Mat Rental vs. Purchase

Mat Rental vs. Purchase: Do you Know the Facts?

PERCEPTION: Renting mats is more convenient than owning mats.

FACT: The service intervals for mat rental ranges from weekly, bi-monthly, or monthly. Based on need, most facilities have a contractor of their own staff clean their mats daily.

PERCEPTION: One mat type and one size fits all applications.

FACT: Mat rental programs offer small sizes that are not big enough to be effective, sometimes requiring multiple mats which causes safety issues. A truly effective mat program includes Scraper mats, Scraper/Wiper mats, Wiper mats, Anti-Fatigue mats, and Anti-Slip mats.

PERCEPTION: Rental mats stop dirt and moisture.

FACT: Over a brief period of time, the nylon face fiber on a rental mat crushes flat allowing dirt to track into the building. The construction of a rental mat, when saturated, allows water to flow off the mat and create a safety hazard. High Performance mats have a permanent bi-level face to eliminate crushing, create a “door-filter”, and provide years if performance life. Also, the water dam border contains dirt and moisture on the mat.

PERCEPTION: Rental mats are always delivered clean and attractive.

FACT: The age of a rental mat may range from new to 8-10 years old. The quality and appearance may vary considerably from one service interval to the next. Mats that are in disrepair may cause safety hazards and an inconsistent appearance negatively affects the facility’s image.

PERCEPTION: All rental mats are changed regularly and cleaned regularly.

FACT: Most outside scraper mats, anti-fatigue mats, and kitchen mats on a rental program are not changed at all. It is left up to the facility to take care of the mat themselves while still paying a rental charge.

PERCEPTION: Rental mats are environmentally friendly.

FACT: Rental mats require fuel for pick-up and delivery, energy for washing and drying, and add chemicals to the waste water. Not only are High Performance mats constructed of recycled materials, they also perform for 5-10 years.

PERCEPTION: Renting mats is economical.

FACT: Rental mats are very expensive as a long term matting option. An average of $.20 per square foot per week, a single 3×5 rental mat costs a facility $780 over a five year period. In contrast, a purchased 3×5 High Performance mat costs the facility approximately $100.

FACT: There are benefits to owning your own mats.

You’ll experience substantial cost savings and improved safety from better performance and no rental program costs. From Andersen’s line of mats, you can choose color coordinated mats that compliment your interiors and are available in a variety of sizes to best suit your commercial traffic patterns – all are performance engineered for the proper job.

Find All Andersen Company mats at Production Automation, along with other high quality manufacturers such as Wearwell, Pro-Tech, Barefoot, Milagon, and Ergos.

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