Friday, April 28, 2017

5 Most Slip Resistant Pool Deck Tiles

Pool Slips Can Cause Serious Problems. Try a Slip Resistant Flooring.


By Kif Richmann

Do you have a pool deck that you need to cover? There are many options, so choosing the exact product can be a challenge. However, if you have the right information and the right selection, you can find a pool deck tile that is perfect for your needs.

Let's take a look at what you should look for in non-slip pool deck mats, then take a closer look at a few of the top options for your home or facility.

What to Look for in Pool Non-Slip Mats
Before we look at the best products for your pool decks, let's explore the specific characteristics that you should seek in a non-slip tile for pool areas. While everyone's needs and preferences will be different, these are a few of the qualities you should find.

First of all, you need slip-resistance when the mats are wet. Pool decks will obviously have lots of dripping water, so you need a quality material that will maintain slip resistance even when it's covered in water. If the surface is ''slippery when wet,'' it won't do you any good as a pool deck covering; you might as well just stay with the hard surface.

You should also look for a soft surface, as most people enjoying the pool will be barefoot. You won't need the gentle cushioning of foam mats that are used for wrestling and gymnastics, but it never hurts to add a little padding to the surface.

The material should also be non-absorbent. Again, with lots of water all over, any material that absorbs water can become a breeding ground for mold and mildew. Although pool water is usually cleaned and sanitized, you never want absorbent materials around your pool.

Finally, you should look for a non-slip tile for pool areas that is pleasing to the eye. You can find non-slip pool mats that are basic black, white, or grey, but you can also choose items that are more colorful and decorative. You certainly have your options when it comes to pool non-slip mats, so be sure to take your time and select a product that appeals to you.

Most Slip-Resistant Pool Deck Tiles


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These 3/8-inch foam/rubber tiles create an excellent surface for pool decks. Not only do they provide the slip-resistance you need, they also give your deck a softer, more cushiony surface, just in case a child trips and falls. With slip resistance and light cushioning, these non-slip pool mats give parents and caretakers added peace of mind while children are at play.

These soft tiles use a UV-stable, non-toxic, anti-microbial material that gives it long-lasting quality and performance. They are designed for both hot and cold climates, so no matter where you live, you can count on these tiles to meet your expectations.

The tiles have a super-grip top that has a textured surface to create a world-class grip that can't be beat. Even when water is present, these tiles are the right choice and will help maintain traction and safety.

The Super Grip Ripple Tiles come in 2x2 foot sections and are available in many different colors, including yellow, green, blue and brown. You can select an elegant color for a classy pool deck or choose a bright, playful color for children. No matter what color you choose, you'll get outstanding traction and slip-resistance.


outdoor deck artificial turf tile Greatmats
Want to have a natural appearance on your pool deck? Then you might consider installing this turf decking material that gives the appearance of a lush, healthy lawn. It can be extremely hard to maintain a lawn near pools; with water and foot traffic, healthy grass can turn into a muddy mess. With this artificial turf, however, you'll have a natural look while still maintaining excellent slip-resistance.

The artificial grass turf on the top of these tiles is soft against bare feet, so people coming in and out of the pool can enjoy a comfortable surface. Best of all, unlike many other tile options, this tile conforms to uneven surfaces, much like sodding. This allows you to turn any outdoor area into a high-quality space with these non-slip tiles for pool areas. Installation is simple and the swimming pool non-slip mats can be used for resurfacing an raised deck area or covering at ground level.

If you have a pool or decking area that is built from wood, you can use these non-slip pool mats to provide safety and convenience. Construction adhesives may be required, but in most cases installation is fast and easy. With a 5-year warranty, you can count on these non-slip tiles for pool areas to deliver outstanding performance for a long time!


patio outdoor tile pool deck Greatmats
These patio tiles have everything you expect from a non-slip tile for pool areas. They give you a high-quality surface grip, reducing the chances of injury, and won't soak up water or other liquids. With a perforated surface, they won't trap water, and they clamp together with a firm grip, creating a seamless surface for your pool deck.

One of the most unique qualities of these pool non-slip mats is the perforated top. Perforated tops have special advantages for surfaces that experience a lot of water, such as pool decks or outdoor patios in rainy areas. By allowing the water to flow underneath, they don't pool water on the top. The perforation also allows the water underneath to evaporate, meaning you have less chances for mold build up.

These tiles are made from PVC material and have a unique interlocking system. This flexible PVC material is comfortable for bare feet, making it ideal for pool decks. The tiles are non-absorbent and do not require adhesives for connection. You can choose from three solid colors, in addition to black, when purchasing these outdoor non-slip mats for decking: grey, blue, and brown.

When you need a strong, reliable, and water-resistant decking for your pool area, these non-slip tiles will perfectly fit your needs.


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While these tiles are often used for playgrounds, they also make a wonderful addition to any pool deck. With a one-inch thickness, the rubber tiles are much softer than concrete, asphalt or wood surfaces, and they provide excellent traction to both footwear and bare feet. Not only that, but they are water-resistant and won't absorb any liquids. This gives them a significant advantage when used as non-slip pool mats.

The rubber used to make these mats gives the surface a non-slip quality that increases the safety of pool areas. They are made in the U.S.A. and come with a 15-year warranty. There are limitless design possibilities with these rubber tiles, and you can select personalized themes to match your preferred style and design. They are also made from recycled composition rubber, making them an environmentally-friendly product.

Cleaning is easy with these pools deck pavers. All you have to do is hose them down with water! They have a high safety rating and excellent under-foot support with no flaking. With a long life span and outstanding durability, these tiles make perfect non-slip mats for pool areas.


Greatmats safety pool deck tile
This is a no-nonsense, highly-reliable mat that you can use to cover your pool deck. When you are searching for non-slip pool mats, you should give serious consideration to the Safety Matta Perforated Black. These tiles offer excellent grip, superior durability, and long-lasting performance, making them one of the best choices for a slip-resistant pool deck covering.

The surfaces of these tiles have small perforations, which allows water to roll underneath, keeping the water from congregating at the surface. They are built with PVC plastics, which can stand up to a lot of pressure and abuse. They can also be trimmed to fit many different spaces, giving you versatility when you order these non-slip pool mats. To clean the mats, you can use a damp mop with common household cleaners, giving you added convenience for your pool deck.

These interlocking mats are one-inch thick and can be used to cover many different spaces. They have a perforated diamond top surface, which provides grip and allows pool water to flow throw the surface. The interlocking mats are kid safe and come with a 10-year warranty, so you can count on them to deliver years of safety and fun. The non-slip tiles add cushioning and safety, so order your mats today!

Other Options for Non-Slip Pool Mats
There are many other options for non-slip pool deck surfaces. Be sure to explore our large selection of pool deck tile and you can find the exact product you are looking for. Pool deck covering can come in dog-bone tile, perforated tile, peel-and-stick tile and more. There are dozens of options, so be sure to explore our inventory. If you need more information, feel free to contact our team to find the exact item you need for your pool deck.

