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Entrance Mats for Businesses: Quick Tips

March 25, 2013 Leave a comment
Indoor Entrance Mat

Indoor Entrance Mat

Entrance mats are the first line of defense for any business helping to keep dirt, water and debris out of their interior.  With so many mats to choose from, from carpet mats to rubber mats, it can be difficult to figure out which is best for your application.  To best find the mat that is perfect for your entry way, one must keep a couple of key elements in mind:  traffic flow and weather.

Traffic flow is one of the most important factors in determining which type of entrance mat would be best for your entryway.   For light to moderate traffic, typically a carpet topped entrance mat is sufficient to eliminate most dirt, water and debris from shoes.  Typically one would want to go with a minimum 5’ long mat which allows an average individual to hit the mat with both feet.  Since these mats are installed indoors, it is typically necessary to clean these mats at least 1-2 times in a two week period, depending on traffic, to keep them looking brand new.

For areas where traffic flow is heavier, a tandem of an outdoor rubber mat and an indoor carpet mat would be recommended.   The rubber mat would be your first line of defense helping to eliminate most water, dirt and debris from individual’s shoes.  The carpet mat would be the second line of defense helping to further eliminate and trap dirt and debris in the fibers of the carpet, allowing for easy cleaning and disposing of irritants.  The longer the indoor entrance mats, the more times a persons shoes are likely to step on the mat as well.  Long indoor entrance mats are especially helpful in drying off peoples shoes better than shorter mats.

The next important factor to consider when purchasing an entrance mat is weather.  With so many different environments all over the country, it can be difficult to find the mat that will give you the best result.  Typically for areas that receive a lot of weather, a rubber entrance mat is the best to use due to its durability in extreme weather and its ability to stay slip resistant even when wet.  With rubber mats, it is best to use a mat that is made from nitrile rubber (NBR) or styrene-butadiene rubber (SBR).   NBR is more rigid and is very tough in inclement weather and SBR keeps mats more flexible, while maintaining the mats integrity.  In areas where weather is not much of an issue, such as the Desert Southwest, you can typically use either rubber or carpet topped mats.   But for most outdoor mats, a rubber entrance mat will give you the most durability and slip resistance.

At Rubber Flooring Inc., we offer a number of rubber and carpet entrance mats that come in various colors, styles, and price ranges.   Using these two major factors, will help you properly determine the best mat or mats to use to properly eliminate a large portion of the dirt and debris that can enter into your business.  This will help to ensure that the interior of your business remains clean, safe, and presentable to your employees and customers.

Foam vs. Rubber – What’s the Best Flooring Material for your Home Gym?

January 4, 2013 Leave a comment

One of the single most asked questions we receive here at RubberFlooringInc.com is “Should I get foam or rubber for my home gym flooring?”  This quick post is going to explain the benefits and disadvantages to using each type of material in an attempt to help answer that question for everyone.

5/8" Soft Tile (Made of Foam)

5/8″ Soft Tile (Made of Foam)

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Commercial Grade Tile Cutters are Now Available

December 19, 2012 Leave a comment
Pro Magnum Shear Cutter

Pro Magnum Shear Cutter

It seems like every week we add a few new products to our product line and this week is no different.  After a few weeks worth of work, we have finally launched our new line of tile cutters from Bullet Tools.  These tile cutters (a.k.a. shear cutters) are professional grade tools that are designed to last for years.  We have even used one of these tools ourselves for about 3 years now to cut many of our free product samples.  The versatility of these floor cutters is pretty incredible. Read more…

RubberFlooringInc.com Now Offers US Floors Brand Cork Flooring

December 5, 2012 Leave a comment
US Floors New Earth Cork Flooring Line

US Floors New Earth Cork Flooring Line

RubberFlooringInc.com is pleased to announce that we now offer US Floors branded cork flooring.  We have carried our own private label brand of cork flooring (Eco-Cork Brand) for over a year now however we wanted to expand our selection.  After looking for the best partner in the  cork floor marketplace, we decided US Floors was the premier candidate.  With the arrival of the US Floors line, Rubber Flooring Inc. now offers over 60 color options and styles of cork flooring.  With that, we now believe we have the largest selection of cork floor tiles available online.  Whether a potential customer is looking for a discount cork floor tile product or a high end natural cork floor covering, we should have you covered.

Flooring for Flood Prone Areas / Basements

November 16, 2012 1 comment

We have been inundated with questions from Hurricane Sandy victims for a few weeks now and decided to write a helpful guide to explain flood resistant flooring options.  First of all, we would all like to say that we are very sorry to hear about all the hardships you all are facing and we would like to help.  If you have been a victim of Sandy, please use code Sandy30 when you checkout to save 30% off your order until the end of the year.

The most common questions we have been receiving have been:

  • Does rubber flooring help to waterproof your basement floor?
  • I had rubber flooring in an area of my house that was flooded, now what do I do?
  • What is the best type of flooring for a flooded basement or a flood prone basement?

