Customer Review-Premium Foam Mats

Carol M. sent us a nice review and photo.  She selected our 5/8” Premium Foam Matsfor her project and, if this picture is any indication, it turned out fantastic!  (Did we mention these mats are on sale and come with free shipping?)



Here’s what Carol had to say:  “The mats are wonderful and very substantial in thickness.  My little grandaughter’s playhouse could be on the cover of a magazine….. What a color match! The samples you sent were spot on perfect.

The company and its representatives were very informative and nice to work with and I certainly would order from you again.  I will definitely recommend your company and your mats.  Thank you.”

Thank you, Carol.  We appreciate your business!

If you would like more information on our foam mats or any of our specialty flooring products, give us a call!  877-822-6622.

Customer Review – Wood Grain Reversible Foam Tiles

If you’re looking for a floor that is soft, warm, and comfortable but provides the look of hardwood floors, our Wood Grain Reversible Tiles might be a product you’ll be interested in.  They are called reversible because you can also flip them upside down and display the tan side instead of the wood grain side.

Santina L. bought some and she was very impressed.  Here’s what she had to say:

“We used the tiles for our basement project where we created two rooms for our teenage daughters.  The concrete floors were professionally waterproofed 2 months prior but still had a lot of irregularity in shape and contour.”

Foam is a great product for basements.  Although it doesn’t sound as though Santina’s basement will have any issues with water, many basements do.  Foam is waterproof and doesn’t absorb moisture into the material.  Unlike a carpet pad, which is destroyed the first time it gets wet, foam will simply dry out as soon as it’s removed from the damp area.  Once the area is dried, it can go right back down as good as new.

“The installation went like a dream.  The tiles were easy to lay and easy to cut to fit the odd shape of the rooms.”  (Installing foam tiles wall-to-wall is a simple process.  All you need is a straightedge and a sharp razor and you can cut your tiles to fit.)

“The connecting tiles were great to connect the floors in both rooms through the pocket door in the center.  It took us about an hour to lay the two rooms and the closet.  We used a board and a straight edged T-square and a box cutter to cut the tiles to fit.  It really saved us from having to even out the floors.”

Another nice thing about foam: it doesn’t require any adhesives or special surface to attach to.  If you have a hard, flat, indoor surface, you’re in business.

“We would definitely buy the tiles again.  Our son is jealous already that they have such cool floors.  They are nice to walk on and cover the unevenness of the concrete wonderfully.  Even a room full of teenage girls though it was comfortable to sleep on.  The wood grain in the tiles looks like wood floors if you look quick and people are shocked that they are foam.  What a cool product.”

Thank you, Santina.  Would you recommend Greatmats to your friends?

“Yes, we would recommend you and already have.  Price was great, product arrived in a timely fashion, well before we needed them, and are fun to use.”

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.

Customer Review-Premium Foam Mats

Amy H. found an interesting way to use our premium 5/8″ foam mats.  While these mats are commonly used in kids play rooms, those rooms are usually in a house.  🙂

“We bought the tiles to go in our 1-1/2 year-old’s playroom in our fifth wheel travel trailer we just bought.  It has a vinyl type flooring that resembles wood.  We wanted it to have more cushion for safety and also we wanted it to look pretty and colorful like a playroom should,” Amy says.


Premium 5/8″ foam mats come in fifteen vibrant colors so it’s easy to find mats to match your decor. This type of foam flooring is an excellent choice for kids rooms, exercise rooms, basements, family rooms, and trade show booths.  The interlocking foam mats are 2×2′ and interlock together easily with no glue required.  You can lay them directly over any flat, hard surface.

“The installation went great!” Amy told us.  “It only took my husband about 45 minutes.  I went to the Greatmats website and downloaded the installation brochure and the care brochure.  My husband followed the suggestions on the brochure as recommended.  He used cardboard to use under the tiles to protect the floors and a utility knife to make the cuts.  We used borders and went wall to wall.  We had to make cuts even in the center of some tiles to cut where the vents were for our furnace.  I am happy to say we have run the furnace since installation and the tiles have not warped or been damaged by the heat.”

