We are happy to announce that we recently found a new manufacturer of quality folding mats. After beating the manufacturer up on price the best we could, we were able to launch the mats at lower prices than ever before seen. I imagine our competitors were not too happy about that. It turns out our customers loved them because we sold nearly all of them out in a few weeks. They are available for pr-order right now from our site as well as our sister site RubberFlooringInc.com. If you are in the market for a portable mat that works great for tumbling, gymnastics, and martial arts training, we recommend checking these out:
or you can find them at our sister site here:
We unveiled some new foam roll out mats recently that we think are going to be a big hit. These mats are great for Martial Arts training, Judo, Karate, and more. Each mat is 5′ x 10′ long. What makes these roll out mats really nice is that they are portable and can easily be taped together with some mat tape to form larger MMA training areas. Many of our competitors were already selling similar products so we did decide to beat all of their prices right off the bat as usual. Our sister site RubberFlooringInc.com also offers the same product if you would prefer to buy from them. You can find the mat in their martial arts section. If the demand is there, we will also consider offering more colors for this product in the future. If there are any colors you think we should offer, please leave a comment below.
Well once again we have not posted in awhile. Part of the reason is that we just don’t know who is and/or will actually read our blog about foam tiles. We do however like to keep our customer’s informed on what is happening around the FoamTiles .com office, so here we go.
Since our last post about kids mats, we have added a few new contemporary colors on our 1/2″ reversible soft tiles line and we have added some new tatami mats to provide more options for our martial arts customers. We are also working on adding some additional soft flooring and matting options that will be available soon (within 1-3 months).
As far as the website itself goes, you may have noticed the home page has been changed recently to include an improved navigation system and an easier to use shopping experience. We do have some other design changes that are also in the works that should be more helpful to our customers. Unfortunately until any changes are made, we are told they have to remain top secret.
Well that is about it for now. We had a great 2011 thanks to all of our amazing customers and we look forward to doing an even better job for you all in 2012. Cheers and Happy Leap Year.
Sorry we have not posted in awhile. We have been stretched a little thin while working on adding products and working on launching our sister site GarageFlooringInc.com. We do have some new and exciting news however. We have really been focusing on adding to our line of kids play mats and soft flooring options for children’s play rooms. One of our newest and most comfortable floor surfaces is our 1/2″ thick reversible soft touch tiles. These tiles use a different surface pattern to actually make the tile itself feel much softer to the touch. Parents normally find this beneficial since it is less abrasive to the skin of their newborn babies and toddlers.
The other new kids mats we added recently are fun, educational, and portable kids mats that come complete with a zippered vinyl carrying bag. These products are:
The Learning Math Mat which helps to teach kids about numbers and basic math skills such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.
The Zoo Play Mat which is a small 3′ x 3′ mat that is great for use as a portable play mat for infants and babies.
The Road Trip Mat which is also a smaller sized portable foam mat designed for really young children.
All of these new mats can of course be found in our foam kids mat section.
If you all like these new products or have any other ideas of what products you would like to see us add in the future, please leave us a comment below.
We are often asked “What the difference is between products called soft tiles and products called foam tiles?” Many companies carry similar products but tend to use these terms interchangeably but what is in fact the difference? In this blog post we will answer that question and provide some extra info that helps explain a little more about each product, how they are made, and the potential similarities and differences between brands.
First things first, so what is the difference? Well basically a soft tile and a foam tile are the same thing. We use the terms interchangeably on our foamtiles.com site and many times we even call the products soft foam tiles. So is there any difference between brands? That is another question we often hear so let’s answer that one right away too.
Well if another company is like ours and carries a wide variety of soft tile options, well then both of our companies probably carry a few similar products and a few puzzle tile products that are different. Foam tiles can vary in size, color, thickness, surface appearance, and texture. What is common among all soft tile products however is that they are made from a closed cell EVA foam which is light weight, durable, water proof, easy to clean, shock absorbent, and helps to insulate well against sound and temperature transmission. All of these properties to EVA foam are wonderful things that make the product one of the best portable flooring products around. Then you add in the fact that the raw materials that go into EVA foam are relatively cheap and what you get is a fairly low cost and fun flooring option.
So what is the downside to EVA foam? Well this is easy to answer. The first thing is that EVA soft foam tiles are made in a manner that is almost like baking a cake. Raw pellets are mixed in together with a color additive and then baked under pressure to produce the product. Because of this, some slight color variations and thickness differences can occur between products. Many times it is not even noticeable however once in awhile a customer will notice these things. Like any manufacturing process, some slight tolerance levels must be expected and if you look at the policy pages of our site or any of our competitors, you will notice a policy that there might be some variations between tiles. We wish we could avoid this issue, as do many of our competitors we are sure, however the only way to do so would be to scrap more tiles during production and in turn raise the cost of the tiles. So basically its a catch 22 with EVA that it is very low in cost but can’t always be guaranteed to be absolutely perfect. At foamtiles.com though we do promise to work with you to help you fix any problem you may have.
