Outdoor Wet Area Tiles

Outdoor Deck Tiles for Wet Areas

Outdoor Patio and Deck Tiles

StayLock Perforated outdoor tiles offer exterior surface options for wet areas such as patios, spas, pool surrounds, greenhouses and decks. They are easily installed, easy to maintain, and are exterior 5-year UV-rated.

Greatmats outdoor tiles feature a non-slip perforated top surface that provides great water drainage on any flat surface. The PVC outdoor wet area tiles have a slightly raised base too, which allows airflow to dry the water more quickly. This results in a lower chance of mold or mildew forming in the area. The PVC feels soft and has just a bit of give to it, featuring an ASTM fall height rating of 20 inches.

They are 1 x1 feet, and made in the USA of durable plastic material, providing foot traction and comfort to bare feet on exterior surfaces. These PVC outdoor tiles are durable enough to hold tables, lawn furniture, and lawn chairs with feet larger than about 1.5 inches in diameter.

 

Pool and Spa Applications

When you’re looking for outdoor flooring installation options, the StayLock tile offers the durability you need. These PVC deck tiles have a 7-year UV stable colorant and anti-fungal additive, ensuring that these tiles work especially well for outdoor installations where they need to stand up to tough weather and varying temperatures. Additionally, the tiles have a 5-year manufacturer warranty with them.

And even when the surface of the tiles is wet, it remains slip-resistant, unlike cement. The tiles yield a safer area for your children to walk or run around the pool.

Should you have French drains around your pool, or areas where the cement surface slopes slightly to allow for drainage, you can install the StayLock Perforated tiles directly over these areas, and their shape will slowly conform to the slopes. This product also works great for areas around hot tubs and spas, because the tiles are non-absorbent.

Outdoor Raised Tiles Over Existing Deck

Outdoor Raised Tiles Over Existing Deck

Patio and Deck

If you have a deck that looks worn out from splinters and old wood, the StayLock Perforated tiles can give the deck a fresh and new look that’s safe to use. Simply installing the new tiles directly over the old wood will provide a fast means of fixing the problem of a worn out deck with far less effort and cost versus sanding and staining.

Make a Temporary Patio with Outdoor Tiles

Make a Temporary Patio with Outdoor Tiles

Campsite and Other Outdoor Areas

Another potential application use is for camping areas. You can take a few dozen of these tiles with you to a campsite and create a makeshift patio right outside your camper door. Using these tiles in this manner means people will track less dirt and grass into the camper, as the tile surface will provide a place to clean your feet. Should it rain while you’re camping, the makeshift tile patio is perfect for keeping mud out of the camper and giving people a dry place to stand or sit. The perforated design of the tiles allows rainwater to drain through the tiles, keeping the top free from mud.

You could install the PVC deck tiles anywhere outdoors that you want to provide traction over a wet area. Some people have reported success installing these tiles around a children’s swing set or around other areas where children play. The plastic tiles yield a softer landing if a child falls, and because the tiles can be installed over dirt or grass, they can prevent running children from slipping on wet grass or in mud. When installing the tiles over sand or dirt, we recommend placing a landscape fabric mesh material over the ground before placing the PVC decking tiles.

Waterproof Snap Together Outdoor Tiles

Waterproof Snap Together Outdoor Tiles

Installation Tips

StayLock perforated non-slip floor tile is easy to install with our tab locking system, which ensures the tiles won’t separate over time and provides a long lasting wet area floor. A sub-floor is not needed. A hard, flat surface is recommended for installation, but the tiles will conform over time to match the contours of a slightly uneven surface.

If installing these tiles against a wall or another large object, we recommend leaving a 1/2-inch gap between the PVC deck tiles and the object to allow for expansion of the tiles in the heat. Expansion of tiles, whether they’re rubber or plastic, is normal when the tiles are installed outdoors and exposed to widely varying temperatures. Heavy furniture, table and chairs are not recommended to be permanently placed on top of these tiles. The tiles need to be able to shift as they expand and contract in changing temperatures.

Should you need to fit the PVC deck tiles around poles, doorways, or other obstacles, you can cut them with a utility knife and a straight edge.

