Thursday, June 27, 2013

Customer Review-Stay Lock Bump Top Tiles

They say to make money you have to spend money.  Patty W. is living proof that this philosophy can work.  Patty runs a business from her home teaching exercise and needed a good flooring for her workouts classes.

"I use the tiles for a workout floor," Patty says.  "We do a lot of cardio and it helps my clients who have issues with their joints.  My workouts can be very intense and the flooring supports my workout routines."

Stay Lock Bump Top Tiles are a relatively new product for us here at Greatmats and we couldn't be happier with them.  Manufactured in the USA, these tiles are a soft PVC that offers impact cushion and fatigue relief while maintaining rugged durability.   This exercise flooring is perfect for industrial, ergonomic applications as well.  Perfect for aerobic activity, Stay Lock features a unique connection system that holds the floor tiles together tightly and keeps them flat even over concrete or carpeting. 


Patty bought her tiles over time adding them as she went until her room was complete.  "I installed the floor as I purchased the tiles and it may have taken less than two hours total to install.  It wasn't difficult at all.  The only challenge I had was my fingers got a little tired after a while so I used a small hammer to help press down."  (We recommend a rubber mallet but, hey, whatever works!)  "Overall, it was a breeze."

Stay Lock tiles need no underlayment to provide a soft, comfortable workout flooring.  This is a plus because it saves time and money.  The tiles can be easily cut to work around obstructions or uniquely shaped rooms.  The tiles require no adhesives so, not only are they simple to install, they can be taken up and brought with you should you decide to relocate.  The typical lifespan of this type of flooring is twenty years.

So, Patty, would  you buy this product again?

"Not only am I pleased, but so are the members of my class.  I will be buying additional flooring in the near future to cover the entire area and I would recommend this flooring...My original flooring was not doing what I needed it to and it made it very difficult for everyone.  So I had to find a solution and the lockable flooring did the trick and increased my business.


Would you recommend Greatmats to your friends?

"I would recommend Greatmats to anyone!"


Thank you, Patty.  We know that you'll be happy with your workout flooring for years to come.  It is also nice to know that, if something unexpected happens and a tile or two become damaged, you can pop them out and replace them without having to replace the entire floor.  Decades from now, when your exercise floor has reached it's end, it can be reground and made into new tiles!

*Cue Elton John's "Circle of Life" here*

Monday, June 24, 2013

Rubberlock Gym Flooring

Interlocking Rubberlock mats are durable and flexible, for use in sporting and athletic facilities or wherever tough commercial flooring is needed.  These 4x4 rubber tiles are available in 3/8", 1/2", and 3/4" thicknesses.  Corner and border pieces are available.  Corners are 2x4 tiles.  Borders for the 4 foot side are also 2x4.  (Check with a sales rep for further elaboration on this.)

Rubberlock rubber tiles are made in the USA of recycled content.  They are easy to clean and available as a bevelled or straight edge tile.  This rubber flooring is a nice solution for several different applications including weight and fitness centers, home exercise gyms, locker rooms, manufacturing or warehouse areas, skating or hockey rinks, baseball dugouts, clubhouses, pro-shops, and anywhere an anti-fatigue flooring area is needed.  This heavy duty rubber flooring is non-porous and non-absorbent.  It is intended to lay loose with no adhesives necessary.  This enables you to bring your flooring along if you choose to relocate.


Rubberlock interlocking rubber tiles are easy to keep clean.  A broom and damp mop should be all you need to keep your floor looking like new for years to come.  The non-skid diamond surface provides excellent traction and is designed to resist marks and scuffs.  Rubberlock tiles are manufactured with a binder that reduces the strong rubber smell that is often associated with rubber floors.  The tiles are resistant to bacterial growth so they are ideal for workout and exercise areas.
3/8" and 1/2" tiles lose approx. 1.25" per tile at interlock. For example, 12 FT of material will actually cover 11' 8" after the tiles are interlocked together. Please see loss chart under the features tab, and scroll down.

Each 4x4 FT tile will actually cover 15.1 Square Feet.

This material will have some rubber smell for approx. 3-4 weeks after installation which will dissipate with ventilation over time. Not recommended for people with high smell sensitivities.

Also note that some surface inconsistency may exist, such as shadowing, due to the recycled rubber. We WILL NOT accept returns for this.

When creating kits in this product the pattern or grain of the top surface texture will not run in the same direction on all of the mats. This is because the rubber mats are made in 4x8 ft pieces and then waterjet cut into corners, borders and corners as needed to make the component pieces for a specific kit size.
Call Greatmats at 877-822-6622

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Rolled Rubber

Whether you're looking for a floor covering for a home gym, commercial facility, industrial building, or even an ammunition room, rolled rubber is a great choice.  Excellent for protecting your floor, rolled rubber is tough and relatively inexpensive compared to many other options on the market today.

