Posts Tagged ‘recycled rubber flooring’
Posted on: December 4th, 2014 by Ben Gonzalez
What to do when a pesky landlord decides that despite a security deposit and a contract, he/she just does not feel comfortable with your canine moose on their precious hardwood floor? In L.A., many residents are faced with this dilemma constantly. There are few solutions that are quite as resilient, practical, and cost effective as recycled rubber flooring. While mainly used in kennels and more commercial applications, a 650 square foot apartment can greatly benefit from this as well.
A ¼” thick layer of this rubber can serve to greatly reduced noise, protect the hardwood floor from swelling should your pup have an accident while you’re at work or away, and is actually easier on the joints for older dogs. If odor is of great concern, rest assured that proper ventilation should dissipate and outgassing within a week at the most. Since these are recycle tire rubber as opposed to virgin rubber, the harsh “rubber-band” smell is largely reduced through the recycling process.
So let’s say you’re the landlord is concerned with scuffing of the floor kind of like the soles of some cheap work boots might. You can tell them to stop being such a baby since this is easily remedied with any cleaning solution. Most importantly, however, you can remind them that this rubber flooring does not scuff or leave marks. Again, since it’s recycled rubber, the bonding agent does not allow the rubber material to leave any significant scuffs or “tire marks” on the floor. Again, anything left is easily remedied with a light cleaning solution or agent.
Should any Angelino or resident of major metropolitan areas be faced with this type of situation, remember that there are options for you and your canine buddy! Don’t let the landlord pull the rug from under you! Keep it in place with some rubber flooring!
Posted on: February 18th, 2014 by Kelly Green
LEEDs Certification Brings “Non Eco” Builders Out of the Cold.
The drive to go green has never been more urgent than it is now. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a set of rating systems for the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of green buildings, homes and neighborhoods. This system was developed and administered by the U.S. Green Building Council, a Washington D.C.-based, nonprofit coalition of building industry leaders.
With L.E.E.D.S Certification bringing in tangible benefits, (tax breaks, low cost loans, priority permits, etc.) it is becoming clear that some sectors of construction and industry not known for their environmental conscience have made going green a priority because of financial considerations.
Well done. This is one of the reasons that the L.E.E.D.S. Certification process was introduced. Not necessarily to preach to the choir of those already involved with eco footprint reduction but to involve industries whose bottom line has traditionally been the bottom line, industries that would not normally take eco products and building practices seriously.
With the establishment of the United States Green Building Council, it has become easier to contact and retain a LEEDS knowledgeable staff member and associate them with a project so as to be proactive in seeking certification.
The benefits of acquiring LEEDS certification is based on getting credit for achieving set goals in 5 major categories with 2 bonus categories of the “extra credit” variety:
Sustainable Sites: 21
Water Efficiency: 11
Energy and Atmosphere: 37
Materials and Resources: 14
Indoor Environmental Quality: 17
Total Maximum Possible Points: 100
Innovation in operation +6
Regional priority credits +4
Specific rating can be gained by meeting a percentage of each goal.
· LEED Certified: 26-32 points or >37% of max.
· LEED Certified Silver Level: 33-38 points or >47% of max.
· LEED Certified Gold Level: 39-51 points or >56% of max.
· LEED Certified Platinum Level: 52-69 points or >75% of max.
With the point system so tight, it behooves those seeking the upper echelons of certification to excel at every category especially the “innovation in operation” one. Since this category is a “catch-all” for designs and systems not addressed in the structured areas, it can become a real boon for those looking to squeeze every last ounce of certification juice out of their selection of materials and processes.
Some products that may help your certification can be purchased from a mat company that offers environmentally friendly recycled rubber mats, such as MatsMatsMats.com.
The introduction of High Performance Mat Systems made from recycled materials is a type of double duty product that can help push you over the top. The benefits of an HPMS in and of itself can be noted in the “Innovation in Operation” category, as a means of keeping harsh chemical cleaners and polishes to a minimum AND the material choice itself can be made to ensure that it is eco-friendly and innovative.
In addition, since most companies utilize chair mats for ease of rolling on carpet, you can choose an eco-friendly bamboo chair mat rather than a plastic one.
Finally the building has a gym for tenants, once again choosing a recycled rubber flooring option can help with those very important “Innovation in Operation” extra credits.
Before setting out to acquire any LEED certification you must:
Set a clear LEED Certification Level. Before you begin the design phase of your project, decide what level of LEED certification you are aiming for and settle on a firm overall budget. Also consider including an optional higher certification target — a “stretch” goal — to stimulate creativity.
Set a clear and adequate budget. Higher levels of LEED certification, such as Platinum, do require additional expenditure and should be budgeted for accordingly.
Engineer for Life Cycle Value As you value-engineer your project, be sure to examine green investments in terms of how they will affect expenses over the entire life of the building. Before you decide to cut a line item, look first at its relationship to other features to see if keeping it will help you achieve money-saving synergies, as well as LEED credits. Many energy-saving features allow for the resizing or elimination of other equipment, or reduce total capital costs by paying for themselves immediately or within a few months of operation. Prior to beginning, set your goals for “life cycle” value-engineering rather than “first cost” value-engineering.
