Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Lincoln HS Converts Auto Shop Into Black Box Theater

Rubber and Marley Flooring System a Perfect Fit for Video Production

Greatmats Dance and Stage Pro Flooring in Black Box Theater
Abraham Lincoln High School video production and theater teacher Kyle Gladden had a vision. His school, located in one of the oldest neighborhoods in Los Angeles, California, had an unused auto shop that he felt would make a great black box theater that his video production class could use for its weekly student-directed web series ''Tigervision'' as well as theatrical performances.

After learning his grant for the black box theater transformation was approved, Gladden began his search for quality vendors to make the vision a reality and found Greatmats to be a perfect fit in the flooring aspect of the process.

At, Gladden found the perfect theatrical flooring surface of his black box theater in its Dance And Stage Pro marley vinyl rolls and rolls of 1/4 inch thick rubber that serve as a shock absorbing underlayment over the existing concrete.

Greatmats Dance and Stage Pro Flooring Rolls Theater
''The flooring rolls have been amazing,'' Gladden said. ''They look great, feel good underfoot, and really make it 'look like a theater' for lack of a better description. We're really glad we found Greatmats!''

Abraham Lincoln High School is a comprehensive school in Lincoln Heights with a four grade enrollment of 1,000 students. With two magnet programs, Abraham Lincoln High School is known for its successful athletic and performing arts programs. 

Kyle Gladden
Abraham Lincoln High School
Los Angeles CA 90031

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Lincoln High school auto shop before installing Greatmats stage flooring

Greatmats installing Theater Stage Flooring Lincoln High School

Greatmats dance and stage pro flooring roll

Friday, March 23, 2018

Event Rentals equipped with Greatmats Vinyl Gym Floor Covers

Founder's Grandson Pleased by Non-Wrinkling 27 oz Vinyl Floor Covering

Event Rentals with Greatmats Vinyl Gym Floor Covers

After 23 years in the event supply rental industry, Event Rentals, Inc., located in Spartanburg, Anderson and Columbia, South Carolina, offers everything from the typical tents, tables, chairs and linens to flooring, china, staging, lighting and catering equipment as well as planning assistance, CAD layout design, event setup and removal.

Martin Tiller, grandson of the Event Rentals founder, grew up hanging around the warehouse. He started helping with the business by washing chairs and making deliveries with crews by his middle school years. Now taking on the duties of business development, Martin recently decided to expand the company's flooring rental options with the addition of gym floor covers.

After getting quotes from a few companies, he determined Greatmats was the best option for the company and ordered ten 10x100 foot 27 oz. vinyl Gym Floor Cover Rolls to bolster his inventory.

''It was just what we needed,'' Martin said after using the floor covers for more than 2 years. ''The durablity is unmatched. ... It has been a great addition to our inventory. I do like that they are one solid piece of vinyl - unlike some others we've come across with events. They don't wrinkle which is great.''
Martin Tiller
Event Rentals
Spartanburg, Anderson, Columbia SC
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Event Rentals with Greatmats Vinyl Gym Floor Covers

Event Rentals Inc Spartanburg SC building Greatmats customer

Event Rentals Inc Anderson SC building Greatmats customer

Event Rentals Inc Columbia SC building Greatmats customer

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Protecting against sump pump failure with Raised Carpet and Vinyl Tiles

Massachusetts man equips basement rooms with Greatmats flooring

Greatmats raised basement carpet tile family room
After a sump pump failure resulted in ruined carpet in Jason Ballard's home in Winchendon, Massachusetts, Jason realized how impractical his glued down flooring really was. So he and his wife began search for a more functional basement flooring option for their basement playroom/living space, office/man-town and laundry room.

That's when they discovered Greatmats' gray Basement Carpet Tile Raised Squares and slate Max Tile Raised Floor Tiles and they fell in love with the potential functionality, ease of installation and appearance. Both options feature a raised plastic base and install by snapping the tiles together without any need for adhesives.

''Working with Beth in sales was great,'' Jason said. ''She helped me along in the purchase process and had my shipment delivered faster than quoted.''

Then came the moment of truth. Would they live up to expectations?

Greatmats Max Tile Raised floor tile slate surface vinyl
''Outside of removing the old flooring, installation was a breeze,'' Jason said. ''I removed the existing trim work and cut the edge tiles with a table saw to fit snug in all corners/edges. I then replaced the trim work for a seamless professional looking installation. The tiles go down extremely fast and the edge pieces cut beautifully with a standard table saw.''