Rolls of rubber can be used in a variety of different places.  For workout areas where gym equipment or weights are used, rolled rubber protects the floor from damage while also keeping equipment safe from dust and debris.  For most of these situations, we recommend 3/8".  It is thick enough to protect the floors from day-to-day abuse without being too thick, therefore, and cost prohibitive.  If you are using heavy weights and dropping them to the floor repeatedly (100 lbs or more) we recommend at least a half-inch thickness.  Otherwise, 3/8" should be more than sufficient to meet your needs.


3/8" is also the standard thickness for most industrial applications.  Rolled rubber in 3/8" can be used in high traffic areas, mutions areas, and high traffic walkways in industrial applications.  For everyday walkways, the user can usually go with a 1/4" rubber product.  
Rubber Flooring Rolls can be installed with either a tape-down or glue-down method. Rolled Rubber Flooring can add comfort and durability to an otherwise hard surface. However, it is worth noting that for situations where you will be doing aerobic activity, foam is usually the better product.  It is lighter and less expensive to ship.  It also provides varying degrees of cushion.  (For more information on our foam products, please click here.  
Rubber provides more cushion than concrete but it is still hard.  Rubber Flooring Roll material is most commonly ordered in 100 percent black or with a 10 or 20 percent color in the mix. 

Rolls of Rubber are the most common types rubber flooring available.  The rolls are heavy and will almost always ship via freight truck but the product itself is generally less expensive than other options such as interlocking tiles.  
Each roll of rubber will lay flat when unrolled for installation. Rolled Rubber can be cut with a utility knife for a wall to wall installation. Rubber Roll Floor will withstand high impacts in weight rooms. Rubber Flooring Rolls are all 4 ft wide per roll.  The rolls can easily be cut to fit in a wall-to-wall situation with a sharp utility knife and a straightedge.  Rubber Flooring Roll material is made with recycled rubber content and is considered a green product by EPA standards.  They are manufactured in the USA.

Call Greatmats at 877-822-6622.


Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Geneva Rubber Floor Tiles

For commercial gyms and health clubs, our Geneva Rubber Tiles are an excellent flooring option.  This durable, commercial grade, interlocking rubber floor tile is available in thicknesses from 1/4 to 1/2 inch in a 3x3 ft tile size.  All the tiles in this series are center tiles with interlocking tabs on all four sides.

Typically used to protect the floor from exercise equipment such as treadmills or stationary bikes, rubber flooring is also the top choice for most facilities for keeping the floor safe from free weights.  Rubber is a hard surface that can take a beating.  However, please note that if you're looking for a soft surface for aerobic activities, you would probably be happier with a softer product such as foam or one of our modular tiles.

In most scenarios, a rubber tile thickness of 8mm is sufficient protection for your floors.  For walkways and areas where there won't be weights dropped, you can usually get by with 1/4" rubber.  However, if you are looking at an area where heavy weights (100 lbs or more) are going to be dropped repeatedly, you will want to go with a thicker option.  1/2" rubber is usually the choice for those situations.

This interlocking rubber flooring tile option is an excellent choice for large scale commercial projects for a couple reasons.  It is easier to install rubber tiles than rubber rolls.  They aren't as heavy and do not require a glue or tape-down application because the interlocking edges will keep the floor solidly together.  Over time, the seams between tiles will actually begin to fade to the point where they become very hard to see.  These tiles are better than our smaller 2x2 tiles for larger installations because fewer tiles means less installation time and fewer seams..  

The Geneva rubber floor tile series is our stocked line of 3x3 ft interlocking rubber floor tiles in standard colors and thicknesses, choose 8 mm for the best value.  It is only one millimeter thinner than 3/8" tiles but is less expensive and you will not notice a difference in the performance of the product.

Because the interlocking design for the Geneva series of rubber floor tiles is a universal interlock design, you can spin the tiles in any direction and attach them to another tile.  This is particularly helpful when trying to piece the final few tiles in on a wall-to-wall installation.  Universal interlock tiles usually yield the least amount of material waste.  You can easily cut these rubber tiles for a custom wall-to-wall installation in your home gym or in large scale commercial installations. 

To determine how many tiles you need, measure the walls in your room.  Enter those dimensions in our convenient online floor planner and it will calculate the tile count for you.  If you'd rather, give one our representatives a call and we can help you to decide how many rubber floor tiles to buy.

Geneva floor tiles are available in six colors.  They are made in the USA of recycled content.

Call Greatmats at 877-822-6622.


Thursday, June 6, 2013

Customer Review-Snap Coin Top Tile

Tim R. has an interesting way of utilizing the space in his garage.  He has set up a machine shop which he uses to design and build physics apparatus for science demonstrations.  He also uses it for the occasional job for friends and neighbors.  You can see some of his projects here:  http://citizenscientistsleague.com.  Just enter "Raney" or "Bald Engineer Guy".

Well over a year ago, he decided to get some garage flooring for his shop.  Initially, he was using an "inexpensive foam matting from a home center" but it made moving his table saw difficult and the flooring was starting to show its age.  So he searched around and found Greatmats.