Hire LEED-accredited professionals. Thousands of architects, consultants, engineers, product marketers, environmentalists and other building industry professionals around the country have a demonstrated knowledge of green building and the LEED rating system and process — and can assist you in meeting your LEED goal. These professionals can suggest ways to earn LEED credits without extra cost, identify means of offsetting certain expenses with savings in other areas and spot opportunities for synergies in your project.
The “secret” to achieving your LEEDs goal, is to make eco choices at every juncture. We can help with some of those product choices at MatsMatsMats.com.
For more information on LEEDs certification please visit the LEEDs website: http://www.usgbc.org/LEED/LEED_main.asp
Posted on: August 7th, 2013 by Ben Gonzalez
Rubber… not the 2010 French horror film about the psychic tire that murders people (yes it’s real), the actual polymer; RUBBER! Ta-da! We sell a lot of that stuff. Due to it’s versatility and durability, you can see it used just about anywhere. From car parts, to electronics, household items, and yes, rubber mats. It’s hard to imagine a world without it. Generally, you can split rubber products into one of two categories: Recycled rubber or EPDM rubber. But what is the difference exactly? In a nutshell, recycled rubber is, as the name suggests, recycled, while the EPDM, is not. EPDM is also know by it’s full name
ethylene propylene diene monomer which is a synthetic rubber (as opposed to NATURAL rubber which comes a type of tree) or simply virgin rubber. Our recycled rubber flooring is also made from EPDM rubber, but since it is recycled from various rubber materials (mostly tire rubber), the term EPDM can not be applied as it is not produced so much as “compiled” from the “crumbs” of other recycled rubber eco-friendly products.
Recently, I had a customer request a quote for a client who was looking specifically for EPDM rubber for a military training ground. After touching base with the customer the differences between the rubbers and our limited availability of EPDM (it is only available as the colored TOP for our Bounce Back Tiles and the colored fleck in our Mega Lock Flooring and Tuff-n-Easy interlocking rubber tiles), it seems some clarification was needed. For a while, they were under the impression that because EPDM is virgin rubber, that it would have a much better load resistance than recycled rubber. NOT TRUE IN THE SLIGHTEST. After much testing by our manufacturer, the process involved in our selection of rubber crumb for our solid black recycled rubber reduces any difference in load tolerance between standard EPDM rubber and the recycled rubber we produce to a marginal difference which is effectively non-issue for the carious athletic or commercial applications that our mats are most often requested for. What this means for our customer is that we could provide him with a much less product he would have otherwise dismissed due to misinformation.
Posted on: July 26th, 2013 by Kelly Green
So, you want to set up a home exercise area. One of the first things you should do is decide what type of exercise regimen you will follow. Aerobics, Yoga, weight machines, free weights, martial arts, Pilates, Zumba. All of these programs require specific flooring needs. As an example, let’s look at the difference between the flooring needs of free weights versus aerobics.
With free weights, consider these important factors.
Sub floor protection. Weights are . . . well . . . weighty, and are generally not made of feathers or fluff. If you don’t believe me, just drop one on your toe. You need a durable, high density, wear resistant surface with great noise absorption properties. Dependent on the amount of weight being used and the type of apparatus, my suggestion would be a recycled rubber flooring. One of the thicker rolled rubbers or maybe one of the Tuff n Easy interlocking tiles. Rubber flooring tiles are ideal for weight lifting because not only do they provide great floor protection but they also provide perfect footing, focusing on stability while incorporating anti-fatigue properties. Since the product is made from rubber, its wear and durability characteristics are assured. Besides, when lifting a bar, it feels cool when you put the bar down to have it bounce a little, proving how heavy it was.
Now consider the different criteria for an aerobic surface. Rather than being stationary, aerobics involve bouncing about like a rabid wombat in heat. (I looked it up in the Australian Wikipedia) Traction, energy return, anti-fatigue and comfort, tops the list of preferred properties. I would look closely at either the premium SoftFloor tiles or maybe even a carpeted crosslink rolls. The objective is to provide a springy floor with a lot of “energy return” rather than energy absorption. Traction is a major factor when utilizing more robust movement and softness is desirable for when you plop to the ground in an endorphin induced coma.
When looking for flooring, it pays to inform your sales representative as to the purpose you plan to put the floor to. “I want to set up an exercise area”, means different things to different people and we here at MatsMatsMats.com can be your consultative resource to find you the perfect floor for your needs.
Posted on: April 5th, 2013 by Chris Aviles
You knowâ€¦Â Living in California, we rarely and randomly get rain. On more than a few occasions itâ€™s started raining after a night out dancing and Iâ€™ve made a joke that it was my fault. Since Iâ€™m Native American I would say I must have accidentally done a rain dance.
