The need for temporary flooring can come for a variety of reasons. You may need subflooring protection to guard expensive flooring structures from damage such as hardwood, stone, or tile—or you may just need a safety surfacing option for locations that may be especially dangerous due to excessive moisture and ice. Whatever the reason for your particular need, don’t ever choose poorly made cheap floor mats because they could end up costing you a lot more! Rarely will sub-par matting options stand up against the sharp edges of large or small objects. And often, these poorly designed thin options will do little against dents, scratches, and other forms of damage. Resilient and strong rubber floor matting is an inexpensive but highly functional choice that is specifically designed to offer a number of protective benefits to subfloors as well as people and objects. Available as rubber mat rolls that can reach lengths of up to 50 ft.; this flooring option can more thoroughly encompass long and narrow hallways, corridors, and walkways. This can be especially useful in outdoor locations that see excessive moisture or snow. For smaller and more specific locations, rubber is a malleable material that can easily be turned into custom cut mats that will better serve areas with explicit requirements.
Simply put, cheap floor mats may seem like a good idea but they are more than likely poorly suited for all-weather conditions and the harsh environments that may come from a heavy foot-traffic location. Rubber mat rolls on the other hand are tough and perfectly suited for these abrasive conditions. Check out these 3 reasons why rubber matting is the superior choice while still being an affordable option!
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“Cheap” Floor Mats Can Be a Costly Mistake!
- Slip, Trip, and Fall Flooring Safety
When winter comes around and the rain or snow starts to pour down—that’s when people will start to worry about safety flooring. But falls can happen at any time, and not always because of the presence of moisture or ice. Sometimes people can just trip or stumble, and sometimes they can even be accidentally pushed (especially in places that see a high amount of foot-traffic). A rubberized floor can help to prevent accidents of all kinds thanks to the natural water resistance of the material and its high coefficient of friction. Rubber floor matting will help people stay on their feet—and in the unfortunate event that a fall does happen, the supple and soft surface of this material will be a lot more forgiving than something like concrete, tile, linoleum, or hardwood. Injuries can be expensive, and for employees it could mean a decline in efficiency and even an absence from work—not to mention the potential liability costs! It’s better to be safe than sorry.
- Damage Control for Falling Objects
Everyone has had the unfortunate experience of suffering from butter-fingers! Whether you drop some precious fine porcelain dish that shattered to a million pieces or maybe just your favorite coffee mug—I am certain we’ve all accidently broken our fair share of dishes, equipment, materials, and a number of other things. In the same way that a rubberized surface can help to absorb some of the shock of a falling body and reduce the potential injury that an individual will suffer—custom cut mats can do the same thing for objects. While a rubber surface cannot ensure that a dropped object will escape unharmed, it will definitely give it a better chance of avoiding damage than landing directly on a hard surface.
- Sub-Surfacing Protection
Another reason that rubber floor matting is often employed within the interior of a building is for the protection of expensive subfloor structures. Tile, hardwood, and natural stone are all beautiful floors that deserve to be protected and well cared for—and cheap floor mats just can’t get the job done right. Imagine moving heavy and bulky items atop of your expensive floors—a poorly made mat may not be able to stand up against a sharp edge that could end up leaving a deep and unsightly scratch across the very floor you were trying to protect! Rubber mat rolls on the other hand are perfect for heavy-duty applications and will even cover long areas for continual protection. And with the ease of installation and removal, the rolls and mats can easily be placed and removed—making them great for temporary applications. However, if there’s any location that needs permanent protection such as the area under heavy appliances like washes, driers, and even exercise equipment, then custom cut mats can easily be placed to help keep your floors scratch and dent free!
When it comes to the protection of people, objects, and original flooring structures, rubber floor matting is a great choice—and because recycled materials are often used in its production it’s also an affordable choice. Extremely cheap floor mats may seem like a good idea, but in the long run they’ll only prove to be a headache and even a source of distress if they end up causing more harm than good!