Can Foam Tiles Be Used Outdoors?

By Lisa Hobbie Created: July, 2020

When considering flooring for an outdoor application, you may or may not be considering options made from foam. Although there are some designed only for indoor or temporary outdoor applications, there are others that are suitable for outdoor, permanent applications. Outdoor foam tiles come in many forms, and Greatmats offers the best available solutions there are.

4 Foam Tiles for Outdoor Use

1. High Traction Foam Tiles

Life Floor Ripple Wet Tiles are excellent outdoor foam tiles to use in any area where kids will be running and playing in a wet area, such as a children's splash pad, hot tub surround or waterpark play area. This ⅜ inch thick product is commercial water park and splash pad rated, and it meets NSF safety standards for wet surfaces. It is also ASTM fall height rated (1 foot), anti microbial, and UV resistant to always look great in the sun. 

This is a non slip safe and soft flooring option that comes with a 5 year warranty. The ripple surface texture provides superior traction, making this outdoor foam tile a great solution for any wet area such as a locker room, swimming pool deck, shower area, or any place a safe flooring solution is needed. This soft flooring  is easy to install and keep clean. It will truly work well in any wet outdoor space. 

If you’re concerned that your decking will be too hot during mid summer months, you may want to consider this product. This outdoor flooring option provides footing that is cooler to the touch in hot temperatures and indirect light. The temperature stable tiles cool down quickly when stepped on! 

These soft tiles are often used in public pools and other shared wet areas, because they are anti-microbial and non-toxic. They feature a super grip, ripple surface texture that greatly reduces the likelihood of a slip and fall situation. The tiles are crafted from closed cell foam and rubber materials which provides a soft flooring solution that combines comfort with durability and safety. They are available in numerous colors.

2. Foam Slate Tiles

Perhaps you prefer the high end look of slate. If so, an outdoor foam tile solution is the 3/8 inch thick Life Floor Slate Tile. Like the previous product this exterior floor is made from PE/EVA foam and rubber materials that provide an attractive floor that is UV stable, slip resistant, durable, long lasting, and available in numerous colors. This tile is perfect for any area that is constantly exposed to water, such as a pool or hot tub, outdoor bar space, or outdoor deck or patio. This outdoor foam tile provides a very high level of cushion and traction, as it has a grippy slate top texture. It is non-toxic, UV-stable, durable, soft, and slip resistant. It also has a 1 foot critical fall height rating.

3. Outdoor Foam Playground Padding

If you’re considering flooring for a playground setting, 2 inch thick Foam Padded outdoor tiles make an excellent underlayment. It is a jumbo 2-inch thick, 4x5 foot pad. This impact absorbing padding provides a soft and safe area beneath artificial turf. It is non-microbial and performs well for years without decay, deformation, mold, or fungus growth. This product is made from 100 percent recycled, non-contaminated, post industrial, cross-linked closed cell polyethylene foam. It creates a very safe and resilient playground that combines quality and value and when paired with playground turf, has a 9 foot fall rating and is a Next Generation Playground Product. 

The playground foam padding is also available in a 1 inch version. Much like the 2 inch, this underlayment gives artificial playground turf a high level of softness. When paired with the turf, this product is certified to a 5-foot fall height rating - making it a great option around playground equipment. 
At under $2 per square foot, this playground foam pad  is very affordable, yet extremely reliable. 

4. Foam Backed Carpet Tiles

Finally, if you’re looking for carpeted foam tiles, the Royal Interlocking Carpet Tile is a superb product. A popular product for boats, porches, and other applications, this carpet tile can quickly and easily be removed and reinstalled, and they can be installed directly with their interlock design over almost any solid surface. They provide an anti-fatigue and insulative value similar to traditional carpet, and they are waterproof and odor proof. These foam backed carpet tiles can simply be vacuumed for easy clean up, and since they will not absorb water, should they become wet, they can be stood on end and dried out. This product is available in many colors beyond simple black. 

Let Greatmats go to work for you!

If selecting outdoor foam tiles is on your to do list, allow Greatmats to go to work for you. There are a number of popular options available, all of which provide an excellent mix of quality and affordability. With a huge selection of options to choose from, top notch quality, years of satisfied customers backed by positive review after positive review, warranties, value, and knowledgeable staff, you can be confident in your purchase when it’s made at Greatmats!
For more on this topic please review our Outdoor Flooring product page.