Top 5 Rubber Mats on a Budget
Rolled rubber mats take top prize for affordability
Related Product: Rolled Rubber 1/8 Inch Black Pacific
By Julia Nass
Nov. 13, 2017 -- Just because you're on a budget does not mean you should have to settle for a lesser rubber mat. Greatmats offers a variety of large rubber mats that are cheap in price but not in quality. Whether they are for a home or commercial gym, animal shelter, or horse stall, the following rubber mats will get the job done without breaking the bank.
5. 4x6 Ft Fitness Rubber Mat 3/8 Inch, Black
Coming in at number five is the 4x6 Black Fitness Rubber Mat, 3/8 Inch. This mat is specially designed for fitness, but can be used for any environment in need of a tough, durable rubber floor mat. These mats have been used in commercial weight rooms and fitness centers on military bases. At about $2.06 per square foot, these thick rubber mats provide an affordable means to high quality flooring.
The surface of this mat has a diamond texture, which increases tread and prevents slipping. The edges of the mat are precision cut with a water laser, so all mats fit side by side without gaps. These rubber mats come with a 5-year manufacturer warranty to ensure quality. No adhesives are necessary to install these mats.
4. Sundance Mat 4x6 Ft x 3/4 Inch Straight Edge Standard
Next up are Sundance Mats. They are similar to the previous 4x6 ft Fitness Rubber Mats, but they are thicker and designed with a punter-top tread instead of diamond. Customers commonly choose these mats for use in horse stalls, where they support the weight of horses while yielding just enough give to protect the joints and limbs of large animals.
Plus, they come at the slightly cheaper price of roughly $1.76 per square foot. In addition to the up front low cost, thick rubber mats end up paying off year after year. If used in horse stalls, it ends up being cheaper because materials like gravel, dirt, bedding and hay will not need to be replaced as frequently - not to mention the time saved in the mucking process. At 100 pounds per tile, these large rubber mats are designed for permanent installations.
3. 4x6 Ft x 1/2 Inch Straight Edge Pebble Top
The next 4x6 foot thick rubber mat comes with a pebble-top surface and a ribbed design on the bottom, which makes for traction above and drainage below. These mats are listed at around $1.75 per square foot and are also ideal for horse stalls and fitness rooms. At 1/2 inch thick, the mats provide insulation from both damp and cold pre-existing conditions. These waterproof large rubber mats are made from recycled, re-vulcanized rubber from vehicle tires and as a result can contribute to LEED building points. Each mat weighs 75 pounds - less than the Sundance Mats, but still not designed for portability.
2. Button Top 4x6 Ft x 3/8 Inch Straight Edge
For the next cheap rubber mat, consider the Button Top Straight Edge, which comes at approximately $1.64 per square foot. Unlike other many thick rubber mats, these are completely non-absorbent. Because they will not take in water, they can be used in wash bays in addition to roof tops and horse stalls.
The rubber is completely non-porous. It will not curl or become damaged in freezing and thawing conditions, and the surface yields a button-top design, which is both comfortable and aesthetically pleasing. The rubber mats can be easily cleaned with a hose and a pH neutral cleaner.
1. Rolled Rubber 1/8 Inch Black Pacific
The number one contestant in the cheap rubber mat stand-off is Rolled Rubber (1/8 Inch Black Pacific). Rubber rolls tend to be the most economic choice - this one comes at a mere $.98 per square foot. Rolled Rubber Black Pacific mats can be used in ice rinks, weight rooms, warehouses, at tradeshow events and much more.
Like all of Greatmats' large rubber mats, this product is easily installed. Just unroll the mat in the desired location and trim down edges with a sharp utility knife if necessary. The product can either be dry laid or glued down for more permanent installations. If you're hunting for something temporary, this product is far more lightweight (per square foot) than other large rubber mats, and it can easily be rolled back up.
To discover even more incredible options, check out all of the rubber mats Greatmats.com has to offer. Their customer service team can assist you in finding exactly the right flooring for the price that suits you best.
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