Greatmats Life Floor pool deck tiles in Unity School pool area

New Swimming Pool Decking is Lifesaver for Unity School District

Foam Pool Decking Makes Makes Unity Pool a Safer Place to Swim

By Brett Hart

After years of battling the cleaning, repair and hazards of a ceramic tile floor in its pool, spa and locker room areas, the Unity School District, located in Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, decided to try something new in the Fall of 2016 – and couldn’t be happier with the results.

”You could never clean it and get it scrubbed,” said Jeffery Allen who has been in charge of pool maintenance since 2010. He noted that he was constantly fighting calcium buildup and patching chunks that were coming out of the floor.

Safety Concerns

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Unity School District New Pool Deck Floor with Steve “Dewey” Strilzuk

The main issue, however, was safety, according to Maintenance and Operations Director Steve ”Dewey” Strilzuk.

”Little kids, of course, are always running around by pools and… the (stainless steel) edges we had were a concern,” Strilzuk said. ”The fall factor was big.”

Laurie Paulson, who has been the pool manager at the Unity School District swimming pool for the last 15 years, estimated dealing with 5 to 10 slips or falls daily as a result of the hard, slippery tile floor.

”Maybe not severe, but enough to bonk their head or be uncomfortable,” Paulsen said. ”We have a lot of senior adults as well. It was really slippery, and they had trouble walking on the floor.”

ceramic tile pool deck before installation of Life Floor Unity School Pool Greatmats

Ceramic Pool Tile before Installation of Life Floor

The Answer

installing Greatmats Life Floor pool deck tiles in Unity School pool area

Installation of Life Floor Super Grip Ripples Tiles

After being presented with the option of Life Floor Super Grip Ripple Tiles from Greatmats, the board of education and superintendent liked the safety features of the foam/rubber blended tiles, including slip resistance and cushion.

”They were going to retile, but when the price tag came through, this took precedent,” Allen said. ”Plus, the down time was a lot less. They had this done in a week and a half.”

”We have a lot of community members and a lot of lake home owners who come into this area that use our facility,” Strilzuk said. ”It’s used 24-7, from about 5:30 in the morning until 8:30 at night almost every day. … We want to make sure we make it safe for everyone. … With the cushion and traction that we’ve got with this floor, I think we made a great decision.”

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Greatmats Life Floor pool deck tiles in Unity School pool area

Greatmats Life Floor Super Grip Tiles Installed at Unity School

”The appearance is awesome,” he added. ”(Pool users) really really like the edges of the pool and the (rubber and vinyl) edges of the wading pool. … With the tile and the stainless edge, that really wasn’t a good combination. I used to bring my kid here all the time and the biggest concern was the edge of the pool and wading pool had very sharp edges and when I even think about the kids slipping and falling, going into the pools as they would, hitting their heads on that was a major concern.”

”The kids are not getting hurt anymore,” Paulsen said. ”The accidents have been cut by 90 percent. It’s better than the expectations. This floor is amazing.”

Paulsen added that as a lifeguard and swimming instructor, she often works 11 hour days and the comfort factor of the Life Floor pool decking has made her life much easier.

”My legs are just as comfortable as early in the morning,” Paulsen said. ”Where before my back would hurt, my legs would hurt. It was very miserable.”

Her students love the new flooring for a totally different reason.

”When you do swim lessons, we have the kids sit and the floor, and before they were grossed out. Now they don’t mind sitting on the floor or doing demonstrations on the floor.”

”The public loves it,” she added. ”From toddlers crawling around to senior citizens. We have special needs people, along with the students. Everyones loves it. .. Now, (the seniors) come out and they’re so secure and feel really safe. It was a great investment – great product for our pool.”

Since the daily cleaning this grippy foam/rubber flooring is very different than cleaning ceramic tiles, the district purchased a new stand-on floor scrubber for the large areas and a smaller machine for tighter spaces, such as the locker rooms and bathrooms which now feature Life Floor Slate Tiles.

”I’ve been coming here for years with my son, even before I started working here, and we love using this pool,” Strilzuk said. ”Thank you to the board. This is huge for the community and the safety of all families.”

installing Greatmats Life Floor pool deck tiles in Unity School locker room

Installation of Greatmats Life Floor Slate Tiles in Locker Room

Steve ”Dewey” Strilzuk
Unity School District
Balsam Lake WI 54810
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Customer Review-Patio Aqua Tiles


Spring is finally here and summer is right around the corner.  Tommy H. is preparing to enjoy his pool area to the fullest by using our Aqua Tiles for his pool surround.  He’s also installing around a screened in patio and hot tub.

