the many ways these wood interlocking floor tiles are used by customers and testimonials detailing those uses.

1. Basements

Greatmats Wood Grain Foam Reversible Tile Basement Floor
''This product is amazing (wood Grain reversible foam floor). It was incredibly easy to install and I was able to do it quickly. I ordered this product for my basement as it is at risk of getting water on occasion. When the water issue finally did arise (due to a burned out sump pump) I was easily able to lift the mats, wipe them clean and reinstall. I also have a floor that isn't perfectly level and has minor imperfections. This floor floats over the top of those areas seamlessly. We are still in the process of finishing construction and the floor has held up great with us dragging materials (doors, trim, etc.) in and out of the basement. I recommend this floor to everyone. Its worth every penny. The dark color is what is installed in my basement.''
- Tabitha, Seneca, SD

2. Music Studios

Greatmats Wood Grain Foam Reversible Tile Basement Music Studio
''...awesome basement turned music studio for my son!!! So psyched!!'' - Peter, Norwalk, CT

3. Kids Play Rooms

''I love these mats! Ordered the wood floor looking mats for our boys' play area and they work perfectly!! Easy to clean with suction vacuum or broom. LOVE!!!''
- Suzanne, Farmington Hills, MI

4. Art Studios

Greatmats Wood Grain Foam Reversible Tile Home Art Studio Floor
''Great product, I have it in my studio and have loved the waterproofing on these; they clean off so easy! They are super comfortable to walk on and add some nice insulation to the room too. Really my only complaint would be the effect a lot of direct light does, bowing them slightly - but they return back to their regular flat shape when they start to cool - honestly not an issue.
Wood grain looks great too, love the medium wood color!''
- Renee, Portland, OR

5. Trade Show Booths

Greatmats Wood Grain Foam Reversible Tile Trade Show Floor
''I wholesale cork fashion accessories at trade shows in the fashion industry. I was looking to enhance the image of my booth and make the customer experience more enjoyable with a comfortable area to stand while conducting business. I was looking for foam or rubber in a wood grain that could be easily transported and install that would accentuate my products. The solution from Greatmats was perfect.

They were very helpful when I called them and their product is perfect. So easy to install and transport. And it looks great in my booth. I have found this product to be superior to others that I have seen in use. It is more dense and will hold up better than the cheaper brands.''
- Robert, Largo, FL

6. Therapy Spaces

''I cannot tell you how many people compliment the mats in my space! I am a play therapist who works with children and adolescents, and these mats are absolutely perfect for my therapy space. They are firm enough to feel secure while also have a little cushion for kids to play. Thank you for this superb product! I most certainly will be telling others about Greatmats.''
- Adam, Branford, CT

7. Exercise Rooms

Greatmats Wood Grain Foam Reversible Tile Kids Room Floor''We absolutely love the product that we bought from Greatmats. The Wood Grain Reversible Foam Floor was the look that we wanted to complement the room. It provided the coverage we wanted as a durable gym floor, but also elegant to match with the floor of the adjacent room which is travertine.''
- Bryan, Sugar Land, TX

8. Daycares

''I love this product. I have a daycare in the basement of my older home. The floor is concrete and was not finished off right - just a rough finish. These mats look very nice and are easy on my feet and back. Easy to clean. I have them in the kitchen of my daycare. I'm going to put them down in the dinning room soon.''
- June, Olympia, WA

9. Massage Rooms

Greatmats Wood Grain Foam Reversible Tile Massage Room Floor
''I think these EVA foam mats are great. This my third set and the first time I purchased from Greatmats. The quality of Greatmats seem superior to the other two sets I have experienced. Perhaps the industry has improved. I run a massage business and my past mats surface wears out in the area where people walk (the massage lotion I guess effects the surface). This batch seems sturdier and it is nice to have a flip-side option. If you are pricing around other locations, don't be fooled: there are cheaper mats that seem the same, but if you look closer, they have a white base. This means if you get any scuffs or dings in the floor, a white streak will show up. Spend a bit more and get mats where the base is closer in color to the surface texture, like these mats. Great on my body. I stand almost all day and kneel occasionally too. The only reason I don't give 5 stars is because the floor does dent where furniture sits, but this is to be expected of foam.''
- Stephanie, Ashland, OR

