Not Your Ordinary Entrance – Using a Variety of Products to Mitigate Risk While Maintaining a Beautiful Look

We’ve discussed options for entrances, from using high-density carpet tiles to heavy-duty grid systems in highly trafficked areas. We know from more than 50 years in this business that entrance systems are critical to reducing maintenance costs and mitigating risks. But how do you know which entrance system or product is the right one for your environment?

While there is no one-size-fits-all solution because every entrance and environment is unique, there are a number of important factors we take into consideration when evaluating an entrance from a risk management perspective. The following are general criteria we evaluate when recommending an entrance system. It’s important to remember that entrances often involve multiple products for various zones (i.e. outside entrance, vestibule and interior entrance).

TYPE OF RETAIL

Retail encompasses a broad range of categories from grocery to home improvement to consumer retail goods for example. Each of these may require a different entrance solution to address the following concerns – store traffic, shopping cart loads, type of goods transported through the entrance, weather, etc. A store specializing in home improvement goods located in an area where moisture is high would use a different solution than a pharmacy located in a dry climate for instance.

Product spotlight:

Grid systems are ideal for high traffic entrances where heavy loads are typical and moisture is a factor. These systems offer flexible configurations, easily replaced sections and considerably reduce moisture going into a store to lower the chances of slips and falls.

 

GEOGRAPHY/WEATHER

As mentioned above, the type of entrance and retail category can influence the type of entrance solution recommended. Another important factor is the location of the store as well as weather considerations. A grocery store in the Pacific Northwest will require moisture-reducing solutions more than a store in Florida might.

 

Product spotlight:

Using the example above, the right entrance solution may encompass the use of several different types of products. A combination of high-density carpet tiles in a vestibule plus walk-off mats in the interior entrance may offer the best coverage against wet floors and potential risks associated with moisture.

DURABILITY & MAINTENANCE

Often overlooked when considering what entrance solution is right for your organization, maintenance can be a huge factor in reducing risks. If an entrance is outfitted with the wrong product for its environment and not maintained properly, liabilities increase. For example, a low-quality carpet tile is installed and not maintained regularly so dirt, debris and moisture erode the adhesive and tiles begin to pop up or curl. This creates a tripping hazard for consumers entering the store and a big liability for your organization.

 

Product Spotlight:

Monster Tile, an exclusive Matworks product, is high quality, durable and versatile and reduces slips and falls while improving the appearance of entrances.

To summarize, selecting the right products using a thorough approach and analysis is the key to implementing an entrance system that reduces risks while maintaining your brand’s aesthetic.

As an expert in retail flooring, we can help you identify areas where consumers may perceive shortcomings in your store’s entryway and beyond. Contact us with any questions and we will respond with a custom solution: info@thematworks.com.

 

About The Matworks

The Matworks is a team of individuals with vast industry knowledge, committed to supporting the core values of its employees and customers. By taking a holistic approach, we are positioned to understand the needs, challenges and risks associated with all flooring solutions.

The Matworks offers more than four decades of expertise combined with the dexterity to be entrepreneurial, we are more than a flooring company – we are risk managers, business advisors and partners in your success. Our comprehensive flooring solutions are designed to meet the unique needs of each of our customers.

Design Solutions & Trends: Moving Beyond the Uniformity of Wall-to-Wall With Carpet Tiles

Carpet tiles, also known as carpet squares or modular carpet, have gained popularity in commercial design for their flexibility, cost and aesthetics. In many instances, carpet tiles are a better alternative than wall-to-wall in a retail setting because of the ability to rotate or replace individual tiles due to heavy foot traffic or wear. From a design perspective, carpet tiles are a great solution to incorporate an organization’s color palette or create unique designs by interchanging colors or patterns without incurring additional costs.

In deciding whether to use carpet tiles or wall-to-wall, consider these qualities:

Styles of Carpet Tile

Carpet tiles come in many different styles and colors. They are available in:

  • Various sizes
  • Multiple fiber types
  • Pile styles

This means there is likely a carpet tile equivalent for the same product available in rolled goods. Aside from the format, the major difference between standard carpet rolls is the tile backing material. Carpet tile backing material options include: vinyl, fiberglass, vinyl/fiberglass, urethane, woven polypropylene, and recycled vinyl. Quality backing systems are important because they provide stability and help carpet tiles withstand moisture and may also have anti-fatigue properties.