Unlike many foam mats on the market today, these play mats are comprised of a dense EVA foam which makes them tough.  They resist scuffing.  They are also waterproof.  You can also rest assured that they are lead and latex-free.

“We would absolutely buy this product again and are very pleased with it!”  Amy says.  We have already recommended this to friends and family and will continue to.  When we finished installing it, we took pictures and put hem on our Facebook accounts for our friends and family to see.  We got many compliments and questions on where we purchased it and the cost.  We bragged about the wonderful deal and many bright fun colors y’all had to choose from.  The playmats in stores are flimsy and always tend to fall apart.  They also come in too many pieces which is very frustrating because toddlers tend to pull them apart which makes the mat come apart.  I’ve now had this mat for quite some time and never had my toddler rip it up.  It is very easy to clean and is very sturdy!  We are so pleased with y’alls product!”

Thank you for your review, Amy.  We appreciate your business and the time you’ve taken to let us know your thoughts.

If you would like to check out our foam products or any other specialty flooring at Greatmats, Call 877-822-6622 and talk with a customer service rep.  We can help you find the right product to fit your needs.

Customer Review-Premium 5/8" foam mats

Here’s another great review, this time from Dannette M.  Dannette purchased our 5/8″ premium foam mat which is an excellent, and economical, foam floor option for a variety of applications.  Dannette used these foam mats as an office and workout floor.
“I live in a garden floor apartment in Brooklyn with a finished basement floor,” she says.  “I use the basement as my office and workout area (mostly for P90X and Insanity which can involve a lot of plyometric or jumping exercises.)  I was finding that my yoga mat was very confining when doing these workouts and I have knee problems, so I was looking for something to help reduce the impact on my knees and vie me a little elbow room.”
All of our interlocking foam mats are made with a high density EVA foam material that provides excellent cushion for various aerobic activities.  Easy to piece together, these tiles interlock with one another like a large puzzle.  This provides a stable flooring option that requires no adhesive for installation.  Dannette says, “the installation was extremely easy and the edge pieces fit nicely together.”
Foam mats are soft and warmer than hard surfaces.  They are also waterproof.  Available in 15 bright colors, they add fun and warmth to any room.  These mats come with a one-year manufacturer’s warranty and should last for ten years or more in a normal residential setting.  The 5/8” premium foam mats are our most popular product.

“It was nice to be able to mix and match the edge pieces to create a funky look.  Since the ceramic tiles on which I was installing the mats are pretty slippery, I ended up using carpet tape to keep the mat secure.  Peeling the double-sided tape apart was the hardest part of the whole project.”

These foam mats are so popular because of their versatility.  We find that a large variety of people enjoy these mats.  We sell them to both nurseries as playmates and to military bases for training exercises. 

5/8” Premium foam mats are convenient and easy to handle because they’re so lightweight.  This makes installation and breakdown remarkably easy.  For wall-to-wall installations, the tiles can be easily cut with a sharp utility knife.  When it’s time to relocate, simply stack them up and you’re on your way.

“I would definitely buy the product again,” Dannette told us.  “I love the “grown-up” colors and the ability to mix and match.  I love the thickness and the quality.”


“Shipping was quick.  Customer service has been very professional.”
Thank you, Dannette, for trusting Greatmats to help you find the perfect flooring solution for you.  We appreciate your business.

Call Greatmats at 877-822-6622.


Customer Review-Playground Ergo and Pebble Mats


 “I am a big fan of your projects and I hope to do more.”
-Lisa F.
Lisa is the principal designer for Vonn Studio in Charlotte, NC.  She has used a variety of our specialty flooring products for her projects for various customers.  

“I am an interior designer and I was charged with finding a “cool” gym floor.  The client…wanted a pattern using yellow, grey, and black.  We continued the yellow and grey stripe up the walls and across the ceiling giving a banding effect.  Very cool.”

