Thursday, September 27, 2018

How to Cut Rubber Pavers

Guide to Cutting Rubber Pavers

By Paige Cerulli

Greatmats rubber patio pavers
Rubber pavers are great additions to outdoor spaces. These outdoor rubber tiles are conveniently sized, aesthetically pleasing, and make a forgiving yet durable surface. Many people prefer rubber paving tiles over brick or other surfaces because of their increased safety, low maintenance, and easy installation.

You'll see rubber paving tiles used in a variety of ways, including:
  • Outdoor walkways
  • Horse barn aisles
  • Horse wash stalls
  • Patios 
  • Decks
  • And more

Outdoor rubber flooring is popular for decks, patios, walkways, playgrounds and even in equestrian facilities. They can serve as outdoor rubber flooring in other areas, too, including around homes, commercial spaces, and other areas where you want a beautiful surface that's also safe and comfortable underfoot.

Installing Rubber Paving Tiles


Greatmats rubber pavers on balcony
Installing outdoor rubber pavers is relatively simple. The pavers fit together to form a beautiful pattern, and with a careful installation the resulting floor will look professional and attractive.

When you install the rubber paving tiles, you'll probably find yourself in a position of needing to cut the pavers. It's the same situation you would face if you used traditional brick; because many pavers are offset, you'll need to cut the pavers of at least every other line that you install in order to have a straight edge on the sides of your installation. Even pavers that align nice and square with each other may need to be trimmed to fit your space.

Cutting rubber pavers isn't terribly difficult as long as you have the right tools and know the right method to cut these tiles to fit.



How to Cut Rubber Pavers

Greatmats rubber paver tile for barns
Before beginning your installation, gather all of the items that you will need to cut rubber paving tiles:
  • Measuring tape
  • Pen 
  • 2x4 piece of scrap wood 
  • Straight edge 
  • Utility knife with sharp blades 
  • Extra blades (depending on the number of pavers you'll need to cut) 

To cut rubber pavers, start by measuring your installation space and deciding where you need to make a cut. Using your straight edge and pen, mark the line of the cut that you need to make on the paver.

Next, place your spare 2x4 piece of wood underneath the paver. You should position the wood so that it follows just underneath the line to be cut, and so one side of the paver hangs off of the wood. The paver's weight will help to open the cut you make so that you can work your way through the entire thickness of the paver. Keep in mind the size, weight and thickness of your paver will affect how much it will assist you in this process.

Greatmats brown interlocking rubber paver tile
Line the straight edge up with the cutting line. This will help to guide your cut so that every cut you make stays straight.

Using your utility knife, begin to make a series of shallow scores along the cut line. You'll need to put some pressure onto the knife, but don't press too firmly - this is a gradual process. As you cut, the paver's weight will pull open the cut line, and you can progress further with each cut. This keeps the friction off of your blade.

Continue this process until you work your way through the entire paver. As you cut, make sure to focus on cutting straight down - cuts made on an angle will give the paver's edge a slant, and it won't fit tightly up against the other pavers or walls.

If your knife starts to shred or catch on the paver, then it's time to change your blade to a sharper one. You may need to change your blade repeatedly during the process, especially for larger installations.

Cutting Rubber Pavers for Curved Areas


To make curved cuts, such as if you're installing the pavers around a pole, it's best to use a cardboard template. Cut out the cardboard to reflect the cut that you need to make on the paver, and then use the cardboard as a guide. Place the paver on a piece of wood for support, and make repeated, shallow scores in the paver.

Additional Paver Installation Tips

Greatmats gray interlocking rubber pavers
It's best to carefully plan out your installation before you start cutting and installing rubber pavers. Map and measure out the exact space where the pavers are to be installed, and double-check to make sure that you have enough pavers to complete the project.

You should give the rubber pavers and the adhesive (if necessary) at least 48 hours to acclimate to the temperature and environment. Remove any shrinkwrap or packaging so air can freely circulate around the pavers. This will help to keep the pavers from expanding or shrinking during your installation.

When you're ready to begin your installation, be sure to clean the base surface thoroughly. Remove any dust or debris, and make sure that the service is level. You'll also need to make sure that there's no grease, oil, wax, sealers, and other substances.

Pavers can be both dry laid and installed with adhesive, but the right method will depend on the type of pavers that you're using. Thinner pavers must be laid with adhesive, while thicker pavers can be installed using either method. Be sure to refer to the specifications and installation directions for the product that you're working with.

Be sure to invest in reducer strips - especially for thicker pavers - which you will install around the perimeter of your rubber pavers. These strips help to make a smooth transition from the higher pavers onto the lower surrounding surface. They're an important safety addition when your pavers are higher than the surrounding area.

DIY or Professional Outdoor Rubber Installation?


Greatmats Dog Bone Barn Aisle Pavers
When it comes to cutting rubber pavers and installing them on your own, many people feel that they're up to the task. This can make for a decent DIY project as long as you understand how to cut rubber pavers and are comfortable with the rest of the installation method. However, you can always hire a professional installer to help.

Unsure of whether a DIY method or a professional installer is right for you? Consider the following factors:

  • Scope of your project: Installing pavers along a small walkway will be a different experience than installing them in an entire barn aisle will be. Think about the scope of the project that you're facing.
  • Your time: How much time do you have on your hands? How valuable is your time? If you have the time, you could save some money on installation. But if you're pressed for time and can afford it, hiring an installer might be the better option. 
  • Dry laid or adhesive installation: Dry laying pavers makes for a simpler installation than an adhesive method will be.

