Champions Centre Takes Advantage of Rubber Flooring

Event-Driven Church’s Switch to Rubber Flooring Allows for Even More Innovation

By Brett Hart

 

For an event driven church like Champions Centre, minimizing costs for maintenance and replacement of its flooring is a big deal – especially as its events become more creative. That’s why, in 2011 it began converting nearly all of the carpeted surfaces of its 180,000 square foot main campus in Tacoma, Washington, over to polished concrete and rubber flooring surfaces.

The non-denominational church has three campuses that include a school and dome event center (which served as inspiration for the Tacoma Dome) and hosts numerous large events throughout the year.

Champions Centre with Greatmats Rubber Flooring in Theater

The Need for Durable Flooring
Steve Shackett, whose father was the founding paster, found that ”our carpets were getting beat to death.”

Drawing upon his construction background, Shackett began looking into flooring that would be easily maintained, durable and long lasting.

”We’re constantly renovating and updating,” Shackett said. ”We have coffee shops and book stores in all of our locations and we allow our folks to bring coffee into the auditoriums. Once you spill a latte, its pretty tough to get it out. So we were looking for that kind of material and we found it. We found something comfortable and lasting in the rubber.”

Champions Centre Event Center with Greatmats Rubber Flooring

Extreme Floor Makeover
Shackett began Champions Centre’s switchover to rubber flooring by installing approximately 6,100 square feet of 3/8 inch thick 3×3 foot rubber tiles – which were black with a 10 percent tan/mocha color flec blend – in the first year.

A year later, he installed another 1,200 square feet of black rolled rubber of the same thickness and an additional 7,500 square feet of the rubber tiles – this time with 20 percent color.

”We like the rubber tiles,” Shackett said. ”We have that in our auditoriums, primarily because you can do it custom with a little bit of color speckles, and it adds just some depth, and it looks better. We use the rolled black rubber in our auditoriums and three different stages just for the solid black color on the platform itself.”

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In each of the last six years, Champions Centre has continued to convert more of its facility over to rubber flooring at a pace of anywhere between 900 and 8,900 square feet per year. From stage areas to hallways, auditorium floors and even stairways, Champions Centre continues to find innovative ways to use rubber flooring to its advantage.

This year, Shackett has a 1,500 square foot installation of rubber tiles planned for the school, bringing its total rubber flooring area to approximately 24,200 square feet – 17,000 square feet in tiles and 7,200 square feet in rolls.

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Serving the Purpose
”We found that that was the most practical and efficient way to maintain our facilities,” said Shackett, who has been with the church for 40 years. ”It should be there until I’m long gone.”

”We do a lot of things in our auditoriums and on our stages with lighting,” Shackett added. ”It’s a progressive way to maintain your facility. It just makes sense. Our last men’s conference, we had motorcycles doing jumps in our auditorium off a ramp and it didn’t do anything to them.”

Champions Centre’s main auditorium seats 2,500 people, and it also has another auditorium with seating for 750.

”In both auditoriums, the rubber is very important to us because it allows us to always look fresh and clean, and yet it is so durable. It doesn’t look worn and beat up.”

To maintain the floor, Champions Centre runs a Zamboni-like floor washing machine across the floor 2-4 times per month, which Shackett says makes the floor look ”brand new and fresh.”

”We’re not a normal church,” Shackett said, noting it has a 7,000-8,000 member congregation and five services per weekend. ”Pastor Kevin Gerald is a forward thinking pastor. … We do a big Christmas production over the holiday. And we have all kinds of sleighs and different things going in and out of the auditorium. You can do so much with it, and you don’t have to worry about covering it or being aware that you may ruin the carpet.”

”Everyone that comes here, the first thing they ask is ‘Hey! Where’d you get that floor?”’ Shackett said. ”We love it. It’s durable. It makes sense. It’s practical and it looks great.”

Champions Centre with Greatmats Rubber Floor Tiles in Hallway

Steve Shackett
Champions Centre
Tacoma WA 98404
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HB Fitness using Greatmats Plyometric Flooring

HB Fitness owner loves the tackiness of Greatmats Plyometric Rubber Flooring

Today we’re here with Jason Loesch of HB Fitness in Minneapolis, Minn. Jason has installed our plyometric flooring in his training facility.

Greatmats Plyometric Rubber Rolls”I really love doing ladder drills because it’s a good combination of the plyometric work and stopping and starting skills,” Jason said. ”I like the tackiness of the floor.”

Plyometric flooring is guaranteed for a full five years. This flooring offers unmatched durability and performance.

”Clients really love the protection that they’re getting when they’re jumping,” Jason said. ”We do a lot of jumping skills and it saves on their knees.”

