Front entrance mats are the staple decoration choice for most home entrances. Decorative doormats will help brighten up your home’s entrance and will greet your guests with a warm welcome. Various types of home doormats are available for you to choose from and can be used commercially as well, and just exclusively as home entrance mats. Although some types of home doormats are bought with the sole purpose of aesthetics in mind, you will find that both rubber and coir decorative doormats have a high level of functionality to them as well as unique designs that will frame your home’s entrance beautifully.
Rubber Front Entrance Mats
Rubber is the best material for both indoor and outdoor use but, it is most often set outdoors in front of an entrance. Rubber’s high coefficient of friction allows it to retain its traction abilities even when wet making rubber front entrance mats the ideal choice for outdoor use. Often made of recycled rubber, rubber doormats have excellent outdoor life as well as excellent abrasion resistance. Recycled rubber is made up of old or unused vehicle tires that are ground up into a find crumble which is then combined with a binder to create a larger sheet of rubber. Rubber front entrance mats can come in different sizes so that they can be used in both commercial and residential entrances. The manufacturing process of recycled rubber makes it the ideal rubber material for outdoor use and for areas that experience harsh weather conditions. While commercial rubber doormats are one solid sheet of rubber, rubber home doormats can also come in the form of cast iron mats. Cast iron doormats are decorative doormats that feature elegant rubber designs that swirls and twists into unique patterns. These home doormats are perfect for those trying to add a little elegance to their entrance while sticking to a minimalistic aesthetic.
Carpet front entrance mats are generally used indoors and in tandem with a rubber doormat outside the entrance. The synthetic surface fibers are perfect for soaking up excess moisture or scraping off any debris that may have trailed inside on your shoes, keeping the interior floors safe. These carpet fibers are made of a material called “polypropylene” which is durable and resistant to the growth of harmful organic byproducts such as mold and mildew. Many carpeted commercial and home doormats have a rubber underside to keep the mat in place and to prevent it from shifting underfoot. They are also available in several colors to keep the aesthetics of your home or office and in roll form to make larger front entrance mats for larger commercial areas.
What is Coir
Coir is a rough and durable natural fiber that derives from the husks of coconuts. It has been in use since ancient times where it was often used to make rope and assist in other heavy-duty constructive work due to its strength and durability. Today, commercially grown and produced coir comes from India and Sri Lanka where weather conditions are perfect for growing coconuts. India alone produces about 2/3 of the world’s commercial coir and India and Sri Lanka combined accounts for 90 percent of all coir fiber production in the world. In modern times, coir is used to make brooms, brushes, decorative doormats and shoe/boot scrapers. As mentioned earlier, coir is extremely durable but, it also resists the growth of harmful organic byproducts such as mold and mildew.
1(a). Coir Decorative Doormats
Coir is most often used in the production of front entrance mats mainly for aesthetics rather than functionality. Made of coir fibers, they are beautifully painted with images or funny script. There are wide varieties of decorative doormats with different themed images including nature, animal and holiday. Despite their main use for aesthetics, coir decorative doormats are functional as scraper mats as they effectively remove dirt and debris from shoes before they can litter the floors indoors. Coir home entrance mats can come with a recycled or reclaimed rubber backside to ensure the mat stays in place. Other coir home doormats can be made with a mixture of rubber and natural coir fibers. These two materials come together in an ornate cast iron designs with coir fiber mixed into the design. An added bonus is that coir is durable and all-weather allowing them to be use as both indoor and outdoor home doormats.
1(b). Coir Scraper Mats
Coir scraper mats are made of natural coir fibers wrapped around a metal frame for added stability. These function exceptionally well as home entrance mats due to its ability to remove dirt and debris from shoes before entering the home. Available in two shapes, half-moon and rectangle, coir scraper mats come in a variety of designs ranging from minimalistic geometric patterns to intricate thematic designs and script. Most coir scraper mats are made with unbleached coir that are painted on to make decorative doormats. Not only do scraper mats remove excess dirt and debris from shoes, they also have excellent moisture absorbent properties. Households that participate in outdoor activities and for geographical areas that may experience heavy snow and rain will benefit with the adding of a coir scraper mat. These scraper mats are just as durable and functional as they are aesthetically pleasing.
1(c). Coir Boot / Shoe Scraper
Unlike coir decorative doormats and scraper mats, boot/shoe scrapers come in the form of 3D objects. Made with unbleached coir fibers, coir boot/shoe scrapers are available in fun shapes of animals or a minimalistic looking box with areas each foot can go into for optimal scraping. Although boot/shoe scrapers are generally bought for its durability and functionality, they also add a touch of décor to your home’s entrance. Coir boot/shoes scrapers are ideal for geographical locations that experience drastic weather conditions. For example, Californians generally would not have to worry about drastic whether conditions whereas states in the Midwest or the east coast experience heavy snowfall during the winter.
Front entrance mats are the first thing most people see when they visit your home so, it is always nice to add nice decorative doormats to all your home’s entrances. There are various designs available for front entrance mats with varying theme for you to pick and choose which design best fits your home’s décor. Rubber and coir are both durable and all-weather making them perfect for outdoor home doormats. Carpeted doormats are ideal for indoor use as a second barrier against unwanted moisture or debris coming indoors. Coir is a versatile and durable material that can be used in the production of decorative doormats, scraper mats and boot/shoe scraper figures. Front entrance mats are perfect for keeping your entrances safe from slips and for greeting you and your guests with a warm welcome.