Thursday, August 30, 2018

Artificial Turf Buying Guide

How to Purchase Artificial Grass


By Julia Nass
Greatmats artificial turf on terrace pool Are you wondering if buying artificial grass is the right move for you? Start by considering the benefits, particularly in comparison to buying real grass. 

Benefits of Artificial Turf

Low Maintenance

Artificial grass requires very little effort. You will save time, water and money. Buying artificial grass is a simple one-time investment that will last you for years and years. Caring for real grass is a never ending process, whereas caring for artificial turf is quick and easy as can be. Plus, you will never, ever have to mow.

Bring the Grass Aesthetic Anywhere

Purchasing artificial grass gives customers the opportunity to bring the look and feel of natural grass to any location. Whether the climate prevents real grass from growing or the space is indoors, artificial grass can go anywhere that real grass cannot. Plus, you will never feel frustrated by dead or brown grass. Artificial grass stays green and thick year round.

Instant Results

With a purchase of artificial grass, you get instant results. There is no waiting for grass to grow, and you can start using it right away. The instant satisfaction continues even after installation. Unlike with real grass, you don't have to wait for artificial grass to dry after it rains. Artificial grass has awesome drainage, so sports games can go on even in weather.

Common Uses for Artificial Grass


Greatmats artificial grass golf course
Buying artificial grass is a fantastic way to bring a natural look and feel to any space, both indoors and outdoors. Artificial turf comes in both modular tiles and rolls. Either way, they are extremely easy to handle and install. Some of the most popular uses and locations for artificial grass include:
  • Decks, Patios, Terraces and Balconies
  • Pool decks Areas
  • Golf Courses and Putting Greens
  • Outdoor spaces for pets 
  • Indoor and Outdoor Sports Venues
  • Playgrounds
  • Dog agility facilities and competitions
  • Fitness centers

If planning for an artificial grass surface seems enticing, then it is time to start narrowing down the options. Luckily, Greatmats makes buying artificial grass a simple project. The company prides itself on more than its incredible products - it takes pride in its customer service and support. With Greatmats, customer support comes in many forms, from an extensive Buyer's Guide with numerous blogs to on-call representatives ready to answer any and all questions. 

Greatmats CrossFit sled artificial turf tiles
Factors to Consider When Choosing Artificial Turf

  • What kind of activities will take place on the turf? How will it be used?
  • Will the artificial grass go indoors or outdoors? 
  • What is the size of the area where it will be installed? 
  • What kind of surface will turf be installed on? Is it flat and compact, or uneven and soft? 
  • How often will the turf be used?
  • Are you hiring a contractor to install or will you be doing it yourself? 
  • What is your budget?
  • What pile height (length of grass blades) do you want?
  • What type of infill do you want to use?
  • Do you need a padded turf?

Greatmats Flooring Experts

Greatmats artificial turf buying guide
Leave it to the Greatmats' customer service team to guide you to the perfect product. Representatives are available via online chat, email and telephone. They may ask you different questions to get a better sense of the perfect product for you. Before you begin your search, it is helpful to familiarize yourself with the answers to the following questions. The answers to these questions will help you recognize the right product when you come across it.

Greatmats Buyer's Guide

If you are interested in some extra information about purchasing artificial grass, you can do so by taking a little bit of time to investigate Greatmats' Buyer's Guide. There you will find a plethora of interesting blogs and videos that detail different artificial grass products. You can also find articles about real experiences people have had in buying artificial grass. For example, you can read about a long-time trainer who, after searching for the perfect flooring for his training studio, found just the right artificial turf at Greatmats.

Order a Free Sample

Greatmats artificial turf soccer
Yet another awesome perk of purchasing artificial grass with Greatmats is that free samples are available for most products. That way, you can get the true sense of what artificial turf looks and feels like. You can also compare different products to get a feel for what would be best.

Get the Right Price

Greatmats guarantees the most bang for your buck with a price-match guarantee. If you find the same product at a more competitive price elsewhere, let Greatmats know, and they will do whatever they can to make sure you are getting the best possible price. Further, Greatmats is happy to offer bulk discounts. Simply get in touch to request a quote.

Overall, Greatmats shaped their business by the Golden Rule: treat others how you want to be treated. That means that they make buying artificial grass as easy, stress-free and affordable as possible. 

For more on this topic please review our Artificial Grass product page.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Best Clog Dance Flooring Options

Greatmats flooring for clog dancing

Dance Floors for Clogging Guide



Dance floors are designed to offer a dancer the support and traction that they need, while also creating a forgiving surface. But clog dancing is a bit different, and you'll need your clog dance floor to have some properties that your typical dance floor won't necessarily offer, for example, sound resonance.

In order for your clogging floor to last, and for it to create a safe, comfortable surface, you'll need to think about the qualities the floor should have and how you intend to use it. Below are some tips to help you choose the floor that's just right for clogging.



Features & Qualities to Look for in Your Clog Dance Flooring

Quality clog dance flooring, whether you intend to use it for a buck dancing floor, a flatfoot dance flooring, or a foot-stomping dance floor, needs to have some particular features. Look for the following features in any floor that you're considering.

Sound resonance

Greatmats clog dance flooring marley
What's clog dancing without a dance floor that offers plenty of resonance? Many clog dancers prefer floors that produce deeper tones, since they accentuate the dancing. Traditionally, hardwoods are used because of their resonance, but these floors aren't easily portable, and can be expensive. There are other, more practical options available, such as interlocking tiles, that offer both versatility and resonance for an impressive performance.

Traction

Clog dancing - particularly Appalachian clogging - is full of aggressive, fast-paced moves. When you're lifting your feet up high and moving quickly, you'll find it very easy to slip if your dance floor doesn't offer enough traction. Be sure to choose a floor that offers adequate traction to help prevent slips and falls.