While not a physically taxing installation, rubber pavers do require some time and patience. However, it's worth it, knowing that your finished flooring will be beautiful, safe, and highly durable.
For more on this topic please review our Rubber Paver Tiles product page

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Choosing Artificial Grass for Landscaping

Features of Landscaping Turf



By Paige Cerulli

If you want to create beautiful landscaping that features plenty of green grass, then artificial turf for landscaping may be the best way to get that look year-round. Artificial turf takes some of the time and challenge out of creating and maintaining a green, thriving lawn, but with the quality products available today, you can hardly tell the difference between real and artificial turf.

If you've ever spent the time and money necessary to seed, fertilize, water, mow, and weed grass, then you'll understand why fake grass for landscaping is becoming more popular. Once installed, the maintaining your lawn is so easy.

You'll find that artificial turf is suitable for commercial spaces that will see heavy traffic, but it's also a great choice for home use, too. It can create a welcoming lawn that your whole family and pets can comfortably enjoy, while leaving you with enough free time to take advantage of your new space.

Why Artificial Turf Works Well for Landscaping

Artificial turf offers many benefits that make it a popular option for commercial and home landscaping.

  • Beautiful appearance: Landscaping turf creates an eye-catching, beautiful appearance that's perfect for home and commercial applications. There's nothing better than looking out over luxurious grass, and that's something that you'll be able to do every day when you invest in landscaping turf.

  • Year-round enjoyment: Grass browns and fades in the fall and the winter, but with landscaping turf, you can enjoy a lush lawn year-round. There's no waiting for the grass to grow back in the spring, and there's no downtime. Plus, you can start enjoying the turf right after it's installed, so if you're working on a tight timeline, you'll get a great-looking yard far sooner with artificial turf than you will with grass.


  • Low maintenance: Think of the work that maintaining a lawn requires. There's seeding and watering and fertilizing, weeding and mowing. It's costly, both in terms of financial investments and in terms of your time. That all disappears when you invest in synthetic grass for landscaping. Turf may need to be periodically brushed to prevent matting of the fibers especially in high traffic areas.

  • More versatile than grass: When you're working with actual grass, factors such as soil quality, water runoff, slopes, rocky terrain, and more may make maintaining a lush lawn virtually impossible, even with extensive care and maintenance. You can install landscaping turf in areas where grass simply won't be able to grow, increasing your landscaping versatility and bringing your vision to life.

  • Excellent drainage: If you want to use synthetic turf after a rain, you can. Many artificial turfs are designed for maximize drainage, so there's no mud to worry about, meaning you can enjoy the space more than you can with genuine grass.

There are so many reasons to invest in artificial turf for landscaping. However, your project's success will depend on your ability to choose the right product for your needs.

Choosing the Artificial Landscaping Turf

When it comes to landscaping turf, you'll have plenty of products to choose from. Consider these factors when selecting the product that's right for your project.

  1. Pile height: The pile height, or the height of the grass blades, will affect the look and feel of the turf that you choose. A higher pile offers additional cushion, while shorter pile heights create a bit of a neater appearance like you would see in a short-mowed golf course green.
  2. Durability: Consider how much foot traffic the turf will see. If you need a turf to withstand significant foot traffic or kids at play, then be sure to invest in a product that's built with durability in mind. Our turf products are backed by manufacturer's warranties, so you can buy confidently knowing that you're making a long-lasting investment. 
  3. Environmental conditions: What conditions will your turf be exposed to? Consider temperature fluctuations, rain and snow and UV light. Many outdoor artificial turf products are created for outdoor use and can withstand these demanding conditions. 
  4. Desired installation: Where will you be installing the turf? Will a professional be handling the installation, and how large will the installation be? You'll need to consider suitable infills and site preparation methods, especially when it comes to providing drainage for areas that receive a high degree of annual rainfall. 
  5. Cost and budget: When calculating the overall price of your turf, be sure to factor in the price of the product, the price of the infill, and the price of the installation to make sure that you're still within your budget.

We've highlighted some of our most popular faux grass for landscaping products below to help you get started.

Coastal Cut Artificial Grass Roll


Our Coastal Cut Artificial Grass Roll is a highly realistic looking turf. This artificial turf features a color blend in the yarns that closely resembles the look of genuine grass. Four different colors colors are incorporated into the yarns. The main yarns are a blend of field green and lime, while the thatch yarns are olive and tan. 

With a pile of 1.25 inches, this turf has a full feel and reacts naturally underfoot. It's both durable and safe. You can install this turf directly on concrete, or on a base of crushed stone.

Designed to maximize drainage, this turf helps to prevent standing water from pooling. Rainwater serves to help keep the turf clean, though you can also hose it off if needed. Maintenance is almost non-existent. Backed by a 5-year warranty, you can invest in this turf with confidence.

Silicon Valley Artificial Grass Turf Roll

For our tallest pile height, choose the Silicon Valley Artificial Grass Turf Roll is a great choice for outdoor landscaping. It has a 2 inch pile height and a plush body creating a very natural look. You need only minimal infill, which will save you money on installation. Backed by a 5-year warranty, this is a durable option that is great for both home and commercial settings.

This turf is suitable for both outdoor and indoor installations, and the 15-foot-wide roll will quickly cover large areas. The turf offers a natural appearance with very low maintenance. 
The Silicon Valley Artificial Grass Turf puts in a consistent performance over time, making it a long-lasting investment for any project.