On other thing that can be different between manufacturers is the safety of the tiles. A few years back, many manufacturers starting experimenting with less costly ways to produce soft tiles and during the process, started introducing allergens and potentially harmful chemicals to the process. Some European countries even went so far as to ban some EVA foam products. It turns out these companies were introducing a toxin called formamide into their foam floor tiles. Here at foamtiles.com, we took this threat seriously and immediately had conversations with our manufacturers to make sure they were not doing these practices. We even went so far as to test our tiles for formamide and other potential threats like rubber which can be an allergen for some people. We are happy to report all of our products came back both allergen free and formamide free. We even ran some test with the consumer testing laboratories to ensure our products were safe for kids. Those tests came back with flying colors and we can also certify that our products are free of phthalates and lead.
We hope that this post helps answer some questions about soft foam floor tiles. If you are unsure whether interlocking foam flooring is right for you, we recommend ordering some free samples so that you can see and feel the product for yourself. And what the heck, it’s free right?
The choice to pick foam tiles for your home playroom is a ‘no-brainer’. It has proven to be a safer environment than concrete, wood, title or carpet. Another plus is that foam tiles or mats are budget friendly. Easy installation that can be done by anyone makes picking foam tiles the only flooring option. Foam flooring is also durable and dependable that can support many ‘play dates’. Yet one of the biggest reasons to choose foam tiles for playrooms is that the decision of what foam tile design, pattern, or color to pick can be shared.
The best thing about picking foam tiles for playroom flooring is allowing your inner child along with your actual child, a voice. The options available to choose from can be as simple as a favorite color or as complex as a world map. Foamtiles.com carries a vast assortment of foam flooring and matting options that work great for kids. The list includes:
Foam Alphabet Mat
Foam World Map Kit
Hop Around Tic Tac Toe Mat
ABC-123 Mat (available in medium and large sizes)
Soft Shape tiles
½” Eco-Soft Tiles
5/8” Reversible Soft tiles
Reversible Black/Grey tiles
Reversible Red/Royal Blue tiles
Light Oak wood tiles
Dark Oak wood tiles
Picking what foam tile to choose should be a fun and creative process. There are many options available in many different shapes, sizes, colors and designs. The varieties are from bright primary colors to laminate that looks like wood along with puzzle and alphabet mats. Some have numbers and letters of the alphabet on each panel and are available in foam puzzle mats which create and allow for imagination creation, all available to make the playroom an exciting room to spend a day in. Visit Foamtiles.com or Rubberflooringinc.com today to get started.
When it comes to shopping for flooring, I think it’s safe to say that each consumer has a checklist, whether physical or otherwise, of what they want from their flooring. And as a possible flooring consumer, you must consider the possibilities and decide which features are most important to you when it comes to your flooring. Is durability important to you? How about attractiveness? Innovation? After all, with all of the products out there, the possibilities are seemingly endless!
Probably one of the most important factors to consider when choosing flooring is comfort, and perhaps one of the most comfortable flooring options on the market today is foam flooring. Closed cell EVA foam has been used for decades for a variety of applications, but it has also become a popular material in flooring for those seeking the uttermost comfort without having to sacrifice affordability. Foam flooring typically comes in interlocking tiles and since foam is a lightweight material, the ~2 lb. tiles are extremely portable. They are also easy to assemble; simply connect the tiles to each other (think big foam puzzle pieces), and you’re all set!
Recently, foam flooring has become the flooring of choice for a number of applications, especially trade shows. Since trade show participants spend hours on their feet and oftentimes experience the physical effects of doing so, foam’s intrinsic anti-fatigue properties help to ease the pain. If tiles become worn or are somehow damaged due to heavy traffic in a booth, single tiles can be replaced as needed. Foam tiles are also often used in daycare’s and other children’s areas as puzzle mats as they can help cushion falls and prevent injuries caused by hard surfaces.
If you’re in the market for a comfortable and inexpensive flooring solution, foam tiles may be just what you’re looking for. Foam tiles are available in a variety of colors and thicknesses; they are even available with carpet or rubber surfaces for added durability. To explore the wide range of foam products that we carry, please visit http://www.foamtiles.com/ and request a free sample!