Order Quality Flooring for Your Home

Greatmats has the top options for any flooring. From specialty flooring for horse stalls to cushioning mats for athletic competitions, we have everything you need in one location.

For more on this topic please review our Swimming Pool Decks Flooring Tiles product page.
 

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Recycled vs. Virgin and Plyometric Rubber Gym Flooring

How do rubber materials differ for gym flooring?

By Kif Richmann
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There are many fantastic materials used to create gym floor mats including plastics and rubbers. The variations of those plastics and rubber have unique qualities, each delivering specific advantages to the user.

You can find recycled rubber gym mats, which provide environmental benefits while delivering quality performance, or you can find virgin rubber, which is often more durable and visually appealing. There's even plyometric rubber mats, which are made specifically for jumping and lunging exercises.

So which type is right for you? Keep reading to learn about the advantages of recycled, virgin and plyometric rubber.

Comparing Rubber Gym Flooring Materials

1. Recycled Rubber

Why Recycled Rubber?
The vast majority of rubber material is used to manufacture tires. This means that most recycled rubber mats, and other recycled rubber materials, are made from old tires.

There are many advantages to choosing recycled material over mats made from virgin rubber.

Price:First of all, it can be much more affordable than most other rubbers. When compared to natural or synthetic rubbers, recycled rubber is often far less expensive, costing less than half the amount of other materials.

Environmental ImpactIf you consider yourself an environmentally-conscious person, you will likely appreciate the eco-friendly nature of recycled rubber. Making gym flooring mats made from recycled rubber requires less energy and fewer resources, and, as most people know, recycling keeps materials out of the landfill and lowers the need for the harvesting of fresh material. Getting rid of old rubber materials is actually a difficult process. By its very nature, rubber is tough and durable. While this is what makes it so popular in the first place, it also makes it incredibly hard to dispose of properly.

Despite the advantages of of recycled rubber, many used tires go to waste. Every year, tons of rubber is buried in landfills and not utilized for other purposes. Unfortunately, they are simply discarded. However, when you purchase recycled rubber gym floor mats and other recycled materials, you do your small part to protect resources and landfills.

There are many ways that rubber can be recycled. This includes acid reclamation, which utilizes sulfuric acid to breakdown the material, alkali recovery, which treats the material with heated alkali, and pyrolysis, which heats the rubber in an oxygen-free vacuum.

Here are a few examples of recycled rubber flooring materials:

Rubber Flooring Rolls 1/4 Inch 10% Confetti
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These rubber flooring rolls are made from recycled material that is durable, pliable, and easy to install. At 1/4-inch thickness, the rolls can be used for weight rooms and workout areas, and they have superior traction for feet and shoes.

These mats are made in the U.S.A. and have a 10 percent color confetti design. They have extra-small flecks and a varying color pattern, giving you a very interesting and eye-catching gym floor. With strong materials and an easy installation process, these mats are perfect for home or commercial use. They can even be used for industrial areas, giving you better traction on the floor.

Rubber Tile Diamond 10x10 Ft Kit 3/8 Inch Black
This all-black rubber tile mat is rugged and durable, making it a superior option for gyms and weight rooms. Using a puzzle-edge interlocking design, the mats fit together in a firm hold that allows you to fill large or small rooms. It is made from 99 percent premium recycled rubber and is completely free of wire or other fibers.

This recycled rubber mat requires almost no maintenance outside of regular cleaning, and the material is non-absorbent, so it won't harbor bacteria or mold-growing water.

Rubber Tile Interlocking 2x2 Ft 1/2 Inch 20% Color Stocked Pacific
This visually-stylish rubber mat has a unique black form with blue or gray flecks throughout the material. This gives the mat visual depth and character and lets you add a little style to your workout center or weight room.

Like many of our products, this rubber mat is made from recycled tires. It has a beveled-edge construction that results in no gaps, and it comes with a 5-year warranty, giving you added peace-of-mind when you purchase. Manufactured using a water-jet cutting systems, these mats have crisp, clean edges that fit together perfectly.

Performance Rally 14.5 mm Interlocking Tiles per SF
These interlocking tiles deliver outstanding performance and have a unique appearance that sets them apart from other rubber mats. You can choose between colors like ''Steel Appeal 2,'' ''Mocha Latte 2,'' or ''Blue Premium,'' allowing you to get the perfect design for your personal taste.

These tiles are shock absorbent and sound absorbent, so they are great for busy workout facilities with lots of clanking machines and free weights. They can also be used for tracks, making them one of the most versatile gym floor mats you can find.

Virgin Rubber

Why Virgin Rubber?
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While recycled material certainly has its advantages, there are many reasons that you may want to choose virgin rubber instead. Whether it's the appearance or the long-term performance, new rubber could be the right selection for your specific needs.

Appearance:Many people feel that virgin rubber has a better appearance than recycled. New rubber often has a bold solid color all throughout the material, even when the surface is worn away. With some recycled-rubber mats, once the surface is worn away, it may have a faded or dull appearance, but this is usually not the case with virgin rubber.

Smell:The smell is also another advantage of new rubber. In some cases, recycled mats can have a rubbery tire smell, which is off-putting to many people. Therefore, lots of gyms and workout facilities prefer new rubber over recycled. In an enclosed area, such as a weight room with low ceilings, sometimes new rubber is a better options because of the smell.

Longevity:In some cases, you will also find that new rubber has better long-term performance. A lot of times new rubber has better shock absorption and the ability to rebound for a much longer period. If you are going to put your rubber mats through years of abuse from exercise shoes, free weights, cardio activities, and workout machines, then you may want to choose new rubber. This is especially important if you consider the purchase of your mats a long-term investment. People who need mats for businesses or municipal workout centers, which often receive lots of traffic, will often prefer new rubber.

Here are a few examples of excellent gym flooring mats made from virgin rubber:

UltraTile Rubber Weight Floor Black
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Made with a recycled rubber base and virgin rubber top, these mats are durable and effective, making them an ideal choice for college weight rooms and workout facilities. They are built to exact specification and use only high-quality rubber to create a workout surface that gives a soft yet reliable flooring.

This material is perfect for any facility that will use lots of workout equipment, and they can be placed over interior flooring to provide protection for gym floors and other surfaces. Using a dowel-pin connection, these mats hold together and can be used over large rooms to cover the entire surface.

Geneva Interlocking Rubber Tile All 3x3 ft Sizes
These 3x3 tiles can be used to fill a large workout facility, giving you better traction and protection for the flooring. With a puzzle-edge connection, they fit together quickly and don't require the use of adhesives or pins. Because they are made from a blend of recycled and new rubber, they also have a low odor, making them ideal for small indoor facilities.