Catalina Artificial Turf Roll

Consider our Catalina Artificial Turf Roll with a generous 1.5-inch pile provides cushion and a welcoming surface that feels great underfoot. The fibers won't absorb water, and the turf offers excellent drainage, so you won't have to worry about it developing mold or a musty odor. A crushed rock and sand base will help to promote rapid drainage for an even better performance. 
The turf is UV treated, so the grass will maintain its beautiful appearance over time and during all of the weather conditions it will see throughout the year. The polyethylene plastic that makes up the individual yarns is tough and durable, and the turf is backed by a 5-year warranty.

This turf is available in a 15-foot-wide roll, which quickly covers large areas. Since it's sold by the linear foot, you can purchase exactly how much you need in order to ensure you come in under budget.

Soft Landing Artificial Grass Turf Roll

For an attractive footing that offers a natural reaction, consider our Soft Landing Artificial Grass Turf Roll. This landscaping turf is a multipurpose option that can be used for both landscaping and pet areas. It has a pile height of 1.25 inches which will remind you of natural grass. Because this turf roll offers a thatch, you need less infill, which will save you money and time on the installation.

This artificial grass for landscaping comes in 12-foot-widths that offer plenty of coverage, so your finished product has minimal seams. You can also purchase these rolls by the linear foot, with a 20-foot minimum.

Maintaining this turf is easy; just occasionally flush it with water to restore its original color. Rainwater can also help to keep the turf clean. A 5-year limited warranty is a testament to the durability of this product.

Choosing Artificial Grass for Landscaping

As you explore your choices when it comes to artificial turf for landscaping, don't hesitate to contact our customer service representatives with any questions that you may have. We're always happy to provide you with product samples and can advise you about which products may be the best fit for your upcoming project.

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


Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Best Flooring for Car Shows

Car Show Display Flooring Options & Ideas


By Paige Cerulli

Choosing your auto show flooring is a decision that requires just as much care and thought that goes into preparing your cars for the show. A great flooring will draw attention to your car, complement your car's colors, and create an atmosphere that draws people in.

But how do you choose the perfect car display flooring? We've outlined some considerations to think about.

Considerations When Buying Car Display Flooring

How do you tell what flooring is the best for car shows? You'll want a flooring product that offers the following features:

Appearance

Your custom car show flooring needs to be unique, eye-catching, and made up of colors that beautifully complement your car. Chances are you already have an idea of what you want your flooring to look like.

At Greatmats, we offer many different products that come in a large variety of color options. Because some of these products are tiles, you can create eye-catching patterns that enhance your floor, making for an impressive appearance.

Give some thought to the colors that you want in a floor, and just what you want the finished product to look like.

Installation Methods

You'll find that auto show flooring is available in a few different designs - tiles and flooring rolls being the most common. Each option offers different benefits when it comes to installation.

  • Tiles generally interlock together, and most of the time you don't need any adhesive. You usually won't need any professional installation either, and can dry lay the tiles on most flat, hard surfaces. One of the major benefits of these tiles is that they can often times be disconnected and removed, so the entire floor is portable. Should you want to leave the tiles in place longterm, many are designed to handle that type of use as well.
  • Flooring rolls can be installed temporarily with tape, and they're also suitable for long-term installations when paired with adhesive. Because the rolls are large and heavy, you'll generally need multiple people to help with the installation. Many of our flooring roll products are intended for showroom floors where they won't be removed and transported on a regular basis.

Think about the installation method that would be best for your needs. Do you anticipate needing to remove and transport the flooring regularly, or are you looking for something to be left in place long-term? If you're traveling to car shows, then choose a floor that can be quickly installed with minimal hassle. This will save you on setup time, and it's an investment that you'll appreciate on busy car show days.

Maintenance

Your car should be the center of your attention, and you don't want to spend any more time maintaining your car show flooring than you have to. Look for products that are low-maintenance and that can be swept down, hosed off, or mopped after a show. You'll want to avoid products that need to be refinished, polished, or that require any other intensive treatments.

Durability

Durability is obviously important in car show flooring. After all, the flooring will see heavy traffic - both in terms of vehicles and foot traffic - and it needs to be able to withstand significant weight and wear.

But remember that the flooring's durability won't just affect how long it can last - it will also reflect on the flooring's appearance. Flooring designed to conceal scuffs, or that is equipped with a durable wear layer, will look new for a longer period of time than flooring that doesn't have these features. 
 

Planning Your Custom Car Show Flooring

The secret to a great display? It's carefully planning out your car display flooring. Not only do you want flooring that can stand alone and accommodate spaces of different sizes and dimensions, but you'll also want a floor that complements your car in terms of color and style.

Individual tiles are often the best solution if you're traveling to different shows, because they're easy to transport and install, and you can change the dimensions of the floor simply by adding or removing tiles. They also give you the most versatility in terms of how you design the colors of your floor. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Solid Color: Solid color floors are simple to create. There's little planning involved; just pick a color that complements your car and get started.

Checkerboard Pattern: Want something that stands out a little more? Buy your tiles in two different colors and create a checkerboard pattern. This is a highly popular option for car shows, since it's a little flashier than a single-colored floor, yet doesn't detract from your car.

