Tuesday, September 19, 2017

The Many Uses of Martial Arts Mats Karate Premium 1 Inch

Greatmats Karate Mats are More Than They Appear

Greatmats Karate Mats Aerobic Exercise StudioFor over a decade, Greatmats' Martial Arts mats have been trusted in hundreds of different commercial and home studios. These martial arts and Taekwondo tournament mats are made from a high-density foam that is both supportive and cushioned to protect against falls. The smooth, non-absorbent leather surface finish of these karate tournament mats are designed for barefoot and soft shoe use. Mats come in double sided colors including red/blue, wood-grain/black, and black/gray. Also used as Kung Fu competition mats, the mats are easily installed by connecting the intuitive, universal interlocking edges together. Karate tournament mats can be disconnected and transported just as easily.

The Many Different Uses
Greatmats' Martial Arts 1-inch mats have been tried and true as karate tournament mats, taekwondo tournament mats, kung fu competition mats, and much more. Take a look at the different ways customers are using these these karate tournament mats, and find out what they have to say about it.

1. Karate Dojo & Tournament Mats
Greatmats Karate Mats Martial Arts Studio
''As the owner of a large martial arts studio, teaching both karate and jiu-jitsu, we have found the 1'' premium martial arts mat to be an excellent blend of comfort and support. ... The compression of the mats when being thrown or swept is good, and provides a great deal of shock disbursement. Half our studio is covered in the 7/8-inch mat and the other half in the 1'' premium mat. We plan to replace the 7/8'' mat with the 1'' matting in the future, both for consistency and performance.''
John, Russellville, AR

2. Taekwondo Dojang & Tournament Mats
''Greatmats was excellent to work with. The product was shipped as expected and communications were timely and professional. The product was exactly as advertised and is a fantastic Taekwondo academy floor! Great job Greatmats! Your products and customer service were excellent.''
Anonymous, Gahanna, OH

3. Kung Fu Competition Mats
''We bought this mat for our martial arts club a few months ago now and we love it! It appears to be holding up really well given that we use it (typically wearing light martial arts shoes) every day for classes in kungfu, sanda, taichi and wushu. This includes weapons training; even where spears and swords have accidentally slipped to cause a few cuts in the mat, the cuts do not appear to be opening up or fraying. The surface traction is ideal: not too gripping and not too slippery for such moves as kungfu sweeps and taichi. The thickness/cushioning effect also helps protect for falls. We also can't say enough about our very positive purchasing experience with Greatmats.com. They were so helpful, particularly with regard to ensuring all requirements were satisfied with shipping the mat internationally. (It was so refreshing to learn that our invoice was all-inclusive and there were no hidden extra charges that we had to pay afterwards.) We highly recommend Greatmats.com and would definitely shop there again.''
Ruth, Winnepeg, MB

4. Aerobics Studio Mats
Greatmats Karate Mats Dance Exercise Studio
''We love our Greatmats flooring. We opted for the 1'' karate mats because the aerobic flooring was on backorder and we needed it quickly; I was worried, but completely unnecessarily. I am so pleased with my decision. No more joint problems for me or my customers-not from our floors! Our old floors were concrete under carpet. These are NOT slippery, yet easy to pivot and dance on. They are easy to clean. We vacuum or dust with a swiffer-type dry mop and steam mop twice a week to sanitize. They can also be mopped with soap and water. We just haven't found the need to do that with the steam mop. Customers who left because of joint issues related to our flooring, are now coming back.''
Nina L, Eagle River, AK

5. Yoga Studio Mats
''The mats worked out great for us. We use them in a commercial gym classroom room. We do yoga, kick boxing, zumba... on them and the members love them.''
Chad, Columbus, OH

6. Home Dojo Mats
Greatmats Karate Mats Home Dojo Studio ''...We were concerned about finding the right mat to go with our decorating scheme and be functional. The one-inch karate mats are perfect for our home dojo. Lots of cushion and a very classy appearance.''
Larry & Karen, Elkton, VA

7. Office Mats
''I have found your mats to be both very cost effective and a very nice addition to my business. They look great, feel great, and have gotten nothing but rave reviews from my clients. Your customer service, delivery, and product have been first rate. I would definitely recommend your company to others.''
Thomas, Crawfordsville, IN

8. Grappling Mats
''The mats are great, very comfortable, very nice appearance, delivery on time, excellent services. We are very happy with the product, we recommend it and will buy it again. We can do forms, fight, grappling, and all strong movements and the mats do not even move, we do also ground fighting and some take down and the cushion is wonderful.''
Hely, Boca Raton, FL

9. Nia Mats
''I ordered the woodgrain/black because I wanted the entire floor to look like a wood floor. ... In the end I was very happy with the results and I love my new floor! It was easy to install by myself. First I removed the carpet, carpet tack strips, carpet underlay and scaped off the glue. Then I vacuumed up the cement floor and assembled the full-sized mats directly over the cement in the majority of the room. Then, I measured and cut the remaining tiles to fit until the room was complete. Cutting and fitting the edges was easy. I will be using this room primarily to practice Nia and Yoga. It is very comfortable to dance on with bare feet, and I don't even need to drag out a yoga mat!''
Parker, CO 
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For more on this topic please review our Martial Arts Mats product page.

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Choosing Ergonomic Flooring

Know what to look for in anti-fatigue flooring

By Kim Butler

Greatmats Hog Heaven Anti-Fatigue Ergonomic Floor Mat
Factories, retail and customer service counters, assembly lines, medical labs, and shipping and packing facilities are just some of the many businesses and locations that need . But when an internet search for ''ergonomic flooring'' yields thousands of results, it can be hard to narrow down the best solution for an individual business.

So, how do you know which form of ergonomic flooring to choose? To answer this question, let's start by understanding the need for ergonomic floor mats.

How does workplace fatigue effect you and your business?