Due to the method of interlocking these PVC decking tiles, you can easily separate, remove, or relocate them, if needed. By not using adhesives when assembling these tiles, disassembling them doesn’t take a lot of effort.

See All outdoor tile options at Greatmats.com.

 


 

Bounce Back Rubber Playground Mats

Greatmats Bounce Back Rubber Playground TilesBounce Back Rubber Playground Mats are available as 2x 2 ft. tiles, with various thickness options including 1.75-, 2.25-, 2.5-, 3.5- and 4-inch. These rubber playground tiles feature ASTM and IPEMA fall height ratings up to 10 ft. This mat surface option is popular, dependable and can be found in playgrounds across the country. It provides long-term rubber mat surfacing while offering ADA accessibility when used the ADA border ramp edging.

This product is a great option for west coast customers, and ships from the Pacific Northwest.

Unlike other surfacing options, such as wood chips or loose-fill sand or gravel, these tiles do not have to be continually raked to maintain a safe surface for your playground. The solid design of these playground surface tiles makes it impossible for foreign objects to hide. This provides a safer environment for children. Also, unlike poured-in-place rubber surfacing, you don’t have to replace your entire surface if some areas begin to wear down. You can simply replace that tile or group of tiles.

Safety

Greatmats Bounce Back Rubber Playground Tiles red and greenNo other playground surfacing material offers the degree of safety assurance that rubber tiles can provide. Wood and rubber mulch products are easily displaced, resulting in inadequate thickness/protection in large areas of the playground. They also present an undesirable and dangerous material that children can swallow, throw or kick. Poured-in-place products are subject to climatic variation during installation, which makes the durability and lifespan of the material unpredictable. Bounce Back Tiles eliminate these problems and offer the assurance of safe surfacing for children’s play areas.

Greatmats 2.5 Inch Bounce Back Playground Rubber TileBounce Back Playground Tiles are designed to meet federally-mandated Critical Fall Height requirements for playground equipment up to 10-feet tall. These rubber playground tiles have been certified to comply with these requirements by IPEMA through TUV/SUD, which is a third-party, independent testing/certification laboratory. Additionally, the manufacturer conducts regular, in-house Critical Fall Height testing as part of their Quality Control plan.

The fall height protection for each thickness measurement of bounce back rubber playground mats is:

  • 6 feet rating for 2.5-inch thickness
  • 8 feet rating for 3.5-inch thickness
  • 10 feet rating for 4-inch thickness

Color Options

Bounce Back tiles are available in two color options: EPDM and Color Topped. The first is a surface wear layer of colored EPDM rubber granules. With this option, you can choose from green, tan or blue colors.

A second color option is a surface layer of colored tire crumb rubber. This economical option includes Black, Red, Blue, Green and Brown. Tiles with these colors can used in combination to create very appealing playground designs.

Installation Ease

Greatmats Bounce Back Playground Rubber Tile installedBounce Back tiles can be easily and economically installed over a variety sub-surfaces. Once an installation sub-surface has been properly prepared, the tiles can usually be installed by the customer’s maintenance crew. This cannot be said of poured-in-place surfacing, which requires expensive contractors and specialized equipment to effectively install.

Maintenance Ease

Bounce Back Tiles are virtually maintenance free. Most cleaning simply involves a broom, garden hose or leaf blower. Replacing damaged tiles is as easy as removing the tile and installing a new one. This is not the case with other playground options which require costly and unattractive poured-in-place surface repairs.

Moisture Permeability

Greatmats Bounce Back Playground Rubber MatsBounce Back tiles are designed to allow rainwater to flow through the tile surface and away from the playground, as opposed to forming puddles on the surface. This allows children to resume play after bad weather sooner than they could on other surfaces such as poured-in-place.

Environmental

Bounce Back Playground Tiles are made from 100% recycled rubber and a specially-engineered polymer binder. Because of the high level of recycled material in each tile, these products meet and exceed the requirements set forth in U.S Executive Order 13101, Greening the Government, and they can be a contributing factor towards LEED Green Building certification.

