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Garage Flooring Options – How to Identify the Best Solution for You?

July 17, 2012 Leave a comment

Here at RubberFlooringInc.com, one of the most common questions we are asked by our customers is “What kind of garage flooring do I need?”  To best answer that question, we usually try to identify what kind of appearance, features, and price range each customer is looking for when it comes to their individual ideal garage floor covering.  In this blog post, we will explain the most popular garage flooring options available today, explain each solution’s strengths and weaknesses, and give a general price range for each option.   Our goal is for this post to be a quick and easy to use guide to help identify what garage floor solution would be best for you.

Garage Floor Tiles

Diamond Grid-Loc Garage Floor Tiles

Garage floor tiles are the most popular garage flooring purchased today by the do-it-yourself homeowner.  Tiles are one of the easiest floor coverings to install and typically interlock or have a peel and stick backing.  Garage tiles can be made of a durable polypropylene (basically a really strong high density plastic composite), a flexible PVC material (people like this because it feels like rubber underfoot and is quiet and has some cushion to it), or peel and stick vinyl tiles.  Tiles are also a favorite of people who want a custom look since numerous colors can be combined in order to create custom patterns such as a checker board pattern, a floor with a border, and more.  Tiles also have the largest variety of color options available and even have numerous surface patterns available.  Coin pattern, diamond pattern, and a vented tile patterns are the favorites of most people however slate pattern and numerous other textured patterns are also available.   Garage tiles, like all garage floor coverings, are designed to be chemical and stain resistant.  However, should a tile become damaged in any way, they also offer the benefit of being able to be popped out and replaced.

So what is the down side to tiles?  Read more…

Flooring Underlayment – Four Questions to Help Identify the Best Solution for You

June 20, 2012 5 comments

Cork Underlayment Example

There are a number of floor underlayment products available on the market today and each product is designed for a specific purpose.  So how do you know what underlayment is right for you?  Here are 4 questions to ask yourself to help you best identify what underlayment product would be the right fit for you.

1. What is your purpose for the underlayment?

-Underlayment is used for a variety of reasons.  Foam Underlay can be used to add cushion under carpet.  Polyvinyl and plastic underlay can be used to provide a moisture barrier under hardwood flooring systems.  Cork and rubber underlayment offer the best solution for dampening sound transmission between floor levels and cork simultaneously acts as an excellent insulator against temperature transmission.  Recycled cotton and fiber underlayment products help to decrease sound transmission a little bit but also do an excellent job insulating against temperature transmission.

2. What kind of flooring are you going to install your underlayment under? Read more…

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Martial Arts Mats – Identifying the best options for use at home

May 31, 2012 2 comments

Traditionally, martial artists at home will perform their training drills in their basement, garage, or any other room large enough to handle a wide range of movements.  In many of these rooms, a hardwood or concrete floor is present which is not the friendliest of flooring surfaces to practice on.  To fix this problem, a soft and sometimes portable martial art mat or flooring surface can be used to create an at home martial arts environment. Professional schools that train in any of the mixed martial arts use a variety of flooring surfaces in their dojos and training facilities.  In this article, we will take a look at the different types of mats used by the professionals for each kind of martial art and identify what the best options are for the homeowner who would like to do some training at home.

Tatami Tiles for General Martial Arts Training

The most traditional type of mat, found in most Japanese homes as well as Japanese martial arts studios, is the tatami mat. While these mats aren’t very soft, due to the fact that they are only an inch thick and made of woven straw, it proves to be a good choice when training a more standing oriented martial art style. These mats also tend to be rather abrasive. Many dojos in Japan use this style of mat due to its distinctive look and feel however the traditional tatami mat is rarely used in the U.S.  What is now used in its place is a foam tile that has the surface appearance of a tatami mat.  These tiles absorb shocks from falls, insulate well, are easy to install, and completely water proof.

Folding Mats for Grappling and Wrestling

Wrestling or Folding Mats are more common in use of a grappling style of martial arts. This soft, easy to clean and easy to customize mat is made a layer of high-impact foam and is coated with a protective, non-stick vinyl. Generally, these types of mats are only good for styles such as wrestling, aikido, jiu jitsu, and judo. When practicing Judo on these mats, it is best to avoid too many slams to the ground. Due to the softness of the mats, you tend to feel the impact all the way to the floor. Also, the softness of the mat will give way to your feet and they will easily sink into the mats and make it harder to maneuver around, outside of basic movement. Minor injuries can occur easier if training in a kicking art on these mats. The most popular grappling mat solution that can be laid down when needed at home is the folding mat.  These mats are expandable and can easily be velcroed or taped together to form larger training surfaces.