I used to think I was joking, but now I feel there might be some truth behind it. It has to be a combination of dropping to the ground and moving your arms in a specific motion. I came to this conclusion last night after I spent 2 hours cleaning my floors. I shampooed the carpets, waxed the wood floors and cleaned the grout in my kitchen. I saved the task of cleaning the laundry room floors (where the dogs enter from outside and spend most their time) because theyâ€™re the worst and takes the longest.
Literally, less than an hour after I finished it started raining. Within that hour my laundry room floors looked disgusting. My dogs have this habit of lying in the dirt planter where the dryer exhaust is to keep warm. The problem is that itâ€™s in a planter and usually muddy.Â Iâ€™m not going to restrict my dogs from coming inside and I canâ€™t seem to keep them from lying in the dirt, I need a solution.
I was thinking of getting some type of outdoor mats and I knew it had to have holes so I first thought of a drainage mat, but then I thought it wouldn’t be that comfortable for my dogs.Â So, I thought about anti fatigue mats, but they would absorb too much water.Â Then, I got it!Â Our recycled rubber flooring Tuff-n-Easy tiles. The size of the rubber interlocking tiles will almost be a perfect fit and they come in a variety of colored fleck so it wonâ€™t look so blah. The only thing I would have to do is drill some holes for drainage.Â Â My dogs could lay where they want, and I wouldnâ€™t have to worry about them tracking in mud. Plus! The black surface will absorb heat and give them added comfort! If anybody has done this or maybe has a better idea, give me a call!
Posted on: May 11th, 2011 by Mark Carmer
Dogs need their exercise too!Â Recycled rubber flooring rolls are commonly found on the floors throughout health clubs / gyms, but it is also often used to create durable and easy to clean doggy daycare flooring that is safe for your pets.Â This dog safe flooring was exactly what a new doggy daycare facility in Ohio purchased from MatsMatsMats.com.Â It was easy to install and they were so happy with the end result.Â In fact, they were so pleased that MatsMatsMats.com was asked to be a guest on a local morning radio show discussing the grand opening.Â
So, on May 7, 2011 Alex Miller, A MatsMatsMats.com sales representative, was interviewed during the Saturday morning “A Firm Foundation Show with Rick and Jackie” heard on AM1470. Among other things, he discussed the rubber flooring supplied to Pocos Playhouse (an of-leash daycare environment for dogs in Ohio). The broadcast was done live from Pocos and Alex Miller called into the show and spoke to the hosts for about 25 minutes.
To hear the actual interview podcast go to:
Posted on: June 8th, 2010 by Charles Pruett
Iâ€™ve been considering all the many uses for traditional, trade show flooring, and other durable, rubber flooring, and the other day, while writing about sports logo rugs and how good looking those professional logo rugs are for NFL, NHL, NBA, MLB, and other such sports logo rugs would look in a home or sports bar, and I thought, â€œWhy not install a highly durable gym flooring in a sports bar, for effect, even if not just in front of the serving or bar area, to keep that â€œgym feelâ€ beneath the feet of patrons?â€
Am I crazy for such an idea?Â I donâ€™t think so.Â Interlocking gym flooring tiles are extremely durable, easy on the feet, legs, back and joints, provide anti-fatigue qualities, help prevent slippage, and are impervious to liquids; especially the corrosive qualities sweat can have over a period of time.Â I think itâ€™s a pretty cool idea. Â If you own your own sports bar, what do you think of the idea?
Posted on: May 12th, 2010 by Charles Pruett
While browsing for exercise mats, take some time to check out fitness equipment mats as well. Highly durable, foam, fitness equipment mats serve a variety of purposes, such as the one pictured here, which is an exercise equipment mat made for bikes or stepper machines. If youâ€™re not equipping a gym or other exercise facility, and just need something for home, such as a treadmill mat, donâ€™t hesitate to make an order for whatever it is youâ€™re looking for.
High quality, durable, recycled rubber flooring is also an excellent solution to providing the right amount of padding and protection for the feet and joints of those working out, as well as providing sound insulation that stops vibrations from activity and music from carrying too far outside your allotted space. The foam flooring also can protect your under flooring from iron weights set down or dropped from too high up.
Posted on: May 12th, 2010 by Charles Pruett
Recycled rubber flooring makes up much of what is used today in the trade show flooring industry.Â Whether you are looking for a carpet top look, a camouflage print, basic color variations, or even a faux wood appearance, you can pretty much bet the selections you will be mulling over are made of 100%, lead-free, foam recycled rubber. Isnâ€™t it fantastic how far recycling has come in our day and age?
Suppose you have a corporate event expo you will be putting together and find you will be setting up on concrete floors, and yet you have fine glass display cases that you just donâ€™t want on those concrete floors; or suppose you have goods that, if dropped on concrete, will break [like most breakable items do when dropped on concrete, right?].
The ideal solution for you is surely interlocking, foam tiles. SoftWoodTM makes fabulous faux wood, trade show booth flooring made of lead and latex-free EVA foam that will not absorb water, provides great sound/vibration insulation, anti-fatigue benefits, and will protect against accidental breaks.