10. Bedrooms

Greatmats Wood Grain Foam Reversible Tile Bedroom Floor
''These are great! Easy to install over uneven concrete basement flooring. Turned empty rooms into bedrooms with ease! The kids love them. The wood grain does not line up from piece to piece, but you can't even tell, or at least it did not bother us at all.''
- Gary,Bellingham, WA

11. Workshops

''Exactly as advertised. Shipment was prompt. Installation was fast and easy for a novice (me). I am very pleased with the result. It is clean-looking, pleasant to walk and work on, and has a great appearance. Fairly east to trim around doorways, etc. I installed mine in my 'depot' that sits next to my garden railroad. It makes a nice floor for the area where I work on models and store equipment and supplies.''
- Roy, Great Bend, KS

For More

If you have any more curiosities about wood-grain interlocking foam anti-fatigue flooring, check out If Wood-Grain Reversible Foam Floor Tiles aren't exactly what you're looking for, you can also find a wide variety of foam floor tiles, wood-grain floor mats, wood grain interlocking tiles, and all sorts of other flooring solutions at Greatmats. 

For more on this topic please review our Interlocking Foam Tiles and Mats product page.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Greatmats seeking nominations in Third Annual National Award Series for top trainers, instructors and coaches

Greatmats National Award Series Logo
For the third year in a row, Greatmats is honoring instructors, trainers and coaches who have made a positive impact in their communities and the lives of their clients via Greatmats National Awards Series. In 2017, Greatmats will be focusing on instructors, trainers and coaches in the fields of dance, martial arts, personal training, dog training, horse training and cheerleading and will be accepting nominations for the following awards until Nov. 2, 2017:

National Dance Instructor of the Year
National Martial Arts Instructor of the Year
National Personal Trainer of the Year
National Dog Trainer of the Year
National Horse Trainer of the Year
And National Cheerleading Coach of the Year

Over the first two years of the Awards Series, Greatmats has named 4 National Instructors of the Year, 2 National Coaches of the Year and 4 National Trainers of the Year. Each of this year's winners will receive their choice of $250 worth of Greatmats flooring products specific to their trade or $150 in cash.

Learn more about the Greatmats National Award Series and how to nominate people for these awards at

Top 7 Uses of Home Tatami Sport Tile 20 mm

From Martial Arts to Playrooms - Home Tatami Sport Tiles

By Julia Nass
Greatmats Home Tatami Sport Tile 20mm Foam Tile
The Home Tatami Sport Tile 20mm is a high quality, long-lasting, non-toxic gym flooring solution. These tatami tiles are made from high-density, waterproof EVA foam that outlasts every day use. Tatami foam is designed to provide enough cushion to be protective under falls and hard-hitting actions but supportive enough that it won't deter free movement. At the same time, the tatami foam surface helps prevent slipping while remaining easy on the skin.

Tatami foam tiles are 20mm thick and are made with non-toxic, lead free foam. Tatami tiles come in two different reversible colors: red/blue, black/grey. To install tatami foam tiles, simply connect tiles together by the intuitive, puzzle-piece like connecting system. Not only are tatami tiles easy to put down and take up, but at only 1.9 pounds each, they are a breeze to transport as well. Tatami foam tiles make creating a beautiful looking, functional foam floor a piece of cake.

Tatami foam tiles can be cleaned with only a damp mop and a household cleaner (bleach should be avoided).

So how exactly are customers using the Home Tatami Sport Tile 20 mm? Read on to find out the top seven ways in which customers are purposing these tatami foam tiles and what those users have to say about them. You may even discover a few unexpected pro-tips along the way.

Greatmats Home Tatami Sport Tile Garage StudioTop 7 Uses

1. Garage Studios

''I called to discuss the best option for my garage/studio. The rep was very helpful in terms of material choice and quantity. It shipped very fast, and was super easy to install. The tatami feels great. I am tremendously satisfied.''
- Jim, Glendale, CA

2. Special Needs Play Areas

Greatmats Home Tatami Sport Tile special needs school play room
''We just installed the 7/8'' tatami tiles in a private special needs school, we adhered to the wall and the posts. Great product! This room is designed as a play area, with support for all types of future equipment, suspended or wall mounted. The ladder rungs progress with the same color scheme as the karate belts challenging progression to achievement of ''black belt''. We covered the floor, lower walls and posts with interlocking foam pads for protection.''
- MacLeod Construction Inc., PA

