Architecture Design: Entrance and Vestibule Flooring for Commercial & Residential Buildings [Part 1: Benefits & Value]






Benefits of using Entrance or Barrier Matting System (EMS)?


Functions of an Entrance System (The 3 R's)
  1. Remove dirt, debris and particulates as well as to absorb moisture from footwear as people enter a building.
  2. Retain the dirt and debris in the flooring to prevent other people from tracking it into the building.
  3. Release the collected dirt and debris during cleaning.
Increase Public Safety
Slip, trip and fall statistics
According to the Health & Safety Executive90% of slip accidents in public buildings occur on wet floors. According to the National Safety Council, more than 53% of all public liability lawsuits arose out of "slip and fall" cases.

An Entrance Matting System:
- Provides safe transition to reduce tripping
- Removes Debris to remove tripping hazard
- Removing Moisture to remove slipping hazard

Causes of Slips:




  • Highly polished floors, such as marble, terrazzo, or ceramic tile (can be extremely slippery even when dry)
  • Freshly waxed surfaces
  • transitioning from one floor type to another (e.g., carpeted to vinyl/smooth surface flooring)



"An effective Entrance/Barrier Matting System can reduce the amount of dirt and moisture tracked into a building by up to 90%, helping to reduce such slip accidents"




Remove Dirt, Soil, Debris and Moisture

More than 70% of dirt and moisture in buildings is tracked in by pedestrian and wheeled traffic.

Entrance Matting System removes dirt, debris and particulates as well as absorb moisture from footwear as people enter a building. An ideal system provides seven or eight steps to cross, approximately 18 feet. A mat or grille system of 18 feet with both scraping and absorbing treads will stop 90% of tracked in dirt and moisture.


A well designed system most of the time uses a 3-zoned approach to achieve the optimal system length of 18 feet:




Zone 1: Exterior (outside areas)
• Aggressive scraping to remove the coarsest soil
• Retain dirt, debris and contaminants

Zone 2: Vestibule (outside & inside areas)
• Scrapes and Absorbs to remove finer soil particles and remove moisture

Zone 3: Interior (inside areas)
• Absorbs moisture 

Dirt and debris are retained in well created between rails and within carpet treads to eliminate transfer and hold for removal by the cleaning staff. Releasing the collected and retained dirt and debris is accomplished through regular cleaning which maintain the surface or treads of the mat or grille. Removing dirt accumulated in the well allows the grille to continue to perform it's collection function.
"An effective matting system removes and retains dirt and moisture, improving the appearance of internal floor coverings and preventing unnecessary replacements. Roll-up entrance systems provide added ease of cleanup"

Reduce Building Maintenance Costs

On-going cleaning & maintenance is the largest cost in the life cycle of any floor covering. A good quality Entrance Matting System reduces interior floor maintenance costs.

According to the International Sanitary Supply Association (ISSA) 1985 study, One thousand people can track up to 24 pounds of dirt into a building over a 20-day work period. It costs more than $500 to remove one pound of tracked-in dirt.

Annual costs for 1000 people entering 5 days per week:

No entrance system in place will cost a building owner:
24 lbs. of dirt x $500/ lb. of dirt x 12 = $144,000 / year

18 feet entrance system in place will cost a building owner:
2.4 lbs. of dirt X $500/ lb. of dirt x 12 = $14,400 / year

Entrance or Barrier Matting System also extends interior flooring life. The combination of wet and dry soiling causes unsightly stains that can ruin floor finishes causing unnecessary replacement costs.
"An effective Entrance/Barrier Matting System will reduce the amount of dirt that is tracked into a building therefore reducing maintenance costs and increasing the life of a building’s floor coverings"
Improve Indoor Air Quality


US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ranks Indoor Air Pollution among the top five environmental risks. Human spends 90% of their time indoors. 4 out 10 children in North America will develop respiratory disorders and ADD symptoms that are caused by environmental elements.

"$1 Billion estimated annual medical costs resulting from poor air quality"

Short Term affects includes:

  • Irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat, headaches, dizziness, and fatigue
  • Aggravate or worsened asthma
  • Affects that may occur after long or repeated periods of exposure include some respiratory diseases, heart disease and cancer.

"An entrance flooring system removes and traps allergens before they become airborne. Removing dirt particles minimizes the entry of pollutants into a building and reduces occupants' exposure to hazardous particulates and pollutants"

Customer first impression


Within the first 60 seconds a customer walks into a building, they form an immediate and lasting impression about the condition of that business or residential building. It also affects employee moral and productivity. Entrance Matting System also promote occupant's productivity, comfort, and well-being.







Architecture Design: Entrance and Vestibule Flooring for Commercial & Residential Buildings [Part 1: Benefits & Value] Architecture Design: Entrance and Vestibule Flooring for Commercial & Residential Buildings [Part 1: Benefits & Value] Reviewed by REGIONS Building Solutions on July 02, 2019 Rating: 5

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