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Entrance Mats: Rental vs Buying

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You’ve decided to replace or invest new entrance matting, but your dilemma is whether you should rent or buy. You know that you want the entrance matting to be hardwearing, able to scrape dirt effectively, and able wipe moisture from footwear. Qualities you’ll also be looking for include matting that will complement your entrance aesthetically, matting that is good value for money, and matting that can cope with your building’s daily footfall.

In this buying guide we investigate which is the better option, between renting or buying, when it comes to entrance matting.

With this entrance mat cost calculator tool, you’ll be able to see for yourself the different cost between entrance mat rental and buying your own entrance mats.

The cost to buy your own entrance mat has no hidden fees or monthly contract, the only cost after buying would be cleaning and maintenance by your cleaner or contractor.

This calculator will help you to determine whether renting or buying is the best option for you, by providing an average cost to rent or buy entrance mats.

In this buying guide you’ll find:

Entrance mat selection checklist:

  • Hardwearing
  • Scrape dirt and debris
  • Wipe and absorb moisture
  • Complement your entrance
  • Good value for money
  • Right size
  • Cope with daily footfall

Should I Rent or Buy Entrance Mats?

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What does buying an entrance mat mean?

You’ll own the entrance mat, there’s no contract or additional fees.

What are the positives of buying your own entrance mat?

  • You can buy a high-quality mat designed for your environment and footfall. The mat will help to prevent slips and keep internal flooring clean.
  • No hidden fees.
  • More size options.
  • More colour options.
  • You’ll be able to choose the type of entrance mat material which will work best in your environment.
  • No contract.
  • Options to have a bespoke logo mat with your own logo, messaging and colours.
  • Standard size entrance mats can be washed in domestic washing machines.
  • Better quality entrance mats last longer, you only need to launder as required prolonging the life of the mat.
  • Most entrance mats come with a warranty against colour loss, meaning you can be assured your entrance mat will look great for years.

What are the negatives of buying your own entrance mat?

  • You’ll need to manage cleaning of the mat yourself. Your cleaner or contractor can add cleaning and maintaining the mat to their checklist, so this shouldn’t be a problem.
  • Commercial washing machines could be needed to launder larger entrance mats.

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What does renting an entrance mat mean?

You won’t own the entrance mat; the rental company owns it. Your entrance mat contract will usually be for a year and include fortnightly laundering, even when not required.

What are the positives of entrance mat rental?

  • You don’t have to worry about laundering them.

What are the negatives of renting entrance mats?

  • Expensive option in the long-term.
  • Limitation of sizes available. The size you need to fit your entrance might not be stocked. The correct size is needed in order to be effective.
  • Limitation of colours. A colour to compliment your entrance area might not be available. Colours other than black can be charged at a premium to rent.
  • Possible delivery fees.
  • There are negative environmental implications for collecting and re-delivering entrance mats every fortnight.
  • Mats are cleaned on a schedule, not as required when they get dirty. During the summer months, less laundering could be needed.
  • You don’t know the age of the mat you’ll receive. The performance could be compromised due to general ware. It’s been reported that the same rental mat is used for 10+ years.
  • You won’t always receive exactly the same mat after laundering. It could perform better or worse.
  • Poorly maintained entrance mats can cause safety hazards and can create a negative brand image for your company.

Why is buying your own entrance mat better than renting?

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  • More cost effective.
  • Less impact on the environment.
  • No contract, you’re in control of laundering.
  • More flexibility with style, colours and design.
  • Bespoke options are available.

If you have any questions about the cost to buy your own entrance mat get in touch with our team.

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Cost Breakdown

High footfall Medium footfall Light footfall
2-years max performance 3-years max performance 5-years max performance
– Supermarket
– Cinema
– Convenience store
– Multi-story office
– Specialist shop
– Small office
Own – 1 mat £280.02 £359.59 £518.73
Rent – 1 mat £436.00 £654.00 £1,090.00
More expensive to rent 156% 182% 210%

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