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

''GreatMats.com 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 Greatmats.com 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!''
Pat

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 Greatmats.com 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 Greatmats.com. 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 Greatmats.com. 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 https://www.greatmats.com/greatmats-national-instructor-of-the-year-awards-series.php

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 Greatmats.com. 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 Greatmats.com. 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 Greatmats.com 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.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

What is the Difference Between Cheerleading and Gymnastics Flooring?

Compare cheerleading and gymnastics mat options


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By Kim Butler

Greatmats Gymnastics Mats Purple and Pink
To the casual observer, cheerleading and gymnastics share a fair number of similarities. There's lots of tumbling, flips, round offs, back handsprings, layouts, etc. Both cheerleaders and gymnasts incorporate dance moves and music into their routines.

So shouldn't the flooring they use be the same? No - not even close. If you're looking for home mats for your budding Simone Biles or training your school's cheerleaders to ''Bring It On'' you want to make sure they have a safe surface to land and practice on.

Competitive Mat Usage

While gymnastics does include tumbling and floor events, female gymnasts also use equipment for three of their events: uneven parallel bars, the vault and the balance beam. Male gymnasts compete on even more apparatuses. Falling off of these pieces of equipment requires specialized fall-rated flooring, and unique mats to absorb the gymnast's energy when they really ''stick'' a landing.

Cheerleading used to be a pretty tame sideline activity, but in the past few decades, it has become a competitive pursuit with governing boards, regulations and, unfortunately, injuries. Falling off a pyramid formation on the wrong surface can mean serious injury. Participants in cheer activities received more injuries than any other female college or high school sport. Coaches, participants and officials are working successfully at bringing that injury rate down, and one thing that is helping is safe flooring.

Cheer Mat Construction

Greatmats Small Cheerleading Mats
Some home cheer mats are made of carpet bonded foam and easily roll up when not in use. They are lightweight and portable, and work for home use and traveling cheer events. Mats can be joined together with hook-n-loop strips. Sizes range from 4x6 foot to 5x10 foot to 6x42 feet. Some mats are 1 ⅜ inch thick while other are 2 inches thick.

Cheer mats generally have a carpet top, while gymnastics mats most often have a vinyl top.

Many good quality cheerleading mats are made in the US and feature a 3 year warranty like the ones carried by Greatmats.com. Its 26 oz. needle-punch carpet top mats are flame bonded to a cross-link polyethylene foam. While some manufacturers use glue to attach the carpeted tops of their mats to their foam bases, the carpeting on top-quality mats is flame-laminated to the foam. This ensures that the bond between the foam and carpet won't begin to fail with use. Mats come in black, blue, purple, gray and red.

The roll-out feature, i.e., the slits in the back of the mat, are cut with water jet precision for a perfect cut in every mat. The foam in quality roll-out mats consists of cross-linked polyethylene material. These slits allow you to roll up the mats for storage or transport without creasing or damaging them.

These mats are precision-cut with a water jet to ensure that the mats are perfectly square and will lay side-by-side with no gaps. These mats feature a flexible style, easy roll out design.

Transportation

This flexible style is a popular solution for people who need to haul and use their mats in various locations. A lightweight design makes it easy for one person to install and move the mats. Even the large 42 foot mat at 1 ⅜ inch thickness weighs just 115 pounds. A 2 inch thick mat weighs 135 pounds. Cheer mats are easily transportable for competitions and sideline or baseline setup. Home mats in smaller sizes weigh as little as 12 pounds and can be hauled around and set up by your young athlete.

Safety Features

Greatmats Large Cheerleading Mats
These mats are suitable for a fall height of 4 feet or less. The non-slip, carpet-topped cheerleading mats are designed to provide fatigue relief for catchers while also providing a layer of padding for flyers. They are excellent for stunting, tumbling and other floor exercises. Since cheerleading is performed in shoes, the carpet top provides a suitable surface for this activity.

If you are working on drills and learning new skills, vinyl covered landing pads or crash pads are a better option. Crash mats are not as firm as landing mats and are therefore not intended for stunting. Both of these options are generally used when there is a fall height of 6.5 feet or less. However, additional protection for greater heights can be achieved by layering landing pads over foam matted flooring.

Spring floors should be used for any cheerleading activity with a fall height exceeding 11 feet.