3. Workout Spaces

''Best purchase I could have made. I installed in my basement on concrete floor and its great for workouts.''
- Andrew, Aldie, VA

''Very nice mats. Using them on a concrete floor for a workout area. Arrived 4 days after my order was placed and very easy to install. Been using for a month and absolutely no signs of wear.''
- Barry, Wildwood, MO

4. Karate

Greatmats Home Tatami Sport Tile 20 mm gray black foam
''My whole family is very satisfied with this product. We train in Karate (Tang Soo Do) and these mats perform very well. Now the sure positives include the outstanding quality, ease of installation, looks, and water resistance (a slight issue in my garage in rainy season). I truly believe these mats are going to last a long time. My only complaint is that the surface is slightly slick due to it being water resistant, which is noticed on certain forward stances. However, this is not enough to remove a star as you must simply pay mind to keep your stance secure as you train, which I view as a positive bonus. Lastly, I'm extremely satisfied with doing business with The ordering experience was excellent and I got my mats right on time. I will definitely be coming back here when I decide to do the other half of my garage!''
- Jared, Bartlesville, OK

5. Thai Boxing Spaces

''I use these when practicing Thai Boxing, and it works well: not slippery, not too firm, not too soft, and easy to clean. An excellent product.''
- Alex, Chappaqua, NY

6. Grappling/Jiu Jitsu Spaces

Greatmats Home Tatami Sport Tile Home Martial Arts Space
''Got it for jiujitsu and jiujitsu-oriented floor exercise. VERY happy with it. Great product. Thick and sturdy. Looks great. Price was great. Fast and free shipping. Overall super satisfied. One word of caution. if you have a little pet like a kitten that likes to claw and bite things either keep it off the mat or prepare to have little pin hole bite marks and scratches on your brand new mat. It's really upsetting, just saying. Aesthetically, not pet proof. Otherwise the mat and the deal was great.''
- Pavel, Brooklyn, NY

7. Kid-Friendly Floors

''I was so excited when my mats came. I love the thickness and durability of them. I was surprised at how easy they were to set up. When I'm not fitting a workout in, the kids are using the mats as a dance floor. Thank you Greatmats!!!''
- Julie, Hilton, NY

Want to read more customer reviews? Check out the Home Tatami Sport Tile 20mm product page on There you can also discover some of Greatmats' other tatami foam products. Need help designing a home gym floor space? Curious about volume discounts? Whatever the question may be, Greatmats' excellent customer service team is ready to help you out.

For more on this topic please review our Foam Mats product page.
Related Product: Home Tatami Sport Tile 20 mm

Thursday, October 12, 2017

What Type of Horse Stall Mats Should I Choose?

When would you use straight edge, interlocking or perforated mats?

By Kim Butler

Greatmats Interlocking Horse Stall Mats installed
If you are ready to replace your existing horse stall mats, or thinking about an upgrade, you may be surprised at the the variety of options when it comes to choosing a horse stall mat today. Perforated, interlocking and straight edge are the main differences, and we'll explain why you might chose one over the other to meet your horse's unique needs.

The biggest initial choice is whether to go with interlocking or straight edge mats. The size of your horse stall, aisle, or hay area will predict this, as well as whether you have a horse that paws a lot. If you have an unusual size, an online company such as can have a mat kit custom cut to fit your exact needs. All you do is provide the measurements. Each mat is water jet cut for the tightest seams available. There are a variety of interlocking mats available, made of different qualities and thicknesses of rubber and therefore, different price points. Mats with different surface textures, like punter top, diamond pebble top are also available.

Interlocking Stall Mats

Greatmats Interlocking Horse Stall Mats
Greatmats customers have said they like interlocking mats because ''they don't curl up in the corners and don't get packed with dirt between the mats.''

Other horse owners noted that their most playful horses couldn't ''get a bite on the interlocking mats'' and pull it around like other mats. In general, you will find that interlocking mats tend to stay put more than straight edge mats.

Another option is to purchase a horse stall kit. Greatmats carries kits in more than 20 standard and custom sizes. The kits contains 3/4 inch thick mats that interlock for the tightest fitting mats possible. The interlocks are cut with a water jet. These kits have been rated some of the best quality mats on the market by a leading horse magazine. The mats are made in the USA from vulcanized, 100 percent recycled rubber content and feature a non-slip surface designed for durability. They feature a 12 year warranty.

