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.
5.  More Installation OptionsRead more…

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…

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.

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