Customer Review-MaxTiles

If you happen to find yourself in Coralville, IA, be sure to stop in at New Moon Fitness.


Teresa H. has installed our MaxTile modular tiles as the flooring for their commercial gym facility. 

“We wanted a floor covering for a 1st floor cement slab,” she says.  “We laid down 3/8” rubber underlayment underneath.”

MaxTile is a wonderful all-around modular floor tile.  Its durability makes it one of our most popular and best-selling products.  The wood or stone-look vinyl top gives your floor a high-end appearance while still providing durability and toughness at a reasonable price point.  It is rugged enough for commercial applications like Teresa’s and waterproof so it can be used in a variety of different rooms like basements.  Many people even use the MaxTile as a portable dance floor. MaxTiles are made in the USA.

“We installed the floor in a few hours,” Teresa says.  “Rolled out a strip of underlayment, then snapped in a row of tiles and repeated the process across the floor.  Two rows of tiles had to be cut to fit around doors.  Cutting was easy with our table saw.”
Installing the MaxTile floor is simple.  You just lay the pieces together and snap them in place.  You need no glue so you can pull the floor up whenever you want and lay it down later.  The connection tabs are designed tough enough for repeated assemblies and disassemblies.

Teresa seems happy with the product.  We’ll let her tell you:
“Love this product.  Easy to install and tough.  I do slamball exercises with heavy medicine balls and drop dumbbells, and not a dent.  Even if one needed to be replaced, the snap in style of the tile will make it pretty easy to do.  We’ll be ordering more to fill out the office and closet when they’re finished.”

MaxTiles can be laid over any hard, flat surface and can even lay directly on concrete.  For applications like Teresa’s, we strongly suggest a rubber underlayment like she used.  This will provide an extra layer of cushion between the floor and the surface of the tiles.  It also helps with sound dampening.  These vinyl tiles come with a ten year residential warranty.

“We have already recommended it, “Teresa says.  “Including to several contractors who are doing some additional remodeling for us and had never seen the product before.”

Thank you, Teresa.  We’re sure you’ll be enjoying MaxTiles for years to come.

Call Greatmats at 877-822-6622.

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Home Gym Flooring

When it comes to choosing the best flooring for your home gym, you have a few options.   Selecting the right type of flooring for your particular application is going to be critical.  Choose the wrong home gym flooring and you can have a real problem on your hands and one that’s not easily (or cheaply) replaced.  But how can you know that the flooring type you select is the right one?

The most important thing you can do is talk to flooring professionals.  At Greatmats, our customer service people have a solid handle on which products work best for which applications.   We strongly recommend you discuss your options with us prior to placing an order, especially if the room you’re looking to cover is large.   However, here are some basic pointers to get you started in the right direction.

The most popular product for most home gyms is rubber.  At Greatmats we offer both interlocking rubber tiles and rolled rubber in a variety of sizes, colors, and thicknesses.  Rubber is very effective for protecting both your equipment and your floors.  It offers sound dampening qualities and is rugged enough to withstand the abuse that comes from dropping heavy weights provided you purchase a thick enough product.  It is an excellent surface to use under equipment and weight benches/racks.

However, a common misconception about rubber flooring is that it’s soft and will provide fatigue relief for the athlete.  People also tend to assume rubber is waterproof and will hold up well in wet areas.  This is NOT the case.  If you’re looking for a soft, waterproof surface, you’re looking for foam.

Like our rubber tiles, foam mats are also available in various thicknesses, colors, and sizes.  Interlocking mats are easy to install, require no adhesive, and can be easily transported from room to room or house to house.  They are excellent for aerobic exercise and will give you a soft workout area for aerobic exercises like P90x, Jazzercise, or Zumba.  Foam is waterproof and also provides some sound dampening properties.

There are exceptions to these basic rules.  We do offer Plyometric rubber flooring that is soft and great for aerobic exercise.  It is less dense than standard rubber and specifically designed for running, jumping, bounding, etc.  We also provide Pebble Foam Mats that are tough enough to be used in weight rooms.  However, as a general rule, rubber is best for weight areas.  Foam mats are best for aerobic areas.

A final option is the modular floor tile.  This product is nice for areas where you’d like to create a multipurpose area that won’t be specifically used as a workout area all the time.  We have modular floor tiles that create a great looking room that can double as your aerobics area.  Tiles provide some fatigue relief though not as much as foam and also look fantastic when you’re using the room for other purposes.  Modular tiles are a great selection for aerobic activities but, like foam, aren’t great for weight room areas.

Hopefully, this provides you with some clarification and helps you when trying to decide what product to use for your home gym floor.  Again, we strongly recommend that you discuss your particular situation and needs with a customer service rep prior to buying product if you’re not sure what you need.  We are always happy to help you find the floor that you’ll be happy with for years to come.

Call Greatmats at 877-822-6622.