Puzzle Tiles for Karate and Taekwondo

The most cost-efficient choice in a martial arts training surfaces are Read more…

Photo of the Month Contest

May 15, 2012 Leave a comment

Did you know that we have a photo of the month contest between all of our IncStores.com sites?  Well we do, and if you win, you will be sent a $50 American Express gift card in the mail in appreciation of your time and effort in sending us a picture or two of your new flooring installation.  To learn more about our photo of the month contest, please visit the following link:

http://www.rubberflooringinc.com/photo-of-the-month.aspx

And remember, this contest goes for all of our websites so no matter if you buy garage flooring from www.garageflooringinc.com, or some foam mats from www.foamtiles.com, or of course some rubber gym flooring from us here at www.rubberflooringinc.com, you will be entered into the contest with an equal chance to win.  Thank you and good luck.

Nitro Rolls – New and Exclusive Garage Floor Covering

May 11, 2012 Leave a comment

After months of hard work, we are finally unveiling a super top secret project we have been working on.  We would like to welcome to the world our latest innovation, the Nitro Roll.  So what makes these rolls so great that they deserve a post about them?  Well let us tell you.  These rolls are similar quality to the vinyl garage flooring rolls we have always carried however they have numerous other advantages.  Here is a list of those advantages:

  1. Nitro Rolls will ship the same or next business day right from our facility here in Chandler, AZ.  Every roll out garage flooring supplier before now has had a lead time of 7-10 business days so we are saving the customer 6-9 days of lead time.
  2. Nitro Rolls are the lowest cost coin and diamond pattern garage flooring rolls on the market.
  3. Nitro Rolls have the longest warranty (7 years) of any roll out garage flooring product on the market.  So even if they are low in cost, you can be sure they are of the highest quality.

Nitro rolls initially will be available in two colors, black and light gray, however more color options are expected to be added in the near future.  Nitro rolls are also only available in our most popular garage roll dimension, 7.5′ x 17′ at this time, but more size options could be added by the end of the year.

To see our more information about our new Nitro Rolls, please feel free to visit the product page on our site or on our sister site, GarageFlooringInc.com.

New Flooring Adhesives – Think “Green”

April 17, 2012 Leave a comment

In our continued quest to offer more and more products that are Eco-conscious, we have decided to add “green” flooring adhesives.  Just this morning we issued a press release about it since we do believe very strongly in offering safe and environmentally friendly products.  We were very happy to work with Dri-Tac Adhesives to help bring these new adhesives to market.  Rubber Flooring, Inc now carries flooring glues for virtually every type of flooring including hardwood, bamboo, cork, vinyl, rubber, underlayments, and more.  The new “green” adhesives have no VOC’s or solvents added whatsoever and they only cost $10-20 more per bucket than our normal low cost rubber flooring adhesive product.  All spec sheets are available on request and customer service is on call at 800-613-0996 to answer any questions about the new products.

Need Trade Show Flooring? Read on…

February 7, 2012 Leave a comment

Trade show flooring needs are very specific.  The booth flooring needs to be easy to transport along with effortless assembly.  It should be attractive and welcoming and help ‘sell’ the product or service being offered.  Many companies will rent flooring for an upcoming event, but Rubberflooringinc.com makes it easy and affordable to own trade show booth flooring which, in the end, will save money.

There are many exhibit floor solutions available.  Easy DIY installation options include foam tiles, carpet and rubber tiles, and vinyl flooring.  With all these options available, it is easy to pick a style and color that is attractive and stands out from the competition.  The floor solution should promote your service and product and convey a professional appearance.  It is also important to pick a product that will be comfortable during long standing periods.

 Foam tiles offer comfort when standing for many hours, is inexpensive and if certain tiles get worn down, they can easily be replaced.  Foam tiles are also attractive and allow for a customized color scheme and specific design, which is an added bonus.  Rubber tiles are also used and are effective for maximum durability.  http://www.rubberflooringinc.com/vinyl-flooring.html offer an attractive appearance.  They are available in coin or diamond patterns or you can customize your individual design.

Adding mats or tiles to any trade show booth flooring transforms the look and feel of the space.  Assembly is fast and easy.  In a matter of minutes, your exhibit floor will be ready.  Your space will be attractive and professional giving you ‘peace of mind’.  Visit our trade show flooring page at RubberFlooringInc.com to get started today.

Home Gym Flooring – 4 popular choices but what is the best flooring solution for you?

December 9, 2011 Leave a comment

There are a wide variety of floor covering options available for use as home gym flooring and often times picking out the right solution can seem like a difficult task.  The three most popular flooring options for use in home gym and exercise rooms are carpet, rubber flooring, foam flooring, and vinyl tiles.  In this article we will explain the benefits of each option so that you can be sure you select the best home gym flooring for you.