Along with different backing options, carpet tiles come in both non-adhesive and adhesive styles. This allows for easy removal and replacement of individual tiles, saving money on both product and installation.

Choosing The Right Product

Pros of Carpet Tiles

Carpet tiles come with a range of benefits that include:

  • Easier installation than standard rolled carpet
  • Carpet tiles can often be installed over other flooring types, such as wood, tile or vinyl.
  • Easier cleaning and care. Individual carpet tiles can be removed for cleaning, and replaced when dry. If one area of the floor becomes damaged, the tile can be replaced without replacing the entire floor.
  • Carpet tiles allow for freedom with design, allowing you to give more depth and texture to a room.
  • Many carpet tile options have enhanced stain resistance, which helps to reduce maintenance time and expenses.

Cons of Carpet Tiles

Carpet tiles also come with some disadvantages that are good to be aware of. These include:

  • The seams of the carpet tiles can be more easily seen when compared to wall-to-wall carpet rolls. Without careful installation, the seams could appear uneven.
  • Like their carpet roll counterpart, they are not ideal for areas subject to moisture and may buckle or curl if not properly installed and maintained.

With so many beneficial features, carpet tiles are a solution we often recommend as part of a comprehensive flooring evaluation. The Matworks offers expert advice for all your commercial flooring needs; email us with any questions and we will respond with a custom solution: info@thematworks.com.

About The Matworks

The Matworks is a team of individuals with vast industry knowledge, committed to supporting the core values of its employees and customers. By taking a holistic approach, we are positioned to understand the needs, challenges and risks associated with all flooring solutions.

The Matworks offers more than four decades of expertise combined with the dexterity to be entrepreneurial, we are more than a flooring company – we are risk managers, business advisors and partners in your success. Our comprehensive flooring solutions are designed to meet the unique needs of each of our customers. 

Gallant Wall System: Moving Beyond Flooring

The Matworks is continuously looking for ways to address pain points with our customers, oftentimes not related to flooring but rather other areas of retail operations. One such example is our recent innovation of the Gallant Wall System. This alternative to drywall offers a range of flexibility rarely found in commercial applications.

Why should a retailer consider the innovative Gallant Wall system? Here are the top reasons why we are testing this product and anticipate more interest from customers:

• Easier to Install: Can be installed by one person where drywall requires at least two people to hold it in place.

• Faster Installation: Lead installer with 30 years of drywall experience indicated that the wall at the test site (a national discount retailer with more than 11,000 locations) would have taken three days to install drywall versus the one day it actually took to install the Gallant Wall system.

• Handling & Storage: Drywall requires heavy machinery, more manpower and takes up more space to store. Gallant Wall system arrives on a crate that can easily be moved around by a single person using a forklift.

• Gallant Wall is a finished product. Simply install and done. Eliminates
patching, taping, sanding and painting.

• Does not require special temperature conditions to be installed while drywall requires water and appropriate temperature conditions for the drywall compound.

• Strong and Durable Product: Eliminates plywood framing construction typically needed for pharmacies, cash rooms, and other special rooms.

• Reduces waste since the cut panels are reused at the ends.

Here’s a quick comparison of drywall vs. Gallant:

 

 

Feature Drywall Gallant
Extra storage space needed at jobsite X
Heavy equipment needed to move materials X
Installation requires two or more people X
Finished product X
Suitable for any environment X
Reduced installation time X

Gallant Spec Sheet

The Matworks offers expert advice for all your retail needs; email us with any questions and we will respond with a custom solution: info@thematworks.com.

About The Matworks
The Matworks is a team of individuals with vast industry knowledge, committed to supporting the core values of its employees and customers. By taking a holistic approach, we are positioned to understand the needs, challenges and risks associated with all flooring solutions.

The Matworks offers more than four decades of expertise combined with the dexterity to be entrepreneurial, we are more than a flooring company – we are risk managers, business advisors and partners in your success. Our comprehensive flooring solutions are designed to meet the unique needs of each of our customers.