Aqua tile is a PVC product made specifically for wet area flooring.  Its perforated design allows for easy water drainage so puddles are not an issue.  This soft material also feels much more comfortable on bare feet than concrete or some other pool surround materials. 

Installation of Aqua tiles is a snap.  Literally.  Just snap the tiles to each other.  You need no messy adhesives.  When you reach the edge of the pool, these plastic tiles can easily be cut to fit with a utility knife.  Tommy used a pruning shears!

“I installed myself on weekends and at night,” he says.  “The biggest challenge was to cut around the kidney shaped pool.”

“Down in south Louisiana (where Tommy lives) the ground always subsides and cracks in the concrete are common.”  Aqua tiles are a great solution for this.  Available in four colors, green, blue, terracotta, and gray, they match almost any pool décor.

Aqua patio tiles are also slip resistant.  This is important for areas around pools because kids, whether we like it or not, are apt to run around.  It’s far safer to fall on these soft tiles than it is on concrete. 
Designed for common foot traffic, they can also withstand outdoor tables and chairs.  They are manufactured with UV stabilizers in the product mix.  This gives them better resistance to sunlight and keeps them from fading as quickly as some other pool surround products on the market.
Although designed for outdoor use, they can also be used in a variety of wet areas including basement showers or in spa areas.
We asked Tommy if he’d recommend Greatmats to his friends.

“Of course.  I have shown the results thus far to many residents in the Houma area.”

Thank you, Tommy, for your review.  We encourage everyone who has purchased our products to please send in a photo and let us know what you think.  We are determined to provide the best products and the best customer service possible.

Call Greatmats at 877-822-6622.

Patio Outdoor Tile

Looking for a comfortable, low maintenance, and easy-to-install flooring for your pool area?  Check out our Patio Outdoor Tile.  It is perfect for outdoor use around wet areas because it is a drain through, elevated floor product. This flooring is also excellent for your hot tub or spa area.   Its drain-through design will not absorb any moisture and lets all water drain through which will insure a consistently dry surface on top of the tiles.  This will keep your surround safe from mold and mildew as well as provide a more comfortable area.  This is critical because, if water is absorbed by your outdoor patio tile and freezes, the ice can crack and destroy your flooring.  With Patio Outdoor Tiles, you won’t have that problem.

Greatmats Outdoor Patio Tile Pool Deck Terra Cotta ColorAs almost any parent will tell you, keeping children from running near the pool can be a full time job and sometimes they run despite your best efforts.  It is imperative that your pool surround provide extra traction to keep everyone safe.  Fortunately, these tiles provide that extra layer of security for your family and guests.  They are also designed to be comfortable for bare feet.  Patio Outdoor Tiles are perfect for use in a variety of wet areas including swimming pool areas, spas, showers, decks, and saunas.
Greatmats Outdoor Patio Tile Pool Deck Blue ColorThese patio tiles come in three attractive colors: blue, terra cotta, and gray.  They are UV stable for outdoor use so you don’t have to worry about your tiles fading in the sun over time.  They are also weather resistant so you can rest assured that they will last for years. Patio Outdoor Tile is designed to accommodate the weight of common foot traffic and residential tables and chairs for outdoor usage.
Greatmats Outdoor Patio Tile Patio Terra Cotta ColorEach patio tile is 11-5/8” x 11-5/8” and 1/2” thick.  They are easy to install because they feature a unique interlocking tab and loop connecting system.  These tiles simply snap together.  You need no messy adhesives and, in most cases, you can simply design your own pool surround in a few hours.  Use our handy online floor planner to determine how many tiles you will need.  Easily cut this PVC floor tile with a utility knife for a total wall-to-wall installation and viola!  You have an attractive, safer, and more pleasant area to relax in by your pool.Greatmats Outdoor Patio Tile Pool Deck Tile Terra Cotta Color
But don’t take our word for it. Check out our customer reviews to see that, when it comes to outdoor, wet area flooring, Greatmats has got you covered!

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