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Watch out for Rolling Loads!


Metal entrance matting systems (like C/S Pedisystems) are extraordinarily durable and long-lasting, but they're not indestructible!  One of the most common problems we're called out to fix are bent and damaged mat rails - and most of the time the damage has been caused by heavy rolling loads. Each style of metal entrance matting has a different rating for maximum rolling loads.  Depending on the specific mat profile chosen, typical rolling wheel load ratings can range from...

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Posted August 21, 2015 in Matting, Entrance Mats, Specialties|0 Comments

Pedisystems Need Cleaning Too!


Everybody knows that Pedisystems by C/S are a good-looking, functional, and durable way to keep your building's entrances clean and safe.  But as great as Pedisystems are, they're not magic - they need maintenance and TLC just like any other entrance matting system! Most people aren't aware that Pedisystems can be lifted or rolled right up out of their recessed well for cleaning.  That recessed well is the secret to a Pedisystem's success - as dirt is...

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Matting from coast to coast!


Although we're based in beautiful Vancouver, we have customers both local and as far away as Newfoundland.  No matter where you're located, your commercial entrance needs entrance matting - and we're the matting experts that can help you choose the right products for the job! If you're in Calgary or Edmonton, our local partner is The Mat Company.  Servicing all of Alberta, The Mat Company can come out to measure, perform on-site fittings, and help you make...

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Posted March 30, 2015 in Matting, Entrance Mats|0 Comments

Still renting your entrance mats?


You don’t rent your telephone anymore… …so why still rent your entrance mats? Rental mats are not environmentally friendly. When a rental entrance mat is dirty, the rental company has to: Pick up your dirty mat and transport to a centralized facility dozens of kilometers away, consuming fuel and creating greenhouse gas emissions; Run it through an industrial chemical washing process, consuming electricity and creating dirty waste water; Deliver it back to your facility, consuming more fuel and creating more greenhouse gas...

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Posted January 26, 2015 in Matting, Entrance Mats|0 Comments

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

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

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

Tufted Loop vs Knob: Grizzly FX or Kermode?


Clients often ask us what the difference is between our Grizzly FX and our Kermode entrance matting – and the short answer is that Grizzly FX is made using a tufted loop construction, and Kermode is made using a needlepunched felt construction.  But what does that actually mean? What’s a tufted loop? Tufting is the process of creating carpet matting on specialized multi-needle sewing machines.  These large industrial machines use several hundred needles to simultaneously stitch hundreds of...

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Posted April 2, 2014 in Matting, Entrance Mats|0 Comments

Backings: The Flip Side of Matting


When choosing about entrance matting, most people only think about the front side – but what about the back?  The backing of an entrance mat can have just as much of an impact on the performance and service lifespan as the face, and it’s a difference that most people aren’t aware of! As entrance mat experts, we get asked questions about our products every day by clients looking to make the best choice for their needs and...

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Posted March 6, 2014 in Matting, Entrance Mats|4 Comments