In stages, he has slowly floored most of his garage with our Modular Garage Floor Tile-Snap Coin.  He uses industrial anti-fatigue mats to cover the rest.

Snap Coin tiles are a great flooring for both garages and workshops because they are extremely durable and resistant to many chemicals and petroleum based products.  The tiles measure 12" x 12" and come in seven colors.

"The installation was easy," Tim says.  "Just remember to orient the mats per the instructions on the box.  As simple as it was to install, I forgot that a time or two.  So I kept the instructions nearby."

Snap Coin Tiles are simple to install because they require no adhesive.  This is also convenient should you ever decide to move your shop.  Simply pack them up and bring them with you.  These industrial tiles are tough enough to assemble multiple times without damaging the connection tabs.  They are warrantied for ten years.

"I modified some of the tiles to fit around 'obstructions' like the metal stock rack.  It was quick work to cut a tile to size on the band saw.  The biggest challenge was installing the tiles under two heavy workbenches.  Both are heavy-duty workbenches you'll find in an industrial setting.  However, with a crowbar, a six-ton capacity hydraulic jack and blocks of wood, I installed the tiles under each bench.  Likely not a typical installation."

For wall-to-wall installations, most people will use a table saw to cut the floor tiles to fit their room.  We would recommend a finishing blade.  Also, you might want to keep a can of lubricating oil handy so the blade doesn't gum up from the plastic when it gets hot.  A quick sand over the cut edge will remove any ragged edging.

Tim also told us, "snapping the tiles together goes quickly-quicker if you use a rubber mallet vs. pressing them into place.  The plastic tiles are very rugged and a mallet won't damage them."

(Ed. note:  This is true.  Floors built of these tiles can support up to 50,000 lbs!)

"I didn't track the time. but I suppose you could do a 20x20' garage floor in four hours or maybe less without obstructions.  The plastic tiles are a quality product and are well-suited to my needs.  They don't have a car running over them but a heavy table saw with steel wheels that gets moved a lot.  There's really no apparent wear after over a year.  I like the flooring since it makes the shop brighter vs. the old cement floor."

We asked Tim if he'd buy the garage floor tiles again.

"Since this flooring was done in stages, I made multiple purchases with one part of the shop completed...After I tiled almost half the shop, I wanted to see how well the tiles held up.  It all worked very well.  I would buy the tiles again."

Would you recommend them to your friends?

"I've actually recommended the tiles to others-it's a good product-I've been very happy with it."

Thank you, Tim.  We appreciate the review and the photos.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Customer Review-Premium Foam Mats

Amy H. found an interesting way to use our premium 5/8" foam mats.  While these mats are commonly used in kids play rooms, those rooms are usually in a house.  :)

"We bought the tiles to go in our 1-1/2 year-old's playroom in our fifth wheel travel trailer we just bought.  It has a vinyl type flooring that resembles wood.  We wanted it to have more cushion for safety and also we wanted it to look pretty and colorful like a playroom should," Amy says.



Premium 5/8" foam mats come in fifteen vibrant colors so it's easy to find mats to match your decor. This type of foam flooring is an excellent choice for kids rooms, exercise rooms, basements, family rooms, and trade show booths.  The interlocking foam mats are 2x2' and interlock together easily with no glue required.  You can lay them directly over any flat, hard surface.

"The installation went great!" Amy told us.  "It only took my husband about 45 minutes.  I went to the Greatmats website and downloaded the installation brochure and the care brochure.  My husband followed the suggestions on the brochure as recommended.  He used cardboard to use under the tiles to protect the floors and a utility knife to make the cuts.  We used borders and went wall to wall.  We had to make cuts even in the center of some tiles to cut where the vents were for our furnace.  I am happy to say we have run the furnace since installation and the tiles have not warped or been damaged by the heat."


Unlike many foam mats on the market today, these play mats are comprised of a dense EVA foam which makes them tough.  They resist scuffing.  They are also waterproof.  You can also rest assured that they are lead and latex-free.

"We would absolutely buy this product again and are very pleased with it!"  Amy says.  We have already recommended this to friends and family and will continue to.  When we finished installing it, we took pictures and put hem on our Facebook accounts for our friends and family to see.  We got many compliments and questions on where we purchased it and the cost.  We bragged about the wonderful deal and many bright fun colors y'all had to choose from.  The playmats in stores are flimsy and always tend to fall apart.  They also come in too many pieces which is very frustrating because toddlers tend to pull them apart which makes the mat come apart.  I've now had this mat for quite some time and never had my toddler rip it up.  It is very easy to clean and is very sturdy!  We are so pleased with y'alls product!"

Thank you for your review, Amy.  We appreciate your business and the time you've taken to let us know your thoughts.

If you would like to check out our foam products or any other specialty flooring at Greatmats, Call 877-822-6622 and talk with a customer service rep.  We can help you find the right product to fit your needs.