American Made Quality

We are proud to state that these Bounce Back Tiles are made in the USA. These playground safety tiles are covered by the manufacturer’s industry leading 10 Year Limited Warranty.

Border and Corner Edges

Bounce Back Playground Tiles have border ramps available including ADA Accessible ramps. They also have inside and outside corner edges available to give your playground a finished look.

 

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New Product: Portable Outdoor Tile 12×12 Inch

Portable Outdoor Event Flooring

Portable Outdoor Tile are designed for temporary installations in event tent floors or outside over grass, dirt, or gravel for various events. Use these interlocking floor tiles when a durable temporary outdoor floor is needed. These tiles are made with durable polypropylene plastic which is rigid and will not break.

Greatmats Portable Outdoor Tiles are 12×12 inches in size and 3/4 inch thick. Each tile weighs only 0.81 pounds. Tiles are available in black or gray colors.

These portable tiles feature drainage holes for rain to pass through wet weather making them an ideal outside event flooring. They also have an anti slip surface texture.

Installation is fast and easy with the Portable Outdoor Tile. Simply snap the tiles together for a perfect fit with the interlocking design. The tiles are designed to contour to uneven surfaces for outside installations over asphalt, grass, or dirt.

Turn any outdoor surface into a finished surface in minutes. These tiles may be pre-assembled in 3×3 foot sections for faster and easier installation. Turn your outdoor space into the perfect event deck area with these tiles.

These tiles are proudly made in the USA.

Greatmats portable outdoor event flooring

 

Patio Outdoor Tile

These interlocking patio tiles are ideal for nearly all hard, flat, outdoor spaces. With their perforated design and drain-through technology, these patio tiles make an excellent pairing with wet areas such as those around pools, showers and hot tubs. Versatile and easy to install, these interlocking patio tiles are a popular product for outdoor use.

Patio Outdoor Tile Benefits
– Waterproof and slip resistant, these outdoor patio tiles can create a safer experience for everyone
– Drain-through system provides excellent drainage to avoid mold and mildew buildup
– Unique interlocking connection system makes for easy DIY installation but doesn’t pull apart
– Forgiving surface is comfortable to stand or play on
– Sturdy build is firm enough to handle the weight of patio furniture
– Easily cut for wall-to-wall installation
– UV stable, this durable tile is a great investment
– Easy to maintain; just damp mop the tiles with a common household cleaner

Patio Outdoor Tile Features
– Tiles measure 11.5-inches wide x 11.5-inches long x 1/2-inch thick
– Waterproof and slip resistant surface
– PVC floor tile with unique interlocking connecting system
– UV stable
– Drain-through system prevents water pooling
– Flexible PVC material does not absorb water
– Available in light grey, blue, and terra cotta
– 1 year limited warranty
– Minimum order of 30 tiles


These patio floor tiles are designed to be versatile and are perfect for outdoor use. Made of a flexible polyvinyl chloride (PVC) material, the tiles do not absorb water. Each tile is equipped with 265 pegs on the underside to secure the elevated tile, while the top surface is comfortable on the feet. Patio outdoor tiles are ideal for nearly all hard, flat, outdoor foot traffic surfaces.

The modular patio floor tiles feature a perforated square design which allows water to drain right through them, eliminating the issue of standing water during inclement weather. The elevated tile floor’s drain-through technology allows water to flow out for improved drainage, preventing the growth of mold and mildew. Tops of the tiles remain consistently dry, and these patio tiles are equipped to handle indoor and outdoor areas where moisture is present.


Greatmats interlocking patio tiles feature an advanced hook-and-loop connection system to ensure sturdy snap together construction that you can accomplish all by yourself at home with no extra tools. Disassembly is also effortless. This interlocking tile design allows for dry lay installation on any flat surface without need for special adhesives, and 265 pegs on the underside of each tile ensure that the tile stays in place. Border strips are not available for this product.

Each interlocking patio tile weighs 1 pound and measures 11.5 x 11.5 inches with a 1/2 inch thickness. These dimensions make for simple planning and installation in spaces of any size and shape. The tiles are also easy to handle and transport, and a single person can perform the installation.
While these patio tiles do not have a UV rating, the tiles have been UV treated and come with a 1 year limited warranty.