Another type of interlocking stall mats is Greatmats Portable Horse Stall Mats. Since rubber is a heavy material, hauling stall mats becomes an issue. The lightweight EVA foam mats work great for a horse trailer, portable horse stall or temporary horse stall installation, like a show or fair. While made of a durable foam, these mats are not recommended for permanent use and will last only a few years under these conditions. These mats are also not recommended for outdoor applications. When used properly, portable mats are easy to take up and move around, and can increase your horse's comfort and health on long journeys and at shows and events.

Straight Edge Mats

Greatmats Straight Edge Horse Stall Mats
If you prefer to stick with standard 4x6 foot mats, you can also find high quality 4x6 mat with 12 year warranties. This is a great choice if you might want to expand or change locations.

Many retailers sell 4x6 foot mats, which horse owners then cut to fit their standard 12x12 foot stall. You will need approximately 6 mats to cover a standard 12x12 foot stall. Cheaper mats may not be a uniform thickness, or even a full 3/4 inch thick. You will want to butt the edges together for a tight fit. But if you have a horse that loves to paw, go with interlocking mats.

Diamond surface traction mats are guaranteed not to roll, buckle or curl, and provide less stress on the leg joints of horses. Made by the same Wisconsin factory as Greatmats' horse stall kits, these mats are also made with vulcanized 100 percent recycled rubber which provides a waterproof barrier in regions where there are freeze and thaw conditions. The mats are also anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and non porous. These mats have been tested and approved by the American Farrier Association (AFA) to be used for all hot or cold shoeing processes and the AFA even uses our mats at all AFA competitions.

Greatmats Equine Paver TilesSundance Mats and kits are 3/4 inch mats that are shipped from six locations across the US and feature a 5-year warranty. The durable mats are an affordable choice when the smell of rubber is not an issue. Similarly, a pebble top mat offers cost savings on both the material itself and ships from eight locations across the county.

Another straight edge type are Equine Paver tiles. These dog bone patterned rubber tiles are the highest quality equine pavers available. Comfortable and durable, with shock absorbing qualities, these pavers make a safe space for riders, groomers and horses. Made of a special, clean recycled rubber, these pavers are available in several color choices including grey, green, terra cotta and black. Recommended for parade and saddling areas, barn corridors, service roads, breeding sheds and more.

Greatmats Big Sky One Piece Horse Stall MatIf cushioning a concrete floor is not an issue, another option is a Big Sky One Piece Stall Mat. Available in three sizes including the popular 12x12 foot size, this mat is 17 mm thick and is the best solution to failed and leaky flooring seams. Big Sky mats have the highest traction rating in the industry and are the solution when a watertight floor is required.

There are also special mats designed for foaling areas, with extra cushion. These mats are available in interlocking, beveled or straight edges. Foaling mats can also be used with senior horses.

Perforated Stall Mats

Greatmats Horse Ring Mats Wash Bays
Perforated mats, also known as Ring Mats, are used primarily for wash bays, wash stalls, drain through floors and other other wet areas. Obviously, the holes allow liquids to drain through, while providing a waterproof, non slip surface, in both indoor and outdoor applications. Each mat is 3x3 feet by 5/8 inch thick.

These durable mats are made with rubber that has a higher smell and should not be used in enclosed areas with poor ventilation, or by persons with a smell sensitivity. In that case, a Wash Bay Button top mat might be a better choice. While not perforated, the button top texture provides extra non slip qualities for humans and horses alike.

They'll stand up to years of use, and as rubber is non absorbent, they will not harbor or promote bacterial growth.

Cut your Shipping Costs

One thing to keep in mind when buying horse stall mats is freight costs. Rubber is so durable and can withstand the weight of horses because it is dense and heavy. A kit for a 12 x12 foot stall of 3/4 inch rubber can weigh 600 pounds. Shipping can cost a lot, but you can save if you order from a location closer to you.

Speak with a Greatmats horse stall flooring expert to find out which options are best for your location.

All of these mats are available from Greatmats, along with a variety of other equine mats and tiles for wash bays, foaling stalls, aisleways, and horse trailers. 

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