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The Ultimate Guide to Selecting Entrance Matting for High Traffic Areas

30th September 2023
The Ultimate Guide to Selecting Entrance Matting for High Traffic Areas

The purpose of an entrance matting system is to uphold the integrity of the floor whilst also ensuring safety and cleanliness. It can also be a fantastic way to showcase your brand, it makes sure that everyone walking through your entrance can see your brand at the forefront.

However, before you start thinking about the design of your entrance mats, we wanted to talk about some key considerations to make sure that you get effective mats and that they meet compliance and regulations.

We are going to cover how to select the right matting material, thoughts on compliance as well as popular backing materials to make sure that you have an informed decision.

This will also mean you end up with an entrance matting system that is functional, gives you longevity and strengthens your brand.

Entrance Matting Systems - Key Considerations:

Importance of Entrance Mat Material:

This is one of the first considerations that you will have when you are selecting entrance mats for a high traffic area. The first consideration is safety, this after all is one of the key features that any entrance mat should have.

You will also want to think about maintenance and how often the entrance mats will need cleaning. This is especially true if you have a very high traffic entrance area.

The appearance is also a consideration. Are you going for a branded/logo mat? Or do you just need something for functionality.

Once you have the above figured out the next question would be longevity. To make sure that you have high quality materials that will give you longer term savings and increase durability.
Here are some of the attributes that entrance mats should have:

    Safety: Prevents slips and falls by absorbing moisture and trapping dirt.
    Maintenance: Protects floors and reduces cleaning frequency.
    Appearance: Enhances the aesthetic appeal of the entrance area.
    Longevity: High-quality materials ensure durability and long-term cost savings.

Ensuring Compliance:

Ensuring compliance for any business is paramount and any company that you purchase an entrance matting system from should have you covered in this regard. All our entrance matting systems at Mats Direct follow the compliance and regulations below.
These will also vary depending on the type of mat you purchase.

    Regulations: Adherence to local and international standards is crucial.
    Accessibility: Mats should facilitate easy access, particularly for differently abled individuals.
    Fire Resistance: Select mats with fire-resistant properties to meet safety standards.
    Environmental Consideration: Opt for eco-friendly materials and manufacturing processes.

Types of Entrance Mat Materials:

As we mentioned above, the type of material that you pick for your entrance matting system can change the look and feel of the mats as well as the function.

It will also affect usability and longevity. We have a wide range of entrance mat materials that we use at Mats Direct. If needed, we can also assist you with picking the right type of entrance mat materials for your needs.

Below, you can see a brief overview of some of the entrance mat materials and some of the benefits.

    Polypropylene: Known for its durability and moisture resistance.
    Nylon: Offers superior resilience and dirt-trapping capabilities.
    Coir: Provides a natural and aesthetic appeal.
    Rubber: Ideal for outdoor usage due to its water-resistant properties.

Popular Backing Materials:

Backing material for your entrance mat is very important. This is where durability comes into play, also helping with grip and its resistance to chemicals or moisture. You can see some of the materials that are used below and some of the benefits that you will get from these materials.

    PVC: Offers excellent stability and is resistant to chemicals and moisture.
    Rubber: Provides the highest slip resistance and durability.
    Vinyl: A cost-effective option with reasonable durability and resistance.
    Thermoplastic Rubber (TPR): Known for its superior grip and eco-friendly properties.

Selecting the Right Mat:

When selecting the right type of entrance mat you need to consider the traffic volume. The weather conditions that will affect how much moisture and dirt is being brought in and out of the building.

You also need to think about maintenance and your budget and that will help you to make sure that you get the right choice for your entrance matting system to be functional and give you longevity.

    Traffic Volume: Consider the number of people traversing the area daily.
    Weather Conditions: Opt for weather-resistant mats for areas with extreme weather conditions.
    Maintenance: Choose mats that are easy to clean and maintain.
    Budget: Balance quality and cost to ensure value for money.

Mat Customization and Installation:

Once you have considered the above you are ready to make your entrance matting system your own. You need to consider the size, the design that you want, whether you are going for a logo mat or just something that is functional.
You also need to make sure that you get a professional installation if required to ensure your mats are safe and ready for the public.

    Size: Properly measured mats cover optimal floor area, ensuring maximum efficacy.
    Design: Custom designs can enhance brand visibility and aesthetic appeal.
    Installation:  Some mats and systems are simple to install and require no specialised fitting.


Entrance matting for high traffic areas is essential in maintaining safety, cleanliness, and aesthetic appeal. By considering material types, compliance, and backing materials, you can select the right entrance matting system that aligns with your needs and preferences.
If you consider the above areas, we are positive that you will find the right entrance matting system for you to meet your needs.

What To Do Next:

MatsDirect offers a wide range of options in entrance matting for high traffic areas, with customization options and expert guidance to help you make the right choice.

Explore our range of entrance matting systems to find the perfect solution for your space!

If you need any help, give us a call on 0044 (0)161 797 6785 and we will be able to help you pick the best entrance matting system for you or contact us on this page.



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