While these mats are great for facilities, they can also be used for home gyms. If you want to have a home workout area, but also want to protect your interior flooring, these virgin rubber blend tiles will be perfect.

3. Plyometric Rubber

Why Plyometric Rubber?
Plyometric rubber flooring is a softer alternative to traditional rubber flooring. It is made specifically for plyometric exercises, which involves a heavy amount of jumping. In fact, ''plyometrics'' is by definition a jump-training workout. Plyometric rubber is less dense than most rubber mats, so it has a more cushioning for joints and absorbs shocks better than many other materials. It also has a smooth surface, which makes it ideal for pushups, planks and handstands.

Plyometric Rubber Roll 1/2 Inch
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This product is a perfect example of the benefits of plyometric rubber flooring mats. It has a shock-absorbing body that allows you to perform many different exercise, including jumping and lunging. It can be easily rolled for convenient storage, and is light enough for anyone to handle. If you are using it for temporary surfaces, you don't need extra materials, but if you are going to place it permanently, securing it with tape or adhesives is suggested.

For maintenance of this roll, all you have to do is vacuum as needed and occasionally mop the surface. Allow for time to dry before rolling it up and you have a clean gym mat that will work for the most intense plyometric workouts.

The Perfect Rubber Gym Floor Mat is Waiting for You!

Check out the full selection of products from Greatmats and you'll find the right gym floor mats for your home or facility.

Whether you want eco-friendly recycled material or the long-lasting durability of new rubber, you'll find everything you need, including selection, service, and reliability, when you purchase from Greatmats.com!

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

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Top 5 Flooring Materials for Fall Protection

Protect Yourselves Against Playground, Gym and Deck Falls

By Kif Richmann

If you need fall protection for your home or facility, make sure you understand the various materials that are available. From fall protection foam to durable rubber, there are many options that you can choose.

Each one has its own unique advantages, so let's look at the most popular types to see which is right for you!

Fall Protection for Sports and Other Activities
Cheerleading may not be considered a contact sport like football or wrestling, but it can actually be one of the more dangerous activities, especially when pyramids and lifts are involved. Falling can lead to bumps, bruises, and even bone fractures and concussions, so having a soft, cushioning surface is important to the safety of cheerleaders.

The American Academy of Pediatrics has stated that cheerleading was responsible for 65% of all direct catastrophic injuries for high school female athletes between 1982 and 2009. Considering that the National Cheer Safety Administration has said that roughly 93% of all cheerleading accidents happen on hard surfaces, having a soft landing space becomes very important. Broken bones aren't the only major concern, as cheerleading falls can also cause significant head injuries and concussions.

Having soft materials for fall protection is important for cheerleading safety. Unfortunately, lots of cheerleading is done on hard surfaces, such as basketball courts, concrete slabs, or even vinyl tile.

Selecting the right fall protection foam, rubber or plastic for cheerleading takes time, and it often depends on your specific needs. Puzzle mats, which were originally designed for martial arts and other combat sports, can be effective for cheerleading mats. Carpet-bonded foam mats, as well as folding mats, can be used to provide reliable protection. Another option is sprung floors, which are usually 12 to 20 centimeters thick. Although nothing can completely prevent fall injuries, these mats provide excellent protection for cheerleaders of all ages and skill levels.

Top 5 Flooring Materials for Fall Protection

When you begin researching floor mats for fall protection, you'll want to make sure you understand the most common materials used to create these products. Depending on your needs and the specific flooring you will cover, having the right material can make a wide range of differences on the performance, reliability, and longevity of your mats.

1. Rubber

Rubber is a strong, firm surface that can provide top-quality protection for many different sports. Although it doesn't always have the springy, soft feeling of mats made from foam, rubber can give added cushioning, especially when used over hard concrete or asphalt.

Fall protection rubber comes in recycled and virgin material and can give excellent traction for workouts and exercises, although it is not generally preferred for combat sports with lots of rolling, like wrestling or judo as it is too grippy.

One of the top benefits for rubber is that it is extremely durable. Compared to softer foam plastic mats, rubber can take a serious pounding and hold strong for years. This makes it ideal for high-traffic areas that need traction and light fall protection.

Depending on the design and thickness of your rubber flooring, it quite often offers the greatest fall protection as a stand alone flooring, which is why it is commonly used for outdoor playground with tall equipment.

rubber playground tile surfacing Greatmats Sterling Playground Tile 5 Inch Black
This black rubber flooring with fall protection is excellent for outdoor playgrounds and other areas where traction and fall protection are important. The tiles use an interlocking system to hold together strong and can be used to cover many different surfaces. Depending on the thickness you choose, you'll be able to have varying degrees of fall protection with these mats. This product offers a 10 foot ASTM critical fall height rating.

Blue Sky Playground Interlocking Tile 3.75 Inch
Safety is essential for children, and these mats deliver an eight-foot fall rating, giving you versatility and reliability. They are great for playground with high monkey bars, climbing areas, and tall platforms.

Bounce Back Playground Tiles
Put a little bounce in the playground with this fall protection rubber material. These rubber mats are tough and reliable, and with a 10-year limited warranty, you'll get added peace of mind! Ranging from 1.75 inches to 4 inches thick, these tiles are rated to handle falls of between 3 to 10 feet, depending on the thickness of the tile.

2. EVA Foam

Ethylene-vinyl acetate, which is commonly abbreviated to ''EVA,'' is a foam flooring with fall protection that is made from elasticized closed-cells. It has a softness and flexibility that is similar to rubber, and it has a glossy appearance. It has a wonderful shock-absorbing quality, making it a great choice for athletic activities. It can also have an anti-fatigue quality, making it popular for exercise areas and tracks. This material will absorb the impact from falls and provide superior safety to many different athletes.

As a closed-cell foam, EVA is firmer than open-cell foams, which allows for subtle movements while athletes are standing on the material. The firmness of the foam can help reduce the risk of rolling ankles.

Indoor Playground Foam Tiles 1-5/8 Inch
This mat is made from high-quality EVA foam and comes in three different color combinations. It has puzzle-locking edges, so you can create surfaces to cover a large area if needed. As a soft surface, this mat is excellent for indoor playgrounds and offers a 4 foot critical fall height rating. These, and Greatmats Grappling MMA Mats have even passed experiments where raw eggs have been dropped onto them from 68 feet about and the eggs did not break.

Home MMA BJJ Mats 1-5/8 Inch
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If you practice martial arts, MMA, or wrestling, you can train at home and still have the professional-level surface you need with this fall protection foam. This soft surface has a durable tatami top texture, which is great for martial arts shoes or bare feet and also carries a 4-foot fall height rating.

Life Floor Super Grip Ripple Tiles 7/8 Inch Bluebird
This flooring is perfect for pool deck flooring. It is soft and provides superior fall protection, especially compared to hard concrete pool decks. This fall protection foam/rubber blended mat is designed to provide excellent traction with the patented EvaTrax tile making technology. Although approximately half the thickness of the above EVA foam mats, it offers the same level of all protection with a 4-foot rating.