Greatmats Staylock Bump Top Ergonomic Interlocking Tiles
Generally, office and industrial spaces are constructed with affordable, durable concrete floors - great for the bottom line, but not for employees. Standing on a concrete surface all day can result in blood pooling in the legs and feet. The leg muscles don't move enough to encourage circulation. This, in turn, leads to muscle fatigue, joint compression, pain and swelling in the lower limbs, varicose veins and even heart disease.

OSHA reports that muscle fatigue and musculoskeletal disorders account for a third of all workplace injuries. For a business owner, this means worker fatigue, which can result in less productivity and more errors, increased workers compensation claims, more sick leaves and higher medical bills. On the other hand, reducing fatigue can mean a worker who has better morale and productivity.

What should you look for in ergonomic flooring?

Greatmats Wearwell ErgoDeck Comfort Solid Interlocking Ergonomic Tile
Employers can't just slap down a soft mat and be done with it. Mats that are too soft also result in worker fatigue. Imagine standing on a cushy mattress or soft sand. It important to find a balance between soft and supportive - a mat that encourages subtle muscle movement, which in turn decreases blood pooling.

Ideally, the surface will compress and bounce back. The mat should return to its original shape when a worker changes positions. Secondly, the mat needs to be durable and stand up to the work environment. A cheap mat that degrades underneath and compresses will not prevent worker fatigue very long. A mat that curls and bends could quickly become a tripping hazard.

Ergonomic Industrial Flooring

Mats in industrial areas or food service may need to be slip resistant, moisture and chemical resistant, or cut resistant. Perhaps trolleys and carts will need to move on and off the mats. Beveled edges that allow wheeled carts, and stable edges that won't bend, break or crack are also important. Degrading edges can result in trips and falls.

Warranties for quality mats and flooring range from 2 to 10 years, while the useful lifespan of the flooring itself can be much longer. While the upfront investment can be more, replacement costs over the life of a quality mat or flooring system are much lower.

Ergonomic Flooring Materials

Greatmats Comfort Matta Solid Anti-Fatigue Tile Blue
Dense foam, plastic made of PVC, and dense rubber are the three materials most often used in quality ergonomic flooring. Sometimes a combination of the them exist in the same product. Each product has its plusses and minuses, depending on the application.

Synthetic foam can be a more affordable option than rubber, and are offered in a wider range of colors and shapes and resilience.

Much lighter than rubber, PVC flooring can be easily installed and relocated. PVC is a great solution for dirty environments like factories or assembly or machining due to ease of cleaning and non-absorbency. PVC flooring can stand up to chemicals, oils and acids. It can also be cut resistant. PVC products can be made from virgin PVC, or recycled PVC. PVC tiles in black are often made of recycled PVC.

While PVC flooring can be a more affordable option than rubber flooring, it does not have the same life span of rubber.

Rubber is a natural material, and a renewable resource, made from the sap of rapidly growing rubber trees. Today's rubber mats often contain a percentage of recycled materials. For customers seeking an environmentally-friendly product, or perhaps working towards Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, rubber is a great option. At the end of a rubber floor's lifespan, it can be recycled into new mats or other applications.

Rubber is heavy, dense and very durable. However, rubber cannot always be used in a situation with chemicals or oil as oil can break down the bonding agents used in recycled rubber flooring. Virgin rubber mats and vulcanized mats won't have this problem.

Greatmats Hog Heaven Anti-Fatigue Floor Mat Some of rubber's other benefits include its slip resistance, resistance to spills and anti static properties. Factories, food service and other industries working closely with electrical equipment, servers and computers will want ergonomic mats that minimize static electricity. The durability of rubber makes it resistant to cuts. And rubber has a long life span, sometimes up to 30 years.

Hard rubber, which is stiff, can be perforated, which is good for particle generating activities like machining, where the particles will settle in the holes and not damage the mat. Perforated rubber is also used in wet environments like food service areas.

Rubber flooring and hygiene mats can be used in medical areas, operating theaters and clean rooms. Rubber is naturally anti-bacterial. These mats can be autoclaved and washed for a clean environment.

Maintaining rubber flooring is easy - just vacuum and wash with water or a neutral pH cleaner.

Rubber flooring is often composed of virgin rubber or recycled rubber mixed with urethane. Virgin rubber is soft and pliable, but more expensive. Recycled rubber is more affordable, tougher and more scratch resistant.

Rubber Material Concerns

One concern with rubber flooring is the odor. The odor is the result of sulphur. Some companies offer products with and without sulphur. For a large, well-ventilated warehouse space, odor will be less of a factor, and cost may dictate a product with more smell. But in a smaller space, it might make sense to spend a little more for a low odor product.

Another thing to be aware of are additives and fillers in rubber products, ranging from sand and clay to used motor oil. Generally these additives are an issue in products produced overseas, and will not be present in the wide range of American-made rubber products.

Consult the experts

One way to find the perfect ergonomic flooring for your application is to work with a company that offers a broad product line and excellent customer service. A leader in the specialty flooring business, Greatmats.com offers a wide array of rubber, foam and PVC products as well as friendly and knowledgable customer service.

For more on this topic please review our Ergonomic Flooring and Mats product page.

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Friday, September 15, 2017

Top 5 Uses of Rubber Flooring Rolls 1/4 Inch Regrind

From Party Rooms to Retail Establishments to Dog Training Schools

By Julia Nass

Happy Greatmats customers have discovered at least five fantastic ways to use Rubber Confetti Flooring Rolls 1/4 Inch Regrind, from dog training flooring to liquor store flooring. The customer reviews below highlight these uses. But first, a quick look at the ins and outs of these 1/4 inch thick rubber confetti flooring rolls.

The Specs

Rubber Confetti Flooring Rolls Regrind are made of 1/4 inch thick high-quality rubber. Each roll is four feet wide and can be cut to any length between 25 and 100 feet long. Because rolls are factory cut with precision, they will lay side-by-side without any gaps. Rolls are easily secured to the subfloor with double sided tape or an adhesive, although areas under 500 SF can be dry-laid. Ultimately, users find installation to be easy enough to do without any professional help.

