Snap Together Tile Flooring vs. Puzzle Interlocking Mats
By Created: May, 2017 - Modified: August, 2020
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Anytime you start a home improvement project or upgrade a surface or fixture in your home, the array of choices can be daunting. Sometimes I have restricted my choices to what is available at one particular store just to keep myself sane. The same amount of choice applies to home flooring options. If you are considering a DIY floor tile, you may be ''puzzled'' as to whether you want an interlocking tile or a snap together tile. Both have their pros and cons.
As a general rule of thumb, interlocking tiles are lightweight, and the interlocks make it fast and easy to take up and take down the tiles if you need to move them. If you want something portable, interlocking tiles are a good bet. However, many interlocking tiles are made of foam, whether solid EVA foam, carpet-covered foam, or vinyl covered foam and these tiles won't stand up as well to heavy furniture, moving chairs, and lots of foot traffic from high heels, etc. Rubber interlocking tiles are available, which can support heavy weight machines, dropping weights, etc., but rubber is durable in part because it is heavy, which makes it less portable.
Puzzle-Style Interlocking Tiles
Other weights and textures of foam mats are also available, which are more suitable for martial arts, grappling, dog agility and aerobics.
Greatmats offers multiple varieties of wood grain foam tiles, including some that are reversible. These tiles are a great way to class up any space with the natural look of wood but the unmatched comfort of EVA foam flooring.
Like the wood grain foam tiles, Greatmats offers numerous options for carpet bonded foam tiles. Many of the tiles are stain and odor resistant and can hold up to high heels without puncturing.
Snap Together Tiles
If you want something more durable, snap together tiles are a great option. While many tiles are designed so that the connectors will hold up from repeated installations, some tiles are best left in one spot once they are installed. Another benefit of many snap together tiles is that they often have space underneath for air and water to flow, making them great for basements or other wet or damp areas.
Greatmats also carries a wide variety of snap together tiles, which make an easy and satisfying DIY project. These tiles are also able to be cut with a sharp utility knife, and, as always, remember to measure twice and cut once. Many snap together tiles can handle heavy loads are are great for damp or wet areas. They are a wonderful option for dance floors, athletic courts, garages and industrial areas.
For garages, Greatmats recommends the Diamond Garage Floor tile which can withstand well over 10,000 pounds of weight. Available in 6 colors, you can create patterns and checkerboard designs, and your garage will be the envy of the neighborhood. The no-break polypropylene plastic tiles can be cut with a basic saw or table saw.
A good place to start your search for the perfect tile for your project is at Greatmats.com. They carry one of the widest selections of interlocking and snap together tiles, and their knowledgeable staff can assist you in choosing the flooring material that best meets your unique needs.
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