Playground Flooring Tiles and Mats

Greatmats is pleased to offer one of the largest selections of available anywhere. We offer playground flooring for parks, schools, churches, daycares, restaurants, airports and much more. Most are designed for outdoor playgrounds and are resistant to water, sun and extreme temperature variations. Others are intended for indoor playgrounds and are low odor. Find American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) Fall Height Ratings for each of our playground tiles and mats.


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Greatmats offers playground mats in several different materials, sizes, thickness, levels of fall height protection and color options. First let's take a look at the different playground flooring materials.

Rubber Playground Flooring Materials
Most rubber playground tiles are designed for outdoor use and are made from recycled rubber content - usually used car and truck tires. Rubber playground flooring is the most durable playground flooring material and often carries warranties of 5 years or more. The life expectancy of rubber playground tiles is generally closer to 20 years, however.

The rubber playground material will not freeze or crack as it does not absorb water. Some will, however, allow some water permeation. The material also remains slip resistant, even when wet.

PVC Plastic Playground Flooring Materials
Soft PVC is one of the most popular plastic materials used for playground tiles. This plastic material can be manufactured in various hardness levels and can be quite soft and flexible to provide excellent cushion. PVC playground tiles are also waterproof and have a raised base.

Since this form of plastic gives off much less odor than many rubber playground flooring options, it makes them ideal for indoor installations. Most indoor playground tiles made of PVC will feature a solid surface with some sort of texture added for slip resistance.

PVC tiles intended for outdoor playgrounds are generally perforated to keep water from pooling on the surface. This also works well with the raised base to allow airflow and prevent the growth of mold and mildew. Some PVC Playground Tiles are UV treated while others are naturally UV stable for 7 years. Perforated PVC playground tiles are also excellent for home playground in areas such as basements, garages and pole shed where condensation may occur on concrete floors.

Certain models and colors of PVC playground flooring are also made of recycled content and can contribute to LEED points for green buildings.

Closed Cell Foam Playground Flooring Materials
Our foam interlocking playground tiles are made of a closed-cell EVA foam. It is important that the foam is closed cell as it keeps moisture, bacteria and other impurities from penetrating the foam. This playground flooring material is intended for indoor installations only. EVA foam is the softest indoor playground material we offer, making it ideal for infants and toddlers.

Easy to sanitize and disinfect, you won't have to worry about tummy time exposing your young child to excessive germs, provided proper regular cleaning takes place.

Many of our interlocking foam indoor playground mats also feature a special no-burn surface that will not leave friction-caused skin burns.

Artificial Turf Playground Flooring Materials
If you are looking for a more nature look for your playground area, you may want to consider artificial grass or turf tiles. These playground surface are intended for play areas that do not have climbing equipment present. They provide a lush surface, comfortable on bare feet and excellent for running or jumping, but do not offer any fall height protection ratings.

Playground Flooring Sizing and Installation
At Greatmats, we focus on playground mats and tiles rather than poured or loose fill surfaces. We do this because playground mats and tiles are easier to install and repair than poured surfaces. Should a tile or mat become damaged, you can simply replace that tile.

And they do not require the perpetual maintenance required for loose-fill materials such as sand, wood chips or rubber crumbs. Mat and Tile style playground flooring also will not hide hazards such as broken glass, needles or other sharp objects.

With that being said, Playground Mats and Tiles are offered in various sizes. Most tiles are square in shape and interlock together while most mats are rectangular in shape and are designed to stand alone or butt up to another mat.

The vast majority of our rubber interlocking playground tiles are 2 feet by 2 feet in size. This is the ideal size to allow for easy installation and transportation. While we highly recommend hiring a professional landscape contractor to install your outdoor rubber playground flooring to ensure proper safety and longevity of your flooring, this size does make it possible for knowledgeable do-it-yourselfers to save money on installation. In many cases, you'll want to use both the interlocking mechanism built into the tiles and adhesives for secure installation of rubber playground flooring tiles.
Some of our flooring is held together using an aluminum clip installation system while other options have interlocking tabs that are glued together. Neither of these options requires a full glue-down installation.

PVC Playground Tiles, on the other hand, are much more DIY friendly, especially when installed over a hard, flat, indoor surface. Most of these playground tiles are 1 foot by 1 foot squares with tab and loop connectors. We do also over PVC tiles for playground floors that are 1.67x.83-foot rectangular tiles. PVC playground flooring tiles do not require adhesives for installation. If you are looking to install your playground flooring over an irregular surface, such as grass, sand or dirt, this is your best option.

Our most popular foam playground tiles are 3.3x3.3 foot squares, but we do also foam tiles in 2x2 foot sizes that can be used for indoor playgrounds. These tiles connect together like puzzle pieces and will hold tightly together. Keep in mind, however, that foam tiles will expand and contract depending on environmental conditions. There is no need for adhesives with this form of playground, and as many of these tiles are reversible, it is advised that you do not use adhesives.