3. PVC Plastic

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This form of plastic is generally harder than most fall protection foams, but it can still provide a level of cushioning that is far superior to concrete floors. PVC is used in many different products (well beyond the white PVC pipes), and creates a light yet solid and durable substance with a large variation flexibility and hardness that can withstand a lot of pressure.

One of the top benefits for PVC is that is works well for water and mold resistance. It won't absorb water like open-cell foam products, which makes it a superior option for outdoor use.

Staylock Perforated Tiles
These excellent PVC tiles are perforated, allowing water and other liquids to run underneath. This gives them better performance for outside use in areas like playgrounds or even decks. When laid over concrete, they create a top-quality surface. At just 9/16 inch thick, these tiles offer a 20 inch fall height rating.

Ergo Matta Perforated Outdoor Tile
Available in multiple colors, these perforated tile mats can give your surface an excellent style along with superior functionality. The fall protection plastic mats are great for low level playgrounds, but they can also be used for display areas and other surfaces. These tiles are the same thickness and offer the same fall protection as the Staylock Perforated Tiles but are rectangular in shape, rather than square.

4. PU Foam

If you are looking for a material to provide extreme cushioning and fall protection, you should look at mats made from polyurethane, or PU, a soft and cushioning open-cell fall protection foam. This material is perfect for reducing fall injuries, but it is less durable than other products, which is why it is usually covered by another material such as vinyl or denim. It is often the best choice for landing pads to provide safe, comfortable support.

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MMA Mats Smooth 1x2 Meter 2 inch
MMA mats need to be tough and durable, as well as supportive. These fall protection plastic mats are exactly what you need, whether you train at the gym or in the privacy and comfort of your own home. Their superior fall protection plays a big role in why they are the preferred mat for throwing martial arts and are used by the International Judo Federation.

Competition Landing Mats
These mats are custom-made to your exact preferences. You can choose various thicknesses and overall sizes, giving you the right mats for your specific sport or facility. Topped with a gorgeous laminate, these mats look great in any area.

5. PE Foam

The most common type of foam available, polyethylene (PE) has a high-impact strength and waxy surface feeling. It is tough and durable and can absorb a lot of energy before breaking. This fall protection foam is often cross-linked, which makes the foam more rigid and helps it rebound from pressure faster. This type of plastic flooring with fall protection creates a cushioning that can be used in both folding and roll-out mats, giving added versatility to the material.

The foam material in these plastic fall protection mats is not ideal as a surface, so the material is often covered with a layer of vinyl or carpet, and even denim, to provide surface protection and enhance the mat's visual appearance. This allows foam vinyl to be wrapped in many different colors and designs.

Fluffy Denim Gymnastic Mat
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This is perfect for athletes who land on their backs or stomachs as part of their sport. Athletes who participate in gymnastics or tumbling, for example, will appreciate the soft, supportive nature of this fall protection foam mat. It measures 5x6.6 feet and is 12 inches thick, creating a large, supportive space.

Gym Mats 5x10x2
Designed to meet the needs of many different athletes, these gym mats are perfect for sports of all types, especially gymnastics and wrestling. They can be laid out in long strips or together throughout a room to give you the fall protection you need.

6. Bonus: Sprung Floors

For superior resilience, spring and bounce on dance floors, try our Sprung Dance SubFloor Full Panel. They have the strength you need for hours of dancing but absorb energy to provide softer landings. No special adhesives are required, but you will need to perform some light carpentry to install them properly. This sprung flooring system utilizes both closed cell foam and medium density fiberboard materials.

Your Source for Fall Protection

Greatmats can help you find the right fall protection foam, rubber or plastic for your specific needs. Contact us today and we'll make sure you have the right information to make an informed decision on your fall protection mats!
For more on this topic please review our Playground Flooring Tiles and Mats product page.

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

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

How to Cut Greatmats 1x2 Meter Martial Arts Mats

Comparing Folding Gymnastics Mats - The Nitty Gritty Details

Compare Folding Gymnastics Mat Size, Thickness, Materials and More

By Kif Richmann

Selecting the right gym flooring can seem like a bit of a hassle. There are so many options and so many details that finding the exact product for your home or recreational space can seem daunting.

However, if you understand that basic factors for folding gymnastic mats, you'll know how to find the right padding. Folding gymnastics mats seem to be listed in a complex code (V2, 18-oz vinyl, 2.5-inch, 5x10, polyethylene; the list goes one), but when you are knowledgeable about the products, you will quickly find the right option for your needs.

We'd like to take a look at some of the important specs for folding gym mats to help you make the right decision...

Comparing Folding Gymnastics Mats

gymanstics folding mat Greatmats4V vs. V2

(Connectors on 4 sides vs. 2 sides)
One of the main factors you need to decide on is having hook 'n loop connector strips on four sides of the mats, which is identified by ''4V,'' or hook 'n loop connectors on two sides of the mat, which is identified by ''V2.'' Depending on how you want to layout the mats, either 4V or V2 will fit your needs.

4V has velcro on all four sides of the mat, which allows you to make connections from any side and create larger mat spaces for activities such as wrestling or martial arts. If you have a large, wide space that needs to be filled, you will likely prefer having velcro connections on all four sides.

V2 mats can be used for many different purposes, but because they only have connectors on two sides, they are best used for creating strips or runways of padding as opposed to completely filling a room. V2 mats can also be used as wall padding in training areas and gyms. The mats on the wall behind basketball hoops are often V2 mats.

18 oz vs. 19 oz vinyl

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One of the aspects you'll want to choose from is 18-ounce or 19-ounce vinyl for the cover of your mat. The vinyl protects the mat and provides traction for feet while allowing the mats to do their job, which is to deliver a soft landing.

If you are going to have a lot of friction and the potential for ripping, tearing, and wearing away the mat's covering, then you will probably want to choose the 19-ounce options. This will give you reliable support and will hold up under years and years of abuse. However, the lighter 18-ounce option can still provide quality results to your gym.

1.5 vs. 2 vs. 2.5 inch thickness

The thickness of the mat will also matter. The thicker your mat is, the more cushioning and protection it will provide. However, as the mat gets thicker, it also gets heavier and bulkier to store, which makes many people choose the thinner option.

1.5-inch thickness gives you a lightweight mat with plenty of cushioning. It can be effective for kids' gymnastics and light workouts, and the lightness makes it better for temporary surfaces, such as gyms that host basketball as well as wrestling or judo.

2-inch thickness provides a well-balanced combination of strength and weight. It is thick enough to provide cushioning for heavy adults who participate in wrestling or jiu jitsu, but can also be moved around fairly easily.

2.5-inch thickness provides the most cushion but can be heavy to move. This version also utilizes a combination of both closed and open celled foams. If you have a permanent space that needs lots of padding on the floor, you will likely want to choose 2.5-inch thick mats.

