6 Reasons that Make a Heavy-Duty Mat Perfect for Any Environment
Rubber is an incredibly resilient material and it’s available in a wide range of styles—from tiles, rolls, and mats with varying degrees of thickness. Because of the resilience of this material it is well suited to for number of environments, making it an extraordinarily convenient flooring option. But don’t worry because you won’t be trading in aesthetics and convenience for functionality or durability. One very unique way that rubber is used is in equipment type flooring. This surfacing option is for the protection of equipment or the subsurface below the equipment. For example, there is a heavy-duty mat which is specifically designed to stand up to the heavy weight and vibrations of industrial machines. Thick rubber matting is well suited for indoor and outdoor applications, which again means these products will lend themselves to a diverse range of environments and treatments, and not just the protection of specific equipment. Depending on your needs, soft or hard rubber flooring can be something that plays a role in your decision, but isn’t it wonderful to know that you have a choice? From added safety to easy maintenance, protective mats are a wonderful investment for any home or business.
Check out these 6 reasons why equipment type surfacing won’t be inhibited by abrasive or difficult situations or settings!
A heavy duty mat has to be durable just to be able to serve its intended purpose! Rubber is a strong and sturdy material that won’t easily fall apart under rough treatment. Many rubberized flooring options are actually made from recycled and reclaimed materials. The main material source of these rubber products are tires, which are broken down and repurposed as surfacing. Tires are designed to be tough and to withstand the abrasive conditions of the road such as prolonged exposure to sun, excessive moisture, and rough surfaces. This is the sort of toughness that gets inherited by protective mats—which is why they are so well suited for multiple applications. But also consider the lifespan of tires—just because they can no longer function as tires doesn’t mean that the toughness of the product is spent! This is definitely going to be a long-lasting flooring option.
- Strength and Protection
Thick rubber matting is going to be elastic and supple. This makes the floor great for impact absorption, which will help reduce the damage that floors and any dropped items might sustain. The dense nature of this material’s molecular structure also makes for a very strong yet flexible surface that won’t easily tear or suffer under weight or the scrapes of sharp or pointed corners.
- Indoor Applications
Although many of these matting options are made for industrial and commercial use they still come in a variety of styles that makes them well suited for use within retail spaces and even homes.
Hard rubber flooring is starting to pick up popularity among architects and engineers who see the resilience of the material as a very desirable trait.
- Outdoor Applications
Due to rubber’s natural resistance to water and high coefficient for friction, it’s the preferred material for slip resistant surfacing. These natural attributes, paired with the strength and availability of the products make this a great option for outdoor applications. Whether you need a heavy duty mat for sheer protection and not so much for aesthetics—that isn’t a problem! But if you want something to cover your deck or patio during the rainy season that will still compliment the exterior of your home, then rubber won’t disappoint.
- Easy Upkeep
Your hard rubber flooring won’t be hard to maintain. Unlike wood floors that require polishing and waxing, and tile or concrete which can easily stained, your rubberized surfacing will need little more than a broom with which to sweep away debris. For more thorough cleanings a damn cloth or mop can be utilized—but for outdoor applications a hose is a convenient way to wash off your matting without risk of damage. Mild detergents can also be used for sanitation, but aren’t usually required. Again, due to rubber’s natural resistance to water, the material can actually inhibit the growth of mold and mildew.
- Ease of Instiallation
Thick rubber matting doesn’t have be a hassle to install like other surfacing options. In fact, rubber flooring is so easy to install that it makes for a very friendly DIY project which can easily be overtaken in a weekend (—well depending on the size of the project). Along with these ease of set up, and affordability of the product, you could save a lot of money by avoiding costly installation fees. Protective mats need only be laid down, while runners are rolled out, and tiles easily snap together. If a more permanent option is desired, double sided adhesives are a great way to secure your heavy-duty mat down to the subsurface.
So as you can see there really are very few restrictions that could keep you from installing resilient and durable equipment style flooring, either in your home or place of business!