Friday, January 18, 2019

Overlooked Benefits of Foam Flooring


By Julia Nass

Here are the top five things you probably didn't know about foam flooring.

1) It's cheap - really cheap.


Foam floor tiles are one of the cheapest flooring options out there: you can get high quality foam tiles for less than a dollar per square foot. Clearly, the upfront price is a low one, but there is more. Foam flooring continues to pays itself off because the cost of maintenance is so low.

Installing tiles is simple enough that even the kids in the family can put the floor together, which means that unlike other floors, foam floor tiles do not require a single cent for the installation process. No extra tools or adhesives are needed. Plus, if any serious damage occurs on some part of the floor, foam floor tiles can easily be swapped out for new ones. That means that if and when accidents happen, one can forget about the stressful and costly process of replacing the entire floor. Just a few low-cost replacement tiles can do the trick.

2) Underlayment for foam flooring squares is not necessary.


Many people inquire about underlayment for foam flooring squares. There is an idea that they may need extra padding to increase the comfort of the floor. However, foam mats are designed for comfort, padding and insulation. Although they can be used on top of other types of flooring, foam tiles are designed to be used on hard flat surfaces like concrete. There is no need for underlayment for foam flooring squares, because the foam itself does the trick.

Foam floor tiles come in a wide variety of thicknesses and densities. If you desire extra cushion, padding or insulation, simply choose thicker tiles. These should provide the desired effect without purchasing underlayment for foam flooring squares. However, if you are feeling attached to the idea of underlayment for foam flooring squares, a leading flooring expert at Greatmats.com would be happy to work with you to find the best option.

3) Foam tiles allow for a lot of creative freedom


There are more color and style choices for foam tiles than almost any other kind of flooring option. They come in tens of brilliant and vibrant colors that can be mixed and matched to create fun designs. For example, many users go for a checkered pattern, strips, or big blocks of different colors.

Not only do foam floor tiles come in different colors, but they also come in different styles and textures, such as wood grain. Other foam tiles have a carpet-topped surface so you get the benefits of both foam and carpet. Whether someone is interested in an all black floor or a room with three different colors, foam tiles give room for users to achieve whatever their stylistic vision may be.

4) Foam tiles can be used for a ton of different things


Foam floor tiles are super popular in kids rooms and playrooms. The cushioned and comfortable nature of foam make them a sensible choice to protect kids while they are running around and playing. Plus, they are waterproof and super easy to clean.

These reasons, among many others, make foam tiles a perfect choice for a surprising number of other spaces. Some other popular uses include: home exercise and gym floors, martial arts flooring, trade show flooring, anti-fatigue mats, and dog agility mats. The list does not stop there. Other purposes include bathrooms, yoga studios, wall padding, padding for truck beds, portable horse stall flooring, and even halloween costumes.

5) Greatmats is your go-to source for foam floor tiles


Greatmats.com stocks more than 80 different foam floor tiles and mats. Their Foam Floor Mats 5/8 Premium are hands down one of their most widely revered and popular products. At Greatmats.com, you can read hundreds of reviews written by satisfied users of foam flooring.

Greatmats provides a wealth of information and support for those on the hunt for a new floor. Whatever question or doubt you may have, you can get in touch with a flooring expert for the answer. Give them a ring or send them a message via online chat for more help in finding the perfect foam floor.
For more on this topic please review our Foam Tiles and Foam Floor Tiles product page.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

How to Remove Snow From Rubber Playground Surface

Winter Rubber Playground Flooring Tips

By Paige Cerulli

Greatmats playground rubber flooringPlayground flooring needs to be able to meet all sorts of requirements. The flooring must help to absorb shock in order to keep kids safe, but it also needs to be durable enough to last for years under heavy use. Even more importantly, any  needs to be able to withstand dramatic temperature changes, UV rays, and the different weather that your location experiences.

Rubber playground mats are up to the task. In fact, that's just one of the reasons why rubber playground flooring is so popular. Not only is rubber highly durable, but it can withstand temperature extremes, rain, snow, and ice without being damaged, cracked or weakened.

