Recessed Floor Mats 101

Recessed Mats 101Not all commercial floor mats are suitable for all locations.  To illustrate, consider that airports and other transportation hubs experience a continual inflow and outflow of visitors each day.  Such busy locations require unique commercial matting systems designed to clean and trap substantial amounts of dirt and debris, all while resting at a low profile so as to limit accidental slip-and-falls.

Ordinary floor mats may slip, slide, or curl as hoards of bustling guests enter and exit the building.  Once disoriented, floor mats lose their ability to control dirt and debris.  What’s more, disheveled mats become an obstacle that may cause guests to slip or trip, triggering potential liability for property ownersRecessed floor mats are needed in areas of extreme traffic to prevent these problems before they occur.

How Do Recessed Floor Mats Work?

Most Recessed floor mats appear to be identical to ordinary entrance mats.  The difference, however, is in their installation.  Recessed floor mats are installed in one of two ways.

First, they may be installed within an indentation, or recess, in the floor that measures approximately the same length and width of the mat.  This makes for a “flush” application whereby the surface of the mat is in near-perfect alignment with the surface of the floor.

Alternatively, recessed floor mats may be installed within a frame that lies on top of the floor surface.  This installation method is referred to as “surface-mounted.”

Additionally, recessed mats may come with “grills.”  These “grill mats” feature an incredibly durable construction of horizontal metal and carpet inserts.

Recessed Grill Mats Overview:  Pedimat, Peditred, & Pedigrid Systems

Recessed grill mats are a special type of recessed floor mat.  These “systems” are comprised of alternating horizontal strips of carpet and a type of metal, often times aluminum.  The metal “grills” embedded within Recessed Grill Mats aggressively scrape against the underside of shoes to remove dirt and other debris particles.  Dirt and debris is effectively contained by the carpet inserts of Recessed Grill Mats, as is excessive moisture from rain, snow, or humidity.  Eagle Mat and Floor Products carries 3 special types of Recessed Grill Mats:

7/16” Recessed Grill Pedimat:  The Pedimat is the most popular Recessed Grill Mat on the market.  Heavy-load bearing and noise canceling, the Recessed Grill Pedimat comes in 22 different eye-catching carpet colors that are sure to match most interior color schemes.

3/4” Recessed Grill Peditred:  The Peditred is built to withstand the industry’s highest rolling load capacity:  1,000 lbs.  Engineered to last, this Recessed Grill Mat system is ideal for commercial buildings that experience relentless streams of traffic.

1 13/16” Recessed Grill Pedigrid:  At 1 13/16” tall, the Pedigrid offers the most height in its class.  More height means more room to contain significant amounts of dirt, debris, and moisture, making the Pedigrid an ideal choice for sites that experience high volumes of daily visitors, harsh weather, and persistent debris accumulation.

Are Recessed Floor Mats Right for You?

Recessed mats are a superb option for most locations that experience a high volume of visitors each day.  What’s more, recessed floor mats may be installed with “surface-mounts,” eliminating the need to retroactively create a floor recess to facilitate mat installation.

Choosing between a recessed mat and an ordinary entrance mat is a judgment call to be made by property owners or facility managers.  Important factors to consider include seasonality of weather, number of expected daily visitors, and other environmental conditions unique to the location of the facility.