In general, pu sports floor mats are usually made of three materials: ethylene; EVA; polyethylene or polyurethane; or a combination of these materials. But do you know the difference between these materials? How do we change our choice?
EVA material, also known as ethylene vinyl acetate, is an elasticized closed cell foam with rubbery softness and flexibility. The EVA floor mat is very shiny and resistant to UV radiation, and the floor mat is not resistant to cracking.
Although EVA foam does not contain any rubber, it is often called expanded rubber or foam rubber. EVA foam is known for its shock absorption properties and buoyancy.
Due to these characteristics, the EVA material floor mat is the best choice for sports because it absorbs the impact of falling and is easy to clean and disinfect.EVA material tiles are popular solutions for martial arts facilities, children's play areas, basements, trade shows and more.
As a closed cell foam, the EVA material is stronger than the open cell foam and allows for subtle movement while standing on it without much risk of rolling the ankle. This quality also makes it an anti-fatigue flooring material.
The material used for PE floor mats is called polyethylene. This material waxy feels strong and has high impact absorption, which means it can absorb a lot of energy before breaking. It is also malleable, meaning it is easily deformed under tensile stress.
When used as a foam floor or matting material, PE is typically crosslinked to form a fine closed cell foam that is unaffected by mold, mold, decay and bacteria and provides a strong material with excellent strength and shock absorption.
The polyethylene foam pad is very hard and helps to quickly rebound to its original shape when stretched or crushed, making it more elastic than other foams. Moreover, closed cell foam is also a good insulator.
This material is generally used in thicker floor mats because it is much lighter than other floor materials of the same volume. The foam itself is not an ideal finished product because its surface is easily punctured or scratched, so the surface of the floor mat is usually wrapped with vinyl.
As usual, cheerleaders, gymnastics or fighting floor mats basically use PE foam.