When it comes to removing snow from rubber playground flooring, there are a few things that you should know so that you can further preserve the flooring surface.

How to Clear Snow From Rubber Playground Flooring


Snow and ice won't harm your rubber playground tiles. You can leave the snow and ice to safely melt away on their own. However, you may choose to remove the snow and ice especially if kids will be playing on it and the ice is slippery.

Use the Right Tools


First, make sure that you're using the proper tools to remove snow and ice. Metal shovels or scrapers can damage the rubber playground mats. Instead, use brushes or rubber scrapers, which can safely remove the ice and snow. Machinery, such as snowblowers, should also never be used on rubber playground tiles.

It's also important to realize that you should not use chemical de-icing agents on a rubber playground surface for residential or commercial playgrounds. These chemicals may damage or degrade the rubber, reducing the lifespan of your flooring.

Always be sure to consult the usage guidelines for the particular flooring product that you've used in the playground. If you use tools or chemical de-icers that aren't approved by the manufacturer, you may void the manufacturer's warranty.

Be Patient


Removing snow and ice can be a long, slow process, especially if you're working with rubber playground squares that cover a large area. Try to remove snow promptly after it's fallen; leaving it for more than a day or so may cause it to melt slightly then freeze, turning into ice that's more difficult to remove.

As you remove snow and ice from the rubber playground squares, be sure that you relocate it to an area where it won't melt back onto the squares, freezing again.

Additional Rubber Playground Flooring Maintenance


Removing snow and ice is just part of the maintenance that a rubber playground safety surface will require. Keeping up with necessary maintenance will help to keep your flooring in the best possible condition:
  • Clear leaves and debris from the rubber playground mats weekly. Inspect the mats for any damage. 
  • Arrange to have the mats cleaned about twice a year. 

For bi-annual cleaning, you'll need to take a number of steps to deep-clean your playground mats.
  • Use a stiff bristled outdoor broom to clear the surface of the mats 
  • Use a diluted detergent cleaner concentrate; add 1/4 cup concentrate to 5 gallons of hot water 
  • Work on 5x5 foot sections, applying the cleaner to the surface until the mats are wet 
  • Scrub the surface with a stiff bristled outdoor broom 
  • Thoroughly hose of the surface until you can't see any reside 

Greatmats playground tiles
These general guidelines apply to many rubber playground squares, but always consult the specific maintenance directions for the product that you have. The more that you keep up with cleaning and maintaining your rubber playground tiles, the better they'll continue to look.

If you ever notice that a tile is cracked, loose, or otherwise damaged, then promptly making the repair can help to minimize subsequent damage. It's also an important factor in keeping the surface safe for kids at play.

One of the great benefits of using rubber playground tiles is that if a tile is damaged, you can replace that one tile. This can save you significant money over the cost of replacing or repairing a larger section of flooring, as you would need to do with poured rubber playground surfaces. We advise that you keep a few extra tiles on hand just for this type of situation.

Replace the damaged tile by following the installation instructions for the product that you've purchased. The more quickly that you can make the repair, the sooner kids can go back to enjoying the playground - safely.

Maintenance for Playground Tiles Versus Other Playground Flooring Types


All in all, rubber playground tiles truly require just minimal maintenance, especially when compared to other playground flooring types. Rubber playground mats offer many benefits, in that they're highly durable and require just occasional maintenance.

If you're working with other surface options, like wood chips or loose fill, the maintenance will be much more involved. These loose fill products need to be continuously swept and raked back into place, since they're often kicked out of the playground area by running kids. There's no practical way to remove snow or ice from these surfaces.

By taking the time to choose the playground surface that's right for your needs, you can minimize your maintenance required while maximizing the lifespan of the surface. Always make sure to read the maintenance instructions offered for your product to make sure that you're using the correct products and caring for your playground flooring in the best way possible.

If you have any questions about playground flooring repair, maintenance, or even about investing in a new surface, please give our customer service team a call. We would be happy to answer all of your questions, provide product samples, and make sure you have all the information necessary to take great care of your playground.
For more on this topic please review our Playground Rubber Safety Surfaces product page.

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