Friday, September 27, 2013

Are you sure you want that rubber floor in your house?

Putting rubber flooring in your home or business is an investment.  Before you pull the trigger on any rubber product, be sure you know what you're getting.
Here are some things to consider:

1.)  Does the rubber reek?

These days, with homes being so well insulated, a strong rubber smell in your building is probably going to get circulated by your furnace or air conditioner over and over throughout your home or business.  In the old days, homes were so poorly insulated that, eventually, the smell would dissipate over time as the air turned over.  That's not the case today.  If you have a newer home and a stinky floor, you'll be bumming for a while. 



The key is the BINDING AGENT used when the rubber is vulcanized (which is a fancy way of saying "made".)  If the rubber is made with a urethane binder it will have very low odor.  If the binding agent is sulfuric-based, it's going to smell like a mountain of tires in your home for months if not years.

1a.)  It DOESN'T MATTER if the rubber is virgin or recycled.  The binding agent is the critical factor
1b.)  If you're buying horse stall mats or a similar product for your home, you're probably buying stinky product.  Be sure to find out before you pull the trigger.

2.)  What thickness do you need?  

Rubber is heavy.  That means it's expensive to ship because freight companies usually charge by weight.  For your home gym, chances are you can get by with an 8mm rubber product.  This is thick enough for day-to-day abuse that comes in most gym environments.  While the standard used to be 3/8", most people are opting for 8mm.  It is roughly 1mm thinner than 3/8".  From a performance standpoint, you won't know the difference.  From a cost perspective, you most assuredly will.  



Unless you'll be dropping heavy weights to the floor on a regular basis (such as deadlifts or clean-and-jerks) you probably don't need 1/2" rubber.  If you are going to be beating on the floor, this is probably all the thicker you'll ever need to go.

3.)  Rubber is NOT waterproof.  If you're using it in a wet area, you'll probably be disappointed.  It tends to suck water up like a sponge and hold on to it.

4.)  Rubber flooring is NOT good for a garage as a general rule.  This is because rubber tires + rubber floor = shredded rubber floor.

5.)   You should NOT use rubber outdoors.  Again, the water from rain and snow will damage your product.  Also, years of direct sunlight may cause it to curl up on the ends and lose its pliability.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Customer Review-Grappling Mats

Here’s a Q&A with Matt D. from Rochester Karate in Rochester New York.  Matt purchased about 1200 square feet of our 1-5/8” Grappling Mats.

Greatmats: What did you use the tiles for?
Matt:  Mats are for a new branch of my martial arts schools.

G: How did the installation go? 
M: Installation took about 20 minutes with 5 people.  Very easy.

G:  Are you happy with the product?  Would you buy it again?
M:  Yes, I’d buy again.

G:  Would you recommend Greatmats to your friends?
M:  Yes.

Matt also added this:  They were easy to install and have a clean, safe look.  They helped make my new martial arts school look professional.  The feel of them is comparable to mats costing twice as much.  Great value.  Great mats!  

Thanks, Matt.  Good luck with the new school!

Monday, September 9, 2013

Customer Review-Kid's Foam Mats

We're always happy to receive positive feedback.  This is a letter from Randy who purchased our Home Sport and Play Mats a couple weeks ago.  They're on sale right now and come with free shipping!

"My wife and i have a 2 year old son (Jack) and another little boy due any day now. Realizing that winter is around the corner I decided Jack and I needed a safe place to run around and play indoors that would be out of mom's way.
Our basement is partially developed. There's a small "man cave" with a big screen tv and some pinball machines but the rest of the basement is a painted concrete foundation and lots of shelving. 
So i started doing some online research and discovered your company's "playroom flooring."
Jackpot! 
The tiles are vibrant, thick, provide great padding and are "customizable" with a few swipes of a box cutter. 
But best of all, they have warmed up our cold basement because of their insulation properties. 

As for installing them, i think i spent an hour experimenting with a few layout options. But about 30 minutes actually installing all of them.
Cutting the tiles to fit around shelf legs and corners was super easy. All i used was an old box cutter and a yard stick. I didn't run into any challenges other than the fact that i should have ordered about 5 additional tiles. So what I did to cover a few gaps was get creative and connect a bunch of edge pieces together to fill in spaces that could have used a larger tile. 

My wife and I love the tiles. And so does our son because he now has his own playroom next to daddy's "cave."
I would definitely buy these tiles from greatmats.com again and I've already told my sister about them since she and her husband just had a son and want to develop a play space in their basement. 

Oh and i forgot to mention i love how easy they are to clean.
One of our cats decided to cough up dinner on one of the tiles and it was super easy to wipe up, then pull up the tile and give it a scrubbing outside with the hose. Plus it air dried in no time.

You guys have a great product, user-friendly website, fantastic shipping and we couldn't be happier with our purchase."

Thank you, Randy.  We're happy that you're happy!