Borders: If you buy tiles in two different colors, you can create a solid colored floor in the center, and can add a contrasting colored border of tiles to the edges. This can be helpful since it draws attention to the edges of raised tiles, which can help to keep people from tripping. Done well, this design can nicely frame your car. You'll also want to invest in ramped edges, if available, to make a smoother, safer transition onto and off of your flooring.

With careful planning, you can create car display flooring that shows your vehicle off in the best light possible. 
 

Greatmats Car Show Flooring Recommendations

There are other factors, like cost, that will factor into deciding which auto show mats are right for you. We've included some of our most popular auto display floor tiles and products below.

Snap Diamond Garage Tile

Economical yet highly durable, the Snap Diamond Garage Tile is a great option if you're looking for a portable, long-lasting auto show flooring option. These tiles snap together with an easy connection system that creates a secure hold. There's no worry of the tiles separating, and they'll easily support your vehicle's weight. These tiles have all of the features that you want in custom car show flooring - they're lightweight and portable, highly durable, chemical resistant and non-staining.

Choose from 10 eye-catching colors. The double diamond surface pattern offers plenty of traction as well as a beautiful finish.

Garage Floor Tiles Diamond and Coin

Combining portability with a durable tile, our Garage Floor Tiles are a great car display flooring option. These auto display floor tiles are affordable, highly durable and can withstand a 10,000-pound load. They snap together for a quick and easy installation, and are one of the easiest flooring systems to disassemble and re-assembled as needed. They're lightweight and conveniently sized for easy transportation. Border and corner ramped edging is even available to create a finished island installation.

Choose from 8 striking colors and 3 surface patterns (diamond, coin and flat top) to get the exact look that you desire. Consider alternating tile colors to create a beautiful pattern that displays your car in style.

Greatmats even offers snap together carpet topped tiles that will interlock uniformly with the Garage Floor Tiles to create a seamless walk way around your show floor. Keep in mind the carpet tiles are not designed for automotive use, however, so if you choose to use this option, you'll want to wait to install the carpet tiles after you've parked your car on your garage tiles.


Tuff Seal Floor Tiles

If you want a wide selection of colors to choose from, then consider our Tuff Seal Floor Tiles. These tiles are available in 15 beautiful colors, as well as in Stud, Smooth or Marquis surface textures. Both stain and chemical resistant, these tiles are built to last. They even offer anti-fatigue properties, making your show flooring more comfortable.

These portable car show tiles are designed to be easy and fast to install, saving you valuable time in your car show prep. A hidden interlock design holds the tiles together tightly, creating a unified surface that won't separate. There's no adhesive required, and you can repeatedly remove and then reinstall the tiles.

LonPlate Commercial Vinyl Roll

The LonPlate Commercial Vinyl Roll is a commercial grade vinyl flooring that offers an eye-catching and striking steel plating. This tough vinyl is skid resistant, and the steel plate embossing helps to camouflage both scuffing and wear, so your auto show flooring continues to look great, even with significant use. This sophisticated flooring is also microbial resistant, and is ideal for heavy-duty applications. Please note that this flooring is suitable for permanent installations only, as it requires a glue down installation and seam sealing by a professional.



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




Friday, September 14, 2018

Anti Fatigue Mat Purchasing Guide

Steps and Resources to Help in Purchasing Anti Fatigue Mats


By Julia Nass

Greatmats anti fatigue mats workshop
Does your work or hobby require you to stand on your feet for hours at a time? Do you ever feel sore or achy after standing for that long? Do you experience chronic pain in your feet, legs or back? If you answered yes to any of the above questions, it is time to start planning for an anti-fatigue floor.

What Are Anti Fatigue Mats?


Anti-fatigue flooring is designed to reduce stress in joints and muscles, increase blood flow and decrease fatigue. This kind of ergonomic flooring comes in a wide variety of materials, thicknesses and sizes, from large rubber rolls to modular, interlocking foam tiles. However, all anti-fatigue flooring is cushioned and flexible enough to keep blood moving throughout the entire body. Shock absorption also lessens foot-to-floor impact and thus decreases strain.

What Are the Benefits of Buying Anti Fatigue Mats?


Greatmats diamond fatigue mats
Scientific studies show that those who use anti-fatigue mats experience significantly increased comfort while standing for long periods of time than they do on hard surfaces like concrete. People can become tired and strained after just 40 minutes of standing on a hard surface. Anti-fatigue flooring decreases injuries and lessens the leg and back pain that so many people experience from standing-intensive jobs. Anti-fatigue flooring allows people to stand for longer amounts of time with comfort and ease. Less fatigue and physical stress means greater focus, productivity and overall happier people.

Anti fatigue mats tend to reduce slips and falls as well. Because they are designed for safety and comfort, they have excellent non-slip surfaces. Certain ergonomic mats are specifically designed for water-prone environments and will maintain traction even when wet. At Greatmats, all anti-fatigue flooring is easy to install, attractive, and durable. Not only is anti-fatigue flooring an important health and safety investment, it makes sense financially as well. Ultimately, buying anti fatigue mats makes better factories, retail stores, businesses, workshops, trade show booths and any other physically demanding environments.

Buying Anti Fatigue Mats

Greatmats.com is your go-to source for purchasing anti fatigue floors. With almost 300 ergonomic floor products to choose from, Greatmats.com makes it possible to find the perfect anti-fatigue product for any kind of flooring needs. Despite all of the options, planning for an anti fatigue floor is easy at Greatmats.com. 

