We use entrance matting for several reasons, be it for aesthetics, reducing cleaning costs, or to help improve health and safety and prevent slips, trips, and falls. In extreme weather conditions, we need to ensure the performance of entrance matting is not compromised, so that it can still do the job that is intended – we therefore need to consider the weather resistance of our matting, in all types of conditions.
Throughout the year, we can experience extreme temperatures, whether that’s extremely cold temperatures below freezing, or very hot temperatures.
In extreme temperatures, certain types of matting, such as those made from materials such as PVC or vinyl, are liable to crack, split or curl. Mats that crack or split, or curl at the edges could cause a trip hazard, which compromises the levels of health and safety at your premises.
For matting that is going to be placed outside, and subject to any extreme weather conditions, a mat constructed of a tough material, such as rubber is recommended. Rubber is a material that is built to cope with extreme temperatures, making it an ideal material for constructing outdoor entrance matting.
Rain, snow, and mud
The main reason for using entrance matting, is to prevent things like rain, snow and mud from being tracked into and around the building, making your floors dirty and also causing a slip hazard. For this reason, your entrance mats obviously need to be able to remove and hold onto a certain amount of rain, mud and snow.
If the mat is being placed outside, it is a good idea to use matting with holes. This will allow any water and dirt to fall through the holes, away from the standing surface, to avoid it being tracked into the building.
If the mat is being placed inside, a bi-level mat is ideal. With bi-level matting, the top layer will scrape and wipe dirt and water from footwear, and then it will be stored in the bottom layer to avoid it being tracked around the building.
You also need to consider that the mat needs to be able to dry quickly on very wet days, to avoid the mat becoming saturated with water and ineffective at containing the water. In high foot fall areas it’s best to avoid using cotton faced matting as this can take a long time to dry. Quick drying fabrics include nylon and PET faced mats.
Whilst UV rays will not influence the safety aspects of the matting, they can harm the appearance by causing colours to fade. If your matting is going to be placed in direct sunlight, check that the mat face is UV resistant to prevent fading and to keep your mat looking in good condition for longer.
On a very windy day, you need to ensure that your matting is heavy enough so that it does not lift or that the corners don’t curl up, which could cause a trip hazard.
So, there’s lots of things to consider when it comes to the weather and keeping your entrances safe and free from slips, trips and falls. A good quality, heavy duty entrance matting system can help you solve and problems that the weather may throw at you.
- A rubber outdoor entrance mat that scrapes footwear, and has holes for water and dirt to through.
- A bi-level barrier mat that will hold on to water and dirt brought in on footwear.
- A fast-drying finishing mat to removes any excess water.
So, there you have it, the ultimate guide in how to ensure that increment weather does not compromise the performance of your entrance matting.
What should you do next?
If you are concerned that your current entrance matting is not going to cut it in the weather conditions discussed above, look at the Entrance Matting section of our website, where you’ll find a range of heavy duty entrance matting, designed to perform in all weathers.
If you have any further questions, or would just like a bit of guidance, please do not hesitate to contact us on 0121 313 6747 or email firstname.lastname@example.org