Durability

Excellent durability is a must-have in any dance floor, but especially for clogging. Clogging is one of the most intense and abusive types of dance, so your flooring needs to be tough enough to withstand the high impacts and repetitive motion of clog dancing.

Additionally, the dance floor surface needs to be able to withstand the abrasive nature of steel taps. Taps can damage some types of flooring, leaving your floor looking worn and unattractive. Look for a floor specifically designed for use with hard dance shoes and that can hold up to taps.


Safety

Greatmats dance flooring types
Don't forget to consider safety when evaluating different flooring options. It may be tempting to choose the firmest, most durable flooring option available, but this isn't always the safest option for dancers. Instead, consider a sprung subfloor, which has a bit of give to it. Sprung floors are more forgiving on dancers' joints, and can potentially help you to avoid injury and fatigue. This amounts to better quality and longer rehearsals, potentially extending the length of a dancer's career.

Portability

Consider whether you may want or need to move your clog dance floor in the future. There are many flooring options to choose from that can be left in place for extended periods of time, but which can also be packed up and transported if needed. These temporary dance floor options give you increased versatility, since you don't have to permanently dedicate a space to your dance floor. If you're traveling to performances, a portable dance floor can make all the difference.

Clog Dance Floor Options

Greatmats offers a wide variety of dance floor options, and many of them are durable enough to withstand clog dancing. The right floor for you will depend on how you plan to use it, but here are a few options to help you get started

Sprung Dance Floors

Greatmats sprung dance floor for clog dance


While many sprung floors are intended for permanent installation, our Rosco Sprung Dance SubFloor Panels are portable and removable. These panels are made in the USA and offer superior durability and performance. The panels, which measure 3.5 x 3.5 feet, can be removed and move to another studio location. These dance floor panels provide just the right amount of resistance for a variety of dance styles.

The WaveLock technology of the Sprung Dance Floor eliminates hard or soft spots. The panels are backed by a 5-year limited manufacturer warranty. Sprung floors are often paired with a marley dance flooring surface. Together, they create a quality dance floor suitable for rehearsals and performances.
Sprung dance floors are designed to absorb shock, which can be a major advantage when you're practicing or performing for multiple hours at a time. Sprung floors are often regarded as being the best type of subflooring for dance, and they're suitable for use with clog dancing, too.

Marley Flooring

Greatmats marley dance floor for clogging


Consider the Rosco Adagio Marley, which is designed specifically for use with taps. This versatile flooring can accommodate both hard and soft dance shoes, and offers excellent traction to help prevent slipping. When choosing marley flooring for use with taps, it's advisable to opt for the black flooring, which the tap marks tend to blend in well with. Tap marks are more noticeable on the gray marley.

If you need a portable flooring, then the Rosco Adagio Touring Portable Roll may be a better choice. The touring portable roll is lightweight, versatile, and portable, so it's ideal if you plan to travel to performances where you may need to supply your own flooring. Adagio Touring marley flooring can accommodate all types of dance shoes. Keep in mind, though, that because this flooring is thinner than the Rosco Adagio roll, it won't give you the same durability as traditional Adagio marley, especially when used with tap shoes as it is not meant to be used dancing on a daily basis.

See why one professional clog dancer and the owner of River City Dance studio of St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin decided to use Rosco Adagio marley in her studio.

Marley flooring is a premier surface choice for clog dancing. Marley flooring is suitable for a variety of different dance types, and it offers just the right amount of traction for dancers. At the same time, marley makes for a professional looking floor which is perfect for performances.


Marley is available in both full rolls and in custom cut lengths to meet your studio size.


Interlocking Dance Floor Tiles

Greatmats portable dance floor tiles for tap dance
Looking for an easily portable option that can go just about anywhere with you? Interlocking dance floor tiles may be the perfect solution. These tiles fit together using a variety of different systems, and can be used to create dance floors of any size and dimension. If you need to expand the size of your floor, all you have to do is add on more tiles. Plus, because these tiles are designed for repeated installations, you can remove them, transport them, and reinstall them in a new location. They give you the look of a wooden dance floor, are highly durable, and yet are highly portable and versatile.

Our Portable Dance Floor Tiles are conveniently sized and easy to install. These 1x1 foot tiles feature a durable commercial grade vinyl top surface, which offers them additional durability. They snap together tightly and won't separate during use. Best of all, these tiles can be used for temporary outdoor installation when installed on a hard flat surface, because their raised tile base allows air and water to freely circulate beneath the tiles, which helps to prevent mold and mildew growth. They're a durable yet affordable dance floor option.

Greatmats dance floor panels for clog dancing
You'll also want to consider our Portable Dance Floor 3x3 Foot Cam Lock Panels. With the large 3x3 foot size, these dance floor panels can be used to more quickly assemble a larger dance floor. The commercial grade flooring is portable, and the surface is designed to be long lasting. A solid plywood core gives these tiles excellent strength.

These tiles feature cam-lock technology, which replaces the more traditional set-screws that are often used to connect tiles together. This cam-lock system is easy to use, and there are no parts to lose. You can quickly assemble or disassemble this flooring as needed. Choose from a variety of stunning wood grain and solid color finishes.

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Thursday, August 23, 2018

What Is LVT Flooring? Luxury Vinyl Tile Guide

Guide to Luxury Vinyl Flooring

Greatmats Burke rustic wood grain luxury vinyl flooring

By Paige Cerulli

Have you heard of luxury vinyl tiles, also known as LVT, Luxury Vinyl Flooring, or LVF? This flooring boasts low maintenance, supreme durability, and simply gorgeous finishes. This beautiful flooring is a great way to revitalize or enhance any space, commercial or residential.

So what is LVT flooring?