Factor to Consider

    Greatmats marble anti fatigue mat
  • Size of Area: Many fatigue mats are available in 2x3 foot sizes but larger mats are also available as well as tiles that you can lock together to create a custom anti-fatigue floor.
  • Wet or Dry Area: If your workstation stays dry, almost any fatigue mat can be used. If your area is damp, choose a mat with an anti-slip surface and make sure it is waterproof. For areas that are saturated with liquids, a perforated mat is usually the best choice to allow liquids to drain through. Some mats have a grit-topped surface for additional traction.
  • Aesthetic: In areas where customers will see the ergonomic mats such as retail and office spaces, you may want an aesthetically pleasing mat. We have fatigue mats with a marble look or carpet top.
  • Chemical Resistant: Certain industrial areas will require a fatigue mat that is resistant to various types of chemicals. Make sure that the flooring you purchase will not be damaged by the chemicals used in your factory.
  • Specialty Use:
    • ESD Mats are durable ESD fatigue mats which provides comfort for workers while protecting equipment from static electricity. 
    • Spark resistant mats will be required in welding and grinding areas. Our Weldmaster mats are made specifically for these areas.

Buyer's Guide

Greatmats commercial restaurant anti fatigue mat
With the Greatmats Buyer's Guide you can find different resources to find anti-fatigue flooring related blogs, videos and how-to's. Read about the Best Chemical Resistant Anti-Fatigue Mats, watch a video on the benefits of the popular Staylock Bump Top anti-fatigue flooring or a tutorial on how to install it. Many questions you may have about purchasing anti fatigue flooring can be found in the Knowledge Base or on product pages. With so many years of experience, Greatmats has a vast depth of anti fatigue flooring knowledge, and they share it with customers through the Buyer's Guide. 

Contact a Flooring Expert

Not only does the Greatmats website contain a vast archive of information, but Greatmats customer service representatives do as well. If you still have questions that have not been answered by online information, or if you don't feel like navigating the Buyer's Guide, give Greatmats a call.

The support team is comprised of friendly flooring experts eager to help you in planning for an anti fatigue floor. They are motivated by client-satisfaction and making sure you find the perfect product for your budget. Customer service representatives will walk you through the entire planning and purchasing process if need be. You can reach them over the phone or via online messaging.

Request a Free Sample

Greatmats Wearwell Perforated Grit Fatigue Mat
Samples are available for many of our products. When planning for an anti fatigue floor, it can be incredibly helpful to actually hold the product in your hand before committing to placing a full order. With free samples, you can get a true sense for the feeling, cushion, color and material of products.

Get the Right Price

Greatmats prides itself on selling the highest-quality products at the most affordable price. Find a better price somewhere else? Greatmats.com features a price match guarantee to make sure you are getting the best possible deal. Further, Greatmats offers volume discounts for those purchasing anti fatigue mats. Do not hesitate to get in touch for a quote for volume discounts or shipping costs.
 
 
For more on this topic please review our Anti Fatigue Mats product page.


Greatmats Fatigue Mats Buyers Guide

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Best Fitness Equipment Mats

Rubber Treadmill & Gym Equipment Mats

Greatmats treadmill rubber flooring mats
By Paige Cerulli

Quality gym equipment mats will make all the difference in athlete comfort and safety in any gym. Whether you're creating a home gym or need to outfit a professional commercial gym, you'll want to invest in the best flooring that you can afford. But it's important that the flooring you choose can also support the equipment in your gym, and that may be a little more complicated than you think.

Why You Need to Carefully Choose Your Gym Equipment Mats

You can put a lot of thought into finding the perfect flooring for your athletes, but that doesn't mean that it will also be the perfect flooring for your gym equipment, like treadmills, elliptical machines and other heavy exercise equipment. Gym flooring for athletes is often cushioned, shock absorbing and forgiving. It helps to minimize the impact on their bodies, especially from repetitive exercise. It's safe, comfortable and preferred by many athletes.

The problem is that this softer gym flooring - particularly foam flooring - isn't always rigid enough to support the significant weight of gym equipment. When you put a heavy piece of equipment on this softer flooring, the equipment can cause indentations. If the equipment is left in place for long periods of time, the indentations can become permanent.

But there are solutions to this issue, and Greatmats offers a variety of gym equipment mats that are designed to not only offer the forgiving surface that athletes love, but that are also strong enough to withstand the weight of gym equipment.

Options for Exercise Machine Mats

If you need a flooring that can support treadmills, ellipticals, fitness machines and other common gym equipment, consider one of these great options.

Rubber Flooring

Greatmats rubber gym mats weightlifting
When it comes to fitness machine mats, rubber flooring products offer you the most options. Rubber gym flooring is highly strong and durable, and most rubber products can easily support the weight of heavy equipment without incurring any damage. That's why it is the most popular option for gym equipment mats.

If you need just enough flooring to go underneath fitness equipment or a small weightlifting area, rubber gym mats may be your best option. Rubber gym mats are typically in a 4x6 foot size and are available in various thicknesses. Our durable rubber gym floor mats can be dry laid on top of existing flooring to provide additional protection and shock absorption to the floor beneath. Rubber mats can also be used to cover an entire gym floor.
 
Our Sundance Mats Straight Edge have a pebble like surface texture on the top side to provide traction. These 3/4 inch mats are a great way to get the extra protection you need under gym equipment that sees heavy use. They're suitable for use as a treadmill mat, an elliptical mat and more.

