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Protect Tracks from Cleat Damage

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During summer, football is very much well-known for high schools and colleges and football practice means cleats on feet, hundreds of feet every day is crossing over the oval track and that surrounds the school football fields. The running tracks cost a small fortune, but still they look great and how long they will look great depend upon the measures taken in order to protect the surface of the track. The use of the rubber mat will protect your track.

The floor mats are actually used in order to prevent deamage to the tracks that occur from the turf care vehicles, football cleats, and other types of equipment that are necessary in order to roll over the track to get to the field area. The protection of the track is actaully a thought after the damage occurs and thus costly repairs are required. The methods of protection is that you have to put plywood over the track, carpet remnants, or any other product not designed for protecting the substrate underneath.

Plywood is heavy and wraps over time is not much attractive. Coaches must need to remember to put plywood down, remove it, and find someone in order to carry the task. Plywood that wraps presents a tripping hazard that can cause injury. If you use the carpet remnants, then it can work for few times but not for long. The carpet subjected to the elements will get waterlogged, heavy and will start to degrade. The gusting winds can also wreck havoc on the plywood and carpet. The final solution to the problem is to use rubber mat that have the following features:

Portability: If floor mats are too heavy, the weight will present another impediment toward utilization. It will be preferable if the floor mats can roll up for the ease of use.

Low profile: The rubber mat is thin and thus prevents tripping and winds from taking the product for a whirl.

Safe coeffcient of friction (COF): Coefficient of friction means the floor mat will provide a safe walking surface that's not slick and even when it's wet. Plywood can become slick in icy or wet conditions.

The use of floor mat will provide protection for the field tracks. Most of the floor mats are portable, low profile, and provides an acceptable COF. There are hundreds of mats from which you can choose, but rubber mat will offer the best solution. Many floor mats have backing that looks like rubber, but is vinyl. But vinyl will degrade over time and will fall apart. The vinyl floor mats will loose memory and will never lay flat if rolled and unrolled for several times. If you have seen floor mats with cut edges, then there are chances that it's a vinyl backed, not a rubber mat.

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