A simple definition of edging is the rubber that shows on the edges of a logo mat. This rubber is usually slanted downwards away from the mat.
When shopping for an entrance mat , it is important to check what type of edging will be implemented on the door mat as each implementation is designed with a specific use case in mind. The edging type on the entrance mat can completely make or break the overall performance of the mat. More importantly having a proper edging or lack of edging makes a huge impact on how the premises are perceived .
On the above image image , the owner of a rental apartment block had just replaced the floor tiles so as to improve how the premises was viewed. On the entrance light weight entrance mat was placed. Because the mat was light , it could not stay in place so the manager used w white tape to hold the entrance mat mat in place.
What would be your first impression on visiting the apartment block?
Brand-new flooring isn’t cheap…but a sticky wad of duct tape holding down a loose chunk of cheap matting from the hardware store sure makes it look like it was!
Clearly an entrance mat for this place needs to have a thicker edging and a thick rubber base to keep the mat in place. This shows how the wrong type of edging can affect the overall performance of a mat.
It is mandatory to have a proper edging on your commercial entrance mats because it affects how well your mat looks and how safe it sis when being used. A proper edging:
- Prevents the mat from wobbling as people wipe off their feet over the mat.
- It prevents people from tripping because of lifted edges and flopped areas.
- a proper edging prevents the mat from moving around on the expensive wooden floors thereby minimising the potential damage to the floors.
Because every commercial doorway we service is different, we have three different types of edging to meet those different needs! But how do you choose the right type of edging? Here’s three points to consider:
Every situation is different therefore the way edging is implemented is dependent on each use case scenario. There are a variety of factors to consider but here we will look at these main factors.
1. Door clearance from the floor is an important factor.
Its important to check how your doors open-Are the doors push doors or they swing inwards into the inside of the premises. Doors that open inward may give you problems with limited clearance between the door and the surfaceof your door
Check to see which way your doors actually open – are they push doors that swing inwards into your building, or pull doors that swing outwards to the outdoors? Inward-swinging push doors may give you problems with limited clearance between the bottom of your door and the surface of your floor, and may limit the amount of “headroom” your mat has to work. Our heavy edging is best for situations where you’ve got limited door clearance and your doors have a limited range of vertical adjustment, as it provides a low vertical profile but maintains the strength and flop-resistance of our other premium edging types.
2. Does your entrance have a lot of wheeled traffic or carts
If the building serves a lot of traffic that has wheeled loads like wheelchairs and walkers it is important to implement the right edging. A steep edging wheel not be suitable for such a use case scenario. i would be prudent to implement a wide , slow sloping edging to make the movement of the wheels gentle off the mat.
There’s a lot of options to consider when choosing the right kind of mat for your building, but don’t worry – you don’t have to do it alone!
Get in touch with us today and we’ll help you make the right choice for your unique needs!