These confetti flooring rolls are speckled with colors, which is why they are known as confetti flooring. Including this 10% of color saves on costs and is a more economical option than all black rubber rolls. This 1/4 inch thick rubber is made in the USA from 100 percent recycled rubber. Although the confetti flooring is a sound dampener and heat insulator, it is hard like car tire and will not provide significant fatigue relief.

Five Customer Uses

1. Liquor Store Flooring

Greatmats Rubber Flooring in Liquor Store
''We are using it in our liquor store. It did a great job of covering the different types of existing flooring, concrete and ceramic tile that we had in the old building. It is much more comfortable to walk on for the long days required in a retail business. We are very pleased with the product.''
- Bob, Brookhaven, MS

''The product was shipped on time and arrived in very good condition. I was impressed with the quality of the material and your packaging of the product when it arrived. The rubber is intended for the protection of bottles if they fell off the shelving behind the counter. It has been a bottle saver.''
- Richard, Fairborn, OH

2. Home Gym Flooring

Greatmats Rubber Flooring in Home Gym Weight Room
''I purchased the 1/4 Rubber Flooring Rolls for my personal gym in my lower level. The mats were exactly what I needed. The customer service was very helpful when I called to order, and the shipping was very fast. The floor looks and performs perfectly. I installed 500 sf in about 4 hours with a friend. The installation was relatively easy, and came out perfect. No visible seams, and the mats required no glue. However, I did use seam tape to ensure they stayed exactly where I put them. I would certainly order from Greatmats again.''
- Stephen, North Grafton, MA

3. Activity Room Flooring

Greatmats Rubber Flooring in Activity Room
''Product looked great and installed well. We used for an activity room at an after school center in Pontiac Michigan as part of a church mission project. Everyone was very happy and satisfied.''
- Jim A, Clarkston, MI

4. Dog Training Flooring

Greatmats Rubber Flooring Dog Training Flooring
''Hi Greatmats, we just wanted to let you know how much we love the new rubber flooring in our dog training school. We installed it over drycore subflooring to allow the dogs to jump at their full competition heights will minimal risk to their joints. The dogs love it. The traction they get on the flooring is awesome. I have a YouTube link so you can see the Greatmats flooring installed and being used. You have a great product, and as our school expands we will be ordering more!''
- Kellie, Wasaga Beach, ON

5. Indoor Paintball and Lasertag Flooring

Greatmats Rubber Flooring at Indoor Paintball & Lasertag Facility
''We ordered a little over 2,000 square feet to do the entrance to our indoor paintball and lasertag facility, Jack's Ultra Sports. I believe lead time was around 2 weeks, from the time we ordered until we received, which wasn't an issue. The Rubber rolls were delivered wrapped and undamaged on a pallet and made it easy to move around. When we got to laying the rolls, we noticed that 2 rolls were quite a bit thicker than the rest. We emailed back and forth with Greatmats, and they replaced our 2 rolls hassle free! Big thumbs up to them for standing behind their product and delivering two replacement rolls so we could finish our entrance area. We are happy with the quality of the rubber flooring and would buy from Greatmats again!''
- Andy, Conway, AR

More Ideas and Support

If 1/4 inch thick rubber confetti flooring isn't exactly what you need, Greatmats offers many other rubber flooring rolls to choose from. Further, if you're still feeling stuck on how to solve your flooring issues, or if you have a flooring vision you need assistance fulfilling, reach out to Greatmats customer service team. There are tons of flooring solutions out there, which may feel overwhelming and difficult to sift through. Greatmats employees do whatever they can to make the process as stress-free as possible, starting with online and over-the-phone support.

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

Related Product: Rubber Flooring Rolls 1/4 Inch Regrind Confetti

Thursday, September 14, 2017

What are the Key Components to Aerobic Flooring?

Train longer and harder with quality flooring designed for aerobic exercises


By Kim Butler

Greatmats Max Tile Floor used in Aerobics Class More than 30 years ago, aerobic dance burst on the fitness scene with Jazzercise, Richard Simmons, Kathy Smith and Denise Austin. Then came Gin Miller's step aerobics and the Reebok Fitness Team. Later, Billy Blanks gave us his Tae Bo cardio boxing workouts, and in the new century, Zumba, the Latin music-themed dance party has many of us shaking our hips while others prefer P90X or Insanity cardio workouts. In reality, many forms of exercise are considered aerobic, or cardio exercise, so long as it increases your heart rate and your breathing rate for a sustained period of time. Walking, jumping, skipping, running all qualify, just to name a few. But to safely perform these sorts of exercises, you need a the right type of floor surface; Kickboxing, Yoga, and Pilates students and instructors will also benefit from an aerobic exercise appropriate floor.

Any sort of aerobic exercise is great for your health and well being, but done on the wrong surfaces, it can be very hard on your joints. Aerobics flooring is critical for high energy workouts to limit the hazards of a hard floor. You'll find the best quality and selection of aerobic mats from a specialty retailer like greatmats.com.

Impact absorption

Step, dance and high-impact workouts can wreak havoc on your spine and knees if you aren't performing on an impact-absorbing surface.

Ceramic tiles, concrete and hardwood can be some of the worst offenders. When you look for an aerobic floor, shock absorption is a key factor. Concrete, ceramic and basic hardwood floors absorb no energy - therefore, your body is re-absorbing the energy created by your motion - this can lead to joint pain and injuries, muscle fatigue, even broken bones.


Greatmats Aerobic Flooring Pro Tile in Aerobics Exercise Studio
Resilience is another factor to look for - or the springiness of a floor. Think about how a trampoline or a diving board snaps back when you bounce on it. You want a certain amount of springiness to deflect and return some energy to your body. Flooring should also be non-slip (Face it. You want to be getting sweaty during those workouts.) and not too squishy. A turned an ankle due to too soft floors can result in an ankle injury. You definitely don't want a soft, spongy material.