4 vs. 5 vs. 6 foot width
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Depending on the size of space you need to fill or the exact surface required for your activity, you can choose between mats that have widths of four, five, or six feet.

Four-foot mats are often the preferred choice if you simply need a narrow strip of padding. They can be used for activities like fencing, and they can also be effective for tumbling and other types of gymnastics.

If you need a slightly larger strip of padding, or if you simply want to fill a larger room, you can choose five-foot widths as well. These give you a quality space but are not as large and cumbersome as mats with larger widths.

When you are filling a room with permanent padding, you will likely want to choose six-foot mats. These will help you cover a large space quickly and allow you to get the large footage of padding you need. Six-foot widths are often preferred for covering walls, as they provide head-to-toe protection for most people.

The Number of Panels

The number of panels in your folding gymnastics mats will determine the overall length. Most panels are two-feet wide, so the mats go up in overall length by increments of two. You can easily find mats with three panels (six feet), four panels (eight feet), five panels (10 feet) and six panels (12 feet).

Deciding what size you need, and whether you want to stack the panels and use the mat as a raised cushion, can help you choose the perfect folding mats.

Color Options

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There are lots of different color options for your folding gymnastic mats. In most cases, the mats you select can come in blue, red, yellow, green, and many other colors. You can also select combinations and interchanging colors to add variety and character to your surface.

One use for the different colors is organization. For example, you might have a taekwondo class that you want to split into groups. You can use different floor coloring for different groups and send, as an example, students under 12 to the blue mats and students 12 and over to the red mats. Coloring can also be used to mark the boundaries of a competition space, such as fencing strips or wrestling boundaries.

Polyethylene (Closed Cell) vs. Polyurethane (Open Cell) Foam Cores

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There are two types of materials that are very popular for folding gymnastic mats. The first is polyethylene and the second is polyurethane. Understanding the differences and advantages of each can help you choose the right mats.

Polyethylene is the most common type of foam available. It has a high-impact strength and can absorb a lot of energy without breaking. It is used in a cross-linked design, creating a closed-cell foam that is resistant to mildew and mold, as well as bacteria and rot. In most cases, polyethylene is wrapped in vinyl to help the material avoid cuts and gouges. It is a preferred material for cheerleading, gymnastics and wrestling.

Polyurethane is an open-cell material that provides better cushioning. It has the consistency of a sponge or a loaf of bread, with air throughout the material to provide a softer landing. Because it is so spongy, it's often not the best choice for activities that involve walking, running or jumping. This form of foam is generally used in combination with the polyethylene foam in folding gymnastics mats that are 2.5 inches or thicker.

Choosing a Few of the Best Options

Gym Mats 4x8 Ft x 1.5 inch 4V 18 oz
This 4x8 gym mat has four panels and velcro on all four sides. The layout makes it perfect for many different uses, including gymnastics and tumbling. It can be one of the most effective mats for filling a small space, and the 1.5-inch thickness makes this smaller mat perfect for temporary use, as it only weights about 20 pounds. Even kids can handle these mats, making them perfect for temporary cushioning on a gym floor.

Gym Mats 5x10 Ft x 2 Inch 4V 18 oz
When you are looking for one of the finest gym mats for your space, this 5x10-foot foldable mat will be perfect. It has two-inches of thickness, giving you plenty of padding and support, but the entire mat only weighs about 36 pounds, so most people can pick it up and fold it when needed. If a single person can't carry it, two people working together can easily lay it out and put it away when needed. This is one of the most commonly used folding mats for judo or wrestling due to its thickness and connection versatility.

Folding Gym Tumbling Mat 6 x 12 ft x 2 inch V2
Available in 16 colors, this effective gym mat is perfect for flooring on many different surfaces. With six panels, the mat is 12 feet in length, so you can cover a large area quickly with this mat. It has velcro on two sides, so it can be laid out side-to-side with other mats if needed. One of the longest mats available, it is great from tumbling runs.

Gymnastic Mat 4x6 ft x 1.5 inch V2
With a small profile and 1.5-inch thickness, this is one of the lightest and most compact mats you can own. It comes in multiple colors and only weighs 18 pounds, so creating a padding surface and quickly removing the material is no problem at all. It also comes in many different colors, giving you variety and character.

Gymnastic Mat 4x8 ft x 2.5 inch V2
When you need lots of padding for tough activities or heavier adults, this folding gym mat will fit your needs. It has velcro on two sides so you can create long lengths of padding, and it has a total weight of only 26 pounds, making it manageable for many people. With a cross-linked PE layer topped with a PU layer in the core, it offers a much softer landing than any of the previous mentioned mats which strictly utilize the denser PE foam.

Great Mats Has Your Folding Gymnastics Mat

You can have high-quality flooring that lasts for years by working with Greatmats.

When you need excellent gym floors, browse our selection of materials and you'll find everything you need for any home gym or recreational space!
For more on this topic please review our Gymnastics Mats & Gym Mats product page. 

Monday, April 24, 2017

Comparing Patio Tile Materials and Installation

Patio Tiles Come in Many Forms, Choose the Style the Fits You Best

By Kif Richmann

One of the benefits of today's patio tile technology and materials is that there are many different options to suit the specific needs of each individual user. You can find patio floor tiles made from plastic or rubber. You can choose interlocking products or tiles with simple straight edges. You can even choose artificial grass that looks surprisingly real. It seems like the options are endless!

From solid to perforated and square to dog-bone shaped, there are many options for you to choose for your patio.

Unfortunately, this creates a little bit of a challenge. With so many options, finding the right patio tiles can seem like a staggering decision. Choosing the perfect patio tiles for your specific space can be difficult, so you need the right information to help you make the right choice.

In many cases, it will come down to choosing all the right features for your needs. When you look at a few of the most basic items and features side-by-side, you can weigh the options and choose between one or the other. Do this enough times, and you'll eventually land on the exact patio floor tiles for your home.

Comparing Patio Tiles

outdoor patio tiles GreatmatsRubber vs. Plastic

Two of the most common materials used to create patio tiles are rubber and plastic. Each one has their advantage, and understanding the specifics of rubber vs. plastic patio floor tiles will help you decide which is right for you.

Rubber is very flexible and durable, giving your flooring a grippy and sometimes an almost springy feeling, depending on thickness, density and design. This makes rubber material popular for athletic facilities and pet play areas. However, rubber is also ideal for use as an outdoor surface for playgrounds and even patios. It will give you excellent comfort and result in a space that is reliable and affordable.

The Sterling Athletic Rubber Tile 1.25 Inch Gray is a great choice for any athletic facility, but this rubber patio tile can also be used in the exterior of your home or building. Many of the most popular rubber floor tiles are made from recycled material, making them highly effective and environmentally friendly. If you want a floor mat made from recycled materials, you can find many excellent options that are made from repurposed rubber.