LVT flooring is made of multiple layers that make it both strong and durable. These Luxury Vinyl Flooring is mainly made up of PVC vinyl. While they closely resemble other flooring types, like wood or ceramic, the tiles weigh far less yet are highly durable. They are more realistic looking than normal vinyl flooring. Luxury vinyl flooring are usually in tile or plank forms. They're popular for a variety of uses, including in homes, offices, and even schools and hotels.

Benefits of Luxury Vinyl Tiles

Versatility

Greatmats cherry luxury vinyl tiles peel and stick
If you're considering a wood or stone floor, then you're looking at a permanent flooring that can't be easily changed in the future. They're also very expensive options, when you consider the cost of the flooring and the installation cost.

LVT flooring is a more versatile option, especially if you suspect that you may want to change the flooring again in the near future. LVT floor tiles can be removed fairly easily, especially if you opt for the vinyl peel and stick tile backings. While these tiles will stay in place for years to come, if you ever decide to renovate, they're easier to remove and change up than ceramic tiles or wood flooring.

Durability

Greatmats luxury vinyl tile walnut wood
There's no beating the durability of luxury vinyl tiles. If you have pets, kids, or just need quality flooring for a high-traffic area, these tiles are a great choice. LVT floors are extremely resistant to dents and scratches. Additionally, this flooring can withstand heat, and is resistant to moisture damage, too.

Many of these tiles are equipped with a wear layer which offers them additional protection against scuffs and scratches. The thicker the wear layer, the more durable it is. These tiles can be used in both residential and commercial applications, thanks to their excellent durability.

Moisture Resistance

Because LVT flooring is moisture resistant, it can be used in basements, laundry rooms, mudrooms, and other areas where traditional wood flooring could be destroyed by moisture.

These tiles allow you to get the look of wood flooring in areas where you couldn't traditionally install wood. They're versatile and you don't have to worry about your new flooring potentially being destroyed by a little moisture or a small leak. Plus, if you have pets, an accident indoors won't ruin your flooring.

Health Benefits

LVT is one of the few flooring types that can actually make a building healthier and safer. Burke LVT tiles incorporate Nano-Silver anti-bacterial technology, with tiny particular of Nano Silver added into the tiles. The silver particles help to inhibit the growth of bacteria such as staph and E. coli, viruses like rhinovirus, and molds. This technology stops bacteria replication, inhibiting the spread of disease. This feature makes LVT a popular option for schools, offices, and other close-quarter areas where disease spread can be a significant issue.

Affordable Price

If you've ever priced out marble tile or hardwood flooring, then you know how cost-prohibitive some of the more beautiful and popular flooring types may be. That's not the case with luxury vinyl flooring. In fact, these floor tiles are more affordable than wood and tile floor.

Because these tiles are so affordable, they become an option for lower-budget projects that otherwise couldn't get the beautiful look of a wood or specialty flooring. Your budget will go farther with these tiles, and you can make a room look simply luxurious with a minimal investment.

Variety

Greatmats LVT ceramic beige flooring Burke
Perhaps one of the greatest benefits of LVT floor tiles is that you can choose from an incredible variety of finishes to get the exact luxurious aesthetic that you want for a room. These tiles are available in finishes that resemble a variety of wood floors, as well as slate and ceramic. LVT plank floor tiles look so much like hardwood floors that many people can't tell the difference.

At Greatmats, we offer LVT floor tiles in the following finishes: Ceramic, Cherry, Dark Oak Parquet, Gym Hardwood, Light Oak Parquet, Maple, Rustic Wood, Slate, Solid Black, and Walnut.

These tiles give you the look of various flooring materials, but without the cost or upkeep that those genuine materials require. They'll add a luxurious finish to any room, and they're available in so many different styles that you'll certainly find a finish that is just perfect for your decor.

Low Maintenance

Greatmats Burke rustic wood grain Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring
LVT floor products require relatively little maintenance, especially if you compare them with the maintenance that a traditional wood floor would require. These floors can be swept and damp mopped, so cleanup is simple and easy. You can also spot clean the floors when a full mopping isn't yet needed.

When the floors are in commercial settings and see increased traffic, some additional maintenance is necessary. Spray buffing can help to restore the floor's sheen and keep it looking impressive and new. You can also strip and recoat the floor when it becomes worn.

Always refer to the specific maintenance directions for the product that you choose.

Growing Popularity of LVT Options

With all of the benefits that LVT offers, it's easy to see why this type of flooring is growing in popularity. LVT flooring adds a beautiful, luxurious touch to nearly any project, but in commercial and home settings. Plus, with the flooring's affordable price, it's an accessible option for even smaller, lower-budget projects.

Because LVT looks so much like other flooring types, chances are you've seen LVT installations and never even been aware of it.

About LVT Installations

Greatmats LVT Slate tile Burke Gold Rush Slate tile
LVT is relatively simple to install, especially when you compare it to the installation process you'd face with genuine hardwood flooring or ceramic tile.

If you're considering LVT for a flooring project, it's important to invest in a quality underlayment. LVT is thinner than laminate flooring, so any imperfections in the subfloor can show through the tile once it's installed. A quality underlayment can help to prevent this. In addition to investing in an underlayment, it's important to make sure that the subfloor is level. Any holes or imperfections will need to be filled before the underlayment is installed.

LVT tiles can be installed in two different methods: Glue down or peel and stick methods.

Glue-down tiles need to be installed with adhesive, which makes the installation process only slightly more complicated. You'll need to choose a proper adhesive that is suitable for both the tile that you're using and the type of subfloor that you're installing the tiles on. Be sure to refer to the specific installation instructions for the product that you purchase.

Glue-down installations are designed to be long-lasting, and when done well they create a truly stunning floor.

If you're looking for something a little bit simpler, then consider the LVT tiles that come with peel and stick backings. The tiles are easy to install; all you need to do is peel the covering off of the backing and press the tiles down to secure them. The stick backing creates a secure bond to the subfloor, and installation is simple and easy - no professional installer needed.