Whether you are a studio owner or creating a space in your home for aerobic fitness, a suitable floor will greatly enhance your workouts and insure a safe space your movements.


Aerobic flooring materials are most often offered in foam mat and interlocking modular tile options. You can create a professional-quality aerobics area in your home or commercial facility easily and inexpensively with aerobic exercise mats. Aerobic floors provide fatigue relief for exercises of all types.

There are three main aerobics flooring options for you to choose from: foam, plastic and rubber. Foam aerobic floors are generally the softest and lightest weight, followed by plastic, and then rubber. Reverse the order for durability ranking.


Greatmats Martial Arts Tile in Multi Purpose Exercise Studio Whether you need a wall-to-wall floor for a home gym or just an island layout of a few interlocking foam mats to exercise on, specialty flooring retailers like Greatmats.com have what you're looking for.

You can even build a center island in your room for workouts that you can quickly hide away when you're done using it. If you prefer, there are also modular wood grain tiles that look fantastic in any setting, exercise or otherwise.

Modular aerobic mats look great and are designed to lay directly over your hard surfaces. Since they require no glues or adhesives to install, modular aerobic flooring can be moved to expand your exercise area as necessary.

Want to install a wall-to-wall floor, but it sounds too complicated? Rest easy. Most floors are simple to lay down. Calculating the amount of aerobic floor tiles or mats you'll need is easy with online calculators. Simply measure the lengths of your walls and plug those numbers into our planner. The planner will do the calculations for you.

Interlocking Foam Floor Installation

Greatmats Aerobic Flooring Tile in Pro Aerobics Studio
Interlocking foam tiles are simple to install. Just lay out these lightweight foam tiles and interlock the edges like you would a puzzle. For an island layout, you can apply the border strips around the perimeter (if available). For a wall-to-wall application, simply and cut your tiles to with a sharp utility knife and you're ready to go! Closed cell EVA foam is lightweight so it's easy to transport and store.

Want to relocate? No problem!

With foam aerobics mats you can simply stack them up and bring them with you. Tight fitting seams ensure that your aerobic floor will stay snug and stable for years to come. Home gym owners rave about these foam tiles for their P90X and Insanity workouts. But these tiles are sturdy enough for commercial applications too and get high marks from professional Zumba and Jazzercise studio owners.

Interlocking Plastic Floor Installation

Greatmats Bump Top Staylock Tiles aerobic flooring
Another option are modular StayLock Tiles, which are easy-to-install soft plastic tiles for aerobic flooring with excellent cushion relief and durability. These tiles are available in many designer solid colors with a bump top or orange peel surface texture. The high-cushion aerobic mats provide fatigue relief and are much more comfortable than hardwood or concrete. Install the Staylock tiles on any flat surface including carpeting. One fitness enthusiast says his knees are much better since he installed these tiles, and he wishes he used them when he was in his ''Insanity'' exercise phase.

Max Tiles feature a durable commercial grade vinyl top surface and are great for home basement floors. Use a 3mm rubber underlayment for aerobics flooring applications. The Max Tile is available in a variety of designer wood grain looks. The commercial grade vinyl top surface of this flooring is scratch resistant and will look fantastic for years to come. The raised tile is excellent for aerobic activities like dance and Jazzercise. It has gotten good reviews from tap dancers, Zumba fans, even break dancers, hip hoppers, line dancers and two steppers. One Greatmats Max Tile customer wrote her ''back felt great'' and she wished she hadn't waited so long to buy it.

Rubber Flooring Roll and Mat Installation

Greatmats plyometric rubber aerobic flooring Another choice, plyometric rubber rolls, allow you to quickly cover larger aerobic exercise areas as they come in 4x10 feet mat rolls. These aerobic mats provide exceptional shock absorption and are made in the USA from recycled materials.

One woman who uses this material says it was so durable she ''would do jumping jacks on it in heels and not worry for a second.'' She added that it worked great for Insanity, Tae Bo, and P90X, and her knees no longer hurt.


Cleaning of all types of aerobics flooring is quick and simple. In most cases, a quick once over with a damp mop should restore your floor to it's original appearance. In cases where there is heavy dirt or mud, most manufacturers recommend a basic floor cleaner with a low pH. Keeping your floor clean and maintained will add years to its lifespan and keep your workout area looking great.


Greatmats' commercial aerobic flooring will ship via freight delivery while home users can expect ground shipping for most items. Some modular aerobics tiles come with a 10-year limited warranty.

For more on this topic please review our Aerobic Mats and Flooring product page.

Related Product: Aerobic Flooring Pro Tile

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Top 10 Customer Uses for Folding Gym Mats

It's time to think outside of the box when it comes to gym mats

By Julia Nass

Greatmats Folding Gym MatsAlthough Greatmats' 4x8 Folding Gym Mat is designed for gymnastics, cheerleading and martial arts, its uses do not stop there. This versatile gym mat is constructed with a top quality foam core covered by a durable vinyl cover. Plus, these home exercise mats fold up for easy transportation or storage. Characteristics such as these (and many many more) make folding gymnastic mats suitable for a myriad of purposes. Read the following list to discover the most popular ways in which customers are using 4x8 ft by 1.5 inch and other sizes of Greatmats Folding Gym Mats, and find out why they are so well-loved.