Eco Rubber Floor Mats Natural feature flat surface on one side, and feature an anti-skid, wire mesh texture on the opposite side. These mats will not slip and slide around. They are also non-porous and will not absorb water.

If you need fitness machine mats that will cover a large area, such as an entire room, then rubber flooring rolls may be the way to go. Our rubber flooring rolls are available in a variety of thicknesses ranging from 1/4 inch up to 1/2 inch.

Greatmats commercial fitness equipment flooring
When choosing the rubber roll that's right for you, keep in mind that the thicker the rubber, the more shock absorption it offers, and the more protection it can give to your subfloor in turn. These flooring rolls have a non-slip surface that makes them ideal for gym settings, and are even available in custom colors if you're looking for something specific for your gym. 

Rolled rubber is heavy and you will likely need at least two people to install it. The rubber can be installed without glue for most installations. Large installations may require a glue-down install.

If you're looking for something that's a little more manageable, then consider rubber interlocking tiles. These tiles are more conveniently sized, so transporting and installing them is a bit simpler. Tiles are preferred for smaller installations, as well as DIY at-home projects.

Greatmats interlocking rubber tiles basement gym
The Interlocking Rubber Floor Tiles 2x2 Ft x 8 mm Color measure 2x2 feet and make an economical solution for gym equipment mats. Thanks to the tiles' interlocking design, there's no adhesive needed for installation, and they're a favorite option for home gym flooring because of their extreme durability and low odor. These tiles are available with 10% color flecks to provide color to your gym.

Looking for colors that will make a powerful visual impact? Our Color Plus Rubber Tiles are available in 9 brilliant colors, so you can create striking patterns with your flooring. These tiles have extreme wear resistance, so they're suitable for commercial gym settings. The top texture design of these tiles is unique, and is four times stronger than most other rubber products on the market. These tiles are truly designed to withstand heavy use, and is suitable for weight rooms, flooring beneath gym equipment, and any other highly demanding job that you see in a gym.

Foam Mats

Greatmats foam pebble tiles gym equipment
Most foam mats are too soft to support the weight of exercise equipment without being damaged, but our Gym Floor Pebble Foam Tiles are an exception. These tiles are made of a super high density EVA foam that can support the weight of gym equipment. The pebble top surface texture helps to maximize traction, keeping athletes safe while preventing slips. The tiles themselves are lightweight, but they're highly durable and are suitable for use both in home gyms and in commercial spaces that see high traffic. In fact, these mats are so strong that they can double as horse stall mats.

Double sided for longer life and easy to install, each mat comes with two border strips for a clean, finished exterior edge. The mats are waterproof and easy to clean, and make a great treadmill mat, elliptical mat, or mats for any other space where you need a forgiving yet durable surface.

Cork Flooring

Greatmats cork rubber gym equipment floor tiles
Cork offers a number of benefits that make it a great option for gym. It's forgiving and comfortable, thanks to its honeycomb-like construction. It's also highly durable and even offers thermal and acoustic insulation, so it can make your gym a more comfortable place to be. Cork is eco-friendly; when cork is harvested, it is taken from live trees, which then continue to produce more cork bark.

FlexeCork Interlocking Cork Rubber Tiles offer all of these benefits of cork, combined with the strength and durability of rubber. Made of a cork and rubber mix made of recycled materials, the interlocking tiles have a low odor and are suitable for gym use. They can withstand extreme use and abuse, which includes the weight they'd need to support when used as a stationary bike mat, stair climber mat, or mat used to support other heavy gym equipment.

These tiles are available in various thicknesses and colors, so you can choose the tiles that work best for your specific needs. The tiles interlock together, so there's no adhesive needed for installation. They're shock absorbing, non-skid and wear resistant - all of the features that you want in a quality flooring for your gym. 


Greatmats foam gym equipments mats

Choosing Your Gym Equipment Mats

When it comes to choosing the mats that are right for your facility, consider the following factors:

  • Size of the area to be covered: Consider the area that you want to use the flooring in. If you just need flooring beneath a machine or two, a singular mat may be appropriate. If you want to floor an entire room, then a rolled flooring or larger tile may be a better choice.
  • Installation method: Our gym flooring can be installed in many different methods, some of which you can handle on your own without professional help. Consider whether you want a temporary or permanent installation, and whether you're willing to invest in a professional installer for permanent flooring. 
  • Ideal features of your flooring: Think about the features that are most valuable in your flooring, such as traction, ease of maintenance, shock absorption, comfort and more. Not only should the flooring be strong enough to support gym equipment, but it needs to be safe and appropriate for athletes, too.

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

Greatmats home gym flooring and mats

 

Monday, September 10, 2018

Patio Tile Buying Guide

How to Buy Patio Tiles

Greatmats blue patio tiles

The following guide will help you start planning for a tile patio deck. It will first go over some benefits of purchasing patio decking. Then, it will lead you through some questions that will get you on track to finding the perfect product. Finally, it will provide extra resources and support that will make buying patio decking tiles as simple as can be.

Benefits of Patio Decking Tiles


There are too many people out there who do not do anything about patios that have fallen into disrepair. Sometimes, it just feels too costly or time-consuming to renovate. However, if you have been living with a patio space that you never feel like going out on, it is time to reconsider. Completely revitalizing your outdoor space is as simple as buying patio decking tiles. New flooring can instantly transform a drab, uncomfortable, or even unsafe area into one that is inviting, stylish and comfy. Ultimately, new patio tiles can help maximize the usable, live-able space of your home.