Option #1 – Carpet

Carpet is the most popular floor covering option in America and is excellent all-purpose flooring.  Carpet can be relatively inexpensive, is comfortable to the touch, and is fairly easy to clean and maintain.  Carpet also can be an excellent floor solution for use as home gym flooring.  The best carpet options for use in areas where exercise take place in the home are low pile carpet options.  Low pile carpet is usually a little more course to the touch however it is usually much more durable compared to fluffy shag or even soft Berber style carpets often found in homes.  Commercial grade carpet also works very well for home gyms due to its tight knit loops.  One other form of carpet that is often used as exercise flooring is carpet tiles.  These tiles interlock and can be easily installed by the average person.

The benefits to using carpet in a home gym is that it is available in a wide array of colors, is durable enough to last for many years, and is soft enough for young kids to play on while Mom and Dad get their workout in.  Carpet is also a favorite gym flooring option since it is a floor covering that the average home user completely understands and already knows how to take care of.  The downside to using carpet as a flooring in home gyms and exercise studios is that it needs to be installed by a professional carpet installer, can stretch over time under strenuous use and require a carpet installer to re stretch the carpet, and can hold moisture and require a professional cleaning every few years.   One particular tricky spot for using carpet as home gym flooring is in basements.  Over the years, we have heard from numerous Midwest customers that their basement flooded and that the carpet they had installed in their basement home gym was ruined.  These individuals are often looking for a solution to prevent a similar situation from happening in the future which leads to:

Option #2 – Rubber Flooring

Rubber Flooring is our specialty at RubberFlooringInc.com.  Rubber flooring can be purchased in rolls or tiles and is available in a wide range of thicknesses and color options.  Rubber flooring can range in price from a cheap $0.99 per square foot for recycled rubber floors up to and over $4.00 per square foot for the most designer series virgin rubber options.  The benefits to using rubber as a floor covering are Read more…

Green Flooring

November 9, 2011 Leave a comment

If you’re in the market for new and innovative ways to “go green” in your home or business, Rubber Flooring Inc may have just what you’re looking for! Our rubber flooring products serve a multitude of uses and yes, they are environmentally friendly. Our recycled rubber is made from recycled truck tire treads, otherwise known as buffings, which are the cleanest and most durable part of the tire. After the buffings are obtained and transported to our various production facilities, the ground rubber is placed in large cylinders with a urethane bonding agent and is compressed, creating a solid log. These logs of compressed rubber are then cut with computerized blades to exacting standards. Finally, they are reduced to specified lengths, rolled and shipped to our customers. The final product is an attractive, high-quality rubber flooring that is every bit as resilient as the tires on your car, although you may have a hard time travelling on your flooring for 50,000+ miles!

Over time, tires have become a very problematic source of waste due to their durability and the amounts of space that they occupy in landfills. They are also often placed in tire stockpiles which can become a health and safety hazard due to the possibility of tire fires which can burn for long periods of time and create a large amount of pollution. Through our production process, we are able to recycle millions of tires, thus saving them from a fate of crowded landfills and burning stockpiles. With our rubber flooring, you can rest assured that you’re not only purchasing high-quality products. You’re also contributing to saving our planet.

Garage Flooring, What is available and how does rubber fit in?

August 29, 2011 Leave a comment

Deciding to have Garage Flooring is an important and excellent decision.  It will protect the integrity and life of your garage floor and add style, personality and protection.  Garage flooring should be attractive, easy to install and protect your floor.

The best option for garage flooring is vinyl rolls, PVC tiles or modular interlocking plastic titles.  Epoxy flooring eventually will crack and wear out where some garage tile products can last up to 25 years.  Also, rubber garage flooring is not recommended for use in garages since rubber will break down overtime in the presence of oils and solvents.

The following products are recommended for garage flooring and available on Rubberflooringinc.com:

Grid-Loc Garage Tiles offer a hard plastic surface and a great option when wanting to personalize colors and designs to give a distinctive look to your garage.  Diamond, Slate, Coin and 7mm Coin Flex tiles feel like rubber but are actually made of PVC and are soft and bendable.  Roll patterns available for garages are Ribbed, Coin, Levant, Diamond Plate and Clear Vinyl.  Rolled garage flooring is made from polyvinyl rolls and are the least costly option.  Each roll is unique and offers different looks and feels for you to customize your garage.

Garage flooring should be attractive, easy to install and protect your floor.  When choosing a flooring option for your garage, the solution should reflect your style and be an enjoyable experience.  Each garage flooring option is easy to install and maintain.  Installation and maintenance instructions are available online at Rubberflooringinc.com.  Visit Rubberflooringinc.com today to get started on a ‘new’ garage.

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