1. As Gymnastics Mats

''These are the most supportive gymnastic mats on the market. They do not break down and need replacing like the ones that have the zipper closure. Those specifically say foam can easily be replaced. Ours are installed under our daughters balance beam for safety on the concrete floor in our garage. She also puts the mats end to end for tumbling practice. No worries. They are very thick and heavy duty. We love the Greatmats.''
Tanya, Batesville, AR

2. As Cheerleading Mats

''Well built mats. I have them on a basement cement floor and they give much protection to my daughter working on back handsprings. Well packaged for shipping. Impressed how well wrapped they were. A+++ all the way around!''
Susan, Tecumseh, MI

3. As Martial Arts Mats

Greatmats Folding Gym Mats used for Martial Arts Training
''I turned my boys room into their own martial arts studio with these mats. They loved it. Inexpensive option, now they can horse around and I don't have to worry so much. Might need more for the walls. :0''
Michael W., Rowlett, TX

4. As Tumbling Mats

Greatmats Folding Gym Mats Home Use ''I ordered this mat for our home so my daughter could practice her tumbling. This tumbling mat is high quality and very nice. She was very excited to have it at home and practices on it all the time. The kids have been finding all kinds of uses for it and it seems like it will last forever.Good purchase!''
Julie, Stow, OH

5. As Home Exercise Mats

''Mats were sent promptly and in excellent condition. High quality mats that the whole family is enjoying for fitness and training activities.''

Michael, Menomonee Falls, WI

6. As a Play Area for Kids

''These mats make a wonderful soft surface under a play structure for pre-school children. Easy to clean, easy to move, easy to store.''

Don, Raymore, MO

7. As Home Wrestling Mats

Greatmats Folding Gym Mats in Home Gym
''After using the mats for the first time, I find that they work great, suitable for wrestling takedowns as well as grappling and rolling around on them. The thickness provides firm footing for wrestling, while still being adequate to cushion a fall. The 4-side velcro allows me to quickly connect three of them together... and as quickly pick and fold them back up for storage. The 4' width also allows me to transport them easily to another location, making them even more versatile. If I had room, I would buy more of the same pads for an even larger area. They shipped quickly, were well wrapped to prevent damage and arrived in perfect shape.''
Edward, Gainesville, FL

8. As Home Wall Padding

''The quality appeared to be very high and I couldn't beat the price. I already referred Greatmats to another dealer I know that installs indoor gym floors.''

Charlie, Oak Park, MN

9. As Stage Props

Greatmats Folding Gym Mats as Stage Props ''These are very high quality mats. I cannot speak to the long-term durability because we used them on a stage set as the outfield of a baseball diamond, but for our purposes, they worked very, very well and were the only green mats we could find. We were very happy with the purchase. They are definitely higher quality than the ones I purchased for my own children for gymnastics practice.''

Virginia, Brookings, SD

10. As Fall Training Mats

''My husband teaches falling skills to senior citizens. He is sometimes asked to do presentations in facilities that do not have gym mats, so we wanted to find a mat he could take with him and store easily when not in use.We spent a long time doing online research before buying this mat, and we couldn't be happier with this product!

Greatmats Folding Gym Mats Martial Arts Training
This gym mat is ideal. It is firm enough for standing and balance work, but it adequately cushions falls. The mat can be also folded to increase thickness, or attached with velcro to other mats for a larger workspace. It is light enough to be carried by one person, and when it's folded, it fits easily into our car. It's compact folded size also makes it easy to store in our home. The mat's size obviously limits the number of people who can use the mat at one time, but this isn't a problem for our needs. It is very well-made and easy to clean. All in all, this is an excellent mat at a very reasonable price; because we have been so pleased, we have recommended Greatmats to a number of friends.

Greatmats' online chat service is also great: you can get immediate answers to your questions.''

Columbus, OH

For more on this topic please review our Gymnastics Mats & Gym Mats product page.

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Top Flooring Considerations for Tap Dancing

What makes a good tap dance floor?

By Kif Richmann

Tap dancing is one of the most challenging and engaging activities you can find.

It involves balance, grace, speed, and precision, making it incredibly difficult to learn and nearly impossible to master. If you're going to participate in this sport, expect to be challenged; you can also expect a rewarding activity that is fun and interesting.

Tap dancing calls for special shoes, but it also requires special flooring with very specific qualities. Do you know what to look for in a tap floor? Let's look at some of the special considerations for your portable tap floor so you can get the right product to meet your needs.

Top Flooring Considerations for Tap Dancing


1. Sound

Tap dancing is all about the sound. If you're going to select a tap dance flooring for your tap group or at-home practice, it needs to have a sharp, reverberating sound that allows you to hear the tone loud and clear. The surface should be hard enough to deliver the classic ''tap'' that we all love.

When you select a portable tap floor, make sure it gives plenty of sound, especially when used with tap shoes. The sound should be loud and sharp, but not hollow and certainly not faded. This will ensure quality tapping for years to come.

2. Durability

Long-lasting durability is also essential for your tap floor. Because tap shoes are hard, they can quickly wear away a flooring surface. Add in the fact that tapping is rapid, fast, and repeated over and over again and you have the recipe for immediate wear and tear.

When you are looking for a tap mat, be sure it is made from a quality surface that is durable and strong. You may even want to check for a warranty just to be sure that the product will last.


3. Portability

Tap dancing can be performed in any location. From school auditoriums to gym floor to church activity centers, you never know where you might have to perform. This makes portability all the more important for tap dance floors.

But what do we mean by portability? Not only should the flooring be completely removable, it should also be lightweight, allowing nearly anyone to assemble and disassemble the tap floor with ease. It should also set up easily and not require special adhesives, tapes and special connections.

4. Scuffing

As we said earlier, tap dance requires fast, repetitive movements with hard-soled shoes. This can be bad news for dance floors that aren't scuff resistant. Tap dancing requires an amount of elegance, and a scuffed dance floor can ruin the appeal. Obviously you don't want your dance floor to break into pieces, but you also should not have unsightly scuff marks.

When searching for the right tap board, make sure it is scuff resistant so it will give you years of quality performance and reliable support.

5. Size

Having the right size is essential too. In many cases, the ''right size'' will depend on your specific needs. For example, if you need a portable dance floor, you will likely want a smaller size. In this case, a 3x3-foot portable tap floor should suit your needs.