Lisa used our Ergo tiles for this gym flooring.  Ergo is a flexible modular plastic floor tile that comes in a variety of colors.  It is made of 100% recycled materials and, because it mixes PVC with rubber, it’s very resilient.  These modular floor tiles are guaranteed for five years.  Ergo is often used as an outdoor playground surface area for younger kids where fall heights aren’t a huge concern.  Ergo is easy to install and care for.  It requires no glues or special surface to attach it to.  Just snap in together and you’re done!

Lisa goes on to say that she used our Pebble mats for someone who wanted to practice Yoga in their space.  “The installation was very simple.  I even installed one myself.  The only challenge with the Pebble Mat was understanding the interlocking pattern in the corners.  After that, it was so easy to install and easy to cut to size when I reached the wall and steps.”

Pebble mats are fantastic foam flooring product that is so dense and rugged we are able to use it in horse stalls.  However, it is soft and provides a great cushion so people enjoy using it in their home gyms or workout areas.  Lightweight, it can usually ship via ground carrier and is much easier to move around and work with than heavier rubber tiles or rolls.

Like the Ergo plastic floor tiles mentioned earlier, Pebble Mats are a breeze to install.  Just lay them out and cut to fit with a straightedge and a sharp utility knife.  These foam floor tiles measure 2ft x 2ft and are 3/4” thick.  They are great for areas with light free weights and other equipment.  They come with a one-year warranty and two border strips per tile.  They are waterproof also which can come in handy.

“I am very happy with the products, “ Lisa says.  “I hope to have the opportunity to specify Greatmats in the future.  I would recommend Greatmats to clients, family, and friends.  A very diverse product for many types of applications.”

Thank you, Lisa, for the kind words and the wonderful photos!

If you have questions or would like to discuss the possibilities for your area with one of our professional specialty flooring representatives, we hope that you’ll give us a call.  We would love to help you find the product you need to make your project a success.  Samples are also available upon request.

Call Greatmats at 877-822-6622.


Customer Review-Premium Foam Mats 5/8"

“These mats did a great job for us at the Home, Garden & Remodeling Show in Louisville, KY.  They were easy to handle, install and break down.  They also provided great cushion for the sales team that spent as many as twelve hours standing in the booth speaking with prospects.  We will be able to reuse these mats for several shows which eliminates the need for handling bulky carpet or renting expensive carpet from the show decorator.”
-Thad A.
Thad chose Premium foam mats 5/8” for his trade show booth flooring.  These interlocking foam mats feature a full 15 mm of thickness in 15 vivid colors that will not fade over time.  The surface texture of these foam floor mats feature a thatch design that is resistant to scuffing.  This makes them ideal flooring for high traffic.  They also provide fatigue relief for people who are on their feet all day. 
These foam mats are a premium quality product made from EVA foam material.   Not only excellent trade show flooring, they also transform any basement or den into a playroom or indoor sports area.  Waterproof, they can be easily cleaned so they are great for kids play areas. 
The variety of brilliant color options allows you to mix and match to fit your décor.  Get creative with your foam floor mats!  You can use our online room designer to easily create scaled room layouts.
These interlocking foam mats are simple to install.  Just piece them together like a giant puzzle and you’re done.  For wall-to-wall installations, you can simply cut the excess away with a sharp utility knife.  Two border strips come with each tile so you can create a finished edge in island areas where no wall is present.
Premium foam mats are offered with a 1-year manufacturer’s warranty against product defect and can be expected to last for 10 years or more in normal residential applications when cleaned and cared for on a regular basis.   We stock thousands of square feet of this and similar foam mat products for large scale commercial and athletic projects.  This makes for a quick and simple delivery.
If this particular foam mat is not perfect for your application or budget please consider one of our other foam mats, we offer a complete and comprehensive line of interlocking foam mats to our customers, some starting at $0.99 cents per square foot.   Other foam mat products are available with free shipping.  Please browse our complete line of puzzle foam mats. If you have questions please Chat with us online, send an email or call our friendly customer service center to speak with one of our flooring experts about our foam mats.

Call Greatmats at 877-822-6622.