What are entrance flooring systems and why are they necessary?

In today's construction industry, entrance flooring systems go by many different names. They can be referred to as walk off mats, foot grilles, entry grids or any combination of these terms. The name entrance flooring systems encompasses all of these terms into one universally recognized product type.

 

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How Does Maintenance Affect Your Product Choices?

There is no getting around it - building maintenance is a daily responsibility. Taking proactive steps to ensure client's building remains clean will not only keep the maintenance staff happy - it will save time and money as well.

Consider the statistics:

-Some experts estimate that "floor maintenance can account for as much as 80 percent of a facility's cleaning budget."

-One dollar spent to keep soil out of a building will save $10 in removing soil once it's inside.

-It costs $700 to remove only one pound of dirt.

Do These Systems Function as Intended?

Carpet tiles have become popular due to their perceived cost-effectiveness, but they don't allow for adequate fall-through of dirt. Entrance flooring systems should have a minimum of five to ten percent of free area for fall-through, and still maintain rail spacing that is safe, even for the thinnest of high heels.

Why Is It Important To Consider Weather and Geography?

Dust/sand

Opt for a system with more fall-through capabilities and tread inserts that capture or remove fine particles.

Snow/ice/rain

A system that uses absorbent heavy-duty carpet inserts with aggressive dirt removing capabilities is the best choice for this type of weather.

How Can I Reduce My Client's Risk Of Liability?

Building owners and professional designers know that injuries happens.

"Slip. trip and fall injuries were attributed to hazards such as liquid contamination on the floor, objects on the floor, or ice/snow in parking areas."

"Falls, slips and trips accounted for 27 percent (309,060 cases) of the total occupational injuries and illnesses in 2015."

"One out of five falls causes a serious injury such as broken bones or a head injury."

"Each year, 2.8 million older people are treated in emergency departments for fall injuries."

What environmentally-friendly products are available?

To navigate 'green washing' and source products associated with positive impact, look for products that are certified through the Cradle to Cradle™ Products Program. The certification is a multi-attribute, third-party certification that assesses a product's composition down to 100 ppm.

Cradle to Cradle Certified™ is a certification mark licensed by the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute

Do First Impressions Matters?

How many times have you visited a beautiful, high-end hotel or office building and noticed unsightly throw-down carpet mats at the front door? Do they provide an image of luxury and grandeur?

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