Choosing the Right Luxury Vinyl Tiles for Your Project

Greatmats LVT flooring parquet light oak
LVT tiles offer countless benefits, including affordability, durability, and easy installation. Whether you're looking for tiles for home or commercial use, you'll find an LVT option that's just right for your use.

As you work to narrow down your choices, consider these factors to identify the tile that's the right fit for your needs:

  • Amount of traffic: Think about the amount of traffic the tile will need to withstand. If you're installing a tile in a commercial setting, then you'll want to choose a product with a thicker wear layer to maximize its durability. For home settings, you can choose tiles with thinner wear layers, since they won't see as much traffic.
  • Installation method: Think about which installation method is best for you. For a long-lasting commercial setting, a glue-down installation may be best. For home use, a peel and stick installation will save you time and will mean you don't need to hire a professional installer. 
  • Desired aesthetic: LVT tiles are available in countless designs. Consider the overall aesthetic that you want your space to have - chances are there will be a LVT tile that can give you that very look. 

Burke LVT with Nano-Silver Technology

One of our unique LVT options is the Burke Luxury Vinyl Flooring line. Burke LVT is manufactured with new germ killing technology designed to make your facility safer from bacteria such as staph and E.coli, viruses like rhinovirus and molds. NANO-SILVER is added to Burke LVT giving a durable antimicrobial action. The silver particles are microscopic (nano sized), making them invisible to the human eye. The silver ions destroy the bacteria cell membranes, killing the bacteria and stopping replication.

Our current options of Burke LVT include Ceramic and Slate Tiles and Rustic Wood Grain Planks.

Burke LVT Ceramic Tile 6 mil

If you have any questions about these luxury vinyl tiles, please give our customer service team a call. Our flooring experts would be happy to answer any questions you may have, and can help you to determine which product is right for your needs.


For more on this topic please review our LVT Luxury Vinyl Tiles product page.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Modular Flooring Buying Guide

How to Buy Modular Flooring

By Julia Nass

Greatmats modular flooring in basement bar
No matter the purpose you have in mind for your flooring project, considering planning for a modular floor. Purchasing modular flooring is one of the easiest ways to bring a beautiful new floor into your home, business or trade show booth - all without the cost of paying someone to put it in for you.

Construction of Modular Flooring

 
Modular flooring tiles are built on a foundation that is made from soft or rigid PVC plastic or polypropylene plastic materials. Some tiles have a solid top in flat or smooth, diamond, or coin top finishes. Some of these tiles have a vinyl surface to create a stone or wood look flooring. Other modular tiles have a carpet-topped surface. Other tiles are made of softer plastic material to provide anti-fatigue benefits in work areas.

Modular tiles can also have surfaces that are perforated, so they can be used in wet areas. Water drains through the tile's top, and the tile's base allows the water and air to freely circulate for faster drying.
Greatmats modular plastic flooring

Benefits of Modular Flooring

Modular flooring makes installing a brand new, professional-looking floor a simple do-it-yourself project. Typically, modular floor tiles are more lightweight and transportable than rolls or large mats. If certain tiles or modular mats are damaged, you can easily replace just a piece of the floor rather than the entire thing, saving both time and money. With modular tiles and mats, the world of flooring is (literally) at your feet. 
 
Modular floor tiles are preferred because of their ease of installation. Homeowners or professional installers can install the tiles, and often there's no need for tools or adhesive. If you need to cut the tiles to fit a wall-to-wall installation, all you need is a sharp utility knife or a table saw.

Greatmats modular carpet tile floor
These tiles are portable, and they can be taken apart and reinstalled with little to no risk of damaging the flooring. Most of the tiles feature hidden interlocking or snap-together mechanisms. This design allows for a clean looking finished installation, but with the versatility of a modular floor. The interlocking design ensures that tiles fit tightly together and will not pull apart and make for a more seamless look.
 
Modular flooring tiles typically have a raised plastic base that allows air and moisture to flow underneath which is especially beneficial to basements that may have moisture issues. It helps to prevent mold and mildew issues in basements and other damp areas.

Many modular tiles are available with ramped border edges to reduce tripping hazards and provide a more finished look. Border ramps are not necessary with a complete wall to wall installation.

Planning for a Modular Floor


At this point you may be wondering, with so many different options out there, how do you begin planning for a modular floor? Start by becoming familiar with the space you plan to put your new floor in and daydream the perfect vision you have for it. Are you buying modular flooring for your home? A commercial space? A studio? What kind of aesthetic would you like to achieve? Something classy, fun, colorful, chic? What is your budget? Will the floor be heavily used or subject to spills or moisture?

Measure the space you would like to put your floor in. You will use these dimensions later to help narrow your search. Once you have these questions answered for yourself, you can begin your floor hunt with a clear idea of your wants and needs. However, there is no need to get too specific just yet. After you have a broad sense of what you want in your floor, Greatmats.com can help you the rest of the way.

Visit the Greatmats Buyer's Guide


Greatmats modular flooring in garage
Customers find the Greatmats Buyer's Guide to be a useful and interesting place to help them in purchasing a modular floor. You can find videos, blogs, customer profiles, how-to's and more. Videos compare different different floors, demonstrate how to install them, and answer other common how-to questions. Customer profiles highlight a wide variety of real people and businesses using Greatmats flooring products. You can also find flooring recommendations, How To articles, FAQ, comparisons, and much much more. 

Use the Greatmats Pro Floor Designer


One of Greatmats.com's most helpful features is the Pro Floor Designer. Find a product that sparks your interest and access the Greatmats Pro Floor Designer from its product page. From there, you can enter the dimensions and shape of your space. Then, you can try designing with different colors, designs and layouts. The Pro Floor Designer is a fun way to get an idea of what your space will actually look like after buying modular flooring.

