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
For more on this topic please review our Rubber Flooring product page.
Advertisements

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.

rio-gran-dogs-play

”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.
Call Greatmats at 877-822-6622.

Customer Review-1/4" Rolled Rubber

“Everyone seems very happy with the product and, if needed, we would buy again.”  -Bob J.


At the Azalea Dog Training Club, in Wilmington, NC  www.adtc.us volunteers have been teaching  people how to train their dogs since 1972.   A community-focused organization, they help their neighbors with an entirely volunteer staff. 
They deal with puppies as well as adult dogs.  Depending on customer needs, these animals are taught good manners and can even be prepared for competition and obedience trials.  They also do Therapy dog evaluations and certifications and give safety demos to schools and scout troops.  Demos are also given at rest homes or wherever else is needed.
The Azalea center used our 1/4” rolled rubber flooring for their facility.  Not only does the rubber protect the floors below, it offers great traction for the animals as well as the trainers.  At Greatmats, we supply rolled rubber for a wide variety of applications including commercial and home gyms, ammunition rooms, industrial applications, and others.  It is an economical and solution for many situations.
“The installation took approximately six or seven hours, “ Bob says.  “We worked on it for three nights but the third night was strictly putting equipment back in place.  We had about seven or eight people each night…all in all, we are very pleased with the installation.  Our installation was on top of an existing concrete floor.”
Installing rolled rubber can be challenging due to the sheer weight of the product.  However, the rolls are precision cut so they are square against one another.  This provides a tight seam every time.  Interlocking rubber tiles are another option for installing rubber floors in your facility.  Tiles simply piece together like a giant puzzle.  The edges can be cut to fit for a wall-to-wall installation.
Bob says, “I would definitely recommend Greatmats.  I have been told another training facility wants to see our mats.  Paul (a Greatmats sales rep) was an enormous help to us and was very patient with me as I went from him to our club board and membership.  He always had the answers we needed to make our decision.”

Rolled rubber, while heavy is a great and inexpensive way to protect your floors.  We offer a number of different thicknesses and types of rubber.  Natural rubber is made from recycled tires and is the least expensive option.  Black rubber is the most popular rolled rubber we sell.  Color mix rubber is also available in a variety of colors and with varying percentages.  Because the colors mixed in are virgin EPDM rubber fleck, this is the nicest option we carry. 

Questions about rubber flooring or any other products?  Don’t hesitate to contact one of our customer service reps today!

Call Greamats at 877-822-6622.

Customer Review-Rolled Rubber

“I am extremely elated and I would most definitely buy from Greatmats again.”

-Don R.
Don chose 3/8” rubber rolls.  He used this rubber flooring to design a fitness center in his basement.  Don attended the National Academy of Sports Medicine to become a personal trainer and it has always been a dream of his to own a fitness center and train clients. 

We’ll let him tell his story:

“I wanted the flooring to be durable, flexible, comfortable, and compliment the red and black color scheme of the equipment…I researched some home gym flooring companies online and at brick and mortar…I decided to use Greatmats flooring rolls…the flooring is solid, sturdy, and does not shift when training.”

Rolled rubber is a great option for home gym flooring where weights and exercise equipment is going to be used on a regular basis.  Interlocking rubber tiles are more common for home applications because they’re easier to install and require no adhesives.  This makes the flooring easy to transport if you decide to change locations and want to bring your rubber flooring with you.  However, rolled rubber is less expensive and is often found in commercial applications.   Since Don is using his basement fitness center as a business, it makes sense that he would go this way with the rubber flooring.
Don goes on to say, “when friends, family members, and potential clients visit my fitness room, they say the flooring looks really nice.  One friend who I showed the pictures of the flooring to indicated that it looked professionally done.  The installation went perfectly as explained by Tina (one of our customer service reps).  Thanks, Tina, for your superb advice.  It took 3-4 hours because I wanted it done neatly…the most rewarding part of this project: I saved over $2500 by purchasing the flooring and doing it myself…the website elucidated and depicted the different styles of flooring, percentage of coloring and method of how to request the sample.  I thought it was convenient to get a written quote that included the shipping freight and the total cost…the main reason I purchased my material from Greatmats was because of the superlative customer service, knowledgeable customer service associate, quality products, competitive prices, and concise written quotes.  Moreover, without the rubber flooringmy training room would be incomplete.  I appreciate your company assisting me in achieving my long term goal.”
So, Don, would you recommend Greatmats to your friends?
“Yes, with a favorable endorsement!!!!1”

Thank you, Don.  We’re glad you’re happy with your rubber flooring.  We’re sure you’ll enjoy it for many years to come. 

