Customer Review-MaxTile/CarpetFlex

Another great review for our MaxTile and Carpet Flex products!

Peggy B. used our flooring in her basement.  Here’s what she had to say:
“I have a full finished basement with 2 bedrooms, 1 full bathroom, TV room and a walk in closet.  In Jan 2013 my basement was back flushed with sewer and all my subflooring, wall to wall carpet and 2′ of drywall was removed.  This was the second time the flooring had to be taken up.”

*Editors Note:  Bummer.

“So I saw your product and thought, NO MORE taking up the sub flooring…the Max Tile was used for the bathroom floor and the Carpet Flex was used for the rest of the area (bedrooms, closet, tv room).”

We asked Peggy how the installation went and how long it took.

“I took one day off from work and did most of it in less than 8 hours (approx 700 sf).  I bought a table saw and had no problems.  Loved it!”

Are you happy with the product and would you buy it again?

“Absolutely love it and would buy again!”

And now the big question…would you recommend Greatmats to your friends?

“Already have!!!!”

So, there you have it.  Four exclamation points and all.  Peggy’s thrilled with this product because it’s waterproof, built to last, and easy to install.  If you’d like more information about basement flooring or any of our products…

Call Greatmats at 877-822-6622.

Until next time…

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Hidden Lock Modular Floor Tile

Greatmats is proud to introduce this high end, commercial quality, modular floor tile.  Attractive and durable, this flooring is excellent for a variety of applications.  Hidden connection system allows you to install this flooring quickly and easily with no need for adhesive.
Made in the USA, this tile is the thickest tile of its kind on the market. Manufactured from quality materials for excellent color and material control, this tile is superior to thinner tiles on the market and will maintain outstanding color consistency.  Where some plastic floor tiles vary in coloration from batch to batch, the materials used for this product are maintained to a constant standard.  This ensures that your tiles will not vary in shade or color.
Choose this slate-top, textured tile for basement floors or entryways.  It is durable enough for foot and vehicle traffic.  Also, this PVC floor tile is resistant to most acids and oils so it can even be installed in a garage.
This basement, garage, and entryway modular flooring will improve the look and feel of any room.  Hidden Lock modular floor tile is designed to be dry laid for most residential installations bit it can also be glued down for more demanding commercial locations.
Use this hidden interlock floor tile for home garages or basement floors. It is available in designer and earth-tone colors such as brown and tan. Mix and match colors to make an upscale design in your home with this modular floor tile.
Hidden Lock slate tiles are 1×1 ft and 6.5 mm thick for extra durability and quality. This modular floor tile is an excellent choice for basement floors and entryways in any home.
For garage floor installations, we recommend that the tiles be coated with our recommended PVC floor sealer.  Please contact a sales person for details.

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Exercise / Workout Mat 5×10

Here’s a home exercise mat great for home exercises, martial arts, wrestling, and a variety of aerobic activities.  This home workout mat is made of a durable, professional-quality, vinyl-designed for years of workout use. The foam material in this exercise mat is cross-linked polyethylene. 

This workout mat makes home exercise easy.   You can effortlessly roll out this lightweight mat and roll it up to store when you’re done.  Home users can use this athletic workout and exercise mat for aerobics, wrestling, grappling, and martial arts practice.   It is available in black, red, navy, and royal blue.

AT 5×10 ft x 1.25 inch thick this workout mat is big enough for most people to do their basic aerobic activities.  Order two mats to cover a 10×10 ft area.  Vinyl tape should used to cover the seam when using more than one mat together. 
You will find this workout mat works very well on top of carpeting for home workout exercises such as P90X. The foam material of this workout mat will grip carpeting very well and provide a safe non-slip surface to exercise on. It is simple to install and transport which makes this product an excellent choice for aerobic and plyometric training and exercise. It is also great for all types of martial arts including BJJ, judo, and MMA. 


This workout mat is backed by a five-year limited warranty. Our quality-control standards are among the industry’s most stringent. This workout mat is manufactured in the USA with the best quality durable vinyl cover and foam materials.  It is manufactured from the same materials that are used in our professional roll out mats. 
When needed, you can easily clean workout mats with common household floor cleaners with a damp mop.  This 5×10 exercise mat is available with free shipping.

Call Greatmats at 877-822-6622.

Choosing the best home gym flooring

Because I work for a specialty flooring store, I am often asked which flooring is best for a home gym.  The answer depends on a few variables and I usually reply with a few questions of my own:

What will the home gym be used for primarily?  If you’re looking for a tough material to protect your concrete or hardwoods from being damaged by free weights or heavy exercise equipment, you may want to look at rubber.  Rubber is the traditional flooring for both home and commercial gyms and it is an economical solution for keeping your floors, as well as your equipment, protected.

However…

Rubber flooring is heavy.  By heavy, I mean REALLY heavy.  A square foot of 3/8″ rolled rubber weighs 2.3 lbs.  (8mm is slightly less)  That means to cover a 10×10 foot area, you’re dealing with a 230 lb roll of rubber.  “Well,” you say, “that’s not so bad.  A buddy and I could roll that baby out no problem.”  And maybe you’re right.  But here’s something else to consider:  the rolls show up at your front door on the back of a semi-truck.  If you get a liftgate included in your shipping costs (something to consider) they will lower the roll of rubber to the ground and drive away leaving you to wrestle it into your workout area.  If you don’t get a liftgate, you will have to pull that baby off the truck yourself and that’s a serious endeavor.

