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.”

Basement Weight Room Greatmats UltraTile Weight Room Rubber Tile
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Get $100 off athletic flooring for your school!

Weight room flooring

Weight room flooring from Greatmats.

One of the most anticipated parts of heading back to school in many parts of the United States is the beginning of the fall sports season. Whether its football, volleyball, cross country or anything in between, Greatmats can help you train with the comfort and safety of high quality and stylish athletic flooring.

Two things all athletes share is the need for strength training and aerobics. While some activities may require a more concentrated effort on one than the other, the combination is essential for creating a well balanced, healthy and high performing athlete.

Schools and training facilities that best serve their student-athletes and clients provide a quality training surface for their pupils and take the proper measures to ensure those surfaces will last for years to come.

In honor of the back to school season, Greatmats is holding a Back-to-School Athletic Flooring sale on weight room flooring, gym floor covers, cheer mats, folding gym mats, gym wall pads and dance floors. For any order of these items totaling $2,000 or more before Oct. 15, 2015, Greatmats will take $100 off the purchase price.

Weight room flooring

While the vast majority of Greatmats’ dozens of weight room flooring options are made of durable 100 percent recycled rubber, it also offers foam options that will add greater cushion and comfort. Among the weight room flooring possibilities are straight and interlocking tiles, large mats and rolled flooring options.

Gym Floor cover

Gym Floor Cover from Greatmats

Gym Floor Covers

Protect your expensive hardwood gym floors with gym floor covers from Greatmats. Available in large roll out vinyl sheets or large carpet tiles, these floor coverings will ensure your gym flooring will not suffer the unintended abuse associated with using the multipurpose facility for non-sporting events such as school dances, banquets and ceremonies.

cheerleading mats

Cheer mats from Greatmats

Cheer Mats

Ensure your school spirit by protecting its biggest advocates. Greatmats cheer mats are designed for high school, university and professional practices and competitions. Providing a non-slip surface, fatigue relief and shock absorption, these mats help ensure your cheer squad (and their spectators) will get the most out of the cheerleading experience.

Folding gym mats

Folding gym mats can be some of the most valuable accessories to any training program, portable, easily stored and easily installed, these mats are ideal provide an added level of safety and versatility in nearly all training environments.

Gym wall pads

Wall pads from Greatmats

Gym Wall Pads

Ramp up the safety features for your most precious assets with gym wall padding, made in the USA of top quality materials. In addition to defending against injuries, wall pads are also a great place to showcase your school spirit with the ability to add a graphics of your logo or mascot.

Dance Flooring

Greatmats offers are large variety of vinyl, foam and plastic dance floor options. Available in large rolls, cut lengths and modular tiles, it’s easy to find the right flooring for permanent and temporary uses, all with easy installation. Sprung and rubber dance subflooring is also available.

Call our customer service team 877-822-6622 for more information on the sale or products.

A Wisconsin-based specialty flooring company since 1999, Greatmats operates using the Golden Rule of customer service, leading it to a A-plus rating from the Better Business Bureau and a 9.5 Trust Pilot rating. Greatmats offers professional customer service and quality products with the best pricing online, backed by a price match guarantee. Our national flooring experts will ensure you find the perfect athletic flooring for your needs.

Geneva Rubber Tiles-3×3′

Designed for larger, commercial applications, the Geneva interlocking rubber flooring tile series is our stocked line of 3×3 ft interlocking rubber floor tiles.  These rubber tiles are available in standard colors and thicknesses from 1/4 to 1/2 inch in a 3×3 ft tile size. 

Great for commercial gym areas, these tiles are designed to protect the floor from the wear and tear of everyday weight lifting and exercise machinery.  In most situations, an 8mm or 3/8” thickness is best for weight areas.  1/4” is sufficient for walkways and other traffic areas.  For places where heavy weights (100 lbs or more) are consistently dropped to the floor, you may want to go with a 1/2” rubber for extra protection.
Standard colors for this rubber flooring product are as follows:
1/4” tiles are available in 20% colors.  8mm and 3/8” product comes in black as well as a 10% color fleck.  1/2” tiles are available in black.
The best value we offer is our 8mm thickness.  This is (roughly) 1mm thinner than our 3/8” product and you won’t notice the difference in performance between these two tile thicknesses.
The connection edges for these rubber floor tiles is a universal interlock design.  This means that the interlocking system is not dependent on which way the tile is oriented for the sides to connect to another tile.  This handy feature will maximize tile usage yielding the least amount of material waste.  Easily cut these rubber tiles for a custom wall-to-wall installation in your home gym or in large scale commercial installations with a sharp utility knife and a straightedge.
Interlocking rubber floor tiles are nice because, unlike some other flooring options, they require no adhesive for installation.  Simply piece the tiles together like a giant puzzle and you’re done.  If you decide to relocate, you can simply pack them up and take them with you.
To clean your rubber flooring, simply sweep and mop with a damp mop. 
Call our friendly and professional customer service team with any questions, to request samples or a volume quote.   This in-stock products ship within 2 working days!

Call Greatmats 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.