Plastic tile is another popular option for outdoor areas, and it can often be designed to a specific style or be made to mimic a material, such as wood. For example, the GreatDeck Outdoor Plastic Deck Tile has a design that looks a lot like wood, even up close. With plastic decking, you get a space that is rugged and durable and can handle a lot of foot traffic. Many of the best plastic floor patio tiles are also very affordable, making them a great options for your space, especially when you need to save a few dollars.

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Artificial Grass vs Traditional Tiles

Many people use traditional tiles to create a gorgeous look for their home, but one of the options that you can choose is to have artificial grass instead of a flat surface. Artificial grass certainly isn't for every purpose, but it can be effective for your space if you want a natural look.

A traditional tile simply has a flat or textured surface across the top. While many outdoor tiles are engineered for a slip-resistant nature, they don't have the natural look of artificial grass. Of course, not everyone wants artificial grass, and a more traditional outdoor tile will look best in walkways, gyms, and most patios.

Artificial grass is a popular choice because it creates the appearance and feel of a lush, healthy lawn. They are often a favorite for outdoor balconies and rooftop terraces, and they are especially effective when placed over cold, hard surfaces, such as concrete on walkways, patios, and rooftops. They can even be used as a convenient cover to water-damaged wood surfaces. Artificial grass gives you the look and feel of a healthy lawn without the hassle, making it a great option for your outdoor patio.

The Outdoor Deck Turf Tile is perfect for creating a space of artificial grass. Not only does it look fantastic, it will give you years of excellent quality. In fact, the treated wood base underneath this deck turf tile is rated to last 25 years! This artificial grass can be used for many outdoor purposes, and it is durable enough to handle the weight of tables, chairs and other outdoor furniture.

Solid vs. Perforated

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When selecting tile, you should take a look at perforated options as well. While the first vision to come to many people's minds when thinking about patio tiles would be tiles with a solid surface, you may discover that perforated is right for you.

Perforated has many advantages over solid tiles. First of all is moisture release. With solid tiles, if any water or liquids get underneath the tile, it can be trapped for a very long time. If you don't have a good drainage system, you could have moisture buildup and even mold. Many perforated tiles are also lighter, as they don't have as much material. This can be an advantage when you need a tile that will be moved on a constant basis, such as tiles for trade shows, exhibits or if you tend to move frequently. Another important use for perforated tiles is pool decks. Pools areas can become slick with water, but a perforated patio tile allows the water to flow through and maintains excellent traction for bare feet. In fact, any area with consistent moisture will benefit from perforated tiles.

Solid tiles are popular for indoor areas and spaces that don't have as much water and other liquids. Solid tiles are often a better choice if your patio space will serve multiple purposes such as a gym or workout surface. However, if your patio space has a lot of water, then perforated patio tiles could be useful.

StayLock Tile is one of the top options for perforated patio tiles. These floor tiles fit together tightly, offer limited fall protection, and allow water to dry from underneath. They are waterproof and resistant to many acids and oils.

Interlocking vs. Straight-Edged

Greatmats rubber patio paver tile
In many cases, one of the decisions you'll have to make while choosing patio tiles is between tile with interlocking connections or straight edges. Each one will have distinct advantages and disadvantages.

Interlocking tiles, as you might have guessed, have interlocking connections of many different kinds. For example, you can choose interlocking patio tiles that have puzzle-mat connections, which fit together much like a jigsaw puzzle. There are also S-grip connections, tab 'n loop, and hidden locks, just to name a few. These types of edges have a strong connection, making them a great choice for areas where the tiles could slip and slide out of place. Interlocking tile are also the preferred choice for temporary flooring, such as trade shows.

Straight-edged tiles, like the Rubber Patio Paver Tile, are good choices for areas that need a nice clean line between the tiles. With straight line edging, the seams are hard to notice, making the tiles more attractive to the visual eye. Many tiles come with slip-resistant materials and can be glued down if needed, allowing for better grip on the floor. When properly installed, straight-edge rubber patio tile is perfect for outdoor areas.

Dog Bone vs Interlocking

There is another option for patio tiles that could be perfect for your needs, and that is dog-bone shapes. The symmetrical shape allows them to come together in infinite connections. This means you can fill as big or small of a room as you need. Dog bone pavers are often ideal for outdoor patios, and they make a great addition to any space. One of the advantages of dog bone pavers is that they give the surface flooring an interesting design. They come together in an interesting staggered layout that makes the patio look stylish and visually engaging.

One of the top options for dog bone pavers is the Dog Bone Outdoor Paver Tiles. They are an affordable choice for your patio and are simple to install. They can control bacteria and dust and are made from 100% recycled tire rubber. When you want a durable dog bone paver for your patio or walkway, these tile will fit perfectly!


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Find the Perfect Patio Tiles for Your Home

Ready to pick the right tiles for your home? Whether you need the easy installation of a straight-edged tile or the mold-fighting performance of a perforated tile, Greatmats has all the right options for your home.

As a national leader in specialty flooring, we have options for nearly any purpose. From dance floors to horse stalls to comfortable patios, we have excellent materials and world-class products that will make you happy for years.

Still not sure what you need? Contact us today and we'll help you make the right choice for your patio!


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Friday, April 21, 2017

Top 5 Uses for Rubber Paver Tiles

Which Rubber Pavers Serves Those Needs Best?

By Kif Richmann

When most people think of outdoor pavers, it's likely they think of concrete products. While concrete pavers can be useful in certain settings, rubber pavers deliver excellent durability and comfort, making them top choices for both indoor and outdoor purposes.

Rubber pavers are more versatile than you might expect and can be used on countless settings. So what are the top uses for these products? Keep reading and you'll learn about the top five uses for rubber pavers, as well as the specific products that are perfect for these settings.

Top 5 Uses for Rubber Paver Tiles


patio rubber paver tiles Greatmats1. Patios


Everyone loves a comfortable outdoor patio. These are the areas where you can relax outdoors and enjoy fresh air. While you're at it, you'll probably enjoy a cold beverage and maybe a little grilling. While patios come in many materials, such as concrete pavers, concrete slabs, or decorative tile, one of the best materials for this outdoor space is rubber paver tiles.

The patio needs to look great. The outdoor space will be shared by family and friends, so using material that will hold strong and provide years of quality is essential. You need to be able to choose the right color and style to match the exterior design of your home.

Patio pavers need to be durable. Not only will they need to withstand lots of foot traffic, they will need to hold up against the weather, and not just rain either. If you live in a cold climate, the freeze-thaw cycle can destroy patio pavers, which makes flexible rubber tiles are smart option.

Top Rubber Paver for patios: Rubber Patio Paver Tile

These rubber pavers make a perfect patio for your home. They are durable and strong, able to withstand years of foot traffic and extreme outdoor weather. As an added bonus, they come in three different colors (brown, grey, and terra cotta), allowing you to choose the right design for your home.