Contact a Greatmats Flooring Expert


Greatmats modular pool deck tile
Once you are tired of doing research on your own, or if you have questions you have not found the answer to, a Greatmats Flooring Expert will step in to assist. These customer service representatives are committed to your vision and will go above and beyond in assisting you with buying modular flooring. The support team can be reached both online via chat or email and over the telephone. They can help you choose a product, order free samples, and eventually order the perfect product as well.

Overall, Greatmats firmly believes planning for a modular floor and purchasing modular flooring should not drain your time, energy and money. Greatmats.com and its stellar support team has everything you need to make buying modular flooring simple, fun and affordable.

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

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Best Garage Floor Tiles for Wet Areas

Garage Tiles for Garages with Moisture Problems

By Paige Cerulli

Greatmats garage flooring tiles
Installing new flooring in your garage can revitalize the space and make it more versatile. It's an excellent way to protect your concrete garage floor from wear and tear, while also creating waterproof garage floors to work on, work out on, or just make your garage a more attractive space.

But many garages have moisture problems. A flood, leak, or just condensation buildup can destroy flooring that isn't waterproof. That's why Greatmats offers a number of waterproof garage flooring options. Even if your garage has a moisture issue, our non absorbent flooring for garages is a suitable, durable choice.

Why You Need Waterproof Garage Flooring

Why invest in new flooring for your garage? There are countless reasons why flooring is a worthwhile investment for any garage.
  • Increase the versatility of your garage, and put an unused or underused space to work for you.
  • Improve your garage's safety with forgiving flooring that offers appropriate traction. 
  • Protect your subfloor from additional wear and tear. 
  • Transform your dark, damp garage into a welcoming, attractive space. 
  • Make your garage a more enjoyable space for working with sound dampening and comfortable flooring. 
  • Custom-design your garage to suit your preferences and needs.

Features to Look for In Wet Area Garage Flooring

Wet area garage flooring needs to possess some particular features to withstand the environment that it will be used in. Look for flooring with the following features:
  • Waterproof: Flooring to be used in wet garages absolutely must be waterproof. If you'll be keeping vehicles in the garage, then you'll also want a flooring product that is resistant to acids and oils.
  • Designed for Traction: Choose a flooring that is designed to maximize traction, even when wet. Well-designed flooring for wet areas can help to minimize the chance of a slip or a fall. 
  • Removable: If your garage does become saturated, being able to remove the flooring can be an advantage. Look for flooring options that can be easily removed and reinstalled, if needed. 
  • Drainage: If you anticipate standing water being a possibility, then you'll need to choose a flooring that offers drainage. Many perforated tiles are designed to drain liquids away from their surface, so you stay standing on a dry surface.

At Greatmats, we have many suitable options for wet area garage flooring that offer all of the features mentioned above.

Perforated Garage Flooring


Greatmats vented garage floor tiles
For garages that are prone to floods, perforated or drain thru tiles may be your best option. Perforated garage tiles tend to be made from polypropylene plastic but can also be made from PVC. Vented garage tiles usually have a open ribbed structure, but can be found with other designs as well.

Install perforated tiles over a concrete garage floor with a drain to maximize drainage. Rain and snow will pass through the tiles providing you a dry surface to walk and work on. You could even wash your car in your garage with drain tiles provided you have a good working drain installed.

Greatmats manufactured from durable polypropylene and rated for 10,000 pounds per square foot. Our unique interlocking snap together tile design is computer engineered for repeated installations without degradation to the interlocking tabs on the tiles. This drainage garage tile features an octagon angled rib that provides additional grip when the tiles are wet. Water will drain through this tile very quickly. 

Greatmats perforated garage tile fatigue ergonomic
Our Safety Matta Perforated Tile are great option for garage flooring for wet areas where you want ant-fatigue benefits as well. These tiles are raised and perforated, which allows fluids to drain right through the tiles, so your feet stay dry. This tile is made with recycled PVC plastic and is automotive use rated. Safety Matta tile has a diamond tread anti-slip texture to provide traction in wet areas.

A similar option is our Safety Grit Top Matta Perforated Tiles. The non-slip grit top tread design helps to maximize your traction. Additionally, the tiles offer both ergonomic and antifatigue properties, minimizing the effect of the time that you spend on your feet. This tile has a load capacity of 9282 pounds per square foot.

PVC Flooring for Wet Garages

Greatmats hiddenlock garage tile flooring
PVC tiles are a popular option for raised garage floors. PVC tiles are waterproof, so you don't have to worry about them absorbing moisture and being damaged. But the raised tile design that many PVC tiles have offers another benefit.

PVC tiles built with raised plastic bases allow moisture and air to freely circulate beneath the tiles. Because moisture and air can move, water dries more quickly, rather than becoming trapped underneath the tile. This rapid drying helps to prevent mold and mildew growth, keeping the garage a cleaner, healthier place.

With these raised garage floors, you don't have to worry about pulling up the flooring if it gets wet. You can leave the flooring in place to dry, which saves you time and effort. If you do want to remove the floor, modular tiles make it easy to do so.

Greatmats Garage PVC Coin Tile
Our HiddenLock Coin Floor Tiles are a great choice for wet garages, particularly if you'll be working on vehicles in the garage. These tiles are made of a durable PVC that is resistant to most acids and oils. The coin shaped top offers maximized traction, which can help to prevent falls, even when the tiles or your shoes are wet. These tiles are strong enough to handle the weight of cars and trucks, and are an attractive modular floor tile that will transform the look of your garage. These tiles are easy to install, and have a hidden interlocking design for a tight fit.

You'll also want to consider our Garage PVC Coin Floor Tile 20x20. These tiles are resistant to oil, gasoline, and most solvents and caustics, so they're a great choice if you'll be working on vehicles in your garage, or if you'll be using the space as a workshop. Their coin top surface texture adds traction for a safer space, and the tiles aren't affected by heat, cold, or humidity. They fit together easily for a fast, simple installation.


