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Why use anti-fatigue mats?


Anti-fatigue mats are designed to reduce tiredness and stress on the feet, legs, and lower back for workers who stand in one position for long periods of time (e.g. an entire 8-hour shift).  While anti-fatigue mats can help reduce weariness, no single solution can eliminate it – even sitting or lying down for extended periods needs a break!  Scientific studies show that standing for long stretches of time is particularly stressful and fatiguing, especially if it’s...

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Posted December 22, 2014 in Matting|0 Comments

Extruded Vinyl Mats


Out of all the different types of matting available, one of the most commonly-overlooked is the extruded vinyl mat.  The “extruded vinyl mat” category is a very broad one, ranging from specialty anti-fatigue mats, to industrial purpose mats, to entrance matting – but in the end, it’s all extruded vinyl! Types of Extruded Vinyl Mats Extruded vinyl mats come in a variety of different styles, constructions, and intended purposes. The most commonly-seen type of extruded vinyl mat is the...

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Posted November 19, 2014 in Matting, Entrance Mats|0 Comments

What makes a floor “commercial”?


Commercial floors come in a bewildering variety of floorcovering types and styles - carpets, resilients, and specialty hard surfaces all offer selections that are suitable for commercial applications.  Many of the visitors we receive on our website have come here searching for "commercial floors" - but what exactly makes a floor "commercial"?  The answer to that question varies with each available type of commercial floor. Commercial-grade carpet differs from residential carpet in several factors.  The first is...

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Posted October 15, 2014 in Flooring, Carpets, Concrete|1 Comment

Active vs Passive: The Appearance of Clean


Not all entrance matting is created equal!  Of course, the functional purpose of entrance matting is to stop incoming dirt at your door...but nobody wants to see it between cleanings!  That's where Grizzly FX comes in.  Grizzly FX's proprietary tufted loop construction actively hides dirt until it's removed by regular maintenance. We poured two sugar packets on generic knob-style matting, and two more on our Grizzly FX matting - and watch what happens with a single brushstroke: The...

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Posted October 7, 2014 in Matting, Entrance Mats|0 Comments

Kenai: Luxurious Style in Entrance Matting


Kenai is the latest addition to our complete entrance matting system product line, and we're proud to offer a solution that meets the unique needs of our architecture and design clients. Kenai is the stylish, decor-oriented member of our premium entrance mat lineup.  Offering the plush appearance of tufted carpet in a wide variety of colours, Kenai is right at home in upscale lobbies, atriums, and luxury entrances where appearance is of the utmost importance.  Kenai's patented...

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Posted September 22, 2014 in Matting, Entrance Mats|0 Comments

Tire Stewardship BC Grant Program


Tire Stewardship BC's Community Grant Program is an excellent opportunity for community organizations to install new rubber flooring and receive assistance with the cost - up to 50%! Communities invest considerable resources to support recycling as a way to protect our environment and enhance the quality of life of BC’s citizens. The TSBC Community Grant Program provides financial support to communities who have decided to use and benefit from a wide range of recycled tire products in...

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Posted August 27, 2014 in Uncategorized, Flooring|1 Comment

Commercial Luxury Vinyl Tile


Have you ever been in a coffee shop or supermarket and wondered how they could possible have hardwood floors in such a high-traffic, high-use environment? Commercial Luxury Vinyl Tile (or LVT for short) is their secret! Commercially-rated LVT offers the appearance and style of a wood floor, but with all the durability and resiliency of hard-wearing vinyl.  And luxury vinyl tile isn’t limited to just simulating wood!  LVT is available in a huge variety of colours, styles,...

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Posted August 22, 2014 in Flooring, Vinyl Tiles|0 Comments

New! Lease-to-own your mats!


We're very excited to present a new option for our matting customers:  lease-to-own!  We've partnered with a national financial services company to offer our clients a new, more flexible way to enjoy the benefits of Grizzly FX and Kermode premium entrance matting. Benefits of Leasing: Leasing Protects Your Cash Flow: With leasing, you can spread out the acquisition cost of your entrance matting and flooring over its working lifespan, freeing up valuable capital to manage your business.  100% Financing: In...

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Commercial Mats: Heavy Duty Entrance Solutions


Facility managers and operators know just how important an effective commercial mat system is at their building’s entrances.  Entrance mats for commercial buildings aren’t just there for aesthetics!  Matting cleans feet, stops dirt, reduces wear and tear on floor surfaces, and improves indoor air quality – but only if it’s effective!  Effectiveness is where the difference between commercial mats and commodity mats really becomes a factor to consider when shopping for an entrance matting system. Value, not...

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Posted July 22, 2014 in Matting, Entrance Mats|0 Comments

Rubber Flooring – What’s the Right Solution?


There are many factors to consider when looking for a rubber flooring product. Making the right choice for the application is key to having a surface that will perform to your expectations, or that will create the design features you are looking for. Some rubber facts: Rubber is inherently anti-fatigue.  All rubber flooring has anti-fatigue properties due to its ability to compress under load.  Even a small amount of compression helps absorb impact from footsteps, and cushion joint loads...

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Posted June 24, 2014 in Flooring, Rubber Flooring|1 Comment

How to Choose an Industrial Floor


When considering new flooring for your industrial space, there are many different factors to account for.  Warehouses, airplane hangars, electronics factories, and commercial kitchens may have very different specific requirements, but they all need a floor that can withstand the demands of everyday life in your industry.  Some of the most common factors that clients use when selecting a floor are: Overall installed cost (not just material cost!) Durability against the specific stressors in their particular environment Aesthetic appearance...

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Posted May 21, 2014 in Flooring, Concrete, Specialties|1 Comment

What are Acrovyn Corner Guards?


Acrovyn corner guards are the sort of specialty commercial building product that you don’t usually notice – until they’re missing!  Take a closer look the next time you’re in an office building atrium, hotel lobby, or even apartment building entrance, and you’ll see the difference.  Commercial buildings that handle medium to high amounts of traffic usually will employ a protective system to keep the corners of their walls intact and looking good – and those that...

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Posted April 21, 2014 in Specialties, Acrovyn Corner Guards|0 Comments