Tuflex Rubber Flooring

Thursday October 22, 2009
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Rubber Products, Inc was founded in 1957 by Howard Frankland to manufacture personalized rubber mats. A year later a new product was released called "Tuflex" which was managed by his son Perry. Tuflex was an unusual kind of rubber floor tile flecked with specks of color. The new rubber floor became highly popular in ice rinks, gyms and clubs. It was able to withstand golf shoe spikes while yet not damaging them. Tuflex tiles come in squares of 9" x 9" and 27" x 27" in a wide range of colors and patterns. The company went on to diversify, widening its product range with a number of rubber based products but flooring remained their main product.

In the early days the various rubber tiles went by exotic names and not numbers. Such names included Country Club Green, Pelletone, Sunset, Theatre Red, Reversible, Snowflake Terrazzo, Chiptone, Softone, Unitone, Stardust, Pebble and Misty.

Today Tuflex is a global entity with a presence in over forty countries. Meanwhile a number of new applications have been found for flooring. Tuflex is one of the most popular sports floors in the country used in a variety of athletic activities. It is the chosen flooring of many hockey, basketball and baseball teams apart from thousands of health and fitness centers around the country. It is also used by golf and country clubs, recreational centers, schools and colleges, government and military complexes, retail establishments and professional sports facilities and more.

The company can customize the flooring with a company or team logo. In addition it manufactures feature and reducer strips which are allied with flooring. Another byproduct is ColorMat which is a safe slip–resistant rubber mat that protects wooden floors and carpeting. It is 4' x 6' in size, portable and particularly recommended for use with free weights, barbells and heavy cardiovascular equipment. It has other uses such as in veterinary facilities and golf clubs since it is undamaged by spikes and animal hooves and is impervious to cigarette burns. ColorMat provides acoustical advantages and underfoot comfort. Other applications for ColorMat and Tuflex floors are pro–shops, weight rooms and lounges.

Tuflex Marine Flooring is designed to meet the needs of the shipping industry. It is a slip–resistant, durable flooring recommended for use above and below decks. This includes quarters, galleys, workboat decking and bridges. It is easy to clean and maintain, gives cushioned leg support and provides a quiet environment. Tuflex Marine Flooring is non–conductive, non–porous and non–allergenic.

Tuflex flooring can be installed on a wood or concrete sub–floor using recommended adhesives. Two of their products, ColorMat and Interlock however can be installed on any surface. All types of Tuflex flooring are 3/8" thick while ColorMat is 1/2". All Tuflex flooring and allied products carry a five–year limited warranty.

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