In addition to being an awesome investment style and comfort wise, buying patio decking tiles can also help protect your home. Tiles do wonders to protect roofs and other surfaces that are prone to extreme weather elements.

Patio decking tiles are a safer alternative to concrete and other materials as well. You can find tiles that are water resistant and provide traction even when wet. Overall, purchasing deck tiles can help improve safety and comfort so there is no worry when kids and pets want to go out to play.

Factors to Consider Before Buying


Greatmats patio tiles interlocking
Before you start the process of purchasing patio decking, it is important to get clear on some specific details regarding your space, budget and vision. Take a minute to go through the following questions. Having answers to these questions will be extremely helpful once you start scrolling through different products. If you feel as if you may need the assistance of a customer service representative, knowing the answers to these questions in advance will help them help you.
 
  • Durable and Waterproof: Most patio tiles will be able to endure all types of weather. Make sure your tile is waterproof and will be able to withstand the outdoor elements.
  • Slip Resistance: If you will be using your patio when it is still wet, make sure to choose a slip resistant tile.
  • Type of Installation: Some patio tiles can be installed easily especially interlocking tiles. Other tiles may require a contractor to install.
  • Look and Material: There is a wide range of materials for patio tiles including stone, ceramic, plastic, rubber, and wood.
  • Installation Surface: Many patio tiles need to be installed on a hard, flat surface. Other tiles are flexible and can be installed over uneven surfaces such as dirt or grass.

Now that you have a better idea of what kind of factors to consider while planning for a patio, you can begin doing some further investigation. Luckily, Greatmats.com makes that investigation an extremely easy task. 

Getting Help with Your Patio Tile Selection

Knowledge Base

Greatmats rubber patio tiles
Check out Greatmats Patio Buyer's Guide to get the lowdown on all sorts of patio decking products. The Knowledge Base offers videos, how-to articles and customer profiles detailing a plethora of awesome product choices. Scrolling through the data base can help you get an even better sense of what factors are the most important to you in planning for a tile patio deck. 
 
If you have a specific topic in mind that you would like to learn more about, even better. Just search a few keywords and the Knowledge Base will bring up a wealth of information for you to sink into.

Leave it to the Flooring Experts

Greatmats patio tiles buying guide
If you would rather not put in the time to do your own research, let Greatmats flooring experts do the job for you. With so many years of experience in making customers happy, you will find that the Greatmats customer service team is delightful to work with. The representatives can answer any questions you have, or they can support you in your entire planning and buying process. Feel free to give them a ring, send an email or engage in an online chat.

Use the Pro Floor Designer

Once you have narrowed down a few products, you can feel like a real designer with Greatmats easy-to-use online Pro Floor Designer, which can be accessed via any product page. Using your real dimensions and layout of your space, the Pro Floor Designer will give you an idea of what they floor will look like. You can even play around with different colors and patterns.

Request a Quote


Greatmats is committed to offering every single one of its customers not only the best floor shopping experience, but the best price as well. The company takes pride in being the most affordable company with the highest quality products. Greatmats insures that its products are an investment worth making by offering bulk discounts, competitive pricing and warranties. Get in touch to get a quote for your patio project. 
 

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For more on this topic please review our Patio Tiles Rubber and Plastic product page.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Motorcycle Parking Mats and Garage Flooring Ideas

Key Features for Motorcycle Mats and Parking Pads

By Paige Cerulli

Greatmats Motorcycle Parking Mats with Garage Tiles
Your motorcycle is your prized possession. We understand the hours of work and dedication that go into its upkeep, so why would you want a motorcycle flooring that is anything less than great? Your flooring, whether you're using it in your garage or in a motorcycle showroom, needs to look great, perform great, and be long-lasting. Luckily, you've come to the right place for all of that and more.

Let's take a look at what you need in quality motorcycle mats, as well as some of the Greatmats products that may be right for you.

Qualities to Look for In Motorcycle Flooring

Your motorcycle mats need to offer a number of particular qualities in order to be a quality investment. Look for the following features and qualities in any flooring option that you consider.

Greatmats motorcycle parkings pads in garage

Traction

Adequate traction is a must-have for any motorcycle garage pad. Not only is traction important to your safety as you work in the space, but it also provides valuable grip when you need to move the motorcycle about. You'll find that motorcycle parking mats are available with a wide variety of surface designs which offer different traction options.

Appearance

You'll also want to consider the overall appearance that you want your finished space to have. If you're creating a motorcycle showroom or other storage space where you can display your motorcycle, then you'll find plenty of eye-catching flooring options available. For a workspace where you'll be performing maintenance, a darker colored mat may be ideal, since it will help to conceal dirt and stains.

Greatmats garage flooring with motorcycle and car

Strength

Keep in mind the strength of each product that you're considering. Some flooring may not be strong enough to support the weight of the vehicles long-term. Rubber materials are not usually recommended for parking vehicles on. If you are planning to park cars and pickups on the floor, make sure you choose a product that is rated to support significant weight for the best results.

Installation Method and Size

You'll find that, depending on the motorcycle floor pad that you're considering, different installation methods may be required. Many tiles can be easily cut to fit for a wall-to-wall installation. Think about the installation method that you would most prefer. Are you looking for tiles that interlock together, and that can be removed again in the future? Can you accommodate a glue-down long-term installation? 
Using tiles that snap together easily, you can create a motorcycle parking pad as large or as small as you need. Many interlocking garage tiles have border ramps and corner edges so you can create a finished look.