New Product Spotlight: Pronto Porcelain

Pronto Porcelain, a newly introduced product by The Matworks, offers all the benefits and features of porcelain – durable, beautiful, water resistant – but without the installation headaches. This highly innovative product requires no grout, no mortar and no waxing and can be installed in one day for most surfaces.

Pronto’s wide planks offer the appearance of wood and the patented tongue and groove interlocking system eliminates grout lines, giving a more realistic and luxurious look. With a porcelain top and waterproof composite bottom, this product is flexible and incredibly easy to maintain. Because there is no grout or adhesive, these porcelain planks can be removed and re-installed should the need arise.

Pronto is currently available in four colors: dark brown, light brown, grey, white.

Pronto Spec Sheet Pronto surface
About The Matworks
The Matworks is a team of individuals with vast industry knowledge, committed to supporting the core values of its employees and customers. By taking a holistic approach, we are positioned to understand the needs, challenges and risks associated with all flooring solutions.

The Matworks offers more than four decades of expertise combined with the dexterity to be entrepreneurial, we are more than a flooring company – we are risk managers, business advisors and partners in your success. Our comprehensive flooring solutions are designed to meet the unique needs of each of our customers.

Quality is in the Details: Hand Assembled Walk-Off Mats

Since its inception in 1966, the Matworks has focused on delivering quality products and services to our customers while adopting the latest innovations and technologies to improve and enhance our offerings.

One such example is the attention to detail and craftsmanship we employ when creating rubber edged walk-off mats. These mats are custom cut, edged and sewn by hand in our facility. Each mat is given individual attention and inspected by our knowledgeable staff, many of which have been with us for more than 20 years.

Edges - UncutHand sewn edgingStitched edgingEdges Hand Glued

While ensuring a high-quality product is our primary goal, this approach also offers the customer a high level of flexibility in sizes, configurations and backing types. Unlike mass-produced mats, we can determine the right edging and bevel needed for a given application and customize a tailored solution. This is typically much faster than ordering from the manufacturer and gives us control over the quality of the output.

Maintaining these high standards for our products is something we stand by and will continue as our business grows and evolves.

The Matworks offers expert advice for all your commercial flooring needs; email us with any questions and we will respond with a custom solution: info@thematworks.com.

 

About The Matworks

The Matworks is a team of individuals with vast industry knowledge, committed to supporting the core values of its employees and customers. By taking a holistic approach, we are positioned to understand the needs, challenges and risks associated with all flooring solutions.

 

The Matworks offers more than four decades of expertise combined with the dexterity to be entrepreneurial, we are more than a flooring company – we are risk managers, business advisors and partners in your success. Our comprehensive flooring solutions are designed to meet the unique needs of each of our customers.

 

The True Cost of Slips and Falls

Slips and falls are a major concern for retailers and businesses. According to a report by Zurich North America that focuses on hazards related to snow and ice, the average cost of a slip and fall to an organization is $30,670. In addition to claims by consumers there are also a high number of incidents reported by workers. For a retailer with thousands of visitors per year and hundreds of employees, these claims can cost millions. The good news is the number of claims can be reduced if the right maintenance and flooring plan is in place.

We recommend the following best practices when considering how to mitigate risk in your entrance or lobby:

1. Be sure to have an expert evaluate all of the factors that contribute to risks such as moisture, floor surface materials, overhead coverage and treatment of transitional areas between parking areas and the entrance.

2. Vestibules should have recessed grid systems or permanent carpet installed that act as scrapers on shoe bottoms to remove dirt, debris and moisture.

3. Quality matting, inlaid carpet tiles or permanent carpet tiles with beveled edges should be provided at the interior door threshold and extend 15 to 20 feet into the building to provide additional wiping of shoe bottoms.

4. Maintenance is as critical as the products or systems chosen.

5. The use of caution or wet floor signs is highly recommended to give employees and consumers notice that the floor is slippery when wet. The lack of notice is mentioned often with employee and consumer claims and may cause claim reserves to be increased significantly.

 

The Matworks offers expert advice for all your commercial flooring needs; email us with any questions and we will respond with a custom solution: info@thematworks.com.