After installing the carpet tiles tiles the playroom and office, and the vinyl-topped max tiles in the laundry room, Jason said, ''(The carpet tiles) look great, but my favorite aspect is the piece of mind knowing that if I have another water issue in my basement my investment is not lost. The vinyl-topped tiles have a nice solid weight to them and they look great. I've actually had a couple people ask if it was real tile. They look that good.''

Jason Ballard
Winchendon MA 
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Greatmats snap carpet tiles in basement

Greatmats grey carpet tiles raised basement flooring click together

Greatmats grey carpet tiles raised basement flooring

Greatmats waterproof carpet tiles in basement

Greatmats Snap Together Carpet Tiles for damp basement

Greatmats Carpet Tiles for damp basement family room

Greatmats Basement Carpet Tiles Raised Squares

Monday, March 12, 2018

MojuKai Karate - Kobudo Owner Protects Ankles with Greatmats

Roll Out Mats Provide Proper Stability for Traditional Karate Dojo

Renshi Lennis Darby Mojukai Karate kobudo owner Greatmats martial arts mats cus
Renshi Lennis Darby has always had a fascination with combat. The 49-year-old 5th degree black belt in Karate began studying martial arts at the age of 14 while a high school friend introduced him and several others to Karate.

''Our 'workouts' at that time consisted mostly of him using us as living kicking bags or targets,'' Darby said of their backyard training. ''We trained hard, and it was nothing unusual for the sessions to end with one of us getting knocked out. ... It didn't take long for the other boys to tire of getting bruised and beaten, but there was something about it that was magnetic to me. I couldn't get enough.''

Four years later, Darby earned his first black belt, and by 1990, he had opened his first dojo. In 1995, Darby opened MojuKai Karate - Kobudo, a dojo he still runs today.

Greatmats Martial Arts Roll Out Mats Mojukai Karate Kobudo
When MojuKai Karate-Kubodo, the only traditional Okinawan/Japanese school in Coffee County, Alabama, was building its new dojo, Darby know he needed to upgrade from his old 1.5-inch puzzle mats which had caused several turned and sprained ankles.

So he checked out and found just what he was looking for 1.25-inch thick roll out mats.

''The design of the mats we have was the best that we found,'' Darby said after his Greatmats purchase. ''Being able to customize the size was a big factor (in choosing the roll out mats). They are much easier to clean than the rubber puzzle mats. They stay in place, and there is little risk of turning an ankle because of the mat design. ... We've been on them over a year and have not had an incident yet.''

Greatmats Martial Arts Roll Out Mats Mojukai Karate Kobudo
While his passion for Karate began in an aggressive fashion, Darby says, ''I truly believe that the greatest benefit from karate can be establishing a good set of morals. When parents tell me that they can see a difference in their child's behavior, that is most meaningful to me. I have won many tournaments and championships, but having a positive impact on young people is what motivates me.''

Now with proper matting, Darby is able to make that positive impact on morals and behavior without sacrificing the physical health of his students.

Renshi Lennis Darby
MojuKai Karate-Kobudo
Enterprise AL
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Renshi Lennis Darby MojuKai Karate Kobudo Greatmats customer

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Lucky Dog Training Center Equipped with Greatmats Dog Agility Mats

Safety and Positivity Top Priorities for Texas Dog Trainer

Lucky Dog Training Center with Greatmats Dog Agility Mats Green Color

Positivity is at the core of Lucky Dog Training Center, located just north of Fort Worth, Texas. That mentality led owner Melinda Meche to take a chance on opening the training facility in 2013 after earning her first training certification at Triple Crown Dog Academy. Since then, Melinda has continued to further her studies through both in-person seminars and online studies.

She and her staff at Lucky Dog Training Center use their positive training methodology in all types of dog training from puppy manners to competition sports training.

Safety in Flooring

When researching flooring to lay down in her facility, Melinda wanted to make sure she had a safe environment for all dogs and found the perfect fit at

''The GreatMats were the most affordable and safe mats for our very large space,'' Melinda said.

Greatmats Green Dog Agility Mats at Lucky Dog Training Keller Texas
She ended up ordering approximately 6,500 square feet of Greatmats Dog Agility Mats Interlocking Tiles in green coloring for her dog agility training room and, after three months of use, she says, ''We have been very pleased. They do not move apart, and they vacuum well.''

Although the cushioned flooring does puncture fairly easily from dog nails, Melinda added, ''The fact that they are closed cell and no moisture can seep further into the mats is awesome. ... We hope that the mats will last us many years. We love that we will be able to flip them over and use the other side in a couple years and have a brand new floor.''

Melinda Meche
Lucky Dog Training Center
Keller TX 76244
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