Heavy loads will damage most mats—but not ours.
The best entrance flooring system for your client is one that can meet the everyday demands of traffic, including rolling loads. Entrance mats and grids that have not been designed to withstand weighted rolling loads could easily curl, bow or bend, causing immediate damage to the entrance and a tripping hazard for building users.
Considerations When Choosing An Entrance Flooring System
The potential for hazardous rolling loads must be considered prior to entrance flooring selection and installation. If this does not happen, the owner or anyone involved in the construction, including the contractor and architect, could be held liable for damages and injuries. Mats may curl, bow or bend if the proper rolling load weight for an entrance flooring system is disregarded.
Third-Party Criteria For Rolling Loads
Though there is not an official standard of testing for rolling loads (ASTM, UL, etc.), it is up to each manufacturer to provide the testing criteria used to determine the rolling load performance capabilities. Manipulating testing criteria, such as wheel size or type, will change the outcome and can generate inaccurate results if the testing is executed with unrealistic variables at play.
Here at CS, we test our entrance mats and grids in house with a custom-built machine that yields the most accurate results. How do we determine testing criteria and materials?
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