These tiles are not suitable for rubber membrane rooftop surfaces.
Please contact customer service at 877-822-6622 for availability quantities of more than 3,000 tiles.

Patio Outdoor Tile Uses
Greatmats outdoor interlocking tiles are versatile and suitable for potentially countless uses. Consider using these interlocking outdoor tiles for the following:
– Patios and outdoor lounge spaces
– Wet areas around showers, pools, and hot tubs
– Boat and dock flooring
– Basketball and tennis court flooring
– Underlayment in moisture-prone areas
– Gaga Pit Flooring
– Locker room and shower flooring
– Deck Flooring
– Utility and Mud Room flooring
– Greenhouse flooring
– Tavern Flooring
Read our product reviews to see how our customers have already used Patio Outdoor Tiles for these purposes.

These interlocking patio tiles are versatile and durable, making them a great choice for many outdoor projects:


Patios and Outdoor Lounge Spaces
These patio floor tiles are a great choice for a patio, outdoor lounge, or other outdoor entertainment space. Flexible and comfortable, Patio Outdoor Tiles create a great space for guests to congregate. Though the tiles are flexible, they are strong enough to withstand the weight of patio and deck furniture without being damaged.

Slip resistance and safety is an important factor in any outdoor area, and these patio floor tiles are an excellent way to prioritize safety in your patio or lounge. With a slip-resistant texture and a water drain-through system, Patio Outdoor Tiles offer a safe surface in all sorts of weather. Because water drains through the tiles, you won’t be left with the hazard of standing water. The tops of the tiles stay dry, meaning you can enjoy the patio again soon after the rain has let up.

If you’re looking for a low-maintenance flooring option for your outdoor areas, Patio Outdoor Tiles are the perfect solution. They are UV stable, so they’ll continue to look great even if they’re in direct sunlight. Plus, the tiles are easy to clean – just damp mop them with a common household cleaner.


Wet Areas Around Showers, Pools and Hot Tubs
These outdoor patio tiles are an excellent flooring choice for wet areas around showers, pools, and hot tubs. Their slip-resistant texture provides an important safety measure in naturally slick wet areas. Additionally, the 265 pegs adorning the bottom of each tile ensure that the footing stays in place, even when the ground is saturated. Consider using these tiles as your main flooring around your pool or sauna, or adding them to places where you need extra slip-resistance, such as around diving boards or pool slides.

These patio tiles are designed with a unique perforated structure which allows water to freely flow through them. The generously-sized perforations are capable of quickly draining away even large amounts of water, such as what would result from splashing in a pool or when someone gets out of a hot tub. The design means that you will never have to deal with dangerous standing water on top of your flooring.

Additionally, these tiles are elevated, so water can flow out of them for improved drainage. Such drain-through technology keeps the tops of the tiles consistently dry, while also helping to avoid the growth of mold and mildew because of standing water beneath the tiles.

The tiles themselves are non-absorbent, meaning that they provide a durable surface even in wet areas surrounding pools and other water.


Basketball and Tennis Court Flooring
These versatile interlocking patio tiles create great flooring for basketball and tennis courts, too. The tiles are easy to install and feature a unique interlocking connecting system. Once connected, the tiles are securely locked together, so the flooring won’t shift or separate no matter how intense your basketball game or tennis match gets.

Available in three eye-catching colors, these tiles create a professional looking court. The PVC material provides just enough cushioning to be comfortable to stand on, but is not so soft that it would impede your game.

With the tiles’ drain-through technology, even the weather won’t keep you down. Water quickly flows through the tiles so that the tops of the tiles dry out quickly, meaning you can get right back to your game instead of having to wait for puddles to dry.


Boat Flooring
Many of our customers have used these interlocking outdoor tiles as flooring for their boat decks. It makes perfect sense, since these tiles allow water to drain right through them and provide a waterproof, slip-resistant surface.

