Jack’s Ultra Sports Creates Fun and Safe Rooms with Rubber Flooring

Rolled Rubber Flooring Offers and Easy to Clean Non-Slip Surface

Jack's Ultra Sports Indoor Paintball Lasertag with Greatmats Rubber FlooringWhen Fun Creator and Entertainer Andy Hill decided to open Jacks Ultra Sports in Conway, Arkansas, he knew that he needed to make the front entrance, party rooms and check-in areas of his 28,000 square foot warehouse fun and safe. And a big part of that process was converting the polished concrete floors into surfaces that would both look nice without being slippery.

Jack's Ultra Sports Indoor Paintball Lasertag Party Room with Greatmats Rubber FlooringWhile searching Google for just the right surface, the 28-year-old discovered Greatmats.com and found not only the product he wanted, but the best price and best customer feedback. Hill decided on 1/4 inch thick Rubber Flooring Rolls with 10 percent confetti color. He was also able to save money by installing the flooring himself.

”You have to have some knowledge and experience with making the cuts and applying glue, but overall, it was fairly easy,” Hill said.

Jack's Ultra Sports Indoor Paintball Lasertag with Greatmats Rubber FlooringHill, who’s been in the industry for nine years, said, ”Central Arkansas has long needed a fun, friendly and clean environment for people to play paintball, anytime, regardless of weather condition.”

That’s how the idea for Jack’s Ultra Sports was born.

Conveniently located off I-40 in Conway, Jacks offers 2 paintball playing fields for low impact only.

Jack's Ultra Sports Indoor Paintball Party Room with Greatmats Rubber Flooring”No bruises. No Pros. Just fun,” Hill said. ”Almost anyone can play on our brand new astro-turfed fields. We also have an arcade, which we are constantly adding new games to.”

After a few months of using his Greatmats rubber floor, Hill said, ”The confetti rubber flooring we went with does an amazing job of being a slip free surface that is easy to clean and is also appealing to the eye. … We vacuum the dirt off and then mop at the end of each weekend. It looks good as new. … Lots of people have asked about it.”

Jack’s, also has plans to open state-of-the-art ULTRA-3D laser tag this fall.

”The paintball and entertainment industry are ever changing,” Hill said. ”You’ve got to keep up with what people want or you’ll be closed in no time. Innovation is the key.”

Happy with his Greatmats rubber flooring, the innovative entertainment professional said he plans to use Greatmats ”for our rubber flooring needs when we open the next Jack’s Ultra Sports.”

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Andy Hill
Jack’s Ultra Sports
Conway AR 72032
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Columbus Man Protects Home Gym Floor With UltraTile Rubber Tiles

Durable Rubber Weight Room Floor Tiles Protect Concrete From Accidents

By Brett Hart

When it comes to protecting his basement floor, Fred of Columbus, Ohio, isn’t about to take any chances.

fred-gym-1426After purchasing an extensive set of weightlifting equipment, previously used for bodybuilding, from neighbors, this 65-year-old recreational weightlifter has friends over to lift with him weekly and wanted to be sure his 8-inch thick solid concrete basement floor was protected against any accidents.

”Usually, I over engineer things,” he said. ”I wanted something that was real heavyweight so that if there was an accident, the concrete wouldn’t get damaged.”

Having seen some heavy duty rubber flooring tiles in a weight room at a nearby apartment complex, Fred inquired about the tiles and was referred to Greatmats.com to take a look at its UltraTile Rubber Weight Floors.

The 1 inch thick, 2×2 foot tiles were just what he was looking for. The tiles were thick enough to make Fred comfortable that his floor would not be damaged by falling weights, and connect firmly together with pin connectors that ensure the 20×40 foot section of flooring will stay in place in his home gym.

fred-gym-1425Although the flooring is designed to handle the impact of fall weights, in the spirit of over engineering, Fred decided to put a double layer in his 10×12 foot powerlifting area.