However, you can also choose a larger dance floor, or purchase multiple interconnecting tap dance tiles to create a wider space. In many cases, a wide space is the right choice if you have a permanent tap floor, like the type you'd find at a dance studio.

6. Weight

The specific weight of the tap mat will tie directly into it's portability. If the tile is significantly heavy, it can be difficult to move, so if you are looking for something that is portable, you'll absolutely want a lighter product.

However, if the tap board will be placed permanently, you can likely choose a heavier option. Whatever your needs, be sure to note the overall weight of the flooring surface.


7. Ease of Storage

When you disassemble the dance floor, where will it go? Ease of storage is essential for portable tap floors and temporary spaces. In many cases, you'll need to load it into cars, vans, or school buses, so the ability to fit into small spaces becomes important.

You'll often find tap flooring in the form of tiles, which can be taken apart and stacked, or in rolls, which will roll up and can be stored in many different locations, including car trunks or closets.


8. What Surfaces can it be Installed Over?

While some tiles and temporary mats can be installed over virtually any surface, you want to make sure the product you choose can be laid over the specific surface you need to cover. You may be placing the tiles over carpet, hardwood or ceramic tile. You may even place them over concrete.

If you are choosing a portable tap floor, make sure you find a product that can be installed over nearly any surface so you can use it wherever you go.

9. Price

While specific price should never be the only factor in your decision, it needs to be considered. Whether you are choosing a tap floor for your home, a business, or for a community organization, budgets matter. You need a quality product that fits your budget and gives you years of support.

Take a close look at the price and be sure that you understand what is included. Will the tap dance floor come with edging and corner connectors? Will it need a subsurface? Will it need surface protection? Take the time to ask these questions and you will be able to find a product that fits your budget while avoiding any surprise expenses.

Top Products for Tap Dance Flooring


Tap Dance Floor Kit 9 Tiles

Tap dancing is an activity that requires a very specific flooring. Fortunately, Greatmats provides the Tap Dance Flooring Kit, which has nine panels of durable vinyl tiles that give a superior surface for you favorite activity. With a modular design, no special adhesives will be required. You can take it anywhere, and setup is extremely easy and simple.

Each tile on this dance floor is one square foot. When combined, you'll have a 3x3-foot space to practice or perform all of your tap dance moves. It also comes with six male borders, six female borders, and four corner pieces to provide a clean, finished appearance. For a larger dance floor, you can also order multiple tiles

Each tile weighs roughly two pounds, so moving them from place to place is simple. Because the tiles can be taken apart and stacked, storage becomes easy as well. The interlocking tiles are made in the USA and come with a 5-year warranty for added reassurance.

Adagio Cut Lengths

Non-absorbent, non-reflective, and skid resistant, this flooring makes the perfect surface for many different areas, including tap dance floors. The product can be cut to the exact length you require, so whether you have a large area or a small corner for dancing, you can get the size to fit your needs. It makes a perfect dance floor for both hard and soft shoes, and it's easy to roll out. Installation can be done with nothing but tape.

Although the flooring can be cut to specific lengths, it comes in widths of 5.25 feet. It must be ordered to a minimum of 10 feet, but can come in lengths as long as 101 feet. Thanks to an advanced manufacturing process, this tile will not delaminate.

Made from durable vinyl, the tile can be used as a temporary or permanent tap floor.

Adagio Touring Cut Lengths

For a portable tap floor, few products are as functional and reliable as the Adagio Touring, which comes in 5.25 feet wide sheets that can be assembled to create the perfect dance floor no matter where you travel. If you are part of a practice or competing tap dance group that visits many different areas, you will appreciate the convenience and durability of these flooring pieces.

These rolls are not only tough and durable, they are lightweight and easy to move. They are also non-absorbent. so they won't collect moisture. This allows them to remain in better condition for much longer and they won't harbor mold or mildew.

This flooring is available in grey and black, but for tap dance flooring, we strongly recommend black, as tap shoes can leave ugly scuff marks on grey flooring. All tap shoes will leave some non-color markings on the floor, but these markings will not be as noticeable on black surfaces.

Portable Tap Floors and Everything Else You Need

Greatmats is proud to offer a large selection of top-quality products for many different surfaces. From tap dance flooring to horse stall mats, our vast selection of mats and floor tiles will deliver the traction, support and long-lasting durability you need.

From quality products to outstanding service, we have everything you need for a high-quality surface. Contact us today to learn more about our tap floor options. You'll see why so many people across the country turn to us for all their specialty flooring needs!

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

Related Product: Tap Dance Floor Kit 9 Tiles

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Top 5 Rubber Floors for Trade Shows

Durability, Versatility and Easy Installing Rubber Trade Show Floors

By Julia Nass

Rubber flooring is a popular, versatile choice for trade show booths. The tough material yields super durable floors while still looking professional. Because there are so many different rubber trade show booth flooring ideas to sift through, it may seem like an intimidating project to find the right one. That's why Greatmats narrowed down the top five best rubber floors for trade shows.


1. Compact for storage/transportation: Interlocking Rubber Tile 2x2 8 mm

Greatmats Interlocking Rubber Tile 2x2 Foot x 8 mm color flecks
If you're tight on space, Interlocking Rubber Tiles are a compact solution. At 2 x 2 feet and 8 mm thick, this rubber trade show flooring presents some of the easiest rubber tiles to pack up and unpack for the next time. Installation is a breeze without the need for any adhesives. Although these tiles are tight fitting and won't separate on their own, they are also extremely simple to disassemble as well.

The surface is durable and will protect the subfloor from heavy equipment or furniture. Find Interlocking Rubber Tiles in five different colors, from solid black to a variety of colored flecks. Tiles are made with a urethane binding agent that limits rubber odor. Ultimately, this trade show flooring is one of the most popular, easy-transport rubber flooring options out there.