2. Walkways


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Creating the perfect walkway requires a strong rubber paver that also looks visually pleasing. Walkways can be used to enhance the landscaping at a commercial facility, or they can be used to give your home a clean easy path all around the grounds. Whether it's just a few yards or a long, winding pathway, using the right rubber pavers for a walkway is essential.

Because walkways go across a long section of space, they often need to go over multiple areas or snake around obstructions like trees and landscape decorations. They may need to go over hills, although if the slope is too steep a stairway will likely be required. This means flexibility and versatility is essential.

Like patios, walkways also need a decorative, attractive appearance. They should not only give you a safe, comfortable walking space, they should provide a stunning appearance that enhances the beauty of your home's exterior.

Top Rubber Paver for Walkways: Equine Paver Tile

While these walkways were made for horse stalls, they are actually very effective for use as walkways. They are soft and comfortable, yet provide sturdy support and can even be driven over by equipment like garden tractors and machinery.

They provide a shock-free surface and are soft for playing children, making them ideal for homes with little ones. With a dog-bone design, they lock together easily to create the perfect surface for your exterior.

3. Rooftops


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Rooftops have unique needs for flooring. If you have a rooftop that is capable of supporting foot traffic, such as a rooftop scenic area or rooftop deck, you need reliable rubber floors that provide traction and support.

One of the main concerns for rooftop flooring is safety. Obviously any safe rooftop will have guard railings to protect people from falling, but you should still have a slip-resistant surface that allows people to walk safely around the area.

Ease of installation is also important. You don't want a heavy product that is difficult to carry or load at the top of a roof, so you need a product that is light enough to carry through stairways to the top of the building, or at the very least can be loaded onto machinery and lifted to the top.

Of course, durability also matters, as the rooftop tile needs to withstand constant foot traffic and the abuse of Mother Nature.

Top choice for rooftops: Sterling Roof Top Tile

These tiles are made specifically for rooftops, so you know you're getting a quality product that will serve the right purpose. They are available in six different colors and deliver good traction for many different shoe-sole materials.

With a 2-inch thickness, they are strong and durable, yet each 2x2 foot tile only weighs about 24 pounds.

4. Playgrounds


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Few areas need a durable yet soft surface like playgrounds. Rubber pavers are perfect because they can take the hours and hours of abuse that children will deliver. Young kids may not weigh a whole lot, but their non-stop play can quickly wear down inferior products, meaning you'll have to replace them if you choose surfacing that isn't strong and reliable.

Traction is also important, which makes outdoor rubber pavers very popular for playgrounds. Outdoor playgrounds will have rain and wet conditions, depending on the season, so the surface needs to provide quality traction so kids don't slip and fall.

A flexible, forgiving surface is also important. No matter how good the traction, kids at play will eventually fall, so the surface needs to be able to absorb the impact and, hopefully, help the child avoid an injury.

Top Rubber Paver for Playgrounds: Sterling Playground Tile

These pavers are excellent for playgrounds because they are soft, durable and give reliable traction. They have a six-foot fall rating, so you can count on them to deliver superior safety to your children.

These interlocking rubber pavers are engineered with a molding process that compresses each tile from three different directions. This results in maximum durability while maintaining a soft, springy quality. From child protection to long-term quality, these tiles have everything you expect from an outdoor rubber paver.

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5. Weight Rooms


Perhaps no other surface will take as heavy, constant of a beating as a weight room floor. Weight rooms take an unending punishment from metal free-weights, exercise equipment, and athlete's shoes, so the surface needs to be extremely resilient to hold up for years. Because rubber pavers are so strong and durable, they make a great flooring option for any weight room.

Durability is an important factor for weight rooms, which makes rubber pavers especially reliable for these areas. After years of impacts from weights and athletes, the flooring can begin to wear away. If you're not using a product made for long-term durability, before long, you'll have to replace it - or worse yet, the floor beneath it. A quality rubber paver made from a reliable material, however, will hold strong and give your area years of reliability.

The flooring in a weight room should be dense, yet forgiving, allowing for less harsh impact on an athlete's knees. While nothing can fully prevent injury, a quality rubber surface is less likely to result in knee and joint pain - when compared to a hard surface like concrete.

Top Rubber Paver for Weight Rooms: Sterling Athletic Sound Rubber Tile

These rubber pavers are made from durable materials that can withstand the constant abuse of a weight room. Although they are made from 100% post-consumer recycled material, they have excellent durability. Greatmats is so confident in these rubber patio pavers that we have given them a lifetime guarantee.

They control vibrations, and can even reduce noise by limiting structure-borne sound. They have all the right qualities for a weight room floor, and come in six different flecked color-combination designs.


How to Choose the Right Rubber Paver Tiles for Your Area


Choosing the right paver tiles depends on a lot of different factors, and you need to consider them all before making a purchase. If you do your research and prepare properly, you can choose the right paver for your long-term needs.

- First, consider the size that you need to cover. If you have a large area, you may want to go with larger pavers, because smaller pavers will obviously take a long time to install, whereas larger pavers will cover the area quickly.

- Will you be covering an area that is protected or open to the sun and rain. Outdoor areas can be covered by awnings and pergolas, so you need to consider whether you will have some shade over your patio or if it will be open to the sunshine.

- Next, think about the use and general traffic that will be moving over your pavers. Will there be lots of foot traffic or will it be very light. If you expect lots of traffic, then you'll obviously need more rugged and durable rubber pavers.

Greatmats has the Right Rubber Pavers for Your Needs

From commercial flooring to a relaxing backyard patio, no matter what area you need to complete, we have the right pavers for you.

Visit Greatmats.com today and you can find rubber pavers in a wide variety of styles and shapes. We are passionate about delivering reliability, quality, and durability to your floors, so check out our vast selection!
For more on this topic please review our Rubber Paver Tiles product page.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Top 5 Uses for Ground Protection Mats

Ground Protection Mats Do More Than Defend Grass from Heavy Machinery


By Kif Richmann

Ground protection mats help maintain lawns, landscaping and even concrete surfaces. Able to support the heaviest equipment, these track mats and other forms of outdoor flooring surfaces can be used by landscaping contractors, homeowners and event organizers.

So what are the best uses for ground protection mats? There are many, but these are the top five uses...
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Top 5 Uses for Ground Protection Mats

1. Grass Protection

We all love having a lush lawn. Even in dry western states, we go to great lengths to create a lush, deep-green landscape. However, if we need to do some landscaping, the lawn can become severely damaged, especially when heavy equipment such as skid loaders are used.

Grass is especially vulnerable when wet. After it rains, the dirt underneath becomes soft mud; machinery that simply would otherwise leave a small track will now rip out the grass and leave a muddy scar in the lawn. Grass needs to be protected from harm, and ground protection mats are made to fit this need.

