Exactly what we Wanted for Toddler Playroom!
Toddler Playroom - Basement
I wanted to wait about two months after we installed to provide our review so that I had a better chance at using the product and seeing how it holds up.
The Space - We bought these tile to put on top of the concrete in our basement for a Toddler Play area that we created. We live in Minnesota so the floor in our basement can get quite cold in the winter months. It is a finished area, we just never put carpet in and painted the floor with a commercial grade non slip paint instead.
The Purpose - We wanted the tile to be thick enough so that when someone "wipes out" and hits the floor the tile would provide enough cushioning to protect the child. We have had several wipe outs and no one has hurt themselves. Keep in mind that underneath the tile is hard concrete! So this thickness is definitely safe enough, at least for us. In this play area we have a number of storage units, desks, riding cars, chairs, art station and drum set. We wanted to create a fun play area in the basement so that kids and toys are attracted to this area and away from the main floor!
The Installation - It took my wife and I about one hour to install a 12 foot by 16 foot area. The time would have been reduced significantly, but we opted to put together a four color pattern on the floor and that required some thinking and organizing of tiles. Install was very simple and we had to make minimal cuts. The cuts we did make were completed on an industrial band saw, so not sure how easy cutting really would be in the home using a utility knife or razor. We were very pleased with the colors. Some reviewers noted color or die differences between tiles. We did not experience this and we had several boxes delivered.
The Result - We LOVE this new play area and so does our Toddler and his buddies. They play hard on it and race their cars, play drums and jump around like rock stars. And sometimes fall like Rock Stars too! Some reviewers noted "dents" being left in the flooring. While we have noticed this when we move things around, they seem to go away within a day. And one rolling storage unit we have weighs about 80 pounds! The area now has vibrant colors and a fun atmosphere. We have had a lot of compliments about the area and our friends have asked where we got it and how expensive it was. They are pretty shocked that it was affordable and that the install was so simple. Many are looking at this as an option for bedrooms or similar play areas. We now have temperatures in the 10-20 F degrees range here and the 7/8 inch tiles seem to stay nice and comfy even though the concrete has gotten so cold. So not much temp transfer from concrete flooring through the tiles to little feet.
My Only Wish - Is that there was an easy way to purchase a transition piece to transition this 7/8 inch flooring to the concrete or future carpeting. There are several companies out there that make transition strips, but we haven't really found one that is affordable or aesthetically pleasing. Maybe Rubber Flooring would consider adding transition flooring strips for this purpose for each product? Not all applications are going to be full room installs so customers like me would appreciate an option for transition strips. Rubber or Wood.