It’s designed to withstand the explosive repetition of rigorous workouts.

”Installation was extremely easy,” Jason said. ”I was surprised how easy it was – took the roll, lined it up at the end of the room and rolled it out. Once I got this in, my clients were just astonished!”

Jason Loesch
HB Fitness
Minneapolis MN 55419
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Monroe Youth Hockey Association Equips Ice Arena with Rolled Rubber

Rolled Rubber Flooring Eases Hassle at Wisconsin Hockey Rink

By Brett Hart

Durable seam-free flooring is a necessity for ice hockey rinks to withstand the abuse of sharp skates and prevent tripping hazards. That’s something the Monroe Youth Hockey Association, a not-for-profit organization in Monroe, Wisconsin, recently discovered when it replaced its rubber ice hockey rink flooring, previously consisting of 4×6 foot cow mats with 3/8 inch thick rolled rubber flooring from Greatmats.com.

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Association President Joel Fonseca said the old mats mat would move around in the 17-year old building.

”We’ve got a man lift that we would drive around on them and they would all bunch up,” Fonseca said. ”They were getting kind of messy and the corners were starting to peel up. They looked pretty ratty. That’s what prompted us to order (new rubber flooring).”

The ice rink, which is used primarily for hockey October through March is open 7 days per week and is also rented out for different events such as wedding receptions, home shows and – new in the spring of 2017 – arena football league play. With so many different forms of use, durability and versatility were a must when choosing the new flooring and rolled rubber fit the bill.

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”We wanted something that was continuous,” he added.

That is exactly what he found with Greatmats Rubber Flooring Rolls with a 3/8 inch thickness and confetti color flecks. The 4-foot wide rolls were available in any length between 25 and 100 feet.

With more than 6,000 square feet to cover, the large rolls were a welcome change from cow mats.

”They laid down real nice,” Fonseca said. ”You can see the seams, but not very good, and we installed everything ourselves. We glued everything down, and they turned out great.”

”The installation was way easier,” he added. ”To install a 4×6 mat was just more of a pain.”

Monroe Youth Indoor Hockey Arena with Greatmats Rubber Flooring

Fonseca, who’d been seeking out quotes for quite a while prior to the purchase from Greatmats, first learned about the specialty flooring leader from an association member who had ordered from Greatmats in the past. And with Greatmats’ pricing coming in well under its competitors, the choice was easy.

In order to protect their investment, association members clean the flooring 2-3 times per week.

”The flooring is great,” Fonseca said. ”Not that much different material wise, but the ability to get longer runs made things easier and easier to move things around.”

Monroe Youth Hockey Arena with Greatmats Rubber Flooring

Joel Fonseca
Monroe Youth Hockey Association
Monroe WI 53566
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Franklin County Sandlot Football Makes Most of Rubber Flooring

Youth Football Program Makes the Most of New Greatmats Rubber Flooring Rolls

By Brett Hart

 

The 11-year-old Franklin County Sandlot Football program recently installed approximately 2,200 square feet of of 1/4 inch thick rolled rubber flooring in its multipurpose space in Rocky Mount, Virginia.

Basement Football equipment and meeting room Greatmats rubber flooring

The program which hosts approximately 150 participants, ages 7 through 12 years old, each year needed a floor that would be able to be installed over concrete and withstand a fair amount of traffic. The basement space, which houses all of the programs equipment, is used regularly June through November for things such as equipment handouts, team, parent & board meetings, watching film and even light practices during adverse weather conditions.

Franklin county sandlot football meeting room with Greatmats rubber flooring

Program Coordinator Jamie Tuck had a good idea of where to start the search for quality flooring that would meet the needs and survive the demands of this challenging environment. The father of six and husband to a small daycare operator, Tuck had equipped his entire basement seven years earlier with a durable foam flooring from Greatmats.com that had held up to 6-10 children riding bikes and playing in his basement daily.

”They have held up well,” his wife, and Franklin County Sandlot Secretary, Shelly, said.

So when the football program needed to replace the carpeting in its basement multipurpose space, the Tuck’s, impressed by Greatmats quality products and service, went straight its website to see what options were available.

Franklin county sandlot football equipment and meeting room with Greatmats rubber flooring

”After reviewing a few different options, we felt that the rolled rubber flooring would be just what we needed,” Shelly said.

As owners of a construction business the Tuck family knows what kind of abuse flooring can undergo. Also a big football family, the Tucks’ oldest son is a member of one of the teams while Jamie coaches two Sandlot teams.