Greatmats Turf Athletic Padded Interlocking Tile
Create a natural, outdoor feel with Turf Athletic Padded Interlocking Tile. This tile provides all of the benefits of a durable rubber floor in addition to the fun outdoors aesthetic. This floor is an awesome choice for those performing sports demonstrations or anyone looking to add an inviting green grass feel and aesthetic to their trade show booth.

The base of this tile is made out of 12 mm recycled rubber, and it's bonded to 3 mm of dense, slip resistant nylon turf. Each tile is 23 x 46 inches and simulates pristine natural grass conditions. This trade show flooring connects together with an intuitive interlocking system and disassembles just as easily.

Greatmats SoftRubber Floor Gym Tile 3/8 Inch
Many rubber options are too dense to provide much cushion, while many cushioned foam options are easily scuffed and scratched. SoftRubber Floor Gym Tiles, however, are an innovative solution that achieves the best of both worlds. These innovative rubber trade show flooring tiles are made with a 2 mm recycled rubber surface bonded to 8 mm of closed cell EVA foam. The foam base yields comfort and cushion while the rubber floor provides a durable, hard-wearing surface.

The cushion of these tiles provides anti-fatigue benefits that prevents soreness in limbs and joints after standing for long periods of time. Employees and clients alike will find comfort and ease upon stepping onto a SoftRubber Floor. This rubber trade show flooring can be cleaned with a damp mop and a neutral pH floor cleaner.

Greatmats Rubber Flooring Roll 1/4 Inch 4x10 Foot Black
For those looking for a steal of a deal, check out Rubber Flooring Rolls. Each roll is a little more than $80 at Greatmats.com, despite a suggested retail price of more than $100 per roll. This trade show flooring is a super economical choice. Despite the low price, these rubber trade show floors are made to endure the wear and tear of trade show booths. Rubber Flooring Rolls are designed for long-lasting durability and toughness, even when being constantly transported.

Each roll comes as a single piece of rubber at 4x10 ft x 1/4 inch. This rubber flooring yields a professional, clean and seamless appearance. Rubber rolls can be installed with either a double sided tape down method or a dry lay for smaller installations. These rubber rolls are in stock and ready to ship straight to your door via UPS.

5. Design possibilities: Color Plus Rubber Tile

Greatmats Color Plus Rubber Tile black and blue
Make your trade show booth come alive with Color Plus Rubber Tiles. This rubber trade show flooring provides the most color options of any other interlocking rubber tile. You can choose from nine different vibrant colors to enhance any trade show booth design. Mix and match colors to create a unique flooring pattern.

Like all of Greatmats rubber flooring options, this flooring can endure whatever you throw at it. The tiles will outlive intense usage and hard wear and tear. These rubber tiles are made with a unique top texture that is both wear and slip resistant. Further, borders and corners feature a beveled edge for safe transitions on and off rubber flooring.

More Options

Find even more trade show booth flooring ideas at Greatmats.com. If you start feeling unsure about all the different options, let Greatmats' friendly customer service team support you in choosing your perfect trade show booth floor. 
For more on this topic please review our Trade Show Flooring product page.

Friday, September 1, 2017

The Many Uses of Staylock Perforated Tiles

Top 15 Customer Uses For Staylock Perforated Tiles

The StayLock Perforated Tiles are tough, durable, and versatile, making them some of the most popular specialty flooring tiles in our entire lineup.

Made from PVC plastic, the mats are 1-foot by 1-foot in size, with a thickness just over a half inch. While the surface edging is straight, the mats utilize a tab 'n loop connector system that clamps the tiles together firmly. They can be connected with simple pressure from a foot, and they disassemble quickly as well.

There are two popular versions of the StayLock Perforated Tiles. The first is an all-black tile, while the second is available in multiple colors.

One of the most important features for these tiles is the perforated top. This feature allows water to flow underneath the mats, preventing puddles from forming at the top. This creates better safety for anyone walking over the surface of these mats, and it's an important reason that StayLock Perforated Tiles have become so versatile.

The Many Uses of StayLock Perforated Tiles

So where can you use the StayLock Perforated Tiles? As you'll discover, you can use them for nearly any purpose. To give you an idea, here are a few of the top uses.

Greatmats Staylock Perforated Tiles outdoor playground floor

1. Outdoor Playgrounds

One of the best uses for these PVC deck tiles is as a play area flooring. On the playground, you'll have children running, jumping, playing, and climbing, so a qualify surface that offers excellent traction and a soft landing makes parents, teachers, and caregivers feel much better. With this outdoor PVC flooring, kids can have more fun outdoors.

Greatmats Staylock Perforated Tiles indoor toddler playground floor 2. Indoor Playgrounds

While the perforated surface and UV treatment makes the mats ideal for outdoor use, they can be just as effective inside. They provide traction and a softer landing surface for kids on the move, and can be extremely reliable for indoor playgrounds especially in areas such as basement where moisture may be present or rooms with a lot of sunlight. With a fall rating of 20 inches, they are much better than hard concrete, wood or tile floors.

3. Decks

Many outdoor decks hold water on the surface and can become slippery when it rains. However, when you use these perforated tiles over your deck, you'll have a reliable, slip-resistant surface that enhances your deck and lets you relax in peace. They fit into place easily, and with multiple colors available, you can choose the right design to match your outdoor style.

Greatmats Staylock Perforated Tiles Deck Flooring blue and gray

4. Dog Kennels

Greatmats Staylock Perforated Tiles Outdoor Dog Kennel Floor
Keeping a dog healthy and happy often requires giving them plenty of space to roam and play. However, you will occasionally need to lock them inside a kennel while you are at work or on the go. To make sure the kennel has a safe, durable, and reliable flooring surface, you can use StayLock Perforated Tiles. These products are excellent for dogs feet, as the material won't be damaged by a dog's claws, but the surface is also easy on their foot pads and adds cushion where they sleep.

With non-absorbent PVC material, the pet flooring won't absorb messes left by pets - or allow it to pool, which leads to a much healthier environment for the animals.