Knowledgeable Resource

Since your child's or student's safety and longevity in the sport of gymnastics or cheer is so important, make sure you go with a knowledgeable specialty flooring retailer when choosing your mats. In addition to home cheer mats, Greatmats carries a complete line of professional quality 6x42 foot carpet top pro cheerleading mats for All-Star Teams and competitions, designed for years of use, which also come with a 3-year limited warranty. All star and competition cheerleading mats are available in 1-3/8 and 2 inch thicknesses.

Cleaning

Cheerleading mats are easy to keep clean with regular vacuuming and an occasional light mop. Avoid using any powerful cleaning agents, as these can damage the product. Large, full-size cheerleading mats can be steam cleaned on an annual basis as a part of regular maintenance.

If the mats are to be used outside, do not leave them in the rain. It is best to always keep cheerleading mats dry and indoors for storage.


Gymnastics Mats


Gymnastic mats range from training folding mats to rollout mats and landing pads, to shaped octagon mats and wedge shaped incline mats. Many gymnastic mats fold or roll up for easy storage and transport.

Gymnastics Mat Construction

Greatmats Large Gymnastics Mats
Since gymnastics mats are usually covered in vinyl, it pays to make sure you are getting a heavy duty vinyl that will stand up to the rigors of practice. Gymnastics mats sold by Greatmats come with industry standard 18 oz., 6P compliant vinyl coverings and are constructed using quality materials and craftsmanship. The durable vinyl cover materials on their folding gymnastics mats meet the California Clean Water Act requirements. These folding gym mats have double stitched seams and feature a durable polyethylene foam core. The 2-foot wide panels fold accordion style for quick and easy installation and takedown. These panel-style gymnastics mats are also a popular form of economical wall padding.

Perfect for general training, tumbling, cheering, stunting or home practice, panel-style folding gym mats feature two or four 2-inch wide connector strips which allow you to combine multiple mats for covering large areas without mats separating or shifting during training. Panel mats with two connector strips have the strips on the short side (a.k.a. ends), allowing you to make long, narrow runs for tumbling.

Panel mats can be connected together using their hook and loop connector strips and placed over sprung floors for gymnastics - as well as martial arts and wrestling - for additional impact absorption. Panel gymnastics mats are smooth enough to use under bare feet and durable enough to handle athletic footwear.

Greatmats keeps many standard sizes in stock including 4x6 foot, 4x8 foot, 4x10 foot and 5x10 foot mats, in either 1.5-, or 2-inch thicknesses.

The 1.5 inch thick home gym mats are best for younger children and 2 inch thick mat works for middle school students and older as they offer more cushion and impact absorption. 2.5 inch thick mats are also available. Standard colors include: blue and black. Green, purple and red are available as well. Some mats have as many as 17 color options and a custom color option. Customers may choose to put a school or club logo in one strip of their mats to share their school spirit.

The durable vinyl or polyester cover is durable enough to be used in good weather over lawns, but can suffer blemishes if used over sharp or rough terrain. Keep in mind that while folding gymnastics mats can be used outdoors, they are not UV treated and are only partially non-absorbent, so they should not be left outdoors when not in use or used during adverse weather conditions.

Landing mats can be purchased in both folding or non-folding forms. Competition landing mats come in sizes ranging from 6x12 feet to 8x18 feet, in both 12 and 20 cm thicknesses. All competition gymnastics pads have a laminate layer of 1-3/8 inch thick cross-linked polyethylene foam. Mats with 12 cm thicknesses feature a custom formulated bottom layer of polyurethane foam that will not come loose. This premium material insures highly-effective shock absorption and years of use in any school or gymnastics facility. Competition landing mats have a double-stitched top end and a heavy duty number 10 YKK molded zipper and carry a 3-year warranty.

Four-inch thick skill cushions are designed for toddler and preschool rooms where extra safety and protection is needed. The 8 inch thick skill cushion mats are the perfect option for tumbling and gymnastics programs, and the 12 inch thick tumbling mats add even more protection. All 8 and 12 inch thick skill cushions have breather mesh sides, and feature double-stitched top surfaces. Skill cushion mats also feature heavy duty 10 YKK zipper, a 3-year warranty, and have 2 inch polyester web handles on all sides.

If you are looking for ultimate cushioning for athletes repeatedly landing on their backs or stomachs, then Fluffy Denim mats are the way to go. These mats are 1 foot thick and are 5 feet by 6 2/3 feet long. American-made Fluffy Denim mats are perfect for bars and vault drills where high-impact landings are inevitable. The denim cover and soft foam help take away the slap and sting of landing on traditional vinyl covered safety mats.

Octagon mats are filled with premium quality 70 ILD polyurethane foam and used Dacron thread and rugged webbing handles.