”We truly love the many different things that the flooring can stand up to,” Shelly said. ”The flooring is nice for a meeting, but also durable for a lite practice! We have gotten so many compliments on the new flooring.”

Franklin county sandlot football meeting room with Greatmats rubber flooring

Founded in 2005 with the objective to teach children how to grow into decent, healthy and trustworthy adults through the virtues of good sportsmanship, honesty, loyalty, courage and respect, Franklin County Sandlot Football takes pride in producing well adjusted, strong and happy children.

As part of its process of leading its participants to a life of success, the Sandlot Football program provides an scholarship each year to a participant with at least three years of experience with the program.

It’s also found plenty of success on the Gridiron as well as two of its teams were Super Bowl Champions in 2015.

Franklin County Sandlot Football team 2015 Greatmats

Shelly Tuck
Franklin County Sandlot Football
Rocky Mount VA 24151
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Dunamis Therapy and Fitness – Weight Training Area

Rubber Gym Floor, Rolled Rubber Weight Room Floor

By Brett Hart
When Dunamis Therapy and Fitness to opened its fourth facility in Augusta, Wisconsin, in December of 2014, the unique 24/7 fitness center with a connected outpatient physical therapy clinic wanted to make sure it had all its bases covered.
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‘Most physical therapy clinics don’t have the option of having a 24/7 fitness center,’ said Office Manager Trina Lindner. ‘We can work on patients and then they can continue their therapy (including aquatic therapy) on their own outside of their therapy visits.’

With concrete flooring throughout the building, sound travel was an area of concern – especially in the free weight area where the noise of clanging steel can aggravate even the most seasoned fitness veterans.

To solve this problem, Dunamis Therapy and Fitness opted to install 3/8 inch thick Greatmats rubber flooring rolls in its 24 x 25 foot free weight area.
‘We have a long narrow building, so the noise travels far and fast,’ Trina said. ‘It takes away some of that noise.’

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Trina pointed out that Greatmats’ rubber matting also protects the concrete floors from dropped weights. An added benefit of the rubber floor covering is its ease of cleaning, especially during the vacuuming process. Mopping can be a little more difficult due to its non-slip surface.

Dunamis Therapy and Fitness, founded in 2003, has three other locations in western Wisconsin, including Chetek, Thorp and Eau Claire, and an Altoona facility is in the works. Greatmats rubber flooring was also installed in the Thorp facility around the same time as the Augusta center and has had the same result.

‘It doesn’t move, and it’s comfortable,’ Trina said.

Dunamis Fitness Center Weight Training Room Greatmats Rubber Flooring

Trina Lindner
Dunamis Therapy and Fitness
Augusta WI 54722
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Rio Gran – Indoor Doggy Daycare Play Area

Rubber Flooring at Dog Daycare and Training Facility Rio Gran

By Brett Hart

A love for dogs and an eye for opportunity led Jeff Peters to an exciting journey into the world of canine daycare, boarding and training. A former product and sales manager and director of business development, Peters surprisingly stumbled into the world of doggy daycare a couple of years ago when he and his wife updated their long-term family dog pack with a two much larger, and rowdier, companions.

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”As puppies, they were absolute terrors,” Peters said. ”We have a sizable house, but it didn’t matter. It was shoes. It was recliner handles. Everything was getting chewed.”

At their wit’s end, the couple turned to a local doggy daycare facility for help, which Jeff admittedly thought was a bit ”Foo Foo.”

”Doggy daycare?” he said. ”Who would spend money on that?”

Much to his surprise and delight, these two menaces came home well behaved each time they went to daycare. They became much more social with other dogs and humans.

”I saw how happy the dogs were, how happy the clients were, and said, ‘This is a business I want to be in,”’ Jeff said.

Jeff Peters Rio Gran Doggy Daycare Minnesota Greatmats

So when Rio Gran, a reputable multipurpose dog service facility in Hastings, Minn., came up for sale, Jeff jumped on the opportunity to get on board, and ramped things up a notch with a number of upgrades. Jeff purchased the 15-year-old business in September of 2014 and quickly went to work redesigning some of the indoor and outdoor areas of the 3 1/2-acre property for training and play while maintaining the stylish flair of the popular boarding facility.

”It’s all about the creature comfort,” Jeff said. ”We really strive to be doggy heaven.”

Part of the indoor remodeling project involved converting a rundown kennel building into an additional indoor play area. A stickler for safety and cleanliness, Jeff began researching different flooring surfaces to put in the newly-remodeled building.

Rio Gran Doggy Daycare Hastings, Minnesota Greatmats Rubber Flooring

”We were seriously considering using an epoxy-coated concrete floor,” Jeff said. But after observing the daycare dogs running on different surfaces, he decided that concrete just wasn’t going to cut it.