The rubber tiles were also easy enough to install himself, and with 220 tiles at 16 pounds per tile, he said, ”It’s a workout putting them together. It took me about 24 hours over six days.”

”If you’re doing it yourself, it takes a while,” Fred said. ”I would pound for a little while and carry after I finished putting dowels in. That would give me a little rest in between.”

Home Weight Room Gym Greatmats UltraTile Weight Room Rubber TileA resourceful installer, Fred decided to forgo the 2-3 pound sledge hammer and 2×4 tapping block to put the connector pins in place and put on a pair of heavy steel toe work boots to kick set the dowels.

”There’s always one side (where) you have to get down and match the holes,” Fred said. ”I was kicking them together instead of pounding. It kind of jars your body a little bit, but it was easier for me than pounding with a 2 pound hammer. I’m not a youngster, but I still was able to do it. I figured I saved a couple thousand dollars installing myself. It just took me a little time.”

Weight Room Greatmats UltraTile Weight Room Rubber TileHe was also able to cut the tiles successfully to go around the four brace poles in his basement.

Now that the flooring is in place, Fred is happy with how it’s worked out for him.

”I use it once or twice a week,” he said. ”Whenever other guys come over to work out, it reminds me to get out of the office and get down there. … Everybody likes the floor. It’s a nice product. … We’ve only had one accident. The weights hit the floor and rolled off onto the concrete, and that seemed to make it so it didn’t hurt anything.”

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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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Fitness Coach Karl Streit – ShokLok Home Garage Gym

CrossFit Competitor/Coach Brings Training Convenience Home

By Brett Hart

Thirty-four-year-old fitness coach coach Karl Streit has been involved with CrossFit training for four year and has coached at multiple gyms in the Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota area.
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When he and his wife, Tess, moved into their new how, Karl was able to include a garage gym into plans for their new space, with Tess’s support.

”Tess and I both really enjoyed working out when we met,” Karl said. ”We tried to find something that kind of met both of our needs and interests and CrossFit seemed to be a good fit. Obviously, I was very much into it at the time. Tess had her own lifting program. We started going to the gym together and one of the things we like was just being able to share that time working out.”

Training at least five days per week, 2-4 hours per day, Karl was excited to have the convenience of not having to drive to the gym every time he wanted to workout.CrossFit coach Karl Streit weightlifting with Greatmats ShokLok Rubber Floor

When looking for flooring for CrossFit training, he knew he wanted a rubber surface, and there were a few important features that stood out as must-have’s for Karl.

  • 1. Impact absorption – to protect his concrete floor from dropped weights.
  • 2. Non-abrasive surface – top protect his skin when doing floor based exercises.
  • 3. Not too soft – to allow for maximum output during power-based lifts.

 

Shok-Lok Rubber Gym Floor Tiles from Greatmats fit all those criteria and more.

”Delivery was really easy,” Karl said. ”It showed up on a truck. I signed for it. That was as difficult as it got.”

Admitting he doesn’t fit the bill as a handyman, Karl was also pleased to find that installation of the rubber tiles was equally as easy.

CrossFit coach Karl Streit installing Greatmats ShokLok Rubber Floor

”This was very straightforward and simple. It didn’t really require a whole lot of tools. Everything snapped together very easily, and I was done with it in maybe 20 minutes at the most.”

Once the Shok-Lok tiles were installed, he continued to be impressed with his choice, noting that despite have no glue, nails or significant subfloor prep work, the tiles did not shift.

”This is great,” he said. ”It offers enough friction that I’m not moving around at all. I’m also not tearing up my hands when I’m doing push ups and hand stands. … You don’t get the cushy feel where you’re losing power when you’re cleaning and snatching. … Dropping weights on this really doesn’t affect the flooring below it.”

CrossFit coach Karl Streit with Greatmats ShokLok Rubber FloorKarl Streit lifting kettlebells Greatmats ShokLok Rubber Floor

Karl Streit
Woodbury MN
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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.

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”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.

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”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
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