Another option to consider is the Gmats line of roll-out mats for gymnastics practices at home or on the road. This American-made 5x10-foot roll-up mat can store in a upright roll that is less than 18 inches in diameter, and is excellent for tumbling and floor exercise practice.

Gmats come with carpet top or smooth vinyl surface options. Their carpet-topped Gmats are available at a 1 3/8 inch thickness, while the smooth vinyl surface Gmats are 1 1/4 inch thick. Carpet-topped versions are popular for both cheerleading and gymnastics, while vinyl surfaced roll out mats are commonly used for martial arts, wrestling and home exercise flooring. The carpeted surface is much softer and provides better rebound for gymnastics while vinyl surfaces are easier to clean.

Finally, an economical way to cover a large area is with a cushioned underlayment using rolls of foam. These American made rolls are 6x42 feet in size and come in either 5/8-, 1.25- or 2-inch thicknesses and provide superior shock absorption. Foam rolls are not designed to be a finished top surface and must be covered.

This versatile floor cushioning mat can also be folded, or partially folded for numerous forms or training and conditioning drills. A 10-foot long and 2-inch thick folding gymnastics mat can provide agility training platforms anywhere from 2 to 10 inches off the ground - in 2 inch increments. This is a popular training tool for multi-level jumps and working into transitions from the floor to upright positions or vice versa while learning moves. 
Greatmats Incline Wedge Mats Gymnastics

Skill Training Tools


Greatmats can help provide you with the perfect skill development cushion mats for your gymnastics program. These too have both folding and non-folding options. Folding options are either single or bi-folding gym mats.

Inclined gymnastics mats go by many names, included wedge mats or cheese mats, and come in folding and non folding versions. These wedge mats can be used as a training tool for all skill levels. Some of the larger versions can be transformed into firm mini pits or spotting tables. Wedge shaped gym mats are great for uphill vaulting, transition training on bars, basic tumbling and conditioning. They can also be used in conjunction with octagon mats for skill training.

Greatmats Octagon Gymnastics Mats
Gymnastic octagon mats are available in various sizes and are used for training forward rolls, walkovers and back handsprings. Larger models work well for cheerleading programs.

Whether you're a straight gymnastics program, or a cheer program incorporating gymnastics moves, mats increase the safety for everyone, allowing for skill development and a strong program.

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

Related Product: Gmats Cheer Mats 5x10 Ft x 1 3/8 Inch

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Comparing Foam Tiles, Rollout Mats and Folding Mats

A quick insight into the world of foam athletic mats


By Kim Butler

With the new year, many people get busy outfitting a home gym space, while others might be moving forward with their dream of opening a gym, dance studio, or fitness or martial arts center. Or perhaps you or your kids have taken up martial arts and need a place to practice at home. As always, it's wise to start from the from the ground up, by focusing on what flooring you will use. Some popular choices in flooring formats are foam tiles, roll out mats and folding mats. 
 


Foam Tiles


Greatmats Foam Tiles Home Sport and Play Mats
Let's start with foam tiles. Foam tiles are versatile, and generally affordable and lightweight. They can be cut with a utility knife to fit your space, and are easy to pack up and move if necessary. You can easily replace damaged tiles, or add on as your space needs change.

The tiles are easily installed and require no adhesives or tape. If you need to use the room for another purpose, you can easily stack the tiles out of the way. If you are renting your space, either for your home gym area or for your business, interlocking tiles are easy to take with you when you move. Foam tiles are made of waterproof closed cell foam.

While you can buy inexpensive foam tiles at big box retailers, for more cushion, thickness, and durability, look for a product like the Home Sport and Play Mats at online flooring retailer Greatmats.com. These puzzle style mats are intended for home gyms and striking martial arts like Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Kickboxing and Boxing. At 7/8 inch thick, they are thinner and softer than either folding mats or rollout mats, so these mats offer more versatility as a flooring option since they are designed to prevent scuffing from shoes and can be used with weights. Home Sport and Play mats can be used for basements, aerobics, home gyms and more. Mats are double sided in a combination of colors including red/blue, black/gray, and green/brown.

Rollout Mats

Greatmats Vinyl Top Foam Rollout Mats
Rollout mats are another portable option. While there are many mats that roll up, a rollout mat usually has cut segments of foam that make it easier to roll up a thick mat. Rollout mats are lightweight and made with durable vinyl on top which can be easily cleaned, and the mats are easy to rollout and take back up.