Polypropylene Plastic Tiles

Polypropylene plastic tiles tend to be strong, durable and waterproof. These tiles are ideal for use as waterproof garage floors in spaces that see a high degree of use and wear and tear. Many of these polypropylene tiles are strong enough to withstand the weight of vehicles.

Among our selection of polypropylene plastic tiles, you'll find tiles with raised bases to allow moisture and air to circulate and dry out quickly. These raised garage floors come with a variety of traction options designed to help keep you safe while you work, even if the surface is wet.

Because the tiles are modular, they're designed to connect together securely, but can also be disassembled and removed if necessary.

Greatmats techfloor garage tile slip resistant
Garage Floor Diamond Tiles are waterproof, raised tiles that allow air and moisture to circulate and dry. These tiles are extremely durable and strong, and are rated to 10,000 pounds. Their diamond surface pattern ensures maximized traction, and vibrant colors are sure to instantly brighten up your garage. The tab and loop connector system makes installation easy, though you can also disassemble and re-assemble these tiles as needed.

Be sure to also consider our TechFloor Premium Tile with Traction Top. These tiles are manufactured with a polypropylene base with injection molded TPE (thermoplastic elastomer) for wet or dry use with non-slip properties. These tiles will not absorb moisture, and feature raised squares on the surface, designed to provide you with excellent traction. The tiles are incredibly tough, and are made to withstand extreme wear and tear. A loop and tab design helps to keep the tiles from separating, while also making them easy to install.

Rubber Garage Flooring

Greatmats rubber garage flooring tiles
Rubber flooring is a popular option for home gyms in garages or workshop areas. Rubber flooring is easy to maintain and can even offer some shock absorption, making your garage a more comfortable workshop or gym. Vulcanized rubber floors won't absorb water, and can also withstand significant temperature fluctuations. Keep in mind, most rubber flooring is not rated for automotive use and can be damaged when cars are parked on them.

If you're covering a large area, rolled rubber flooring may be a suitable choice. Rubber rolls results in fewer seams than rubber tiles do, and can be dry laid. Keep in mind, though, that rubber rolls can be heavy, so you may need multiple people to help with the installation.

Greatmats rubber garage flooring tiles
Rubber tiles are more conveniently sized, and they're a bit easier to install. Our Mega Lock Rubber Tiles interlock tightly to create a unified floor. There's no adhesive needed for installation, and if you need to remove the tiles in the future, you can. These tiles are made of low-odor recycled rubber, so they're suitable for indoor use. They offer excellent traction, as well as both sound and shock absorption. They're a great choice if you plan on using your garage as a gym or workout space.

Designed to be slightly larger, our Geneva Interlocking Rubber Tiles measure 3x3 feet and are an economical choice for larger garages. They cover larger areas with minimal seams, and fit together tightly without any adhesive needed for installation. They're highly popular for gym and workout spaces, and are very durable.

Before You Order Your Flooring

Greatmats garage flooring tiles
Before you order your wet area garage flooring, be sure to give our Pro Floor Designer a try. This online design tool lets you select a specific product and plan the layout of your garage. You can get a sense of how the installation will go, and can calculate how much product you need to order. This handy design tool helps to keep you from ordering too much project, while also ensuring that you have enough to complete your installation.

Still have questions? Please give our excellent customer service team a call. We would be happy to answer questions about products, provide you with quotes, and send you product samples. 

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

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

How to Install Basement Flooring from Greatmats

How to install basement flooring carpet, vinyl, plastic & rubber tile


By Paige Cerulli



Greatmats basement bar flooring
Installing new flooring in your basement can revitalize and transform the space into a warm, inviting, usable room. Many basements have cold, hard, concrete floors that are uninviting. They're often dark and damp, but they amount to space that you're paying for but aren't using.

New flooring can change all of that, and with our DIY-friendly flooring options, you can install basement flooring completely on your own. We stock plenty of products that are affordable, waterproof, and that can be installed in a single afternoon. So why wait? Order your basement flooring and get started on your new project now.

Installing Snap Together DIY Basement Flooring Tiles


Greatmats installing vinyl tiles in basement
If you've decided to purchase snap together basement tiles, then installation is simple and easy. Installing snap together tiles is really a matter of aligning the tiles and connecting them whether they are plastic, vinyl-topped, or carpet-topped. Click together tiles generally feature raised bases, which allows air and moisture to freely circulate beneath them. Moisture or leaks are no big issue, since the water dries quickly, rather than becoming trapped beneath the tiles.

Snap together tiles need to be aligned in a particular direction to fit together. This is generally achieved by pointing the two loop sides in the same directions. Most of our tiles can be attached together without the use of tools.

When installing snap together DIY basement flooring tiles in an island installation, you'll want to do some planning ahead of time. It's best to purchase tiles that are available with border strips to prevent tripping on an edge. You can attach the strips to the exterior tile edges, creating an island installation with finished, clean edges.

Greatmats basement carpet tiles raised base
Start by planning out where you want your floor to be located. Then, work your way along, attaching the tiles together. Install basement flooring with your edge pieces along the perimeter, and you're done!

For a wall-to-wall installation, start in one corner and work your way out. Be sure to leave a gap for expansion if you're using a type of tile that may expand and contract with temperature changes. Most raised snap together tiles will not have expansion problems.

When you reach the opposite wall, you'll likely need to cut the final line of tiles. To do this, measure the appropriate length of the tile. Use a straight edge to guide your cut, and cut the tile with a sharp utility knife. Use repeated, shallow scores to gradually work your way through the tile. In some cases, a power saw may be quicker especially for hard plastic flooring materials.