Rubber playground mats are most commonly used under swings or slides. These playground mats offer the most variation in size, but most fall between 2 and 3 feet wide and 4 to 5 feet long. Swing mats and slide mats are designed for a slightly different purpose than playground tiles. They are intended to prevent ground erosion and limit maintenance in high traffic playground areas, rather than providing a safe, soft and stylish play surface. Swing mats are also much heavier than slide mats or playground tiles.

For outdoor playground flooring, we recommend a hard, flat sub-surface such as a compacted and leveled crushed stone base. Concrete or asphalt can also work well. Indoor installations simply require a hard, flat surface. Foam playground tiles should not be installed over rough surfaces as they can damage the surface of the foam. Greatmats provides installation instructions and phone assistance for all of our playground mats and tiles.

Laying rubber playground tiles over dirt, sand or grass will work... at first. However, as the ground begins to erode beneath the tiles, your playground surface will become uneven. This leads to a variety of problems. As some tiles sink, others will not, creating tripping hazards and low lying areas. Water will naturally find these low lying areas and accelerate the erosion. A subfloor of compacted gravel or concrete eliminates this problem and makes for much less work over time.

The modular nature of playground tiles allow for installations of nearly any size or shape and allow to to expand your playground area at any time without having to redo your entire surface. Nearly all of our playground tiles have ramped borders available separately.

Playground Flooring Fall Height Protection and Thickness
Safety is the most important feature when choosing the right playground floor surface. Today, more and more states and municipalities are legislating regulations on playground surfacing especially in areas where slides, swings and other high equipment is placed.

Several factors come into play in regards to fall height protection, ranging from material density to thickness and construction design. It's also important to note that just because playground flooring his fall height rated for 8 feet doesn't mean someone won't get hurt or injured from a fall of that distance. It means tests have shown that it is unlikely that a person falling from that height will receive a catastrophic head injury.

As a general rule, the thicker the material the greater the critical fall height protection, but not all materials are created equal when it come so fall height protection.

Our rubber playground tiles offer the greatest range of critical fall height protection. Here are a few examples.

Our bounce back tiles range from 1.75 inches to 4 inches thick, offering fall ratings of 3 to 10 feet and come with a 10-year warranty.

Sterling playground tiles range from 2 to 5.25 inches thick and carry a 10 year warranty. At at 5.25 inch thickness, this playground flooring can accommodate a 12 foot fall height. Two inch thick tiles are 3 foot fall height rated.

Blue Sky interlocking playground tiles range from 1.5 to 3.75 inches thick. The thickest of the tiles carries a 10 foot fall height rating and 6 year limited warranty.

EVA Foam tiles are next inline with a 4-foot ASTM critical fall height rating four our 1 5/8 inch thick Indoor Playground Foam Tiles, which carry a 1 year warranty.

In the PVC arena, Staylock Perforated Tiles and Ergo Matta Perforated Outdoor Tiles are 9/16 inch thick and offer 20 inch critical fall height ratings and 5 year warranties.

Playground Flooring Colors
With our huge selection of playground flooring materials and models comes an nearly endless supply of color options and design possibilities.

Our rubber mats and tiles are available in several bright or natural color options. Each matting option offers a unique set of colors and designs to help you customize your product. Forest green, red and terra cotta are the most popular playground mat colors. However, you can be as creative as you wish with our premium color mixtures.

Ergo Matta Perforated outdoor PVC tiles are available in eight colors, including white and black this playground flooring is made from recycled materials and is suitable for temperatures ranging from -22 degrees Fahrenheit to 194 degrees Fehrenheit.

Staylock Perforated PVC tiles come in five color options, plus black.

Greatmats Indoor Playground Foam Tiles are offered in three double-sided, double-colored options - meaning one color on one side and a different color on the reverse side. Those color options are red/blue, green/gray and black/gray.

Slide mats are most commonly black, but Blue Sky slide mats are available in four color options and will not mold or mildew.

Playground Flooring Shipping
We distribute for many rubber flooring and matting manufacturers around the country. This allows us to select the best option for your location and help reduce shipping costs. Shipping of all 2 feet by 2 feet rubber tiles is via freight delivery. Our modular 1 foot by 1 foot tiles can ship via ground service for smaller installations.

Most foam playground tiles are shipped out of our Wisconsin warehouse and can be shipped via ground delivery. Larger orders may require freight delivery.

Commitment to customers
Greatmats' commitment to its customers is based on the Golden Rule, which is why we offer a price match guarantee. We do all we can to make sure our customers are satisfied with every order. We, at Greatmats, are proud of our A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. Greatmats donates 5 percent of its profits every year to local non-profit organizations.

For product information, or to request a quote or a sample please contact our friendly and professional customer service team at 877-822-6622. We are eager to serve you.

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