Greatmats, a specialty flooring retailer, offers a 5x10 foot mat that weighs in at just 22 pounds, and is easily transported by an individual. Two mats can be used together to cover a 10X10 foot space, and mats can be taped together with common vinyl tape. The foam base is 1.25 inches thick and made from a high quality cross-linked polyethylene foam. Customers say they offer the right amount of cushion and firmness for a good workout. They can be useful for wrestling, martial arts, gymnastics, cheerleading, tumbling and yoga. One customer who does Judo and Jiu-Jitsu with his family said ''falls and rolls are great'' on the mats. He went on to praise their softness, but notes they are not too soft for kicking, boxing, CrossFit or any other barefoot physical activity.

The vinyl offers grip and protection and impact safety. The tatami surface is scratch and scuff resistant, and provides more grip than other mat styles. With no seams, there is no risk of getting toes, feet or fingers caught when doing spinning kicks or other moves where your bare foot or hand slides or pivots. These mats work well for martial arts and also for P90X and some CrossFit workouts that involve bag stands or kettlebells.

Folding Mats

Greatmats Folding Gym Mats Gymnastics Work Out
Another option is the 5x10 fold out mat, which fold accordion style into a 5 by 2 foot rectangle that weighs approximately 36 pounds. These 2-inch thick folding gym mats are also known as panel mats and are great for cheerleading, tumbling, stunting, wrestling and martial arts like Judo, Jiu Jitsu, Hapkido and Aikido.

These mats are covered with a smooth vinyl surface, that is easy to clean and easy to wipe up sweat and other fluids. The surface is smoother than the rollout mats, and there are seams, so these mats might not work as well for some types of martial arts. Folding mats are soft enough for floor exercises like sit ups and push ups, as well as handstands and somersaults. Softness and shock absorption are standout features of these mats, and they are popular with cheerleaders and wrestlers.

Fold out mats are not designed for use with weights or for start and stop running. Hook and loop connectors on all four sides keep the mats in place, or connected to other mats for a larger workout space. You can also use the mats folded up as a platform for exercises like sit ups, roll ups, and jump ups.

With so many great flooring options to choose from, it pays to think about exactly what you need your floor to do. Knowledgeable customer service representatives can help you plan the floor that fits your needs and budget, to give you many years of outstanding fitness opportunities. 
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For more on this topic please review our Foam Flooring Tiles and Mats product page.
 

Monday, October 9, 2017

Breaking Down Rubber Gym Flooring Options

Comparing features, benefits and uses for rolls, tiles and mats


By Kim Butler

Greatmats Rubber Flooring Rolls red fleck gym floor
Time for new gym flooring? Decided on rubber, but unsure of the type of rubber flooring? Rubber is a great choice for home and commercial gym flooring and will give you decades of use. It is an environmentally friendly product, often incorporating recycled rubber. Plus many rubber products are made in the United States, making this a great green building choice. It is tough as nails, durable, and long lasting. In the right thicknesses and densities, it can stand up to heavy machines, dropped weights and the toughest fitness workout.

Durability

If your focus is weight lifting or exercise machines, rubber is one of the most popular options. Unlike other products such as foam, rubber is tough enough to protect the floor underneath from heavy equipment like treadmills and weight racks, and from dropping weights. Rubber won't be compressed by heavy equipment, or damaged by moving equipment, or lots of impact. Rubber is affordably priced, highly durable and fairly easy to install.

Pros and Cons of Heavy Rubber

The drawback with rubber installation is the weight. Tiles are lighter weight, but rolled rubber results in fewer seams.

Because rubber is heavy, it tends to stay in place, so adhesive is generally unnecessary except for some double sided carpet tape around the the perimeter of your space. This holds the rubber in place. Be aware that rolls of rubber are heavy, and will require at least 2 people to move.

Rubber will expand and contract due to temperature. A more permanent option is using adhesive, but this is more complex and best done by an experienced installer.

Effects on Sound

Another benefit is that rubber will deaden sound, whether from a noisy elliptical machine or dropping weights. Rubber is a common underlayment material for just that reason.

Cleaning

Water resistant, rubber is also easy to clean, with regular vacuuming and a damp mop - especially with smooth surfaced rubber products. With proper care, rubber will perform effectively for decades.

