Choosing the best entrance mats for an outside commercial application is crucial to help control dirt and grime before it gets tracked into your building. We refer to the area directly outside of an entrance as Zone 1. Mats used outside in a Zone 1 application should possess several qualities to enhance their performance. First, as a general rule of thumb, an outdoor mat should consist of materials that are not absorbent. Think of a wet towel on the floor – an absorbent mat will stay wet and transfer moisture to shoes as people enter your building. Using an absorbent mat will only compound many of the issues a good entry matting system seeks to abate. Floor mats that have surface fibers made from a polypropylene fiber or have an all rubber or vinyl construction work best for outdoor applications.
A second quality that a good outdoor floor mat will possess is that the walk surface of the mat will have an surface construction that is designed to scrape the bottom of shoes. This aggressive surface construction traps sand, salt and gritty particulates BEFORE it get tracked in further. If the dirt gets tracked into your building, it will compromise the ability of your interior matting to perform their duties of moisture control, and furthermore, the gritty particles will cause wear and tear on interior floor finishes and carpet. And ultimately, one will need to spend time and effort to remove that sand, salt and grit once it gets into your facility. This translates into additional maintenance costs.
A third consideration prior to choosing an outdoor entrance mat is how well it will stand up to the elements. Constant sunlight can cause UV degradation, wind can pick up mats and move them from the desired location, poor construction can cause water to pool and possibly freeze in cold weather situations. Please find a few of the more popular entrance mats for outside use below.