Vulcanization

Rubber is an amazing invention.  It can be used in a number of remarkably different applications because of its versatility.  Natural rubber, for example is extremely elastic.  It can oftentimes be found in products where its unique flexibility is desired like rubber bands or some types of gaskets.  It can also be found in some types of specialty flooring.  However, natural rubber is also brittle when it gets cold and tends to lose shape when warm.  It is for this reason that vulcanization is required for the manufacture of many rubber products.  (Many products such as rubber flooring, tires, and hockey pucks are created from vulcanized rubber.)
The process was initially pioneered by Charles Goodyear (of Goodyear Tire fame.)  He found, accidentally, that rubber tended to char like leather when it came in contact with heat.  He also found that, regardless of the temperature, the rubber would not fully melt but rather continue to char when heated in sulfuric acid.  He was able to char the rubber to the point where it became resistant to heat and cold and found that the process was irreversible.  The rubber would maintain these new properties indefinitely.  This made rubber products such as tires and eventually rubber flooring possible.  Further developments after Goodyear’s initial experimentation eventually led to vulcanization as it is performed today.
Vulcanization is a chemical process that cures rubberor related polymersinto more durable materials by adding various accelerators (which is sulfur in most cases.) These additives change the polymer by forming crosslinks between the individual polymer chains. The process was named after Vulcan, Roman god of fire.  Hard vulcanized rubber is used to make hard rubber articles such as bowling ballsand mouthpieces for band instruments. Vulcanized rubber materials tend to be less sticky and have superior mechanical properties to natural rubber.
There are a variety of methods used for vulcanization. The most important method (used for the vulcanization of tires) uses high pressure and temperature. This type of vulcanization is called compression molding. In this scenario, the rubber article adopts the shape of the mold. Other methods, for instance to make door profiles for cars, use hot air vulcanization or microwave heated vulcanization.
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Dog Agility Mats

 Dog agility is a relatively new sport with its first widely documented appearance occurring in 1978 at a dog show in the UK.  John Varley, a committee member, was given the task of entertaining the audience between obedience and conformation competitions in the main ring.  He created a sort of obstacle course based on some things he’d seen in the equestrian world as well as a few things he had seen dogs do at a fair. From there, the popularity of these obstacle courses grew and evolved into a full-fledged sport.  Today, dog agility is an international pastime with many different sanctioning organizations and competitions worldwide.

As any dog agility trainer will tell you, training canines in dog agility requires the right equipment.  At Greatmats, our foam dog agility mats are the best product available for you and your dogs.  They are made of a high-density EVA foam that is rugged and lightweight.  It provides a cushioned surface that is great for running and jumping on but is also dense enough to not be squishy or unstable.  These foam tiles are double sided and in-line reversible. They require no adhesive to install and the tight fitting, interlocking foam mats leave no tripping hazards.  Because they don’t require a glue-down installation, this foam flooring is portable so you can bring it anywhere you’d like.  Tiles are waterproof which is convenient when the weather turns bad. Each tile measures 40”x40” so they are large enough to piece your floor together quickly yet light enough to bring them with you when it’s time to relocate.
Greatmats Dog Agility Mats have a felt-top surface texture that provides excellent traction. The non-slip surface provides a safer surface for you and your animals and also an element of fatigue relief that is ergonomically better for joints and muscles than many harder surface types.  (Your knees will appreciate them as much as your dogs will.)  The tiles are lead and latex free.  Custom colors are available and these interlocking foam tiles typically ship from our warehouse in 1-3 days.
If this particular foam mat is not exactly what you need for your application, please consider one of our other foam mats. We offer a complete and comprehensive line of interlocking foam mats with some starting as low as 99 cents per square foot. Some of our foam mat products are available with free shipping.
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MMA and Grappling Mats – Quality Durable Grappling Mats

