Refurbishing Your Aluminum Mat

Refurbishing Your Aluminum Entrance Mat

Recycling Aluminum Entrance Mats

Aluminum entrance mats can be refurbished time and time again depending upon their condition and regular maintenance.  In many cases replacing the carpet inserts is a more cost-effective option than replacing the existing entrance mat with a brand new aluminum entrance mat/grid altogether.  All of our entrance mats secure carpet and other inserts with either staples or rivets on both sides of the aluminum entrance mat, making replacement easy. Other mats may use glue to bond the insert into the aluminum requiring more effort and time to remove.  In these instances, it is potentially more costly to remove and replace inserts with the additional labor required to work around the glue/epoxy.

Cut Costs -- Refurbish Your Aluminum Entrance Mats

Property managers, facility managers and commercial building owners can refurbish existing aluminum entrance mats at a fraction of the cost of purchasing new mats.  When repairing or refurbishing your old entrance mats and grids you do not need any distinctive tools, or specially trained personnel to complete the job. The materials and labor needed to refurbish your existing mat will typically cost about half the price of a new aluminum entrance floor mat.

Over time, the carpet insert material wears down, becomes stained, or damaged leaving an ineffective, unsightly entrance mat.  Refurbishing your existing aluminum entrance mat will not only enhance the aesthetic appeal of your entrance, but it will also help your mat to function like new. A safe and efficient mat will cut down on cleaning costs and minimize trip and fall accidents.

*Note: Aluminum entrance mats are primarily used as main entrances for pedestrian traffic.  Heavy equipment during tenant moving/deliveries can cause damage to these entrance mats by excessive weight bending rails.  Once the physical damage has occurred it is best to replace with a new mat entirely.

To begin renovation of your existing roll-up metal mat, you need to start by identifying the correct type of replacement insert and placing an order for the material.  The carpet strip replacement material comes on a roll, generally 750 lineal feet in length.  When ordering carpet replacement insert material for your refurbishment project there are several choices that need to be made:

  • Specify for Interior or Exterior use
  • Color
  • Type of insert i.e. carpet, vinyl, abrasive, etc.
  • Specific width for your particular mat
  • Sufficient quantity for your project

*Ronick is able to provide you with carpet samples, upon request, to help ensure that you have the correct insert width and desired color for your replacement project.

Aluminum entrance mats generally have some type of alternating rails -- aluminum followed by a carpet-type insert and then another aluminum hinged rail.  The carpet insert rail has a flat center surface with channels on either side running the length of the rail.  When restoring your mat, you need to remove the screws, rivets, crimps, etc. from the backside of the mat that hold the carpet strips in the mat. 

The existing inserts are then removed, taking special care to clean the channels on either side.  The metal portion of the mat should then be thoroughly cleaned/scrubbed, and maintenance performed on any bent rails, etc. The new insert material can then simply be fed into the clean channels, reattached to the aluminum entrance mats by rivets, etc. and replaced in your cleaned existing recessed well; giving you a fresh look that will enhance your surrounding décor.

Metal roll-up mats are designed to be one of the most effective floor mat systems available.  When the appropriate type and size of aluminum entrance mat is used in your building project, the mats will:

  • Scrape dirt and debris off shoes
  • Trap and absorb moisture from rain or melting snow
  • Increase traction and provide a hazard-free no-slip area

A note of caution, the insert materials come in slightly differing widths.  In other words, one-size-DOES NOT fit all.  Dealing with a reputable supplier who will provide samples of the different width materials so that you can actually try the material in your mats’ channel, will ensure that your refurbishing project will go smoothly.  You will be pleased with your like-new high performance aluminum entrance floor mat.

For detailed, step-by-step instructions and assistance, visit the following link.  We sell all varieties of insert materials and our staff is ready to help you.


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