How to Install Basement Flooring Puzzle Mats


Greatmats installing wood grain foam tiles basement
Installing puzzle mats for your DIY basement flooring is incredibly fast and easy. Puzzle mats are usually made from EVA foam and possibly with a carpet surface or from rubber. These mats offer excellent cushion, creating a welcoming surface suitable for family rooms, exercise rooms, and even kids' play rooms.

If you're installing basement puzzle mats in an island design, then you may want to choose mats that come with border strips. These border strips can create a clean, finished edge around your flooring without you having to cut a straight edge. Most puzzle mats have straight edged borders available. Others have a beveled edge option, which reduces the tripping hazard.

Greatmats install rubber basement flooring tiles For an island installation, plan out where you want the flooring to be located. You can either start in a corner or the center and work your way out, connecting one tile at a time. If you begin in a corner work outward in a triangular fashion. If you begin in the center, a spiral pattern of installation works well. To add a tile, align the edges and press down, much as you would connect a puzzle piece. Once all of your tiles are in place, add on the edge pieces.

When performing a wall-to-wall installation for foam mats, you'll need to leave about 1/2-inch of space between the flooring and the walls. Foam flooring can expand with temperature fluctuations, and if it's pressed directly up against the walls, this expansion can cause the tiles to buckle upward. More dense rubber puzzle mats can usually get by with a 1/4 inch expansion gap.

For wall-to-wall installations, start in one corner and work your way out evenly in both directions. When you reach the opposite wall, you'll likely need to cut the remaining puzzles tiles to fit. Measure the distance (being sure to leave 1/2 inch of space between the tile and the wall), and use a straight edge to guide your cut. Make repeated, shallow scores with a sharp utility knife. If the knife begins to tear the tile, you'll need to replace your blade with a new one.




Installing Basement Rubber Flooring Rolls



Greatmats basement rubber flooring gym
Rubber rolls are another great choice for DIY basement flooring installations. This form of DIY basement flooring is highly durable and strong. Rubber rolls create an ideal surface if you're planning to use the basement as a workout space. They're economical, long-lasting, and easy to install.

You should be aware that rubber rolls, especially those made of thicker rubber, can be very heavy, so plan to have multiple people to help carry the rolls into your basement. It's also useful to have at least a second person to help unroll and guide the rubber flooring into place.

Installing rubber rolls in a basement is fairly simple. Rubber can be installed on top of any hard, flat surface, such as a concrete basement floor. If you're performing a small installation under 400 square feet, then you can dry lay the rubber and don't need to worry about any sort of adhesive. Installations measuring over 400 square feet should be taped down or secured with an adhesive depending upon the particular flooring you choose.

For a wall-to-wall installation, measure the distance between your two walls and cut the flooring to size. You can cut rubber flooring using a sharp utility knife and a straight edge as a guide. Make repeated scores in the rubber until you work your way through the full thickness of the flooring. If the rubber starts to shred as you cut, replace your utility knife blade with a fresh one.

Once your flooring is cut to size, you can install it by laying it in place.

In order to tape down your flooring, begin with a clean, dry flooring surface. Use double sided floor tape, tape around the flooring perimeter and at the seams. Press the flooring firmly against your subsurface.






Removing and Reinstalling DIY Basement Flooring


One of the major advantages of Greatmats DIY basement flooring is the fact that it is generally waterproof and can be removed and reinstalled in the future if needed. In the case of a flood, leak, or other event, you can remove and relocate the flooring so that both it and your concrete floor can dry. Reinstallation is easy and fast.

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

Monday, August 6, 2018

Best CrossFit Gym Flooring Options

Options & Features of Flooring for CrossFit Gyms

By Brett Hart

Features to Look For in CrossFit Flooring

Greatmats Best CrossFit Gym Flooring Options
As the benefits of non-repetitive exercises and motions become better known, many fitness centers are beginning to focus on CrossFit style training. While there are set exercise routines that must take place to train in this method, there are still some commonalities among cross fitness exercises that make flooring an important tool in your training.

Most CrossFit areas are equipped with a dense rubber flooring material. Some of the factors to consider for your flooring include thickness, texture, firmness and type of the rubber. Here, we'll break down each of those categories to help you choose the best flooring for your gym.


Thickness


Greatmats CrossFit rubber flooring thickness
Most cross fitness floors use rubber flooring ranging from 1/4 to 3/4 inches thick. Generally speaking, the thinner the rubber, the less expensive and lighter weight it will be. However, thinner rubber floors will not absorb as much shock as the thicker varieties especially in areas where heavy weights are used.

While most rubber floors are quite dense and hard, they still provide a certain level of impact resistance which is good for the floor beneath the rubber and the bones and joints of athletes. The thicker the rubber, the better it will protect both, especially during exercises where jumping or weight dropping is involved.


Surface texture

Generally speaking, the smoother the surface of rubber cross fitness flooring the better. Many exercises involve contact between bare skin - especially hands and chest - and the floor. Overly textured surfaces can cause the exercises to become uncomfortable and possibly cause floor burns. Rubber is not generally slippery so additional traction with a more textured surface in not usually required.


Firmness

In most cases, the firmer and the flatter the floor the better to ensure consistent footing. A small amount of cushion in the floor is handy for jumping exercises, but most movements involve pushing against the floor with a great need for maximum output. The more cushion the floor provides, the less efficient the movement becomes. Noticeable cushion is generally too much.


Sound and Vibration Reduction

Greatmats Sterling Athletic Sound Tile CrossFit Noise Reducing Floor
If you are operating a CrossFit gym in strip mall or other setting with adjacent neighbors, you'll want to make sure you have a floor that will keep the dropped weights quiet. Otherwise, you'll be dealing with angry neighbors, landlords and/or property managers who are fed up with the noise and vibrations. If sound issues are a concern for your gym, you will want to review the acoustical sound tests of flooring products you are considering.

