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Barrier Matting

Entrance areas are a building’s weakest point against the elements, with busy doorways handling a surprising volume of dirt and moisture each day. COBA Flooring’s specialist range of BIM-ready entrance barrier matting solutions helps buildings combat contaminants at the door, protecting interior surfaces and reducing the long-term maintenance burden. Our range of construction and surface options includes everything from simple ribbed carpets to robust aluminium systems. In our latest brochure, you’ll discover all of our barrier matting systems and floor coverings. Take a look at our most recent projects for inspiration, you’ll discover that we’ve completed installations in an array of sectors from healthcare to the public sector.

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What makes a good entrance barrier mat?

A properly selected barrier matting system is essential for reducing the risk of slip accidents due to wet floors, cutting down on maintenance expenses, and enhancing the appearance of indoor flooring by significantly minimising dirt and moisture brought into a building.

Barrier matting isn’t limited to just entrances and access points; it can also be utilised in areas prone to heavy wear and soiling. Often, the best results come from using a combination of different types of barrier matting. Check out our zone guide of where matting can be applied.

Complying with The Building Regulations and British Standards, barrier matting is necessary to ensure safe access for all building users, including those with disabilities as per the Equality Act 2010.

What is entrance barrier matting?

Entrance barrier matting is a specialised type of flooring designed to be placed at entry points of buildings to trap dirt, moisture, and debris from footwear, preventing them from being tracked further into the building. It serves as the first line of defence against outdoor elements entering indoor spaces.

How does entrance barrier matting work?

Entrance barrier matting works by utilizing various materials and designs to effectively scrape, trap, and absorb dirt, moisture, and debris from shoes. These mats are typically placed strategically at entrances to capture particles from incoming foot traffic, preventing them from spreading onto interior floors.

What are the benefits of using entrance barrier matting?

  • Minimizes slip hazards by reducing moisture and dirt on floors.
  • Enhances indoor air quality by trapping pollutants and allergens that get stuck on shoe soles.
  • Reduces cleaning and maintenance costs by preventing dirt from being tracked further into the building.
  • Preserves the lifespan of interior flooring by minimising wear and tear.
  • Improves the overall appearance of the entrance area and interior spaces by keeping them cleaner and more presentable.

What factors should be considered when selecting entrance barrier matting?

When choosing entrance barrier matting, consider:

  • Traffic volume: Select mats capable of handling the expected foot traffic and type of traffic. (Not all mats can withstand trollies).
  • Weather conditions: Choose mats suitable for both dry and wet weather to effectively trap moisture and debris.
  • Size and placement: Ensure mats cover the entire width of entranceways and allow for sufficient walking space. The circumference of a wheelchair also needs to be considered on this aspect as the wheel needs to be scraped clean of dirt and moisture.
  • Durability: Opt for mats made from durable materials that can withstand heavy use and frequent cleaning.
  • Maintenance requirements: Consider ease of cleaning and maintenance to ensure mats remain effective over time.

How should entrance barrier matting be maintained?

Regular maintenance is essential to ensure the effectiveness of entrance barrier matting. This includes:

  • Vacuuming or sweeping the mats daily to remove loose debris.
  • Periodically deep cleaning mats using appropriate cleaning agents and methods.
  • Inspecting mats for signs of wear and tear and replacing them as needed.
  • Ensuring proper placement and alignment of mats to maximise effectiveness.

Take a look at our cleaning and maintenance guide for more info to care for your matting

Can entrance barrier matting be customised to fit specific requirements?

Yes, entrance barrier matting can be customised to accommodate various entrance configurations, sizes, and aesthetic preferences. Customisation options may include choosing specific colours, and sizes, and aligning with the building’s design.

We have done an installation at Bedfordshire University where the matting required custom cutting to accommodate a support beam. Read the full case study here.

Is entrance barrier matting suitable for all types of buildings?

Entrance barrier matting is suitable for a wide range of buildings, including commercial, retail, hospitality, educational, healthcare, and residential properties. Anywhere there is foot traffic entering a building, entrance barrier matting can be beneficial in maintaining cleanliness and safety.

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