Water, Oil, and Chemical Resistance

Greatmats motorcycle garage flooring tiles
If you're looking for a motorcycle floor pad to create a space where you can work on your motorcycle, then you'll likely need a product that is resistant to water, oil, and chemicals. These elements can degrade some types of flooring, such as rubber, so a resistant flooring is a must if you'll be performing any sort of maintenance on your motorcycle.

Comfort

If you have plans of using your space both to store and to work on your motorcycle, then you'll want a flooring product that is comfortable. Many of our products offer shock absorption, and some offer anti-fatigue properties, too.

Durability

When considering your options for motorcycle mats, make sure that you choose a product that is durable. At Greatmats, we offer many quality mat options that are backed by long warranties and that are designed to last.

Budget

Greatmats custom motorcycle parking pad
Take some time to think about your budget for the project. Many of these tiles require no professional installation, which can save you money and allow you to purchase a higher quality product than you might otherwise be able to afford.
The right product will partially depend on your intended use and what you're looking for in terms of style, installation method, and more.

Type of Material

  • Polypropylene - Polypropylene mats are known for their impressive strength. They're highly durable flooring options that can withstand significant weight. At Greatmats, we offer polypropylene tiles with surface layers made out of vinyl or polypropylene. 
  • PVC - PVC mats are highly durable and can withstand significant weight without degrading. They're a great option for vehicle storage, and are available in many different colors and surface textures. Many of these tiles are oil and chemical resistant, and they create a comfortable flooring surface.

Motorcycle Floor Pad Options

Ready to get started? We've selected a few of our top motorcycle mats below.

Greatmats motorcycle parking mats

Garage Floor Tile Diamond

Looking for a strong, durable flooring that offers excellent traction and is available in a wide range of colors? Garage Floor Tile Diamond meet all of those requirements. These durable polypropylene tiles are rated for 10,000 pounds. They snap together quickly and easily for a simple installation. These tiles have a diamond tread surface pattern that is stylish and provides traction. Ramped border and corner edging is available for a smooth and safe transition onto and off of the flooring for island installations.

  • 10,000 pound load rated, these tiles can easily accommodate any motorcycle
  • Tab and loop connectors create a strong connection while keeping the tiles easy to install 
  • Tiles can be assembled and dis-assembled repeatedly, if needed 
  • Backed by a 5-year limited warranty

Greatmats Harley Davidson Motorcycle themed garage flooring

Snap Diamond Garage Tile

Long-lasting, strong, and available in a wide assortment of eye-catching colors, Snap Diamond Garage Tiles are a great option for motorcycle flooring. These snap-together polypropylene tiles are easy to install, and can be removed if needed. They're lightweight, easy to transport, yet strong enough to support significant vehicle weight. The diamond surface texture offers plenty of traction, and the tiles are resistant to oils and solvents, so they're suitable for workspaces.

  • Choose from 10 brilliant colors that will look great in any space
  • Tiles support rolling loads of more than 50,000 pounds 
  • Chemical-resistant and weather-resistant 
  • Diamond pattern top helps to maximize traction 
  • Backed by an impressive 10-year limited warranty

Greatmats TechFloor motorcycle parking floor

TechFloor Premium Tile

Another top quality polypropylene garage flooring product designed for use as a motorcycle parking mat is the TechFloor Premium Tile with Traction Top. These American-made tiles snap together for a free floating floor with superior non-slip qualities and are available in seven solid-color options or 7 color options with black raised squares.

  • Interlocking tiles fit together tightly, with no need for adhesive
  • Tiles offer excellent traction 
  • Backed by a limited lifetime warranty 
  • Fourteen color options to choose from 
  • Lightweight design for easy transportation


Greatmats garage flooring tiles Tuff Seal

Tuff Seal Floor Tiles

If you'll be using your space not just to store your motorcycle, but also to work on it, then consider our Tuff Seal Floor Tiles. These PVC tiles don't just look great, but they also offer anti-fatigue relief to keep you more comfortable during maintenance and rebuilds. These tiles are both stain and chemical resistant, and a hidden interlock design makes installing them easy and fast. Choose from three surface textures, and a wide range of 15 different colors.

  • Choose from 15 beautiful colors and three different surface textures
  • Stain and chemical resistant 
  • Tiles provide fatigue relief, making for a great workspace 
  • Hidden interlock design allows for an easy installation with no adhesive required 
  • Backed by a 10-year limited warranty

Greatmats diamond tread garage flooring rolls

LonPlate Commercial Vinyl Rolls

Looking for something that will truly turn heads? LonPlate Commercial Vinyl Rolls make the perfect motorcycle show floor. Equipped with a steel plate surface design, this tough vinyl is skid-resistant and perfect for interior heavy-duty applications. Its surface texture helps to camouflage scuffing and wear, and the flooring is even microbial-resistant.

  • Choose from six striking colors
  • Steel plate design surface maximizes traction and camouflages wear 
  • Commercial grade and highly durable, this vinyl flooring is backed by a 10-year limited warranty 

Ordering Your Motorcycle Floor Pads
As you narrow down your choices, you may still have some questions or may be unsure of which product is right for your use. Please contact our customer service team. Our highly knowledgeable team members will be happy to help you choose the product that's right for your garage project and your specific needs.

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






Greatmats Garage Flooring infographic