These tiles can be cut to fit a wall-to-wall installation, so they’re easy to install in the unusually shaped boat decks. They’ll add an eye-catching yet professional finish to any boat, and are a great way to provide yourself with some extra traction while preserving your boat’s original flooring. Because the tiles are UV stable, you don’t have to worry about exposing them to the intense sun rays while out on the ocean, lake or river. When you’re done with your trip, you can damp mop the tiles with a common household cleaner to keep them looking great.

Installation
Installing these tiles is easy, thanks to their unique hook and loop connection system. Simply line up the tiles so that the hooks on one tile are aligned over the loops on the other and push down.

When installing the tiles in an enclosed area, start in one corner and work your way out. You can cut the tiles with a utility knife for any wall-to-wall installation.

These tiles should not be installed on top of a membrane roof, as the underside of the tiles could damage the membrane.

Roof Open Drainage Tile

AirField AirDrain Tile

Greatmats AirField AirDrain Roof Open Drainage TileThe Roof Open Drainage Tile provides consistent drainage on your outdoor or rooftop flooring surface. This drainage tile is 1 inch high and 32 x 32 inches.

The AirField AirDrain tile has a 92 percent air void and will drain 2.85 inches of rainfall in one minute on a nearly flat surface (1/2% of 1% slope). They have a vertical and lateral drainage rate which cannot be matched.

The drainage tile can be installed on an aggregate sub-base, concrete, asphalt or rooftop. Use these drainage tiles under your outdoor flooring or artificial turf surface.

Roof Open Drainage Tile is only limited by the material above it and the exit drains. There is practically no resistance to drainage because of the 92% air void. The important factor is the percentage of slope that the tile is installed on. These tiles can can .576 gallons of water per square foot if needed until it can release the water to the perimeter exit drains.

Greatmats AirField AirDrain Roof Open Drainage TileConsider these tiles under artificial turf for sports, dog areas and landscaped areas.

When installed under synthetic sports turf, this drainage tile can also provides consistent shock attenuation properties which will contribute to the safety of players.

Made of a polypropylene plastic, this durable tile can be reused again when the artificial turf is replaced.

Greatmats AirField AirDrain Roof Open Drainage Tile for Artificial Turf and Rooftops Flooring

Greatmats AirField AirDrain Roof Open Drainage Tile interlocking design

Greatmats AirField AirDrain Roof Open Drainage Tile diagram of install

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Staylock Perforated Tile Black

Greatmats Staylock Perforated Tiles BlackThis StayLock Perforated non-slip outdoor decking tile is a 1×1 ft modular tile made of soft plastic material. This tile is specifically designed for rooftop installations over rubber roofing membrane for residential and light commercial use. The Staylock Perforated Tiles delivers traction and comfort on wet surfaces such as rooftop decks, patios, spa, pool surrounds, shower floors, and industrial floors.  This modular tile is designed specifically for outdoor installations.

This tiles features an ASTM Fall Height Rating of 20 inches.

StayLock Perforated non-slip floor tile easily connects together with an active tab locking system that will not allow the tiles to separate over time. This modular, perforated floor tile is perfect for pool and spa surrounds because it is easy on bare feet and durable enough for tables and lawn chairs with feet larger than about 1.5 inches in diameter. The top surface of this non-slip tile will provide traction when wet and comfort for standing and walking.

 

Greatmats perforated tiles Black deck tiles underside

This deck tile is safe to place directly on top of rubber roofing membranes without damage over time due to the rounded edges of the under-structure of this tile. StayLock Perforated tile provides great drainage on any flat surface. Safely install this for institutional or residential outdoor swimming pools, patios, greenhouses, rooftops and decks. This product also works great for areas around spas or hot tubs.

Use this modular non-slip floor tile for industrial applications where workers may be exposed to a wet floor. This tile will provide an anti-fatigue benefit for people standing for long periods of time. This PVC tile is naturally resistant to most oils and many acids. Greatmats Staylock Tiles Perforated with yellow borders

StayLock perforated non-slip floor tile easily connects together and does not require any glue for installation. Easily cut this modular perforated tile with a sharp utility knife for wall-to-wall installations or to install around poles, table legs or other obstacles on the floor.