One of the best flooring choices for reducing noise in commercial gyms is Sterling Athletic Sound Tiles 2.75 Inches. These rubber gym floor tiles provide the best protection against sound transfer of any flooring system on the market against everything from loaded barbells to kettle bells, and they've saved more than one CrossFit gym from eviction due to noise complaints from neighbors.




Styles of Rubber: Tiles, Mats, Rolls

In most cases, rubber flooring rolls are the least expensive option for cross fitness flooring - especially in large spaces. The rolls cut down on the number of seams and potential tripping hazards. The  downside of rubber rolls is that the rolls are very heavy and often require multiple people to install. Another disadvantage of rubber flooring rolls is that they are not thicker than 1/2 inch. For areas where heavy weights are dropped, a thicker option will be needed.

Greatmats CrossFit rubber flooring rolls
Rubber mats are commonly offered in 4 foot widths and 6-8 foot lengths. These mats give you a broader range of of thicknesses - typically 3/8 to 3/4 inch. They can feature either straight or interlocking edges. Rubber cross fitness mats can be used independently or combined to cover larger areas. They can also be easily overlaid on existing rubber flooring to provide more protection in certain areas that need it.

Depending on the thickness and density of the mats, they may be able to be installed by a single person with a reasonable amount of effort, but in most cases, a two or more person installation team is recommended. There will be a fair amount of seams if installed in large gyms.

Rubber gym tiles provide the greatest versatility and, in most cases, can be installed by one person. Although, installation will go faster with multiple people. One of the biggest differences between rubber tiles and other rubber flooring options is the thickness options. With the smaller, 2- or 3-foot squares, it opens the door for thicker tiles that offer more protection and sound dampening. Some rubber tiles are more than 2 inches thick.

Most rubber tiles will interlock in some form, preventing them from separating. The most common method is puzzle style interlocks, but for higher end rubber tiles, the locks are hidden. This rubber flooring also creates less waste in wall-to-wall installations than larger mats and rolls and can offer a much larger variety of color and design options. The disadvantages of rubber tiles are that there are more seams in the floor. Also, rubber tiles are generally more expensive per square foot than rubber rolls or mats.


CrossFit Rubber Flooring Options

Sterling Athletic Sound Tiles 2.75 Inch

Greatmats Sterling Athletic Sound Tiles CrossFit Flooring
Sterling Athletic Sound Rubber Tiles control audible sound transmissions and keep neighboring residents and businesses satisfied. These fitness floor tiles are performance-engineered to control vibrations, minimize low-frequency impact noise, and reduce the transmission of audible structure-borne sound. Many CrossFit gyms credit these sound reducing tiles to saving their business or saving them the hassle of finding a new space. But don't take our word for it. Take a look at what the owners of CrossFit Duluth and Zero Machine CrossFit have to say about our Sterling Sound Tiles.

The Sterling Rubber Tiles have an hidden interlocking design. It is also available in various colors including black, terra cotta, green, gray, brown, and blue so you can choose whatever color matches the look you are going for.

ShokLok Rubber Tiles

Greatmats ShokLok Rubber Tiles CrossFit Floor
These interlocking ShokLok tiles have a special waffle bottom design which significantly reduces the amount of vibration and noise. This is a great addition to any facility to reduce noise and vibration. It's a more cost effective option than Sterling Sound Tiles especially for home gyms and facilities that don't have major noise concerns. ShokLok rubber tiles are 3/4 inch thick so you can use these in areas where heavy weights are dropped. These tiles feature an interlocking puzzle design for easy installation.

Rubber Flooring Rolls 3/8 Inch 10% Color Geneva

For the an economical CrossFit flooring option, consider our 3/8 Inch Rubber Flooring Rolls Geneva. These rubber rolls can cover large spaces very quickly with few seams. Keep in mind that this floor may be too thin to protect the subfloor from heavy weights being dropped. This flooring can work well in other areas of gyms and is durable to withstand heavy gym equipment. There are also thinner, more economical options of rubber flooring rolls as well as thicker options.

Greatmats Sundance Mats CrossFit Gym FlooringSundance Mat 4x6 Ft x 3/4 Inch Straight Edge Standard

Our Sundance Mats features a pebble like top surface for added traction to your floor. These mats are 3/4 inch thick and very durable and are popular in weight rooms and horse stalls. Use these stall mats where heavy weights are dropped. This rubber mat is a higher smell rubber and is best suited in large areas that are well-ventilated.



Other CrossFit Floor Options

Folding Mats

Greatmats folding gym mats CrossFit mats
There are also numerous valuable flooring accessories for your cross fitness training, whether it is for learning new techniques, adding safety features and merely comfort. One of the most popular cushioned accessories is folding gym mats. Generally used for gymnastics, tumbling or martial arts, the versatility of folding mats lend well to aiding providing varying heights to assist in learning drills such as candlesticks or offering a more comfortable surface for your sit-ups or handstand pushups.



Artificial Turf for CrossFit


Greatmats CrossFit Sled Turf Artificial Turf for gyms
is a rubber based artificial grass which offers impact absorption that will keep your athletes feeling fresher after workouts. This CrossFit turf features an extremely durable, textured, mono-filament nylon material with a tight nap that makes it ideal for sled drills and sprint workouts.

This athletic turf is also available in interlocking tiles, Turf Athletic Padded Interlocking Tile 23x46 Inch 15 mm. The interlocking tiles make it very easy to install and is a portable option.

The is another top choice for sled turf. This artificial turf roll has an excellent wear surface for indoor sports turf applications. The blend of nylon and polyethylene is an almost perfect combination when seeking a product with a realistic feel, softness, and durability. And the pile height measures 3/4 of an inch, giving it a nice approximation of natural grass. It has a 5 mm thick foam padding.

Greatmats Crossfit sled turf



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For more CrossFit flooring options, please visit our CrossFit floor product page.