 

About The Matworks

The Matworks is a team of individuals with vast industry knowledge, committed to supporting the core values of its employees and customers. By taking a holistic approach, we are positioned to understand the needs, challenges and risks associated with all flooring solutions.

The Matworks offers more than four decades of expertise combined with the dexterity to be entrepreneurial, we are more than a flooring company – we are risk managers, business advisors and partners in your success. Our comprehensive flooring solutions are designed to meet the unique needs of each of our customers.

Grid Entrance Systems: Solutions for High Traffic and Heavy Loads

One of the most frequent questions we get is what is the right entrance system? The answer is not a straightforward as you would think. Not only does your entrance create a first impression but will also help maintain your design aesthetic, add years to your floor’s life, significantly reduce maintenance costs and is critical to safety. Slip and fall injuries are serious for consumers and businesses alike. Installing an effective and appropriate entrance system can dramatically reduce the potential for slip hazards while preventing dirt and moisture from being tracked in.

 

Investing in a grid system provides the best long-term solution for entrances where there is high traffic or heavy loads such as grocery stores, commercial buildings, hotels and healthcare facitlities. These products are designed for entrances that receive repetitive, heavy foot and cart traffic and offer safety, cleaning and noise reduction benefits while withstanding consistent abuse.

 

While grid systems give the appearance of being rigid and heavy, many are designed to roll up or be removed easily to allow for cleaning. Additionally, because there are so many size options, grid systems are incredibly versatile and reduce maintenance costs by allowing for sections to be replaced versus the entire installation. Matworks Proscraper can even be flipped after years of use, doubling the life of the grid.

 

We offer a number of options for grid systems such as Proscraper, Powerlinks, Design Links, Reese and Nystrom to name a few. Please find additional information on our website in the Product Solutions section.

 

The Matworks offers expert advice for every commercial flooring need, email us with any questions and we will respond with a custom solution: info@thematworks.com.

 

About The Matworks

The Matworks is a team of individuals with vast industry knowledge, committed to supporting the core values of its employees and customers. By taking a holistic approach, we are positioned to understand the needs, challenges and risks associated with all flooring solutions.

 

The Matworks offers more than four decades of expertise combined with the dexterity to be entrepreneurial, we are more than a flooring company – we are risk managers, business advisors and partners in your success. Our comprehensive flooring solutions are designed to meet the unique needs of each of our customers.

 

Mats: The Benefit of Buying vs. Renting

The Matworks began nearly 50 years ago as a mat rental and laundering company and for many years this was the primary service we offered our national retail customers. As our business and the needs of our customers evolved, so too did the mat rental business. Matworks began working with global suppliers and market leaders who had the ability to produce quality commercial products that could last for years. With high quality and value engineering in mind, we worked closely with our customers to determine that buying a high quality dense fiber product was much more cost effective than renting.

Here’s what we learned after 25 years in the rental business and another 25 selling high quality purchased mats:

Cost Savings

  • We estimate the cost to rent one 4’ x 6’ mat with a standard three-year contract is approximately $800 annually. Most companies require more than one mat, multiply this times several mats and you’re looking at several thousand dollars. Compared to the investment in purchasing a high-quality, durable mat such as Matworks Zephyr, Monster, Dreadnought, Preference or Ambassador, the difference is certain.
  • A recent ROI analysis for a grocery chain produced an $800k savings over a three-year period. Additionally, purchased mats come with a warranty, will not shrink, wrinkle, curl or become trip hazards.

Selection 

  • Some mat rentals companies may not stock a variety of colors and sizes. If your organization’s aesthetic or functional requirements are not standard you will be forced to pick from a limited selection.

Safety & Quality

  • Rental mats tend to stay in circulation for many years, thus reducing the quality. They can break down with constant washing; the hot water and chemicals can have an effect on the durability of the fiber. Throughout years of circulation, dirt and water can be tracked into the building, necessitating more maintenance and potential safety hazards.
  • When renting multiple mats from the same company you could receive mats in completely different conditions. Some may not be exactly the same size, causing tripping hazards.

 

Investing in high quality mats from a company who has been designing and manufacturing product for national retailers for nearly 50 years is more cost-effective long term, while reinforcing the image of your brand.