Our rubber flooring products are available in various roll and tile sizes and types.  Be sure to check through your options to determine the product that it best for your unique application.  Do you have questions?  Don’t hesitate to contact one of our customer service representatives and we’ll help you decide the best product for you!
Call Greatmats at 877-822-6622.

Vulcanization

Rubber is an amazing invention.  It can be used in a number of remarkably different applications because of its versatility.  Natural rubber, for example is extremely elastic.  It can oftentimes be found in products where its unique flexibility is desired like rubber bands or some types of gaskets.  It can also be found in some types of specialty flooring.  However, natural rubber is also brittle when it gets cold and tends to lose shape when warm.  It is for this reason that vulcanization is required for the manufacture of many rubber products.  (Many products such as rubber flooring, tires, and hockey pucks are created from vulcanized rubber.)
The process was initially pioneered by Charles Goodyear (of Goodyear Tire fame.)  He found, accidentally, that rubber tended to char like leather when it came in contact with heat.  He also found that, regardless of the temperature, the rubber would not fully melt but rather continue to char when heated in sulfuric acid.  He was able to char the rubber to the point where it became resistant to heat and cold and found that the process was irreversible.  The rubber would maintain these new properties indefinitely.  This made rubber products such as tires and eventually rubber flooring possible.  Further developments after Goodyear’s initial experimentation eventually led to vulcanization as it is performed today.
Vulcanization is a chemical process that cures rubberor related polymersinto more durable materials by adding various accelerators (which is sulfur in most cases.) These additives change the polymer by forming crosslinks between the individual polymer chains. The process was named after Vulcan, Roman god of fire.  Hard vulcanized rubber is used to make hard rubber articles such as bowling ballsand mouthpieces for band instruments. Vulcanized rubber materials tend to be less sticky and have superior mechanical properties to natural rubber.
There are a variety of methods used for vulcanization. The most important method (used for the vulcanization of tires) uses high pressure and temperature. This type of vulcanization is called compression molding. In this scenario, the rubber article adopts the shape of the mold. Other methods, for instance to make door profiles for cars, use hot air vulcanization or microwave heated vulcanization.
Call Greatmats at 877-822-6622.

4×10 foot Rolled Rubber

If you need a small area of rubber flooring material, this product is a great and economical solution. Perfect for use as home gym mats, this 4×10 foot, solid piece of 1/4 inch thick rubber is available in either 100% black or a 10 percent fleck of a variety of colors. Excellent as cushion for standing on hard floors or easily cut it into gym mats, rolled rubber can be used under exercise equipment where tough and durable rubber flooring is needed. It will reduce vibration and noise as well as protect the floor. This rolled rubber material is a high density material that will easily withstand the weight of heavy equipment and high traffic areas. Use it as a home gym mat, for aerobics, or other exercise to minimize stress on your joints. Rolled rubber has anti-fatigue properties. This product can also be used in the basement or garage to create a safe and durable flooring surface. It is waterproof and easy to install. Better still, rolled rubber is a green product. With the color choices available, this roll of rubber will enhance the appearance of any room. It will also increase safety and protect your floors from wear and tear. 

Installation is easy. Rolled rubber can be applied using a double sided, tape-down method or, in smaller residential locations, you can simply dry lay it. If you would like to use it as rubber mats, simply cut the piece to desired length and take it with you wherever you want to go. Rolled rubber is lightweight and easy to transport and install. 

Clean this roll of rubber with a damp mop and floor cleaner with a neutral ph. 

At Greatmats, we keep rolled rubber in stock and will ship direct to your door via UPS ground. It typically arrives within 3-6 working days from the time of order and comes with free shipping in the lower 48 states. 

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