A great choice for MMA training, Judo, BJJ and Jiu Jitsu, our grappling mats are designed with a durable tatami surface that will not cause skin burns while you are training. This is just one reason these MMA mats are used nationwide in professional studios and competitions.  At a full 1-5/8” thick, they can take any abuse you can throw at them.  Please note that these mats are designed for use with bare feet or soft shoes only.  We also carry martial arts matssuitable for combat training in full gear and boots.
Economical, easy to install, and waterproof, these interlocking grappling mats are available as a reversible MMA mat with colors on both sides.  This allows for a multi-color design in your facility. These grappling mats are designed to be used directly on any hard flat surface including concrete without the need for additional padding.
Simply lay these MMA and grappling mats down and interlock them together for a perfect fit every time.  Installation is an easy wall-to-wall fit; simply measure and cut the grappling mats with a sharp utility knife.  We recommend that you let your new grappling mats and MMA mats to acclimate to your room’s conditions prior to installation. Also, you will want to avoid direct sunlight on these grappling mats as the foam can expand with increased heat and humidity.
If you’re not sure what type of foam flooring you’d like for your MMA training, you can request a free sample or a price quote online at our site.  Use our online floor plan designer to lay out your new martial arts floor using grappling and MMA matsfor your facility.  We are determined to NOT be undersold – please contact us if you are offered a better quote for the same product with shipping costs included.
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Gymnastics Octagon Mats

 

These days, the hottest sport for young kids is gymnastics and the demand for gymnastics instructors and safe gymnastics flooring has never been higher.  Successful Olympic athletes like Shawn Johnson and Gabby Douglas have made the sport’s popularity skyrocket.  Today, more children between the ages of 6-12 participate in gymnastics than any other sport and more gymnastics mats are sold now than at any point in history.
Interestingly, gymnastics itself is not new.  According to “Nike is a Goddess: The History of Women in Sports,” rhythmic gymnastics was not officially recognized as a sport until 1962 and not considered a part of the Olympic Games until 1984.   However, the sport dates back to at least 1904 when some elements of women’s gymnastics debuted at the Olympics.  The athletes wore long skirts and high collars and used props, including clubs, canes, wands, ropes, and barbells in their group exercises.  Gymnastics mats and octagons as we know them did not exist and athletes took safety risks that would stun today’s parents.
Greatmats Gymnastics Octagon MatsHowever, because of advanced technology in safety equipment, athletes are able to perform moves that earlier competitors would be awed by.  (The leotard would probably cause a few gapes as well.)  Learning the complicated gymnastics moves of our day requires dedication and a solid instructor as well as the right safety equipment.  Being sure that you have the right gymnastics flooring for the job is critical for today’s instructor.
Our Gymnastics Octagon is a perfect example of equipment that can assist an instructor in teaching the art to young students.  It can be used to develop coordination and balance as well as basic moves such as walkovers and handsprings.  The octagonal shape keeps the mat from rolling around.  This provides stability and builds confidence in athletes who are working on range of motion, flexibility, and balance.  They are great for teaching dive rolls as well.
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Gym Flooring Pebble Mat 3/4"

     

Built for home gym flooring or for commercial health clubs and weight rooms, this rugged, high-density, waterproof, EVA foam mat is excellent anywhere a lightweight and durable flooring is needed.  These pebble mats are dense enough to bear all types of exercise equipment including treadmills and weight machines.  The product comes with a one-year manufacturer’s warranty.
One nice feature about the Pebble Mat 3/4” is its portability.  You can lay this home gym floor down quickly because it requires no tape or adhesives to install.  Rest assured that this flooring will stay in place, no shifting or moving around under equipment or athletes.  When you’re ready to relocate, you can simply un-install the flooring and stack it up to take it with you.  It’s remarkably lightweight and easy to maneuver.
Because this flooring for home gymsis an interlocking style, you can expand your floor as needed.  Start with a small area under one or two machines if you’d like.  You can always add more home gym flooring at a later date.  Each foam tile comes with two border strips so you can create a finished look no matter how large or small an area you choose to cover.  If you decide to go with a wall to wall install, you can check out our handy online floor planner to determine how many square feet you’ll need.  Please note that there is some loss at install.  We recommend that you talk to one of our friendly customer service reps to address this issue prior to ordering so you get enough product to suit your needs.
One thing to consider:  You do NOT want to expose this product to direct sunlight.  Over time, these home gym mats will expand and deform as a result.  EVA foam mats are subject to expansion and contraction with exposure to direct sunlight or significant humidity.

