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This a softer version of our standard Bubbletop matting, which is one of the most commonly used solid rubber mats in the UK. Although the hardness difference is only 10°shore there is a noticeable difference between this and the lower cost Bubbletop mat.
Whereas the low cost material is produced mainly from SBR (Styrene Butadiene Rubber) which is a synthetic grade natural rubber, this softer grade material has a higher percentage of pure gum natural rubber (Hevea) giving the material more elasticity resulting in a softer feel.
This grade is particularly good for bedding Cows, that benefit from longer periods of lying down which has been proven to increase milk yields! For horses, the softer grade is good where minimal bedding is being used, offering a more comfortable surface.
The top surface is covered in hundreds of small 'bubbles' or domes - approximately 13mm diameter x 2.5mm to 3mm high, offering a good, non-slip surface, particularly useful for older horses that need more grip to get up safely.
The underside of the mat has deep drainage grooves running along the length of the mat offering uni-directional drainage when laid onto concrete floors. This mat can also be laid onto hardcore or earth floors making it very versatile.
While the mats are normally used bubble up, they are equally as useful laying the bubbles down where they then offer a multi-directional underside drainage especially when laid on trowel finished concrete floors. Used in horseboxes, the mats are normally used grooves up - running from front to back and allow urine to flow freely out of the back door !
If laid tightly between walls, sealing the seams is not really neccessary, however this can be done quite simply with various different sealants including black silicone or gutter sealant.
We offer this pattern mat also for use in horse-walkers in the higher density grade - supplied in standard sheet size to be cut and fitted as a DIY project. Alternatively please see our bespoke dovetail cut mats, manufactured specifically to your walker dimensions, and each mat cut to the most precise tolerances.
To calculate the number of mats used on a walker, multiply your outside diameter (in feet) x 3.15 - then divide by 4 and add 2 mats - alternatively see our cut mats and let us do the hard part !
NEW for 2011 - a new Water-Jet cutting machine was installed at our works on 28.2.11 - this gives us the ability to cut heavy duty mats (up to 250mm thick!) in one cut (we were previously using slower oscillating knife process to cut) - this allows us to cut mats to individual design and sizes, at a much cheaper rate !
Please review our information sheets regarding rubber mats, and also section 25 of our terms and conditions of sale which clarifies usage. Our 'Plans' section also carries simple laying instructions, while we are more than happy to email lay-out plans if you forward your stable dimensions.
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