5. Pool Deck

Greatmats Staylock Perforated Tiles Pool Deck flooring bright blue
Pools can be a dangerous place for both kids and adults, but it's not just the pool itself that present a safety concern. The pool deck, which can become slippery, is often a place for slips and falls, leading to bumps, bruises, and even broken bones. There's a good reason why lifeguards are always telling kids to walk!

Perforated tile is the perfect addition to a pool deck. It provides a reliable surface that is slip-resistant, and thanks to the perforated surface, water that inevitably makes its way to the deck will drain underneath. There is no pooling on top and less chance of injury for everyone enjoying the pool!

6. Shower

Like pool decks, showers can become slippery and dangerous. Shower injuries are one of the top concerns, especially for elderly individuals who may have trouble with balance. While shower mats can be effective, our tiles can be extremely reliable as a wet area flooring, including inside a shower.

Once again, the surface perforation is key to the mat's success. With water flowing underneath, these mats maintain a slip-resistant and non absorbant surface while allowing people to get the warm, relaxing shower they deserve.

7. Litter Box Area

If you have a cat in the home, you understand the importance of a clean area for their litter box. Lining the surrounding area with perforated tiles creates a beneficial space for both you and your cats.

Simply place the tiles in an area where you usually keep the litter box and you'll have a non-absorbent flooring surface that you can keep clean with minimal effort. As you cat steps out of the litter box and onto the StayLock flooring, excess litter, clinging to its feet or fur can fall through the holes leaving a much cleaner floor surface. You can choose any color you desire to match your interior style, but remember to sweep under the tiles periodically.

8. Roof Deck

Greatmats Staylock Perforated Tiles Roof top patio gray flooring
A roof deck is one of the best additions you can make to a home or a commercial building. It provides an outside space where people can relax, enjoy some fresh air, and take in a healthy dose of sunlight. However, roof decking needs a quality floor surface, and few products match this need like PVC deck tiles.

A roof deck will be exposed to constant sunlight, so having a UV-treated flooring is essential. Because our StayLock Perforated Tiles are UV-treated, they won't fade, warp or become brittle in the sun. This gives them the longevity you need while delivering traction and safety.

Greatmats Staylock Perforated Tiles raised garden base on roof top 9. Raised Garden

Raised gardens give you a chance to grow special crops and flowers from nearly any location, and these PVC deck tiles are a perfect underneath surface. By using perforated tiles as a base underneath the raised garden, water is allowed to flow through, which prevents drowning the plant.

A raised garden can give you years of enjoyment, and our tiles can be used to enhance the quality and consistency or your plants.

10. Outdoor Porch

Greatmats Patio Flooring Staylock Perforated Tiles
Similar to a roof deck, an outdoor porch needs a surface that is slip-resistant, UV-treated, and perforated. By installing outdoor PVC flooring over your deck, you have a surface that prevents slips for both shoes and bare feet. It also has the UV treatment that will keep it looking great for years.

These flexible tiles are safe and easy to install over any relatively hard and flat surface so, when the rains come, your outdoor deck will have a high-quality surface that doesn't allow water to pool over top. This results in even better safety for your home.

11. Patio

Concrete or stone patios can become very slippery when it rains. For this reason, it's best to install a surface that is perforated and slip-resistant. PVC deck tiles can be used to enhance a wide variety of patio surfaces, creating better results for your decking. The also serve as a great way to soften otherwise hard patio surfaces.

Many outdoor areas are built to create a specific design or style, and with our perforated tile selection, you can choose from various colors to enhance your style. This means you get the quality of outdoor PVC flooring while still maintaining your design.

Greatmats Patio Flooring Staylock Perforated Tiles bright blue

12. Outdoor Play Area

When kids are running around, jumping, rolling, and playing, it helps to have a slip-resistant surface that provides quality protection for your children. If you live in an area that gets lots of rain, you can count on these tiles to ensure better traction, while preventing the muddying of yards and other dirt or grassy areas, even in rainy conditions.

They are also available in vibrant colors that kids love, making them even better for outdoor play areas.


 13. Boat Docks

A boat dock needs a slip-resistant surface to ensure better reliability and safety. By installing perforated PVC deck tiles over the deck flooring, you create a better space for everyone.

This is especially important if you ever have young children or elderly people walking on the dock, as slips can create potentially dangerous situations. These tiles are effective for keeping water from the surface, which inevitably creates a superior dock for everyone in your group.


 14. Boat Decks

Many boats have carpet flooring that can be effective for maintaining traction in wet conditions. However, if you need to replace the flooring on your boat, or if you simply want to add surface that works less like sponge, consider installing PVC deck tiles.

This is especially effective for boats with large decks like pontoons. But even aluminum-hull fishing boats with no build-up deck finish can be improved with perforated tile that will not absorb moisture and separates you from water that may splash into your boat.

15. Gaga Pit

Greatmats Gaga Pit Flooring Staylock Perforated Tiles
Ever heard of gaga? This is one of the newest and most interesting sports in the world. It's a little like dodgeball, but takes place in a smaller, enclosed areas and features only one ball.

This sport is played in many different locations, so having a mobile surface is essential. Fortunately, our outdoor PVC flooring products are perfect for any gaga pit. The provide traction and support, and can be assembled and disassembled quickly. If you are enjoying this or any other sport, consider PVC deck tiles for your playing surface.

StayLock Perforated Tiles are certainly not limited to just these uses. Because they are so tough, versatile, and reliable, they can fit many more indoor and outdoor purposes!

Find Specialized Mats for Your Exact Purpose

Need help choosing the right tiles, mats, or flooring rolls for your home? Are you looking for the perfect perforated tile for your facility?

Contact Greatmats today and we'll help you choose the right flooring for your exact needs. From outdoor play areas to industrial facilities, we have the floor mats to fit your specific needs!

For more on this topic please review our Plastic Flooring Tiles product page.