Top option for protecting grass: Ground Protection Mats 4x8 ft Clear
With a cleated design on the surface, these ground protection mats provide excellent traction for heavy machinery and foot traffic. However, they have a unique feature for protecting grass; they are clear. They allow light to reach the grass underneath, helping the plants to maintain better health. This is especially important if you are building a temporary roadway that will be in place for more than a couple days. While grass will die if the mats are left indefinitely, the clear material gives longer protection for lawns.

geogrid cellular paving system ground protection Greatmats2. Sidewalk/Driveway Protection

Driveways are made for large vehicles, right? Sidewalks are built for heavy foot traffic, so why would they need protection? Although these surfaces are much stronger than a soft, grassy lawn, concrete can become damaged from constant wear and tear, especially from hard, thick tread that you'll find underneath heavy equipment.

180-degree turns often result in the most damage to concrete surfaces. When a vehicle like a skid loader or backhoe turns around to face the opposite direction, it can create significant damage to the surface underneath. This can result in light scratches or if repeated enough times, structural damage to a sidewalk or driveway. Driveways that have decorative stains or surface sealers can lose their finish, resulting in poor quality over the years.

Unique option for protecting sidewalks and driveways: The GeoGrid Cellular Paving System
With strength that can withstand up to 35 tons per square feet and a flexible design that allows for expansion and contraction, the GeoGrid Cellular Paving System is perfect for covering sidewalks, driveways, and other concrete surfaces. One unit only weighs about 2.4 pounds, so moving them is simple and easy. Unlike a traditional ground protection may, this paving system does not lay on top of the surface but it is used to reinforce and stabilize areas where erosion is likely to occur.

3. Event Areas

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Event areas really need two things from their ground mats. First, like all areas, they need reliable protection. Second, they need an attractive, clean finish.

Event areas come in all shapes, sizes, and surfaces. You can have indoor event centers with smooth, finished concrete flooring, or you can have outdoor areas with soft grass that has been finely maintained by a grounds crew. This means the ground protection mats need to be versatile and able to protect nearly any type of surface in nearly any setting.

But event centers also need to put on a show. They need flooring that looks attractive but doesn't take away from the event itself. A clean, professional look is preferred by event managers of all types.

Top option for protecting event areas: Liberty Ground Protection Mat
These mats give excellent traction with a Chevron textured surface and feature handholds that give users easy access and mobility. They install quickly yet support up to 80 tons of pressure. Although they are ideal for outdoor events on grassy surfaces, they can be used to protect indoor flooring or concrete.

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4. Support and Traction

When things get muddy and swampy, you need a ground protection mat that can provide support and traction for your equipment. In this case, protecting the ground isn't a concern from a visual perspective, as you're not trying to protect a perfectly-manicured lawn. Instead, it's important from a utility and operations perspective.

If the ground you are using goes unprotected, it will quickly turn into a mash of unusable mud, keeping trucks and equipment from completing the task.

Top option for protecting swampy areas: TuffTrak XT Extreme
The TuffTrak XT Extreme surface protector is one of the best ground mats for heavy equipment. Using high-quality materials, these mats are 3.5 inches thick and can hold over 30,000 pounds per square foot. With a foam-filled center core and hybrid overlap connection, these mats help maintain a reliable driving space over the muddiest, swampiest conditions. These buoyant mats, avoid intake of liquids and reduce the threat of invasive species or cross contamination between work sites.

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5. Temporary Roads

Many different industries and businesses will need temporary roads. If you work in any form of construction or landscaping, you have likely seen temporary roads used to move materials and equipment without damaging the landscape.

Temporary roads need to protect the ground or surface underneath, but they also need to maintain traction. If the ground protection mats slip away every hour, it can become a major hassle. In this case, a mat that protects and stays in place is essential.

Top option for temporary roads: Mud-Traks Lawn Ground Protection Mats
With traction on both the top and bottom, as well as grip holes for added stability, Mud-Traks road mats for heavy equipment are very effective for creating a temporary driving surface. Each mat weighs about 34 pounds, so while they are not light, but they are not overly heavy and can be handled by an able-bodied worker.

Using Proper Mats Saves Money, Saves Lawns
One of the biggest concerns for any landscaping company is protecting the customer's lawn. When using skid loaders, backhoes, and any other heavy machinery with wheels or tread, you need a path to drive the vehicle from the road or trailer to the job site. If you don't take efforts to protect the ground, it can result in serious damage to the lawn. And we're not just talking about dead grass, we're talking about deep, muddy divots that take months, sometimes years, to level out properly.

Landscaping is a business that requires reliable lawn protection, which usually means laying down dozens for plywood sheets. However, as Minnesota landscaper Chris Axel told Greatmats, plywood sheets present their own problems.

First of all, after a season of heavy use, plywood becomes destroyed pretty fast. The material is made for building purposes, not for protecting lawns and being driven over by heavy equipment. Plywood may be durable, but it's not intended as a ground protection mat. Because plywood breaks down under pressure, landscapers need to constantly purchase new plywood for their operations. This means more time, effort and money.

Plywood can also become saturated with water, making it heavy for workers to move. Water also allows the material to breakdown even faster. By soaking up water, plywood becomes more difficult to use and is less effective for maintaining lawns.

Even new, dry plywood is limited on how much it can support without damaging the lawn. Many landscaping contractors will use wheel barrows instead of driving their skid loaders near homes, in fear or severely damaging the landscaping. This takes time and costs business owners hours in labor, which can chew up profits from a project.

Purchasing quality ground coverings will certainly cost more up front, but in the long run it can lead to more savings and more efficient operations. It can also be better for protecting a customer's lawn, which can result in loyal customers, better references, and more business for a landscaper!

Ground Protection for Your Lawn or Job Site
Ground protection is very important for your job site. With proper ground protection mats, you'll help maintain the lawn or landscaping of your customers. If your business involves moving heavy equipment over someone's lawn, then having the right track mats is essential.

Greatmats has some of the most durable and reliable ground mats for heavy equipment. These track mats are made from high-density polyurethane material, which will not snap like plywood under heavy pressure. The material has incredible strength, and can actually support up to 60 tons! Now that is protection built to last!

Create Your Temporary Roadway
If you are moving heavy equipment over a long section of grass, you will likely need to create a temporary roadway that allows your drivers and equipment operators to reach the job site without destroying the landscaping or creating a mud pit.

Fortunately, we have a large selection of ground protection mats that make excellent temporary roadways. Our roadway mats come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, and many are built with features that enhance traction and keep them from slipping. By staying in place, these tracks are perfect for creating temporary roadways for heavy equipment and machinery.

The Perfect Ground Mat for Your Job Site

Are you constantly going through plywood to protect lawns and surfaces? Break the cycle, and get a product that will last for years from Greatmats.

We have a huge selection of ground protection mats, so no matter what equipment you use, no matter what type of job you perform, there is a ground mat for your needs!

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