These modular non-slip flooring tiles can be separated and taken up or relocated easily, if needed. Also available in a designer look with your choice of several popular colors. This non-slip floor tile can be custom ordered in virtually any color desired.  Optional border and corner pieces are also available.

Black tiles are made from recycled content material and may contribute to LEED points in Green buildings.Greatmats outdoor non slip mats for decking Staylock colors

 

Staylock Perforated Tiles installed in Gaga Ball Pit

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Staylock Tiles for Kids Play Areas and Playgrounds

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Staylock Tiles installed on Deck

Greatmats PVC Deck Tiles Staylock Perforated Black installed

Staylock Tiles – Flexible Outdoor Tiles

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GreatDeck Outdoor Wood Deck Tile Pine – Sienna Brown

Pine Deck Tile with Sienna Brown Stain

outdoor-wood-deck-tile-pine-sb-fullGreatDeck Outdoor Wood Deck Tile Pine – Sienna Brown is a durable deck tile made with pressured treated pine that is guaranteed for 35 years against decay, rot, termites and mildew. These pine deck tiles feature an attractive Sienna Brown finish.

These GreatDeck Wood Deck Tiles feature lasting durability. Use these deck tiles on balconies, terraces, courtyard, patios, decks and rooftops. GreatDeck Tiles provide optimal water drainage on properly graded surfaces.

Each GreatDeck Pine Deck Tile is 23.75 x 23.75 inches and 1 inch thick.

The deck tiles can be installed all in one direction or you can create a parquet or checkerboard pattern. The tiles can be installed over any hard, flat surface. This deck tile product does not require nails, glue or screws. The tiles can be cut to fit.

Greatmats GreatDeck Outdoor Wood Deck Tile Pine Sienna BrownThis product has a two year manufacturer’s defect warranty against improper assembly and defective pressure treating.

Greatmats Sterling Rooftop Deck Rubber Tile

Customer Profile: Jews For Jesus Rooftop Deck Tile

Greatmats’ Sterling Rubber Rooftop Tile

By Brett Hart

Greatmats Sterling Rooftop Deck Rubber TileWhen Melanie Rose was tasked with finding a replacement for curled and tattered 3/8 inch thick EPDM roof protection mats at Jews for Jesus in Skokie, Ill., protecting the roofing membrane under their rooftop deck/patio was her primary concern. She researched nearly a dozen different kinds of roof mats and tiles before deciding on Sterling Roof Top Tiles from Greatmats.

After experiencing severe curling with the previous mats, the Chicago-area non-profit facility was looking for a material that would first and foremost protect the roofing membrane. As the thickest and longest lasting option, Sterling Roof Top Tiles were a clear favorite for Melanie and her Chief Administrative Officer at the San Francisco headquarters.

Among the factors that came into play were customer service, price and durability against foot traffic, furniture and weather conditions.

The eight-year-old roof protection mats to be replaced not only failed to protect the roof membrane after they began curling, but also became hazardous to walk on and left black carbon on the feet and clothing of children playing on its surface.

Greatmats Sterling Rooftop Tile Before and After Installation

All 11 of the mats considered for the new surface were interlocking mats, but the 2” Sterling Roof Top Tiles were the only ones with more than a 1” thickness. Melanie spoke at length with sales representatives from each company and was impressed with the knowledge and professionalism of her Greatmats representative who confidently pointed her in the right direction and sent her a free sample. She eventually narrowed her field of options to the Sterling Roof Top Tiles, Jamboree Playground Tiles and Puzzle-Lock Rubber Interlocking Mats, which she presented to her CAO to make the final decision.

While the Sterling Roof Top Tiles were more expensive than the rest of the options, she and her CAO felt the benefits outweighed the difference in price. What most impressed Melanie was the fact that the tiles were well made, dense, thick and had excellent drainage. They also wouldn’t fade, freeze or curl under the stresses of full sun exposure, extreme temperatures or snow that is so common in the area. To top it off, the tile comes with a 10 year limited warranty.

Once the tiles were ordered, Jews for Jesus, hired a local handyman and his partner to install the flooring, which took them two days to complete the project. Melanie’s opinion of the product after installation only got better.