”We do see quite a few dogs here that have hip issues or even torn ACLs,” Jeff said. ”They have to be very carefully looked after. My fear with concrete was that even if you put a grid in it, it gets slick. If their nails are a little bit long, when they go to make a turn or cut, they can lose their legs out from underneath them.”

Another indoor play area at his facility had a rolled rubber flooring that was about 10 years old and, after some thorough cleaning, still looked like new. Watching the dogs on that surface, he noticed the floor was tacky enough to allow the dogs’ paw pads to grip and keep them from slipping while also being gentle on the pads.

”They will run like crazy on that stuff,” Jeff said. ”If they’re on a hard concrete surface, they run the possibility of tearing up their pads.”

He began researching rubber flooring and found it was even better than he had hoped.

”We were concerned initially about the porosity of the material when dogs have accidents,” Jeff said. ”We get puppies in here a lot at the daycare.”

With a little online research, Jeff found just what he was looking for at Greatmats.com – low odor 3/8-inch thick Greatmats Rubber Flooring Rolls, which are made in the USA from recycled tires.

Rio Gran Doggy Daycare Minnesota Greatmats Rubber Flooring
”It’s a recycled product, but it’s not porous,” Jeff said. ”With… the proper cleaning procedure, you can keep any urine, feces, that sort of thing from getting into the material and staying in the material. I think it’s actually easier to keep clean than concrete.”

As for durability, the previously-installed rubber flooring (along with Greatmats’ 5-year limited warranty) gave Jeff the peace of mind he needed to know it is made to last – even with a facility like his that often reaches its 100-dog limit during the summer and holidays.

With the new indoor play area, Rio Gran now offers a little more than 6,000 square feet of indoor roaming area that is covered with this rubber flooring. ”It’s fantastic and it’s easy to keep clean,” Jeff said.

Jeff is also working on upgrading his 16,000 square foot area of off-leash outdoor roaming space.

”Part of what we do is we make sure they get exercise and played with to the point where they want to come back here,” Jeff said. ”Even in the best homes, the dogs aren’t getting necessarily exercised to the point of exhaustion every day. But when they come here, they do. And so they’re very content and always anxious to come back and play.”

Jeff Peters
Rio Gran
Hastings MN 55033
For more on this topic please review our Dog Daycare Flooring product page.

Rolled Rubber

Whether you’re looking for a floor covering for a home gym, commercial facility, industrial building, or even an ammunition room, rolled rubber is a great choice.  Excellent for protecting your floor, rolled rubber is tough and relatively inexpensive compared to many other options on the market today.

Rolls of rubber can be used in a variety of different places.  For workout areas where gym equipment or weights are used, rolled rubber protects the floor from damage while also keeping equipment safe from dust and debris.  For most of these situations, we recommend 3/8″.  It is thick enough to protect the floors from day-to-day abuse without being too thick, therefore, and cost prohibitive.  If you are using heavy weights and dropping them to the floor repeatedly (100 lbs or more) we recommend at least a half-inch thickness.  Otherwise, 3/8″ should be more than sufficient to meet your needs.

3/8″ is also the standard thickness for most industrial applications.  Rolled rubber in 3/8″ can be used in high traffic areas, mutions areas, and high traffic walkways in industrial applications.  For everyday walkways, the user can usually go with a 1/4″ rubber product.  

Rubber Flooring Rolls can be installed with either a tape-down or glue-down method. Rolled Rubber Flooring can add comfort and durability to an otherwise hard surface. However, it is worth noting that for situations where you will be doing aerobic activity, foam is usually the better product.  It is lighter and less expensive to ship.  It also provides varying degrees of cushion.  (For more information on our foam products, please click here.  
Rubber provides more cushion than concrete but it is still hard.  Rubber Flooring Roll material is most commonly ordered in 100 percent black or with a 10 or 20 percent color in the mix. 
Rolls of Rubber are the most common types rubber flooring available.  The rolls are heavy and will almost always ship via freight truck but the product itself is generally less expensive than other options such as interlocking tiles.  
Each roll of rubber will lay flat when unrolled for installation. Rolled Rubber can be cut with a utility knife for a wall to wall installation. Rubber Roll Floor will withstand high impacts in weight rooms. Rubber Flooring Rolls are all 4 ft wide per roll.  The rolls can easily be cut to fit in a wall-to-wall situation with a sharp utility knife and a straightedge.  Rubber Flooring Roll material is made with recycled rubber content and is considered a green product by EPA standards.  They are manufactured in the USA.
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