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Published on 08 July 2021 13:27

Entrance Matting Design and Specification for Schools, Colleges and Universities

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Key Learning outcomes
  • Understand the nuances of specifying entrance matting in an education setting
  • Discover how to create a zonal system
  • Learn how to write an entrance matting specification that meets both aesthetic and performance requirements
  • Gain essential insights into sizing, performance ratings and standards
  • 5 takeaways to guide your future specifications
With medium to heavy traffic levels and frequent intense periods of footfall across multiple entrances, schools, colleges, and universities have some of the busiest entrances of any sector.
With most educational projects centrally funded, budget is often limited or very tightly managed. This makes specifying entrance matting for educational establishments some of the most difficult specifications to get right.
In this article we look at the key considerations for educational buildings and provide guidance for specifying commercial entrance matting in an educational setting

1.0 About Commercial Entrance Matting

To avoid unnecessary wear and tear to interiors and minimise slip hazards, a robust entrance matting system is key.

With an estimated 0.58g of soil brought into a building on the footwear and wheels of each visitor, correctly specified entrance matting can provide an effective barrier against the ingress of dirt and moisture.

Therefore, with hundreds - or even thousands - of students and staff making multiple crossings of the entrance matting several times a day, a correctly specified commercial entrance matting system is essential for educational buildings to:

1. Reduce cleaning costs
2. Maintain safety by minimising slip hazards
3. Extend the life of internal floor coverings
4. Ensure a clean and welcoming entrance for every visitor

Regular cleaning and maintenance are essential to ensure optimal performance and maximise the lifespan of matting. As entrance matting is designed to catch and hold dirt particles, allowing build-up for long periods of time will reduce effectiveness.
By correctly specifying a suitable entrance matting system for the building and undertaking regular cleaning and maintenance, you will ensure the matting performs throughout its typical lifespan of 5-10 years.
An inadequate specification however will result in a shorter lifespan and more frequent replacement. Thus, putting more strain on already overstretched budgets - or creating a requirement for the entrance matting to be supplemented with unsightly throw down mats in the interim.
Correctly specified entrance matting will ensure performance throughout its typical lifespan of 5-10 years
Correctly specified entrance matting will ensure performance throughout its typical lifespan of 5-10 years
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