Another option is interlocking rubber tiles.  These come in various sizes (typically 2×2 foot or 3×3 foot) and can be installed without adhesive of any kind.  Depending on the type you buy, you can find them at a reasonable price, although generally more expensive than rolled, and they are much easier to handle.  Also, the fact that they require no glue makes it easy for you to bring them with you if you decide to move.

 However….

RUBBER IS NOT WATERPROOF.  Many people are under the impression that rubber is like plastic.  That it can be submerged indefinitely in a flooded basement and come out unscathed.  This is simply not the case.  The porous materials of most rubber flooring will absorb water and hold it.  Over time, this will break the rubber flooring down to such a degree that the floor is rendered all but useless.

If you are considering putting your home gym in a basement that gets mildly damp on occasion, this will probably not be an issue for you and rubber flooring may be your best bet.  If you’re considering putting your home gym in a wet basement that floods from time to time, you may be better served with a waterproof option  such as plastic, modular floor tiles that allow airflow beneath the tiles for a quicker dry.

Do you plan to do aerobic activities in your home gym area?  Zumba, P90x, or Insanity?  If so, you probably don’t want rubber.  Rubber is quite hard and provides little to no fatigue-relief.  If you’re looking for a flooring type to keep your teeth from chattering every time you jump up and down, you need something else.  I typically suggest foam.

Foam flooring is available in various densities and thicknesses.  The play mats that kids play cars on and the MMA mats that fighters throw one another around on are not the same.  Determining which type of foam product is best for your needs depends on what specifically you’ll be using it for.

Unlike rubber, foam is waterproof and can be submerged indefinitely without the foam taking in water and damaging the foam itself.  It provides great shock absorption, requires no glues for installation, and it’s lightweight.  It can be easily installed wall-to-wall because all you need to cut the interlocking tiles to fit is a straight edge and a utility knife.  It doesn’t get much easier than that.  However, under some equipment, foam will indent and stay indented for the life of the product.  If you can live with that, foam is generally your best bet.  It is inexpensive and, because it is so lightweight, is typically fairly cheap to ship.

Hopefully, this gives you some insight into what you’re looking for.  The easiest and fastest way to get your specific questions answered is to call one of our customer service reps and have a conversation.

Call Greatmats at 877-822-6622.

Wall Pads

Wall Pads from Greatmats provide a layer of protection in schools and universities.  We carry wall pads that are wood backed and vinyl wrapped. These pads are available in various installation types including direct wall attachment and Z-clip installations. 

Greatmats also offers custom designed wall pads for larger scale installations.  Pads can be designed to work around windows, doors, wall cutouts, and light or fire switches.  We also carry custom column pads and pole pads for gyms or athletic facilities that have i-beams or other support structures along the walls. 

Our colorful, panelized gym wall pads will bring your gym to life. At Greatmats, we can add your logo, team name, mascot, or any other image across your wall pads. Bold and colorful, they will brighten your walls and fill your gymnasium with school spirit. 

These custom gym wall padding provide pro-caliber safety and protection for your high school or university gyms. They are solid, wood-backed, vinyl-wrapped gym wall pads. We offer these products in a variety of custom sizes and thicknesses. A standard gym wall pad is a 2 inch thick, cross-linked polyethylene foam wrapped in a durable 14 oz. vinyl cover. These are the same standard wall mats you will find in major universities across the country and around the world. 

Gym wall padding comes in a variety of thicknesses, colors, and sizes so you are sure to find exactly what you’re looking for. These pads are perfect for walls behind basketball hoops, in wrestling rooms, and on the walls of any facility where you want to show off your school spirit. Digital printing is also available so you can get the highest quality graphics available on your wall padding for gyms. 

If your gym is like countless others, you will probably find you have unique challenges to work around with your wall pads. Wall outlets, light switches, and other areas need to be accessible even after the wall pads are mounted. At Greatmats, we can help accommodate you with these unique needs. Our wall pads can be custom designed around your particular obstacles so that they attach perfectly while still leaving exposed the things you need accessible. We can even custom pad your gym doors around the handles and windows. 

Our wall pads will arrive with all necessary hardware included. No additional hardware will be required to install the pads. Our wall padding for gymnasiums can be directly attached to concrete block walls or wooden studs. Upper and lower lip options are available so that you can easily replace and repair vinyl as needed. 

Each wall pad panel is Class A rated for fire resistance. 

We also offer a heavy duty vinyl upgrade to 19 oz for excessive abuse. An outdoor mat is available with UV protection against the sun and an 18 oz. vinyl cover. These mats feature a 30 oz foam and a moisture-resistant composite wood backing. 

Our wall pads come in various installation types including direct wall attachment and Z-clip installations. You can also opt for a hook and loop attachment option. This allows you to take the pads from the wall and use them as folding gym mats on the floor. Greatmats also provides these pads custom designed to work around windows, doors, wall cutouts, and electrical switches. Column and pole pads are also available. 

Some gyms, wrestling facilities, and other athletic rooms have I-beams and other square, rectangular, or oddly shaped objects running along the walls. Some of these support structures are even placed a few feet from the walls. Obviously, these structures need to be wrapped in padding for the safety of your athletes. Customized column pads are a great solution to this problem. 

Column wall pads are available in the same colors and vinyl thicknesses as our standard wall pads. We can have the perfect sizes and shapes cut to fit to your specs for any random obstacle that your gym features. 

Wood-backed and built of high quality foam and a thick vinyl, our custom column pads are sure to last for years to come even under the challenging environs of gymnasiums. They are bright and colorful and look great in athletic facilities of all types. 

Call Greatmats at 877-822-6622.