Greatmats Sterling Rubber Rooftop Tile Terra Cotta Color”I was surprised at how beautiful it looked!” Melanie said. ”Even though the pictures on the website are nice, the real thing was more beautiful. … To see and walk on the entire deck of them was impressive.”

The newly resurfaced space is used as a deck/patio for a pair of apartments above an office.

”People are always coming and going and we have events on the deck,” Melanie added. ”The seams fit tightly together. It’s very, very durable. It’s comfortable to walk on. And we have the confidence that the roofing membrane underneath is fully protected.”

Melanie Rose
Jews For Jesus
Skokie Illinois 60076
For more on this topic please review our Roof and Deck Tiles product page.
Neuman K-9 Academy uses its climate controlled training facility to ensure its clients have optimal comfort and safety during the training process.

K-9 Academy beats Mother Nature with patio tiles and foam mats

Neuman K-9 Academy uses its climate controlled training facility to ensure its clients have optimal comfort and safety during the training process.

Neuman K-9 Academy uses its climate controlled training facility to ensure its clients have optimal comfort and safety during the training process.

By Brett Hart

Fighting the elements isn’t always the easiest thing to do in Minnesota. That’s why Josiah Neuman, owner and training director of the nation’s leading dog boot camp, designed a premiere 3,600 square foot climate-controlled all-weather training area when he moved his 20-acre St. Peter training facility, Neuman K-9 Academy, onto 10 acres of pristine wilderness in Hugo, Minn., in late 2011.

“I’ve been training dogs professionally since 2007 (when he became a Certified Master Trainer),” Josiah said. “We’ve had about 1,000 dogs go through the course. Dogs come from all over. This year, we’ve had dogs return to their owners in Switzerland, Brazil and Canada (as well as all over the U.S.). We get them from all over the place specifically for the boot camp.”

At the time of the move, the new property had a pole shed in disrepair, which Josiah and his staff envisioned as the location of the indoor training area.

“Clients want their dogs to have first class accommodations,” Josiah said. “We do train outside as well, but it’s nice to have an atmosphere like this where you can walk in and focus on the dog and training and not the elements.”

After several months of intense restoration and remodeling work, the final hurdle of the project was selecting a durable floor that would stay dry while also providing a safe and comfortable surface for dogs.

“We were really going back and forth on how to treat the concrete floors previous to installing any sort of flooring, because we knew it (the concrete) would sweat,” Josiah said. “We put a lot of time and effort into researching different flooring options. It was import to us to have space that is climate controlled.”

Neuman K-9 Academy uses Greatmats patio outdoor tile as subfloor underneath its foam dog agility mats to ensure no moisture will get trapped under its soft and safe training flooring.

Neuman K-9 Academy uses Greatmats patio outdoor tile as subfloor underneath its foam dog agility mats to ensure no moisture will get trapped under its soft and safe training flooring.

In July of 2012, the staff at Neuman K-9 Academy decided blaze a new trail in K-9 flooring with an alternative use for Patio Outdoor Tiles they found on a website called Greatmats.com. The Patio Outdoor Tiles, designed for use in wet areas, would serve as a subfloor underneath waterproof interlocking dog agility mats also found at Greatmats.com. Waterproof and slip resistant, the patio tiles are designed to allow water to drain through them and are elevated, permitting air to flow underneath the flooring.

“We put down the PVC as a subfloor because… we didn’t want the moisture to be trapped underneath,” Josiah said. “It just made more sense to use a product like the PVC floor that would be designed for getting wet, airflow, things like that.”

Summer Duggan, the assistant training director at Neuman K-9 Academy, added, “It’s a firm material, but I think it even adds an extra layer of support and cushioning – as opposed to just having the mats flat on concrete.”

The idea for interlocking dog agility mats as the top surface of the floating floor came upon recommendation of other friends in the professional dog training industry. One training facility in western Wisconsin used these same kind of interlocking dog agility mats, and Josiah was particularly impressed by their performance.

“They’ve had them for a long time,” Josiah said, noting that they’ve beaten up the mats and they’re still holding up really well.