We are going to start this guide by answering these questions.  After that we are going to explain the pros and cons of numerous different flooring options including rubber, vinyl, ceramic tile, epoxy’s, concrete stains, and carpet.  Hopefully after all of that, we will have put together a decent guide for flood victims going forward. Read more…

Commercial Gym Flooring – What’s the Best Solution for Your Commercial Training Facility?

October 16, 2012 Leave a comment
Commercial Gym Examples

Commercial Gym Examples

There are thousands upon thousands of commercial gyms across the country managed by numerous public and private business entities.  Commercial gyms and weight room facilities often cater to many different types of clientele.  Some large scale nationwide gyms like Gold’s Gym, LA Fitness, Lifetime Fitness, etc. are huge facilities that can fit just about everyone’s needs.  A large contingent of commercial gyms however are private training studios, Olympic weight training facilities, and 24 hour fitness centers that are designed to meet the needs of niche clientele who need the specific training options or flexibility in training times that these types of gyms offer.  No matter what type of commercial training facility you operate or plan to open in the near future, you will at some point have to decide on proper gym flooring for your new or existing facility.

At RubberFlooringInc.com, we specialize in rubber flooring, foam gym flooring, and vinyl gym flooring which are all common gym flooring options when used properly.  In this article, we will briefly discuss the most popular commercial gym flooring solutions we sell and talk about the most common gym flooring we don’t sell, carpet, and explain the benefits to each floor covering.

Rubber Flooring

Designer Series Rubber Rolls

Designer Series Rubber Rolls

Rubber flooring is the most common gym flooring solution installed in new commercial gyms today.  The most common form of rubber flooring installed in commercial gyms is rolled recycled rubber flooring.  Recycled rubber floors are often low in cost, extremely durable, easy to clean, and easy to install.  Many times, rolled rubber is even installed by the gym owner or gym staff due to its extremely easy installation process which only requires some double sided carpet tape and a utility knife.  This helps to save the cost of hiring a professional installation team.  One of the most famous gyms in the world, “The Biggest Loser” gym, for example currently uses 8mm thick recycled rolled rubber flooring.  The Biggest Loser staff is extremely demanding of their flooring since weights are often dropped on the product and sleds are often pushed across the surface of the flooring.

The only downside’s to using recycled rubber flooring is that the flooring is very Read more…

Official Gym Flooring of the Mr. Olympia

October 3, 2012 Leave a comment

Yes, it’s true.  RubberFlooringInc.com is now the official gym flooring for Mr. Olympia.  If you attended the event this past weekend, you would have seen our flooring in the Men’s Fitness Ultimate Athlete village.  It turns out the event organizers needed some non slip rubber flooring designed to provide a safe and even surface for some of the best male athletes to compete for the title of the Ultimate Athlete.  Competitors were tested on basketball shooting, throwing a fastball, rowing, plyometrics, scaling a wall, lifting a punching bag above waist level a number of times, carrying weights, a cone drill, dragging a sled, and throwing a football.

The gym flooring used was our very own Eco-Flec rubber rolls which can be seen here.

To see all of our gym and weight room flooring options available, please click here.

To read more about our new partnership with Mr. Olympia, the official press release can be found here.

Foam vs. Rubber – How to Select the Right Gym Flooring Material

September 10, 2012 1 comment

One of the single most asked questions we receive here at RubberFlooringInc.com is “Should I get foam or rubber for my home gym flooring?”  This quick post is going to explain the benefits and disadvantages to using each type of material in an attempt to help answer that question for everyone.

Benefits of foam Include:

Foam Floor Tiles

  • Light weight
  • Flexible and shock absorbent
  • Soft
  • Water proof
  • An excellent insulator
  • Wide variety of colors
  • Available in interlocking tiles or portable mats
  • Easy to install and keep clean

All of these reasons make foam an excellent choice for home gyms and portable exercise mats.

Disadvantages to using foam include:        Read more…

The Benefits of Using Carpet Tiles

August 21, 2012 Leave a comment

We at RubberFlooringInc.com have recently launched a complete line of carpet tiles on our site and have come up with the top 10 reasons why you should purchase tiles over broadloom carpet.  They are as follows:
1.  Ease of Installation – Carpet tiles can easily be installed with double sided carpet tape or adhesive.
2.  Ease of Maintenance – Floor carpet tiles can be easily removed for replacement or cleaned like any other carpet.
3.  Superior Durability – Carpet tiles have been engineered to withstand high traffic and lots of abuse.
4.  Eco-Friendly – Most modular carpet tiles are made from recycled material and usually use less material than broadloom.
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Folding Mats – They’re Back!!!

August 2, 2012 Leave a comment

We have finally relaunched our collection of folding mats today.  When we say finally, it is because it felt like forever since we last had some in stock.  The reason for this was that we were on the hunt for a new supplier who could guarantee us a lower price while still maintaining a very high level of quality.  As a company, our goal is to offer the best deals out there for our line of products and with our old supplier, we eventually realized we just were not doing that.  So we went on the hunt and low and behold, 4-5 months later, here we are.  So what are the differences between our old mats and the new ones you may ask? Read more…

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