Should you decide that the Pebble Mat 3/4” isn’t perfect for your application, please take a look at our extensive line of foam mats.  We offer a number of different sizes and thicknesses to fit many different purposes with some priced as low as 99 cents per square foot.

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Tent Flooring

Uniquely designed to be placed directly over uneven terrain, our Tent Flooring will not separate under the most strenuous events.  This tent flooring is created to hold crowds of people for long durations and will hold the weight of heavy equipment, staging, or even a vehicle.   It is chemically resistant and odor-free.  This high impact plastic flooring is designed for temporary installations.  Any plastic that is repeatedly exposed to the sun will begin to expand and contract.  This durable polypropylene plastic construction is UV resistant so it will not get brittle and snap with repeated usage.  It is made of recycled content so it’s environmentally responsible.
The unique hinge design featured in this tent flooring snaps together like no other floor system on the market.  It is remarkably easy to install and requires no tape or adhesive of any kind.  In addition, the flooring can be rolled up at take-down for easy storage and reinstallation.  Each tile is waterproof and has drainage holes which allow water to flow freely through which will prevent rot, warp, or get water-logging.  Its top diamond-pattern finish provides an anti-slip surface.  This can be especially nice if it gets rainy outside and people begin to track water into the tent.   Use our tent flooring on any irregular surface including grass, dirt, stones and sand.
Expand your floor as needed.  You can purchase these temporary floor tiles to fit a smaller tent and buy more if you pick up another, larger tent.  This plastic flooring is also great in other special event rooms like ice arenas or convention centers.  Available in black and gray, this tent flooring can be matched to almost any décor.  Each tile measures 2 feet x 6 inches and weighs 1.2 lbs.
Easily clean with a pressure washer or a damp mop.
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Garage Floor Tiles Diamond

The leading choice of Indy and Indy Light racing teams, Garage Floor Tiles Diamond are amazingly easy to install.  This versatile flooring requires no adhesive for installation; just snap them into place like a large puzzle and you’re done. Whatever your category of floor, Garage Floor Tiles Diamond is an ideal solution for your indoor and outdoor applications, whether temporary or permanent.  Its polypropylene, high-impact design ensures that it will perform and last.
No preparation is needed for install.  Simply lay this flooring directly over cracks or uneven surfaces in minutes.  These garage floor tiles are strong enough to support cars or small trucks on jacks and jack stands for years at a time.  They are easy to clean.  These garage floor tiles are not damaged or stained by most chemicals including oil, grease, brake fluid, petroleum products, or battery acid.  With its non-slip surface and anti-fatigue properties, this is a floor to work on! 
Garage Floor Tiles Diamond are an excellent flooring solution for both indoors and outdoors and can be used just about anywhere. The durability and easy clean-up permits the garage floor tiles to be used for a wide range of categories and its attractive appearance looks great in any room.  Not only excellent for garages, this flooring can be used in workshops, dealerships, showrooms, trade show booths, as tent flooring, RV’s and campers, patios…you name it!
These garage floor tiles are lightweight so you can install and uninstall them easily.   Since they require no adhesive, they are portable so you can bring them with you or place them in another room.  They provide a professional, stylish appearance and come with a 10-Year Limited Warranty.  (5 for outdoor use.)  Waterproof and chemical resistant.  UV resistant and ok for outside.
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