Rolls

Greatmats Rubber Flooring Rolls
For the least expensive option, go with a rolled rubber floor. Rolls come primarily in 4 foot widths, with lengths from 10 to 200 feet. 8 mm thick rolls are available, along with 1/4-, 3/8-, and 1/2-inch thicknesses. Some rolled rubber come in multiple layers, including a base or underlayment layer. For others, you may want to purchase an additional underlayment. Using rolled rubber will result in fewer seams, giving your space a custom look, and can be laid over concrete, ceramic tile, or other smooth hard surfaces. Rubber flooring, including rolled rubber, can be made from virgin, synthetic or recycled rubber materials, or combinations thereof.

Specialty online flooring retailer, Greatmats.com, offers rolled rubber from several factories across the nation. This gives you the option of choosing the factory closest to you, reducing shipping costs, and saving you money.

Rolled rubber comes in Solid Black or a multitude of flecked options in over a dozen colors. With some product lines, you can choose the amount of color mixed in - either 10 percent, 25 percent or up to 90 percent color mix. Confetti, which is a black base with a mix of multi colored flecks is another popular choice because it is priced less than other color options which have a color guarantee. Regrind, which has small flecks of tire's white sidewalls interspersed is another option when cost matters more than appearance.

Interlocking Tiles

Greatmats interlocking rubber tiles 2x2 foot
For a lighter weight option, that is easier for one or two people to handle, try a rubber interlocking tile.

When looking at rubber tiles, one American-made option, ideal for Midwest customers is the Geneva Interlocking Rubber tiles. The 2x2 foot size is popular for home gyms and easy for homeowners to install. These tiles are available in several thicknesses, with 8mm being the most popular choice for home gyms, and thicker ones for commercial applications.

Geneva tiles are made from a combination of recycled scrap rubber and virgin rubber, keeping millions of pounds of tires out of landfills. These tiles have low odor, a 5 year manufacturer's warranty and qualify for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) points in five different categories.

A great rubber tile option for East Coast buyers are interlocking puzzle tiles from Eureka. These 23x23-inch tiles are available in several different color flecks, have a non slip surface, and are commercial grade quality.

If black isn't your design choice, West Coast customers may enjoy the options available with Color Plus Rubber tiles offer a choice of nine different colors to give your space a designer look.

Budget Rubber

Greatmats Rubber Flooring Weightlifting
Budget conscious bodybuilders are turning to horse stall mats as a lower cost rubber gym flooring option. They are designed to protect the joints of horse weighing a thousand pounds or more, so they can handle a few dropped weights. In the pro column, these are affordable, and readily available locally, which eliminates shipping costs. Since rubber is heavy, shipping can add a substantial cost to what is otherwise an affordable flooring material.

Some of the cons are that horse stall mats are designed for horses. Horses who aren't too picky about odor. Stall mats can have a strong odor, somewhat akin to rotten eggs or asphalt. Some people have success with washing the mats, or airing them out in sunny locations. Others can't get rid of the smell and end up returning them. Stall mats are also heavy (100 pounds each) and can be cumbersome to move, especially down narrow basement stairs. Mats also vary widely in height - it can be hard to find two mats that are an exact even height, even after digging through a whole stack of mats at the farm supply store. The uneven appearance of seams can also be unattractive. For extra help dispersing the impact weight and protect your floor from things such as deadlift drop backs, some bodybuilders or powerlifters also use plywood underlayments in addition to stall mats.

Greatmats Large 4x6 Foot Interlocking Rubber Tile
While rubber is durable, most forms really don't add much, if any, cushion for aerobic activities like zumba, cardio activities, tumbling, grappling or floor exercises. The one exception is plyometric rolled rubber which can be a good, affordable option, offering enough cushion for a safe cardio workout, whether it is HIIT, P90X, Tae Bo or Zumba. This is highly shock absorbent material is available in 4 foot rolls, starting at lengths of 25 feet. 3/8 inch, 1/2 inch and 8mm are standard thicknesses. While less dense than standard rubber, plyometric rubber still comes with a 5 year guarantee.

If this hasn't helped you chose the option best for your project, the helpful, knowledable customer service reps at Greatmats.com can help you narrow down the wide range of rubber flooring products to the one that best suits your individual project and budget.

How to Clean Rubber Floor Mats

  1. Vacuum with a beater brush for routine cleanings.
  2. For more stubborn grime, a nylon mop with warm water and a mild neutral pH cleaner works best.
  3. To reduce the rubber odor, try Pinesol or Simple Green.
  4. Be sure to mop up all residue.
  5. Do not use petroleum-based cleaners or those containing a wax agent.
For more on this topic please review our Rubber Gym Flooring product page.

Related Product: Interlocking Rubber Tile 2x2 Ft x 8 mm 10% Tan/Brown