Rubber and Vinyl are two of the primary materials used to make floor mats. But which one is better? You can’t go wrong either way; it really just depends on what you’re looking for!
Rubber is considered to be the superior matting material, but it does come at a slightly higher cost. A mat made out of 100% nitrile rubber can handle heavy traffic, extreme temperatures, and intense cleaning. This makes it ideal for outside areas or areas with heavy foot traffic. The cleaning process for rubber mats is also extremely convenient. They can be cleaned with a hose or vacuum but the material is also strong enough to be laundered. Rubber mats will always lay flat and can be manufactured with a smooth back or with cleats to hold the mat in place on a carpeted surface. Finally, rubber is resistant to stains, mildew, and fading.
Vinyl, on the other hand, provides a more affordable option without sacrificing a great deal of quality. Because vinyl is not quite as durable as rubber, it cannot be laundered or handle extreme temperatures. If abused for a long period of time, vinyl can possibly crack or curl. However, vinyl is more resistant to chemical absorption than rubber is. It can only be manufactured with a smooth back, so a vinyl mat should only be used on hard floors. A perk to vinyl is that it can be manufactured in a wider variety of color options than rubber can. Vinyl mats are ideal for areas with light to medium foot traffic.
The key to deciding between rubber and vinyl is determining which material best suits your needs. Mat Depot offers many mats in both materials, so make sure to check all of them out on our website or pinterest!