The Matworks offers expert advice for every commercial flooring need, email us with any questions and we will respond with a custom solution: info@thematworks.com.

About The Matworks

The Matworks is a team of individuals with vast industry knowledge, committed to supporting the core values of its employees and customers. By taking a holistic approach, we are positioned to understand the needs, challenges and risks associated with all flooring solutions.

The Matworks offers more than four decades of expertise combined with the dexterity to be entrepreneurial, we are more than a flooring company – we are risk managers, business advisors and partners in your success. Our comprehensive flooring solutions are designed to meet the unique needs of each of our customers.

Product Spotlight: What is Monster Tile?

Experts and consumers alike agree – the right entrance system in a retail environment is critical to the overall appearance and first impression for customers. Choosing the right product for your environment will efficiently and cost effectively reduce the amount of dirt and debris tracked into the store. This will enhance your brand and save time and money in cleaning and maintenance costs.

The Matworks listened to customers we’ve had for over 30 years and worked with our manufacturing partners. We set out to find a solution that would stand up to the toughest environments. Monster Tile was developed by the Matworks product development team as one of our most durable and versatile entrance solutions. It’s comprised of a high-density fiber bonded surface, at least 40% heavier than products you see on the market today. Monster Tiles strip away dirt and debris while absorbing excess moisture, making it perfect for the heaviest high-traffic entrances.

Monster Tiles are available in a variety of colors and two sizes: 19.7” x 19.7”and 39.4” x 39.4”, they can be recessed or floor-mounted and rotated using Matworks pressure sensitive releasable adhesive or TacFast non-permanent fastening system.

The Matworks offers expert advice for every commercial flooring need, email us with any questions and we will respond with a custom solution – info@thematworks.com.

About The Matworks

The Matworks is a team of individuals with vast industry knowledge, committed to supporting the core values of its employees and customers. By taking a holistic approach, we are positioned to understand the needs, challenges and risks associated with all flooring solutions.

The Matworks offers more than four decades of expertise combined with the dexterity to be entrepreneurial, we are more than a flooring company – we are risk managers, business advisors and partners in your success. Our comprehensive flooring solutions are designed to meet the unique needs of each of our customers.

 

Anti-Fatigue Solutions – Improved Worker Productivity and Reduced Operating Costs

Workers who stand on hard surfaces for long periods of time are reported to experience fatigue and pain in various extremities (feet, knees, back and neck) and may have more workers compensation claims and missed time at work. Employers can reduce or eliminate this fatigue — along with the related health and safety hazards while improving worker productivity by installing anti-fatigue matting or flooring.

Depending upon the environment, anti-fatigue solutions come in a variety of materials and configurations. In areas where moisture, grease or other fluids are present, a rubber solution may be best to address slips and falls while maximizing employee comfort. These wet-area mats often provide drainage as well as cushioning, improving the safety of the area.

For dry areas, a rubber or vinyl top with a cushioned backing is most often used. This option allows for easy cleaning, is antimicrobial, provides ample comfort for workers and maintains the store’s image.

PharmaEze, an option Matworks developed for a major pharmacy chain more than 20 years ago, is available as well. It’s a needle punch 7.5mm fiber top surface with a cushioned backing that can be used as a runner or wall-to-wall, offering an attractive option without sacrificing quality.

The use of anti-fatigue solutions helps improve worker productivity and eliminate many of the work-related health problems caused by standing in one location for long periods of time. Making use of these systems is an important part of the big picture when it comes to improving worker productivity and reducing employer costs.

Overview of Uses:
Pharmacy
Cashier/check out stand
Meat/deli/seafood counter
Customer service counter
Industrial work areas
Kitchens

Types Available:
Walk-off mats
Rolled goods/runners
Wall-to-wall

About The Matworks
The Matworks is a team of individuals with vast industry knowledge, committed to supporting the core values of its employees and customers. By taking a holistic approach, we are positioned to understand the needs, challenges and risks associated with all flooring solutions.

The Matworks offers more than four decades of expertise combined with the dexterity to be entrepreneurial, we are more than a flooring company – we are risk managers, business advisors and partners in your success. Our comprehensive flooring solutions are designed to meet the unique needs of each of our customers.