“We do sport dogs,” Josiah said. “We do bite work. So we’ll literally have a dog back tied – agitation; they’re gripping; they’re clawing; they’re pulling. These go through a lot of abuse. One of the biggest considerations with the type of flooring we were going to go with was not only… Is it comfortable for the dogs? Is it safe for them? And then very importantly, what’s the longevity of the product going to be like.”

Durability

The K-9 Academy uses the facility 3-4 times per week, specifically for off-leash behavior and training with up to 15 dogs at a time. After nearly 3 years, the flooring has suffered some expected cosmetic blemishes that come along with hard use and abuse. But the mats continue to perform as well as the day they were installed.

Summer said, “We work with different working breeds in different venues in addition to the obedience and the agility, and I’m very impressed with the durability of the product. It gets a lot of mileage. There are lots of dogs running around in here – lots of toenails, and its held up phenomenally well, even in the really high traffic areas.”

“So far, we haven’t replaced a single tile,” Josiah added.

Comfort and Safety

The new flooring system hasn’t disappointed in comfort or safety either.

“When we are doing jumps, we’re having dogs clear things and land hard,” Josiah said. “When you are training a sport dog to jump, typically you won’t start until they’re 12 months of age or older – sometimes even 2 years of age or older – because of their bones developing. With how soft these (tiles) are to land on, we can actually start dogs at a younger age, because it’s low impact.”

To get out of the elements at its previous location, Neuman K-9 Academy need to rent space, and the flooring systems varied greatly.

“One place had concrete pavers, which was not good,” Summer said. “There were situations sometimes where dogs would get scraped pads. Other places had a pebbly/rubbery floor – decent traction, but no shock absorption. This is the best!”

As for the water problem from sweaty concrete and foot traffic… There isn’t one.

“When people are coming in and out… if there’s snow, if it’s a rainy day… things dry up really nice,” Josiah said. “We’ve never had a problem with them.”

With this innovative flooring system, Neuman K-9 Academy is truly top dog.

View a brief video at this innovative training facility at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMevoL6mHpI

These soft and durable dog agility mats provide excellent shock absorption, making it easy on dogs' bones and joints during times of high activity levels.

These soft and durable dog agility mats provide excellent shock absorption, making it easy on dogs’ bones and joints during times of high activity levels.

Artificial Outdoor Turf Tile – Modular Raised Grass Top Outdoor Tile

Looking for an inexpensive way to totally renovate the appearance of your outdoor recreational area while also improving the comfort for your family and guests?  Turn your patio, rooftop, apartment balcony, or any other outdoor area into a soft, artificial grass environment.  A full one-inch thick, they are durable enough to last for years and can be used with tables and chairs.  They’re also extremely comfortable to stand on.

This revolutionary flooring can transform an old, weather beaten, worn-out deck into a great looking area for entertaining.  It features drain-through properties so standing water is never an issue.  That means it’s safe for covering hard surfaces like concrete balconies or terraces.  Artificial Turf Tiles transforms patios from cold and unforgiving surfaces to a warm and comfortable floor you’ll be happy to spend time on.  They feel great underfoot and look fantastic.

Greatmats Outdoor Deck Turf Tile installed on deckInstall Turf Tiles in minutes.  Using them in a rental property and want to take them when you leave?  No problem.  They can be used as a loose-lay surface that is temporary and easy to install and uninstall. Each tile weights about 8 lbs. No glue is required to create a nice, stable surface you can depend on.  If you know you won’t be moving for a while, you can also apply them permanently with adhesives.  No screws or other hardware are needed and application couldn’t be simpler.

Greatmats Outdoor Deck Turf Tile Artificial GrassTurf Tiles are perfect for covering surfaces that are already weather damaged like wooden decks.  With just a few tiles you can not only change the appearance, you can protect it from future storms and further damage.  These tiles are also flexible enough to install directly over irregular surfaces.  They can also be installed like traditional patio slabs or interlocking stone providing a neat, well-proportioned look.

Easily cut Artificial Turf Tiles to fit the most difficult and oddly shaped areas.  Each tile measures 2×2 feet.  This product is shipped UPS or FedEx Ground and /or via freight delivery. www.greatmats.com – 877-822-6622

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