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.

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.
Call Greatmats at 877-822-6622.

Premium Interlocking Foam Puzzle Mats – 5/8 Inch

Turn any room into a fun and safe play area with our Foam Puzzle Mats.  The best selling, highest quality foam mat we have to offer, these interlocking mats are also an excellent choice for kids play areas, exercise rooms and trade-show booth flooring.  They are waterproof so you can even use them in the basement. They are made of closed cell EVA foam which means that no mold or bacteria from a damp floor can penetrate the foam. These mats will also act as a vapor barrier to any potential moisture coming up through a concrete floor.

Puzzle Mats are available in fifteen brilliant colors so it’s easy to find a perfect match for your decor.  You can add life and safety to any room in the house.  Apply the mats quickly for temporary usage and store them easily when you’re done.  Each of these premium 5/8 inch foam mats is 2×2 feet and comes with two border strips per mat.  This makes it easy to create island layouts with finished borders.  Easily cut these foam mats with a utility knife to create simple, wall-to-wall installation.  They come 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 maintained on a regular basis.  These mats are on sale for a limited time and also come with free shipping.  If you’re looking for quantity, we stock thousands of square feet of this and similar foam products for large scale commercial and athletic projects.

If this particular foam mat is not perfect for your application or budget please check out the rest of our foam flooring.  We offer a comprehensive line of interlocking foam mats, with some starting as low as 99 cents per square foot so  be sure to check out our complete line. If you have questions, chat with us online, send us an email, or call our friendly customer service center to speak with one of our flooring experts about our entire selection of foam mats.

Contact Greatmats at http://www.greatmats.com – 877-822-6622